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The Pope recently announced that people who follow his tweets about his "youth conference" could receive an indulgence, or remission of temporal punishment in purgatory.
A family acquaintance who recently died was very proud of his "papal plenary indulgence" which he paid $5000 for! He believed that it had to be renewed every time the Pope died. We wondered whether his bad health prevented him from doing so.
The Roman Catholic system claims that indulgences cannot be bought, but are a method for the Pope to dispense "merit from the bank of the church" to remit punishment for sins already confessed to a priest.
That system constructs an elaborate ediface of good works, sacraments, masses, confessions, etc., by which a Catholic is supposed to obtain salvation and eternal bliss.
But the poor sinner must depend upon the generosity of his priest and the Pope. Then they die, and stricter, less merciful ones take their places! The poor Catholic sinner is always at the mercy of priests and popes, and can never be sure, when he dies, that he's done enough to merit heaven.
But God promises salvation by the blood of the Lamb slain in our place at Calvary! Christ has already purged our sins in His own body on the tree! There is nothing left to punish in "purgatory."
Catholic false doctrine says God is continually imputing sin to the believer, but God's Word assures us that, when we trust in Jesus, He no longer imputes our sins to us - for they have already been laid upon the Savior, and He has been judged in our place!
Our great High Priest never dies! His terms never change! He lives forever to plead for us!
John Pittman Hey was born in 1961 in Jackson, Mississippi, to Godly parents who from the beginning raised him in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. With child-like faith he came to Christ on his fourth birthday at his mother's knee. He received his education at church school,...