The Hebrew and Greek words for "angel" both mean "messenger." Throughout the Bible they do some of the most important work for God. That's a big point: Angels are God's servants, not independent contractors. We pray to God, we worship God, we cry to God for help. And God sends messengers.
If your salvation depended on it, could you recount every single sin you committed in thought, word and deed? Martin Luther didn't think so either. Besides, sin is more than a sum of our misdeeds. It's a basic human condition of separation from God. Lutherans particularly troubled by specific trespasses may choose to confess their sin privately, but generally we corporately confess our bondage to sin and receive absolution from Christ's spokesperson, our pastor.
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