Kenneth Hagin’s Warning To Not Distort The Gospel

kenneth_haginPastor Kenneth Hagin called together Word of Faith pastors to Tulsa Oklahoma in 1999 to correct ‘give to get’, ‘blab it and grab it’ types of teaching that had infiltrated some churches.  In 2000 he published a book speaking directly to the problem which is summarized by Lee Grady as

Here are a few of the points Hagin made in The Midas Touch:

1. Financial prosperity is not a sign of God’s blessing. Hagin wrote: “If wealth alone were a sign of spirituality, then drug traffickers and crime bosses would be spiritual giants. Material wealth can be connected to the blessings of God or it can be totally disconnected from the blessings of God.”

2. People should never give in order to get. Hagin was critical of those who “try to make the offering plate some kind of heavenly vending machine.” He denounced those who link giving to getting, especially those who give cars to get new cars or who give suits to get new suits. He wrote: “There is no spiritual formula to sow a Ford and reap a Mercedes.”

3. It is not biblical to “name your seed” in an offering. Hagin was horrified by this practice, which was popularized in faith conferences during the 1980s. Faith preachers sometimes tell donors that when they give in an offering they should claim a specific benefit to get a blessing in return. Hagin rejected this idea and said that focusing on what you are going to receive “corrupts the very attitude of our giving nature.”

4. The “hundredfold return” is not a biblical concept. Hagin did the math and figured out that if this bizarre notion were true, “we would have Christians walking around with not billions or trillions of dollars, but quadrillions of dollars!” He rejected the popular teaching that a believer should claim a specific monetary payback rate.

5. Preachers who claim to have a “debt-breaking” anointing should not be trusted. Hagin was perplexed by ministers who promise “supernatural debt cancellation” to those who give in certain offerings. He wrote in The Midas Touch: “There is not one bit of Scripture I know about that validates such a practice. I’m afraid it is simply a scheme to raise money for the preacher, and ultimately it can turn out to be dangerous and destructive for all involved.”

There’s a lot to think here.  Simply, we should be cheerful givers, giving because we are thankful for what He has given us.

Eight Concerns with Catholicism and the Roman Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Church is essentially all that remains of the great Roman Empire. One of many empires that ruled the known world at one point in history. Many good things have come out of the church I am sure (ie. preservation of the Word of God through hand copying in monasteries). However, as I study the Word of God, the beliefs of Catholicism, and watch the trouble in the catholic church, it is very clear to me that there is something wrong.

If you are reading this and you are a Catholic, I hope that you are following Jesus first and foremost and not any other leader before the King of Kings of the Lord of Lords. There is no intension to be offensive so we pray you read this with an open mind and consider for yourself the practices and beliefs and compare with the Word of God. For any Christian or sincere follower of Jesus (and the Way), it is the priority is to follow after Jesus first, not any man.

Yesterday after 6 hours of study, research, and some review, I have found eight areas that need to be seriously addressed with regards to the Roman Church. These areas are-
1. Father– Believers are only to call the Father Father. We are not to call unrelated people such as pastors or priests “father”. Unfortunately, the pope is called Holy Father. This is an area of concern as so much honor is given to the minister. I just can’t understand why the old guys would be kissing other old guys hands. There are no cultures like that that I am aware of.

2. Prayer to Dead People– The constant hailing of Mary and prayers directed to her and past saints are concerning. The Word tells us to only pray to the Father in Jesus Name. Why would a believer ever kneel and pray to the statue of some dead person and pray to them. Isn’t that what ‘the heathen’ do? They are no longer around and cannot hear our prayers.

3. Infant Baptism– The Word says we are to believe and be baptized, not be baptized and believe. The Roman church has baptized millions of people as infants which is meaningless according to the Word. It causes confusion as people who don’t know Jesus think they do just because they were baptized. This is very concerning as many people are literally deceived by this confusion and forever separated from the Father at physical death.

4. Celibacy Of Priests– It is completely unnatural for men not to marry. All men and women have a sex drive (especially men) and the Word tells us not to forbid to marry. Ministers should marry and have a great relationship with their wife and children. The Epistles say that leaders of the church must be leaders of their own household first before leading a church family. Could this be part of the reason why we have all this sexual sin recently coming to light in the news? I am convinced it is.

5. Penance– From what we have researched from the Catholic church beliefs, belief is that you attain salvation by going to a weekly mass service, confessing sin to a priest, and the ‘holy Eucharist” (or communion) on top of just turning to Jesus. The Word is clear that salvation comes through Jesus immediately when you confess, repent and live the Way of Him to become pure before Him. Following Jesus is a daily lifestyle.

6. Purgatory– A belief that when you die, depending on your works, you may have to go to temporary ‘holding pen’ to work yourself the rest of the way to heaven. We wonder then why did Jesus resurrect from the dead for us, if we have to work our way to heaven? Further complicating things for the discussion, there is no mention of purgatory in the Word. It needs to be documented 2-3 times at least.
There is mention of Abraham’s Bosom which was a holding places for those who called on the Name of Yahweh before Jesus made them righteous before the Father. You can read about it in Luke 16:19-31. It is now very unrelated as we have Jesus who has made us holy before the Father and He emptied Abraham’s Bosom when He went to hell on our behalf.

7. The Rosary– There is absolutely nothing wrong with praying prayers based on the Word of God or even reading prepared prayers based on the scripture. However, having a priest subscribe you to 10 “Hail Marys” to chant with prayer beads is no different than the Buddhists around the world chanting to try to become more spiritual. The rosary is just like the Buddhist beads we see in Asia and draws away from fellowshipping with the Father. It is not chanting the prayers, it is believing in the Father you are praying to that matters.

8. Transubstantiation– According to Roman church beliefs, the bread and the wine (literally they use wine which is not recommended) used for communion after a ‘blessing’ from the priest, literally becomes the flesh of Jesus’ body and the wine becomes His blood. Where does this belief come from? I can’t find anything in the Word of God to justify or even explain this.

When you look at these areas you see all eight distract from what the Word of God teaches. As a follower of Jesus, I know no church or pastor is perfect. However when we are in error we need to fix things otherwise we will go farther and farther away from Him. I have seen it in my life and the lives of others.

The conclusion is the fundamental of the Roman church is that the belief is the leadership is built on Peter the apostle. The problem is this belief is based on one scripture and what most see as a interpretation. Historically, we have no proof that Peter was ever even in Rome. It takes a bit of imagination but the Roman Catholic church considers itself the one true church as it somehow traces its line of pontiffs back to Peter quoting Matthew 16:18
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

For some reason, it is assumed that what is being said here is that the Messiah is going to build His church on one man. Why would God build His church on one man when one man already failed before. Remember Adam? He messed up God’s plan for all mankind. The Epistles tell us that the church is built on the apostles and prophets not one apostle. IF you read this in context, the Rock that the church is built on is not a man, but the rock or foundation is the fact that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Isn’t that why we have the Church of Jesus Christ not the church of Peter? Let’s read it in context.

Matthew 16
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[d] in heaven.”
20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

We must make this issues clear as people are lost. We see many calling themselves Catholics that do not practice, as they say. Everyone needs to know Jesus and repent and turn to Him. No church is better than any other. However, a good church is a church that follows directions that God has given us for thousands of years. What is it all about? It is all about loving and serving Him.

Deuteronomy 6:5
5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Whatever church you attend, if it is not encouraging you to seek Him with your all and all, then it is time to change churches. If the presence and power of God is there, then help that pastoral team bring more people to Jesus. He is coming back soon and we must not hide the truth.

Five Reasons For Learning To Cook

Great points from CBN on why we should learn to cook. Source article here.

Cooking is Easy. You’re reading this right now, which means you’ve passed the first step of my one piece of culinary advice: if you can read, you can cook; just follow the directions. Preparing a meal from scratch needn’t be complicated or laborious. Leave that to the professional chefs at the fancy restaurants. Cooking can be simple with just a handful of ingredients and a little bit of time. Skill and talent are really unnecessary if you can read a recipe. Also, you don’t need volumes and volumes of cookbooks. You don’t even need one. The Internet is full of recipes, from the easy to the complicated. No matter the mood you’re in – be it Italian, Mexican or the good ol’ American burger – you can find meals and how-to guides to get that dish from your imagination to your kitchen table.

Cooking is Healthy… almost by default. Between the super-sized portions and ability to add a sugary milkshake to any meal, you are setting yourself up for nutrition failure as soon as you hit the drive-thru window. Sure, the occasional dalliance is forgivable, but if you’re a regular, you are putting your health at risk. High cholesterol, high blood sugar, not to mention what it does to your waistline… it will catch up with you. Plus, processed, preservative-heavy foods you get at the grocery store can be just as bad. Have you checked out the sodium content in some of those canned soups and frozen dinners? That’s a lot of salt you and your family are taking in, which is not good for the heart. Trade those ultra-fattening meals for a home-cooked dinner with fresh foods and here’s what you have: total control. When you cook your food, you know what’s in it. You understand each ingredient in its natural state. You control how much salt you use or whether you substitute sugar for honey. You can go all organic or vegan or whatever you’d like to do. Cooking makes you the boss of what your family consumes, and you’re able to make the right choices for a healthier diet.

Cooking is Cheaper (in the long run). Six dollars here, seven dollars there everyday or even four to five times a week can add up. Let’s say you spend $50 a week on one-shot-and-it’s-gone fast food meals and frozen entrees. Another person who prepares their meals at home and is reasonably consumer-savvy can get a combination of groceries for that same price, including vegetables, dairy, meat and pasta, that would feed you for weeks. Not to mention that eventually a well stocked kitchen only needs maintenance shopping, like restocking milk or eggs, causing fewer trips to the grocery store. The point is that those fast food meals are gone sometimes within minutes of purchase. You buy groceries, and they last much longer and have far more uses. More bang for your buck.

Cooking Feels Good. Much like a runner’s high, there is an elation after cooking your own food. When you take a few mushrooms, olive oil, salt, pepper and pasta and make a simple, delicious dish, you have a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment. It can be thrilling. I love seeing my friends nod their heads and give me a thumbs up while their mouths are full of food that I just made. That moment when I finally sit down after an hour in the heat over a stove is a rush of satisfying relief. When you cook, you can go to bed knowing that you gave yourself and your family the best of ingredients and the best of your time and efforts… and that’s a good feeling.

Cooking Dinner Is Just the Beginning. Another great thing about cooking is that it is a hands-on sport. You can watch all the shows and read all the books, but you learn how to cook by cooking. Every time you step into the kitchen, whether it turns out to be a masterpiece or a disaster, you learn something. You get better every time and may discover that it’s easier than you thought. Maybe you’ll like it and venture out to make lunch and long, leisurely breakfasts on the weekends.

Cooking at home changes the way you eat, the way you shop, and your entire relationship with food. You start to take an active role in what you put inside your body. Before you know it, this occasional foray can heat up into a hobby. If you let it simmer long enough, it just might become a passion. And if you find yourself with new skills in the kitchen and a new love for cooking, well, that’s just gravy.

Being Solution Oriented

I love to be around people with ideas. It’s easy to find people who are experts at seeing the problem. It’s the rare and valuable person who always seems to have an idea for the solution.

When you examine the qualities of the people chosen most frequently for promotion and leadership, you discover that the vast majority are people who generate lots of new ideas —fresh ways of looking at a situation. Fear keeps most people from training their minds to think creatively and keeps them from putting forth a new idea when they happen to have one.

Being a solution-oriented person with lots of ideas will position you for promotion and increase on the job.

by Mac Hammond
Copyright © 2003 Mac Hammond

Predictions For 2009

Praise the Name!  We are going to see great things in 2009.

I sense something up.  I have been very impressed with Pat Robertson recently.  If you listen to the American media, you get the impression that Mr. Robertson is some strange religious right leader somewhere.  But, if you have listened to him, you will know that he is a man of God. Like the rest of us, he is human.  There is a sure anointing on this man and he is doing more than anyone I know

I recently read his predictions for 2009.  Considering the accuracy of his predictions for 2008, I think that there some good items to consider here.

Pat Robertson: God says U.S. will accept socialism
Broadcaster’s annual predictions also assure economic turnaround

Posted: January 03, 2009
6:34 pm Eastern 


© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, announced at his staff’s annual prayer retreat that God told him Americans would embrace socialism in 2009 “in order to relieve their pain” and that the economy would rebound under an Obama administration.

“The Lord said the economy of your nation will recover,” Robertson told a group assembled at Founders Inn on the campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., a university Robertson founded.

Robertson said God also declared, “The steps taken will lead to a dramatic increase in the power of government. The people will welcome socialism in order to relieve their pain. Nothing will stand in the way of a plan by Obama to restructure the economy in the same fashion as the New Deal in the ’30s.”

In a follow-up interview he granted to Terry Meeuwsen, his co-host on CBN’s The 700 Club, Robertson added, “It will be the largest transfer of power to Washington since the ’30s. But people are willing to accept it because the pain has been so bad.”

In a CBN-produced video clip containing both the predictions and the interview, Meeuwsen points out that Robertson has been right on his predictions before. At the beginning of 2008, for example, Robertson correctly predicted the year would include a world-wide recession, a stock market crash, oil hitting $150 (it hit $147) per barrel, and gold topping $1000 an ounce, which it did in March 2008.

In the interview with Meeuwsen, Robertson assures Americans that contrary to many economists’ opinions, the economic recovery will be swift.

“Cast off the gloom and the doom,” Robertson says, “because things are getting ready to turn around.”

Robertson’s New Year’s Day predictions for 2009 also offered reassurance for Israel with words demonstrating that he had foreseen the country’s military actions today in the Gaza Strip.

“Israel is entering a period of extreme crisis,” Robertson said. “A strong government that deals forcefully with the Palestinians will bring international condemnation and sanctions against Israel, but the Lord will uphold his people despite world opinion.”

Not all of Robertson’s predictions, however, are quite so rosy.

Socialist policies and massive government spending, Robertson told Meeuwsen, could lead to heavy hyperinflation, sending prices through the roof and the value of the dollar through the floor.

“The Lord said the dollar is going to go down dramatically,” Robertson said in the interview. “If I’m hearing him right, gold will go to about $1900 dollars an ounce and oil to $300 a barrel.”

As a result, Robertson warned, “People are not going to trust the United States any longer as the leader in financial matters.”

On a more spiritual theme, Robertson concluded his New Year’s Day predictions by declaring that God says now is the time for Christians to expand their outreach and evangelism around the world, especially toward Muslims.

“The whole of Islam is weakening. The violence and bloodshed has turned many against this religion of hate,” Robertson declared.

“There has never been, nor will there ever be, a more propitious time for the gospel,” he announced. “People by the tens of millions will be seeking answers. They will gladly receive the forgiveness of sins that was bought by the death of Jesus Christ.”

Quoted from here.

Getting Into Spiritual Shape- by Jesse Duplantis

With the Lord, only a personal relationship can develop increased fitness for service. He knows the inner character of every person. He doesn’t just know about you, He knows you. You can’t pull anything over His eyes! You’ve got to apply His Word to make it work. In other words, you’ve got to do more than just get on Jesus’ winning team. You’ve got to get in there and play if you want to experience all the good stuff in God’s Word! 

Christianity Is About More Than Just Being On The Team 
Everybody knows that it takes exercise to become physically fit. The body requires training to perform well physically. If you want to run a marathon, you’ll have to spend some time training so that when the race comes, you’ll be able to run it – to finish it without passing out! Wouldn’t you agree that it is easier to run a marathon after years of training than it is to get up one day and try to make it through 26.2 miles? 

Healing can be compared to this as well. A lot of people neglect to think about their health when they are healthy. It isn’t until they get sick that they start trying to get fit, spiritually and physically, in that area of their lives. This isn’t the easiest way to do it. It can be like climbing uphill, but many people have done it. It can be done! 

Sometimes when the devil comes to steal, kill or destroy our lives with sickness, people get caught with their pants down. They don’t have confidence because they haven’t been exercising, spiritually speaking. They haven’t been doing their aerobics! They haven’t been flexing their muscles when it comes to the Word. 

They’re saved. They belong to the Heavenly Club. They’ve got their membership and the manual that comes with it. But, they’re flabby, not fit. They can’t perform what they are designed to perform. They can’t do what others in the club are doing. They couldn’t walk in a race, much less run in one. Why? No training. Lots of reading and talking, but little application. They are in union with Jesus, but not with His works. 

You can be full of the Holy Ghost and never exercise your full abilities. You can be saved and hear healing preached all your life and never exercise the power of God for yourself. If you don’t exercise yourself by becoming united with Jesus and His works, when Satan strikes at you, you’ll stand paralyzed by the blow. Or you’ll try and muster up the guts to run him out of town, but you won’t make it three steps into the sprint. Do you understand what I’m getting at here? 

Be A Doer 
James 1:23-26 puts it this way: “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” 

Religion won’t do you any good unless you apply what it is teaching. You can read books and hear a lot of soul-stirring sermons, but if you don’t apply it, it can’t work for you. That sounds like common sense, and it is, but a lot of people don’t seem to understand how true it really is. Spending time with your Father in prayer and reading His Word is crucial to being spiritually fit. But the “doing” can’t be left out. Following the commands in His Word day after day will help you to become spiritually fit so that you can overcome any problem that comes your way. 

I know what it means to work hard at being physically fit. I’ve been a jogger since 1979. Have I enjoyed it? Not really. My body is used to it. It doesn’t like it, but it needs it – and it knows it. If I go for a couple of days without jogging, my body actually tells me, “Hey, fool, we’re getting weak here.” 

Exercise keeps me from blowing up to 300 pounds and it helps me to release stress. It’s also a great time to talk with the Lord. 

The first mile is not bad. The second mile is not too bad. But the third mile is tough. My body decides it’s had enough and says, “Hey, Jesse. Look at your hair. It’s white. You’re getting old. You’re gonna kill us out here on this road. What’s the matter with you? Go home. Sit down. Eat. Who cares?” 

I have to push myself to finish my course because if it were up to my flesh, I’d be home in front of the TV eating pecans by the truckload and knocking the fire out of a bag of hog cracklin. 

Now, don’t misunderstand me. I joke a lot but I do try and take care of my body. When I don’t, I just fall on the mercy of God, but I really do try and take care of what I can in the natural. Is it always fun? No, not really. Does my body like it? No. 

Back when I was a strict vegetarian, my body fought me tooth and nail. But, my body got used to the change. It got to the point that my body was so clean that if I ate just a bite or two of something fried, I’d get an awful feeling in my stomach. I could taste the grease for hours and it just wouldn’t set right in my body. 

Lean, Mean, Faith Machine 
Getting in spiritual shape is a lot like getting in physical shape, in that you feel wonderful when you’re finally doing it! With physical fitness, your body moans and complains in the beginning. It doesn’t want to do anything. But once you get into it, you feel good knowing that you’re accomplishing something. You’re gaining a healthier body, losing pounds and building strength and endurance so that you can enjoy your life more. You’re being active. If you stick with it, it can transform your body into a lean, mean, faith machine! 

That’s how it is with getting fit spiritually. At first your flesh moans and complains about making a change. It doesn’t want to change. But, once you get into the habit of crucifying that flesh, you feel wonderful because you are fellowshipping with the Creator! Suddenly He lifts you up into heavenly places and it is no work at all! The difference between physical fitness and spiritual fitness is that getting fit with God is much, much more rewarding and fun. 

Fight the Good Fight of Faith 
Of course, being spiritually fit doesn’t mean that it is a complete safeguard against the devil’s attacks. But, when you’re fit, it’s a whole lot easier to whip him! 

Satan is a stinking dirtbag. He’s like a criminal who comes into your house to steal. He has no authority, but he’ll try and get away with anything he can. It is our job to enforce the law of “by His stripes ye were healed” and kick the stinking sickness out. When we catch Satan trying to pull a shenanigan with our health, it’s our job to grab the Sword of the Spirit (the Word) with confidence, resist the temptation to give in. Sometimes it’s a fight, but it is a good fight. 

First Timothy 6:11-12 says, “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 

If you want to receive, you’ve got to learn to develop tenacity. Quitters can’t win the fight of faith. They forfeit the prize when they do. It’s people who abide in God and have His Word abiding that are in good spiritual shape. They patiently fight the fight of faith and inherit their promise. Like Paul, they are the ones who end up calling it a good fight! Because, let’s just face it, when you’re in good spiritual shape, it’s a whole lot easier to fight good! 

Source: Breaking the Power of Natural Law by Jesse Duplantis 
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

What does the Bible say about Purgatory?

Question: “What does the Bible say about Purgatory?”

Answer: According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Purgatory is “a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.” To summarize, in Catholic theology, Purgatory is a place that a Christian’s soul goes to after death to be cleansed of the sins that had not been fully satisfied during life. Is this doctrine of Purgatory in agreement with the Bible? Absolutely not!

Jesus died to pay the penalty for all of our sins (Romans 5:8). Isaiah 53:5declares, “but He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Jesus suffered for our sins so that we could be delivered from suffering. To say that we must also suffer for our sins is to say that Jesus’ suffering was insufficient. To say that we must atone for our sins by cleansing in Purgatory is to deny the sufficiency of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus (1 John 2:2). The idea that we have to suffer for our sins after death is contrary to everything the Bible says about salvation.

The primary Scriptural passage Catholics point to for evidence of Purgatory is 1 Corinthians 3:15, which says, “If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.” The passage (1 Corinthians 3:12-15) is using an illustration of things going through fire as a description of believers’ works being judged. If our works are of good quality “gold, sliver, costly stones,” they will pass through the fire unharmed, and we will be rewarded for them. If our works are of poor quality “wood, hay, and straw,” they will be consumed by the fire, and there will be no reward. The passage does not say that believers pass through the fire, but rather that a believer’s works pass through the fire. 1 Corinthians 3:15 refers to the believer “escaping through the flames,” not “being cleansed by the flames.”

Purgatory, like many other Catholic dogmas, is based on a misunderstanding of the nature of Christ’s sacrifice. Catholics view the Mass / Eucharist as a re-presentation of Christ’s sacrifice because they fail to understand that Jesus’ once for all sacrifice was absolutely and perfectly sufficient (Hebrews 7:27). Catholics view meritorious works as contributing to salvation due to a failure to recognize that Jesus’ sacrificial payment has no need of additional “contribution” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Similarly, Purgatory is understood by Catholics as a place of cleansing in preparation for Heaven because they do not recognize that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are already cleansed, declared righteous, forgiven, redeemed, reconciled, and sanctified.

The very idea of Purgatory, and the doctrines that are often attached to it (prayer for the dead, indulgences, meritorious works on behalf of the dead, etc.) all fail to recognize that Jesus’ death was sufficient to pay the penalty for ALL of our sins. Jesus, who was God incarnate (John 1:1,14), paid an infinite price for our sin. Jesus died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 2:2). To limit Jesus’ sacrifice to atoning for original sin, or sins committed before salvation, is an attack on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. If we must in any sense pay for, atone for, or suffer because of our sins – that indicates Jesus’ death was not a perfect, complete, and sufficient sacrifice.

For believers, after death is to be “away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8Philippians 1:23). Notice that this does not say “away from the body, in Purgatory with the cleansing fire.” No, because of the perfection, completion, and sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are immediately in the Lord’s presence after death, fully cleansed, free from sin, glorified, perfected, and ultimately sanctified.

Quoted from here