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There is a new religion in the world today that seeks to replace Christian moral teaching
Fr. Steven Scherrer, MM, Th.D.
Homily of Saturday, 26th Week of the Year, October 03, 2020
Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17, Psalm 118, Luke 10:17-24

Biblical quotations are taken from the Revised Standard Version unless otherwise noted




“The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!’ And he said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’ In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy precious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’ Then turning to the disciples he said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it’” (Luke 10:17-24).



Today the seventy disciples return from their brief missionary tour, where they announced that the kingdom of God was about to arrive. Jesus had given them miraculous power to heal the sick, but they noted that they were even able to drive out evil spirits in his name. When they said this, Jesus commented on the meaning of their missionary work, saying that it was defeating Satan himself, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18).



This is the meaning of their mission and of Christian mission to the present day. It is conducting a war on Satan, causing him to fall like lightning from heaven. The disciples are inaugurating the kingdom of God on earth, a kingdom of peace and salvation, a kingdom whereby those that enter it through faith in Jesus are converted from a sinful life, forgiven their sins, and declared and thereby made righteous by God. This advances the kingdom of God in this world and pushes back the kingdom of Satan, causing him to fall like lightning from heaven.



Jesus, however, cautions his enthusiastic disciples not to focus simply on the miracles that they are able to perform in his name, but rather on the deeper meaning of their missionary work, that the kingdom of God is being advanced in the world, and the kingdom Satan is being defeated.



The fact is that many of the people on the wrong side of this battle, that is, on Satan’s side, are the wise and understanding of this world, the powerful, rich, and successful. They align themselves with Satan’s agenda. On the other side, it is to simple, faithful, humble, and obedient people, like the disciples and those that are converted by them, that the truth is revealed. So, Jesus says, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will” (Luke 10:21).



This same battle is being waged today. It takes a new form in every age, for ever new errors are being lifted up and promoted in the world, errors contrary to God’s moral law, which we know by natural law, by divine revelation in the Scriptures, and by the constant, unbroken Tradition of the Catholic Church.



Today is certainly no exception. In fact, you could even say that there is a new religion in the world today, a false man-made religion that intends to replace Christianity and basic Christian moral teaching. The political scene in this country (USA) today is caught up in this battle. It seems that the wise and understanding of this world are for the most part on the side of Satan and his kingdom, for they are the ones that are most strongly promoting this new religion as a replacement for Christianity and Christian moral teaching.



Who are these wise and understanding people from whom God has hidden his revelation? In this country they are the mainstream media, the major universities, the Hollywood celebrities, and the Democratic Party. They all more or less agree on this new religion and are equally opposed to many fundamental teachings of Christian morality.



If you dare to stand up and oppose this grand alliance and its new religion, you will be written off and labeled as a “hater,” guilty of hate crimes for which you could be prosecuted and punished. Hate crimes for these people are promoting and preaching many of the moral values of the Bible, the natural law, and the Catholic Church. It is in a real sense a battle against Christianity, against Christ and his teaching. And since it is God the Father who sent Christ to teach these things, it is ultimately a battle against God. What we are witnessing today is a war on God, where God himself is the great enemy of this coalition of the wise and understanding of this world.



This coalition speaks of human rights and claims that Christians are denying them, but the problem with their reasoning is that the things that they proclaim as human rights, are not human rights at all, but rather mortal sins. For example, anyone who demonstrates against abortion is labeled a hater who is denying people their human rights to murder their children in the womb or as they are being born. This is how radical this coalition against God has become, that it considers murdering your children in the womb to be a human right, and anyone who stands up against this is labeled as someone who is denying their human rights and therefore unfit to run for public office.



Under what insane type of thinking can a mortal sin become a human right? It is a moral evil; not a human right. And in what sense can people who are against sin and against the sin of murdering their children in the womb (abortion) be considered unworthy of holding public office? Asking questions like this shows just how far gone this country and other countries have become in our time.



And abortion is not the only issue, although it is the most important, for it concerns taking innocent life deliberately for no good reason except that you don’t want a particular human being around. No other moral issue today comes even close to this issue in importance. It is and should be the overriding issue in the public sphere today that should determine which candidate we will vote for, for all other issues sink into the background in comparison with this one great issue of deliberately and without good reason taking away an innocent human life.



If you can justify in your conscience committing murder, then it is a fairly easy step to justify many other abominations and gravely sinful actions that are nowadays being promoted as human rights and even as virtues that we should never oppose. What are some of these other issues that this new false religion is now promoting?



All you have to do is look at the daily news and you will see them. One is the new exaltation of homosexual sexual acts as something good, as good as heterosexual sexual acts. The Bible thinks otherwise, for it calls such acts abominations and grave sins (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). So, God protect any priest who gets up in the pulpit and condemns these acts as gravely sinful. He will be immediately labeled by some in his congregation as a hater and guilty of hate crimes and will be reported to his bishop and perhaps even be disciplined for simply preaching the moral teachings of the Old Testament, of Jesus and the New Testament, and of the Catholic Church and the Christian faith.



So, we have today people promoting homosexual “marriage” as being as good as heterosexual marriage, which of course it is not, for heterosexual marriage is a state of life blessed by God, while homosexual “marriage” is no marriage at all, but rather an evil union of two people of the same sex entered into to commit perverted sexual acts that are offensive to God.



But if you look at the mainstream media, you find yourself in another world. You have left the Christian world, for the mainstream media has rejected Christian morality on these issues and attacks and condemns anyone that opposes so-called same-sex “marriage.” The mainstream media is the propaganda arm of this new false religion.   



The major universities in this country are the intellectual backup of the mainstream media by teaching our young people a whole new morality that opposes the teaching of the Bible, the Church, and natural law. The Hollywood celebrities join in too, assuring you that anyone who is against homosexual marriage is a hater and someone that does not deserve to live in this country.



And not only that, but the Democratic Party in this country also accepts same-sex marriage as a good thing, and the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, who claims to be a Catholic, has even performed a same-sex marriage as a public official.



So this is really a war on God, a war on the Bible, and a war on Christianity, which extends to still more issues, such as the new abomination called transgenderism, where a man thinks he can turn himself into a woman, and a woman into a man by taking hormones of the opposite sex, cross dressing, and demanding that people call you by a woman’s name and use women’s pronouns if you are a man pretending to be a woman, or that they call you by a man’s name and refer to you with male pronouns if you are woman pretended to be a man. But try to oppose transgenderism today and you will be excoriated as an uninformed ignoramus not worthy to live in this country.



And it goes even further. Some even claim that they have a right to kill their parents if they are elderly and a burden to them, and they call this euthanasia. Others claim that they have a right to be helped by their physician to commit a painless suicide (assisted suicide) and that this also should be legal. Some people even have a big party for themselves and ask for a special Church blessing with the whole congregation present and participating for their suicide that they then commit.



So, as you can see, this is a war on God, and so it should come as no surprise that the promoters of this war want the name of God taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag (“we are one nation under God”), off of our money (“in God we trust”), and out of the oath that we take in a courtroom (“so help me God”). At the Democratic Party’s convention people were invited to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and told that they could leave out the words “under God” if they wanted to.



Faithful Christians really are babes in the woods compared to these wise and understanding from whom God has hidden the deeper mysteries of the Christian faith. Let us align ourselves with these babes to whom God reveals his moral law and stand up against the “wise and understanding” of this world who think that they know better than God.


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