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The idea of purgatory, is yet another false doctrine dreamed up by the corrupt Roman Catholic Church. According to this doctrine, Purgatory is a place or condition of temporary punishment, in which the souls of those who have died in grace, must atone for their sins. In other words, such people are not bad enough to be sent to Hell, (which is a fiery place of torment according to RCC doctrine), yet they are not yet good enough to deserve Heaven. The concept of Purgatory promotes the idea of Salvation through one's own good works and acts of penance. It denies that Christ's Atonement for our sins was enough, and indirectly says that we must give God some help in our Salvation. The Apostle Paul thoroughly exposed this false doctrine of Salvation by good works, or by observing the Law, when he wrote: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9, KJV And also: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us..." Titus 3:5b, KJV And finally: "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." Galatians 2:21, KJV

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