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

Can A Believer Commit The Unforgivable Sin Of Blasphemy?

Blasphemy The Unforgivable Sin: Matthew 12: 31-32 (NIV)

31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 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.

Blasphemy as a term is sometimes misunderstood, but by biblical definition, it is as Jesus defined it in Matthew 12:18 (NIV)

18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

The penalty for blasphemy in the Old Testament was execution! In Rabbinic Law, blasphemy involved speaking of the divine name. It also was considered blasphemous to lead people to pagan gods.

Matthew 12: 22-32 (NASB) reads:

“Then there was brought to Him a demon-possessed man who was blind and dumb, and He healed him so that the dumb man spoke and saw. 23And all the multitudes were amazed, and began to say, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?” 24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” 25And knowing their thoughts He said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself shall not stand. 26″And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?27″And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Consequently, they shall be your judges. 28″But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.29″ , Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his proper unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30″He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters. 31″Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32″And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come,”

In verse 24 the Pharisees accuse Jesus of summoning up Beelzebub the ruler of demons to cure the demon possessed man. They accused Jesus of performing this miracle with the help of the devil!

A believer today could not commit this sin. Read John 10: 25-30 (NIV)

25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”

I challenge you to find any biblical scripture where a believer has committed this unforgivable sin.

Roman 6: 11-14 (NIV)

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

God Bless

Brian Mason