I see things from a reformed position, thinking of covenants and the sovereignty of God, putting more faith on his mercy and justice than on free will. The passage in scripture is one of those that triggered the reformation, drove Luther, Calvin, and Erasmus. The reformation involved many things, but firstly it was theological and spiritual: the aim was to preach this confidence: Christ has died for your sins and you are now free from condemnation, for the penalty can be paid once.
This should give us courage to speak and preach and counsel and to do good. We should not fear. We should not be enslaved. The times are evil, yes, and the window we have to preach the raw gospel may close. But it has not. It has not.
I’ve said for several years now that the civil war would be an information war. The focus of what happens will be a matter of propaganda and censorship. The only way we can defend ourselves is to speak the facts and the truth. That’s two different things. Facts are an accurate report of what’s actually happening, and truth is the revelation of God’s moral character.
By engaging in attempts to report the facts and truth, even on a rather private blog like this, I have taken up the cause of the resistance. I’ve chosen sides in this civil war. Even if I deny any interest in political agitation or direct action, I am putting myself on the side fighting the official government.
The government of this world has abandoned the ways of the spirit. There are some faithful people, even in high office, but the organization converged with the spirit of the age years ago, and whenever there is an attempt to reform it is rejected. Too many of us think continuually in terms of ability, effort, business plans, marketing, and pageviews.
We should not.
For the ways of the Spirit are the ways of God, and he has given us the spirit of God, to dwell in us, and guide us, though we do not know the path. He does.
8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
I look at Father Z, and I note that he is suggesting people set up altars and chapels in nooks in their houses, because it is not us protestants that will send the ancient mass underground, but the woke Roman curia.
Kea notes that we have not been able to meet as a congregation for three months, due to social distancing regulations. We can meet as small groups. We can pray together. We may be pushed to this.
I’ve already made up my mind what I’m not going to do. I won’t go independent (I’ve seen way too much schism in that department), nor will I join the SSPX (as if they’d have me). I would instead retire, get a small house with my meager savings and hit the road in some area such as this one, going around celebrating Mass at people’s houses, all underground of course, keeping the Mass alive and waiting for better times. As a Society of Apostolic Life, we are very much working on each possibility and are planning how to fight like junkyard dogs, if needed. But more than anything, we trust our Lord 100% that He knew what He is doing when He permitted the Motu Proprio of this pope. Our Lord told us that there is only One Whom we should fear. And it isn’t the pope or some cardinal with a chip on his shoulder about tradition.
The irony of this time is the triad I mentioned at the beginning: Luther, Calvin and Erasmus — would all damn the effete pastors of this time. They spend too much time dealing with issues of the flesh. They do not teach people to seek the spirit of God, and concentrate on things spiritual. You can argue many things about the Reformers and the counter reformers, but this they knew: they had to love God with all their heart and soul and mind and strength. Even Ignatius Loyala.
And despise the world. For this world despises the LORD of all, and spurns the cross. To them it is foolishness, but they will die in slavery and despair. To us it life. hope joy and freedom.
And we will support each other. From this travail Christ will bring his bride, glorious, righteous, and then the gates of hell will be broken into bouncing rubble.
In the flesh it may look hopeless. But we do not live by the flesh. We live for Christ.