Mr. Weathers, just stop and realize what you are saying here you say:
[quote:2q0iotae]Souls in purgatory, who are members of the church just like living Christians, must suffer so that they can be purged of their sins. It is a time to pray for their souls that they may be received into heaven. [/quote:2q0iotae]
[quote:2q0iotae]Souls in purgatory, who are members of the church just like living Christians, must suffer so that they can be purged of their sins[/quote:2q0iotae]
then you tell us:
[quote:2q0iotae]Praying for souls of loved ones helps to remove the stain of sin, and allow the souls to enter the pearly gates of heaven. Through prayer and good works, living members of the church may help their departed friends and family[/quote:2q0iotae]
Yet the Bible tells us:
A LOOK AT GOD’S PLAN
ISA 53:5 – But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
ROM 5:9 – Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
ACTS 20:28 – which he hath purchased with his own blood.
EPH 1:7 – In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
COL 1:14 – In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
COL 1:20 – And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
HEB 10:10-12, 14 – By which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (11) And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: (12) But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God ;(14) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
1 PET 1:18 -19 – 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; (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
I JN 1:7 – 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 cleanseth us from all sin.
REV 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, In other words, when Jesus said, “It is finished” as He died on the cross, He was declaring that He did everything (and the only thing) that takes away sins. That is further shown in Hebrews 1:3 where it says “After having PURGED our sins..”
Noticed the focus is in what He did? John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The Bible reveals that Salvation is a gift, attained by faith in what He did nearly 2000 years ago at Calvary, not what we do. The perfect righteousness, needed to enter Heaven is imputed to our account the moment we accept God’s gift by making that “born-again” decision of making Him your personal Lord and Savior, thus we can know that, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (ROMANS 3:24) [/color:2q0iotae]
Amazing what you catholics will follow bwcause your “church” saya it!!!
Jesus warn about following traditions that nullify His Word!!!!