Corruptions of Christianity-Catholicism and purgatory-the Magic safety net

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This article is intended for the those that follow and practice Catholic teachings, but also as a reproof and education to Christians about the truth behind the Catholic Church. I want it to be known that those of you who do follow and practice Catholic teaching are not the enemy, but if you, who are reading this, believe and practice the things I’m going to talk about in this article, I could not argue from scripture that you are Saved by Jesus Christ because you are working inquity. The Roman Catholic Church, from which all Catholicism spreads, has been, for 1700 years, teaching a false gospel that is not of Christ, and though this is very hard for a life-long Catholic to take in, Jesus Christ said His sheep hear his voice, so those who have truly repented and humbled themselves before Him will hear this message.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
-John 10:27

The public mantra is: “You should be loving to the Catholics.” I agree, but love is not equivalent to submitting to personal preferences. Love in the Bible equates to keeping the Word of God, and therefore, there is nothing more loving than the truth. Allowing someone to fall into hell based on a false religious system is not loving at all.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;-Matthew 7:21

What I will say in this will offend almost all who claim Catholicism is Biblical, and also those who falsely believe that all Catholics are brethren in Christ, and many will hate me because of this, but I love Catholics too much to allow them to perish in hell for eternity with their hopes in false system.

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
-Galatians 4:16

Though most Catholics will have already closed this article before continuing, if you are still reading, and have decided you do not want to hear me, then I pray that you would be willing to listen to a short video from a 23-year-veteran Catholic priest who was born-again: Source

Purgatory is the glue that holds the entire Catholic religion together. If the Catholic church removed purgatory from its teachings, it would be very hard to convince anyone to join the Catholic Church.

purgatory (Lat., “purgare”, to make clean, to purify): in accordance with Catholic teaching is 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
(See Hanna, E. (1911), Purgatory, Catholic Encyclopedia, New York: Robert Appleton Company, Dec 31, 2009, New Advent – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12575a.htm)

When you simplify it, purgatory is a safety net in which, according to the Catholics, you don’t go to heaven or hell when you die, but rather you go to neutral limbo state where you get things “sorted out,” meaning, that you must pay the full penalty for all your sins. The attraction of purgatory is that it means a man can be a Catholic and live like a devil in drunkenness, fornication, etc, and in the end, he still gets to go to heaven after he goes to the limbo state to sweat out all his sins. He’ll just have to wait in purgatory a while because he was naughty in his lust, and God has to give him a bit of a spanking before he can enter heaven. Literally billions are going to end up in hell because they put their hopes into this lie.

Purgatory is not mentioned in the Bible at all, and there is nothing Scriptural that can be used in favor of it, but let’s address the following verses Catholics commonly use as “proof” for it:

 

Catholic “Proof for Purgatory” – Verse #1
1 Corinthians 3:12-15
“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 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. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

The Catholic interpretation is that man will be judged based upon his “good works.” He has to go to purgatory to have them tried, and then remains there until God says it okay to come to heaven. It is common, in my experience, for Catholics to leave out the verse just before these:

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
-1 Corinthians 3:11

The foundation which those works are built upon is the Lord Jesus Christ, which means it is by HimALONE that we are saved. In verse 15, it says that “if any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss, but he himself shall be saved.” So, obviously, the foundation is on Jesus Christ, just as verse 11 tells us, and if one tries to instead build a foundation through works, it will still fall. If you consider the analogy he makes carefully, even if one builds a vast array of gold, silver and precious stones, he will still fall into hell without Jesus Christ as a foundation, and Jesus explained to us why that is in Matthew 7:

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
-Matthew 7:24-27
(Catholics try to get people to believe that the “rock” was Peter, and that he was a pope.
Later, we’ll Scripturally demonstrate that the “rock” of foundation is faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.)

The works of man are about what type of work you are doing, but the foundation is about the location upon which you build, and the Bible tells us in 1Cr 3:11 that there is no foundation a man can lay except the Lord Jesus Christ. There is NOWHERE in 1 Corinthians that speaks of a “purgatory,” nor some place you go to work out all your sin before God allows you into heaven. It’s something you have to believe from your imagination; it’s not something that comes from the Word of God. The works are burned up for the purpose of REWARD, not for building stepping stones to cross the lake of fire. To add a magical safety net to these verses is a very dangerous thing to teach because that is adding to the Word of God, and Revelation 22:18 puts a curse anyone who does that.

 

Catholic “Proof for Purgatory” – Verse #2
Matthew 5:26
“Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.”

As we will see repeated often in this article, the Catholic Church has a habit of taking one verse out of context to create an entire doctrine of it. This is not talking about a limbo state you go to after you die, it’s talking about a prison sentence here on Earth! Let’s back up a few verses and read the context:

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
-Matthew 5:23-24

So the context is set for us, that if we have sinned against God, and wronged our brother in the process, we go first to the one we have offended to reconcile with them.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
-Matthew 5:25

So we go in humility towards our brethren, and seek forgiveness, if we have offended them in a way that breaks the law of the land, otherwise, we’ll end up in jail.

Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
-Matthew 5:26

Where are we coming out of? Prison. What are paying? The penalty for our crimes here on earth. There is no indication, in any remote sense, that this would be referring to a place of limbo where you go to get all your sins worked out before God lets you into heaven.
Jesus Christ is reminding us that those born again in Christ are handled by the family in matters of the law. However, in terms of man, we will be handled by the full extent of the law of the land. The scripture in Matthew 5 has absolutely nothing to do with a “purgatory.”

 

Problems with Ignoring Context

This is a fine example of what is called ‘reading into the text’, without taking the passage in context of what’s being said. Christ rebuked Satan for doing that exact same thing. The devil would quote a piece of the scripture, saying “It is written…” and then Christ would correct him with the proper scripture in its rightful context.

For example, if one were to read the famous phrase by George Washington, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes,” that could be interpreted many ways. One could think, “Wow, what a sick, bloodthirsty psychopath! He wants his soldiers to look their enemies in the face when they die,” and that is how easy it is to analyze words out of context.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So how do we interpret Washington’s phrase? We have to read it in context of the situation; they were simply low on ammunition and Washington wanted to conserve bullets. It is easy to develope strange ideas when one leaves his/her mind open to free range interpretation, and likewise, when we take the Bible out of context, all sorts of weird theories are developed, which is how cults get started.

 

 

Catholic “Proof for Purgatory” – Verse #3
Matthew 18:34-35
“And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”

Again, the Catholic interpretation of these verses is that God has a place where those that owe God something will have to pay it all off, but we read it in the context of what’s being said. Starting in verse 21, Peter gives us the topic of context by posing a question to the Lord Jesus Christ:

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants…
-Matthew 18:21-23

This is where Christ begins to tell us another parable, and as we read continue to read in Matthew 18, we learn of a servant that owed much to his lord. The lord was about to call in all the debt, and the servant begged him to forgive the debt. The lord forgave all the debts. Then, that same servant went out and forced someone else to pay all their debts own to him. The lord was angered by the fact that he forgave all the servant’s debt, but the servant was unwilling to forgive someone else the debt owed by another, and because of that, the lord made the servant pay all that he owed. This parable is teaching us that we are to forgive others their trespasses as the Lord God forgives us ours.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
-Matthew 6:12

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
-Matthew 6:14-15

So then, towards the end of the parable, Jesus Christ tells us what happens to the servant, and then tells us the interpretation:

And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
-Matthew 18:34-35

This is another example of the Catholic Church teaching false doctrine by taking Scripture out of its context. Purgatory is completely made up in the imagination, but billions hold on to this idea simply because they fear hell, and instead of putting all their hope and faith into the Lord Jesus Christ’s grace to be sufficient for Salvation, they instead put their trust in men.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
-Psalm 118:8

For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
-Phillipians 3:3

The works we do in this life earn us reward, as we read earlier from 1 Corinthians 3, but they do not build us a ladder to heaven. Purgatory is what creates a safety net by which the Catholic Church builds a following, helping people to be more comfortable with their sin and alleviate their fears of hell, but it has nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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.
-Romans 5:8-9

We are Saved through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross once and for all:

Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
-Hebrews 7:27

We will cover the mass in the next section, but the mass is sung for the lost souls in purgatory, and these priests of the Catholic Church are offering up sacrifice for his sins and the sins of others, which is an abomination unto God because it ignores the price His Son paid on a blood stained cross, and it tells God that His sacrifice and grace is not sufficient.

And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
-1 John 2:2

propitiation: the atonement or atoning sacrifice offered to God to assuage his wrath and render him propitious to sinners
(See ‘propitiation’, Noah Webster’s Dicitonary, 1828, [www.1828.mshaffer.com])

As we see from 1 John 2, the atoning sacrificed was made by Jesus Christ, and as we see from Hebrews 7, it was made ONCE for all men, not to be repeated as the priests do.

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
-Hebrews 10:10

The Catholic Church, however, along with some Catholics I spoken with, curses every evangelical Christian, like myself, to damnation and destruction for believing what the Scriptures clearly teach:

“If any one saith, that, after the grace of Justification has been received, to every penitent sinner the guilt is remitted, and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such wise, that there remains not any debt of temporal punishment to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in Purgatory, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be opened (to him); let him be anathema.”
-James Waterworth, Canons and Decrees of the Sacred and Ecumenical Council of Trent, 2003 Reprint, Kessinger Publishing, Canon #30, p. 48, ISBN: 9780766138414

anathema: a person or thing detested or loathed or accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction
(See “anathema” Random House Dictionary, Random House Inc, 2010; See also The American Heritage Science Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2010)

In case you didn’t understand what the Catholic Church just stated, it means that if you believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only sacrifice that is the propitiation for sin, and that purgatory is not real, then you are cursed to damnation and destruction by their religious system. If you hold the Catholic Church as authority, you are likewise cursing and damning me, and every evangelical like myself.

Please consider reading all sections of Corruptions of Christianity

1. Corruptions of Christianity-Catholicism and purgatory-the Magic safety net
2. Corruptions of Christianity-Catholicism and Indulgences: Bonus Points for Heaven
3. Corruptions of Christianity-Catholicism and The Mass & Transubstantiation 
4. Corruptions of Christianity-Catholicism Changing the wages of sin
5. Corruptions of Christianity-Catholicism Idolatry and Mary
6. Corruptions of Christianity-Catholicism and The Pope
7. Corruptions of Christianity-Catholicism Inquisition
8. Corruptions of Christianity-Catholicism the woman rides the Beast
 

If you are a Catholic, we must recognize that this is the doctrine your church believes, practices, and teaches, as stated from their own ruling documents. If their doctrine troubles you, then it would be wise to disassociate yourself with that religion, and get involved in a church that believes the New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 


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