7 Deadly Sins

“​Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no schisms among you; but that you be perfect in the same mind, and in the same judgment.1 Corinthians 1:10

We should not be satisfied merely to keep the commandments of God, but should always be ready to do good deeds, even when they are not commanded. The commandments of God state the minimum requirements for salvation. They should be kept not merely according to the letter, but also according to the spirit, which obliges us to strive for greater perfection.
Actual sin is any willful thought, desire, word, action or ommission forbidden by the law of God. 

All of these seven deadly sins, are the origins of every offense we commit before Our Creator. They become the obstacles and chief obsessions in our minds of what we want to focus on instead of what we should be focusing on.

Pride-Unrestrained appreciation of our own worth (opposite of Humility)

Greed-Immoderate desire for earthly goods (Opposite of Liberality or being poor in spirit)

Lust-Hankering for impure pleasures (opposite of Chastity)

Anger-Inordinate desire for revenge (opposite of Meekness)

Gluttony-Unrestrained use of food and drink (opposite of Temperance)

Envy-Sorrow over another’s good fortune (over Brotherly Love)

Sloth-Laxity in keeping the Faith and the practice of virtue (over Diligence)

Note:
The 7 Deadly Sins, also known as “The 7 Capital Sins,” are those sins that give rise to other sins. They were first enumerated by Pope St. Gregory the Great in “Moralia in Job.”

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Pride

“And I will break the pride of your stubbornness, and I will make to you the heaven above as iron, and the earth as brass:” Leviticus 26:29

Pride blinds us to EVERYTHING. We have impossible expectations of everyone and everything to serve our needs. When these are not met we burst into fits of anger or other extreme emotions out of self will run riot. If we are not in control of our own emotions what an illusion that we think we can control anyone or anything else? It is pride that put the devil in Hell. It is pride that condemned Our Lord to die on the cross. It is pride that sprouted all these different Protestant religions along with private interpretation of Scripture, that takes them off the path that Christ has shown us to follow and that was reiterated by countless saints and martyrs.

To think we are something when truly we were made from nothing. Pride gives fuel to every other sin, believing we are entitled to so offend God. Like a weed in your garden that starts as a seed. It grows first in vanity of one’s self. It then leads to selfishness, and finally the worst of the forms of pride, arrogance. It chokes out the delicate flowers of virtue that ever need our attention in being cultivated and watered. It grows up to attack these virtues no matter how hard we try and the world puts miracle grow on these weeds.

Pride is defined as excessive self-love and is committed in a number of ways with three main forms, vanity (or vainglory), selfishness, and arrogance.

Vanity – this is the lowest form of pride, and consists of paying extra attention to yourself. Along with this is the expectation that others should pay the same amount of attention to you. It is right and proper for people to look good and well kept respectably, but too much looking in the mirror and focus on one’s self means you are pleased with yourself in such a way you believe others should be too.

This is made manifest by boasting of one’s self. Exaggerated conversation as to make what you speak sound more important. Praising your children as to extol your feelings of pride through them. All of these are subtle ways in which individuals express pride. Drawing attention to yourself.

Human respect is defined as the acceptance of sinful living in order to draw or maintain acceptance of other humans over Gods. Early English Protestants lived in such a way as to earn the attention of their king. As well stubbornness engenders discord.

Selfishness- when one seeks their own needs excessively. We have too great a desire and attention to fulfilling our own needs then to think about God or others. This is manifested by us in excessive interest and pursuit of pleasures. Excessive material things lead to an inability to make sacrifice. This inability destroys marriages and religous vocations.

Selfishness destroys marriages because one or both parties are unwilling to do anything outside of pleasing themselves to preserve the blessed union of matrimony before God. They are blinded by pride into lust, gluttony, anger and all the others. People do not choose religous vocations because it is not a “lucrative market”, it doesnt appeal to the senses like pleasure and money do.

Your duties in life become abandoned for ease out of laziness. There is an arising of anger and strong passions. One does not care if people’s lives are miserable, as long as this person can lash out and throw their fit like a child when they don’t get their way. This selfishness leads to cold-hearts and a general lack of compassion.

Arrogance – this is the worst kind of pride and inclines rebellion of the intellect and disrespect. We believe we are not even subject to reality. The errors of subjectavisim and relativism take hold to the point the mind cannot discern between what is real and obviously true anymore.

Rejection of standard norms of reality, today anything goes.  Society embraces heresy and is in acceptance of everything. This is one of the worst sins you can commit before God. It is just under hatred of God and is the spirit of the devil. Contempt for authority and humility. Love of self to the hatred of God as He becomes an obstacle to us and eventually obtains hatred from us. As the devil hates Him, us, and everything, in such ways.

The first question of Catholic Catechism is why God made us. The Catholic answer would be to know, love, and serve Him in this world to be happy with Him in Heaven. The answer the world gives us is to obtain as much human respect, money, and impure pleasure, to die and go to Hell forever. Heroes of human ages are heretics to the truth, they are held with such great esteem. Godless, and liberalized in their thinking of what is owed to them. We were created out of nothing, and it is God that maintains our existence, not us.
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Our Crosses

Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and takeup his cross, and follow me.”Matthew 16:24

I have found that if the things I am doing are hard, there is the possibility I am not doing things right,  but there is also the probability that I am doing the right things. 

This life was not meant to be easy. I use to let things, people, and places get me drunk. And when one loses sight of the end goal you get distracted and caught up in worldy things and pleasures very easily, until they control you. I had the illusion that I could control everything and that it should be done the way I want. This way of thinking was to no one’s benefit. Not even my own. It only served as another reason for me to drink excessively. At least until I got to the point where I didnt care anymore, and I couldnt stop after the first drink.

To quote a twenty-four hour meditation for alcoholics and addicts:

“When you live the right way, things seem to work out well for you. When you live the wrong way, things seem to work out badly for you. You seem to take out of life about what you put into it. If you disobey the laws of nature, the chances are that you will be unhealthy. If you disobey the spiritual and moral laws, the chances are that you will be unhappy. By following the laws of nature and the spiritual laws of honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love, you can expect to be reasonably healthy and happy.”

I know that I am only truly happy when I am doing the will of God. Because all good comes from God, I know that what appears good, in the long run often isn’t. The things that are most hard are those that will pay off in eternity. When I let myself become preoccupied with something other than the glory of God each day, such as sloth, lust, or anger, I am focused on myself.

Like a car on the road, I affect the people closest to me with my actions. Everyone ahead of me is gone I cant get through to them, if I slow down everyone behind me does too. I think that is something that hurts me the most about my drinking. I really hurt a lot of people especially my parents. I was selfish my whole life, and I didn’t listen, I have always had the habit of taking the most simple things in life and messing it all up because I got complacent or bored.

I have always battled procrastination or sloth. I have a hard time getting interested into things because everything has lost its shimmer. I have grown up and sobered up and finally see the world for what it really is. Why it has taken me this long when I was told all about it and didn’t listen, I do not know. Right now however,  I can change for the rest of my life.

Part of this change includes an acceptance of His Will for me on a daily basis. When I wake up in the morning I try to get on my knees and offer God every physical, mental, and emotional pain I will have to endure for the day. I do this to say sorry for how I have offended Him and I ask that I may have the grace to know, love, and serve Him that day. There are plenty of tests everyday which I am so thankful for and try to be ever mindful of. The problem in the past was I let these things get to me, when in the end it is the Supreme Judge who will take into consideration our whole life.
Our judgements will be alone with our creator (there will be a general judgement,  and a particular judgment more on them later). We will have to render account for everything before Him trembling and remorseful. When I talk to God, I do so alone, as with most all Catholics I know. This is a reason I do not typically hold hands with others when I pray. I think it takes the attention of what YOU want to say to God and puts it on…well holding hands.

I could write a few pages on the Sign of the Cross, but as most know, Catholics make it before and after prayer and some many times a day. The reason we do this in short, is because  everything should be done or said, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of The Holy Ghost”, and the cross that is made with our hand is in respect to the tool used for our salvation. To ever remind us that Jesus died for our sins. I never understood why so many people make fun of this holy and sacred act. Given the immense power it has had in healing and miracles,  its all out there, people just have to read.  There are countless testimonials of saints lives, exorcisms, and everyday living that illustrate the power of the Sign of the Cross. Again, it’s out of respect and reverence for Our Creator and Saviour, nothing else.

When I keep in mind that all the sins and sufferings will help me become better at the virtues; it makes dealing with life on life’s terms a whole lot more bearable. When I can  put my needs and wants to death and sacrifice as much as I can to show charity to someone even if they hate everything I stand for, my trials and tribulations are all worth surmounting

You only live once, and those decisions echoe for eternity. Pick up your cross and smile,  walk with The Lord awhile.

God Bless BJS!!

Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone)

​The Bible was not put under one cover until the Councils of Hippo (393) and 3rd Council of Carthage (397) accepted the official list of books. Not for over 1000 years after these early Councils was the printing press invented (~1450), so Bible manuscripts were quite rare and costly before the printing press came about. Between 397 and 1450 then, how did most people learn about the contents of Scripture, and who was the authoritative figure for the early Church during these centuries? The authority clearly could not have been the Bible, but clearly was the Church Herself who preached it to the faithful. So how can Scripture have been our only guide for the centuries before copies of the Bible were readily available, and were the people who lived during those centuries all damned because they did not have access to Scripture?

Consider this verse from Scripture: “Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name” John 20:30-31. What else does this tell us than Jesus did and said other things that were not recorded in Scripture? Are we really to think that anything Jesus did or said that didn’t make it into the books of Scripture are false or should not be adhered to?

Consider the verse, “But there are also many other things which Jesus did; which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written” John 21:25. Clearly there are many things Jesus said and did that were passed on as tradition (by word of mouth) and did not make it into the books of Scripture.Nowhere in Scripture do we see references to Jesus writing anything down during His public life, nor does Scripture show that He ever asked His Apostles to write down what He was teaching either. We can see only Peter, Paul, James, John Jude, Matthew, Mark and Luke wrote parts of what Our Lord taught, the others did not write anything as far as is recorded. If Scripture were the ONLY resource we should have for our salvation, surely Jesus and His Apostles would have written constantly, but they did not. Instead Scripture shows that the Apostles TAUGHT as they were instructed by Our Lord: “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” Matt 28:19. So while Scripture is essential, tradition is also essential. Nowhere in Scripture does it say Scripture alone should be accepted as revelation, and it certainly does not say we should condemn Apostolic tradition. Look all through the Gospels and you will see nothing spoken against tradition except for traditions which are human or against Scripture. Why do the Protestant reformers add this to Our Lord’s words? It is forbidden to add anything to Scripture, as it is to take anything away from it. Why do the Protestant reformers also take away the traditions which are expressly authorized?

Consider the verse, “Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle.” 2 Thessalonians 2:14. What else does this tell us than the Apostles spread the word of God not only through Epistles, but also by WORD, and that we should hold to the traditions which we are taught? Any unwritten Apostolic doctrine we call Tradition. 

Consider the verse, “If any man be hungry, let him eat at home; that you come not together unto judgment. And the rest I will set in order, when I come.” 1 Corinthians 11:34. This clearly shows St. Paul writing important words to the Corinthians, then stating he will “set the rest in order” when he comes, yet we do not have writing about them elsewhere. What he said then, will it be lost to the Church? No, it has come down through tradition.

Consider the verse, “Having more things to write unto you, I would not by paper and ink: for I hope that I shall be with you, and speak face to face: that your joy may be full.” 2 John 1:12. St. John had something worthy of being written yet he chose to speak instead. Instead of Scripture, he has made tradition.

Consider the verse, “Hold the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me in faith, and in the love which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:13. This is clearly St. Paul recommending to St. Timothy an unwritten Apostolic word. This is tradition! Also consider the verse, “And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2. What is this but the Apostle speaking, the witnesses relating, and St. Timothy teaching, followed by these teaching others? This is clearly tradition.

Consider the verse, “I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now” John 16:12. When did He say these things which He had to say? Was it all written? It is also said that He was forty days with them teaching them of the Kingdom of God, but we have neither all of His apparitions nor everything He told them during that time.

Consider the verses, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” Matthew 28:20, and “He that heareth you, heareth me” Luke 10:16, etc. This clearly shows the Apostles teaching is true revelation.

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Sola Fide (Faith alone)

​Nowhere in the bible does it state faith “alone” justifies, and this new doctrine was not heard of before the 16th century. Why did the Protestant reformers propose it and what authority gave it to them?

Consider the verse, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in. Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.” Matthew 25:34-36. Are these not examples of good works? 

Why would Our Lord give them so much emphasis if only faith was of importance?

Consider the verses, “And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting? Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He said to him: Which? And Jesus said: Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness. Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The young man saith to him: All these I have kept from my youth, what is yet wanting to me? Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me.” Matt 19:16-21. Are the above verses not filled with good works?

How much more proof from Scripture do we need to show that Our Lord commanded us to do good works for our salvation?

Consider the verse, “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works.” Matthew 16:27. Again here we have more proof that good works are required of us.

Consider the verse, “And every man shall receive his own reward, according to his own labor.” 1 Corinthians 3:8. Again this clearly does NOT refer to faith alone, but to labor, which is works.

Consider the verse, “And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 (St Paul). What is charity other than helping the needy? Charity is clearly considered among good works. And in the same Chapter we also see the verse, “And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.” (1 Corinthians 13:13). This clearly puts charity BEFORE faith, so to say “faith alone” is all that is required of us is clearly contrary to Scripture.

Consider the verse, “Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?” James 2:24. How much more plain can it be said that faith alone is not enough for our salvation?

Consider the verse, “What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?” James 2:14. And we see several verses later that the answer to this question is NO.

Consider the verse, “So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.” James 2:17. No explanation is needed for this verse!

Consider the verse, “But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.” James 2:18. Another extremely obvious verse that proves our point on the subject.

Consider the verses, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?” James 2:20-21. No explanation is needed for these verses.

Consider the verse, “For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.” James 2:26. How can the Protestant reformers claim faith is sufficient when we read a verse like this with such obvious meaning?

And finally consider the verse, “Wherefore, brethren, labor the more, that by good works you may make sure your calling and election.” 2 Peter 1:10

In summary, justification by faith alone has overwhelming opposition in Scripture. Some Protestants have been known to reference other verses from Scripture in an attempt to show that works are NOT required for our salvation. However if one looks at verses that appear to speak negatively about works, they are clearly referring to works that glorify men and not God. Here we agree; works done to please men do not help with attaining our salvation.

God Bless BJS!!

Free Masonry

​Some facts about Freemasons

Freemasonry and the Masonic Lodge

·            6 million masons worldwide: 33,700 lodges
·        4 million members in U.S.: 15,300 lodges
·        Formed in 1717 in London, England
·        All masons enter the “Blue Lodge” in the beginning and make their first three degrees
·        From there, they can choose to go into the Scottish Rite (32 degrees with 33rd being honorary) or York Rite (13 degrees and opportunity to join Shriners)
·        Shriners are the highest level of Masonry
·        Every mason takes a blood oath to preserve masonry
·        Oath taken before “Worshipful Master”
·        Dr. Albert Pike is the leading quotable authority on freemasonry wrote “Morals and Dogma”
·    Masonry is a religion “Every masonic lodge is a temple of religion and its teachings are instruction in religion” pg. 213.  “Masonry is from the earliest times the custodian and depository of the great religious truths, unknown to the world at large and handed down from age to age by unbroken current of tradition that was embodied in symbols, emblems and allegories.” Pg. 210.  “Masonry is a worship.  Masonry is the universal religion in the heart of universal humanity.  The ministers of this religion are all masons.  Its sacrifices are to God, our good works and perpetual efforts to attain to moral perfection of which man is capable” pg 219
·    “The mystery of the Blue Lodge, which every mason joins, finds symbolic meaning within the temple and the whole structure which was intended to represent the universe.  The grand principle of the occult philosophy, veiled under the name Kaballah, and so little understood by the mass of initiates of the ancient and modern free masonry.” Pg. 304
·   Symbolism behind the compass and rule:  Compass represents the heavens and the male generative deity.  The rule represents the earth and the female deity.  They are coming together in the generative action.  The “G” in the middle stands for the “generating principle of life”.
·   Mason’s God is named “JBO” for Jehovah, Baal, and Osiris
·    According to Masons, Jesus was simply a great reformer and that He taught a lofty morality.  He was just like Confucius, Buddha, Mohammad, and Moses.
·   All Shriners take a blood oath and swear allegiance to Allah, the God of Mohammad and the Arabs as his God. 
·    Red Fez for Shriners: “Why do they wear the red fez and why does it have an Islamic sword and crescent on it. When Mohammad and the Muslims swept across North Africa in the 7th century they came to Fez, Morocco.  In Fez, there is a large Christian Community and Mohammad had ordered the slaughter of all the infidels, meaning Christians, who would not bow down to Allah and Mohammad.  When those Christians refused, the Muslims went in with the Islamic Sword and they slaughtered the Christians by the thousands.  And then to glory in the defeat of Christianity, the Muslims would take their Fez and dip it in the blood of the Christians slaughtered by the Islamic sword to glory in the defeat of Christianity.  And every Shriner now wears the red Fez with the Islamic sword to glory in the defeat and slaughter of Christians.” 
Historic Origins of Modern Masonry
Modern Masonry was founded in London in 1717 when four small Masonic lodges united to become the Grand Lodge of England. Subsequently, in 1736, the first Masonic Lodge in Europe, the Grand Orient Lodge in Paris, was founded.
Freemasonry known also as the Craft or the Brotherhood, was no longer a guild of operative stone masons who had built Europe’s great Catholic cathedrals, It had become a collection of intellectuals who out of pride valued reason over faith which in turn led to a descent into the spiritual darkness of self-deification.
In Defense of Christianity
Since 1738, the Popes have warned of the intrinsic deceitfulness of Freemasonry and similar secret societies because of their rejection of Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer.
The intrinsic evil of Masonry, which embraces organized naturalism and denies the divinity of Christ, was already so evident by 1738 that Pope Clement XII in an encyclical binding to the entire Christian Church admonished the faithful to avoid membership in and association wit Freemasonry: ” All the faithful of Christ of whatever state, grade, condition or order, we ordain stringently and in virtue of holy obedience, that they shall not under any pretext enter, propagate or support the aforesaid societies, known as Freemasons, or otherwise named, that the faithful shall not be enrolled in them, or take part in their proceedings, assist them, or afford them in any way counsel, and, or favor, publicly or privately, directly or indirectly, by themselves or by others in any way whatever under pain of excommunication to be incurred by the very act without further declaration….” Absolution from this most grievous offense against God, was only obtainable from the successor to St. Peter.
Clements’s condemnation was absolute “…because of the wickedness and perversion of Masonry and their ability to deceive.”
In 1829, Pope Pius VIII stated, ” Lying is their rule, Satan is their God, and shameful deeds their sacrifice.” And in 1885, Pope Pius IX told the Archbishop of Paris that Masonic secret sects formed ” The Synagogue of Satan.”
Pope Leo XIII, in Human Genus, labeled Freemasonry “this foul plague [with] a fraudulent external appearance,” and proclaimed, “we wish it to be your rule first of all to tear away the mask from Freemasonry and let it be seen for what it really is; and by sermons and pastoral letters to instruct the peoples as to the artifices used by societies of this kind in seducing men.”
Masonic Black Masses
In a 1991 interview Cardinal Eduard Gagnon, member of the Church’s Curia, said he knew from his personal experience in Canada, that Masons stole the Consecrated Hosts to be used in the celebration of Masonic black masses. The Cardinal stated further that Masons had made repeated efforts to influence the Vatican to lift all prohibitions against Catholic membership.
Masonic Wars and Assassinations
The Masonic lodges, together with the Jacobins and the Illuminati masterminded the bloody French Revolution to overthrow the Catholic monarchy and the catholic Church so as to install a Masonic republic. Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were beheaded; the Catholic clergy were either murdered or forced to hide; a Masonic black Mass desecrated the high altar of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and Masonic governments have ruled France for most of the past two centuries. In 1914, World War I was precipitated by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the Hapsburg throne and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Gavrilo Princep, one of the assassins, testified that the Serbian Masonic Lodge had ordered the assassination-the goal was to destroy both the Hapsburg dynasty and the Austro- Hungarian Empire. Kaiser Wilhelm II stated in his biography that the Masonic Grand Masters of Europe intended to destroy the Catholic Hapsburg dynasty, eliminate the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and destroy the Catholic Church. They were successful in two of the three goals!
In 1917, Maximilian Kolbe watched in horror as the Freemasons, celebrating their bicentennial, marched through the streets of Rome carrying banners depicting Satan defeating St. Michael and declaring: “Satan will rule on Vatican Hill and the Pope will serve as his errand boy.” Martyr and saint, Fr. Kolbe worked tirelessly against Masonry because he knew how this enemy of the Church insidiously effects revolutionary social changes by promoting spiritual paralysis, moral compromise, secular humanism, and the heresy of indifferentism.
In July, 1992,Mexico’s Masonic Grand Master Francisco Valle Guzman condemned the Catholic Church as “the most powerful and ruthless enemy of science, civilization, fraternity and love. Any reconciliation between us is impossible.” He then added that Masonry’s “duty” is to be the “gravediggers” of the Catholic Church.
In the spring of 1993, Mexican Cardinal Posadas Ocampo stated, “the principles and traditional philosophy of the Freemasons makes it clear that they don’t act in our favor,” adding that the 1994 presidential elections “would be an appropriate occasion for change.”
In May 1993, the Cardinal was gunned down in the Guadalajara Airport. Although circumstantial evidence points to a Masonic assassination, Mexico’s Masonic government continues to declare that the murder was an accident.
Warning
At each degree of initiation, Masons take a deadly oath, and swear allegiance to Masonry above God and Country. Under pain of death, they swear never to reveal the secrets of Freemasonry- not even to their wives.
Therefore, no matter what Masons claim about their good works or intentions, they cannot be believed. They are the Church’s diabolical enemy.

Agents of the Anti Christ

Root Causes of the Great Apostasy
St Paul in his second letter to the Thessalonians foretold events which must take place before the second coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Let no one deceive you in anyway, for the day of the Lord will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and is exalted above all that is called God, or  that is worshipped, so that he sits in the temple of God and gives himself out as if he were God.” (2:3,4)
St. Paul’s letter explicitly prophesizes that the great apostasy and the advent of the Antichrist must precede the second coming. “It is possible for the faithful to recognize the era of the great apostasy or will they be deceived by the lying wonders of the son of perdition the marks of which deceive.” 
Our Lord Jesus Christ established His Church to be His teaching authority on earth and He chose St. Peter as the first Pope. It was Pope Pius XII one of St. Peter’s successors who, at a pastoral conference on May 23, 1958, while warning the faithful of the great apostasy also identified the causes of the great apostasy: “the roots of modern apostasy lay in scientific atheism, dialectical materialism, rationalism, illuminism, laicism, and Freemasonry which is the mother of them all.”

The following link is invaluable in the clarification of Free Masonry and Catholicism. It contains several important links to other documents please feel free to explore.

‘Tradition in Action’ uses Masonic Source to implicate Pope Pius IX in Freemasonry

God Bless BJS!!

Ecumenism

  1. PlltoGgThere is no God but Christ.  No other true God, km8lpexcept 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 consoIPO kikrt 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 arie discoverlmd, you are consitdered 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” andlkkp5 “religions” as if they have posole l8license 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!

Keep on Keeping on

“Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:10

Well, I hit six months of sobriety on the 2nd of this month. I have been too occupied with making memories with my children in the mountains of New Hampshire to really stop and think about it. I spent ten years drinking until I passed out. I am still working through the steps of AA. Being away from home has been good, although I feel as if I have a lot of responsibility looming over my head with school and finances but dont we all.

I will probably return to work here in a few weeks. The time spent away from work and with my kids all day everyday has been a hard adjustment and a learning experience. I hope in the very least for them it has mended any of the last strained relations I had with them as a result of my selfish behavior. I want to believe it has, I want to believe that when I go back they will miss me as much as I will them. It has really opened my eyes to how much I have missed out and how they could have potentially lost a father. How could I be so stupid?

Nothing changes if nothing changes. With four kids I would be hard pressed to have a drinking career as it is, but maybe if I was ever a “normal drinker” it wouldnt be a problem.  I absolutely know that I can never be a “normal drinker” however, I fully accept and am happy that is the case. Why am I happy about it? Because it has afforded me the chance to humble myself and grow and be more aware than I ever have been. I use to think I could never have fun without being messed up, now I could never fathom being messed up and missing out on a day in my life. I can’t do my best to serve God being drunk. The thing I can thank God for right now is that I have survived, and so have my kids. They don’t ever have to know what their dad is like drunk and I can be present for EVERYTHING in their lives.

We can’t change the past, yesterday is gone. Tomorrow isn’t here yet, nothing about the future is set in stone. Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.

Another thing I want to get off my chest pertains to the Lord’s Prayer. So the last line, “for thine is the kingdom, the power,  the glory…” was an add on by a heretical “pope” (I believe it was JP2 or Paul VI). Why are we adding (or taking away in some versions of Bible) to what our Lord, a perfect God gave us? That line never existed in it’s original God given form. Why are we changing what is already perfect?

“You shall not add to the word that I speak to you, neither shall you take away from it: keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2

God Bless BJS!

Christ as Our Personal Saviour.

“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures,to their own destruction.” 2 Peter 3:16

I hear it all the time, someone has found Jesus and made Him, Their Personal Saviour! Seems a little backward doesn’t it?  Not to mention the Holy Ghost does not propagate error, no matter how “moved” one might believe themselves to be. God is changeless. Time is measured by change in the universe, for God there is no such thing as time He always was and always will be. 

While that is sometimes a hard concept to grasp for us it nevertheless remains true. So if He always just IS then He is never subject to change as He is never subject to time. He is changeless in a moment of eternity. So chances are He will not change to become YOUR personal saviour, however He is always personable, and personally YOU can be saved IF you accept Him as your saviour, but this means going beyond reading the Bible and deciding what works best for you in your life “situation” in fact the same rules apply to everyone. You just don’t get to pick which ones you would like to adhere to and throw out the rest. It’s like the definition of Christianity, following the teachings and beliefs of Jesus Christ. Not SOME teachings, just THE teachings,  all of them. Otherwise you might be considered a PROTESTant.

The following is an excerpt from a website I rather enjoy because a lot of people love Holy Scripture as do I. However,  a lot of people like to take it out of context and do what they want with it to justify their wrongdoings.

You can see more on different topics at http://www.protestanterrors.com

And let us remember,  it was the Catholic Church who put all the books in the Bible under one cover without which there would have been no other editions or versions that throw out whole books, change words, and even add and remove lines. Yes every other translation into English besides the Douay-Rheims version is a false translation. Just like the many “Churches” that claim to be the “Church of Christ” are suprisingly not so.

The best way to find out what something means in an owner’s manual is to contact the company who built the product and wrote the manual (not private interpretation, see section on Bible).

Without further ado…


To those who feel sin does not affect your salvation, or believe that by simply choosing Jesus as your “personal savior”, you have been saved regardless:



First consider the verse, “Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 7:21. Here we see we must DO, not just believe!

Consider the verses, “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. These verses clearly tell us that sin DOES effect our salvation!

Consider the verses, “And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting? Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:16-17. Why would Our Lord command us to keep the commandments in order to have life everlasting if we are already supposedly saved by choosing Him as our personal savior?

Also consider the verses, “For if we sin willfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins, but a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries.” Heb 10:26-27 (St. Paul). Again these verses clearly show sin directly effects our salvation.

Consider the verse, “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.” Phil 2:12 (St. Paul). If we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling, this is incompatible with the belief that we are “saved” by simply choosing Our Lord as our personal Savior.

Consider the verse, “But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38. Of what purpose would St. Peter tell us to do penance for the remission of our sins if we are simply saved and have no need to worry about sin?

Consider the verse, “Lest again, when I come, God humble me among you: and I mourn many of them that sinned before, and have not done penance for the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness, that they have committed.” 2 Cor 12:21. For what purpose would St. Paul say penance is necessary to make up for our sins if we are simply saved?

Consider the verse, “And God indeed having winked at the times of this ignorance, now declareth unto men, that all should every where do penance.” Acts 17:30. Why does Scripture tell us to do penance if we are already saved by accepting Christ?

And the verses, “Do penance therefore for this thy wickedness; and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.” Acts 8:22 and “No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3 and “And going forth they preached that men should do penance.” Mark 6:12. Clearly these verses indicate we are commanded to do more than just believe for our salvation, we must do penance.

And the verse, “Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much.” James 5:16. Here we see even St. James knows being saved is not a given!

Of what purpose are all the references in Scripture to confession of sins, forgiveness of sins, remission of sins, repentance of sins, doing penance, and “blotting out” sin if they are of no concern to our salvation, and if we are not to worry about cleansing ourselves of them?

Consider the verse, “For we must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the proper things of the body, according as he hath done, whether it be good or evil.” 2 Corinthians 5:10. This clearly shows that what we do in life effects how we will be judged. Christ merited our salvation by His death on the cross, but it is NOT guaranteed and CAN be lost if we do not properly accept it and do what Our Lord instructed as mentioned above.

Lastly, if we look at the writings of the early Church Fathers, they all refer to terms such as “attaining”, “securing” and “affecting” our salvation. Clearly the early Christian Church openly believed and taught this in accordance with points directly above.

 God Bless BJS!

What Can You Say To Those Who Will Not Listen?

“He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me.”(Luke 10:16)

These words were spoken of Our Lord to the Apostles, in propagation of His Church. Many of us know of loved ones or friends,  who although we would give our all for them out of love of them, turn their backs to us when we say things to try and help them. Usually from pride, these people hear what they want to hear, see what they want to see, much to the liking of the ancient Pharisees who had Our Lord crucified.

Crucified,  despite all the miracles, prophecies, and teachings, they witnessed first hand out of a voluntary pride that blinded them. The Jewish race exists today as a testament to the miracles Jesus performed while on Earth. Although they deny Christ as God, they do not deny His miracles witnessed by so many. Were the Jews not present today, our Catholic life could be said to be made up, and our beliefs based on folklore or fairy tales. Jesus Christ proved Himself not so much by words as His actions. He willingly laid down His life, in a public display of humiliation,  beatings, scourging, mockery, and hatred towards Him. Hatred by the very people who welcomed him with open arms and layed down palms in His path a week earlier when He rode into town on a donkey out of humility.

It is only by our constant attitude of charity, servitude, humility, meekness, forgiveness and the likes that we can turn the most hardened person into one of the same. It is hard to deal with anyone who dislikes you just for how you look, how you speak, or carry yourself. We are all God’s creatures, even your greatest enemy is a creature of God. God wants every single soul to be with Him in Heaven, even more than we want to be with Him.

We all know that true love is sacrifice. Sacrifice of one’s life for another. Does that mean you have to die for this person to show them true love? Or die for God? No, it does not. It may be considered a blessing to be given the chance to become a martyr for God, but not everyone who loves God is called to this. So the next best thing? Dying to ourselves.

Mortification of our wills, our sensual pleasures, everything and anything that might get in the way of service to God and charity to our neighbors. We can not prove love with words, but only by action. The things of this world serve to comfort and distract us from two of the most important reasons we exist, and that is for the love of God and our neighbor. The Devil is the prince of this world, but another title of his is the king of lies. The things in this world only appear good, but only offer temporal happiness until we pursue more and more of what we cling to, whether it be love from others, money, drugs…they do nothing but serve as a distraction to the one thing that can fulfill all of our needs for happiness for all eternity, Our Creator.

It is hard to not get wrapped up in all the day to day things we think we need. If one were to keep in mind that our only purpose for every thought, word, and action of everyday is meant for the greater glory of God and obtaining for Him souls to share in His glory, how free of these worldly things and affairs life becomes! People may look at you and think you’re crazy, or hate you, or want to hurt you, but we must leave all that to God. For it is God alone who has every hair on our heads accounted for. And it is to God alone on our day of judgement that we will have to render an account for everything we have said and done in this passing life. An account that will decide our fates for all eternity. This is a passing life, with incomplete happiness. Sadness, despair, anger, and depression when things do not go our way.

If I had to make an account for the past ten years of my life at this point, I would go straight to Hell. I have been a selfish, angry, controlling,  depressed drunk. Let go and let God. I can not control everything so why try? Pray, listen, love, and most importantly SERVE. Serve everyone else. Serve everyone so that in the end you might be served with eternal justice and happiness. Be an example to others, the world already teaches us enough about hatred, lust, envy, pride and all of that. Even when we are selfish and get what we want we are still unhappy. So why not be joyous in doing the work of Our Lord, for love of Him who gave us this life? Then when our day of judgement comes, we can say we strived everyday to bring Him more souls so that our happiness with Him will be that much greater.

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