If you are a part of the Catholic Church adhere to and follow false doctrine, yes. If you believe the True Word of God and what it teaches, Absolutely NOT!
Jon Watkins Online Ministries.org May 24, 2015
It says in the Bible that there only 2 roads. Either you are saved and are on the narrow path going to heaven, or you are on the road heading to hell. So why do Catholics believe in purgatory?
Matthew 7:13-14 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.
Notice that it does not say that “few find it, at first; and then many, eventually.” It says, “wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.” These verses do not teach a “temporary” destruction, but a “permanent” destruction. There are two roads from which to choose in life. That choice is an eternal one, and must be made while a person is still alive.
2nd Corinthians 5:6-8 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
The Catholic doctrine of purgatory is not based upon the Bible, but upon the teachings of the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha is defined as, “writings or statements of dubious authenticity; books included in the Septuagint and Vulgate but excluded from the Jewish and Protestant canons of the Old Testament”(Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary). So the Apocrypha is made up of religious writings that are not Scripture, but are included in the Catholic bible. As is noted in Webster’s Dictionary, the Jews and the Christians have rejected those books and have not included them in the canon of Scripture.
The Catholics define purgatory: “(Latin, “purgare”, to make clean, to purify) …a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.” New Advent
Here we find that they are not teaching what the Bible clearly teaches, that the Lord Jesus Christ, and His shed blood, is the total satisfaction for our sin.
The above verses tell us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the propitiation or satisfaction for our sins, meeting the requirements of the Almighty and absolutely holy God.
1 Peter 2:21-24 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Catholic doctrine teaches to the contrary of those clear verses, and says Jesus and His sacrifice are not enough to meet the full demand of sin’s punishment, and that purgatory is necessary for a person to complete that on his own: “a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.” New Advent
The Catholic’s belief in purgatory is necessary because of their belief in prayers for the dead. If it is necessary to pray for the dead, then they must be suffering in some way, and still in eternal danger. If the dead are safely in God’s hands in heaven, then why would you need to pray for them?
They get the teaching of prayers for the dead from the Apocrypha — not from the Bible. One of the Apocryphal books is 2 Maccabees, and it says in 12:43-46, “43. And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice TO BE OFFERED FOR THE SINS OF THE DEAD, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection. 44. (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to PRAY FOR THE DEAD), 45. And because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them. 46. IT IS THEREFORE A HOLY AND WHOLESOME THOUGHT TO PRAY FOR THE DEAD, THAT THEY MAY BE LOOSED FROM SINS.”. New Advent
This very clearly shows that Catholics do not believe that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is enough to satisfy the demands and payment for sin. They believe that man himself must satisfy part of the payment for his sins through suffering after death. That is a works salvation, which makes it a totally false salvation. The Catholic church is thus teaching a false gospel.
The word gospel means, “good news.” But they are going to realize that their gospel is not good news at all, when they die and find out that no amount of good works can save a person. It is either a total trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross, or it is an eternity in the lake of fire suffering eternal punishment.
Many in ALL Denominations are going to find out the same thing — only too late.
It is not what we have done for God that saves us — that would clearly be a works salvation (thus, a false salvation). What saves us is what God did for us through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross.
One text in the New Testament is used by the Catholic church to try and teach purgatory. The passage is actually talking about the Judgment Seat of Christ — not purgatory.
Please notice that the Catholic church admits, “this passage presents considerable difficulty” to them and their false doctrine. The reason is that the passage clearly teaches that it is not the Christian who faces the fire, but his works that face it. “Every man’s WORK shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because IT SHALL BE REVEALED BY FIRE; and THE FIRE SHALL TRY EVERY MAN’S WORK of what sort it is.” This has nothing to do with the Christian suffering, but with the works that he has done upon earth. Those works go through the fire to see what sort of works they were.
Were they done selfishly? It is possible to speak before others about the Lord (which is good), but to do it for the limelight and self-glory (that is bad).
Some Christians will end up with no rewards in the end.
There is no such place as purgatory. It is but another doctrine of devils. It gives mankind the false hope that he can still make things right with God after death. But such is not the case. The deceiver is simply at his old work again. Sadly, many will hold onto the thought that they can still redeem themselves by suffering after death, instead of placing their total faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.