Jesus answered those who accused Him of having a devil by proclaiming His Divinity: "Before Abraham came to be, I am" (Jn.8:58). Because He was in their eyes guilty of blasphemy, they took up stones to cast at Him (Jn.8:59). The people of Jesus' time were well acquainted with demonic possession, since before the advent of Christianity the world was in a state of spiritual darkness due to Original Sin. The devil is "the prince of this world," according to Jesus Himself (Jn.14:30), and Jesus' first task was to set about freeing the world from the grip of the devil by casting out demons. Then He sent His Apostles to preach the Gospel that makes us free. "If you abide in My word, you shall be My disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (Jn.8:31).
Freedom, as the world sees it, means freedom from God, freedom to ignore His commandments, freedom to kill the child in the womb, freedom to believe as one chooses and to reject God's revealed truth and His Holy Church, freedom to build a brave new world without God. This is the false freedom that ends in slavery.
"We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free," said Cicero. Unless we are in bondage to the Law of God we end up slaves of the devil. He is still at work, taking possession of the minds of the powerful and influential, both in the world and in the Church, first gaining a stronghold through a spiritual or moral weakness which is unrepented, such as pride, greed or lust. Through these deceived and prideful leaders he gains control of the masses, none of whom will be free, until they believe in Jesus Christ and are sealed with the sign of the Holy Trinity through Baptism. And, we might add, until they believe in the clear traditional teaching of the Holy Catholic Church.
Think of it! The people of the world who are not sealed with the sign of the Holy Trinity are bond slaves of the devil. That is not to say they are wicked, but they are not free. They need to hear the Gospel and respond to the invitation to believe and be baptized. "And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun," says St. John in the Apocalypse, "having the seal of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, who had it in their power to harm the earth and the sea, saying, 'Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads'" (Apoc.7:2,3).
Now this is no longer taught by the contemporary church. Beginning with the usurper, John XXIII, it has been coerced into following the Masonic doctrine of the brotherhood of all men. It is true that we are all brothers and sisters by nature, in that we all belong to the same species, and we owe to our fellow human beings, be they Americans, Iraqis, Bushmen or Chinese, the love and respect one human being owes another. But this is not enough. There is lacking here the supernatural dimension by which all who believe in Jesus Christ and are baptized are brothers in the spiritual sense, united in the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. This spiritual brotherhood we do not share with unbelievers. Jesus made it clear that His adversaries had the devil for their father, because they did not believe in the Son (Jn.8:44). Such are not our brothers.
The present Vatican administration has even found a way to reinterpret the Gospel to accommodate the new Masonic teaching, by simply saying that all men are justified automatically, from Adam to the last man alive, by the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. This is why the so-called "New Evangelization" does not concern itself with calling the nations to faith in Jesus Christ, and to Baptism, but with proclaiming the brotherhood of all peoples in a new "civilization of love," a purely human solidarity not based on faith in Jesus Christ. Thus, until the true Gospel is preached once more, the peoples of the world will not be free.
The evangelistic zeal one would hope to find in the Church is now found elsewhere. America is now on a mission to bring freedom, American style, to all the peoples of the earth, beginning with "Operation Iraqi Freedom." One commentator points to an amazing coincidence - if indeed it is a coincidence (unknowncountry.com, 21/3/03). The word the Jews used to describe the awesome power and glory of God, which descended upon the Tent of Meeting containing the Ark of the Covenant in the Sinai Desert, was Shekinah (Ex.40:35), although the word itself does not appear in the Scriptures. The Hebrews were led into battle led by the Ark under the power of the Shekinah (She-ki-nah). Did the one who suggested to the officials at the Pentagon the term "Shock and Awe," referring to the awesome power of their threatened attack against Iraq, have this connection in mind? If so, this would have to be a blasphemy of awesome and shocking proportions indeed. It gets easier to believe when you find that some of the top Pentagon officials, at the behest of the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, sat for an hour's lecture by Michael Drosnin, author of The Bible Code (raidersnewsupdate.com, 2/4/03). But lets hope it was just an amazing coincidence.
We do not mindlessly follow every Marxist or anarchist who marches against the war through the streets of New York or Washington. But true patriotism resists a war in which the lives of young Americans are being lost for the cause of bringing a dubious freedom to a country by means of its virtual destruction, and which will provoke enduring hatred of America and Americans. The irony is that just as "Operation Iraqi Freedom" gets well under way, we at home are in imminent danger of losing ours. If the debate heats up a few more degrees they will have an excuse to impose martial law. Where, then, will be our freedom? The New World Order approaches.
In the meantime, our true freedom is in the Lord: "Now the Lord is the spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. But we all, with faces unveiled, reflecting as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into his very image from glory to glory, as through the Spirit of the Lord" (2Cor.3:17,18).
"If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed" (Jn.8:36).