Fear of God and Ignorance
I heard a homily by a bishop this Sunday. A bishop who used to be my parish priest and this homily was about his worst. He proclaimed, loudly and clearly, "We have no need to be afraid of God once we are baptized". I spoke to another bishop who supported him very strongly. The rest of the homily was equally a masterpiece of drivel. What ever happened to “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom”? What has happened to the First Gift of the Holy Spirit, “Fear of the Lord”? which apparently by the Church’s teachings comes with the Sacrament of Confirmation? It is the first gift of the Holy Spirit. What did Mary, herself, mean when Our Lady prayed, "His Mercy is on those who fear Him unto Ages of Ages".
Tell me, and I ask this question with disgust for the dreadful ignorance found in the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church today. This question must be asked today and answered today by all who claim holiness or to love God. Where in scripture does God share His temple, so simply described by Paul, with His enemy???
The foolish, whom I sincerely count them as stupid for the spiritual homicide they readily and somewhat eagerly commit, will say He can and He will out of love for us. That is arrogant nonsense. It comes under the theory I have espoused earlier. Many make the claim their assumptions are right out of ignorance. To me that is Lutheran treachery as found in sin greatly for grace abounds. It is the treachery that alters scriptures and God's words to suit their prideful state of mind. To Luther this erroneous discovery of sin and grace meant everything personally that is it justified his faith in Christ. It was more than just the article on which his church would stand or fall. It had this personal importance because of his fears. An important statement, made in 1985 by a joint commission of Lutheran and Catholic theologians admitted that "[i]n their situation [that of Luther and his associates] the major function of justification by faith was rather to console anxious consciences, terrified by the inability to do enough to earn or merit salvation. . . . The starting point for Luther was his inability to find peace with God. . . . [He was] terrified of or in his own conscience." I would promote as a Catholic that without Confession the true renewal of grace in us we find the only peace that comes from truth in this benighted world.
Any experienced confessor will recognize what the poor man suffered from: He was scrupulous. A scrupulous man has a focused anxiety, an inner voice, which agitates his conscience (wrongly) which expresses itself by latching first onto one thing, then onto another. The person fears he is constantly in mortal or grave sin, or that his sin(s) are not forgiven. sinner has lost sight of a providential God who knowing of Man’s concupiscence gave His priests the power forgive sin. Scripture is quite literally littered with examples of God’s Love "the Holy Spirit" deserting sinners. This was certain knowledge to David when he prayed the Misere. The wonderful fount of sanctifying grace and supernatural love leaving sinners with I might add regret and a repentance on God’s part of anointing (Kings and Genesis). So tell me you experts whose lips advise God. Where does it say God shares His temple with His enemy or even ask? “Would God place His seed in a dirty cup?”
If you have any spiritual intelligence that is the driven desire to save one’s soul, you would arrive at this point. God’s grace will never be given to those who do not as Christ commanded us, “Repent! Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”