To fear the Lord is to hate evil. [Pr 8:13]
In 1860, Father Frederick Faber wrote a book entitled The Precious Blood. Father Faber was one of the most eminent and beloved Catholic authors of the late 1800s. In The Precious Blood, Father Faber dealt with a subject that most are unwilling to touch today in the name of liberalism, ecumenism, modernism, and tolerance, but it is a subject that needs to be dealt with for the sake of men’s souls. The subject to which I am referring is that of heresy.
For those who might be wondering what heresy is, the dictionary meaning is as follows:
1) A religious belief opposed to the orthodox doctrines of a church;
2) The rejection of a belief that is part of church dogma
Father Faber was utterly convinced that of all disloyalties to God that men could embrace, heresy was the crowning disloyalty. He called it the “sin of sins,” and lamented that many Catholics in his day were ignorant when it came to understanding the excessive hatefulness and poison of heresy. Heresy pollutes God’s truth and leads men astray. He taught that where there is no hatred of heresy, there is no holiness.
We are living in a time when most people in the Church today have lost their fear of God. If men truly understood the holiness of God, and if they truly feared Him as they ought, they would hate all sin, especially the sin of heresy. But because we have lost our fear of God, we make light of watered down teachings in the Church. We filter and sift out teachings that line up with our own personal religious beliefs instead of that which has been decreed in the Word of God. If it’s something that we agree with and are comfortable with, we keep it. If not, we reject it. It’s not about what God has declared in His Word; it’s about how we feel about certain issues. Who are we to judge the truthfulness of what God has commanded?
The Catholic Church of today is nothing like the Catholic Church of old. Father Haber wrote that the reason we are so far below the old saints is because the churches today lack the antique sternness of yesterday’s churches. We lack the old Church-spirit, and the old ecclesiastical genius and scholarship. We lack devotion to truth as God’s truth.
We teach and distribute half-truths, the half that best suits us and lines up with what others are comfortable hearing, rather than on what they need to hear for love of their souls. And then we wonder why so few are converted to Christ and why even more have become apostates. The bottom line is that we do not love God enough to faithfully declare His Truth, and we do not love men enough to be truthful for their souls.
We don’t want to offend people. We don’t want to come off as being severe. Father Haber wrote that “our love is untruthful because it is not severe; and it is unpersuasive, because it is untruthful.”
The half-truths that many churches are pushing today have not succeeded as well as the days when the Church preached God’s whole truth without compromise.
If we love men, and if we truly have a regard for their souls, we cannot withhold the truth from them. We cannot distort it, compromise it, subject it to our own wishy-washy interpretations, or water it down simply because we don’t want to offend them or “hurt their feelings.” In the name of ecumenism and tolerance, many of God’s truths are being ignored altogether or greatly watered down.
Truth can have no fellowship with lies. There is no harmony between those who embrace Truth and those who embrace Heresy. Those who embrace Heresy must come the Truth’s way; it is not the other way around. There is no middle road where God’s eternal truths are concerned.
The Church has never made converts by compromising the truth and fellowshipping with heresy; it doesn’t work. Those who insist that it does work only take their stance because they fear persecution and the suffering of Christ’s cross.
Educate yourself on what true Catholicism entails. Obey it regardless of what everyone else is doing in the Church. Don’t dismiss and reject teachings when you haven’t even taken the time to study on your own to find out what the Church teaches. Know that you and I will be judged on what God has stated in His Word, not on our own personal views and opinions of “truth.”
To give God any less is to remain a part of the problems facing the Church and not the solution. In the words of Father Faber, when Catholics don’t respond in righteous indignation to heresy, compromise, and the watering down of God’s Word, a man, who could have become a holy apostle in Christ’s Church…
….becomes a fester instead.
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