Read, “And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due to unto him” (Matthew 18:34) and some read into it the doctrine known as “purgatory.” Read purgatory into it and you’re not reading the whole lesson Jesus gave.
The man who was thrown into prison in the parable only avoided prison because his lord had compassion on him to begin with. He was facing a life sentence with no chance of parole. The debt he owed was un-payable and only his lord’s grace made forgiveness possible!
When a person sins we face a sentence that we can’t afford. The debt of sin we owe is un-payable and only forgivable by the grace of God through Jesus (Romans 6:23). Jesus either pays the whole price or he pays no price. If a person can’t work his or her way into Heaven (and they can’t – Ephesians 2:8-9) then logic teaches that they cannot work their way out of Hell.
The Bible teaches nothing about a “place” or a “state of being” between Heaven and Hell where someone “serves time while being purged of their sins” before going on to Heaven. The Bible teaches nothing about praying to Mary or other “saints” to intercede for those who have passed on. The Bible teaches nothing about paying the church for its prayers or any other benefits. The Bible teaches nothing because there is nothing to teach.
When the Bible talks about the price that was paid to keep us out of Hell it never refers to “indulgences!” It refers to the blood of Christ that purchased our salvation (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
When the Bible talks about our sins being purged so that we may be given an entrance into Heaven it never refers to a place of “purification!” It refers to the blood of Christ that purged sin from our soul (1 Peter 1:2; 2 Peter 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:7).
The time of spiritual cleansing is before death – not after! Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).
1 Peter 1:22 says, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart”. The apostle addressed his words to Christians who were presently cleansed – not Christians who would be cleansed at a later time!
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The apostle didn’t say we are presently cleansed from some sin – but presently cleansed from all sin! Read also 1 John 1:7.
After mentioning a list of several sins, 1 Corinthians 6:11 says, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” The apostle didn’t say they would be washed, sanctified and justified at a later date – they had already been washed, sanctified, and justified from sin in Jesus’ name and by the Holy Spirit! How did this happen? Read Acts 2:38 to find out.
Now, who are you going to listen to when it comes to sin, salvation and judgment? Are we going to listen to the apostles of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Or are we going to listen to an apostate head, an apostate council and an apostate doctrine?
The truth is that you might find Purgatory in Colorado, but you won’t find it taught in God’s word. EA
- Purgatory (1) by Richard Mansel – Forthright Magazine
- Purgatory (2) by Richard Mansel – Forthright Magazine