Great Sermon! Someone said "Purgatory is that time when every unrepented sin (dung in Luther's illustration) is burned off -- so that you are actually made perfect -- before seeing God face to face."
Someone is sadly mistaken, for he thinks the sacrifice of Christ insufficient, and "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" a mere partial gift, with alleged remaining sins needful of further purging.
Pastor Bill (7/11/2013)
from Fayetteville, North Carolina
Response to 'Good Bible Study' ...and yet...not a single verse of Scripture in your response to support Purgatory.
So I trust you are just informing the reader of its concept and not that you personally adhere to that fallacy.
Good Bible study (7/10/2013)
Great Sermon! When you have the keys of the kingdom, as Pope Francis does, then offering an indulgence is to be expected. An indulgence is merely the declaration that one has fewer days in Purgatory because of repentance, faith and obedience. And why is Purgatory even required? Because you can't just walk into heaven as a snow-covered dunghill (as Luther describes it). Rather, "Be ye perfect!" the Scriptures warn. Purgatory is that time when every unrepented sin (dung in Luther's illustration) is burned off -- so that you are actually made perfect -- before seeing God face to face.
Bill Sturm serves as the Senior Pastor at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church of Hickory, NC. Previously, he served as the Associate Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC following almost nine years on active duty in the United States Army. He otherwise specializes in...