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?
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