Can We Ever Be Holy Enough?: An Interview with Jerry Walls

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Purgatory is a gift of grace to be received with gratitude by all who aspire to know God as fully as possible.
MR: In a recent article in the journal First Things, you defended the notion that Christians need the doctrine of purgatory. Can you briefly explain why you believe the doctrine of purgatory is necessary for Christians?JW: Well, the doctrine of purgatory addresses an issue that any theological system must face, namely, how does God deal with the moral and spiritual imperfection that remains in the lives of most (you would probably say all) believers at the time of death? There are four broad possibilities here. Such believers could go to hell; they could go ...

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