“The pursuit of holiness does not occupy the place in our hearts that it should.”
Christ “loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her…so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” (Eph. 5:25-27)
Yes Kevin Deyoung is onto something here of paramount importance! I’ve had personal experiences where I had some not so Christian Christians attack me and the entire Catholic Church saying we are all going to burn in hell! WRONG! The Reformation was work of the Devil and no matter how we try to sugar coat it the answer is always the same; if we are being honest with ourselves and Jesus Christ keeping Him close to our hearts working religiously, sacramentally and yes even ritualistically or rigidly repeating these things daily to maintain that closeness and absolute commitment or devotion necessary, to the Will of God the Father!
Don’t people go to the gym daily and repeat over and over continuously the same actions and heavyweight lifting to become a strong muscular body? Is that so important to devout so much time to it, and will make a fraction of difference where one’s soul will reside for eternity? NOT A CHANCE! People repeat having a smoke or hit on some weed daily to get the right groove going on so they can get through the day! Or they have sex as often as possible to get that euphoria high feeling, then it’s gone and what did it amount to or accomplish for that soul in perpetuity? NOTHING and it was SIN, the act of turning away from God and serving self or man and his own ways or ways of the world; so that is another blemish on the soul making the burden of sin that they carry all the heavier; much heavier than any damned weights! Believe me I’m a sinner, and know this from my own life experience and what wisdom the Comforter has pointed out to me!
The good news is, we can overcome and will if we remain vigilant and stay close to the Spirit of God through Jesus Christ and our devotional faith daily! Did I always see it this way or practice what I preach religiously? NO! I’m a sinner and broken like all of you! But we see Truth so we’re not blind and lost which is beautiful because we can work at it harder; and “seek and you will find!” We can do this if we are so inspired and determined in our hearts by offering them to Jesus in this form of commitment and being part of the Church; the body of Christ!
There are so many as I see it that think they are doing it right with self-stylized conceptualizations of following the Word of our Lord, but, as I see often times the ego or the subtle deceptions creep into that freewheeling approach, a Jim Jones of the former “People’s Temple” and too many for me to repeat here which isn’t necessary to point out that many will lead astray the unwary even in the name of our precious Lord Jesus! I must say here no Church being run by human beings is perfect, nor is that remotely possible! But The Roman Catholic Church of Old that traces back to the foundational period or roots of the Church that Jesus Himself handed off to Saint Apostle Peter has been extremely beneficial throughout history in guiding God’s faithful to Him through Christ our Lord!
Many a man I ran into over the years would say they don’t bother with any church and they don’t need any tradition or ceremonial; rituals of the Catholic Church, to see or know what matters and to these guys I was just a lot of hot air or waste of their time; that they apparently thought they spend so wisely having their habits, and things like gambling or schmoozing with the ladies or having their fast cars! They as I know them to be are going it alone, as they think they know better than God! Then we have the varying degrees of this mindset and in some cases what somewhat appears to be legitimate sincere church activities that have some very nice window dressing or flashy signs and a preacher who can sound very convincing or entertaining, a Jimmy Swaggart or Jim Bakker! But I assure you they fall short Big Time, in many cases allowing many of the youngest of the flock to be too casual; perhaps getting a door prize for showing up at least but then going out and living in a very sinful life, even Presbyterian churches promoting abortion as a good thing for society and these are actually a synagogue of Satan!
But to attain anything nearing Holiness and true Sanctification of our souls as we live in this fallen material and wicked world is a tall order to fill by anyone, other than as I see it; a true continuous effort and practice in a simple way of putting it, “continual ritual and practice of all the original foundational precepts that were established in the Church by Jesus and continued on by Peter!” To surrender our hearts to Jesus while we attempt with our fervent sincere devotion, to Imitate Christ, in our daily lives! Of course Satan knew this was the case and began to infiltrate and divide the flock as soon as it was started and continued to corrupt from within, just like the satanic Communist atheistic Lenin or Marx said and did killing millions of their own citizens! They went on saying this would be the case with America’s falling; attacking from within until the destruction is so utterly complete, that it’s like ripe fruit falling right into their hands, actually the hands or clutches of Satan! Which is happening now with this complete imposter pope Bergoglio who is working in unison with Satan now, to destroy the remnants of the Church and usher in the antichrist; and the one world false church to enslave everyone!
My sincere thoughts to address all of this with great regard; is that now like never before in human history its paramount to “discern and work feverishly daily to abide in the word of God,” but always being in His presence as best we can and is humanly possible, so as to allow the Comforter to work the miracles in our lives and in the world around us, as we remain like children as innocent and obedient as we can be; asking that the Comforter bring us all of the “Father’s will” for us; “moment by moment.” And I have to say that anyone who is “religiously praying and obedient” carrying out the “spiritual rituals of prayer, fasting, doing penance for our sins, receiving the blessed sacraments of the body and blood of Christ” thereby remaining in a “state of grace” as continuously as we can, comes close to being “Holy!” I say for example a man like Saint John Paul II or the blessed Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta did, with their “complete devotion and yes repetitive rituals that keep someone disciplined and on the right path to Holiness!”
We must not forget from what heights we humans have fallen, we’ve became a most undisciplined and arrogant lot seeking our own pleasures and contrivances thinking we can go it alone and be our own bosses! Defiance and inflated ego is the work of Satan, running rampant in the world now, and so many of us fall to that temptation which I know I have at times during my life; the world beats us up like the “ultimate giant bully” that, “won’t take NO for an answer!” I must “discern and learn,” from all my trials and awake from my own sin that seeks to possess my very soul!
Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote,
“It is characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unaware of the tragedy.
Humanity in a crisis is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives.
Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because they have no standard outside of themselves by which to measure their times. If there is no fixed concept of justice, how shall men know it is violated?
Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world; the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen.”
Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote,
“If men and women are really made for heroism and glory, made to stand in the presence of the living God, they can never be satisfied with bourgeois, mediocre, feel-good religion. They’ll never be fed by ugly worship and shallow moralizing. But that’s what we too often give them.” https://www.romancatholicman.com/see-satan-times/
I can’t ever throw out the baby with the bath water and so the same is true with my beloved Church which I love, as it is what Jesus Christ Himself died for, in order to give us that “framework to bathe ourselves in his Light, Body and Blood of absolute Truth” and therein lies our salvation, and only there; nothing else can save us, and so many scream out from all corners of the world saying, look here I can help you and they really cannot!
So many thought this fraud pandemic and plan by men united with Satan to turn people away from God our beloved Savior Jesus Christ, saying like Communism does; we can provide for you and watch over you as long as you devout to the State; in other worlds worship men and their beast system! We are truly in the Latter Days and the race is on to steal away as many souls as possible, and, sadly I say so many are already being deceived! When the great lie comes, so many more will be tricked, but, this is why, “now is the time to work feverishly to maintain practices and rituals of prayer, as well as sacramental practices that align our daily lives and hearts with Jesus Christ;” making us virtually bulletproof from the slings and arrows of evil lies being directed at every one of us now!
Thanks to God in all of His Glory, in the Holy name of our Lord, Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ! Amen.
God bless you all.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
ByKevin Deyoungon Sep 17, 2021
I have a growing concern that younger evangelicals do not take seriously the Bible’s call to personal holiness. We are too at peace with worldliness in our homes, too at ease with sin in our lives, too content with spiritual immaturity in our churches.
God’s mission in the world is to save a peopleandsanctify his people. Christ died “that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Cor. 5:15) We were chosen in Christ “before the foundation of the world, that we should be…
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