Friday, February 24, 2017

Biblical Refutation Of Purgatory

  • Introduction: 
          -The Roman Catholic Church defines purgatory as "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” and for those “who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified” (CCC 1030). It is further maintained that, “this final purification of the entirely different from the punishment of the damned” (CCC 1031).
  • Purgatory Denies The Sufficiency Of Christ's Sacrifice:
          -Jesus' death is sufficient to pay for all our sins (Colossians 2:13-14; Hebrews 10:10-18). Christ paid the infinite price by dying for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). He made the once-for-all atonement sacrifice by satisfying the wrath of God (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). We are clothed in the righteousness of Christ and so have a perfect positional standing before Him. Thus, we do not need purification in purgatory. If we must in any way pay for, suffer, or atone for our own sins, then Jesus Christ did not make the perfect and complete sacrifice necessary for our redemption.
          -The idea that we are able to atone for our sins undermines the message of the gospel. If we can make amends for our own sin even in part, then the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ becomes redundant. He made a sacrifice to save those who are unable to make amends for sin themselves, for the Scripture has concluded that all are under sin (Romans 3:23; Galatians 3:22). We cannot offer any atonement sacrifice for sins by suffering in purgatory or by offering indulgences because that debt has already been paid off completely by Christ Himself on the cross.
          -Scripture is abundantly clear that justification is by faith apart from the merit of works (Luke 18:9-14; John 5:24; Romans 3:20-28; Galatians 2:16-21). We have all have fallen short of God's perfect standard of morality. So He sent His Son into the world to remedy our problem. He died to pay our sin debt. Sin requires an atonement of infinite value because an infinite moral standard has been violated. There has to be an unblemished substitute (Hebrews 7:25-28). According to Scripture, there are no punishments for genuine Christians in the afterlife (2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:21-23). Christ is our propitiation. But if we are forgiven for a sin and there is still some sort of punishment that we must endure, then we are not really forgiven. We cannot pay a debt (sin) that has already been paid by somebody else (Christ on the cross). Purgatory is an insult against God.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:15:
          -This text is not about punishment for sins. It talks about eternal rewards (or lack thereof). In other words, the context is about testing the quality of each believer's work which determines his or her heavenly rewards (v. 10-14). It is not about any kind of punishment.
  • Matthew 12:31-32:
          -The parallel passage makes this one crystal clear (Mark 3:28-29). It simply means that a person who commits the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will NEVER receive forgiveness from God.
  • Matthew 5:25-26:
          -The context is about anger and settling disputes in relationships (v. 21-24). No one can deny that this passage is speaking about hell because it is mentioned in the context (v. 22). A person in hell would be there "until he had paid the last cent," meaning that his or her stay there would be eternal, as he or she could never give a ransom for it.
  • 2 Maccabees 12:39-46:
          -These dead soldiers were struck down by God because of their idolatry (v. 40). According to the Catholic Church, idolatry is a mortal sin (CCC 1857; 1858). Mortal sins send someone to hell. Purgatory is for "venial" sins. Thus, we have no evidence for Purgatory in 2 Maccabees.

1 comment:

  1. Purgatory is necessary for papists, otherwise how would they coerce their people into paying indulgences? I also examined (not quit in your detail) purgatory and indulgences: