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Purgatory, What is it and does it exist?
No one, and that includes this ministry, is 100% correct on every thing in the Bible, but the Bible is 100% correct. Man adds to the word and interprets in many cases falsely. If it does not line up with scripture, from a Word for Word translation, then you need to toss it out.
The Catholics define purgatory: “(Latin, “purgare”, to make clean, to purify) …a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.” New Advent
Here we find that they are not teaching what the Bible clearly teaches, that the Lord Jesus Christ, and His shed blood, is the total satisfaction for our sin.
The above verses tell us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the propitiation or satisfaction for our sins, meeting the requirements of the Almighty and absolutely holy God.
1st Peter 2:21-24 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Catholic doctrine teaches to the contrary of those clear verses, and says Jesus and His sacrifice are not enough to meet the full demand of sin’s punishment, and that purgatory is necessary for a person to complete that on his own: “a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.” New Advent
The Catholic’s belief in purgatory is necessary because of their belief in prayers for the dead. If it is necessary to pray for the dead, then they must be suffering in some way, and still in eternal danger. If the dead are safely in God’s hands in heaven, then why would you need to pray for them?
How can so many religious leaders call the Pope a “great man,” when he is leading millions of people astray through a false gospel of works?
The word gospel means, “good news.” But they are going to realize that their gospel is not good news at all, when they die and find out that no amount of good works can save a person. It is either a total trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross, or it is an eternity in the lake of fire suffering eternal punishment.
Many in ALL Denominations are going to find out the same thing — only too late.
Notice that these people do not stand before the Lord pleading the precious blood of Jesus Christ as their only hope of salvation. They stand before Him pleading their OWN WORKS as the basis for entering heaven. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” They stand there telling God WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR HIM.
It is not what we have done for God that saves us — that would clearly be a works salvation (thus, a false salvation). What saves us is what God did for us through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross.
Romans 5:6-12 says, For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
The Catholics write, “While this passage presents considerable difficulty, it is regarded by many of the Fathers and theologians as evidence for the existence of an intermediate state in which the dross of lighter transgressions will be burnt away, and the soul thus purified will be saved.” New Advent.org
Please notice that the Catholic church admits, “this passage presents considerable difficulty” to them and their false doctrine. The reason is that the passage clearly teaches that it is not the Christian who faces the fire, but his works that face it. “Every man’s WORK shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because IT SHALL BE REVEALED BY FIRE; and THE FIRE SHALL TRY EVERY MAN’S WORK of what sort it is.” This has nothing to do with the Christian suffering, but with the works that he has done upon earth. Those works go through the fire to see what sort of works they were.
Were they done selfishly? It is possible to speak before others about the Lord (which is good), but to do it for the limelight and self-glory (that is bad).
This is why all of the works of Christians will face the fire.
Some Christians will end up with no rewards in the end.
Notice, once again, that it is not the Christian who is suffering in the flames — IT IS HIS WORKS THAT ARE FACING THE FLAMES. And what if all of his works are burnt up at the Judgment Seat of Christ? Does it say that he shall then suffer in the flames himself? No. He shall suffer the loss of rewards, but he shall be saved.
There is no such place as purgatory. It is but another doctrine of devils. It gives mankind the false hope that he can still make things right with God after death. But such is not the case. The deceiver is simply at his old work again. Sadly, many will hold onto the thought that they can still redeem themselves by suffering after death, instead of placing their total faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you go to the store to buy Meat, don't run to the Milk section or the Junk Food aisle looking for it!!
The Meat Section is the True Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Milk Section is likened to those who will not preach on sin and Hell, just a feel good message, the Social gospel.
The Junk Food Isle is the outright false doctrine AKA the prosperity gospel, name it and claim it, the Hebraic Roots movement and other false teachings!!
Feasting on just Milk and Junk will eventually cause you great harm, you can count on it!!
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