Forgiveness Of Sins And Escape From Purgatory Through Indulgences
(1471) The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.
What is an indulgence?
An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.
An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin. Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead. (Page 411)
(1478) An indulgence is obtained through the Church who, by virtue of the power of binding and loosing granted her by Christ Jesus, intervenes in favor of individual Christians and opens for them the treasury of the merits of Christ and the saints to obtain from the Father of mercies the remission of the punishments due for their sins. Thus the Church does not want simply to come to the aid of these Christians, but also to spur them to works of devotion, penance, and charity. (Page 413)
(1479) Since the faithful departed now being purified are also members of the same communion of saints, one way we can help them is to obtain indulgences for them, so that the temporal punishments due for their sins may be remitted. (Page 413)
Put simply, indulgences is like a bank account of good favor that is left over grace from Jesus, and the saints who have gone home to glory. Indulgences can be purchased with money or good works, thereby granting grace to the sinner. This is a neat system, but it sounds more like the fleecing of the flock to me. Only one problem with indulgences, it is not in the Bible. Not one verse in the Bible speaks of temporal punishment. Indulgences are wicked unscriptural doctrine, designed to fleece the masses. Over the centuries the Catholic Church has amassed her wealth by extorting money from her flock under the auspices of indulgences. Read your history! See catechism #1030, #1031, #1032
Look what Peter says about purchasing the gifts of God.
Acts 8:20-22 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart IS NOT RIGHT in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
When it comes to religion, the majority is always wrong! Jesus said this better than anyone else.
Matthew 7:13-16 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for WIDE is the gate, and BROAD is the way, that LEADETH TO DESTRUCTION, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and NARROW is the way, which LEADETH UNTO LIFE, and FEW there be that FIND IT. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits...
You had better check things out for yourself. You search the Scriptures. Dont take my word, or anybody elses. You will give an account for yourself.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
1 John 2:27 ... ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie...
Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of HIMSELF to God.
What will you say? Will you say, I was told by my priest! God will say, ...Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels, Matthew 25:41.
INDULGENCES IS NOT IN THE BIBLE!
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