Bible studies #35: Doctrine of Purgatory is non-Biblical spiritual slavery

The Vatican teach that Catholics can not be sure of salvation in this life. They have to await purification for their sins till after they have departed, in a place not mentioned in the Bible.

The Catholic lives in darkness, because their priest do not tell them where they are going when they depart.

The Doctrine of Purgatory is nullifying the purification for sins done by Jesus on the cross at Calvary Hill. The Bible says that the blood of Jesus has redeemed us from the stains and guilt of sins. People who believe in the cleansing blood of the Messiah are saved. Today.

Romans 5:9
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

Ephesians 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

Hebrews 9:12
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.

The Roman Catholic Church do not agree. The Papal priests tells the faithful they can not be sure of such purification in this life. The final purification will take place after the soul has departed into a place called Purgatory. This word is not mentioned in the Bible, nor is any doctrine of an after-life purification from sins Biblical.

But the Papal doctrine of Purgatory is a money making machine for the Vatican. Because by giving offerings to the Church, so-called indulgences, the family of the departed soul can gain some speed in the soul cleansing process in Purgatory.

From the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church:

1498 Through indulgences the faithful can obtain the remission of temporal punishment resulting from sin for themselves and also for the souls in Purgatory.

Faithful Catholics are told by their priests to keep on praying for the cleansing of the departed soul, and to give Church donations in form of remembering masses. The priest can neither give any assurances of when the departed soul will leave, not have left Purgatory for Heaven. This has led many Catholics to hold such masses for 20 to 30 years.

Not easy to say who is the worst sinner.

The doctrine of Purgatory, and the doctrine of confession to a Catholic priest, leads the Roman Catholics into spiritual slavery. Because the Papal promoted logic is that a man that has committed «many» sins, needs extra time for cleansing in Purgatory. So a priest that have kept a long «confession list» from a departed soul, can raise a lot of funds from the the mans family.

The Church of Rome de facto feed it self on sins.

The more sins the Catholics commits and confesses, the more funds the Church can raise, simply by explaining that plenty of indulgences are needed for the purification in Purgatory.

The Vatican is no longer «able» to start to teach the Gospel correctly. Because if enough Catholics are saved, and automatically turns away from sins, this worldly man made religious system would go bankrupt.

This is the truth about the tragic affairs of the false Church of Rome.

11 thoughts on “Bible studies #35: Doctrine of Purgatory is non-Biblical spiritual slavery

  1. The Catholic church was at a high point during the Dark and Middle Ages. People were superstitious and uneducated and some idiotic doctrines were accepted because the Bible wasn’t readily available to most people.

    When some men stood up against the superstitions of the Roman Catholic popes and the Bible was readily available then things began to change.

    One example of indulgences is the practice of ascending “Pilate’s staircase” on your knees. They are located in Rome and if you go up the stairs on your knees you get some advantage about not going to purgatory or being there for a lesser time.

    1. Dear Davie.

      Shalom, and welcome with this comment. I will surely make an article about the staircase, and all the Jerusalem copies Rome has made.

      But I do not agree with you that false papal doctrines has anything to do with lack of education, and Bibles not being around. Rome was the first to translate the Hebrew Bible, the Latin Vulgate. But the priest and Bishops hid the truth from the people. Claiming to be the only teachers who knew the will of God, they could gain power. Next came the theft and robberies of money and properties.

      The most not, and surely anti-Biblical doctrines that has ever been given by a Pope, came as recently as in 1950. Most Italian, US and German Catholic did have a Bible, and could cross-check the popes teaching.

      It was Hitler`s- Pope Pius XII who have received a revelation that «Mother Mary» was born without sin, never sinned, was ever virgin, was taken up to Heaven in a rapture, and will return as a co-redeemer with her son. There is not a single Word in the Bible to back such doctrines, 1000 years after Rome translated the Bible into Latin. This is the World record in paganism presented as «Christianity».

  2. A good book on antichrist and his church is “The History of Romanism” by John Dowling. It was published, in its 4th edition, in 1845. It can be searched on Google books and downloaded in PDF form.
    It’s well documented with many reference notes. Needless to say you won’t find it in the local library.

    I think he gives a good insight into the development of the papacy and Romanism. While many doctrines have been fairly recent, many were developed during the Dark and Middle ages. Some came to be formed soon after the apostles were gone.

    Praise God.

    1. Dear Harris.

      Shalom, and welcome to this site.

      Blessed messages like this, will keep me blogging. Do you know Jesus? Do you know that he took your place at the cross in Jerusalem? We are all sinners, saved by his Grace. Make Jesus the Boss.

  3. The Bible does not mention the exact word “purgatory,” but instead it makes reference to a place which can be understood as what is referred to as purgatory. To claim that purgatory does not exist because the exact word does not appear in Scripture is a failure to understand Scripture.

    You might as well even deny that there is a book called the Bible because no such name is found in the inspired writings.

    One might as well deny the Trinity, Incarnation, and so forth because these exact words are not found in the Bible.

    The name does not make the place; the place must exist first, then we give it a name. We call this place “purgatory” because it means “a cleansing place.” Therein souls are purged from the small stains of sin, which prevent their immediate entrance into Heaven.

    In Matthew 5:26 Christ is condemning sin and speaks of liberation only after expiation. “Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” Now we know that no last penny needs to be paid in Heaven and from Hell there is no liberation at all; hence the reference must apply to a third place.

    Matthew 12:32 says, “And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”

    The same person as in the previously mentioned verse, Matthew, speaks of sin against the Holy Spirit. The implication is that some sins can be forgiven in the world to come. But not in Hell from which there is no liberation; nor in Heaven because nothing imperfect can enter it as we see in the next part. Any remission of sin cannot occur in either of these places because they are a final destination unlike purgatory.

    Revelation 21:27: “…but nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who does abominable things or tells lies.” The place that is to be entered (the place to which this passage refers) is heaven (read the text around it for context).

    The Bible clearly implies a place for temporary punishment after we die in the many passages which tell that God will reward or punish according to man’s works.

    Nowhere in the Bible does it say salvation is by faith alone. This is un-Scriptural, since Christ tells us that to enter into life we must keep the commandments, hear the Church, do the will of His Father and much more with faith. Yes, actions plus faith.

    1. Dear Tom,

      You said, “The Bible clearly implies a place for temporary punishment after we die in the many passages which tell that God will reward or punish according to man’s works.”

      You are wrong. Jesus died to pay the penalty for all of our sins (Romans 5:8). Isaiah 53:5 declares, “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Jesus suffered for our sins so that we could be delivered from suffering. To say that we must also suffer for our sins is to say that Jesus’ suffering was insufficient. To say that we must atone for our sins by cleansing in Purgatory is to deny the sufficiency of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus (1 John 2:2). The idea that we have to suffer for our sins after death is contrary to everything the Bible says about salvation.

      The primary Scriptural passage Catholics point to for evidence of Purgatory is 1 Corinthians 3:15, which says, “If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.” The passage (1 Corinthians 3:12-15) is using an illustration of things going through fire as a description of believers’ works being judged. If our works are of good quality “gold, sliver, costly stones,” they will pass through the fire unharmed, and we will be rewarded for them. If our works are of poor quality “wood, hay, and straw,” they will be consumed by the fire, and there will be no reward. The passage does not say that believers pass through the fire, but rather that a believer’s works pass through the fire. 1 Corinthians 3:15 refers to the believer “escaping through the flames,” not “being cleansed by the flames.”

      Purgatory, like many other Catholic dogmas, is based on a misunderstanding of the nature of Christ’s sacrifice. Catholics view the Mass / Eucharist as a re-presentation of Christ’s sacrifice because they fail to understand that Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice was absolutely and perfectly sufficient (Hebrews 7:27). Catholics view meritorious works as contributing to salvation due to a failure to recognize that Jesus’ sacrificial payment has no need of additional “contribution” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Similarly, Purgatory is understood by Catholics as a place of cleansing in preparation for heaven because they do not recognize that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are already cleansed, declared righteous, forgiven, redeemed, reconciled, and sanctified.

      The very idea of Purgatory and the doctrines that are often attached to it (prayer for the dead, indulgences, meritorious works on behalf of the dead, etc.) all fail to recognize that Jesus’ death was sufficient to pay the penalty for ALL of our sins. Jesus, who was God incarnate (John 1:1, 14), paid an infinite price for our sin. Jesus died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 2:2). To limit Jesus’ sacrifice to atoning for original sin, or sins committed before salvation, is an attack on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. If we must in any sense pay for, atone for, or suffer because of our sins – that indicates Jesus’ death was not a perfect, complete, and sufficient sacrifice.

      For believers, after death is to be “away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23). Notice that this does not say “away from the body, in Purgatory with the cleansing fire.” No, because of the perfection, completion, and sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are immediately in the Lord’s presence after death, fully cleansed, free from sin, glorified, perfected, and ultimately sanctified.”

      From: qotquestions.org

      1. You say “Purgatory, like many other Catholic dogmas, is based on a misunderstanding of the nature of Christ’s sacrifice. Catholics view the Mass / Eucharist as a re-presentation of Christ’s sacrifice because they fail to understand that Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice was absolutely and perfectly sufficient (Hebrews 7:27). Catholics view meritorious works as contributing to salvation due to a failure to recognize that Jesus’ sacrificial payment has no need of additional “contribution” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Similarly, Purgatory is understood by Catholics as a place of cleansing in preparation for heaven because they do not recognize that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are already cleansed, declared righteous, forgiven, redeemed, reconciled, and sanctified.”

        Starting with Christ died for our sins…….WHY do WE Still SIN????? You and me…..we are sinners!!! God gives us our will to do what you want, and because of our ignorance, selfishness, pride, blindness, weakness, lack of faith, you name it, etc!

        Jesus didn’t die to stop us sinning entirely, although for many his exemplary life and death do show them how to live in a relatively sin-free state. Jesus died to take on himself the ultimate consequence of every single one of our sins – which is death. We none of us would have any chance of heaven without him since we all do sin.

        Now about in 1 Peter 3:18-19, since you are looking wrongly on Corinthian by Paul.

        “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison,”

        The spirits in prison mentioned cannot be in Heaven because Heaven is not a prison nor the spirits need to be taught. Same goes with Hell, once the spirits are there, there’s no way out nor the spirits need to be taught for it is a place of damnation.

        Now the Eucharist…..NOT symbolic….show me in scripture that Christ said his body and blood given is a SYMBOL….NO WAY!!

        Jesus is Almighty…..Son of God…..Second Person in the Trinity…..who is God. It means, he can do all things. He wanted to give his disciples himself, before he endured crucifixion. The eucharist would strengthen the faith of the disciples, even though they did fell. He said to them do this in Memory of me!!!

        As Paul in his epistle to the Corinthians declares: “Is not the cup of blessing a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?” (1 Cor 10:16). In John 6, Jesus declared he was the “bread of life” that “came down from heaven” (John 6:33-35). Later he got more explicit and said, “the bread I will give is my flesh” (John 6:51), and “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.” The disbelieving Jews objected, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” (John 6:52). This was such a difficult teaching that even some of His disciples, “when they heard this said, ‘this is a difficult teaching; who can listen to it?'” and “as a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and would not walk with Him anymore.” (John 6:60, 66). Need I say MORE!!

      2. Dear Tom,

        I’m glad you are interested in searching for the truth. Catholicism is NOT Christianity and the two are completely 100 percent incompatible. There is no salvation in following the Catholic sacraments. As my time is limited, I urge you to find a Bible believing church as soon as possible and seek counsel there. It may take some time to undo all the faulty doctrines and lies taught to you over the years by the Catholic church — but the sooner you start renouncing this blasphemous lie the better off you will be because it leads to hell. I have tried to answer your questions (below) by referring to gotquestions.org which I think you will find useful, as my time is limited.

        You said:

        “Starting with Christ died for our sins…….WHY do WE Still SIN????? You and me…..we are sinners!!!”

        Sin had its beginning with Lucifer, probably the most beautiful and powerful of the angels. Not content with his position, he desired to be higher than God, and that was his downfall, the beginning of sin (Isaiah 14:12-15). Renamed Satan, he brought sin to the human race in the Garden of Eden, where he tempted Adam and Eve with the same enticement, “you shall be like God.” Genesis 3 describes Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God and against His command. Since that time, sin has been passed down through all the generations of mankind and we, Adam’s descendants, have inherited sin from him. Romans 5:12 tells us that through Adam sin entered the world, and so death was passed on to all men because “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

        The Scriptures state, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Christ paid the PENALTY for our sin. We all deserve death, which is the ultimate penalty for sin. Everyone will pay for his sin unless he comes to Christ, who has paid the price for our sin with His blood. The good news is that we will not have to strive forever against daily sin. One day we will be in heaven with our Savior and will be freed from the presence and power of sin, just as we have already been freed from its penalty.

        You said:

        “Now about in 1 Peter 3:18-19, since you are looking wrongly on Corinthian by Paul. For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison.”

        Speaking of the time between Jesus’ death and resurrection, 1 Peter 3:19 declares, “He went and preached to the spirits in prison.” Who were these “spirits in prison,” why was Jesus preaching to them, and what was He preaching to them? First, let’s look at the word spirits. It is from the Greek word pneumasin, a form of the word pneuma, which means “air, breath, wind.” It is used in the New Testament to refer to angels (Hebrews 1:14), demons (Mark 1:23), the spirit of Jesus (Matthew 27:50), and the Holy Spirit (John 14:17). While the Bible makes it clear that human beings have spirits (Hebrews 4:12), the Bible never refers to human beings as “spirits.” We have spirits, but are not spirits. God the Holy Spirit, angels, and demons do not have spirits; they are spirits. So the standard meaning of the word spirits in the phrase “spirits in prison” seems to argue for the spirits being something other than human beings.

        If the spirits in prison are not the spirits of deceased human beings, and we know that the Holy Spirit is not imprisoned, and that God’s holy angels are not imprisoned, that leaves us with one option—the spirits in prison are demons. Now, it is clear that not all the demons are imprisoned. The New Testament gives countless examples of demonic activity. So the spirits in prison must be a select group of demons who, unlike the rest of their demonic allies, were at one point imprisoned.

        What might be a possible reason for some, but not all, of the demons to be imprisoned? Jude verse 6 gives us an important clue, “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.” Again, the New Testament makes it abundantly clear that not all of the demons are “bound with everlasting chains.” Jude verse 6, which is similar to 1 Peter 3:19, must be speaking of a select group of demons who sinned even more grievously against God.

        What might this sin have been? Genesis 6:1-4 records the “sons of God” mating with the “daughters of men” and producing a race of giants, the Nephilim. The sons of God were fallen angels (demons) who mated with human females, and this is the most likely identity of the spirits in prison in 1 Peter 3:19. The demons who committed this sin were imprisoned by God to prevent them from recommitting this sin, and to discourage the other demons from participating in the sin. This interpretation is also supported by the fact that 1 Peter 3:20 mentions “the days of Noah,” and the sons of God incident occurred just prior to God sending the flood in Noah’s time (Genesis 6).

        The spirits in prison mentioned in 1 Peter 3:19 were demons who sinned grievously against God by “abandoning their proper abode” (Jude 6) in the incident involving the sons of God and the daughters of men (Genesis 6:1-4).

        You said:

        ‘”Now the Eucharist…..NOT symbolic….show me in scripture that Christ said his body and blood given is a SYMBOL….NO WAY!!”

        It is very clear that Jesus referred to Himself as the Bread of Life and encouraged his followers to eat of His flesh in John 6. But we do not need to conclude that Jesus was teaching what the Catholics have referred to as transubstantiation. The Lord’s Supper / Christian communion / Holy Eucharist had not been instituted yet. Jesus did not institute the Holy Eucharist / Mass / Lord’s Supper until John chapter 13. Therefore, to read the Lord’s Supper into John 6 is unwarranted. As suggested above, it is best to understand this passage in light of coming to Jesus, in faith, for salvation. When we receive Him as Savior, placing our full trust in Him, we are “consuming His flesh” and “drinking His blood.” His body was broken (at His death) and His blood was shed to provide for our salvation. 1 Corinthians 11:26, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

        Whether the Catholic definition of Holy Eucharist is a “re-sacrifice” of Christ, or a “re-offering” of Christ’s sacrifice – both concepts are unbiblical. Christ does not need to be re-sacrificed. Christ’s sacrifice does not need to be re-offered. Hebrews 7:27 declares, “Unlike the other high priests, He (Jesus) does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins ONCE for all when He offered Himself.” Similarly, 1 Peter 3:18 exclaims, “For Christ died for sins ONCE for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God…” Christ’s once for all death on the cross was sufficient to atone for all of our sins (1 John 2:2). Therefore, Christ’s sacrifice does not need to be re-offered. Instead, Christ’s sacrifice is to be received by faith (John 1:12; 3:16). Eating Christ’s flesh and drinking His blood are SYMBOLS of fully receiving His sacrifice on our behalf, by grace through faith.

        God Bless.

  4. The teaching of purgatory seems to contradict the finished work of Christ and offend the basic understanding of God as a loving, all-caring, all-merciful God who has forgiven our sins in Christ Jesus.

  5. JM you said “The spirits in prison mentioned in 1 Peter 3:19 were demons who sinned grievously against God by “abandoning their proper abode” (Jude 6) in the incident involving the sons of God and the daughters of men (Genesis 6:1-4).” What you are saying is illogical and absolutely wrong! Why on earth would Jesus preach to demons when they eternally condemned to Hell….what you make is no sense???

    As it is understood and by early Church Father’s and Theologians, the souls of the dead before Christ were awaiting the time when he would come to release them from Sheol/the bosom of Abraham into heaven. As St. Paul noted, the blood of goats and rams were not sufficient to redeem us, but Christ’s death on the cross purchased humanity for God for all who desired it. Christ entered Sheol to preach his Gospel to them and lead those who accepted it into heaven with him.

    In summary, even though baptism has removed the stain of original sin, our natures are still fallen, they are not pure. Let’s take a look at scripture for a moment, in the book of Revelation: 21:27: “There shall not enter into it [heaven] any thing defiled, or that worketh abomination or maketh a lie, but they that are written in the book of life of the Lamb.”

    Even after we die, we still have our human natures, right? Well those natures are still fallen, impure. Here scripture states that nothing impure shall enter heaven. So how do we get there?

    There must be a way to purify our souls before entry into heaven. This is purgatory! I’d take the angle of; even though through Christ’s death and ressurection enables our righteousness and obedience to be gifted, unworthily, with eternal life, righteousness does not remove a fallen nature. Even the righteous still experience mortal death which is the consequence of a fallen nature. I think there’s ample evidence proving that. However, even the righteous still need this fallen nature to be purified to enter heaven. However righteous a person is their nature is still fallen. If that is false then the righteous would never experience death, which they most certainly do.

    Now when you said “Whether the Catholic definition of Holy Eucharist is a “re-sacrifice” of Christ, or a “re-offering” of Christ’s sacrifice – both concepts are unbiblical.” I don’t know where you got that idea. But never is the Eucharist a “RE-SACRIFIC” if you got that from Catholic then they are wrong! And so are you mistaken!

    Roman Catholics are quick to say that the Eucharist is not a re-sacrifice of Christ. They want to make it clear that Christ was offered once for all and that the Mass is not a re-sacrifice but a “Re-Presentation” of the sacrifice. We certainly do not want to misrepresent Roman Catholic theology, but we must ask how it is possible for the Mass to not be a re-sacrifice of Christ when the Mass is called a divine sacrifice that is done over and over again. We are told that “the sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice” that it is an unbloody offering that is proptiatory that it can make reparation of sins, and is to be considered a true and proper sacrifice. We must conclude that it is a sacrifice that occurs over and over again and since it is said to be a true and proper sacrifice that is propitiatory, then logically it must be a re-sacrifice of Christ. If it is not, then how can it be called a sacrifice of Christ? Also, how could it be propitiatory if it is not a sacrifice of Christ since it is Christ’s offering on the cross that is itself propitiatory?
    •”Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people,” (Heb. 2:17).
    •”and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world,” (1 John 2:2).

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