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Chris, I'm glad to see ex-Catholics like yourself who can say something about the ideas of Indulgence from personal experience. Since SA puts up very little about United Methodists, I can only scorch them very infrequently, e.g., United Methodists at the End of the Mainline. I have had indirectly one vivid experience with Pentecostal movement, which gives a normal person who walks into one of their churches, that their frothing at the mouth, means they are way past due for a rabies shot -- The Charismatic Movement--35 DOCTRINAL ISSUES.
Chris, you might want to read the PDF file (There's audio and video files as well) One of our pastors to a group of people to Europe last summer to visit the lands of the reformation. Anyway, many of us got a benefit of that in his Wednesday night class. You might like this one of the several classes on Martin Luther, 95 Theses On the Door which had some of the historical background of the use of indulgences during Martin Luther's time.
Right, Jim, and I always like reading that quote. RC's, not knowing the churches history, vehemently deny that indulgences were ever or are still being sold. Indulgences were invented for the sole purpose of making the church fabulously wealthy. Well, much of the wealth came from the inquisition seizures as well.
Yes, the idea of Indulgence are erroneous as Martin Luther pointed out. They served a useful purpose in being a spark that set the Reformation off, One might remember, "As soon as the gold in the casket rings; the rescued soul to heaven springs." --Johann Tetzel, which was utter nonsense as Martin Luther pointed out.
Oh brother. No mere sin filled man, past, present, or future, can forgive sins or lessen anyones time in (the great lie) Purgatory. Confession to a Priest is a device of Satan, as well...a meaningless lie. Who does any man, who thinks he has the authority to either forgive sin or award indulgences, think he is? God alone is worthy, able, and qualified to forgive sin...not some joke of a man who believes he is Christ on Earth; beibg appointed by God almighty Himself. This garbage makes me so angry. "Confess your sins, one to another..." really amazing how they are able to build entire doctrines out of single, taken out of context verses. Pathetic, sad, wickedly deceitful...wickedly deceived.