Fighting the Good Fight (1Tim.6:12)
NOTE: Not an endorsement for sedevacantism
“Fight the good fight of the faith,” says St. Paul (1Tim.6:12). If we are to fight that good fight, we must first know our faith. Those who are not well instructed in the Catholic Faith easily fall prey to the heretics and the predators. They don’t know how to defend their faith when it is under attack, with the result that their faith is damaged, or even lost. St. Peter warns:
“Among you there will be lying teachers who will bring in destructive sects. They even disown the Lord who bought them, thus bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their wanton conduct, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned. And out of greed they will with deceitful words use you for their gain. Their condemnation, passed of old, is not made void, and their destruction does not slumber” (2Pet.2:1-3).
How hard a fight it has been for the Holy Catholic Church to preserve the truths of the Faith taught by Our Lord! At one time the great missionaries and martyrs, like the Apostles themselves, willingly gave up their lives to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations, as He commanded. But now, the false prophets of Vatican II say it is not necessary to preach the Gospel. People are saved wherever they are, and whatever they believe. Just enter into dialogue with them, and have “respect” for their religions.
The first Christians were believing Jews who knew Jesus or listened to the preaching of the Apostles. St. Paul, one of them himself, admonished them:
“Therefore ought we the more earnestly to observe the things that we have heard, lest perhaps we drift away. For if the word spoken by angels proved to be valid, and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? For it was first announced by the Lord and was confirmed unto us by those who heard him…” (Heb:2:1-3).
But the apostate Jews, clinging to their no longer valid religion, preferred to go on shedding the blood of calves and goats rather than trusting in the Blood of Christ shed on the Cross for the sins of the world. Even among those who had become Christian, there were the Judaizers, who insisted on keeping customs and practices that were no longer necessary, like circumcision.
In every age the Church has had to defend herself from heresies, from Gnosticism to Protestantism. And in these days the Church must defend herself from what Pope St. Pius X called “the synthesis of all heresies,” Modernism. Vatican II was controlled by Modernists who set about to destroy the Catholic Faith. Former Modernist Benedict XVI believes there has been “a profound evolution of dogma” since Vatican II.
Look at Antipope Francis Bergoglio, just returned from Sweden, where he took part in ecumenical events on October 31, 2016, celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant so-called Reformation. There Rev. Martin Junge, Secretary General of the Lutheran World Federation, issued the following plea:
“…may God find us building bridges so that we can draw closer to each other, houses where we can meet together, and tables – yes, tables – where we can share the bread and wine, the presence of Christ, who has never left us and who calls us to abide in him so that the world may believe.”
Notice his insistence on tables “where we can share the bread and wine,” not the Body and Blood of Christ. Here he shows his Lutheran horror for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is offered, not on a table, but on an altar. And they “share the bread and wine” in which Christ is presumed to be spiritually present. And not a word of objection from Bergoglio! Of course, the so-called Catholic Mass of Vatican II, also offered on a “table”, is barely more than a Protestant Communion service. Consider this condemnation of by the Council of Trent:
“If anyone says that in the sacred and holy sacrament of the Eucharist there remains the substance of bread and wine together with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and denies that wonderful and singular conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the body, and the entire substance of the wine into the blood, the species of the bread and wine only remaining, a change which the Catholic Church most fittingly calls transubstantiation: let him be anathema” (Denziger 884).
Note this sobering prediction from Catholic author, Yves Dupont:
“The New Missal is indeed a radical attack on our Faith. It will destroy the Mass more effectively than Luther’s brutal efforts. Having destroyed the Mass, it will inevitably destroy the Church. Having destroyed the Church, it will – inevitably again – destroy the world. For when the Blood of Christ is no longer offered on the Altars of our churches, then the blood of men will have to be spilled on the asphalt of our streets” (Catholic Prophecy, Tan, p.115).
We are now living in the time of the false prophets. But be attentive to what you have learned, says St. Paul: