Homosexuality- “Changing the Truth of God for a Lie”- St. John Chrysostom

It sneaks in… the whispers of the evil one…soothing almost..to the souls of those who are lost….those who are hurt and those who feel abandoned and don’t know which way to turn. However, as Faithful Catholics… as Faithful Christians…. We have an obligation to Truth. We must speak out. We must never stop proclaiming the Truth…the fact is, there is an intrinsic evil attached to the homosexual act that must be acknowledged. The Truth must be proclaimed whenever anyone starts spreading the lies. Only Christ can shine a Light on the darkness, that this scourge, truly is.

The world has lost it’s way…the lies of the evil one have pervaded the very core of our society ... and the Truth is getting cast aside. There are many people who refuse to accept the Truth that Christ taught, and by having eradicated Christ from their lives, they have created their own set of standards…their own ‘moral code’. By doing so, not only have they put their souls in jeopardy of losing heaven… but they have set the souls of their children perilously close to the hands of an angry beast…which I have said before, is a monster which seeks only to destroy all that God has made … There is a grave danger that threatens them all with the very fires of hell.

So many of our young people have been raised in Godless homes and having been lied to for most of their lives…they have no idea how to cope. It begins a downward spiral as they find themselves in a free fall from grace…they can’t even recognize the Truth from the lies…It is a very lonely place. Many are unhappy…allowing themselves  to be sucked into the empty promise of the homosexual caress, hoping to find some semblance of peace to fill that empty space…

But Christians are not immune to the poison that is being spread, it should be said that no good Christian…no Christian worth his salt…would accept the lie that a homosexual relationship holds the same merit as a heterosexual one, yet so many do…They refuse even to look at the very Bible that is at the cornerstone of their beliefs.  Yet, all one has to do is look at the Holy Scriptures… there are many references through the Sacred Text that clearly point this out. From the book of Romans 1 :26-27, 31-32-

  “For this cause God delivered them up to shameful afflictions.  For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature.  And in like manner the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have turned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.  (…)  Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.  Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they, who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.

And in I Corinthians VI, 9-10:

Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers.  Nor the effeminate, nor liars with mankind, (…) shall possess the kingdom of God”. 

As Faithful Catholics, not only do we have the benefit of Holy Scripture, we have the benefit of Apostolic Teaching and Tradition, handed on through the centuries… the words that Christ shared with His apostles and disciples.  From the Holy Mother Church, we have the writings of many holy men, Doctors of the Church, who have written numerous articles and papers that point out the evil nature of homosexuality. St. Augustine wrote:

Those offenses which be contrary to nature are everywhere and at all times to be held in detestation and punished; such were those of the Sodomites, which should all nations commit, they should all be held guilty of the same crime by the divine law, which hath not so made men that they should in that way abuse one another. For even that fellowship which should be between God and us is violated, when that same nature of which He is  author is polluted by the perversity of lust.” 

Saint John Chrysostom, wrote in his series of Homilies on Romans  a detailed theological exposition on why homosexuality is one of the most evil of sins. He explains why it is and forever remains one of the “four sins that cry to heaven for vengeance”. Catholics need to regain their focus on the world. Not only do we need to familiarize ourselves with these works, we also need to pray that God will help us…give us grace and guide us so that we can once again hope to see the world from God’s perspective, not man’s. Saint John Chrysostom, reminds the Faithful that the sin of homosexuality is in fact a betrayal of Christ and His Church. Whether out of a sense of misguided compassion, or lack of knowledge,so many have allowed themselves to fall into the trap of minimalizing the Church’s Traditional teaching on the matter… we must pray that we remain firm in the Truth.

Another great Doctor of the Church, is Saint Peter Damian, who wrote his famous book “The Road to Gomorrah,” which dealt with the evil of homosexuality, especially  within the priesthood. From his book we read:

Truly, this vice is never to be compared with any other vice because it surpasses the enormity of all vices.… It defiles everything, stains everything, pollutes everything. And as for itself, it permits nothing pure, nothing clean, nothing other than filth.…

He goes on to write,

The miserable flesh burns with the heat of lust; the cold mind trembles with the rancor of suspicion; and in the heart of the miserable man chaos boils like Tartarus [Hell]…. In fact, after this most poisonous serpent once sinks its fangs into the unhappy soul, sense is snatched away, memory is borne off, the sharpness of the mind is obscured. It becomes unmindful of God and even forgetful of itself. This plague undermines the foundation of faith, weakens the strength of hope, destroys the bond of charity; it takes away justice, subverts fortitude, banishes temperance, blunts the keenness of prudence.

“And what more should I say since it expels the whole host of the virtues from the chamber of the human heart and introduces every barbarous vice as if the bolts of the doors were pulled out.”

From his writings we can clearly see that by allowing ourselves to be deceived by the evil one, we are in fact partaking in the destruction of our union with God, Our Fatherthe creator of all that is good and holy. It is a separation that will lead us straight into the pits of hell. For all eternity.  That seems like a dangerous deal to me. Many of the saints who were shown glimpses of hell were forever changed by the suffering they witnessed there. The three children of Fatima were shown the fires of hell by the Blessed Mother…they said that, if it were not for the knowledge that the Blessed Mother was with them, they would have died of fear. And even so, even after they returned home, they were changed for the rest of their lives…praying fervently for the conversion of souls so that they would convert and not have to suffer the enduring… endless …agony of hell. It was that terrible.

It would seem that telling the people the Truth about homosexuality and the evilness that is at it’s very core, would be easy. But so many people have turned away from God. Remember those ‘spiritual’ people we talked about several weeks age? They are at the root of the difficult task we are facing. They are more apt to spit at you, slander you and call you names, because whether they want to realize it or not…they have replaced the rightful place in their hearts, that should belong to God, with a love for the devil and all of his empty lies.These are the ones who preach ‘freedom’ and ‘choice’ but live their lives chained to the evil one and the demonic creatures which have attached themselves to their desire of vises… It can be quit the dark and lonely place without God and His virtues..again, whether they realize it or not… they have lost the peace of Christ…and that itself is a horrible thing… it is not what God intended for us.

We all know people like this…it is one of the things that is going to separate the wheat from the chaff…it will bring many persecutions to Faithful Christians, the world over… Be prepared…because the devil is clever …and oh so cunning…and he will pit family members against each other. Pray and stand firm…or should I say kneel...because it will get ugly…. particularly  from other friends and family members who themselves claim to have a Christian heart…Unless they are willing to step back…to look at the whole picture…. to see the Truth…they too will join in on the persecution…The devil always tries to crush the Faithful Christian…We must remember... the Church has gone through many persecutions before… But just as before…. with God’s mercy and His good Graces, we can go through them again in triumph. Holy Saints of God, pray for us. Amen.

 

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