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Tim Bench,

“One evening, while I was alone in choir to pray, I heard the rustle of a suit and I saw a young monk that stirred next to the High altar. It seemed that the young monk was dusting the candelabra and straightening the flower vases. I thought he was Padre Leone rearranging the altar, and, since it was supper time, I went to him and I told him: “Padre Leone, go to dine, this is not the time to dust and to straighten the altar”. But a voice, that was not Father Leone’s answered me”: “I am not Padre Leone”, “and who are you? “, I asked him. “I am a brother of yours that made the noviciate here. I was ordered to clean the altar during the year of the noviciate. Unfortunately many times I didn’t reverence Jesus while passing in front of the altar, thus causing the Holy Sacrament that was preserved in the tabernacle to be disrespected. For this serious carelessness, I am still in Purgatory. Now, God, with his endless goodness, sent me here so that you may quicken the time I will enjoy Paradise. Take care of me.” I believed to be generous to that suffering soul, so I exclaimed: “you will be in Paradise tomorrow morning, when I will celebrate Holy Mass”. That soul cried: “Cruel!” Then he wept and disappeared. That complaint produced in me a wound to the heart that I have felt and I will feel my whole life. In fact I would have been able to immediately send that soul to Heaven but I condemned him to remain another night in the flames of Purgatory.”

 

 

From “Padre Pio and the souls in Purgatory”, Padre Pio Pietrelcian (1887-1968).

 

 

Few, if any, false doctrines of man are more blatantly false, anti-Biblical, and unscriptural as the concept of “Purgatory”, typically associated with the Roman Catholic Church. The concept is based around the belief that after death, there are THREE options available for the soul of one who perishes; heaven, hell, and “Purgatory” (from the Latin “Purgatorium”),1 a place of suffering and punishment (although far less severe than hell) where “venial” sins of the departed are punished for an indeterminate period of time, thus “purifying” the deceased for his/her eventual entrance into “heaven”. No one, the view holds, will stay in “Purgatory” into eternity, but will eventually enter into heaven.

 

“Purgatory” defined, as per www.newadvent.org….

“Purgatory (Lat., "purgare", to make clean, to purify) in accordance with Catholic teaching is a place or conditionof 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.”

 

“Purgatory”, as per www.catholic.com…..

“The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experienced by those "who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified" (CCC 1030). It notes that "this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1031). 

The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically venial sins and the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven…

Catholic theology takes seriously the notion that "nothing unclean shall enter heaven." From this it is inferred that a less than cleansed soul, even if "covered," remains a dirty soul and isn’t fit for heaven. It needs to be cleansed or "purged" of its remaining imperfections. The cleansing occurs in purgatory. Indeed, the necessity of the purging is taught in other passages of Scripture, such as 2 Thessalonians 2:13, which declares that God chose us "to be saved through sanctification by the Spirit." Sanctification is thus not an option, something that may or may not happen before one gets into heaven. It is an absolute requirement, as Hebrews 12:14 states that we must strive "for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord."

 

 

From the “Catechism of the Catholic Church“, “The Profession of Faith”…..

“1030 All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.

1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin." From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead:

Let us help and commemorate them. If Job's sons were purified by their father's sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.”

 

 

“The poor souls, as we call them, also the faithful departed, are those who having died in God’s friendship, without unrepentant mortal sin, but who have died with still venial sins on their souls, expiate for an undetermined length of time the punishment that was still due to their sins. We call them poor souls, because they cannot merit, that’s the key word, they cannot merit for themselves. We call them the faithful departed, because although dead in body, they are very much alive in soul, having remained faithful to God before their souls left their bodies.”

from “Poor souls in Purgatory” by “Father” John Hardon; www.therealpresence.org.

 

 

““I know when you pray for me, and it is the same with all of the other souls here in Purgatory. Very few of us here get any prayers; the majority of us are totally abandoned, with no thought or prayers offered for us from those on earth” (Message from a soul in Purgatory).

From “Mystics of the Church” website.

 

“The Holy Souls often appeared to him begging his powerful intercession, "Give us prayers", they cried with one voice. "You are the friend of the poor and sick! Be our friend too! Help make us worthy to be with God and His Blessed ones."

St. John offered three rosaries every night for the souls in Purgatory. He also sprinkled holy water on the ground several times a day for their relief. He also offered hundreds of short prayers as he went around his regular work, applying the merit of these little prayers to the Holy Souls. Not a day passed that St. John didn't unite himself with the priest at the altar begging the Heavenly Father to grant all the souls eternal rest through the merits of Christ's death on Calvary.”

From “The Helper of Souls – St. John Macias”, “Devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory”, Facebook page, 3-11-2015.

 

“ST. MARGARET MARY…beheld the apparition of one of her sisters in religion. That sister suffering cruelly in Purgatory implored her prayers and suffrages —
"See, the bed I lie on, where I am enduring intolerable pains…it was bristling with sharp and fiery spikes which entered the flesh…suffering this torture for my sloth and negligence in observing the rule. My heart is torn in my bosom to punish my murmurs against my superiors, my tongue is eaten by worms for my words contrary to charity and my breaches of silence."
"BUT ALL THIS IS A SMALL MATTER IN COMPARISON WITH ANOTHER PAIN WHICH GOD MADE ME EXPERIENCE…IT WAS MORE PAINFUL TO ME THAN ALL MY SUFFERINGS…GOD SHOWED ME ONE OF NEAR RELATIVES WHO HAD DIED IN A STATE OF MORTAL SIN SENTENCE BY THE SUPREME JUDGE AND DASHED INTO HELL. THAT SIGHT CAUSED ME A FRIGHT, HORROR, PAIN THAT NO TONGUE COULD COMMUNICATE."
from “The Dogma of Hell” by Father F.X. Schouppe, “The Pains Inflicted on the Reprobates in Hell” by Dr. Remi Amelunxen.

 

Matthew 12:31-32 serves as the doctrinal foundation for many who believe in Purgatory…

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.


 

“As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.”

from “Dialogues” by Gregory the Great (“Pope” from 590 AD to 604 AD), page 396.

 

“From these words St. Augustine (De Civ. Dei, lib. 21, c. 13) and St. Gregory (Dialog., 4, c. 39) gather, that some sins may be remitted in the world to come; and, consequently, that there is a purgatory or a middle place”.

From Douay-Rheims Bible + Challoner Notes, “Gospel According to Saint Matthew”.

 

“It is well known, that the Papists argue from this passage, for the remission of some sins in purgatory, after this life is ended, which are not remitted by God here”.

From Benson Commentary on Matthew 12:32.

 

The heresy of Purgatory is immense and affecting for believers. Adherents are led to falsely believe that the ”penalty” for their sins may be paid AFTER their death (provided they do not commit “mortal” sins, such as murder or blasphemy, which would by definition condemn a person to “hell” directly). The stay in “Purgatory” and its resulting “cleansing” may be 20 minutes, 2o years, or 20,000 years, based on the severity of the sin committed while on earth by the deceased. Simply stated, one can sin in this world, and STILL enter heaven at some undisclosed future date.

Astonishingly, those remaining on earth can expedite the departure of loved ones from the torments of “Purgatory”, or at least greatly reduce the time sufferers might spend there. As per Catholic dogma, “prayers” for those in Purgatory effectively serve to reduce the time the dead might spend there….

 

“O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I a miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Your Shoulder on which You bore Your heavy Cross, which so tore Your Flesh and laid bare Your Bones as to inflict on You an anguish greater than any other Wound of Your Most Blessed Body. I adore You, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify You and give You thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching You by the crushing burden of Your heavy Cross to be merciful to the souls in purgatory and to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Your Cross. Amen.”

from “Devotion of St. Bernard to the Shoulder Wound of Jesus” (“Releases many souls from purgatory each time it is prayed”, as per www.holysouls.com).

 

 

“O gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on them. Be not severe in Your judgments, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames. And, Merciful Savior, send Your angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.”

from “A Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory”.

 

 

“Saint Gertrude had a deep empathy for the Church suffering, the Holy Souls in Purgatory. At every Holy Communion she beseeched Jesus for His mercy to be bestowed on them. During one Holy Communion she experienced the descent into Purgatory with Our Lord. She heard Him say: "At Holy Communion I will permit thee to draw forth all to whom the fragrance of thy prayers penetrates." After Holy Communion Our Lord customarily delivered more Souls than she had dared to ask for. 
One time when Gertrude was praying with great fervor for the Holy souls, she asked Our Lord how many Souls His mercy would release, He answered: "My love urges Me to release the Poor Souls. If a beneficent king leaves his guilty friend in prison for justice's sake, he awaits with longing for one of his nobles to plead for the prisoner and to offer something for his release. Then the king joyfully, sets him free. Similarly, I accept with highest pleasure what is offered to Me for the Poor Souls, for I long inexpressibly to have near Me those for whom I paid so great a price. By the prayers of thy loving soul, I am induced to free a prisoner from Purgatory as often as thou dost move thy tongue to utter a word of prayer!"

Excerpt from “St. Gertrude and the Holy Souls”.

 

 

“A PRAYER TO FREE 1000 SOULS FROM PURGATORY: PROMISE PRAYER…A Prayer Which Would Release 1,000 Souls From Purgatory 
Each Time It Is Said:

Our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great that the following prayer would release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was later extended to include living sinners as well.

"ETERNAL FATHER, I OFFER THEE THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF THY DIVINE SON, JESUS, IN UNION WITH THE MASSES SAID THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TODAY, FOR ALL THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen."

APPROVAL AND RECOMMENDATION: M. Cardinal Pahiarca at Lisbon, Portugal, March 4, 1936.”


 

“As we enter Heaven we will see them, so many of them coming towards us and thanking us. We will ask, who they are, and they will say a poor soul you prayed for in Purgatory.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979).


 

"The Holy Souls are eager for the prayers of the faithful which can gain indulgences for them. Their intercession is powerful. Pray unceasingly. We must empty Purgatory!" Padre Pio Pietrelcian (1887-1968).


 

"Yet how quickly we could empty purgatory if we but really wished to."

“The fire of Purgatory is the same as the fire of Hell; the difference between them is that the fire of Purgatory is not everlasting.

St John Vianney (1786-1859).


 

Catholic Facebook posting at “Traditional Roman Catholic”… “Don't forget the souls in Purgatory. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen. (300 days indulgence for the souls in Purgatory)”.


 

Many will argue that the concept of “Purgatory” is no longer a facet of Catholic theology, and is a mere remnant of long ago abuses. Those who hold such views might be well-served to take note of the following….


 

“In an effort to modernize one of the oldest practices of the Roman Catholic religion, the Vatican is offering indulgences–a reduction of time spent in purgatory–to those who will follow Pope Francis next Monday on Twitter during World Youth Day.

The offering of indulgences has continued throughout the ages, and has evolved in a variety of ways–including the Vatican’s latest addition to the pitch, to grant a reduction of time in purgatory to those who follow the Pope on Twitter during World Youth Day. The offer is only one of a number of accepted tasks, and the Twitter proposition was presented to in order to include those who could not attend the event in Brazil in person.

But there is a stipulation.

“[Y]ou must be following the events live,” a representative of the Vatican’s apostolic penitentiary told The Guardian. “It is not as if you can get an indulgence

by chatting on the internet.”

from “Vatican Offers Time Off ‘Purgatory’ for Following Pope on Twitter During World Youth Day”, www.christiannews.net, July 18, 2013.

 

“Purgatory”, or even any related concept never appears once in the Old or New Testament. For “scriptural justification” of Purgatory, Catholics will cite the Apocrypha, considered non-canonical by nearly all Protestants in the modern world….


 

“Judas, the commander of the forces of Israel, making a gathering . . . sent twelve thousand drachmas of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead). And because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them. It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” (2 Maccabees 12:43-46).


 

The concept of “Purgatory” directly lead to arguably the greatest and most egregious doctrine on all of Roman Catholicism; the sale of “indulgences”, wherein a person could expedite the departure of their loved one's soul from the torturous agonies off Purgatory in exchange for a payment to the Catholic Church. This would become a massive source of revenue for the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages, and one which the Papacy was seemingly all too happy to promote (the sale of indulgences would fund the St. Peter’s Basilica (the second largest church in the world) and would also help fund artwork from the likes of Michelangelo) 2.


 

“New St. Peter’s Basilica is the second largest church in the world and considered by many to be the most beautiful. Built mainly during the sixteenth century, it took over a century to complete, and withstood corruption, wars, the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, good popes and evil ones, and inched its way toward completion in 1626.

The main funding for the early stages of building New St. Peter’s came from the sale of indulgences…the abusive means of selling indulgences, including lies from priests and the papacy about their efficacy, resulted in an uprising…Indulgences also paid for some of the most exquisite art in the world.”

from “The Role of Indulgences in the Building of New Saint Peter’s Basilica” by Kim Dennis.

 

Purchasing “indulgences” from the Catholic Church could allow one to keep a mistress, or more often, to purchase the salvation of a loved one’s immortal soul. Try to imagine the guilt, fear, angst, etc. when told that a loved one was suffering the agonies of hellish torment, and the only remedy for your loved one was a substantial payment to the Catholic Church. In short order, the Catholic Church's most famous villain, Johann Tetzel, would begin the mass selling of indulgences to fill both the Catholic coffers, as well as his own pockets, playing on the entrenched belief of “Purgatory” among the masses. A typical sales plea from Tetzel clearly illustrates the terror he would inflict upon the peasants regarding their deceased loved ones, suffering in torment in “Purgatory”…..

 

“Do you not hear the voices of your dead relatives and others, crying out to you and saying ‘Pity us, pity us, for we are in dire punishment and torment from which you can redeem us for a pittance’ ? And you will not?”

“Will you not then for a quarter of a florin receive these letters of indulgence through which you are able to lead a divine and immortal soul safely and securely into the homeland of paradise?”

from Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and his Career by James Kittelson, page 103.

 

 

Tetzel's own words…."Indulgences are the most precious and sublime of God's gifts. This cross (pointing to the emblem) has as much efficacy as the cross of Jesus Christ. Draw, near, and I will give you letters duly sealed by which even the sins which you shall hereafter desire to commit shall all be forgiven.

I would not exchange my privileges for those of St. Peter! I have saved more souls with my indulgences than he has with his servants. There is no sin so great that indulgences cannot remit. And even if one should, which is doubtless impossible, ravish the holy Virgin, Mother of God, let him pay, only let his pay well for an indulgence, and all shall be forgiven him!

Ye priests, ye nobles, ye wives, ye maidens, and you young men, hearken to your departed parents and friends who cry to you from the bottomless depths. 'We are enduring a horrible torment', they scream, 'a small alms from you would deliver us. You can give it now if you will'. Thus they cry to you from purgatory.

The very moment that the money clinks against the bottom of the chest, the soul escapes from purgatory and flies free to heaven. Now just pay off, 0 senseless people! Almost like the beasts who do not comprehend the grace so richly offered. This day heaven is on all sides of you. Do you now refuse to enter? When do you intend to come in? This day you may redeem many souls."

from “Indulgences And Other Catholic Heresies” by Frank Puckett, 8-11-1949, Gospel Guardian.

 

 

No greater falsehood, lie, or deception has ever been foisted upon supposed followers of Christ than the heresy of “Purgatory”. Let us briefly examine two primary reasons why this belief, concocted, developed, and promoted by the Catholic Church, is and has been apostasy and abominable heresy.

 

1) The word “Purgatory” is not found in the Bible…..ever. The “concept” of Purgatory is not found in the Bible. Even Catholic sources will grudgingly admit this unavoidable and indisputable fact….

 

“L. R. Wilson, (Roman Catholicism Facts or Fabrications (Nashville, TN: The Freedom Press, 1965), p. 44.) quotes The New Catholic Dictionary as saying, “Although Holy Scripture does not expressly mention Purgatory, it presupposes it.” 3.

 

The Bible is abundantly clear on the options for eternal destinations for all of mankind…..we will either receive a glorious eternal reward (Matthew 25:31-34) or we will be eternally damned into torment for our disobedience (Revelation 21;8, Matthew 25:46, Matthew 13:50, Mark 9:43, Jude 1:7, etc.). The Apostle Paul never mentioned or hinted at “Purgatory”…..Peter likewise never once mentioned such a concept, and neither did any other New Testament figure; most importantly Jesus Christ never made ANY reference to “Purgatory”. None. There is no Biblical statement, example, or inference of a “mid-point” between heaven and hell, and there is likewise absolutely no indicator of an after-death location wherein a person is “cleansed” via pain and suffering and “prepared” for eventual entrance into heaven. There is also NO Biblical support for the differentiation of sin into different “levels”, as Catholicism does with “venial” sins vs. “mortal” (or unforgivable) sins. ALL sin is an affront to God, and ALL sin is a violation of God's purity and perfection.

 

 

2) The Apocrypha is generally regarded as non-inspired, and thus is summarily rejected from inclusion in most all Protestant translations of the modern Bible…..Catholics, as stated earlier, cling to Maccabees 12:39-45 from the Apocrypha as de facto support/proof for the existence of Purgatory, yet even this verse does NOT use the term “Purgatory”, nor does it specify pained tortured inflicted upon its inhabitants…..

 

“Nowhere in this passage is there any mention of fire in which souls are tormented. All that is mentioned is prayers for the dead, from which the Roman Catholic theologians infer, first, that such prayers are proper, and secondly, that such prayers can be effective for the salvation of the dead. Furthermore, from the Roman Catholic viewpoint, these verses prove too much, for they teach the possible salvation of soldiers who had died in mortal sin, that of idolatry. And that contradicts Roman Catholic doctrine, which is that those dying in mortal sin go straight to hell and are permanently lost….Surely one who had never heard of purgatory would not learn about it from this passage.”

from “Roman Catholicism” by Loraine Boettner, 1970, page 228.

 

“The only passage from the Old Testament that is cited in an attempt to prove the doctrine of Purgatory is from 2 Maccabees 12:43-46. This is one of the Apocryphal books, meaning of doubtful origin. These books were not accepted as inspired by the Jews and belonging in the Old Testament; they were not accepted by the early Christians; and they are not included in the Canon of the Bible accepted today by all non-Catholics. If the doctrine of Purgatory is clearly taught in the Old Testament as the Catholics claim, isn't it strange that it is limited to a book which lacks canonical authority and was not accepted by the Jews as being inspired? That passage says,

"And making a gathering, He sent 12,000 drachmas of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection. (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead.) And because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness had great grace laid up for them. It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may by loosed from sins."

The "he" that is spoken of here is Judas Maccabees. In the story of the book of Maccabees, those people who had died and were being prayed for here were guilty of the sin of idolatry, a mortal sin according to Catholicism, one that condemns people to hell. Catholics contend that Purgatory is for those who have committed venial sins. Therefore, their Old Testament proof depends upon a book that does not belong in the Old Testament to begin with, and the very passage that is quoted contradicts their own teaching about mortal sin when it is used to defend Purgatory. Furthermore, try as I might to find it, 2 Maccabees 12:43-46 does not mention Purgatory.”

from “A Look At Roman Catholicism (2): Purgatory: Does It Exist?”, by Greg Litmer, Truth Magazine, 8-14-1980.

 

 

“Neither Jesus nor his divinely inspired apostles quoted from them or gave their approval to them in any way. They were not in the "book" from which the Lord read (Luke 4:16); neither were they included in the "sacred scriptures" from which Timothy had received instruction since childhood. (2 Timothy 3:15.) They were not in the "law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms" from which Christ taught the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. (Luke 24.) But they are in the Catholic Bible. Thus the "best argument" to be made for purgatory is based on a passage which is from an apocryphal book; and has to do with a superstitious practice of the Jews of the period of time between the Testaments.”

from “Purgatory”, 10-14-1954 issue of Gospel Guardian.

 

 

In summary, “Purgatory” is in direct opposition to the Holy Bible, and is in direct opposition to what the New Testament teaches about heaven and hell. This vile, insipid, and man-made lie is a deception which has been foisted upon and believed by untold millions of victims throughout history, a lie created by and promoted by the Roman Catholic Church, which financially benefited beyond comprehension by the very promotion of Purgatory as doctrine.

 

 

"The doctrine of purgatory is the doctrine that man at death goes to an intermediate state between heaven and hell for temporary punishment. The Bible does not speak of it. In Luke 16:19-31 we read of two men who died. One was saved. The other was lost. Neither went to purgatory. If neither the saved nor the lost go to purgatory, then who will? No one, for there is no such place! According to secular history this doctrine can be traced back to 593 A.D.—History of the Christian Church, Philip Schaff. 'The first decree on this subject is found in connection with the councils of Florence, 1439. The 25th session of the Council of Trent declares that there is a purgatory and that the souls there detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful' — Nelson's Encyclopedia, Vol. 10, p. 114"

(Leroy Brownlow, "Brownlow's Sermon in The Methodist Church," 1952, Additional Material).

 

“Purgatory not only is a false doctrine of itself but is the root of many other ills in Roman Catholic theology, especially the practice of indulgences, the manipulation of parishioners for financial gain, et al. It, as much as anything, contributed due to these evil influences to the Protestant Reformation. Instead of jettisoning the error, the Catholic Church clings to it like an alcoholic to his booze bottle because of the wealth extorted from multiplied millions, if not billions, over the centuries.”

quote from Howard Daniel Denham, Truth Bible Institute, via personal correspondence, 2-21-2016.

 

 

The danger of “Purgatory” as a belief is serious and eternal. Each and every one of us is, quite literally, one heartbeat or one breath away from our rendezvous with our creator. Each and every one if us, without exception, will stand and give an account for our lives (2 Corinthians 5:10, Romans 14:12), and our deeds, and our misdeeds…..on that “dreadful day”, out eternities will be decided. There will be no appeals, and there will be no “second chances”, and there will be no proverbial “weigh station”, where we will be offered yet another posthumous opportunity to be “cleansed” or “purified” from our sins and shortcomings upon this earth. Those who venture through this life convinced that they are guilty of only “venial” sins, and can have said sins removed from serving an indeterminate period in Purgatory after their demise are placing their eternal souls in deadly peril, as is always the case with those who ignore clear-cut and direct Bible teaching, replacing truth with the imagined and false doctrines of mankind.

 

1- "Purgatory," Merriam Webster dictionary.

2- "The Role of Indulgences in the Building of New Saint Peter’s Basilica" (2011) by Ginny Justice.

3- “Catholic Doctrine of Purgatory” by Michael Hatcher, page 2.

 

 

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