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Did you know that you can earn points with God through Twitter?  At least that’s the latest ploy by the Catholic Church, according to the article “Vatican Offers Time Off Purgatory to Followers of Pope Francis Tweets”.  I know, I know, it’s sounds like a joke.  And of course, you can’t believe everything (or even most things?) you read online today.

The Indulgence doctrine of the Catholic Church essentially says that one can be granted remission of the temporal penalties of sin.  And those temporal penalties are supposed to be discharged through a place called “Purgatory”.  To gain an indulgence, the Catholic (who is in “a state of grace”, which essentially means a Catholic in good standing with the church) must perform an act that is attached to the indulgence.

Here’s the idea: you get yourself into a state of grace by doing what the church says (receiving Mass, baptism, confirmation, etc. ,etc.) and you keep yourself in that state of grace by doing what the church says.  However, you begin to see (and even desire) sin in your life and often commit sin.  Such sinners cannot go to heaven so they are placed into “Purgatory” where they can then begin to be purified to such a degree that they are then worthy of heaven.  And Purgatory can be a long, very long, time.  Enter the Indulgence as a spiritual layaway plan.  Start working time off of Purgatory now!

And to keep up with the times, you can now work time off of Purgatory right from the comforts of your own iPad!

Or you can believe the Good News which is not available through the Catholic Church.  The good news is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  What is that?

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the Law…the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe (Rom. 3:21-22)

And when you repent of your sin and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ you don’t become mostly righteous with just a little bit left to gain.  No! When a man or woman is in Christ he/she is a new creation, old things have passed away and all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).  And that’s good news!