The remission in whole or in part of the temporal punishment due for sins

which have been forgiven. The gaining of these and other credits is

necessary because the Sacrament of Penance doesn't fully satisfy for

punishment due.

To gain an indulgence, one must be in a state of grace (free from mortal

sin) and perform whatever work is required for the indulgence. The

remission is made by applying some of the Treasury of Merit which the

Church possesses. The indulgence is a transfer of merit from one to another

and offers a lessening of Purgatory.

Plenary indulgences remit all temporal punishment; partial indulgences

remit a portion of this punishment.

The application of indulgences to departed souls is admitted by Catholic

writers to be of recent date.

The misuse of indulgences to finance St. Peter's was one of the first

Roman Catholic practices attacked by Martin Luther.

An indulgenced prayer is one which, when recited, gains an indulgence.


More progressive Roman Catholics today are not so strictly bound to

practice the gaining of indulgences, though many think it will help them on

the road toward Heaven.

The encyclical INDULGENTARIUM DOCTRINA (1/1/67) gave new laws concerning

indulgences. Determining the value of partial indulgences using days and

years is abolished. The number of plenary indulgences has been reduced, and

they are no longer to be attached to things and places. Paul VI admitted

some misuse in the past, but re-affirmed the basic Roman Catholic concept

of indulgences as outlined in the definition above.



by Alex Dunlap

We oppose the R. C. doctrine of Indulgences for the following reasons:

1. It is utterly impossible for any person to make satisfaction to God

for sin. Only the satisfaction rendered by Christ in His obedience and

death satisfies the justice of God (Hebrews 7:24-28; I John 1:9; Isaiah


2. Indulgences are productive of evil in that they embolden men to sin,

because they believe them to be an easy ways to escape from sin's

consequences. It is commonly received by Catholics themselves that as long

as they attend Mass, confess to a Priest, and perform the prescribed

penance, that they can do anything they desire. This may not be the

teaching concerning Indulgences, but it is the fruit of it.

3. Indulgences are nothing more than simony - selling the free mercy of

God and making merchandise of the precious blood of Christ. Acts 8:18-24;

Jude 11.

4. Peter, the first Pope according to Romanists, foretold this mark of

apostasy, that "false teachers should bring in damnable heresies, denying

the Lord that bought them, who through covetousness should make merchandise

of you; whose judgment now for a long time lingereth not, and their

damnation slumbereth not. II Peter 2:1-3.

5. Salvation, the forgiveness of sin, and the remission of sin cannot be

earned by human merit, or bought or sold for money.

6. Christ never granted or sold Indulgences to any one.

7. The Scriptures no where teach that there is a treasury of human

merit, which can be put to the account of another, like the transfer of a

bank account.

8. Since no such treasury exists, it naturally follows that the granting

of Indulgences by a Pope or anyone else is absurd, deceptive, and a vain


9. Indulgences blind the consciences of men to the "exceeding sinfulness

of sin" and its dreadful consequences; causes them to ignore their

responsibility to God, and the only way to escape from condemnation through

true repentance toward God and faith in the perfect merits of Jesus Christ.

Php 3:78-9

10. The Apostles and early churces never heard of Papal Indulgences,

never granted any, and would have scoffed at the idea had it been suggested

to them.

11. Whoever grants Indulgences usurps the place of Almighty God, who

alone can pardon and forgive sin, and remit the punishment due to sin.

12. Indulgences insult the Lord Jesus Christ by offering a counterfeit

substitute for His eternal and perfect satisfaction.

13. Indulgences have caused untold scandal in the world, and have

brought undeserved shame, ridicule, and contempt on true Christianity.

14. Indulgences have cruelly robbed and deceived the poor and left them,

with a false hope, to die in their sins.

15. Indulgences are but another addition by the Papacy to the system of

"Sacramental" salvation.

16. It is utterly impossible for any human being to remit the temporal

punishment due to sin, all Catholic claims to the contrary notwithstanding.

17. Christians are not redeemed in whole or in part by the sufferings of

holy men or Saints, but by the precious blood of Christ alone (Titus 2:14;

Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:12; I Peter 1:18,19; Romans 5:9).

Every Christian should keep in mind forevermore that only God can

forgive sin, or remit any part of the punishment due to sin. He alone is

the Redeemer and Judge of His people.

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