Sunday, September 11, 2005show me the money!!!
1032 - This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin." From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead." (Roman Catholic Catechism)
We've seen, in part 1 and part 2, that the Romanist doctrine of Purgatory not only has no Biblical text to support it's existence, but that this doctrine stands in contradiction to the COMPLETE and TOTAL ATONEMENT of Christ. This should be enough for any honest saint to "chuck out" the wicked doctrine, but I wanted to put together this third installment to show you just how far into left field one can go when they accept doctrines that are not found in Scripture (doctrines which, in the end, are contradictory to Scripture).
ALMSGIVING, INDULGENCES, AND WORKS OF PENANCE. With these simple words attached to the doctrine of Purgatory, Romanism has become one of the wealthiest religious institutions in the world. This is how it all works:
1- Grampa dies. Grampa was a "good catholic", but, Grampa liked his Scotch whiskey and his Saturday poker game "with the boys". So, Grampa, being imperfect, isn't in Heaven, he is "being perfected" (as in, suffering) in Purgatory.
2- Gramma and the kids loved Grampa alot. Losing their loved one is a tough pill to swallow. And to make matters worst, they all have the Romanist knowledge that Grampa is suffering in Purgatory.
3- Enter the Romanist extortioners with the words "almsgiving, indulgences and works of penance on behalf of the dead". You see, money, prayers, and good works (whatever amount and sort the Romanist priest desires) will then be credited to the soul who is in Purgatory, effectively reducing "his sentence".
4- Not being big on "prayer" and "good works", most totally depraved, unsaved Romanists will opt for the cash. It's quick, easy, and best of all, it takes care of whatever guilt in their consciences about letting Grampa suffer Purgatory.
With the rate of death in the world somewhere in the vicinity of 1.68 per second, and with millions/billions of Romanists in the world, the money quickly accumulates. And just like the coffin business, there is a degree of pride in the amount given for the dead. What I mean by this:
-the cheapest coffin one can buy in my country is a few hundreds of dollars.
-most people will opt for a more expensive coffin.
-Because grieving spouses and children often want to honour and demonstrate their affection for the departed soul... and a cheap coffin just doesn't "look right".
The exact same logic can be applied to indulgences. It's the perfect conspiracy. Everyone in Romanism is in on it, and no one wants to do a thing about it. The grieving family sleeps better knowing they have done "something" for the deceased, the Romanist priest is dead laughing because he's collecting thousands of dollars to perform an act he has absolutely NO WAY of doing. So he has choirs sung, a few extra "Hail Marys" here and there, a little plaque somewhere in the house of idols... etc.
Oh! I can hear Romanists screaming now. They will try to make us believe that this kind of thing died with Johann Tetzel, a man who sold indulgences to acquire money for the reconstruction of St-Peter's Basilica. They will affirm that their wicked Council of Trent has put an end to this kind of simony. But it's all smoke-screen and lies. I have a Romanist grandmother who is 10,000$ poorer today, and a Romanist Basilica which is 10,000$ richer in my hometown. And let me assure you, everyone knew what the money was for.
"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." (1 Peter 1:18-19)
This is my Gospel. No fooling around dividing sins that are covered by the Atonement of Christ and others that are not. No silver, no gold, no foolish and ungodly traditions. The precious blood of the spotless Lamb of God + ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Christ has purged me from ALL SIN, past, present and future (1 John 1:7); I stand before God holy and and without blame (Ephesians 1:4).
So it's up to you friends, you can go with man's religion, and spend your money to bring yourself comfort, or, you can go with the Gospel and have Life forevermore. Think about it.
Note: in the Romanist Catechism, they speak of a passage in the "sacred scripture". What they are referring to is the apocryphal book of 2 Maccabees, specifically chapter 12:39-46; so the "sacred scripture" isn't so "sacred". And even if we were to accept that 2 Maccabees has merit, the passage in question presents several problems for Romanists. First, while prayers for the dead is mentioned, no mention is made that these souls were suffering in Purgatory. Second, the slain men were guilty of idolatry, a mortal sin according to Romanist teaching. So these souls shouldn't have been in Purgatory at all, they should have been in Hell (again, according to Romanist doctrine).