Tag: Sin

Purgatory: Purifying Fire or Fatal Fable

by Mike Gendron

Catholics who believe a purifying fire will purge away their sins are deluded victims of a fatal fabrication. The invention of a place for purification of sins called Purgatory is one of the most seductive attractions of the Roman Catholic religion. Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church described this deceptive hoax brilliantly. He said: “Purgatory is what makes the whole system work. Take out Purgatory and it’s a hard sell to be a Catholic. Purgatory is the safety net, when you die, you don’t go to hell. You go [to Purgatory] and get things sorted out and finally get to heaven if you’ve been a good Catholic. In the Catholic system you can never know you’re going to heaven. You just keep trying and trying…in a long journey toward perfection. Well, it’s pretty discouraging. People in that system are guilt-ridden, fear-ridden and have no knowledge of whether or not they’re going to get into the Kingdom. If there’s no Purgatory, there’s no safety net to catch me and give me some opportunity to get into heaven. It’s a second chance, it’s another chance after death” (from “The Pope and the Papacy”).

Despair? Strength Through The Valley

Every one of us goes through the hills and valleys of walking with the Lord. There will be times where your on the hills and you feel the spirit of the Lord close to you. There is no other feeling in the world like knowing our Lord Jesus is walking with you hand in hand. When you really feel that his presence is with you. When you have so much zeal to serve him that you just can’t keep it in. It bubbles out of you and you don’t have to do anything. You feel like you could run a hundred miles for Jesus carrying everybody along with you. Those times are to be cherished because those are the hills that God allows you to experience so that you can get through the valleys.

Then there are the valleys. Where you feel like you can’t go another step. When God feels like he is 1000 miles from you, when you really feel despair. When you feel separated from people. When you feel like everything that your doing is somehow wrong. That nobody understands how you feel, and how could they, they don’t know your life and they don’t know your troubles. You feel weak towards sin and you feel like every sin is magnified to the point where you question yourself if your on the right road. (more…)