The Gospel its Weapon, and the Holy Ghost its Power
At His Ascension, Jesus promised His disciples that they would soon receive “power from on high,” when the Holy Ghost would come, Whom He would send from the Father. As they waited in prayer with the Blessed Virgin Mary in the upper room, there came the sound of a mighty, rushing wind, as the Holy Spirit came down upon them in tongues of fire. Jesus had already given them the authority to go out and preach the Gospel to every creature. Now, with the power of the Holy Ghost and His gifts, they would bring the saving message of the Gospel to a waiting world.
“He who hears you hears me,” Christ had told His Apostles. All peoples and nations are obliged to hear the voice of the Church, to submit to the truth of its teachings, and to accept baptism. No worldly authority has the right to impede its message or interfere with its administration of the Sacraments. This includes the other so-called World Religions. The Church has been sent by the Son of God Himself, with only the Gospel as its weapon, and the Holy Ghost its only power.
As for authority, no government, no organization which is purely secular, that is, which does not recognize the authority of Christ and His Church, and does not base its laws on the Commandments of God, has any real validity or authority. Jesus said at His Ascension, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Mt.28:18b-20). The Douai-Rheims Bible comments, “Commission to baptize and preach to all nations (is) given to the Apostles, and grounded upon Christ’s sovereign authority, to Whom was given all power in heaven and in earth.” The powers of this world have no authority except the authority they get from the devil. There is no neutral territory in which human society can exist freed from the authority of Christ and without the domination of the “prince of this world,” the devil. “He who is not with me is against me,” Jesus declared.
Unfortunately, we find ourselves constantly fighting the eroding influence of the conciliar church. Most people who call themselves Catholic today have been swept along by the tide of the Modernist Heresy, and are no longer truly Catholic. In fact, they have been swept right out of the Church under the leadership of the hierarchy themselves, great numbers of whom have fallen into apostasy. And they say of those who hold to the true Faith of the Church:
“What arrogance! Don’t the people of the other religions have the same right as we have to claim the truth of their religion? Are not all religions basically the same, and from the same source? Should we not ‘dialogue’ with the other religions, and learn from them?”
This is so difficult to fight because so many of the clergy are morally corrupt and dishonest, and are no longer interested in preserving the true Catholic faith. They have built a new church around them, a protective church which tolerates their sins, and has created a new liturgy and a new theology allowing them to continue in their state of moral depravity. Catholics who are themselves morally corrupt are happy with the new secular church. They can now believe (pretend) that it is impossible to commit a mortal sin, and that no one goes to Hell. What they have left is the form of religion, but without the power (2Tim.3:5). (This is not to say that everyone who is still with the Novus Ordo is morally corrupt).
One would expect that the new secular church would recognize the authority of secular governments and institutions, and so it does. In fact, it goes sniveling to their meetings, hoping to catch the crumbs that fall from the table. Gone are the days when kings and queens acknowledged the authority of the Church and bowed humbly in the presence of the Vicar of Christ, like the German King Henry IV, who stood for three days in penitent’s robes at the gate of Canossa Castle, begging Pope Gregory VII to lift the excommunication he had incurred.
Are we now to play the game according to the world’s rules? At a meeting some years ago on “The Future of the New Europe,” the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Jean Louis Tauron, announced that the Church “feels at home in Europe,” and hopes that its European citizenship will be recognized by the European Union. At another meeting, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, called for “a new style of human solidarity,” the goal of which is “the advancement of a more human world for all…” He used the phrase, “the globalization of solidarity.” But in his speech he made no reference to Jesus Christ or His Gospel, which alone can be the source of true solidarity between human beings.
The new secular church is becoming part of the New World Order, and at what a cost! It now depends on the power of political strategies instead of the power of the Gospel and the gifts of the Holy Ghost. To do so is to be without His guidance. The result is horrible confusion, “diabolical disorientation,” as Sr. Lucy of Fatima put it, leaving Catholics adrift like a boat without a rudder, enduring the violence of the winds and the waves. But the Globalists are not interested. The new One World Government which is now emerging has no need for God, for Jesus Christ, or for the Church He founded. It is the triumph of secular humanism. But God has other plans. Christ the King will return in glory to destroy His enemies, and to claim His Bride, the Church, purified through trial and persecution.
In the meantime, we can be in perfect peace and have a clear understanding of what is going on if we are obedient to the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth. We will have “power from on high,” the power to preach the Gospel and to live according to its precepts. God has given us the power to discern the truth in the darkness of these times:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone forth into the world. By this is the Spirit of God known: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is of God. And every spirit that severs Jesus, is not of God, but is of Antichrist… (1Jn.4:1-3).