In his latest show, Gov. Mike Huckabee was seen interviewing a Catholic priest. As they spoke, the Governor said that since the Catholics have come under attack “we are all Catholics.” The audience accepted what he said and while they knew the Governor was not referring to some giant ecumenical switch to Catholicism, he was stating the obvious. When the government suspends or denies first amendment principles to the church, be it Protestant or Catholic, we all tend to close ranks.
In what is known in theological circles as the antediluvian period (before the flood) men were guided not by the Mosaic Law or by the New Testament but only by their conscience. That particular dispensation failed miserably and it is actually what precipitated the flood. Man’s conscience failed then (Ge 6: 5) and it has not improved at all since. According to scripture that is why God had to reveal what sin and error actually were according to his laws. When that was known he provided grace; because no one could keep all the laws. At no time did God ever allow man to return to the age of conscience; it would have been self defeating.
Nothing has changed because God, unlike man, never goes backwards. Using only conscience to be our guide is as disastrous today as it was in the ancient world. It is what allows us to lump all religions together and pick and choose one or the other that seems to soothe our conscience. In the process we tend to pick the religions that crush personal responsibility the most. We choose systems where external actions, liturgies, symbolism and religious practice become a substitute for actually connecting to, and obeying, the living word of the Living God. The result is that the conscience actually comes into conflict with God’s revealed word and it is the word that is offended, disregarded and eventually abandoned.
The practice of abandoning God’s word is not only increased during the years just before Christ’s return, but entire religions will be popularized, promulgated and fully accepted without the slightest connection to God or his word. It is a period that lasts for only a few years, but leads the world into that dreaded last period of time the Bible often refers to as The Great Tribulation.
Hearing that President Obama is requiring that Catholics pay insurance premiums that will cover abortifacients is just a primer for what is to come. It is almost too early to predict what else Mr. Obama may decide to enact as part of Obamacare or some new executive order, but we can rest assured that both he and other world leaders will be flying against the revealed word much more in the days ahead.
Exactly what is the error that’s fueling these perversions and attacks? In fact, it has already been stated, but we must carry it just a bit further. Ignoring God’s word does bring in apostasy, heresy and the very antichrist himself, but why don’t we see it coming, why don’t we head it off at the pass. The truth is simple, there is no one, or few at best, who are willing to make a dash to the pass and stand against the enemies of God.
The error begins when even those who claim to be Christians (including the president) begin to view the Bible on a selective basis, choosing the part of scripture they like or want to use and discarding the rest. They think as some say that the Bible may only be inspired in spots and they will need to be inspired enough to spot the spots. When God’s word is subject to the feelings and impressions of the hearers to give it veracity; then it has been made purely subjective and is worth nothing. God’s word is true and viable whether we get it or not.
As far as Christ’s words he himself said he will hold us accountable for all his words not just some or the ones we take a fancy to, in fact to obey all his words puts us in only an entry level position. “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, we are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” (Lk 17: 10)
It is apparent today more than any time since the 2008 elections that Obama and the liberal element attached to him use the scripture only when it suits them. The authority of Benedict in the Catholic Church means nothing to Mr. Obama or Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius who have announced as of February 13, 2012 that they don’t intend to offer any further compromises to the Catholics of America.
There is only one answer that can be given to the president at this point of impasse and it is obvious. Now 65 million Catholics can show their faith in November by voting for Mr. Obama’s opponent in the presidential race. For Catholics the choice has come down to Benedict or Barack; for Protestants the choice will be between the Bible and Barack. The voting booth will be the battle ground and the outcome will determine the very future of our nation.
Both Protestant and Catholic will now have to decide if they are going to be “respecters’ of persons” or faithful to their God. This should not be a difficult choice for the faithful, but it will no doubt be a costly choice for the president in his bid for re-election.
A government that ignores its own Constitutional principles and its very foundation, will find it easy to disregard the laws of God and in so doing will have reduced its citizens to a piece of bread when it asks them to abandon their faith for a law or mandate that goes against God, his word or his church. The choice to stand as men is now ours alone to make.
“To have respect of persons is not good: for a piece of bread that man will transgress.” (Proverbs 28: 21)
Copyright ©2012 Rev. Michael Bresciani