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Catholic view of Purgatory ... Is it real?

Mike Kirby's picture

Here is my point...

Sorry that I didn't elaborate.
Sometimes I think more than I write!

Michael said,
What is your point? Yes we are members of the Church. yes the Church is the pillar and ground of truth. Yes we are to conduct ourselves so as not to bring shame to the Church. But none of these ideas are related to the discussion or even the idea that it is the Church which is having its works tested in 1 Cor 3.

Mike says,
If you agree that we are members of the Church and the Church is the pillar and ground of the Truth,
then how could you think that the Church can escape it’s works being tested ?

The point is that the Church has the imagery of a building. composed of people. Some of those people are over comers who are holding fast to their crown and are made “pillars” in the temple of God.

Jesus addresses 7 real churches (Catholic or Protestant?) in the book of Revelation as one who has “eyes as a flame of fire”.

Some of the churches were commended for hating bad doctrine and some were rebuked for entertaining bad doctrine. E.g. the doctrine of the Nicolaitians
Some of those churches were going to be “purged” of their evil doctrine and deeds.

I said before that I have usually connected this passage in 1 Corinthians 3 to the Judgment seat of Christ where our works are judged (not our sins).
But I think that the thought that Justin is bringing forth is worthy of consideration.
(that purification occurring before death).

Holiness isn't measured by the distance you keep from the world and it's ways ...
it's measured by your nearness to God"

"Divine Grace is not opposed to effort ...
it is opposed to earning "
— Dallas Willard