IS THE DOCTRINE
OF PURGATORY A SOUND BIBLICAL TEACHING?
those who may not know what purgatory is or what this doctrine of
purgatory actually teaches, then let us first go to the Catholic
Encyclopedia to get an accurate definition of the doctrine directly
from the source. Here is the link to the an official Catholic website
that offers the Catholic encyclopedia online.
click on the letter “P” and then scroll down until you find the
word “PURGATORY”, then click on the word purgatory to find what
the Catholic church itself teaches in their doctrine of purgatory.
article I. Catholic Doctrine, we read where the
word purgatory comes from the Latin word “purgare”, which means
to make clean, or to purify.
So then, the teaching of purgatory in accordance with the Catholic
church teaching is a place or condition of temporal punishment for
from this present life, that is to say, those who die in a state of
I take this to mean that ONLY Christians who die, according to this
Catholic doctrine of purgatory, will supposedly go to purgatory
whereas all those who reject the gospel of Jesus Christ and die with
unforgiven sin will go straight to hell. Also please understand that
in the mind of a Catholic it is only a few of the so called very holy
saints that go straight to heaven when they die. In other words, most
Catholics believe that even the popes, cardinals, bishops, priests,
and nuns and almost all good Catholics go to purgatory to be purified
from their so called lesser “venial” sins and the effects that
their sins may have had on other before any Catholic can get into the
joy of heaven.
Those Christians who still have the guilt and stains of “venial”sins,
The word venial sins is another term used pretty much only by Catholics, who teach
that there are two kinds of sin, which are a mortal sin, which will
send a person straight to hell unless that mortal sin is confessed to
the priest and penance is made for that sin, and a venial sin, which
Catholics consider to be a lessor sin that won't supposedly send a
person to hell if they should die with venial sins only. Again it is
widely believed by Catholics that this pretty much means every
Christian is going to go to purgatory when they die in order to
suffer in flames of fire with unbearable pain so that they will be
purified or cleansed from their sins and the effects that their sins
may have had on others.
Christians who have not fully paid the satisfaction that is due their
transgression or sin.
Catholicism teaches that a Christian must make right any sin that
they commit otherwise they are not fully forgiven of their
transgression or sin that they committed. It is also taught in the
catholic church that penance must be done in order to be forgiven of
their sins and if not enough penance is done while the person is
living, then the only way supposedly for their sins to be cleansed
completely is for them to suffer in the flames of fire in purgatory
for themselves for however long it takes to purify them from their
while this may sound like the eternal torment doctrine of hell it
differs in that the supposed suffering in the torment flame of
purgatory is only TEMPORAL or not permanent, as in, for all eternity.
So then, what is meant exactly by “TEMPORAL” punishment? Well the
doctrine of purgatory teaches that AFTER death pretty much every
Christian has the left over debt of punishment from sin that must be
paid in full order for all the debt of sin to be purged.
WHERE in the Bible is there support for such a teaching?
the Catholic church attempts to use the argument that even after Adam
and Eve were pardoned from their sin they were still made to suffer
for their disobedience by being cast out of the garden to toil the
soil by the sweat of their brow until they returned to dust from
which they were made.
is what Genesis 3:19 actual says.
the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, TILL
you RETURN unto the ground; for
out of it wast you taken: for dust you are, and unto dust shall you
verse in truth means that immediately AFTER a person DIES any and all
punishments due ON EARTH because of sin have ENDED when the dead body
RETURNS to the ground. Now this does NOT mean that ALL punishment for
sins has end, because the Bible teach that man is appointed only once
to DIE and then comes the JUDGMENT, so there still remains the final
JUDGMENT, which does NOT take place UNTIL the resurrection.
IF SO BE, that the person who died did indeed truly repent of their
sin while they were yet ALIVE on the earth and believed upon Jesus
for the forgiveness of their sin, then the Bible clearly teaches us
that true faithful Christians go straight to heaven to be present
with the Lord the very instant that they draw their last breath and
die. However the unbelieving sinner who has not repented of their
sins goes straight to the pit to await their day of judgment where
they will be resurrected, judged and found guilty of their sins, then
all the wicked will be cast into the lake of fire to be destroyed
never to rise again. This is what the whole word of God actually and
truly teaches us about what happens to the dead. There is absolutely
NO teaching from the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible that teaches us of
a THIRD temporary place of punishment called purgatory. This is a man
made fictitious place that has it's origin is ancient pagan
then, this verse in Genesis 3:19 in no way supports or teaches that
there is TEMPORAL punishment for CONFESSED sin that a person has
REPENTED of and asked God to forgive them BELIEVING on Jesus who died
for their sins AFTER that person DIES. In fact this very verse that
is use to TRY and support the false doctrine of purgatory actual
proves that it is a FALSE doctrine, because the punishment of toiling
the soil by the sweat of mans brow ENDS the very moment man DIES
according to God's very own words. It does NOT continue AFTER a
person dies it this fictitious place of temporal suffering in flames
of fire that the Catholic church calls purgatory in order to be
purged and purified from sins. The word “UNTIL”means UP to that
TIME when a person dies, which CLEARLY teaches us that the suffering
due to sin does NOT CONTINUE until the day of judgment. Yes it is
true that the WICKED dead may be tormented in their MINDS know what
they are to fave on the day of judgment but their fate is SEALED and
cannot be changed unless God is to be made to be a liar.
Bible clearly and plainly teaches us that if we ask for forgiveness
of our sins that God is faithful and just to FORGIVE us of ALL our
sins. Please read 1 John 1:5-9 which clearly teaches us that the
blood sacrifice of Jesus is more than enough to completely cleanse us
from ALL our sins.
then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you,
that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we
lie , and do not the truth:
5. But 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. (The
word of TRUTH says that the BLOOD of Jesus CLEANSE us from ALL sin
and NOT that the so called flames of fire in purgatory will
cleanse us from our sins. So either you believe God's WORD or you
believe the TRADITIONS of the Catholic church, which CONTRADICT the
word of TRUTH written in the Holy Bible. I know that is not an
easy choice, because I myself was raised catholic and was taught
these very same false doctrines and I had to choose between what I
knew in my heart was right and true and my family who at first
treated me like I was going to go to hell because I left the
“Catholic” church as if ONLY “Catholics” are going to be
saved and all other Christians are going to hell.)
I was taught that if a Catholic ever leaves the Catholic church, then
they will go straight to hell for all eternity. You can have no idea
of the torment that I went through in my mind FEARING that if I
believed the BIBLE over what the Catholic church taught, then I would
go straight to hell when I died. Finally I came to the conclusion
that all churches use the BIBLE and that they all cannot be right,
because they teach things the directly contradict each other and
supposedly they all CLAIM at least to use the BIBLE to support what
they teach. So based upon this conclusion that they all cannot be
right I reasoned that only one church must be right and the others
were wrong. So I held up a Bible and said to God that all these
different church claim that they use the Bible which they say is your
word to teach the truth and yet they all teach something different.
Then I prayed a prayer with utmost sincerity and fervency that I did
not care who was right or who was wrong I just wanted to know the
TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH, and NOTHING but the TRUTH. The I began
reading the Bible for MYSELF and little by little the Holy Spirit of
Almighty God has led and guided me into all truth. All the glory for
the studies in God's word that I write goes to Almighty God who by
his very own Holy Spirit has taught me these things that I write unto
you. And I know that if I struggled with these false teachings, then
I know that there are others out there who are struggling with these
same false teachings who truly and sincerely are seeking the TRUTH of
the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
very first thing that God showed me was that all these denominational
DIVISIONS was NOT his doing, but rather was man's doing being
DECEIVED by Satan the devil. God desires us all to speak the SAME
things and to walk in UNITY and LOVE. And sometimes this mean laying
aside what we have been taught all our lives by the church
denomination that we were brought up in, but for some of us it is all
we know so to leave the church that we were raised in is a very hard
thing. I understand this, because I have been there myself. But what
is more important pleasing man or pleasing Almighty God? Many times
pleasing God means suffering persecution from our fellow man.
will not mislead to you, choosing God's WORD over the false doctrines of
men will bring persecution to your door step, because the enemy is
after the WORD of God that is being sow in your heart. The enemy
knows that if he makes it hard for us to stand up for what God say,
then some Christians will take the easy way and follow the crowd so
that they will not be rejected by man. Well for ME, I would rather be
rejected by man and called a heretic than to be rejected by God for
not trusting his word over the commandments and traditions of man.
TRUST in God's WORD that clearly and plainly teaches us that if we
CONFESS our sin, then God is FAITHFUL and JUST to FORGIVE us of our
sins and the CLEANSE us, PURGE us, and PURIFY us COMPLETELY of ALL
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is
not in us.(In
other words, if we try to reason away that was have not sinned when
we have then we are DECEIVING our own self, BUT)
we CONFESS our sins, he is FAITHFUL and JUST to FORGIVE us our sins,
AND to CLEANSE us from ALL unrighteousness.”
then, are you going to BELIEVE and TRUST in the very word of Almighty
God to know without fail that your sins are FORGIVEN you AND that
your are completely CLEANSED from ALL unrighteousness each and every
time you CONFESS your sins to Almighty God and ask forgiveness? OR
are you going to REJECT God's word and continue to believe in a false
teaching of the Catholic church that CONTRADICTS the very word of
TRUTH written in the Holy Bible? The CHOICE is yours, but if I were
you I would consider very closely what the BIBLE teaches us over what
the TRADITIONS of man teaches us.
I agree that there is no doubt that there are CONSEQUENCES of sin
that may continue to haunt and plague us all our entire life while we
are yet LIVING, but NONE of these verses used by the Catholic church
to try and prove this pagan practice of praying for the dead to free
the dead souls from the pain and suffering in the flames of fire in
purgatory truly support this false teaching of purgatory that
supposedly finishes the job that Jesus obviously must have failed to
do when he died for the sins of Catholics.
you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ,
that all a person needs to do, who is truly seeking the truth of the
whole word of God as to whether or not this doctrine of purgatory is
taught in the Bible, is to look at Luke chapter 16 where Jesus uses
the Jews understanding of the underworld place of the dead to show us
that the rich man, who had gone to the side of the pit who was in
torment of flame knew that his fate was sealed and that there was NO
HOPE left for him.
mean think about this for a moment. IF the prayers and sacrifices
that are offered in behalf of the dead really and truly help the dead
to be relieved from their suffering or that the duration of time of
their suffering be shortened, then don't you think this rich man
would have pleaded with Abraham to send Lazarus back from the grave
to plead with everyone still yet living to PRAY for HIMSELF and then
the rest of the dead? Any body in there right mind who is suffering
would pray first for them own suffering to end. But instead the rich
man asked Abraham to send Lazarus to his brother to WARN him to live
a righteous life in order that he could at least spare his brother
from coming to this place when his brother died.
some may try and argue that the rich man did not die in the grace of
God. Or in other words, the rich was not a Christian when he died so
this is why he could not be relieved from his suffering.
is a good point to make, so since it has now been made please notice
where ALL, who did indeed die in the grace of God went when they died
in the Old Testament times! Exactly! ALL of the righteous, who did
indeed die in the grace of God went to the side of COMFORT in the
bosom of Abraham where there was NO SUFFERING. So then, since this
Jesus himself taught us, the church, that there are only TWO places
that the dead go when they die, then why did Jesus not mention
anything about this pagan place that the Catholic church calls
“PURGATORY”, IF SO BE, that this doctrine is TRULY taught in the
scriptures? This would have been the perfect time to teach us of the
place called purgatory, IF SO BE< that it TRULY exists.
to me, the SOUND BIBLICAL answer is really very obvious for those,
who are truly seeking the truth of the whole word of God, and that
TRUTH is that the scriptures do NOT teach of such a place of purging
the dead souls from sin after a person dies in flames of fire.
then, If you truly want to be PURGED from all your sins, then you
must take care of this matter NOW in this PRESENT life, because AFTER
you die your choice has ALREADY been made by you yourself and there
is no undoing that final choice that is made before a person draws
their last breath and dies. All you need to do to understand this
truth if God's word is to truly consider the sealed fate of the rich
man who made the wrong choices when he was ALIVE on the earth.
please consider the words of Jesus to the thief on the cross. Jesus
did NOT say to the repentant thief on the cross, who obviously had
zero time to make right or make amends for his transgressions before
he drew his last breath and died, TODAY you shall be in PURGATORY
where you shall suffer great agonizing pain in flames of fire, until
every last trace of your sins have been purged to make you worthy to
enter into PARADISE. No absolutely not! Jesus never spoke or taught
of such a place called purgatory, but rather Jesus said to the dying
thief on the cross TODAY you shall be WITH ME IN PARADISE.
some may still be wanting to cling to this false teaching of the
Catholic church and say what about all the verses in the New
Testament that support the teaching of purgatory? They may say that
they have checked this doctrine out themselves by reading what they
own church teaches and just repeat the verses used by the Catholic
church to try and support the teaching of purgatory and the praying
for the dead.
I ask those of you who are TRULY seeking the TRUTH of the WHOLE word
of God, have you ever considered that it is not the verses from the
Bible themselves that support this false teaching of purgatory, but
rather it is the INTERPRETATION that is placed upon these verses that
only SEEM to support that the souls of the dead are purified in the
AFTER life in flames of tormenting fire?
us take a look at the verses that are used to TRY and support this
pagan teaching of purgatory and the praying for the dead to be freed
from agonizing suffering in the purging fires in the after life when
a Christian dies.
read Matthew 12:31,32, which teaches us that ALL manner of sin will
be forgiven mankind in this life and even in the world to come,
except the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit of Almighty God the
I say unto you, ALL manner of sin
and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men:
against the Holy Ghost
shall NOT be forgiven unto men.
32. And whosoever
speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him:
but whosoever speaks against the
Holy Ghost, it shall NOT be forgiven him, NEITHER
in this world, NEITHER
in the world
key to understanding the TRUE meaning of this verse is to properly
understand what Jesus was speaking of by the words “WORLD TO COME”,
but any person using simple LOGIC can also understand by the word
“NEITHER” that this particular sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit
of almighty God will NOT be forgiven to those who commit this sin now
in this PRESENT world, nor NEITHER will this sin be forgiven those who
commit this sin o blaspheming the Holy Spirit in the world that is to
COME, which obviously means that SIN is still yet POSSIBLE in the
WORLD TO COME in which Jesus is speaking.
see my dear brother and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, this
PRESENT world is what most Christian call the church age where God
has partly blinded the eyes of the Jews and has turned to the
Gentiles to save them in order to provoke his people Israel to
jealously. Then at the second coming of Jesus God will turn to his
people Israel a second time to teach them about his Son Jesus during
the 1000 year reign of Jesus, which is the WORLD TO COME to which
Jesus was speaking. In other words the world to COME is NOT the ages
to come where God's will of absolutely NO SIN whatsoever is
accomplish in earth as it is is heaven before the throne for Almighty
God right now.
mean just use a little simple logic. Even the Catholic teaching on
purgatory says that this intermediate state of suffering in flames of
fire in purgatory for the purging of sins will cease
to exist on the day of judgment.
In other words, the Catholic church itself plainly teaches that on
the day of judgment there will be ONLY TWO places that people will go
and those TWO places are HEAVEN or HELL.
HOW then can sins, ANY sins, be forgiven in world to come if so be
that Jesus was speaking of the eternal ages to come when the wicked
shall be no more, which does not start until AFTER the final judgment
at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus, which again this 1000
year reign of Jesus is the WORLD to come that Jesus was referring to
in Matthew 12:31,32?
Bible teaches us that during the 1000 year reign of Jesus or during
this WORLD TO COME that starts at the second coming of Jesus their
will be people who are yet in their MORTAL bodies who will be taught
about God and his Son Jesus. Then at the END of the world to come
Satan will be loosed for a short time once again to DECEIVE the
nations to rebel against God. In other words, this blasphemous sin
that denies the very existence of Almighty God will be COMMITTED by
some who are living in their MORTAL bodies in this world to come and
they will be destroyed with fire that will come down from heaven to
devour them. This final rebellion of blaspheming Almighty God will
NOT be forgiven them, because no one ever truly repents of this sin
once they have hardened their hear to the point of no return where
God turns them over to a reprobate mind.
some of you may be thinking, well alright that makes a lot of sense
so Matthew 12:31,32 really and truly does not support the teaching of
purgatory, but what about what Paul taught us in
Corinthians 3:11-15 where our works will be burned up, but we
ourselves will still be saved by FIRE? Does not this passage of
scripture teach us that this FIRE is the flames of purgatory?
it is NOT this passage of scripture itself that supports the false
doctrine of purgatory, but rather it is the INTERPRETATION that has
been placed upon it that twists the true meaning of what this passage
of scripture is truly teaching us in the light of the WHOLE word of
God. As I have said many times any verse when taken OUT of CONTEXT
and viewed ALONE and APART from the WHOLE word of God may SEEM to be
saying something that it is NOT truly saying.
see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, the
CONTEXT of this passage of scripture is teaching us about preaching
the gospel where some of us will plant the seed of God's word and
others of us will come along and water the seed of God's word whereby
the house or building of God, the church, the body of Jesus Christ,
is being BUILT person by person as people BELIEVE the gospel of Jesus
Christ and these believers are added to the church.
we are told in the CONTEXT of this passage of scripture that each and
ever building block or believe that is added to the house or BUILDING
of God will be tried in fire, where the word “FIRE” is a metaphor
or an analogy for the TRIALS that we go through as Christians in this
PRESENT world. Please read the parable of the sower sowing the seed
of God's word in Luke 8:11-15 which teaches us that believers will go
through trails and that these trials are from the enemy Satan who
wants believers to cast away their faith in God and his word.
the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Those by the way side are they that hear; then comes the devil, and
takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and
be saved. (This
describes people who are being taught the TRUTH of God's word, but
then the devil comes right away and LIES in their ear saying things
like, “you know that if you leave the teachings of the Catholic
church that you will go straight to hell. So are you going to take
that chance to believe what Mark is teaching you over the teachings
of the one and only true Catholic church that you have been raised in
all your life?” This is how Satan steals the word of truth from
people who hear the word, but then do not HONESTLY and TRULY consider
what they are being taught in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of God by
searching the truth out for them selves, but rather place their BLIND
trust in the hands of others for their eternal destiny.)
They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, RECEIVE the word
with joy; and these have no root, which
for a while BELIEVE, and in
time of temptation fall
that some who we witness to will indeed believe for A WHILE, but then
some will be overcome by temptations of the devils and fall back into
sin and if they should die while living in sin, then they shall BURN
if the lake of fire to be destroyed on the day of judgment)
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have
heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures
of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. (meaning
that because of the pleasures of sin they are drawn back into their
old lifestyle of sin and therefore shall perish or be burn in the
lake of fire if they do not repent and work the works of
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good
heart, having heard the word, keep it (or
they endure unto the end to be saved and receive the promise of
reward of eternal life in the world to come),
and bring forth fruit with patience.”
you see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ some of
the building blocks or Christians will be purified by the trying of
fire or the trials in this PRESENT world and be found to be vessels
of silver and gold who have made themselves worthy to receive their
promise of reward of eternal life in the world to come. While other
building blocks or other believers will be tried by fire and will
fall away from God and die in their sins and therefore these sinners
will be found to be vessels of wood and stubble, which will be
burned up in the lake of fire to be destroyed.
we ourselves shall be saved, who witnessed and shared the gospel to
them shall be saved even though SOME of our WORK of preaching the
gospel to add these building blocks or believers to the house of God
who happen to not remain faithful unto the end in order to receive
eternal life. You see, the sad truth is that SOME of the building
blocks or people that we helped bring to Jesus will not be found
worthy to receive eternal life in the world to come, because of their
own choices that they themselves have made to NOT believe the truth
and endure unto the end to be saved and therefore those who fall away
and do not endure unto the end will be consumed or BURNED in the lake
of fire at the end of the age, but we ourselves who preached the
gospel and who did remain faithful through all the trials that served
to purify us and sanctify us in this PRESENT world shall be saved and
granted the right to eat of the tree of life in the world to come.
This is what the CONTEXT of this passage of scripture truly teaches
us so please read 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 left in it's context.
is the CONTEXT. Please read 1 Corinthians 3:1-15 in the light of what
I have just shared with you about the BUILDING of God as being
individual BELIEVER who go through every day trail that serve to
purify us like fire purifies silver and gold but burns up vessels
like wood hay and stubble.
I, brethren, could not speak unto you as
unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
other words, there are vessels of gold and silver in the HOUSE of
God, AND there are vessels of wood and hay in the HOUSE of God. That
is to say, there are STRONG Christians in the house of God who are
more likely to endure unto the end and be found that good and
faithful servant at the second coming of Jesus. AND there are weaker
Christians who are yet learning how to overcome the enemy's
temptation to sin, who if they do not overcome the deceptions of the
enemy will be more likely to fall back into their old lifestyle of
sin and should they die while living in sin, then they shall perish
or be burned in the lake of fire on the day of judgment)
2. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for
hitherto you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able.
For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and
strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men?
4. For while one saith , I am of Paul; and another, I
am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, (or
WHO then is the Catholic church, or WHO is the Protestant church, or
WHO is the Baptist church, or WHO is the Pentecostal church, or WHO
is any denomination of church organization that is name by man?) but
ministers by whom you
even as the Lord gave to every man? (in
other words, the FOUNDATION of all these ministers of the gospel is
that Jesus Christ die for YOUR sins no matter what church
denomination you attend.)
I have planted,
but God gave the increase.
7. So then neither is he that plants any thing,
neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase.
Now he that plants
and he that waters
are one (We
are working for the same goal, which is to lead people to the Lord):
and every man shall receive his own reward according
to his own labor.
other words, will those we witness to remain in the faith unto the
end? If so, then we shall receive a reward for or according to our
WORK of planting and watering God's word,)
For we are laborers together with God: you are God's husbandry, YOU
are God's BUILDING.
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise
master builder, I have laid the foundation,
and another BUILDS thereon.
But let every man take heed HOW he BUILDS THEREUPON. (In
other words, WE, as in, each and every member of the BODY of Jesus
Christ, the church, are individual building blocks all connected
together to make the HOUSE of God. Some of us have grown in the Lord
to become strong in our faith to overcome the enemy where we are
tried. While others of us are yet carnal or babes in Christ and are
yet learning how better to over come the enemy to get sin out of our
life. And we are being WARNED of HOW we build upon the foundation
that Jesus died for our sins. In other words, I myself would take
HEED of any teaching such as the doctrine of purgatory and praying
for the dead that at their core are actually teaching that the
sacrifice of the shed blood of Jesus is not good enough to FORGIVE us
from ALL our sin AND CLEANSE us from ALL unrighteousness as the clear
plain and simple word of TRUTH clearly teaches us.)
11. For other foundation can no man lay than that is
laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if any man BUILD upon this foundation gold, silver, precious
of strong spiritual Christians that are being taught SOUND BIBLICAL
doctrine, who will endure unto the end to receive their reward of
wood, hay, stubble (speaking
of carnal Christians who are not being taught sound Biblical doctrine
that teaches them to purge their selves from sin and therefore they
may not endure unto the end to be saved and receive eternal life in
the world to come);
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
other words, are you producing carnal Christians who may not endure
unto the end to received the promise of their reward of eternal life
in the world to come, or is your WORK a strong spiritual Christian
that you are teaching sound Biblical doctrine, that will help them
endure trials and temptation to try them in this PRESENT world like
fire purifies silver and gold in order for them be found to be that
good and faithful servant at the second coming of Jesus, because the
OVER CAME the enemy and endured unto the end to be save?).
If any man's WORK abide which he has BUILT THEREUPON (so
I ask you my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, what
is the WORK that we are BUILDING and where upon are we building this
WORK? The WORK we are building is the kingdom of God, the HOUSE of
God speaking of the church or the BODY of BELIEVERS in Jesus Christ.
The foundation for all churches is the same, which is that Jesus
Christ died for OUR sins and not only for ours sins but also for the
sins of the whole world. Now sometimes those we share the gospel with
will indeed become MATURE Christians, who will remain faithful to
their last breath and because they over came the trials in this
present world these faithful believer will receive the promise of
reward of eternal life in the world to come. But sadly some people,
who do hear the gospel that we preach and who will gladly indeed
receive the truth in the beginning, but then when TRIALS of fire come
their way the fall right back into their old lifestyle of sin and if
they do not repent and they should die in their state of sin then our
WORK that we have done shall BURN in the lake of fire on the day of
judgment, but we ourselves shall be save and only lose the reward
that we would have received if every one we witness to believes unto
the end. In other words, those whom we have preached to who do not
endure unto the end SHALL BURN in the lake of fire and we shall
suffer loss of the reward that we would have received if they would
have remained faithful unto the end. But if our WORK shall remain
faithful unto the end then),
he shall receive a reward. (meaning
both us and them)
any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss (speaking
of the loss of that dear brother or sister who did indeed believe on
Jesus at the first, but then they were overcome by the deceptions of
the enemy and did not endure unto the end and therefore they shall
suffer the LOSS of not receiving their reward of eternal life. And we
also will suffer LOSS of the reward that would have received if they
would have remained faithful unto the end):
but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.(meaning
that the you or I who preached the gospel and endured unto the end
shall be saved even though some whom you or I have preached the
gospel of our salvation TO, who have believed for a while, but then
they fell away from the faith. For you see that if a believer should
fall away from the faith and go back into their old lifestyle of sin
and they should do die in their sin, then that person who once truly
believed on Jesus shall perish or be BURNED in the lake of fire on
the day of judgment, but you or I shall still be saved, if so be we
endure these trials in this PRESENT world unto the end that try us
like fire purifies gold and silver.)”
if we compare this passage of scripture of what is being BUILT to be
like gold and silver, OR what is carelessly being BUILT to be vessels
like wood and stubble with the vessels of gold and silver, OR the
vessels of wood and hay that we read about in
Timothy 2:15-26, then it becomes even more clearer to us that these
vessels are Christians in God's great house.
to show yourself approved unto God, a WORKMAN that needs not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the
word of truth.
correctly understand the word of truth by comparing scripture with
scripture so that what we conclude and teach as doctrine does NOT
contradict any other part of God's word)
But shun profane and vain babbling: for they will increase unto more
other words, we are to reject any false teaching when the light of
God's word and his Holy Spirit reveals to us that it is FALSE and
does NOT agree with the rest of God's word)
17. And their word
will eat as does a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
Who concerning the TRUTH have ERRED, saying that the resurrection is
past already; and overthrow the faith of some. (It
does not matter what the ERROR may be. If the false doctrine causes
any to stumble and turn away from God. Now those who themselves teach
these false doctrines may not lose their own salvation, but when
their false teaching nonetheless causes the weaker Christians to fall
away from the faith they dishonor the word of God.)
the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows
them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ
depart from iniquity.
But in a great house (Or
BUT in the church, the body of Jesus Christ there are some who are
not departing from sin, because of what they are being taught by
their church denomination. So sadly to say in the church)
there are not only
vessels of gold and of silver, but
of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.
If a man therefore PURGE
HIMSEL from these,
(or if a Christian who understands this truth then purges his or
herself away from those Christians or those bodies of believers that
are teaching these false doctrines that dishonor the word of God)
he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the
master's use, and prepared unto every good WORK.
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity,
peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
who sincerely desire to know the truth and walk in the truth even if
it means leaving the church that they have attended all their lives
and that they will be reject by all their friends and family)
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do
gender strife. (meaning
do not get into heat arguments with those in your church when God has
shown you the truth, but rather follow the teaching in the next
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all
men, apt to teach, patient,
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God
peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the
or not some Christians want to acknowledge the truth that the false
doctrine which they are being taught do indeed cause them to oppose
themselves in their walk with the Lord does not change the fact that
false teaching lead people away from God. Some Christians may think
or say something like, “Well does it really matter what I believe
so long as I believe in Jesus?” Again it may not matter in the end
for you, but others may only hear these false teachings and they my
not endure unto then end. So take HEED what you are being taught and
what you teach.);
And that they
may recover themselves
out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his
to ME, teaching that offering prayer of sacrifices of the mass for
the dead could very easily lead Christians to become less vigilant to
fight and resist temptation to sin, because these false teaching are
DECEIVING people into believing that the so called little sins that
the Catholic church teaches are “VENIAL”sins will be purged from
them AFTER they die in a place called PURGATORY that simply does not
exist in the clear plain and simple teaching of God's word. So then,
the Catholic church may teach these false doctrines as being the
truth, however this is NOT what the WHOLE word of TRUTH teaches us.
Bible teaches us that we are to PURIFY ourselves now in this present
world in order to be accounted worthy to be given the right to eat of
the tree of life in the world to come. Please read the in depth
studies that I have written on what must we do to be saved and
receive eternal life in the world to come. But for now please read
John 3:2-11, which clearly teaches us that if we truly have the hope
of obtaining eternal life in the world to come, then we will PURIFY
ourselves even as Jesus is pure.
now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall
be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for
we shall see him as he is.
every man that has this HOPE in him PURIFIES himself, EVEN AS he is
4. Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law:
for sin is the transgression of the law.
5. And you know that he was manifested to take away
our sins; and in him is no sin.
6. Whosoever abides in him sins not: whosoever sins
has not seen him, neither known him.
Little children, let no man DECEIVE you (there
is no such thing as a little “VENIAL”sins that will be purge form
a believer AFTER they die in a place called purgatory):
he that DOES righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. (in
other words, even so called little sins cause a believer to become
He that commits sin is of the devil;
Christians who commit those little so called “VENIAL” sins are of
the devil) for
the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God
was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (Jesus
died to set us free from sin so that sin will no longer have dominion
over us and that we should live godly IN this PRESENT world. Please
read the study called “HOW YOU CAN LIVE YOUR LIFE FREE FROM SIN!”)
9. Whosoever is
born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he
cannot sin, because he is born of God. (this
does not mean that it is impossible for a believer to sin, but rather
that the new heart of a believer cannot tolerate his or her outer
fleshly man when this lower nature gives into the temptations of the
enemy. But the Bible also teaches us that we do NOT have to OBEY our
lower nature and fleshly desires. We are known by our fruit that we
In this the children of God are manifest (or
are clearly seen and known),
and the children of the devil: whosoever does NOT righteousness is
NOT of God, neither he that loves NOT his brother. (In
other words, a person can call themselves by what ever denomination
name they desire, but if they are not walking in righteousness and in
love toward one another, then they are NOT of God. So just being
baptize a a baby in the Catholic church is NOT what saves you. You
must BELIEVE and OBEY the gospel of Jesus Christ walking in LOVE unto
the END in order to be saved)
11. For this is the
MESSAGE that you heard from the BEGINNING, that we should love one
gospel of Jesus Christ has not changed, but the church has changed
and we need to get back to the TRUTH of what the WHOLE word of God
truly teaches us.
a lot of teachings or doctrines in the Catholic church rely very
heavily on church TRADITION, which Jesus WARNED us, the church, NOT
to follow the same mistakes that caused the Jews to be worshiping God
in VAIN, because they taught commandments of men.
see, the Jews around the time of Jesus had many ERRORS in their
teachings and this is the same time that the 2 Maccabees was written,
which is one of the MAIN verses that the Catholic church uses to TRY
and support their teachings of purgatory and the praying for the dead
to be relieved from the agonizing suffering in purgatory in order to
be made pure enough to enter into the joy of heaven. So this point
alone that the Jews had many ERRORS in their teachings around the
time of Jesus should raise a red flag to believers to build doctrines
on these Jewish writings that where just mere fables so to speak. But
even more we as Christians should reject any INTERPRETATIONS of any
verses in the Bible when these teachings do not agree with the WHOLE
word of God.
1:9-16 teaches us the not be deceived by Jewish fables and
commandments of men that turn away believers from the TRUTH.
“Holding fast the faithful word as he has been
taught, that he may be able by SOUND doctrine both to exhort and to
convince the gainsayers.
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially
they of the circumcision:
Whose mouths must be stopped, who
subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for
filthy lucre's sake. (one
of the very things that started the reformation was the abuse of
indulgences where the Roman Catholic church SOLD indulgences to
Catholics that granted them to indulge in their SINS without fear of
punishment. This was the straw that broke the camel's back so to
speak. This practice of selling indulgences driven by greed is what
cause Martin Luther and others to break away from the corrupt
teachings of the Catholic church.)
One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians
are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that
they may be SOUND in the faith;
Not giving heed to Jewish fables,
and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and
unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being
abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
truth of the matter is that false teaching has been in the church
from the very earliest days of it's beginning. This is very evident
from many of the epistles to the churches. Now even though there is
no direct evidence from the epistles themselves that praying for the
dead and the doctrine of purgatory was not directly opposed in the
epistles and the letters to the churches recorded and accepted in the
New Testament, there is also equal and even greater evidence that
these doctrines where NOT taught in the epistles or any where in the
Bible for that matter.
is also clear that false doctrine has been taught and fought against
throughout the entire church age to this present day. So to try and
use the argument that the church “fathers” taught these doctrines
of purgatory and the praying for the dead does not in any way make
them sound BIBLICAL teachings. For you see there were a lot of JEWISH
TRADITIONS that polluted the pure gospel of Jesus Christ in the early
church and even continues to pollute the word of truth to this very
day that were seemly constantly being fought against as the Holy
Spirit led believers to see these errors of these false teachings.
Also many early writings of some church fathers were destroyed by the
Catholic church, because the writings of these particular church
fathers did not agree with the doctrines of the Catholic church.
the mere fact that these doctrines of praying for the dead and the
purging fires of purgatory have been debated, changed, rewritten from
the 3rd century to the the council of Trent in 1564 should tell anyone who is
truly seeking the truth of the whole word of God that there is just
not enough evidence either in the scriptures or outside of the
scriptures in so called church traditions to teach such doctrines.
despite all the inscriptions of the prayers offered in behalf for the
dead on the catacombs as evidence that the early church saints prayed
for the dead so therefore it must be scriptural
just does Not hold water, because there are also inscriptions of
prayers invoking the souls of the dead to pray for the living which
is most definitely AGAINST the teaching of the Bible. So again these
inscriptions where most likely made by Christians who were still yet
carnal Christians that had not put away all their JEWISH FABLES and
traditions that do NOT agree with what the Bible teaches. In other
words, some Christians in the early church were being INFLUENCED by
Jewish TRADITIONS that these Jews living around the time of Jesus had
adopted from the pagans, which these Jews were taught all their lives
before they became a Christian.
facts alone that the book of 2 Maccabees was written by these same
Jews who had been influenced by the pagan teaching of praying for the
dead and a place where the dead are purified of their sins should be
enough to reject these apocrypha books that are accepted by the
Catholic church as inspire scripture.
none the less, since the Catholic church considers these apocrypha
books as being part of the Bible, then it is necessary to at least
consider 2 Maccabees 12:43-45 as a legitimate argument to try and
support the doctrines of praying for the dead and the purging fires
of purgatory to be teachings from the Bible.
And they turned to prayer beseeching that the SIN that had been
committed MIGHT BE wholly blotted out. And the noble Judas exhorted
the people to keep themselves from SIN
(for fear that they also would be judged by God and die), FOR
they had SEEN with their own eyes what had happened BECAUSE of SIN of
those who had fallen.
He also took up a collection, man by man, to the amount of two
thousand drachmas of silver, and sent it to Jerusalem to provide a
sin offering. In doing this he acted very well and honorably, taking
account of the resurrection.
For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise
again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the
But if he was looking to the splendid reward that is laid up for
those who had fallen asleep in GODLINESS, it was a holy and pious
thought. Therefore he made atonement for the dead, that they might be
delivered from their sin.”
us now read a little more context to better see what is going on. If
you read all of chapter 12 you will see that the Jews fought many
battles in a very short time and killed thousands upon thousand of
the enemy with out losing a single man UNTIL the FEW Jewish soldiers
fell in battle. Please read 2 Maccabees 12:33,34.
And he came with three thousand infantry and four hundred cavalry.
they joined in battle, it happened that a FEW of the Jews fell.”
we must ask the question of WHY did these FEW Jewish soldiers fall in
battle when in the previous days not one single Jewish soldier died
when killing thousands upon thousand of the enemy?
Please read 2
Maccabees 12:39-45 to better understand what is going on.
On the next day, as by that time it had become necessary, Judas and
his men went to take up the bodies of the fallen to bring them back
to lie with their kinsman in the sepulchers of their fathers.
under the tunic of every one of the dead they found sacred tokens
of the IDOLS of Jamnia, which the law FORBIDS the Jews to wear.
And it became CLEAR to them that this was WHY these men had
they all blessed the WAYS of the Lord, the righteous JUDGE. Who
REVEALS the things that are HIDDEN. (in other words, NOW they
understood WHY the Jews died in battle when no other Jew died in
all the previous battles recorded in this 2 book of Maccabees)
they turned to prayer beseeching that the SIN that had been
committed MIGHT BE wholly blotted out. And the noble Judas
exhorted the people to keep themselves from SIN
(for fear that they also would be judged by God and die), FOR
they had SEEN with their own eyes what had happened BECAUSE of SIN
of those who had fallen.
also took up a collection, man by man, to the amount of two
thousand drachmas of silver, and sent it to Jerusalem to provide a
sin offering. In doing this he acted very well and honorably,
taking account of the resurrection.
if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise
again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the
if he was looking to the splendid reward that is laid up for those
who had fallen asleep in GODLINESS, it was a holy and pious
thought. Therefore he made atonement for the dead, that they might
be delivered from their sin.”
in reading this whole account of these wars and WHY these Jews fell
in battle and just the style of writing all the way up to verse 44
and 45 leads me to QUESTION the last part of verse 43 along with
verses 44 and 45 to part of the original text. To me these verses
seem to be ADDED at a later time in order to use this passage from
the book of 2 Maccabees to try and support the doctrines of purgatory
and the praying for the dead. I mean read these last two verses again
and see if they do not sound more like bias comments rather than the
telling of these battles in a historical style of writing.
notice that the historical style writing in verses 39-42 clearly show
that these Jews died BECAUSE of the SIN that they committed. But in
CONTRAST to these verses we see in verse 44 and 45 that read more
like a commentary would read telling us that they must have truly
believed that God would answer their prayers and forgive their fellow
soldiers who sinned, because why else would they have prayed? Then we
see in verse 45, which again to me is a more of an apologetic
commentary style of writing we see that these Jews had died in
GODLINESS, which is the exact opposite of dying in SIN that we see
back in verses 40 and 41. Then notice in verse 42 it seems that they
are praying for the Jews whom they KNOW have SINNED in HOPES that God
MIGHT by chance forgive them of their sins.
is just my opinion, but I the thought came to me to point this
CONTRAST out to my readers and seekers of the truth. Now regardless
if these verses were indeed added or not we must INTERPRET these
verses in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of God. In other words, IF one
is to dogmatically demand that these verses without fail teach that
we as Christians should pray for the dead, then this same teaching
MUST without fail be found in other parts of the Bible as well and
must ALSO NOT contradict any other part of God's word. Other wise it
must be REJECTED as being FALSE teaching.
we have already seen that some of the other New testament verses that
the Catholic church uses to TRY and support these teaching of praying
for the dead and the doctrine of purgatory do Not in any way teach or
support these false doctrines when they are properly interpreted in
their CONTEXT and in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of God.
idea for the origin of purgatory was that Christians felt so unworthy
to go to heaven, but yet at the same time they did not believe that
they were so evil that they deserved hell. So then, an intermediate
place was developed that would comfort the minds of Christians that
they could go for a time until they could be purged enough from their
sins to enter into heaven. This was the birth of the doctrine of
purgatory in the church that grew and changed over the centuries.
Some believed in torment fire, other did not. Some believed in the
fires of purgatory and then later changed their belief to purgatory
having no flames of fire.
despite all the differences among Catholics through the centuries
this idea of an INTERMEDIATE state had to exist in the minds of many
Catholics, because they for the most part have not been taught the
grace of God the freely forgives us of all our sins.
know that some verses in the Bible like be you PERFECT even as your
Father in heaven is PERFECT seem like impossibilities to us. And they
are to US but not to Almighty God. You see it is Almighty God himself
who sent his only begotten Son to die for the sins of the whole world
so that whosoever BELIEVES on his Son should be FORGIVEN of all the
past sins an made to be the very righteousness of Almighty God
through the shed blood of Jesus.
read 2 Corinthians 5:21.
he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be
made the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God IN him.”
then, when we first come to Jesus and confess the we are a sinner and
ask forgiveness of all our sins, then God forgives us of all our sins
and we are made PERFECT even as our Father in heaven is PERFECT. All
our past sin and every stain and quilt of sin is washed completely
away the very moment that a sinner repents of his or her sins and
turns to the Lord to serve him in righteousness.
is what Isaiah 1:18 says from the Good News Translation.
“The Lord says,
"Now, let's settle the
You are stained red with sin, but I
will WASH you as CLEAN
Although your stains are deep red, you will be as WHITE
God cleanses you from sins his word assure us that we are made white
as snow and are as white as wool, which means that ALL the stains of
sins are CLEANSED and PURGED from us when we ask for forgiveness of
our sin. So
settle this matter once and for all.
Either BELIEVE the word of TRUTH or continue to live in doubt and
fear that God has not cleansed you good enough to enter into heaven
when you die and therefore you must SUFFER horrible flames of fire in
purgatory until you are clean enough to enter into the joy of heaven.
If I truly believe this false teaching of purgatory, then I would
leave all my money to someone that I could trust to pay for masses
and prayers to be offered up for me when I died so that I could get
out of purgatory as quickly as possible. And if they did not spend
they money that I left and trusted with them to offer prayers for me
then they would be anathema or cursed with a curse by God.
But thank God I do NOT have to fear and concern my self
with any of this foolishness of making sure that people would pray
for me when I die. The word of truth teaches us that we are to pray
for one another while we are yet ALIVE, but there is absolutely no
mention or clear teaching that we are to pray FOR the DEAD, nor pray
TO the DEAD.
You are either CLEAN when you die and you go straight to
heaven until the resurrection, OR you die as an unrepentant SINNER in
which case you will go straight to hell. But be assured that when
Almighty God FORGIVES you of your sins, then you are FORGIVEN and
COMPLETELY WASHED and made CLEAN and WHITE with absolutely NO STAIN
of sin remaining in your that still yet needs to be purged by you
suffering in the flames of purgatory. This FALSE doctrine of
purgatory was taken from paganism to control the people with FEAR. Be
assured that God has FORGIVEN you and your are CLEANSED.
Then we read in Revelation 7:14,15, where the faithful
I said unto him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These
are they which came out of great tribulation, and have WASHED their
robes, and MADE them WHITE in the blood of the Lamb.
15. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and
serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sits on the throne
shall dwell among them.”
words robe and garments are analogies for our life that we live.
Therefore if a persons garments are stained, then this means that
that person is living in SIN. So then whenever we see that our
garments are washed and made clean and white, then this means that we
have been made PURE even as Jesus is PURE.
understand that this is NOT our own doing, but rather it is Almighty
God himself who CLEANSES us from ALL unrighteousness each and every
time we ask for forgiveness it is through God's own faithfulness to
his word that he forgives us of all our sins and makes us white as
12:11 teaches us that we OVER COME the enemy BY the BLOOD of the Lamb
and by the word of our testimony.
they overcame him (speaking
of Satan the devil) BY
the blood of the Lamb, and BY the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
So then, since the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, the
VERY WORD of Almighty God clearly teaches of ONLY TWO places that a
person goes when they die, the from WHERE did the Catholic church get
the idea of this THIRD place where the dead must go where they die?
I mean WHY the need for this so called THIRD place of
purgatory and even a FOUTH place the catholic church calls LIMBO
where babies who were not baptized in the Catholic church supposedly
go when they die. So from WHERE did these teachings of the Catholic
Well because of the FALSE teaching of ORIGINAL SIN that
the Catholic church teaches that every person ever born INHERITS the
GUILT and the PUNISHMENT of that ORINGINAL SIN of Adam, then that
would therefore mean that ALL babies would go to hell, because they
are not old enough to understand and believe the gospel in order to
Now this doctrine of original sin started a lot of
controversy in the church and people could not understand WHY an
INNOCENT baby would go to HELL just because they were not yet old
enough to understand and believe the gospel to be saved. So then to
calm the people the Catholic church then invented another FALSE
doctrine of baptizing infant babies so that they could now be saved.
But what about all the innocent pagan babies that die
before they are old enough to be saved? So then in order to PLEASE
the people yet another FALSE teaching was invented called LIMBO so
that babies who were not baptized would have the opportunity to grow
up and be taught the gospel and be given the chance to be saved. One
FALSE doctrine after another just to cover the LIE of ORIGINAL SIN.
Please read the study called “THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF ORIGINAL SIN!”
for all the sound biblical evidence that exposes this FALSE teaching
of the Catholic church that has spilled over into some of the
Protestant churches as well.
You can also read the study “HOW BAPTISM SAVES!”
that will give you sound Biblical teaching that clearly shows us that
the early church NEVER baptize not even one single baby ever.
So then, from WHERE did these FALSE doctrine of the
Catholic church come? Well many of them came from the PAGAN religions
that where prevalent in the Roman empire during the time that
Christianity began to turn the world upside down with the preaching
of the gospel of Jesus Christ as the ONLY WAY to heaven, and many
PAGANS where converted to Christianity.
I will cover the HISTORY of the church and HOW paganism
entered into the Christian church in the study called “HOW DIE THE
Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you
continue to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,
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