Father of Lies

You can always tell when the devil’s at work because he uses idealistic lies. He uses catch phrases and slogans, and you know they’re lies by looking at the results. One of the most famous modern lies is ‘feminism’ which encourages women to be more masculine. Another word is ‘gay’. Take a look at the homosexualist sub-culture and it’s anything but happy and carefree and innocent.

One of the more subtle lies is the word ‘inclusive’. The Episcopal and Lutheran churches have, this summer, voted to allow practising homosexuals into the clergy and to endorse same sex ‘weddings’. This was done in the name of ‘inclusivity’. In an attempt to stem their plummeting numbers they want to be more inclusive and draw more people in. They don’t seem to understand that their attempts at ‘inclusivity’ are exactly what is driving ordinary people away. People don’t want to belong to the LBGTQCUSA. What is happening is just the opposite of inclusivity because the traditional Christians are driven out and all they’ll end up with is a feminist-pro homosexualist sect.

And like the people who endorse yet more sex education in order to stop teen pregnancy, these people think they need more ‘inclusivity’ to stem the decline of their church. This is insane. It’s like putting orange juice in the gas tank of your car because it won’t go, then when the engine blows up you put orange juice in the windscreen washer reservoir, the engine, the brake cylinder and the glove compartment. Then when the car is a total wreck you scratch you head and say, “We obviously didn’t put enough orange juice in the car. Maybe we should fill the trunk too.”

How do people who call themselves Christians fall for such lies? First, they ignore the authority of the Catholic Church. (As we’re discussing Protestants this is part of their underlying assumption) Second, they stop respecting and venerating the Scripture as the inspired Word of God. Instead they begin to use the Bible as a source of proof texts to support their preconceived notions. Third, they are charmed by the Spirit of the Age. Fourth, along with their blind allegiance They fall for progressivism–the idea that modern people are somehow smarter than people who lived before us. As a result, they fall for all the latest ideas believing that they are better just because they’re new. Fifth, in line with philosophical trends that have been going on for hundreds of years, they assume that utilitarianism is a determinant. In other words, if it works it’s right, this is extended to a shaky theory, ‘If it looks like it might work it’s right.’ Finally, they are suckers for sentimentalism. If it ‘feels bad’ it’s wrong. If it ‘feels good’ it’s right. No tough calls here. They simply go for what is ‘not hurtful.’

The mainline Protestant churches are not unique in this. They’ve simply adopted the spirit of the age. As this heresy grows Catholicism, on the other hand, will seem increasingly bizarre and dangerous. And that’s when the persecution will begin.

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03718307913425746699 simplyC

    Oh why can't there be some huge billboard in the sky so the whole world, or at least this country, can read such penetrating wisdom?… Despite these facts, Father, I pray that you never get discouraged addressing your cyberspace community or any community that is blessed to have you. We'll have to remind you that you have been a little beacon of light for us in these dark and murky times.Thanks again.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14320809351316157393 Michael

    Here is what I consider an excellent Screwtape to Wormwood letter on the current condition in the Episcopal church (TEc). I found it on David Virtue's web site. He is a conservative Anglican who posts many items and articles on the TEc, the CoE, the TAC, the ACNA, etc.http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=10908

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14605975587451265105 Rob

    Great post Father. Maybe this is Gods way of bringing his children home to his one true Church. Let the evil one fill the other churches with his doctrines and traditions, driving out the traditional Christians, returning them home to the one true and apostolic Catholic Church. Maybe this is why our Church started promoting lay people to get involved in evangelization so we would have more workers to help our brothers and sisters come home.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07402533227166779275 Richard Ballard

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11357441841842897534 jasoncpetty

    Some people saw this Benthamism for what it was fairly early on. From Melville's epic, Clarel:"Who's gamed by all the sacrificeOf Europe's revolutions ? who ?The Protestant ? the Liberal ?I do not think it—-not at all:Rome and the Atheist have gained :These two shall fight it out—these two ;Protestantism being retainedFor base of operations slyBy Atheism."

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02674648660275414734 David

    Your post certainly rang true. I was recently chagrined by the preface to my New Testament NAB when I read the editors hand wringing worry about inclusive language and the decision to generally avoid the generic sense of man,which is traditional in English, because many reject it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07402533227166779275 Richard Ballard

    Well, the Lutherans (ELCA) are poised to do the same thing that their full-communion partner (ECUSA) has already done, but they aren't slated to vote on it until their national assembly convenes August 17 in Minneapolis. No doubt you are prescient about the outcome, Father, but there is still time to pray!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06349146033236890779 Giovanni A. Cattaneo

    I await with glee the day that I am able to give my life as witness for the Catholic Church. St. Thomas More, Ora Pro Nobis.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06618318192221168152 Mary333

    I loved this post. Other than you, I never hear priests mention the devil anymore, at least not where I live. I wonder why this is? Oh! How I would love some of my family members to read this post! The devil must be laughing his head off at our hardheartedness <-[oops! I am not sure that's a word!]

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06962374096401238994 shadowlands

    I wonder if these heresies are what Paul referred to in Scripture,as the doctrine of demons.

  • http://romishgraffiti.wordpress.com/ romishgraffiti

    Richard Ballard beat me to it. The ELCA seems poised to do it, but as the saying goes, many a slip…Pardon me as I post something I mentioned on another blog, but I was ELCA Lutheran before converting to Catholicism. Even in the mid-90's I could see that the ELCA was sliding toward approval of homosex. I was a delegate to our synod with my wife and on the docket was a proposal to study homosexual issues. It was couched with the disclaimer that it is just a study and no one was approving of any homosexual acts, but when someone in support of it came up to the podium and harrangued us with the "First they came for the Jews" poem, my BS antennae went "boing". It sounded like the usual "just starting to dialog" stuff we always hear which I have since learned is code for: We-keep-talking-and-using-emotional-tyranny-until-you-unenlightened-rubes-cave. The measure was defeated barely, but I knew then that it was something that was going to continue to come up and that they could lose a hundred times, but only needed to win once. In the back of my mind the road map had only one destination: approval of homosex. Looks like Minneapolis will confirm this, but pray it won't.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12520325224585096747 Éstiel

    As simplyC said, Father, I pray that you never get discouraged. You know, we forget sometimes that, although the Church Militant may escape no battles, the war is already over. It ended on Easter Sunday long ago. And another thing: people know the truth. You analyzed all the reasons people buy into the deception, but there's really only one–they want to.God has made us in such a way that no matter how little intelligence or education we have, or how much, we all know the truth. It lives in each one of us, regardless of all the sophisticated deception Satan can muster. The simplest child knows it. No one is seduced unless they want to be.And lastly, and most important of all, God knows about all this. Nothing is happening now in time that he has not known about and permitted from eternity. And he's in charge.Pax.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00313901167560150641 snafu

    Finally, they are suckers for sentimentalism. If it 'feels bad' it's wrong. If it 'feels good' it's right.So…these people are wrong because they make moral decisions about consequences that 'feel bad'you know they're lies by looking at the results. … Another word is 'gay'. Take a look at the homosexualist sub-culture and it's anything but happy and carefree and innocent. No wait! These people are wrong because they're *not* looking at the consequences.I think you're going to have to do better than this to argue this convincingly.

  • http://romishgraffiti.wordpress.com/ romishgraffiti

    So…these people are wrong because they make moral decisions about consequences that 'feel bad'No. They are wrong because they are using feelings as a guide to right action instead of truth.No wait! These people are wrong because they're *not* looking at the consequences.Also incorrect as it follows the first error. Living contrary to truth often leads to bad consequences. Not always, which is why consequences (relative circumstances ie. relativism) are subordinate to the objective nature of acts.I think you're going to have to do better than this to argue this convincingly.Seeing that this is merely a short reflection and not a full-length treatise on deontology/consequentialism, these comments comes off as petty sour-grape brickbat hurling. I encourage you to interact with the material here in good faith and it will likely be profitable to all parties. God bless you.


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