CBS News released the following story telling how the current Pope has decided to grant his Twitter followers time off from purgatory
This is sad I’m so many levels. First, it is sad because the Bible says nothing about purgatory.
Purgatory is a process of purification of the soul after death, following the particular judgment and ordinarily a requirement before entry into heaven. The word “purgatory” was unknown before the 11th century: one of the first documents to mention purgatorium by that name was a letter from the Benedictine Nicholas of Saint Albans to the Cistercian Peter of Celle in 1176 (Haggh, 1997). From Theopedia.com
This is an attempt to blatantly add to God’s Word.
Secondly, the doctrine of Purgatory diminishes the glory of Jesus’s sacrifice. As the song said, Jesus paid it all.
Hebrews 10.10 describes the sacrifice of Jesus for his people as being once and for all.
And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
There is no need for purification for sin in Purgatory. Jesus has already paid the price. He has offered a single and sufficient sacrifice for sins which perfected his saints–Hebrews 10.13-14
Peter wrote of the greatness of Jesus’s sacrifice in First Peter 1.3-5:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time
The Bible doesn’t mention Purgatory because we have no need of it. We have Jesus. We have the great and perfect sacrifice. Let us trust him. Let us trust his grace.