So…I have been called both “Heretic” and “Sinner”….so in the interest of clearing the air a bit, let’s take a look at the definition of these two things and see if we can shed some light onto the recent cyber attacks against your’s truly, shall we?
Well, Webster’s Dictionary defines a Heretic thus:
her·e·tic noun \ˈher-ə-ˌtik, ˈhe-rə-\
: someone who believes or teaches something that goes against accepted or official beliefs
(other terms: nonconformist,apostate, defector, renegade)
Time of Origin: 14th century
Well THAT sounds like me…I mean, after all, I DO teach that which goes against accepted or official beliefs.
I teach TRUTH, not dogma or rhetoric. I do not interpret His Word…I GIVE IT AS IT IS GIVEN..WITHOUT using church laws or Canon Laws…
See, back in 325 when all of the then leaders of religious churches sat down at the command of Constantine the Emperor to join together all of the different churches teaching a belief in Christ, they decided to set down ‘rules’ or LAWS to govern how this newly formed ideology was to run.
The Catholic Encyclopedia states that: “Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made by or adopted by ecclesiastical authority, for the government of the Christian organization and its members. The word adopted is here used to point out the fact that there are certain elements in canon law borrowed by the Church from civil law or from the writings of private individuals, who as such had no authority in ecclesiastical society.”
So…they took MAN’S law and decreed it to be GOD’S law…interesting, yes? When does MAN’S law come above GOD’S LAW where matters of FAITH come into play? THEY DO NOT. He gave it to us in plain BLACK AND WHITE.
Well, let’s see….what was the FIRST Canon Law established then?
I turn my gaze to the Vatican Archives where it says “Can. 1 The canons of this Code regard only the Latin Church.”
So…as I am NOT of The Latin Church (but DO use Latin in prayers as it gives a comforting feeling to those who read/hear it) this means I am NOT UNDER CANON LAW.
ERGO: If I am not Catholic, then Canon Law does not apply, therefore I am not a ‘Heretic’ of The Latin Faith…Let’s move on:
sin·ner noun \ˈsi-nər\
: someone who has done something wrong according to religious or moral law : someone who has sinned
Well…HAVE I done something wrong according to Religious or Moral law by preaching the Gospel, giving comfort to the grieving, or those in pain or need? I cannot see how…as it was HIS COMMAND to His servant to preach the Gospel to ALL creation, not JUST those of a certain religious belief system or church…
Let’s turn to the HIGHEST Lawgiver for the answer to that….
My Master (Jesus) said in His word: “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” -Mark 16:15
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” -John 13:34
I love those who look to me for spiritual advice, or prayer…and I DO preach The Gospel, sparing NO ONE it’s words when I post them…
And the BIGGIE…
“One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”” -Mark 12:28-31
Sorry again folks….looks like I am not understanding your anger at me again…it seems you read, but do not understand His word…here..let me try to explain… the BIGGEST one my Master gave to us…THE BIG LAW we are to live by…
“”Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” -Luke 6:37
Why is THIS one the BIG one? Well, there is only ONE Judge…and that is GOD. By attacking others you set yourself ABOVE God’s law..and that, in my simple mind, will just not do at all.
But you say to me “WE ARE SERVING GOD”
Do you really believe you serve God when you attack others who are not of your ‘religion’?
Does not HIS WORD say to “Love one another”?!?
(I COULD give the timeless classic of “The Straw and the Rafter” a go, but that would seem a bit overmuch.)
I can tell you where this anger comes from…PRIDE…yup…one of the “Seven deadly Sins”…
You go to church, you sing, you say”AMEN” and “HALLELUJAH”, and then you go home THINKING that you have served God, cleared of your sins for another week until you go back to a building to do it all over again. …are you really though? Do you think God only wants you to serve on SUNDAY alone?
Or are you, like me, serving God by serving His children 24-7-365…by strapping on a collar, taking Holy Vows and Ordination, and surrendering your LIFE (yes, without thought of the SELF) to follow His Word…?
Have YOU taken vows to serve God’s law and ONLY God’s law?
Have YOU given up EVERYTHING to help His children in need and follow Him?
Or do you simply drop some money in a plate and think that clears you…
Am I a ‘Sinner”? YES I AM…because I DO sin.
I sin sometimes in my thoughts, words, deeds…of course I do…SO DO YOU..SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE ON THIS PLANET…silly people…if I followed YOUR standards and not His does that mean by YOUR standard that I deserve to attack YOU for YOUR beliefs? You betcha
BUT I WON’T
I cannot…and you know why? It would mean I was JUDGING YOU. I do not judge…your belief is just that, YOUR belief..MINE is MINE… before you take up a cry and grab the torches and pitchforks look HARD at yourself…do YOU sin? (If you say ‘NO’ then you are a LIAR)
No…I will simply say this, in my Master’s own words:
“And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” -Mark 6:11
This is me shaking the dust of you off my sandals…for I do not serve a CHURCH, with laws made by MAN…I serve GOD…with laws set down by GOD AND GOD ALONE.
So it begs the question: where DOES this anger at someone preaching The Word other than what YOU were taught in church come from? I turn to James 4 to answer this…
“What causes fights and quarrels among you?
Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?
You desire but do not have, so you kill.
You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.
You do not have because you do not ask God.
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
You adulterous people,a don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God?
Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
Submit yourselves, then, to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Grieve, mourn and wail.
Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another.
Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it.
When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy.
But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” -James 4:1-12
I cannot say it any more clearly than His word..and with that, I wish you peace.
(but this does not mean I will not DELETE you and BLOCK you from my social website page..it means that I deserve peace in both my parish, and in my heart, and I will no longer think on you AT ALL…)