No Common Ground

or Back To Egypt in Ships

“That which they sought to save them from the condemnation of the Law of Moses has also innoculated them against the grace and Spirit of Jesus Christ.”

Pope Francis, in a recent homily, has written,

“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! `Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. `But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”

This exhortation is not radical. It exposes the Roman Catholic Church for what it is, as least on paper (its official doctrine). The problem is that the Bible says nothing of the sort, which is one of the big reasons behind the Reformation. But this is only the primary problem with his statement.

No Protestant would dispute what the Pope actually means by doing good (generally speaking). The Roman Catholic Church has it all over Protestants when it comes to self sacrifice and mercy ministries (not that Protestants aren’t engaged in this). The secondary problem is the Pope’s assumption that what he means by “doing good” is the same as what a contemporary atheist means by “doing good.” Modern western culture is being divided, threshed, judged as sheep and goats by Jesus. It has gotten to the point where the godless actually preach immorality as morality, and are more sanctimonious about it than any moralist you will ever meet. So when a Christian points out sin based on God’s Law, the Christian is “being mean.” This is because the Christian is confronted not with lawlessness, but with a rival moral code. However, perverse, men must always justify their actions. This is why King Ahab called the prophet Elijah “the troubler of Israel.”

The interesting thing is that all men are bound by the New Covenant. They have an obligation to Jesus who is their king. (Pope Francis misinterprets this obligation as redemption.) All rebellion can thus only ever be covenant-shaped, a shadow or counterfeit of the real thing. The “lawless” in the New Testament are not without law. They are without God’s Law. They replaced the laws of God with the laws of men, and unlike God, they were not merciful when their laws were broken. It is not modern Christians who are the Pharisees now. The cult of respectability (the nominal Christianity against which A. W. Tozer battled) has become the cult of immorality. If you are moral, you are seen as immoral and called a bigot, a hater, intolerant. The culture now has two hearts, or, a divided heart. It has been cut by Jesus and is dying a slow death. But we must understand that the “dark side” of Western Culture is not only a rejection of Moses, but his evil twin, an exact copy in relief. This was not deliberate. Fumbling around in the darkness of their corrupted minds, modern men have fashioned a golden calf despite their rejection of the Bible. [1] They have written their own commandments.

The Ten Commandments of Modern Liberalism

1. Statism. (One god)
2. Democratism. Secularism. (Vow to his own voice/name)

3. Environmentalism. (Permanent fallow/No sabbath)
4. Easy divorce. Same sex marriage. (No mother and father)

5. Abortion and euthanasia. (Murder)
6. Pomosexuality. [2] (Adultery)

7. Socialism, Taxation and Quantitative Easing. (Theft)
8. Historical Revisionism (including Naturalism). Liberal Judges. Media Bias. (False witness)

9. Government Corporatism and Militarism. (Coveting house)
10. Social Welfare and State Education. (Coveting those in the house)

Like the Ten Words given to Moses, these laws work from above to beside to below, from the source of authority, to the individual, to the nation (corporate). Each in its turn usurps the authority of God over that domain, which is satanic. What moderns have done is fashion a false church to fill the gaps left by the true one. Without seeing it, they have dug for themselves a Jesus-shaped grave. That which they sought to save them from the condemnation of the Law of Moses has also innoculated them against the grace and Spirit of Jesus Christ.

What Pope Francis has failed to realize is that the atheist’s “good” is not God’s good. He is calling for us to meet on common ground, but there is nowhere for us to meet.

“…between us and you a great chasm has been fixed…” (Luke 16:26)

[1] The Promised Land has been turned into a new Egypt, and Herod is slaughtering the innocents. See the chapter “Kids in the Kitchen” in God’s Kitchen for more discussion.
[2] Doug Wilson’s term for “anything goes” postmodern sexuality, i.e. sex is not covenantal; it is a toy.

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3 Responses to “No Common Ground”

  • Ethan Russell Says:

    Good article. This is so true. I point out to people occasionally that all the evidence, whether negative or positive, points to Christ. Only name cursed around the world.

    Zeppelin sang, “Prince of Peace, embrace the gloom, and walk the night alone.” Look at rock and roll for all the evidence you need. If the Word isn’t true, why would people waste their time suppressing, like Romans deals with?

    I like that you addressed Catholicism here, because God has been revealing a lot to me lately around the topic. I think the Jesuit connection is significant. A warring priesthood against protestantism. Their oath is disturbing. The French Jesuits apparently would incite the Native Americans to massacre coastal colonists in New England.

    There is a new Catholic station in my area and I’ve heard Mary called the “temple”, co-redemptrix, the Queen of Heaven, without sin, even interceding in Heaven for us. Although according the the Mormons she’s going to have to knock Joseph Smith out of that seat.

    Jeremiah 7:18
    “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the QUEEN OF HEAVEN (emphasis added); and they pour out drink offerings to other gods in order to spite Me.”

  • Ethan Russell Says:

    Yet I know several people who have come to know Christ through Catholicism, not to make a blanket statement for every church. I realize there are unbelieving Baptist churches too!

  • Mike Bull Says:

    Yep – that’s why I said “on paper.” The Spirit isn’t limited by our creeds or our foibles. :)