Does the Bible Support the Concept of Purgatory?

The Roman Catholic follower will at times supply two primary passages to support their idea of Purgatory.

Matthew 12:32:

Matthew 12:32 (NIV) reads:  Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Of course The Lord was speaking of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.

How does the Roman Catholic interpret that as “Purgatory? Well the RC believes that it is very possible to have sins forgiven in the age to come!

Calvin wrote in response to this Roman Catholic interpretation in his writing “Insitutes of the Christian Religion 1960”:

“When the Lord, they say, makes known the “sin against the Holy Spirit is not forgiven either in this age or the age to come”, he hints at the same time that there is forgiveness of certain sins in the world to come. But who cannot see that the Lord is there speaking of the guilt of sin? But if this is so, what has it got to do with their purgatory. Since, in their opinion, punishment of sins is undergone in purgatory, why do they deny their guilt is remitted in the present life?”

Next passage: 1 Corrinthians 3: 10-15 (NASB):

10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

This is the most popular scripture for the Roman Catholic to buttress his idea of purgatory. But where do we find purgatory in this passage? If the words about “fire” are to be used as support of their idea of purgatory, where has the RCC defines that there is indeed, fire in purgatory? In fact, this scripture fails to state that the person goes into the fire or atonement for sins is then suffered!

There is no reference to the idea of purgatory being a place or thing in the Bible. Often the RC will respond to the word “purgatory” not mentioned in the Bible by stating that the word “Trinity” is not in the Bible either. Such a statement is fruitless as even the RC does not deny the Trinity.

Please pray for the Roman Catholic to leave their heresies behind, as their Salvation is a very precious thing!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Who Did Jesus Speak of When He Said “Little Ones”?

Matthew 18: 1-6 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

The phrase “little ones” in Matthew 18:6 is the Greek word mikros mikroteros and means small in size. The reference is not to a child but refers to those who “humble himself as this little child”.

Matthew 10: 40-42 40 “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

In Matthew 10, no children are referred to.

I believe that God has a special place for anyone that harms a child on purpose will have to explain that to God, however we must have a fundamental understanding of words and verses in the Bible.

The term “little ones” is clearly directed at Born Again Christians, children of God. And with that comes a stern warning from Jesus that whoever messes with us there will be a great punishment! “…better to have a millstone hung around his neck” Thrown into the sea!

millstone[ mil-stohn ] noun
either of a pair of circular stones between which grain or another substance is ground, as in a mill.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Pastor Shuts Down Officer!

Jeff Durbin of Apologiastudios.com knows his rights and the law when it comes to sidewalk preaching. This video is a good study of the bias and bigotry of law enforcement when it comes to Christians and our beliefs. Please watch and support Pastor Durbin in his fight for the lives of the unborn.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Happy New Year 2019

Thanks to all of those who follow my blog! By God’s grace this blog is read all over the globe, and I appreciate it. I thank you all! Have a great 2019 and praise the Lord and the Grace He gives us all! Can you imagine how horrible this world would be if God’s Grace was not with us? Those who say “How could God allow this?” and “Where was God when that plane went down?” If God took His hands off the wheel, we would have already obliterated ourselves by now!

1 Peter 2: 23-25
He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

Because of God’s grace, all who put their trust in his work on the cross will receive forgiveness, salvation, regeneration, and eternal love of God. Again, God’s kindness to us is based on his character not ours. His grace to us is an act of his free will and not based on any ability, merit, or performance of our own.

Romans 3:28
28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

It seems more now than ever before a tipping point has arrived. Jesus will make His triumphal return soon. The world of chaos we live in was prophesied since the Old Testament. We as humans have proven that if we don’t follow Jesus and His teaching we cannot look after anything. Sure we show progress in a lot of areas, however progress could also mean progressing over a cliff.

Please pray for peace on earth for the year 2019!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Did Jesus Exhibit Divine Authority?

Yes He did. He stated He is the Son of God. Luke 22: 70-71 “70 And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.” 71 Then they said, “What further need do we have of testimony? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”” He used divine titles for Himself, such titles included “I AM” and “Son of Man”, and the Jews of their time knew exactley what He meant. The Jews tried to stone Him to death for blasphemy! In fact, the only charge the Jews had on Him before His crucifixion was that He claimed to be the Christ! Supposed blasphemy was the death penalty!

Here are some examples of Jesus’ divine authority:

1. He commanded demons to leave people, and the demons obeyed Him. Matthew 10:1, Luke 4:36 and Mark 3:15.

2. He calmed the stormy wind and sea with just a short phrase. Matthew 8: 26-27

3. He claimed the authority to forgive sins and trangressions as well as grant people with eternal life. Matthew 9:6, 8 and Mark 2:10

4. He taught with divine authority Mark 1:22, Luke 4:32 and Matthew 7:29

5. He healed lepers, and others with different forms of diseases. Gave the authority to others the abilty to heal.He also resurrected people from death. Mark 5:38-43,Luke 4:39 and John 11:33-34

Yes Jesus is God! Repent and rejoice!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Crazy Bible HD

I present the small movie that Ray Comfort produced called “Crazy Bible”. Some of his tactics and ideas of presenting the Gospel are a bit unusual, but this is an interseting bit. Please share this with your unbelieving friends. Ray is a Christian. His “Way of the Master” presents the Law first and Grace second. Not a route I would necessarily go, however he exposes the atheist’s weak positions and makes it a bit laughable!

Please pray for Ray, and the unbelievers to see the message clearly.

God Bless!

Brian Mason