Purgatory was the biggEST LIE i was EVER taught as a child! Today many of my loved ones continue to believe in this LIE...a lie that gives empty comfort and a false sense of security. It's a demonic LIE from Satan -- the Father of Lies.
Read for yourself what JESUS taught about death, about where a person's soul goes after he (or she) sheds the physical body, about the realities of Heaven AND Hell. In the Book of Luke is a parable about a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus. (Luke 16:19-31) Would JESUS, the greatest and holiest TEACHER who ever lived -- teach a LIE?
Believing in a Purgatory means believing that prayers (from those still alive on earth) is a means to influence GOD to remove a soul from Hell (or to at least shorten the period of painful purification) and to gain his entrance into Heaven. That prayers to Mary, the mother of the Son of GOD, can do it. That prayers to the apostle Paul, or the archangel Michael, or saint James -- JESUS' earthly brother -- can do it. That those already in Heaven can ask Almighty GOD for a soul to be freed out of Hell because of their "highly privileged proximity" to JESUS (mother, brother, apostle, saint, angel).
If Mary or the saints or the living sinners on earth can pray a dead man's soul out of Hell into Heaven -- why did GOD the Father send GOD His Son to be excruciatingly tortured on the cross? Wasn't JESUS' sacrifice enough? Wasn't His precious blood enough? Wasn't GOD's plan enough?
For the sake of argument, let's say that there really is a Purgatory. Would anyone still risk not being saved and being tormented for however long it might take to be completely purged of sin -- to be totally cleansed from so-called venial sins -- those unforgiven "forgivable" sins? And Purgatory is still in HELL; therefore, it would still be HELLish. It would still be without the presence of GOD -- without Light, without Peace, without LOVE. Purgatory would still be an utterly HELLish place in HELL.
what if those you've trusted to pray you into Heaven stopped praying for you? After the 40th or 100th day of mandatory prayer, can you trust them to continue praying for you? What if those loyal friends all died before you got prayed into Heaven...and there's no one left to pray for you, and you are still in Purgatory, and you are still not purged clean of all your sins... what then? Who will then ask Mary to ask her Son JESUS to speak to GOD the Father?
Do you really believe that Mary herself is that instrument of GOD, endued with the supernatural power to intercede like an advocate (lawyer) to pray a soul out of Hell? Isn't the ADVOCATE, Whom GOD the Father had already sent -- JESUS -- GOD the SON? Isn't CHRIST GOD's Instrument of Peace, for He is the very Prince of Peace?
Do you really believe that Mary likes being made much of more than her beloved Son, Who is her GOD, Who is her Savior? Do you really believe that Mary feels honored when you pray to her instead of directly praying to GOD through JESUS, Who is Himself GOD, Whom the Holy Scriptures calls our HIGH PRIEST? Do you really believe that Mary enjoys your adoration that makes her equal (or more) in your affections towards her GOD, her MESSIAH JESUS?
IF you DO believe in a Purgatory where your soul will be purged of any remaining sin -- then it must follow that you ALSO believe that JESUS' work was NOT ENOUGH... that His BLOOD poured out for us sinners was NOT ENOUGH... that JESUS being nailed on the CROSS was NOT ENOUGH -- that JESUS HIMself IS not powerFUL ENOUGH... IS just not ENOUGH to save sinners from going to HELL. This belief says: JESUS + Purgatory = ENOUGH!
Purgatory is a myth...it does NOT exist in word or principle or parable in the Holy Scriptures. GOD's WORD says there's NO such thing AND there's NO such place.
NO where is it written in the Holy Scriptures about a special department, a separate "holding tank," for those waiting to be purged, cleansed, purified of their sins. Only IN CHRIST -- through His blood, through His cross, through His death -- can we be ALLtogether lovely...purged, cleansed, purified of all sin.
Heaven is sin-free. Incredibly, incomprehensively without sin of any kind. FREE of ALL sin -- Hallelujah! Do you truly believe that you can pass through Heaven's gates with even an ATOM of crud still clinging to your soul? Heaven is where GOD dwells in unapproachable light -- do you think you can approach His throne with even the slightest shadow of sin still darkening your soul?
When you meet GOD, will you say to Him, "Your blood was NOT ENOUGH!"?
Through His WORD, GOD has already said, continues to declare, and will forever proclaim -- "MESSIAH JESUS is exceedingly abundantly infinitely sufficient!"
Be "purged" totally, completely and eternally -- forever and forevermore -- today...now...at this very moment! TURN to JESUS, the CHRIST, the SAVIOR of ALL sinners who would receive Him as their Risen LORD. ASK to be forgiven. REPENT of your sins -- commit to turn away from them. CONFESS to GOD -- sincerely agree with Him that you are a sinner, deserving only HELL after death on earth. TRUST in Him alone. Receive His forgiveness. Receive His perfect righteousness. Receive your new citizenship in Heaven. Receive the supernatural indwelling of the Holy SPIRIT of GOD. Receive your adoption into GOD's family. Receive your right as a child of GOD to enter into Paradise -- into the Kingdom of your Almighty FATHER in Heaven!
Receive this CHRISTmas, the most valuable, most precious, most NECESSARY gift you and i will ever receive, and never ever will ever deserve -- the utterly amaZZZing grace of GOD -- the wonderFUL, AWEsome, fanTAStic, UNbelievable, INcredible, breathtakingly lovely and glorious, and infinitely worthy... LORD JESUS!