Are You Earless or Fearless?
Taking a page from the popular comedic schtick of Jeff Foxworthy, famous for his "You might be a redneck, if..." routine, we have adapted a less humorous approach; in fact a most serious adaptation of his routine to point out how many fall into the category illustrated so vividly and starkly in Apocalypse 3: 16 when the Lord said exactly what He would do to the lukewarm, tepid souls who wallow so in apathy and forsake their responsibility to the Communion of Saints as members of the Church Militant. This is intended to tweak the senses so that with eyes you will see, and with ears you will hear and be fearless, confident in God's protection when one is in the State of Sanctifying Grace and obedient to the true holy Church He established and what was observed and passed on in the patrimony of the Deposit of the Faith from Saint Peter through Pope Pius XII.
Over the last several months this editor has had his ear to the ground and literally wearing out the knees praying. A recent x-ray reveals a broken right kneecap for confirmation of that fact. The one setback is that it's curtailed my being able to serve Holy Mass for a while at least. That is an honor and august privilege that I will sorely miss for the next month or so. In the meantime, I've been quietly reflecting on all that has been occurring in the world, the conciliar church, and in the traditional movement. I've wanted to write something about it, but really didn't know where to begin considering the incredulity of so much said whether on blogs, in the news, or in official releases. I haven't felt that I was neglecting our readers for what Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey has been writing is one hundred percent in accordance with the thinking of The Daily Catholic and we are gratified to be able to share such wisdom through his magnificent tomes he writes. As we have said in the past, there is no more prolific traditional writer today than Tom. As to many other writers and the events that have come to pass since June, well it truly boggles the mind.
If it were not so tragic in respect to souls, it would truly be a laughing matter more suited as sitcom material or slapstick or stand-up comedy. The latter has been stretched so thin that rarely are comedians today funny anymore. Their plummet into profanity, perversity and moral decay parallels modern civilization. Life does indeed imitate art and vice versa and I wouldn't call any of the monologues of the late night bards of barb, artists, only vices; especially considering they have no respect for morals or virtue and prove that with the way they pollute the airwaves each evening. Yet there is one comedian that comes to mind that assimilates with the theme of this editorial and that is that good old boy, the likable Jeff Foxworthy who, besides being one of the cleanest of comics available today, is famous for his phrase, "You might be a redneck if..."
I thought adapting that same train of thought might best explain the current events and the sad, tepid state of souls languishing in lukewarmness today and help shake consciences and wake the echoes in the Church Militant. Thus I will merely insert for redneck the word "lukewarm Laodician" - for the terms are synonymous as Scripture asserts for Laodician refers to one belonging to the ancient church of Laodicia which the Apostle Saint John the Evangelist records in Apocalypse, chapter three when the Lord directs what to write through His Angels to the churches of Sardis, Philadelphia (not Pennsylvania to the geographic illiterate), and Laodicia. It was for the latter that God had the most severe of warnings and consequences:
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. And to the Angel of the church of Laodicia write: 'These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, who is the beginning of the creation of God. I know thy works: that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot: But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of My mouth. (Sic quia tepidus es et nec calidus nec frigidus, incipiam te evomere ex ore Meo. ) Because thou sayest: I am rich, and made wealthy, and I have need of nothing: and thou knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be made rich, and mayest be clothed in white garments, and the shame of thy nakedness may not appear: and anoint thy eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Those whom I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous, therefore, and do penance. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man shall hear My voice, and open to Me the gate, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with Me on My throne: as I also have overcome, and have sat with My Father on His throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. (Qui habet aurem, audiat quid Spiritus dicat ecclesiis )" (Apocalypse 3: 13-22)
Interesting the trend of that last phrase. Consider every time our Lord employed those words they either followed or preceded a warning. We find it first in Matthew 11: 12-16
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John: And if you will receive it, he is Elias that is to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Qui habet aures, audiat.) But to what shall I liken this generation? "
What He likens it to is not a welcoming venue in His dire warnings, finishing up Chapter 11 with the one hope we can count on:
"Come to Me, all you that labor, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke is sweet and My burden light" (St. Matthew 11: 28-30).
We then find it in Matthew 13: 9, 12-17 in which Jesus says:
"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. .(Qui audiat aures, audiat)..For he that hath, to him shall be given, and he that shall abound, but he that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath. Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And the prophecy of Isaias is fulfilled in them who saith: 'By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive.' (Qui enim habet, dabitur ei, et abundabit; qui autem non habet, et quod habet, auferetur ab eo. Auditu audietis et non intellegetis
et videntes videbitis et non videbitis. ) 'For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.' For, amen I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them: and to hear the things that you hear, and have not heard them. (' Incrassatum est enim cor populi huius,
et auribus graviter audierunt et oculos suos clauserunt, ne quando oculis videant et auribus audiant et corde intellegant et convertantur, et sanem eos.' Vestri autem beati oculi, quia vident, et aures vestrae, quia audiunt. Amen quippe dico vobis: Multi prophetae et iusti cupierunt videre, quae videtis, et non viderunt, et audire, quae auditis, et non audierunt! )"
We see again in Acts 28: 27 where the Apostle Saint Paul entreats the people with the very same words of Isaias which our Lord quoted above.
Christ then tells the parable of the sower of cockle and His words in Matthew 13: 37-43:
"He that soweth the good seed, is the Son of man. And the field is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom. And the cockle are the children of the wicked one. And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil. But the harvest is the end of the world. And the reapers are the angels. Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire, so shall it be at the end of the world. The Son of man shall send His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Qui habet aures, audiat.')"
The same metaphor is used in chapter 4 of Saint Mark's Gospel. Here our Lord says:
"Doth a candle come in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be made manifest: neither was it made secret, but that it may come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. (Si quis habet aures audiendi, audiat ) ...Take heed what you hear: With what measure you shall mete, it shall be measured to you again, and more shall be given you. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, that also which he hath, shall be taken away from him" (St. Mark 4: 21-25).
Later on in Mark, Jesus says:
"Hear ye Me all, and understand: ( Audite me, omnes, et intellegite: ) There is nothing from without a man entering into him, that can defile him: but the things which come from a man, those are they that defile a man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear...the things which come out from a man, they defile a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and defile a man" (St. Mark 7: 14-16, 20-23).
In the next chapter of St. Mark, our Lord continues to remind the multitude of their faithlessness after feeding four thousand and before healing the blind man when He says:
"Why do you reason, because you have no bread? Do you not yet know nor understand? Have you still your heart blinded? Having eyes, see you not? And having ears, hear you not? ( Nondum cognoscitis nec intellegitis? Caecatum habetis cor vestrum? Oculos habentes non videtis, et aures habentes non auditis? ) Neither do you remember" (St. Mark 8: 17-18).
In the same analogy of the cockle we turn to Saint Luke where in St. Luke 8: 8 we find the very same words: "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
And again at the end of chapter fourteen of St. Luke, Christ speaks of the salt losing its savor and being worthless:
"Salt is good. But if the salt lose its savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither profitable for the land, nor for the dunghill, but shall be cast out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear (Qui habet aures, audiendi, audiat.)" (St. Luke 8: 34-35).
Is anyone listening out there? How clearly can the Son of God put it? Those very same words "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear" (Qui habet aures, audiat) are repeated constantly by Christ and, as we said, precede and follow an article of faith essential for salvation. What more can He do than plead and warn?
We can see today that the vast, vast majority evidently do not have ears. What we have, folks, is an earless society! For had they ears, they would hear and heed all that the Son of God says. Because they don't, well, draw your own conclusions. And conclusions are what Foxworthy makes his living on in describing rednecks, and thus, with apologies to Jeff, and being very serious rather than comedic, we proceed with describing what would qualify as "lukewarm Laodicians" with 101 reasons why which we call the primer:
- If you think Benedict XVI has any inclination whatsoever to consider anything "in the light of tradition", then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- The proof is in the pudding. If you think the brouhaha raised by Benedict XVI in first quoting the truth of a 14th Century emperor that Islam is false and evil and then cowering and backtracking to publicly disclaim Catholic truth before the world was a "good thing" and not heretical, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the Masonic code, which states that a lodge brother will go to any lengths short of murder or raping a lodge brother's wife to cover up the sins and crimes of his fellow lodge brothers, is not the unwritten (or written) code of the conciliar bishops, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think there is an honest bone in the body of the chief potentate of Los Angeles, one Roger Mahony, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you are unwilling to hear the arguments for sedevacantism and rush to judgment without weighing all the evidence, then you might very well be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you close your ears when traditional Catholic truth is cited, and claim that "it's not that way any more", then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you cite heresies in one's work, be he a layman, priest, bishop, cardinal or pope, but stop short of calling the obvious heretic a "heretic" because of your fence-sitting, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think it's okay to attend the Novus Ordo service because the conciliar popes approved it, even though it has been gutted of the essence of the Holy Sacrifice and true worship established by Christ and has no semblance whatsoever to the true Immemorial Canonized Mass of All Ages, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you have no problem bouncing between the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo depending on which is more convenient, then fence-hopping is your forte and lukewarmness your calling card, making you definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think there was no inside pressure by the modern conciliarists on Bishop Bernard Fellay to get him to compromise and sell out, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Bishop Fellay and Father Franz Schmidberger didn't waffle and didn't almost cave to the conciliar church, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the Fraternity of the Good Shepherd, hastily assembled in France with a covey of five disgruntled softliner liberal priests who broke from the SSPX ranks, and approved by the conciliarists, was of the Holy Spirit, then you definitely might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the Indult was established by Karol Wojtyla to provide for the spiritual needs of those seeking the Traditional Latin Mass and not for the purpose of snuffing out the SSPX, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think that Bernardin and "his boys" don't still rule the roost through the corrupt USCCB and the continuous promotion of unworthy and sinful men who pompously prance around in purple while interested in only one thing: C.Y.A., then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think these "bishops" are interested in the spiritual welfare of souls, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you are still so guilt-ridden that you kowtow to diocesan pleas to donate money to their corrupt coffers and Novus Ordo parish piranhas, then you are most likely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the humanist bent of the "bishops" to include capital punishment on the list with abortion does not weaken the pro-life movement, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Bernard Law's appointment in Rome was justified and deserving, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think John Paul II was naive to what he was doing during the nearly three decades of his pitiful governing of the conciliar church, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think that John XXIII was spontaneously inspired by the Holy Ghost at his appearance at St. Paul outside-the-walls on January 25, 1959 to convene a Council for the good of the Church, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you don't realize or don't want to acknowledge that Angelo Roncalli was a member of the Sillon Movement, condemned by Pope Saint Pius X in Our Apostolic Mandate, and therefore excommunicated himself long before he was elected Pope Pius XII's successor, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you cannot connect the dots which have been documented in overwhelming evidence on this site and so many other traditional sites as to the total fallacy and synthetic syncretic nature of the new conciliar church spawned from the heresies of Vatican II, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you cannot connect the dots as to the homosexual collective documented by Mrs. Randy Engel in her masterful tome "The Rite of Sodomy" and the inevitable sodomite agenda of so many "bishops" and evidence against Giovanni Montini who became Paul IV, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think World Youth Days enhances one's faith and that contemporary music and modern, even skimpy dress makes one more sincere in avoiding temptation, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the modernists mean well in what they do, then you are ripe for being raked over the coals - the burning infernal coals - and proof that you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the ecumenical agenda enhances converts to the true faith and don't realize ecumenism was condemned as heresy by previous Popes, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If , as JP II and Benedict XVI have publicly stated, you think Jews and Muslims worship the same God by ignoring the Son and the Holy Ghost, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think progress has been made with the pagan-protestant-masonic man-made Novus Ordo because it "is easier to understand" than the Immemorial Latin Mass, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you buy into the rubbish that Church doctrine and dogma can change and evolve because man has grown in knowledge, a stance condemned by the Council of Trent and previous popes, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you believe that God is all loving and will forgive any sin without one receiving absolution in the true divinely ordained Sacrament of Penance, and believing that is not necessary to get to Heaven, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you believe that the thrice-defined dogma Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus - "Outside the Church there is No Salvation" no longer applies and that others can get to Heaven solely through their own heretical cults - be they Protestant or Jewish, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you believe the "bishops" and Novus Ordo "priests" and modern Rome have been dealt a bum deal by the press over the blow-up of the sodomite scandals and cover-ups, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you believe that Christ's words "when therefore, you shall see the abomination of desolation...standing in the holy place" in St. Matthew 24: 15 were referring to something physical in the temple of the earthly Jerusalem rather than the abominable, sacrilegious rite set up to replace the true Sacrifice (the Novus Ordo replacing the True Mass) as Daniel foretold and which occurred in the Old Covenant during the time of the Maccabees, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you don't realize the significance of our Lord's final words of that verse, "he that readeth, let him understand" (Qui legit, intelligat) it is interesting that here He doesn't say "ears, let him hear" but "readeth" - meaning it would apply after oral Tradition had been established and the Sacred Scripture - especially the Gospels, would be readily available in print. In the history of the New Testament there is only one occasion - one deduction and that would be the date of the abomination: the feast of Passover April 3, 1969 when the conciliar pope Paul VI ushered in the very abomination of desolation and set it up against the altar of the true sacrifice. If you cannot understand the truth of that, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Sacred Scripture is open to private interpretation and not the discernment of Holy Mother Church as guided by the Holy Ghost, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the conciliar pope can preach heresy through word, action and inaction and still remain a true Successor of St. Peter, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think one version of the Bible is as good as another and thus reject the Douay-Rheims Version as "outmoded" and "stilted", then you are either totally Protestant or definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you believe that because the Protestant Reformation happened half a century ago that those who profess to be Protestants today cannot be accountable for those errors and therefore are no longer heretics, you are most definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you bought the spin that John Paul II was "Mary's Pope" (sic) after he savaged her holy Psalter with the Masonic "Fourth Series of Mysteries" with the "Luminous" ones (most definitely Masonic in title, tone and humanistic message and satanic in breaking down the Aves with the Triune Divinity number of three; as in 666) and weakened the intended significance of the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries as directed by Heaven, then you are most probably a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you believe Donald Weurhl is going to be any different than the sadsack apostate he replaced in Theodore McCarrick in our nation's capitol or that he will reign in and clamp down on pro-abort politicians, you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the "pontifical preacher" Raneiro Cantalamessa is orthodox and has not spouted heresy, then you might very well be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you persist in still attending the NOM pagan-protestant-masonic service held in conciliar lodges, and do so out of blind obedience to disobedient "bishops" and conciliar popes, then you are most likely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you continue attending the above abomination because it's convenient and a Traditional Latin Mass is too far to go or too much of a burden to attempt to attend, then you might very well be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you have not taken time to study Pope Saint Pius V's infallible Papal Bull Quo Primum and do not understand the word "in perpetuity" means "forever" and can not or could not be altered even by a future pope, then you are most likely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you have not taken the time to read any of the pre-Vatican II papal documents, most notably Pope Saint Pius X's Pascendi Domenici Gregis and Oath Against Modernism, then you are most likely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think all one needs to do as a Catholic is attend Mass (a true Mass) once a week and nothing else, then you might very well be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you have not taken the time and energy to read Pope Pius XI's encyclical Mortalium Animos to see how the patrimony of Holy Mother Church condemned all the ecumenical garbage employed since Vatican II, then you are most likely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think RENEW and RCIA are Catholic, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you have no idea what the Baltimore Catechism teaches and have no interest in studying it or the Catechism of Trent, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you haven't read Pope Paul IV infallible Papal Bull Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio or have read it and still don't accept what the infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church has taught and directed, then you are most likely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the American potentates have cleaned up their act and have reformed themselves, then you are either smoking something or are definitely a clueless and lukewarm Laodician.
- If you are a message chaser, concerned only for what's going to happen in the future and place that more paramount than the faith and sacraments, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you don't realize the conciliar popes did not have the right or authority to change one iota in the Canon of the Mass and did so illegally and against the Will of God, then you are most likely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you don't comprehend that the whole reason for establishing a new Code of Canon Law by the conciliar church and a new Catechism to go with the new "sacraments" (sic) and new "mass" (sic) was to justify the rape of the holy Faith, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think John XXIII (aka Angelo Roncali) was worthy of beatification considering he had already excommunicated himself by his membership in a condemned society - be it Sillon or Masonic, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Mother Teresa was a saint, let alone a Catholic, then you are truly a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think John Paul II should be canonized when, by his words and actions, holy Mother Church would place in grave doubt if he even somehow escaped the fires of hell, then you definitely have been brainwashed and are most surely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think America and its Masonic, pantheistic system of government is blessed by God, then you haven't read Pope Leo XIII's encyclical and condemnation of Americanism, and are most likely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the Clintons have a sincere bone in their body, then you could be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think there is an honest politician anywhere out there, then you are definitely a candidate for being a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the Republicans are the answer to stopping the Democrats, then you could be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you weren't offended by Hugo Chavez sacrilegious sign of the cross before equating George W. Bush to the devil, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Bush is not a tool of the devil and all those of his confreres from the entire Skull and Crossbones cronies, including John Kerry, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the out-of-control leaders of Iran, North Korea and Venezuela are merely caricatures and to be laughed at rather than taken very, very seriously and watched closely, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Usama bin Laden is too old to effect tremendous damage right here in the United States, then it's time to wake up and realize you're a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the Muslims are going to accept the pitiful and apostate apology by Benedict XVI and put away their threats, oh boy, you are definitely a candidate for not only the looney bin but being called a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think boycotting The Da Vinci Code, Madonna's antics, companies like Ford who insidiously promote the homosexual agenda as well as other corporate enterprises are not worthy of effort in exposing them for what they really are, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Vladimir Putin has reformed and no longer pushes Communism, atheistic communism no less, then you are really ripe for being conquered and truly a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you really think Russia has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary per her request at Fatima, then you've really been hoodwinked, are totally out of touch with current events, and are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you don't think Communism is stronger than ever, then you've been duped and are, sadly, the red menace's favorite target: a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think there is not a concerted effort to merge the North American continent into one nation, dissolving the United States in the move toward a One-World Order, then you are a prime example of a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you spend more time watching reality shows than praying, you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the price of gasoline is really dictated by shortages and that the oil companies' hands are tied, then you're not only going to get soaked, but be identified as a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think any congressman or presidential candidate can make a difference without calling uncompromisingly for establishing the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the Jews' wait for the Messias is not in vain as Joseph Ratzinger signed off on, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Benedict XVI wants to bring back the Latin Mass, then you just might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Ireland is still Catholic, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think France and most probably the rest of Europe (Eurabia) won't be overrun by Muslim infidels, then bow toward Mecca because you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Catholic Shrines such as Fatima and Lourdes to name only two, are not being transformed into ecumenical edifices, then you are most likely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Dario Castrillon Hoyos is a friend to tradition, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Walter Kasper is Catholic in any way, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think things in the conciliar church will improve when you have the foxes guarding the henhouses, beginning with one of the chief foxes who began it all back in the early 60's, then you might just be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think Ratzinger's brainchild insertion of "subsists in" into the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium didn't result in apostasy and the break from the true Catholic Church and the beginning of the conciliar church, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think U.S. involvement in Iraq has nothing to do with catering to Zionist interests, then you might be a clueless lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the ACLU is concerned with justice, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think LOST is only the title of a television series and not souls, then you could very well be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you take an interest is what celluloid celebrities say more than what the saints say, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think any sitcom on television today is funny, then you might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the Holy Family would sit down with you to watch with you the fare offered on TV today, then you might very well be, besides being a coddled target of sloth and a couch potato, a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you buy into the spin of the talking heads on cable, then you are prime fertilizer for whatever they want to plant and make you a candidate for being a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you believe anything you see or hear on network news, you just might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you don't realize that things today are worse, much worse than the time of Sodom and Gomorrah, and if you believe that God would not destroy or allow to be destroyed whole cities in the United States and elsewhere, then you are most likely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you subscribe to Time, Newsweek, or U.S. World Report, then you could just be a candidate for being a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think ZENIT is not a propaganda tool of the conciliar church, then you just might be a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think there's going to be a rapture before the coming chastisement and reign of the antichrist whereby the "just" will be physically lifted up out of the danger of the world and which totally contradicts our Lord's words "Unless you take up the cross daily, you cannot be My disciple", then you are definitely a lightheaded, lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the Holy Ghost is present and guiding non-Catholics and accommodating them in their false non-Catholic religions, then you are definitely an uninformed and lukewarm Laodician.
- If you schedule your spiritual exercises to take second place to secular activities such as TV, sports, gatherings, etc., then you are most likely a busy but lukewarm Laodician.
- If you laugh at dirty jokes at work or are silent when gossip arises and calumny is committed and reputations ruined while you sit silently by without speaking out against such infractions, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you believe the guff that "medieval" rituals and rules of holy Mother Church are passe and outmoded for today's modern man, then you most definitely without a doubt are fodder for the devil's fertilizer and truly a pitiful and lukewarm Laodician.
- If you think the Bible alone is the source of divine revelation you most likely have forgotten that Oral Tradition was the soul source of revelation until early in the 5th Century when Saint Jerome compiled the Latin Vulgate Bible from that which was handed down by Oral Tradition through the strict and undeniable guidance of the Holy Ghost. If you have forgotten or refuse to believe that truth, then you are definitely a lukewarm Laodician.
- If you believe this exercise of examining your own beliefs and conscience was a waste of time, then you are truly a candidate for being a lukewarm Laodician.
In the interest of time and space, I'll stop there at one hundred and one, but there are numerous more examples that could be cited; perhaps a follow-up course. You get the idea. We are truly an earless society for we have not heard what Christ is saying, what He passed down through the only Church He established and ordained - the holy Roman Catholic Church, the only one with the four indelible marks of One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. The conciliar church has none of those marks. Ergo, how could it ever be considered Catholic? Good question that, if you can't answer that, you might be very close to being a lukewarm Laodician. How does one get hot for the faith? Study and pray. They go hand in hand. The only way to keep the Faith is to know the Faith and that takes prayerful discernment in studying the right documents and evidence that proves without a shadow of doubt that the Catholic Faith is the only faith blessed by God for outside of the Church and laws His Church carried on and passed down, there can't possibly be salvation save through the true Church. All others are counterfeit and will be gathered up and cast into the infernal fire. Once one realizes this truth, to stay in their current state of apostasy or heresy is suicide. Whether one is Conciliar, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, New Age or Animist or any of the countless other false sects that have cropped up out of the cockle over the past millennium and a half, the only way to avoid becoming the Lord's regurgitation, is to get serious about salvation.
It's time for you to separate the wheat from the chaff - from the cockle. Are you one of those who is earless, having ears to hear, but do not hear? Or are you one who, having heard, realizes what needs to be done and commits oneself as a dedicated member of the Church Militant to be fearless in fighting for Christ and His Church? It's your choice. By your words and actions you will show to all your true colors, beginning with the hue of your backbone. Considering all our Lord has said, the better question is: Are you earless or fearless?
Michael Cain, editor, The Daily Catholic
vol 17, no. 262-292