1st John 3: 7-10
Children, let no one deceive you.
The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,
just as he is righteous.
Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,
because the Devil has sinned from the beginning.
Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil.
No one who is begotten by God commits sin,
because God’s seed remains in him;
he cannot sin because he is begotten by God.
In this way,
the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;
no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God,
nor anyone who does not love his brother.
We’ve all been there before…You see a friend or a family member doing something that is detrimental to the salvation of their soul, and wanting to help them out…you offer advice… just trying to steer them in the right direction. Of course, instead of the person being thankful that you are concerned about their eternal welfare….(which they never are)... they usually look at you like you’re the devil and say…”Well, just who the he** do you think you are?“… Their attitude leaves most of us standing there with our mouths hanging open, deflated…allowing our egos… our feelings… to get the better of us, we turn away, muttering, “To he** with them… I was just trying to help”… There is no charity in what we have done. And when we respond like that.. without charity…without love… we’ve fallen into the same trappings of the devil and we both lose…and no one gains anything…
If we are really trying to help...if we are really trying to save them from an eternity of hell and fire and unimaginable pain… First, we have to remember that we must do all things for Christ with a charitable heart…this means we have to pray, if just to adjust our own attitudes …but the praying doesn’t end there, we will have to pray more throughout the whole conversation. Often there is pain and hurt mixed in with the anger… we will be treading on delicate ground. We will not be able to do it on our own accord. We are going to have to work, and we must be willing to sacrifice… and suffer.
Secondly, we have to remember that this is not about us… or our feelings, it is about the Truth. Because if we allow ourselves to lose our head in the heat of battle… we could lose it all. It’s that simple. It is going to be a hard road to navigate when we are dealing with people who are so immersed in their sin, that they can’t see the black from the white…the Truth from the lie…so much so, that anything we might say or do is going to invoke anger… guaranteed. The devil will make sure of it. And there will be slander and maliciousness and evil words that will make you wish that you had just kept your mouth shut. Make you wish that you had just looked the other way. But as Christians…as Faithful Catholics we have to ask ourselves...or rather…we have to ask God, what does He want from us? And if we are worth our salt, we already know…He wants the Truth...because He is the Truth that we are to proclaim … everywhere…all the time.. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, said:
“Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote, Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.”
I was looking at social media the other day, where a young woman has just posted pictures and the announcement of her engagement to another woman. A woman who has small children. And even though it is not my life…not my daughter… it made me sad. It was like a punch in the gut…and it broke my heart…really... I was up most of the night praying for all involved. One of the saddest parts of this whole thing though, is that everybody was hitting the ‘Like’ button…everyone was like ‘This is so cool…you look so happy...’ blah blah blah..lie…lie…lie….lie…
The devil is a quiet manipulator, he uses our sins against our children. Did you know that? If a couple has a history of abuse or abortion or use of birth control…demons…real demons, can and will attach themselves to our children. And if a young person suffers abuse at the hands of another.. .demons are there as well. They attach themselves to the disorder… almost feeding off of it…if you will. Therefore, these demons will attach themselves to the victim, just as much as to the one who commits the crime. We have to pray. We have to develop a militant life of prayer. The reality of hell is not a joke. We have to repent of our sins. Most people will think this is crazy and think I’m nuts, all the while accepting that this abomination against the Lord is good and wonderful….
Homosexuality along with transgenderism, or rather, gender dysphoria; were classified as mental disorders up until the 1970’s. In the Church if a person suffered from same sex attraction or gender confusion…it was viewed as a cross that they were to bear… while still trying to live a chaste and holy life. It wasn’t viewed as a normal way of life rift with rainbows and smiley faces… It was viewed as what it was and still is… a cross that must but carried but not flaunted. It wasn’t until recent years that the science of it all has been turned on it’s head, and the world wants to invent new definitions of gender… But science is a reality and human biology hasn’t changed. In fact, did you know that the human body is made up of over 37 trillion cells…and each of these cells identify us as either male or female. Man or woman. Our gender is not an organ… our gender is our whole body…it is in our DNA.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” – Genesis 1:26-28
Angels and demons on the other hand do not have gender. And whereas angels relish in this…demons…well they are demons, and they hate this. They want to destroy gender. That is why they attach themselves to our disorders… and try to disrupt the natural order of things. Like the devil…they seek to cause unease and despair….they seek to destroy what is good and holy. That is a large part of the homosexual revolution in the world. I know many people will not like this…many people will say I am promoting hate. But I am not. I feel like I have to help spread the Truth. There is darkness all around. Many men have lost their souls and can not even see the evil that they are spreading. And it is evil. As we read in the Bible from the 1st letter of John…’Whoever sins belongs to the Devil‘. If someone is misguided or has been hurt, they need our prayers. We must remember, that most of the time these are the very ones who are being deceived… We need to pray for them to be able to see the Truth of God and His creation… But woe to those who spread the lies and manipulate others … Those who are twisting the Truth… or causing abuse…or just those who encourage young children to accept the workings of the devil by exposing them to a lifestyle that is so seeped in sin….and lies.
“If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”-Matthew 18:6
As we enter into this battle, trying to fend off the advancement of this new ‘homosexual revolution’ we have to understand…it is nothing new… it is sin and it is as old as the devil. But God…well, He is older… and He’s got our backs. It will difficult…we have to really buckle up on our prayer life…We will have to make sacrifices and offer them up for conversion… We will have to hold firm to what is True and right … and just maybe with the good graces of God… and a fair dose of His mercy… we will be able to help someone decide that in fact they want to be of God and not of the devil. Dear Lord, have mercy on us and give us the strength we need to do your will in all things, especially those which are the most difficult . Amen.