Firstly, I would like to point out that I believe that salvation for the living comes by grace (not merit), through faith in Christ (not works). And I accept penal substitution theories of atonement for the dead. I also believe that those who die as unbelievers are not damned to hell forever and do have hope of redemption. The following practice enables the Christian, in their lifetimes, to take an active role with Christ in salvaging the poor, unfaithful dead souls in hell. It is based on the premise that in order for Christ’s redemptive work of salvation to be complete, salvation must reach to all humans in all places of all times.
In both, the Old Testament and New Testament, sin offerings were made for the atonement of sins.
Numbers 28:30. Include one male goat to make atonement for you.
Hebrews 5:3. And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
Today, it is common practice for the dead in purgatory to obtain indulgence from God through the Catholic Church for remission of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven (C.C.C., X. Indulgences). So, in other words, the Catholic Church intervenes for the individual by asking God, who stores up our good works, to apply some of them in lieu of punishment due to sins. But these indulgences are limited to those who die in the communion of saints – the faithful dead only.
The Churches fail to teach the complete redemptive work of Christ. The Gospel work of salvation must reach to all humans in all places of all times.
Mark 16:15. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
We must learn to search scripture with the loving heart of Jesus.
Lamentations 3:31-30. For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.
Jesus descended into hell for three days to deliver the faithful dead with His sacrificial blood atonement.
1 Peter 4:6. For this reason the gospel was preached also to the dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in spirit.
Jesus now holds the keys to death and Hades. The unfaithful dead in hell can be saved. Otherwise, the redemptive work of Christ would not be complete and we fall short of the glory of God.
Revelations 1:18. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
One of the attributes of God is that He goes unchanging. And Jesus would still hold the keys of death and Hades. He would still be salvaging and delivering the souls of the dead to heaven. This is the one true Son of God. This is the Jesus, Christians should get to know.
Our good works can be offered up to Christ as atonement for the sins of those who died without faith and are now in hell. Atonement is necessary because they did not have faith in their lifetimes. This completes the gospel work of salvation. To say otherwise, is to cut short the redemptive work of Christ.
2 Maccabees 12:46. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.
It is all the same for God to free prisoners in this world from their captives as it is for Christ to free prisoners from their captives in the spirit world.
Zechariah 9:11. As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
And Christ will free prisoners in hell through you because of the blood of the covenant He has with you. This is a blessing bestowed upon us by our Lord.
And, it is by the power of God that salvation is made for us and the dead.
1 Corinthians 1:18. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Let’s not fail to see the significance of being able to offer up our goods works as atonement for the sins of the lost souls in hell. Your family, friends and even strangers who died without faith can have their souls restored (salvaged) by the divine power of Christ and be with God, Jesus, the angels, family and friends in heaven. One must be in good standing with God and have the door closed to all unhealthy spirits before atonement will be accepted. Although, atonement is required of us for the forgiveness of the sins of the unfaithful dead in hell, it is by the Lord’s sacrifice that the souls of the dead can be salvaged. And that heaven and hell are open. Glory goes to Father God and His Son, Jesus Christ. It is a privilege to partake in the heavenly family business of salvation and an even greater honor to work so closely with Christ in salvaging souls.
1 Corinthians 15:19. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
The offering up of good works to Christ as atonement for sins of those who died without faith is the only true way that Christ’s redemptive work of salvation is complete. This is a necessary component in our Lord’s work. Jesus is mighty to save and He will stretch His staff down to the very depths of hell to save souls.
What I say is true, it has been revealed to me by Jesus Christ Himself.
1 Thessalonians 5:19-21. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good,
In conclusion, this, my friends, is the most loving thing you can do for these poor, lost souls. And, may God bless you for such an undertaking.
Child of God
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