Blog note: In the spirit of transparency, I am not Catholic … nor was I brought up with Catholic Doctrine. I am not attempting to be mean, hateful or politically incorrect. Those who read my comments know that my comments are aimed towards the top of the wolf pack, or the Alpha wolf leader of the ravenous wolf pack. True, the doctrine and theology indicated below has been around for millennia and centuries. Nothing new here. However, taken into totality with other behaviors, actions, comments and policies instituted since the arrival of the newest and latest Pope, it would seem that part and parcel of a ‘mystery religion’ is forming on earth. This is why is it impossible to write just one blog and comment on how off base or ‘non-biblical’ things have become in the great temple of Rome. In reality, a series of blogs and ‘blind-openings to the let the light in’ are required. The following thoughts are from my bucket of “I looked in my KJB Bible and I can’t find it or mention of it in God’s inspired word.”
- I didn’t know that I can be forgiven of sins by following Catholic events on TV, Radio or the Internet.??? (salvation by watching tv! how convenient, how wrong and deceptively evil).
- I have no idea what purgatory is. There is hell and the second death described often in the Book of Revelation regarding the ‘lake of fire and brimstone.’ But nothing about a ‘purgatory’.
- Really? A ‘get out of jail’ (purgatory) card can be given to dead relatives? Since when does UPS or the postal service deliver in hell?
- Does Satan look at the card say “Ya, that will work – see ya’ later?”.
- I’m not sure what the Pope’s ‘intentions’ are. The gospel involves forgiveness from Christ, not forgiveness from some other human, sinful, decrepit man’s ‘intentions’ (whatever those are).
- My understanding is that forgiveness from Christ is a free gift. We can’t work for it or earn it. It is God’s gift to us. However, the doctrine below seems to imply that I can be forgiven if I do ‘good works’ as defined by participating in some type of Catholic event. Forgiveness by attempting to do ‘good works’ and earn our way to salvation is a false doctrine from hell. Satan is thrilled when people are deceived away from the true gospel of Jesus Christ. He is delighted when this occurs because he knows people have believed in a lie and deception away from true forgiveness and salvation through Christ.
- It seems that the Pope sets a very high bar for everyone except himself. “Free from attachment to sin.” I don’t know anyone, myself included, who is 100% totally free from sin. Even the apostles struggled. Yet, the Pope makes it sound that this is easily attainable for everyone. Christ does not indicate that while we walk the earth that we can become 100% sinless. He does indicate that we can be forgiven and grow towards becoming less sinful, not sin less.
File this under false theology, false doctrine, false practices, deceptive theology, deceptive doctrine, deceptive practices, Satan’s plan to deceive men away from the true gospel. End of note.
Pope Francis grants ‘indulgences’? (get-out-of-jail card) for Dublin participants – World Meeting of Families. BBC News NI, 3 June 2018
Participants attending the World Meeting of Families in August can be forgiven their sins or help a relative speed through purgatory. Pope Francis has granted a “plenary indulgence” for those taking part. In Catholic doctrine an indulgence frees you from being punished for your previously committed sins or it can be passed on to dead relatives to shorten their time in purgatory. Even those following events on TV and radio can achieve a partial indulgence as long as they recite the Our Father, the Creed and other devout prayers. Martin Luther’s opposition to the sale of indulgences was one of the main causes of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century. The Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican body dealing with forgiveness of sins, said pilgrims would have to attend confession and Mass, pray for the Pope’s intentions and participate in some function during the five-day event. But like anything that sounds too good to be true, remember to read the small print. You may have ticked all the boxes above, prayed with the Pope, gone to confession etc. but there is one more step. According to the Enchiridion (handbook) of Indulgences none of the other steps matter unless you are “free from all attachment to sin” – a tall order even for saints.