An Imaginary Place Called Purgatory
Millions of sincere Catholics have been taught to believe in an imaginary place called Purgatory…
Yes, millions of Catholics believe in some non-existant place after death, a place their church calls Purgatory.
Are YOU one of them?
“Who am I to make such a bold claim?” you may ask, to say that so many people believe in a make believe place – a “land of make believe”. I am someone who does his homework and who, by God’s grace, was brought out of that false church with its false gospel of salvation by works, including the manmade doctrine of spending time “burning off one’s sins” in a nonexistent place called Purgatory. But why would the Catholic leadership make up such a story? Because they CHARGE their followers MONEY to pray their dead relatives out of that IMAGINARY place. And we all know you can’t pray someone out of HELL, so you make up a place that you CAN (supposedly) pray someone out of. Of course if that place does not exist and if the Catholics who died were lied to about how to obtain eternal life, well then those people you are paying your dear “priest” to say masses for are in HELL and stuck there – and no amount of money or prayers is going to make one bit of difference. You can pray on your knees til your kneecaps give out, but it won’t do any good. Jesus said that unless you are “Born Again” you WILL NOT SEE the kingdom of heaven. And that means you WILL SEE the kingdom of HELL… forever. Oh, and the Catholic leadership lie about being born again also. They say a person is “Born Again” when the priest sprinkles water on you at your baptism. Too bad that is not true. A person is only “Born Again” when God takes out their heart of stone and gives them a heart of flesh, that is, He supernaturally converts them… meaning, true salvation is a gift from God, involving an act of God. It is not a gift from any priest or pope, nor does it come about through the act of a priest or pope or through something that you (as a lost sinner) do.
Why Purgatory CANNOT possibly exist:
There is absolutely no way that Purgatory can exist, because if it existed then there would be no need for Jesus Christ to die on the cross. That supreme sacrifice on the part of the Son of God would have been an enormous waste of time, a tragic and unnecessary death… if, as the Catholic Church claims, you can get yourself fit for heaven by spending time in a place they call Purgatory. The Bible says that Jesus died as a perfect sacrifice, not an imperfect or incomplete sacrifice for sin. His death was a ransom payment for all the sins of all the people he came to save. Are YOU one of those people? How do you know?
There was not a single sin of any of God’s elect people that was not paid for by the Blood of the Lamb of God. Are YOU one of God’s elect? How do you know?
There is no amount of suffering that you or I could do – in this world or in the next – that would remove a single sin that we have committed.
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” [James 2:10]
And in Hell, the unsaved will only be heaping more sins upon themselves as they curse God for exercising His just judgment upon them for all eternity.
“The smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night.” [Revelation 14:11]
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Christ Died For The Ungodly
by Horatius Bonar
The divine testimony concerning man is, that he is a sinner. God bears witness against him, not for him; and testifies that "there is none righteous, no, not one"; that there is "none that doeth good"; none "that understandeth"; none that even seeks after God, and, still more, none that loves Him (Psa. 14:1-3; Rom. 3:10-12). God speaks of man kindly, but severely; as one yearning over a lost child, yet as one who will make no terms with sin, and will "by no means clear the guilty." <continued>