Monday, June 3, 2019

Psalm 49:6-9, Purgatory, And Indulgences

          "An indulgence is obtained through the Church who, by virtue of the power of binding and loosing granted her by Christ Jesus, intervenes in favor of individual Christians and opens for them the treasury of the merits of Christ and the saints to obtain from the Father of mercies the remission of the temporal punishments due for their sins. Thus the Church does not want simply to come to the aid of these Christians, but also to spur them to works of devotion, penance, and charity." (CCC # 1478)

          The following portion from the Psalms unequivocally indicates the impossibility of sinful man making any ransom for sin, which includes the guilt of temporal sin:

          "Even those who trust in their wealth and boast in the abundance of their riches? No man can by any means redeem his brother or give to God a ransom for him—For the redemption of his soul is costly, and he should cease trying forever—That he should live on eternally, that he should not undergo decay." (Psalm 49:6-9)

          The concept of indulgences involves shortening the time that a deceased person must spend in purgatory through performing various meritorious deeds and having Masses recited, which are bestowed grace from the treasury of merit drawn from Jesus Christ, Mary, and the saints. But Psalm 49:6-9, which speaks specifically of human death as being an unavoidable consequence of the fall, affirms that no man can offer any price to God to make any type of restitution. We cannot offer even the smallest amount in reparations to Him.

          Only God can pay off a debt that He requires (Psalm 49:15). No man can make reparation for his own sin or the sins of other people, which is essentially what takes place in purgatory. Indulgences are of no avail. Only Jesus Christ could take on the task of satisfying the consequences of sin. We cannot do that even to the smallest degree.


  1. As you know, nine years ago I wrote a lengthy article exposing the unbiblical nature of both indulgences and purgatory:

    The sad this is that Catholics just refuse to acknowledge the Catholicism's teachings about these are nothing but lies to help finance that cult.

  2. Hey Jesse,

    Great job. It seems they'll try anything to deny the full effect of the work of Jesus on the cross. I actually heard one Catholic priest say that it simply comes down to "Pay now, or pay later!"

    A person doesn't HAVE TO pay now, nor pay later... if he is trusting in the payment issued 2000 years ago on Jesus' cross! "It is finished!" (John 19:30)