Friday, June 3, 2011

Catechism on Evil Pastors and False Pastors

Has not Christianity totally fallen apart?

It is true that Christendom, that is the nations which publicly profess and defend the one true Christian and Catholic religion, has deteriorated to such an extent that there is not left even one nation which preserves this public worship undefiled.


Why, then, should we believe ANY Christians anymore and why should we believe in the Bible?

We should believe only that which bears the mark of truth.  But this visible "falling apart" is foretold in the Bible, for example St. Paul speaks of a time in which men "will not endure sound doctrine" (2nd St. Timothy 4:3).  Our Lord, the Truth Himself, warned us, saying: "Take heed you be not seduced; for many will come in my name, saying; I am he, the time is at hand: go ye not after them."  The prophet Amos, thousands of years ago, prophesied "the days come, saith the Lord, and I will send forth a famine into the land: not a famine of bread, nor a thirst of water, but of hearing the word of the Lord." (Amos 8:11)  Thus the present calamity ought to serve as a reinforcement for us that God is true, rather than a cause of unreasonable doubt.


The term ANTIPOPE seems totally made up.  If "the pope" was corrupt teaching things contrary to Christianity, how do we possibly deal with this then?

Many terms are made up to express something that has a concrete reality.  The term antipope is no different, and it is a term which expresses the reality described in Scripture by St. Paul, who specifically warns that there will be false apostles (2nd Corinthians 11:13) and that these, and all who think like them, must be avoided (Galatians 1:6-9, St. Titus 3:10-11).  Our Lord tells us that His sheep must not follow the robber (St. John 10:10), but that they hear His voice (St. John 10:27) and that He knows them and they follow Him.



Why are evil men attracted to religion, most particularly to the Christian religion, to become leaders and teachers and preachers of Christianity?

Not every sin makes a man lose authority as a Christian leader (Galatians 2:11), but men who teach contrary to Christianity are NOT Christian leaders.  Evil men are more able to exercise their evil when they put up a front and do it in the name of good, because they are often able to deceive those who also are evil and have blinded themselves by sin.


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