Foreword December 21st, 2013: The following series of commentaries were originally written in 2004 and are particularly relevant today. They have not been revised from the original with the exception of the addition of this foreword and at the end of this commentary to advise readers that subsequent parts will follow. Merry Christmas. Bob Pappas
Many thoughtful people argue that the Christian Church is about tolerance and love, and that one may believe whatever one wants as long as they are sincere. In absolute terms, in the United States one is Constitutionally free to believe whatever one wishes; and, there is no doubt about the certainty of God’s love for humanity but it is fictional that Christianity is about tolerance, and it is fallacious to embrace the widely held notion by many churches that one must only be sincere in ones beliefs to find God’s favor. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus was not tolerant of the evil and sin of his day, and while Jesus was compassionate to the penitent, he held the arrogant in contempt.
Before going on, allow the writer to set the record straight. First, churchgoers are not guilty of a church’s apostasy, unless they condone the apostasy by tacit blessing and impenitent support. Second, there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of believers who are born again the way that Jesus meant. Third, notwithstanding criticisms that follow below, it is laudable that the Catholic Church stands fast against the twin evils of abortion and perverted sexual activity. Unfortunately, Catholic leadership provides a tragic object lesson; no, not the fact that they got caught protecting sexual perverts at the altar, but that they condoned well known sin and rather than repent, and like Adam and Eve they tried to hide, then denied the reality of their sin.
Catholic leadership has covered itself with shame in its handling of hundreds, if not thousands of pedophilia cases [a particularly vile form of homosexual behavior espoused by the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA)]. Officially, the Catholic Church, the nation’s largest religious group, as previously stated, stands fast against the twin evils of abortion and perverted sexual behavior. Unfortunately, many of its members turn a “blind” eye toward ongoing wholesale slaughter of the unborn; and its “pink” i.e. homosexual seminaries are an open secret.
Cardinal Law, formerly Archbishop of the Boston Diocese, and others steadfastly stonewalled public officials in the performance of their duties. Arrogance? Likely. In any event the attitude they manifested, a trait common to virtually all religious venues, paints the Christian Church as hypocritical and is the subject of derision and mockery by the “media,” “education,” “entertainment” and the “courts,” with respective church members stereotyped as unenlightened dolts.
Large numbers of 300,000 plus congregations in America embrace sin as an acceptable risk, immorality as normal and condone perverted sex as compassionate, and it’s nonsense! Too many church leaders, eager not to be left out of “societal social advance” have stood righteousness on its head, perverted the gospel and made a mockery of God. Given the present state of “societal advance” God should to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. But, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7.
Does church apostasy spill over into society? Does the decline of church spiritual standards reflect society, or does society’s decline into social chaos reflect the church’s loss of spiritual/moral rudder? Is the church attempting to recreate God in its own image? Do church leaders believe that God changes for their sake? Are latter day “revelations” in some churches the guiding spirit of God, or political expediency? Will the church continue on the path of reversion to paganism, as the Jews of the Old Testament did repeatedly?
Where did all this have its roots? Liberalism, once a noble word and social vision, for decades has been the major tool of stealth/neo Marxists who are intent on eviscerating Christianity. A partial list of the fruits of “liberalism” are: full jails, not because of conservative principles, but because of “liberal” principles; education that has failed for generations not because of conservative teaching principles, but because of ‘liberal” education doctrine; welfare that has resulted in successive generations of wasted lives and social decay among the poor, not because of conservative work ethic, but because of “liberal” welfare enslavement; record out of wedlock births that flood the nation’s welfare systems not because of conservative teachings, but because of “liberal” social thought and policies; breakup of the traditional home is epidemic not because of conservative moral principles, but because of “liberal” principles enacted into law by “liberal” legislators and adjudicated by “liberal” judges; “murder” of the unborn is not the result of conservative moral teaching, but because of “liberal” immoral teaching; HIV/AIDS does not spread because of conservative morals, but by and because of “liberals” who pander to or coddle drug abusers and sexual perverts; churches are failing, not because of the plain reading of scripture, but because of “liberal” interpretations thereof; and, the world is a more dangerous place, not because of a President who stands against evil, but because his “liberal” predecessor did not.
Are there Churches true to Biblical principles? Of course some are, and they will receive God’s blessing if not in this present world, then at the Judgment; and, apostate churches have a choice but their time is quickly passing. They must repent or be prepared to sooner or later hear the words: “…I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:23.
In the alternative, like Jonah they could repent, preach the gospel and “Nineveh” could be saved, “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…” Matthew 25:34.
Part II follows.
Copyright © January 9th, 2004, by Robert L. Pappas. With proper attribution, this essay may be quoted and redistributed. It may not be used in any way, in conjunction with any advertisement without the author’s expressed written permission.