Mr. Weathers says:
[quote:3zgkd9j0]The Final Purification, or Purgatory
All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. [/quote:3zgkd9j0]
Sorry Mr. Weathers but as Scriptures tell us in Hebrews 9:27 after death then comes judgment. If you didn’t realize that Jesus took care of sins at Calvary before you die, there won’t be any purification for you -ever!!!
[quote:3zgkd9j0]The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. [/quote:3zgkd9j0]
More evidence that the Church isn’t the Catholic Church!
The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. the tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire: [/quote:3zgkd9j0]
No sir, we are saved, cleaned by His shed blood, not by fire (Hebrews 9:22)
As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come. [/quote:3zgkd9j0]
Or simply they never will be forgiven – you show how dangerous it is to trust in speculation instead of God’s word
[quote:3zgkd9j0]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.” [/quote:3zgkd9j0]
Maccabeus did a historical act, not an establishment of doctrine and this is another reason why it isn’t part of Scriptures
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: [/quote:3zgkd9j0]
As I previously stated this is just more proof why Roman Catholicism is not Christ’s church. Besides honoring the memory of the dead is a whole lot different then to pray to or for them
Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them. [/quote:3zgkd9j0]
Job was praying for the living children and Scriptures don’t say that was how any of them were actually purified – more speculations? As for praying to or for any who died, WHY? We are told that we can go right to Jesus (Hebrewws 4:16)