June 4, 2006
vol. 17, no. 142

Testing the Spirits

    There is only One Spirit - pure as a dove - and all other spirits are of the evil one, whether the horns show or not. Trust only in Jesus Christ, Who cannot deceive nor be deceived for He is God the Second Person of the Triune Divinity, obedient to the First Person of the Holy Trinity - God the Father - Who permitted His Son to send the Sanctifier - the Holy Ghost as the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity Whose appearance on this day to the Apostles signaled the birthday of Christ's Church on earth when the instituted hierarchy, empowered by the Spirit of Truth, went forth to convert every creature who believed and sought to be baptized. From that day forward the Advocate has continually watched over and inspired the Church Christ founded upon the Rock of Peter.

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone forth into the world. By this is the spirit of God known: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is of God. And every spirit that severs Jesus, is not of God, but is of Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he is coming, and now is already in the world."

1 John 4: 1-3

      Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Pentecost Sunday, he reminds all that there are many kinds of spirits and only One which is the "Spirit of Truth" - the Holy Ghost Who is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity and Who proceeds from the Father and the Son. It is the Son Who promised He would send His Spirit and it is that Spirit which has always guided the Church Christ founded upon the Rock of Peter. But in these times, just as Holy Scripture has foretold and as previous reliable pontiffs such as Pope Pius XII alerted us, and as we see cropping up everywhere thanks to the total laxity and sell-out of the conciliar church, many spirits are arising which come not from Heaven but from the depths below, intended to confuse, deceive and to shackle souls forever inside the gates of Gehenna. Father points out just a few of the evidential false prophets today and their modus operandi. They love to sew fear, but those who trust in the Holy Ghost have nothing to fear even with the pending 6-6-6 coming up this Tuesday. Those with Faith are not superstitious, but, through the gift of Wisdom recognize fallacy and foolishness come from the horned one, not the Dove of Truth. Father explains in his sermon. [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]

    The Church celebrates today and throughout the Octave, the Solemn Feast of Pentecost, that day on which the Spirit of God under the form of tongues of fire, and with the sound of a mighty rushing wind, descended upon the disciples who were gathered in the Upper Room - Mary, the Holy Mother of the Lord, the Apostles, and other devout disciples, numbering in all about one hundred and twenty. And they began to speak in foreign tongues about the wonderful works of God (Acts 2:11).

    The true Christian, impelled by the Spirit of truth, still speaks of God's wonderful works. No liar shall enter the kingdom of Heaven. Yet many today think that lying, cheating, and all kinds of dishonesty are quite normal. Jesus Christ came preaching the truth. He sent us the Spirit of truth, the Holy Ghost. Those who do not accept the truth of the Gospels, God's revealed word, do not have the Spirit of truth. God will permit them to be deceived by a "lying spirit" so as to be led to perdition, like the evil spirit that God permitted to enter the prophets advising the wicked king of Israel, Achab, which led to his death in Ramoth Galaad (3 Kings 22:20-22).

    What does the Spirit of truth teach us about the Christ? That Jesus is the Only and True Savior, and that no one can be saved without Him. St. John in his first Epistle gives a means of testing the spirits, to see if they are of God or of the devil:

    "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone forth into the world. By this is the spirit of God known: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is of God. And every spirit that severs Jesus, is not of God, but is of Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he is coming, and now is already in the world" (1 John 4:1-3).

    Those who "sever" Jesus deny that He is the Messiah, or the Christ, the Son of God. The false religions deny the Divinity of Jesus, and that He is the Messiah. The Talmudic religion of the Jews, for instance, teaches that Jesus is a false prophet who will burn eternally in Hell. The Islamic religion considers Him a mere prophet, denying His divinity, as well as the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity. In "severing" Jesus they prove that they are not of God. Yet the conciliar religion of Vatican II claims that Jews, Muslims and Christians worship the same God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

    The conciliar church dialogues with every religion, believing that every human being is indwelt by the Spirit and is capable of authentic prayer and worship. But those who have refused to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ are incapable of understanding the things of the Spirit, since without faith and the new life of Sanctifying Grace that comes with Baptism, they lack true understanding. "For the Jews ask for signs," says St. Paul, "and the Greeks look for 'wisdom'; but we, for our part, preach a crucified Christ - to the Jews indeed a stumbling-block and to the Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are called, the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men" (1 Corinthians 1:22-25). St. Paul explains more fully:

    "Wisdom… we speak among those who are mature, yet not a wisdom of this world nor of the rulers of this world, who are passing away. But we speak the wisdom of God, mysterious, hidden… Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit that is from God, that we may know the things that have been given us by God. These things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in the learning of the Spirit, combining spiritual with spiritual. But the sensual man does not perceive the things that are of the Spirit of God, for it is foolishness to him and he cannot understand, because it is examined spiritually. But the spiritual man judges all things, and he himself is judged by no man" (1 Corinthians 2:6,7,12-15).

    An unspiritual, sensual generation presumes to teach us the truth about Jesus Christ. We have heard about The Da Vinci Code, how it "severs Jesus" by declaring Him a mere man who married Mary Magdalene and left descendants who are still with us, and how it accuses the Catholic Church of conspiring for centuries to hide the truth. Now a new book, The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity, by James D. Tabor, claims among other blasphemies that Jesus had a human father, not St. Joseph, but a Roman soldier named Pantera, that Jesus and John the Baptist were twin Messiahs, that Jesus wanted to establish a dynasty on earth, that Jesus had several brothers and sisters, and that the "beloved disciple" was St. James, not St. John. These ideas, originating from Talmudic and Greek sources, were already discredited by the Fathers of the Church in early Christian times (Mark Alessio, The Remnant, May 31, 2006).

    The false prophets sow doubt and fear in the hearts of the unwary. Some look forward with foreboding to Tuesday of this week, the date of which will be 6-6-6, the number of the Antichrist. On the same day, to take advantage of the ominous date, the remake of the movie about the Antichrist, The Omen, will be released. But have no fear! We celebrate on that day the third day of the Octave of Pentecost (no longer observed in the Novus Ordo).

    We can live without fear in the peace of God, "For whoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Now you have not received a spirit of bondage so as to be again in fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons, by virtue of which we cry, 'Abba! Father!' The Spirit himself gives testimony to our spirit that we are sons of God" (Romans 8:14-16).

    Pope Pius XII tells us how abundantly blessed we are by the Holy Ghost:

    "If we examine closely this divine principle of life and power given by Christ, in so far as it constitutes the very source of every gift and created grace, we easily perceive that it is nothing else than the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and who is called in a special way the 'Spirit of Christ' or the 'Spirit of the Son.' …[A]fter Christ's glorification on the Cross, His Spirit is communicated to the Church in an abundant outpouring, so that she, and her individual members, may become daily more and more like to our Savior. It is the Spirit of Christ that has made us adopted sons of God in order that one day 'we all beholding the glory of the Lord with open face may be transformed into the same image from glory to glory.'" (Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis Christi, June 29, 1943).

    May that same glory shine upon us now as we pray: "Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love!"

Father Louis J. Campbell

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