This passage is sometimes quoted by Roman Catholics to support the idea of purgatory.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the undying souls of men leave their bodies at
death. The wicked (those who die in mortal sin) go to hell for eternal torment. The
righteous, dying with unforgiven venial sin or undischarged temporal punishment, go to a
painful purification before being fit for heaven.
- Matthew 12:32
- "It shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to
If sins are not forgiven, either now or in the future, why send the sinner to purgatory?
- Purgatory presupposes the doctrine of the immortality of the soul. If there is no
immortal soul then purgatory becomes an invention.
See the parallel passages in:
- Mark 3:29 - "But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit hath never
forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation."
- Luke 12:10 - " . . . but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Spirit it shall
not be forgiven."
- These are conclusive, there is not even a hint of purgatory.