A Papal Defense of Marriage

Pope John Paul II directed Cardinal Carlo Caffarra to establish the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. This is a bedrock issue for the Catholic Church. The creation of man is the foundation of the Genesis story. That God made them male and female was by sovereign design. The family unit — consisting of father, mother and child — was purposed by God to be the essential core of human development and social construct.

[The Pope was scheduled to announce the creation of the Institute on May 13, 1981, but was shot by a Turkish militant as he entered St. Peter’s Square. Incidentally, President Reagan was shot six weeks earlier. The two men were Providential in the fall of Communism.]

Christians must not be timid in the midst of spiritual warfare. There are only two paths from which to choose — walking with the Lord, or walking in the world. It is the nature of people to seek approval. We want to be liked. In so doing, too many Christians compromise their faith. They have gay friends so they compromise. They have friends who drink too much, friends who commit fornication, friends who are unbelievers — and so they yield their faith for the sake of maintaining worldly relationships thus giving tacit approval of unholy behavior. Christian, get your head out of the sand. You cannot be friends with the world (James 4:4, 1 John 2:15).

In our last article we discussed the End of the Age. Quoting Sister Lucia of Fatima:

… the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.

Sister Lucia dos Santos was one of the three shepherd children who witnessed the Marian appearance at Fatima in 1917. The final battle was said to have been one of the prophecies revealed to the children. Cardinal Caffarra (serving as Archbishop of Bologna, Italy) received a letter from Sister Lucia (before her passing in 2005) in which she confirmed the revelation.

The war against marriage and family wages on three fronts — divorce, abortion and gay union. I say union because gay marriage is not marriage.

I am mystified at the worldwide advancement of the LGBTQQ agenda. Notice that they have added a second identifying “Q” which now represents queer and questioning. A father called into the local Christian radio station to complain about the sexual IQ test his 9-year-old daughter brought home from school.

Here’s a sampling of the questions:

  • What determines a person’s sex?
  • What is the difference between sex and gender?
  • Is a person identified by their body parts, or how they feel?
  • What is it called when a person feels different than how they were made?

The world has been brought to its knees by an orientation that comprises only .03% of the general population. This battle has escalated far beyond the original LG (lesbian and gay) movement of 50 years ago. It is a relentless assault on what God ordained. Our children are at risk. They are being indoctrinated on so many levels — television, movies, music, social media (and as early as kindergarten).

I would not have my child in the public school system.

Are you aware of #StandWithMaria? Maria’s predicament came to light on The Patrick Madrid Show. Maria is a middle school special education teacher. The school’s health curriculum requires that she teach subject matter that is inconsistent with her Christian faith.

Maria lamented,

They explicitly teach that abortion is an option, they teach gender ideology. One of the lessons that was scripted for us actually said, ‘Close your eyes, pretend you are a different gender or a different sexual orientation.’ And my heart stopped and I thought I need to get out. I cannot in good conscience teach this. But my concern is that I have 5 children of my own. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to approach this. I can’t even think about teaching it.

Maria is worried that she might lose her job either through resignation or firing. Christianity is being marginalized. It is becoming more difficult to function in a society that is growing increasingly hostile to a Biblical world view. Christians will either have to endure hardships, or compromise. For the sake of our soul, the latter of the two is not an option.

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. Well, if you are a Christian that should not include Ben and Jerry’s which is a corporate advocate of the homosexual agenda. In Australia, the company has banned two scoop cones of the same flavor as a show of support for the legalization of gay marriage.

“So, I can’t have a two scoop cone of chocolate ice cream?”

“No.”

“But the second scoop is not really chocolate.”

“Huh?”

“Yeah, it looks like chocolate, but it’s not really chocolate. I think, today, it will be vanilla.”

“That doesn’t make sense.”

“Exactly.”

Cardinal Caffarra said,

… speaking again with John Paul II, you could feel that the family was the core, since it has to do with the supporting pillar of creation, the truth of the relationship between man and woman, between the generations. If the foundational pillar is damaged, the entire building collapses and we’re seeing this now, because we are right at this point and we know it. 

The age in which we live can cause a doubtful person to tremble. Sister Lucia, in her letter to Cardinal Caffarra, wrote comforting words to not be afraid. The assault on marriage and family is an offense against the Lord and his bride. It is inspired by Satan.

“Do not be afraid,” Sister wrote, “Our Lady has already crushed his head.”

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

The End of the Age?

Has the final battle begun in the eternal war of good vs. evil? Sister Lucia of Fatima wrote:

… the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.

This battle rages on two fronts — abortion and homosexuality. A 17th century vision of Our Lady revealed an ominous warning:

Thus I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century … the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of morals … As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned.

The revelation noted that laws will be enacted making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church.

Marriage is not a sacrament in the Protestant church. There is only one body that faithfully defends the holiness of matrimony, and that is the Catholic church. Protestants do not place marriage in the category of baptism and communion.

Why does this matter?

Catholics recognize that marriage, as a holy institution established by God, symbolizes the relationship between Christ and his church. Protestants share this understanding, but do not elevate the marriage rite to the level of sacrament. Certainly, a case can be made that baptism and communion are uniquely different — that being married (or single) influences not our standing in Christ. And Peter did not command, Arise and be married to wash away your sins. Nor did Paul say, Whenever you get married you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

However, to demote matrimony as simply human tradition is to allow for greater instability evidenced by the ease of divorce and the redefinition of marriage. Jesus had this very same debate with people who had no reverence for the holy bond. In defining marriage (and its sanctity) Christ said that God made them male and female. This is very important to understand, and though it has become a cliché, God created Eve … not Steve.

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh (Matthew 19:5).

Ancient pagan cultures perverted this holy sacrament ordained by God. The physical act worshiped the creature in all manner of unholy abominations — fornication, adultery, homosexuality, prostitution, bestiality and pedophilia.

Only the marriage bed is undefiled according to the writer of Hebrews:

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous (Hebrews 13:4).

The gay revolution has so plunged the world into social upheaval that the Protestant church is buckling. Denominations have surrendered Biblical authority. Not so the Catholic church which faithfully defends the sanctity of marriage.

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion John Calvin wrote (regarding the sacraments):

The last of all this is marriage, which, while all admit it to be an institution of God, no man ever saw to be a sacrament, until the time of Gregory. And would it ever have occurred to the mind of any sober man? It is a good and holy ordinance of God. And agriculture, architecture, shoemaking, and shaving, are lawful ordinances of God; but they are not sacraments. For in a sacrament, the thing required is not only that it be a work of God, but that it be an external ceremony appointed by God to confirm a promise. That there is nothing of the kind in marriage, even children can judge.

How wrong is John Calvin? If a sacrament is an external ceremony appointed by God to confirm a promise then how would he define marriage? God performed the first marriage ceremony when He presented Eve to Adam. Jesus confirmed that it was a covenant. What is a covenant if not a promise? The man and woman take a vow to be faithful much like the covenants between man and God; and they are not to be broken.

Divorce and gay marriage are a Satanic assault on the holy sacrament. What does it mean when a man, seeking a divorce, says of his wife, “I don’t love her anymore”?

What? Men, you are commanded to love your wives. This kind of love is not a feeling or emotion, but an action — much like the LORD offering his son upon the cross.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her … (Ephesians 5:25).

The world has perverted the meaning of love — like when a woman says, “I made love to my boyfriend last night.” No, you committed fornication. I make no apologies for my pointedness. The Church cannot be afraid to speak the truth.

The attitude of Calvin is prevalent in Protestantism. The analogy would be as when the dollar was divorced from the gold standard. The Catholic church maintains the standard while the Protestant church lets it float. By equating marriage with something as mundane as shaving, Calvin essentially permits society to redefine what is marriage.

So we see Protestant churches flying the rainbow flag. The man who designed the flag said it was his gift to the world. I thought the rainbow was a sign from God — a covenant that He would never again flood the earth. (Next time it will be fire.)

And why did God flood the world? Partly because sexual immorality was so rampant that the earth needed cleansing. The rainbow, associated with God’s judgment, has become the proud symbol of homosexuality.

No, really, can you not see the irony?

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

God Made Them … Non-Binary?

I went to bed last night listening to Michael Medved’s discussion of the CBS program Gender: The Space Between.

A female caller wanted to know why conservatives just don’t allow people to be themselves. The woman identified herself as a conservative, heterosexual who was engaged to be married to a man.

Medved asked her if she believed that the natural order, by God’s design, was a man and a woman united in holy matrimony for the purpose of having offspring.

“Yes,” she replied, “but …”

Though in agreement that the family unit was the building block of human society, the caller felt that conservatives should not insert themselves into how other people live their lives.

“Attitudes are changing,” she said, “though it does seem that it has happened all of a sudden.”

Medved asked, “So homosexuals are allowed to insert themselves and overturn what is normal?”

Another caller was a man who had a unique problem. His sister told him that she wanted to become his gay brother, and that he needs to tell his children that auntie is now their uncle.

The sister grew up heterosexual. She had boyfriends. In fact, her sexual preference is men, but she feels like she is a male due to the fact that a blood test revealed she has testosterone.

A woman’s ovaries produce small levels of the male hormone, but this does not mean she is a man. Some girls, like this man’s sister, grow up as a tomboy which can often be attributed to the child’s environment. In fact, homosexuality is a symptomatic behavior of inhibited psycho-social development. Treatment, or counseling is what we should be discussing.

The CBS program introduced viewers to the concept of non-binary individuals. Non-binary means that one is neither male nor female — a psychological problem to be sure.

Binary is a word that is commonly used in math and science. In the gay lexicon it refers to people whose sexual identity is separate from their gender identity.

In other words, as one gay activist noted, some girls are born with a penis. A non-binary female explained it this way:

[Sexuality] really doesn’t have anything to do with gender at all. But there is a huge thing with like ‘Well, what, if you don’t identify as a female, then are you gay? Do you not like boys, do you like girls?’ And that’s just a whole other thing. A lot of people are really concerned with what genitalia you have, that’s what they want to know. So there have been instances with relationships that could have worked out perfectly fine if you weren’t non-binary, and after that person found out that you were, everything changed.

Viewers were led to believe that gender identity is not necessarily what is printed on an individual’s birth certificate:

There are dozens of genders, outside of just man or woman, that people can identify with.

What does the Bible say?

He created them male and female … (Genesis 5:2).

I believe that the source of all confusion and deception is Satanic. As it was in the Garden so it is today. What is so troublesome to me is that the daughters of Eve are as susceptible — just like the woman who called Michael Medved.

Not all women, to be sure, but I often hear female callers on talk radio — women who identify themselves as conservative, or Christian — who are permissive of a behavior that is hated by God. Their lack of discernment defies spiritual intuition. It’s as if their emotions and feelings inhibit the voice of the Spirit.

Then I hear the women of daytime television exhorting the sisterhood to deny their husbands conjugal rights if the men harbor incorrect thoughts. People often ask why Adam ate of the fruit. Well, he didn’t want to be denied the fruit of his wife.

Face it men, women decide who reproduce. I was taking a stroll along the beach as two women approached from the opposite direction. One of the women stopped and made eye contact, but her friend tugged on her arm and said, “No, he voted for Trump.”

I didn’t know I had the look.

Medved closed out the segment by asking, “Is this a trend?”

We have noted in recent posts how the Walt Disney Company has not only submitted to, but is creatively promoting the gay agenda. In 1998, Disney CEO Michael Eisner told homosexual activist Elizabeth Birch, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, that 40% of Disney employees were gay. (By the way, the goal of the Human Rights Campaign is to create a genderless society.)

Though only three percent of the population, homosexuals are prominent in those industries that influence social and cultural trends. The agenda is promoted through movies, music, television and the creative arts. Strategic placement has allowed a very few to effectively change attitudes and perceptions — to redefine how people relate on the most intimate level. It totally overthrows thousands of years of human social development.

Is it a trend? In the sense that man’s nature inherently trends towards total depravity I would have to say yes. God has taken His foot off the brake, and in the style of Thelma and Louise, man is heading over the cliff … into the abyss.

Notes:

There are three stages to man’s ultimate destruction: idolatry, unnatural behavior and, finally, total depravity. This was the condition of the antediluvians — those people who lived in the age between the Garden and the Flood. Mankind is at stage two, and entering the final stage before judgment. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, described the fallen condition of man prior to Noah’s Ark:

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them (Romans 1:21-32).

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