Purgatory - Truth or Fiction?

If a Christian commits a sin and dies before he repents where does he go?

There is no middle place anyone goes to when they die. The teaching of purgatory by the Roman Catholics is not taken from the Bible, but from their tradition. Each person is either saved or lost. All who are saved go to heaven on the basis of the shed blood of Christ. All who are lost go to hell.

That does not mean that there is no cost for continued or unconfessed sin in the life of the believer. He may lose his rewards. "Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward" (2 John 1:8). Also, we may be "ashamed before him at his coming" if we are not prepared and ready for the Lord to come (1 John 2:28).

However, our place in heaven is not based on our works or on our own righteousness. It is based on the righteousness of Christ applied to our account (2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9). I may lose my closeness to the Lord, but I cannot lose my relationship as His son. And, it is my relationship as son that determines where my heavenly home will be. God does not have a "dog house" for unfaithful believers.

David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 11:8

The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.