Indulgence: a partial remission of the temporal punishment, esp. purgatorial atonement, that is still due for a sin or sins
(See “indulgence” Random House Dictionary, Random House Inc, 2010; See also The American Heritage Science Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2010)
Indulgence a grant by the Pope of remission of the temporal punishment in purgatory still due for sins after absolution.
In order to believe in indulgences, one must also believe in purgatory. To receive an “indulgence” from the Catholic Church is their belief that certain works-based blessing from a priest can earn someone bonus points to get out of purgatory and into heaven.
The reformation was sparked on the rejection of the Catholic belief of purgatory, and the mass had to be said over and over for the remission of sins, and that if you want to get out of purgatory, you have to get the good graces of the preists. These correlating beliefs have turned an un-calculatable profit for the Catholic Church, and this love of money is best expressed by the famous saying of Johann Tetzel (commissioned by Pope Leo X):
“As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs.”
(See Roland Bainton, Here I Stand: Life of Martin Luther, New York: Penguin, 1995; also James Kittelson, Luther The Reformer, Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Publishing House, 1986)
Not only does the concept of indulgences reject the faith in Christ’s death on the cross and ressurection for the sins of man, but it also has robbed countless men and women of their wages.
Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.
For example, when a Catholic widow loses her husband, she is under fear that her husband is stuck in purgatory, suffering because of his sin. She spends what little wealth she has left to care for herself, and for the love of her deceased love, pays the priest to sing the mass for her husband, and the Catholic Church, unknowing how many masses must be sung to get her husband into heaven, accepts her money as often as she is willing to give it.
The Catholic Church has practiced “selling salvation” by allowing people to pay money to be absolved of their sins. This is a short list of some of the sins and the prices that could be paid to be forgiven by the church:
These people that paid for their sins to be absolved were called “annointed malefactors,” and could NOTbe prosecuted by any civil authorities. That means rapists, thieves, and murderers were getting away with crimes because they had a priest in their pocket to make them immune to the law of the land.
(For examples of annointed malefactors, see Notes and Queries, Oxford University Press, 1866, p. 359; See also Henry Worsley, The Dawn of the English Reformation, published Elliot Stock, 1890, p. 8)
There are twenty complex rules concerning indulgences. None of them have anything to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but to demonstrate the point, let’s take a look at one:
“The faithful who use with devotion an object of piety (crucifix, cross, rosary, scapular, or medal) after it has been duly blessed by any priest, can gain a partial indulgence. But, if this object of piety is blessed by the Pope or any bishop, the faithful who use it with devotion can also gain a plenary indulgence on the feast of the Apostle Peter and Paul, provided they make a confession of faith using any approved formula.”
-Austin Flannery, Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, 1988, p. 77-78, ISBN: 9780918344151
I would challenge any Catholic to show me one passage of Scripture in the New Testament Gospel that supports the use of “relics” that were to be blessed by a priest. If one believes that a material item can help them get into heaven, then that falls under the category of idolatry. (We’ll discuss the idolatry of the Catholic Church later.) Despite having no backing from the Bible, millions of people are brainwashed into thinking they need to get indulgences to get them to heaven.
These indulgences also have certain degrees of power, depending on who you get them from. If you get a normal priest, that might be an equivalent of +1 bonus point. If you get a high priest, that might be equal to +3 bonus points. But if you can get the pope to give you an indulgence, that’s worth about +100 bonus points, which is why you see so many people begging for the pope to bless them everywhere he goes.
“There’s been a lot of traditions, a lot of faiths, that taking a pilgramige, going to visit Mecca, or going to Jerusalem, or in this case, going on a pilgramige with the pope, there’s special graces attached,”
He just said Muslims, Jews, and Catholics, all get grace for their works, all coming from the same “god.”And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Romans 11:6 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Some Catholics out there will say that you don’t believe in those indulgences, or that you don’t participate in them, but Vatican II is very clear on the Catholic Church’s position:
“[The Catholic Church] teaches and commands that the usage of indulgences—a usage most beneficial to Christians and approved by the authority of the Sacred Council—should be kept in the Church; and it condemns with anathema those who say that indulgences are useless or that the Church does not have the power to grant them.” -Austin Flannery, Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, 1988, p. 71, ISBN: 9780918344151
If you don’t believe in, and participate in, indulgences, then you are not a Catholic. People like me, who read the Scriptural heresy, and point out the truth of God’s Word on this issue, are cursed to damnation and destruction by the Catholic Church.
Read all sections of Corruptions of Christianity by the Catholic Church
|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.|