November 16, 2003
23rd Sunday After Pentecost
vol 14, no. 39

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"No Longer a Slave, but a Son"

Yet those who reject the Trinity or accommodate those who reject the Father, Son and Holy Ghost as the Triune God will continue to be slaves to the prince of the world, for they fail to realize that by their toleration of sin they are preventing countless souls from being saved.

    "If we fail to preach the true Gospel we leave the unbelievers to their 'fables', their idolatrous practices and their fatal descent into eternal darkness. 'Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!' says St. Paul (1Cor.9:16). Woe to us if we do not insist on the true meaning of God's holy word, which has been preached for two thousand years, but is no longer preached by the apostate church. Jesus Christ said it: 'He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned' (Mk.16:16)."

      Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the 23rd Sunday After Pentecost, he points out the contradiction of salvation preached by the "Church of Vatican II" and how that is jeopardizing so many souls. Like the girl of today's gospel, they are sleeping. Unlike the daughter of the ruler, those who subscribe to "Universal Salvation" sleep in their ignorance. But if they slumber too long and abandon the true teachings while schmoozing with those who laugh in scorn at Christ and His doctrines, then they will not have the grace of salvation for Christ will not hear them. Why? Because those who deny Him will be denied by Him before His Father (cf. Matthew 10: 33). Father cites specific examples in comparing what John Paul II has written to what the holy Apostle St. Paul has written. The question: which author will you follow?
    Oh, to be able to trust in God, like the woman who touched the tassel of Jesus' cloak, or the parents of the little girl whom Jesus raised from the dead! We have reason to trust, do we not? Jesus Himself as a Child trusted in His Mother Mary and St. Joseph, but also in His heavenly Father. To Mary and Joseph, who found Him in the Temple after a three-day search, the Child Jesus said: "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I had to be about my Father's business?" (Lk.2:40). We can trust because we also have a Father in Heaven. "Pray like this," Jesus said, "Our Father, Who art in Heaven…" (Mt.6:9).

    We also have a Mother in the Blessed Virgin Mary. And the Church is likewise our Mother, in whom we were born again through the waters of Baptism. We have a father in St. Joseph, a Guardian Angel to watch over us, and a Heaven full of angels and saints to pray for us, not to forget our friends, the Holy Souls in Purgatory. How could we not trust?

    But not all can call God their Father. We call God our Father only because of Jesus Christ. If we are not in Jesus Christ, God is our Creator, but not our Father. And to be "in Jesus Christ" you must belong to the Church He founded, through Baptism, holding to the faith professed by the Holy Catholic Church, and in obedience to it, the same faith professed by the Apostles and first disciples of the Lord. This being "in Jesus Christ" is described by St. Paul as adoption:

    "But when the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, that he might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, 'Abba, Father.' So that he (the heir) is no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, an heir also through God" (Gal.4:4-7).

    And in Ephesians:

    "He (God) predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ as His sons, according to the purpose of His will, unto the praise of the glory of His grace, with which He has favored us in His beloved Son" (Eph.1:5,6).

    You must be in God's beloved Son. This is God's wonderful plan for our salvation. God in His mercy has looked upon humanity in its sinfulness, and has sent His Son as the Savior, our Way to eternal life. There is no other. After sending His beloved Son to suffer and die for us, is God going to provide alternate plans for the dissatisfied?

    Many of those not satisfied with God's plan have gone off in search of fables. St. Paul tells Timothy:

    "Preach the word, be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, entreat, rebuke with all patience and teaching. For there will come a time when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but having itching ears, will heap up to themselves teachers according to their own lusts, and they will turn away their hearing from the truth and turn aside rather to fables" (2Tim.2-4).

    One "fable" is the so-called "respect" for other religions, which allows the people who practice them to remain in ignorance, denying them the truth of the Gospel. We have respect for people, not for the false systems which enslave them. From the human point of view there are things to be admired in the other religions, but they have no true supernatural dimension. They are spiritually empty. The "Church of Vatican II" teaches freedom of religion, but no one is free to reject God's revealed word in favor of the false philosophies of this world. God's revealed word binds us to accept it because it is the truth, and those who are of the truth hear the voice of the Good Shepherd and believe. Those who reject it are not "men of good will".

    The Vatican II document, Nostra Aetate, declares:

    "All men are but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth (cf. Acts 17:26), and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all men (cf.Wis.8:1; Acts 14:17; Rom.2:6-7; 1Tim.2:4) against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city which is illumined by the glory of God, and in whose splendor all peoples will walk" (cf.Apoc.21:23ff.).

    Do "all share a common destiny, namely God"? The ambiguous language of the document hints at the pernicious doctrine, the "fable" of Universal Salvation, which is now being taught. If "all peoples will walk" in the splendor of God's glory, then all are the "elect", and "all men are but one community" sharing "a common destiny, namely God." But although all men are of the same species, this blood relationship is of no advantage with regard to salvation. Only the chosen, those enjoying divine adoption, will ever see God.

    The false "magisterium" in Rome which has usurped the teaching office of the Church would have us believe the "fable" that Jews, Muslims and Christians are all children of Abraham and worship the same God:

    "Sounding the depths of the mystery which is the Church, this sacred Council remembers the spiritual ties which link the people of the New Covenant to the stock of Abraham … The Church believes that Christ who is our peace has through his cross reconciled Jews and Gentiles and made them one in himself (cf. Eph.2:14-16)" (NA, 4).

    But the Muslims do not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ or in the Blessed Trinity. And there are no spiritual ties between Christians and unbelieving Jews, who have lost the right to be called "God's chosen people." Jesus Himself told them:

    "If you are the children of Abraham do the works of Abraham. But as it is, you are seeking to kill me, one who has spoken the truth to you which I have heard from God. That is not what Abraham did… He who is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear is that you are not of God"> (Jn.8:39,40;46,47), and "Therefore I say to you, that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and will be given to a people yielding its fruits" (Mt.21:43).

    If we fail to preach the true Gospel we leave the unbelievers to their "fables", their idolatrous practices and their fatal descent into eternal darkness. "Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!" says St. Paul (1Cor.9:16). Woe to us if we do not insist on the true meaning of God's holy word, which has been preached for two thousand years, but is no longer preached by the apostate church. Jesus Christ said it: "He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned" (Mk.16:16). In true charity we offer the message of salvation to the Jews, to the Muslims, and to all men, so that they too may receive the divine adoption as sons, that they may pray as Jesus taught us: "Our Father, Who art in Heaven…"

Father Louis J. Campbell


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