Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 18
Purgatory is one of the cardinal doctrines of Catholicism. As you would naturally expect, the word does not have a Greek equivalent. It is a Latin word. It means to cleanse. Here, werewolves, Muslims, high Lutherans, Episcopalians, some Jews, and faithful Catholics congregate until they are released by their God, either the Pope or Allah. The satisfaction due God for sins is taught to made up, not during life, but in death and by a dollar bill, not the blood of His only begotten Son. It is mentioned in the extra books the Catholics hang on to that they call the “inner testament books” and in 2 Maccabees 12:46, but is said to be a venial (a sin you can be forgiven if committed and you don’t get to a priest with your money), not a mortal sin (a sin you cannot be forgiven when committed—keep your money, but there are not many of these!! ). Venial sins are the light weight sins while mortal are the heavy hitters. I call them miller light and miller heavy. Paul wrote: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1-2 The Pope writes: “No man, no matter how devout in life is ready for heaven. He must go to purgatory unless exempted by special dispensation-and the price is high!! The location of purgatory is in great doubt (whether in this world or out of this world) It seems an infallible Pope should know, but they if they know, they have not said. Maybe daddy Fran will get around to telling us!! In 1438 the Council of Florence invented it, yet, they did not locate it—oops!! It is a relic of ignorance and superstition handed down from vague delusions possessed by some fanatics that taught three centuries before Christ came to this world. Pagan mythology was its father but even the doctrine of purgatory was worked over a little bit to be what it is today. Needless to say, the state of the dead, as taught by the divinely inspired Word of God denies this false doctrine. “As a tree falls, so shall it be..” Ecclesiastes 11:3; 9:10; “They would not repent though one could go to this place…” Luke 16:28 All the walls of the Hadean world cry out eternal, eternal, eternal; yet the boys of Rome bid them to be silent while they are raking in the money. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 With such a divine assurance one would think the boys of Rome would back off their false doctrine—sadly, they won’t. “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:9 When approaching death, a devout Catholic will give all they possess to escape purgatory and after death, their families will give great amounts of money to buy them out or get them as far as they can so they can jump the rest of the way out (my joke). They admit it is not found in the New Testament, but what does that matter if the Councils or a Pope says it does?? “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:11
One of the things that brought the errors of Catholicism to the forefront was the selling of indulgences. Indulgences are defined to be “a remission of the temporal punishment of our sins the church grants outside of penance.” Deharbe’s Catechism: The obvious meaning of that definition is—pray and pay. Indulgences may be paid prospectively, before entering purgatory, to shorten the stay or lessen the misery. Or they may be paid vicariously, that is one for another, or retrospectively, that is after one has gone out of this world into the purgatorial realm (wherever that is!). It became obvious that the sole purpose of indulgences was for the obtaining of money. Sin forgiven for a price of money (sounds a little like Judas selling Christ for 15 pieces of silver). This is a big money-maker for the boys of Rome!! “There remains no more sacrifice for sin.” Hebrews 10:26 “Now where there is remission of sin, there is no more offering for sin.” Hebrews 10:18 There is no SECOND CHANCE, the New Testament is the law of the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God; this covenant is the FINAL Law from Deity. Indulgences violate the “shed blood, from the foundations of the world” and does “despite to the law of grace.”
The doctrine of vicarious baptism follows in hot pursuit to purgatory and indulgences. It asserts that a living person in this world may be baptized for a dead person in the other world, who had not been baptized in this life. Like infant baptism, children praying, and forgiveness of sin by partaking of the Eucharist, this practice of baptizing for the dead also brings in a lot of money.