There is no God but Christ. No other true God, except Christ. And there is no church, other than the one He founded. There cannot be two Gods; the reason is that God being the absolutely perfect being cannot have a consort in perfect being, because the other perfect being would not be in anyway distinguished from the first one. They would be the same thing. There could be no characteristic no perfection that the first one has, that the second one would not also have. It is absolutely impossible that there be two all perfect beings. There cannot be two Gods. For the same reason there cannot be two or more divine churches. You cannot have many churches that contradict one another claiming to be the church of God. The word “church” in Latin is ecclesia and comes from the Greek word “to call”, but who is it that calls? It is God that calls.
Churches founded by anyone but Christ do not call in the name of God, and indeed, they are not even churches. They have no legal basis to exist. For example, if you want to found a business you must go to the state and found a corporation or a partnership. If you do not go to the state and receive a legal basis from the state for this business and you open up your business and claim to be a corporation or partnership, and you are discovered, you are considered a fraud. You might even see time in jail for such a thing, because you have no legal status, and according to the state you do not exist. The same is true of so called “churches” who present themselves as “churches” and “religions” as if they have some license or charter from God. They have no such charter or license; they have not been established by God they have been established by human beings. And in each of those cases if you look at their history you can trace right back to the point where some human being invented them. So they should be called collections of heretics or schismatics. But not churches.
The modern heresy is that we all worship the same God, how many times have you heard that said? That despite all of the differences that people may have about dogma and religion that we all worship the same God and it really doesn’t matter fundamentally what religion we belong to. This is supremely false and is a blasphemy. It is based on a subtle fallacy, a subtle fault of reasoning, because it is true that anyone who has a religion worships a supreme being. There were people in the Old Testament who worshipped flies. They worshipped something that they considered to be a supreme being. But “supreme being” is merely a descriptive term for God, it does not identify the True God. No one in his right mind would say that the worship of a fly is the same thing as the worship of The Blessed Trinity, that they are the same God. You would have to be crazy to say such a thing. Yet, in both cases they are “supreme beings” in the minds of those who worship. And so because “supreme being” applies to both, the conclusion is we all worship the same God. And that’s nonsense. This heresy that we all worship the same God is based on another fallacious reasoning process. It is true that someone may, through invincible ignorance (ignorance that they cannot overcome), may want to worship the same God when they are worshipping a false God. They may think through no fault of their own that their false God or false Christ is true. Just as you may think when you are going down the wrong way on the freeway that you are in fact going the right way on the freeway. It’s possible. If they do labor under this invincible ignorance God will not hold that against them, the false worship. God will not count that as a sin. It still remains however, that they are worshipping a false God. Just as if through invincible ignorance you get on the freeway on the wrong side and go down the wrong way you might be perfectly innocent because you made some mistake that you did not realize, but it does not change the fact that you are going down the wrong way on the freeway and that you are going to probably have a terrible accident.
Because people might be guiltless, because of their ignorance in worshipping a false God; it does not in any way canonize, or justify, the false worship or false God. But because subjectivism is the philosophy of the day, what you think in your head becomes reality. That is the mental disease that practically the whole world has today. That if I think it, than that’s reality. So if I am sincere in my false religion, well then that religion becomes true and good and legitimate. And that’s false. Because the mind must conform itself to reality, it is not the author and creator of reality. Just as the camera is made to take pictures, it is the reality that imposes itself on the camera and not the camera that imposes itself on reality. Our perception of God is very important because it is the truth and it is the most important truth. It is more important than all of the truths of biological science, or medical art, or of mathematics or civil engineering. Much more important that we know the truth about God than we know the truth of any of those things. Much more important that we know the truth about God then that we have wheels to roll on. And had man never invented the wheel but known the true God he would be in a much better condition today. To say we all believe in the same God but we perceive Him differently abandons the very idea of truth about God. Imagine students saying we all know the same mathematics but we just perceive it differently. Or doctors in medical school saying we all know the same human body we just perceive it different and where one doctor might prescribe a medicine another might prescribe a poison. That’s absurd, if you perceive something differently than someone is wrong. You may even both be wrong, but you can’t both be right if you perceive it differently. And so this idea that we merely perceive God differently abandons the very notion of truth about God which is the most important truth that we have.
This idea ruins the very notion of the incarnation and the establishment of the Catholic Church, if it is not necessary to know truth about God then why did God come down upon the earth, and assume human flesh. If it is not important that we know the truth about God, why did Christ establish the “Catholo” or universal church to be a constant beacon of truth throughout all the ages? Why did the martyrs go to their tortured deaths in the early ages and throughout the history of the church if it is not important what God we know, or what the nature of that God is? It is the most important thing and it is more important than our own lives because we must give up our lives for the truth of the faith, for the true God, the true church, the true religion, as many of our ancestors have. And if there is no such thing as a strange God then what is the purpose of the first commandment; “I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have strange Gods before Me?” That becomes a meaningless commandment in the face of, “we all believe in the same God we merely perceive Him differently.” And when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai and found the Jews in front of their golden calf, dancing and fornicating like idolaters did he say, “Well we all believe in the same God we merely perceive Him differently?” No he took the tablets of the Ten Commandments and destroyed the golden calf and then put to death 23,000 people at the command of God because they worshipped the wrong God. At the command of God those people were put to death by the sword, because they worshipped a false God. Where is ecumenism in that? Where is, “we all worship the same God’’ there? Rather, do we not hear loud and clear that the most important truth of our lives is the true God, the true faith, the true church? Yet, the modern heresy is the basis of uniting the human race today.
John Paul the 2nd has been considered a Saint, when he died the people clamoring in St. Peter’s square said, “Make him a saint, right away!” There was frenzy about him. Precisely because he abandoned the existence on Catholic dogma and he tried to unite the world according to the principles of this modern heresy which has been described above. He kissed the Quran, he praised the voodoo religion, and he participated in just about every false right, false religion, on the face of the earth. With the message that these religions, although they may have certain falsehoods in them they admit, have supernatural truth and value because they are man’s sincere movement toward God. They are not man’s movement toward God just as going down the wrong side of the freeway is movement towards your goal. In fact it is the opposite; you are moving away from your goal and you are in grave danger of dying when you go done the wrong way. But he praised these false religions as Ratzinger, and Francis does, he praised them. As if they had a certain value, a certain license from God to exist. And he praised them as means of salvation. Tools that God uses for the sanctification of souls, voodoo. So this heresy that rots out the very basis of Catholicism has become now the great truth of mankind. Let us not be sucked in by the attitude that all we need is the traditional mass. Modernists have not taken a single step backward from this religion rotting heresy. That we all worship the same God, and that the true religion doesn’t matter, and that all religions have a certain value in the eyes of God. False religions are an abomination in the sight of God and if someone is saved who is in those false religions it has nothing to do with that false religion, it has to do with the grace of God and their ignorance. And as a matter of fact their false religion is actually something that works against their salvation. And is in no way a tool of God.
This was an abridged version of a sermon given by his Excellency Bishop Donald Sandborn of The Most Holy Trinity Seminary Brooksville FL
God Bless BJS!