The Encyclopedia Britannica says…
“According to the Roman Catholic faith, purgatory is a condition or state of suffering in which the souls of those who have died as friends of God pay the debt of temporal punishment and are purified from all possible stain of venial and evil habits. There is no certain and definite teaching about the place, duration and nature of the pains of purgatory.
“In 1459 the Council of Florence proclaimed purgatory a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church.”
The Roman Catholic Church says…
“Besides Hell, is also the fire of purgatory, in which the souls of just men are cleansed by a temporary (unknown length of time) punishment.
“Before His (Jesus’) death and resurrection, the souls of the just were either borne to the bosom of Abraham, or were purified in the fire of purgatory.”
–Council of Trent, Part I, Chapter VI, Paragraphs 3, 6.
“All who died in God’s grace and friendship, but still are imperfectly purified… after death they undergo purification to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
“The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on purgatory …on the tradition of the Church.
“…Every sin, even venial, must be purified either here on earth or after death in the state called purgatory.”
–Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part One, Section Two, Chapter Three, Article 4, No. 1472.
Disagreeing Roman Catholic Council says…
“The purgatory dogma, in its beginnings, was condemned by the General Council of Constantinople in 573 A.D.”
Disagreeing Roman Catholic Theologian says…
“Purgatory is a supposition which has no basis ion texts of the Holy Scriptures. “The Catholic faith believes that the first place is the Kingtdom of Heaven, the second is Hell and a third place is totally unknown.
–St. Augustine, August (Hirog) 1, 5, Volume VII, Bosel, 1529.
Disagreeing Roman Catholic Priest says…
“Purgatory is a place invented by Rome.”
–Cipriano Valdez Jaimes, former Priest.
Disagreeing Protestant Theologians say…
“Protestants generally have denied the existence of purgatory consistently with their conception of imputed righteousness through faith in the merit of Jesus Christ. They have no room or need for any further reparation by the justified sinner.”
"The purgatory doctrine is the most lucrative (money maker) to the bishops and priests. The doctrine has produced evils of abusiveness and blasphemies. This invention reduces to nothing the remission of sins. The clergy say that you cannot enter into heaven if you do not pay us first to be liberated from purgatory."
–Antonio Paleario, Illustrous Theologian, Marthyr. Hanged and burned on July 3, 1570, by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Bible says…
“Add not anything to His Words lest you be reproved, and found a liar,”
“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (not in purgatory)
–Jesus, to the thief on the cross, Luke 23:43
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (no purgatory)
–Paul, Romans 8:1
“The death He died, He died to sin once and for all ...in the same way, count yourselves dead to sin.” (no sins to cleanse in purgatory)
–Paul, Romans 6:10, 11
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my Word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned: he has crossed over from death to life.” (no stop over in purgatory)
–Jesus, John 5:24
“…and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” (no sins left to be purged in purgatory)
–1 John 1:7b
“When you were dead in your sins... God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins.” (no sins unforgiven to be rinsed in purgatory)
–Paul, Colossians 2:13
“I, even I am He that blotteth out your transgressions for my own sake.” (no transgressions left to cleanse in purgatory)
–The Lord God, Isaiah 43:25
“… you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (none left for purgatory)
–Micah 7: 19
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (none for purgatory)
“My sheep hear my voice: I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one (no man) can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one (no man) can take them out of the Father's hand..." (not even purgatory)
–Jesus, John 10:28
“...the wages of sin is death...” (eternal separation from God, not a limited time in purgatory, but everlasting time in Hell)
–Paul, Romans 6:23
“For I am convinced that: . neither death, nor life; neither angels, nor demons; neither the present, nor the future, nor any powers; neither height, nor depth; nor anything else in all creation,” (not even purgatory) (nor the anathemas of the Roman Catholic Church) (not the threats of excommunication) (nor any man-made religion) “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our lord.
NO PURGATORY IN SIGHT... ONLY HEAVEN
“… he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven with fixed eyes, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right side of God, … and they cast him out of the city and stoned him...and Stephen, calling God, was saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit...and he fell dead.”
“…I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which l heard was ...talking to me...and said, Come upland I will show you...and immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne set in heaven, and one sat on the throne...”
–John, Revelation 4:1-2
“… a lamb (Jesus Christ) stood on Mount Zion and with Him 144,000 ...singing before the throne accompanied by musical instruments...”
–John, Revelation 14:1-5
“Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's (Jesus) wife ...and He showed me that great city the holy Jerusalem... having the glory of God: and her light was like a most precious stone...clear as crystal...the city was pure gold. The foundations of the city wales were garnished with all kinds of precious stones...
“The twelve gated were twelve pearls and the streets were pure gold like transparent glass.
“There was no temple inside, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb (Jesus) is its temple.
“The city had no need of the sun, or of the moon to shine: for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light ...there shall be no night there.”
–John, Revelation 21:9-25
“And I, John, saw these things and heard them..." (alive and awake)
–John, Revelation 22:8
Do you believe...
... that it doesn’t make any sense to remain in a system like the Roman Catholic Church in which not even the greatest of the popes can be assured of finding salvation...?
... that purgatory can snatch you from Jesus' hands?
... that “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus?
... that purgatory is a fabrication of the Roman Catholic Church to exploit simple people, as well as the ignorant rich, in order to take their hard earned money with lies?
... that “The heads (leaders) judge for reward (bribe), and the priests divine (tell fortunes) for money,” (Micah 3:11) could easily fit the business of the Roman Catholic Church?
... that if "the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin," the person that has been saved should go to the alleged purgatory to purge the sins supposedly not washed away by Jesus?
... that by making people believe in purgatory, the priests make themselves needed, and fearful people become easy prey for the unreachable, cunning clergy?
... that God's Word mentions the existence of purgatory?
... that the apocryphal books of Maccabees were added to the catholic Bible in order to introduce the dogma (law) of purgatory, prayers for to: dead, and the forgiveness of sins and salvation through sacraments for a price, therefore creating the most tremendous business and the richest fortune in the world?
... that Christ's sacrifice on the cross was complete and perfect?
... that if Christ's sacrifice was complete and perfect, is it necessary for the dying faithful to stop over in purgatory?
... that God loves you and in Jesus Christ He has completely provided your entrance into Heaven?
... that to make the decision to trust Christ's offer to save you right now, and to follow Him as your Lord and only Savior, is the only way to have peace with God and guaranteed salvation for your soul?
... that we are “...justified by faith, and at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” as Paul says in Romans 5:1?
I AM A CHRISTIAN. HOW DO I KNOW GOD HAS REALLY FORGIVEN ME AND THAT I WILL GO TO HEAVEN WHEN I DIE?
“Jesus Christ has paid the debt for us through His death on the cross. He completely paid the debt of our sins we owe.
“The Bible says Christ ‘…forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code...that was against us...’ (Colossians 2:13-14)
“Trust that Christ has already paid the debt you owe God, and that now you are completely forgiven.
“The Bible, which you can trust completely, because it is the Word of God - declares, 'therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’” (Romans 8:1)
–Dr. Billy Graham
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