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

De Maria's picture

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.

DanFugett's picture

Response #4 to de Maria MODIFIED

#4. You have used Matt 16:19 to support the idea of papal authority, especially as it relates to power to release/not release from this alleged Purgatory. If matt 16:19 is the scripture you claim Peter became Pope, and hence power of the keys to control Purgatory, then what of Matt 18? After explaining it is the Father’s will that not one little one perish, Christ teaches those who don’t hear the Church are to be regarded as a tax collector and a Gentile. Given that Matthew is writing this, we must be careful to keep this in its context. This passage on church discipline, including the ecclesiastical authority to bind and loose, occurs in between Christ’s statement God’s desire that none perish and the answer to Peter’s question that forgiveness is to be extended 70X7 times. The power of binding and loosing was given to the Church, of which Peter was only one member. In fact, he was just one of the many living stones that make up the Church. This is found in 1 Per 2:1-10 where Peter speaks of the priesthood of all belivers and refers to Christians as living stones. Peter makes absolutely no reference to himself as being pope or having keys to life/death or being the Rock of the Church. No mention is made of the other doctrines that surround keeping people in sin so their loyalty is assured – just forgiveness freely given with the only expectation being that of passing the behavior along.

Since the pope can allegedly apply plenary indulgences, why, for the sake of Christian charity, does the pope not empty purgatory through plenary indulgences? Why does he not apply plenary indulgences for to everyone and get everyone out of that state ??? This was a valid question asked about 500 years ago, and it has never been answered.

In Christ,

Dan Fugett

In Christ,

Dan Fugett, Sr Moderator