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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fr. Campbell- “Choose today whom you will serve” (Jos.24:15)

Fr. Campbell- “Choose today whom you will serve” (Jos.24:15)
 
God does not change. God’s truth is everlasting. His Commandments are for all times. God reigns over all, and His Divine Son, Jesus Christ, reigns as King over all creation. And His Holy Catholic Church extends His rule throughout the earth.

The so-called Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) brought principles of democracy into the Church, where they do not belong. Democracy does not exist in Heaven because there is no need for it. The Church is not governed by the will of the people. All authority comes from God through His Son, Jesus Christ, and is given to those whom He chose to govern His Church – His Apostles and their successors. Before He ascended into Heaven, Jesus told His Apostles:


“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you: and behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world” (Mt.28:18-20).

To Peter, Jesus gave special authority when He said to him:

“And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt.16:18,19).

The Church is not a democracy. Democracy is of earthly origin only. But with Vatican II the principles of democracy began to be applied to the Church, resulting in its ruin. We now have Bishops’ Conferences, like the USCCB in the United States. These meetings were unheard of until they were instituted by the conciliar church. They do not reflect the will of Our Lord for His Church. They place a limit on the power of the pope. Priests have their own assemblies and must have a say in the way the diocese is run. Religious Sisters must now be heard, and some of them are determined to be ordained to the priesthood. Laymen have their parish councils and must have their say in how the Church is run. Everyone must now have equality, even though they are not equal. The Novus Ordo “church” has become a democratic institution. It is no longer the Church founded by Our Lord.

The true Church reflects the divine order of Heaven, where God is supreme and the angels and saints obey His will and carry out His commands. God’s Commandments cannot be changed by any human authority. Those who presume to change them usurp the authority of God. They demand that equal recognition and equal rights be granted to those who brazenly and publically break God’s Laws. For this reason God’s severe punishment is about to fall upon the world. This is not a prophecy, but a logical conclusion based upon facts that should be evident to all.  

Democracy is purely of this world. It may have its uses and advantages, but when it displaces Christ the King and those who are His representatives, whether religious or secular, it loses its right to exist. Does the state have an authority of its own which is independent of God’s authority? Does “separation of Church and state” mean that the state is not accountable to God for its decisions? If it was not intended to be that way from the beginning, that’s the way it is now. The creature has displaced the Creator. Man in his pride has displaced Christ the King. Those countries that do not choose Christ as their King must face tyranny, poverty, and ultimate destruction. We should learn a lesson from the story of the ancient Israelites and their disobedience, even when God gave them their Promised Land:

“Yet they despised the desirable land; they believed not his word. They murmured in their tents, and obeyed not the voice of the Lord. Then with raised hand he swore against them to let them perish in the desert, to scatter their descendants among the nations, and to disperse them over the lands” (Ps.105:24-27).

History gives a lesson we must learn. Nations rise only to fall into ruin when they become corrupt and disobedient. The story of the fall of Babylon tells us what happens to every nation that despises God and His Commandments. The prophet Daniel was in captivity in Babylon under King Belshazzar. When the king held a banquet, he and his court drank from the sacred vessels from the Temple in Jerusalem, offering blasphemous worship to their gods.

“Suddenly, opposite the lampstand, the fingers of a human hand appeared, writing on the plaster of the wall in the king’s palace. When the king saw the wrist and hand that wrote, his face blanched; his thoughts terrified him, his hip joints shook, and his knees knocked” (Dan.5:5,6).

Daniel explained the meaning of the handwriting on the wall to Belshazzar. Because of his blasphemy his kingdom would be taken away from him and divided between the Medes and the Persians. That very night the king was slain and his kingdom divided as Daniel had prophesied.

Those who allow their country to sink into Godlessness and immorality have no love for their country. Those who promote abortion rights and so-called equality in marriage have no love for their country. Those who make laws that contradict God’s Laws and Commandments have no love for their country. They serve God’s enemy, the devil. But those who truly love their country have chosen Jesus Christ for their King, and the Blessed Virgin Mary for their Queen.

Joshua, the successor of Moses, was appointed by God to lead the Israelites through the River Jordan into the land He had promised them. Before he was to die, Joshua challenged the people:

“Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve him completely and sincerely. Cast out the gods your fathers served… If it does not please you to serve the Lord, decide today whom you will serve… As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Jos.24:14,15).