Oh Lord, help us to know Your will for our lives and not the false teachings of men. For centuries people have tried to make money from the gospel message. In the middle ages, the Catholic church sold indulgences, in order to build up their church funds, while we also see televangelists and other preachers asking for thousands of dollars to bolster not their ministry, but hidden agendas. Truly, many people in times past were duped into giving their money in order to free people from purgatory and to even save their own souls through penances. These evil popes, cardinals, and bishops, were not for You but for their fleshly needs instead. The same goes with people in our time that take people’s money and use it on planes, expensive cars, mansions, and more. Lord, I pray that people will know when they are under a strong delusion and also run from it. I am grateful that You have given me wisdom, in order to not participate in any church whose goal is to take people’s money and not use it for Your glory. I love You, Lord. Amen.
Exodus 30:14-16 (KJV)
14 Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the Lord.
15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the Lord, to make an atonement for your souls.
16 And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the Lord, to make an atonement for your souls.
There is no purgatory and Catholics who tried to sell indulgences to free people from this place is false and very evil.