There is always things we can do if we are finding ourselves being taught anything but the gospel.
Firstly, we should confront the pastor on their error, because there is a chance that the teaching was made in error. If the pew sitter corrects his pastor and leads to correction, he has done a great good.
THe Papists have a clear issue with the current pope and probably the last few, and this is a useful example for us all.
The Vatican II documents are deeply heretical. This law is applicable to any cleric, up to and including the office of the pope. To suffer under public heresy is not noble. I would call it enabling. That’s a nice of way of saying, in bed with.
It is our duty as Catholic laity to call out obvious heresies when we identify them. To fail in this duty is to contribute to the further corruption of souls. Either you take these matters and your faith seriously, or you do not.
I will repeat what I wrote yesterday – now is the time for acting.
The second thing we can do is find a true pastor, and leave those who would teach nothing tut heresy alone. There are those whose entire agenda is to destroy the faith of all they can. Paul, below, calls them ravening wolves. If you try to correct these people they will persecute you.
And if you try to protect those around you they will resist and oppose you, because they want to see the laity scattered, distraught and lost.
Pragmatically, the 20th century liberal theologians who engineered Vatican II and their protestant fellow-travellers managed precisely that.
14 Then the Lord will appear over them,
And His arrow will go forth like lightning;
And the Lord God will blow the trumpet,
And march in the storm winds of the south.
15 The Lord of armies will protect them.
And they will devour and trample on the slingstones;
And they will drink and be boisterous as with wine;
And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin,
Drenched like the corners of the altar.
16 And the Lord their God will save them on that day
As the flock of His people;
For they are like the precious stones of a crown,
Sparkling on His land.
17 For how great will their loveliness and beauty be!
Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine, the virgins.
10 Ask for rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain—
The Lord who makes the storm winds;
And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each person.
2 For the household idols speak deception,
And the diviners see an illusion
And tell deceitful dreams;
They comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wander like sheep,
They are wretched because there is no shepherd.
17 From Miletus he sent word to Ephesus and called to himself the elders of the church. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them,
“You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was beneficial, and teaching you publicly and from house to house, 21 solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, bound by the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that chains and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of God’s grace.
25 “And now behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face. 26 Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all people. 27 For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God. 28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore, be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. 32 And now I entrust you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. 34 You yourselves know that these hands served my own needs and the men who were with me. 35 In everything I showed you that by working hard in this way you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
36 When he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And they all began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him, 38 grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they were accompanying him to the ship.
i have said before that one should be very suspicious of those who talk of spirituality, who wear their prayer beads visibly, who discuss the Buddha, or the gods of their pagan ancestors. Who embrace the delusions of lares and penares.
There are those who now preach that the gospel of Christ is an oppressive colonial lie, and we must be good little syncretic heretics.
May this ever be.
Be very ware of those who proclaim their qualifications, or their mystical experiences. Our dreams are often either wist fulfilment or a comforting lie.
If the person speaks sweetness and encourages pride (self esteem) consider them a wolf, not a shepherd. The old Papist theologians had this right: pride is a deadly sin.
Above all, in these times we must pray for discernment, we nee to recognise the stink of false piety and un-reformed lives, and avoid this.
In our leaders, and in ourselves.