1 Corinthians 3:15 -but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire

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For Catholics the answer is Purgatory.

What is the answer for Protestants?

1 Corinthians 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

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No it does not imply merit.

With Purgatory we have those who "have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions" suffering temporal punishment presumably to fully pay the satisfaction due to their sins. Thus, punishment = satisfying debt for sin. And this is accomplished through man's suffering which implies merit.

If suffering in Purgatory implied merit, you might be right. But it doesn't. The Catholic Church teaches that the time for merit is here on earth.

The suffering saints in purgatory are cleansed by the merits of Jesus Christ and His body, the Church.

Whatever may be the mind of the Angelic Doctor, theologians agree that no merit is possible in purgatory, and if objection be urged that the souls there ...
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