News reports from across the nation indicate the split in the American Roman Catholic Church is ever widening. Catholics demanding Justice are not only calling for homosexual predator priests to be arrested and prosecuted, they are calling for the resignation of those in leadership who are guilty of covering up the criminal activities. While the laity organize “donation boycotts,” the liberal Catholic hierarchy admits that “crimes have been committed,” but suggested, however, that first-time “offending priests” deserve a second chance and are in need of counseling.
For years liberals in the American Catholic Church have had a blind spot concerning Romans 13 — they find it difficult to call upon the civil authorities to prosecute criminals when some of man’s sinful activities are also criminal activities.
Steve Chapman points out this blind spot in his commentary “Priestly abuse of kids is more than a sin.” Chapman said, “The Philadelphia archdiocese has refused to provide prosecutors with the names of 35 priests accused of such crimes going back 50 years.”
50 years! That’s 20 some years before Roe v. Wade. Is it any wonder why we see this same split in the pro-life movement concerning the crime of abortion?
While Christians demand lawmakers pass criminal laws to prosecute people who murder babies, liberal Catholic organizations, such as National Right to Life Committee, which enjoy the endorsements of the Catholic hierarchy, not only refuse to lobby for laws to outlaw abortion and prosecute baby-murdering criminals, they support expanded government bureaucracy by lobbying for state regulatory controls of abortion.
So, what’s worse? Church-counseled sodomites who sexually assault children, or Church-regulated abortionists who cut the heads off children? Or, should we ask, “Who are the real criminals?”
Theologically this liberal Catholic blind spot is called antinomianism (from the Greek anti, “against”, and nomos, “law” ). Antinomianism is the view that there is no need for the law of God.
Clearly God says in His holy writ that sodomites and murderers are to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and the responsibility for carrying out those criminal laws belongs to civil authorities (Rom. 13:4). (There are also damnable consequences that come upon civil authorities who refuse to carry out those criminal laws, Rom. 13:2).
In Matthew 7, Jesus is emphatic about Christians obeying the commandments of God. He says, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Jesus is not talking about unbelievers, He is talking about professing believers who call Him “Lord,” and those “professing believers” are not only limited to the Roman Catholic church.
There are politically correct pro-abortion main-line Protestant denominations that openly ordain sodomites. If America thinks it is a terrible crime for the Catholic hierarchy to cover-up homosexual priests attacking Catholic children, just imagine how bad it is in Protestant denominations where parents allow these vile beasts to have free access to their children.
Why aren’t the news media asking questions of these sodomite-ordaining Protestant denominations? Who are the guilty parties covering up the crimes of sodomites attacking Protestant children? This too will all come to light as Proverbs 26:26-27 says, “Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.”
The news media are in a feeding frenzy. Reporting on the biggest news story to rock Christendom in modern history is helping the politically correct overcome their pro-gay propensity as masterfully pointed out by Emmett Tyrrell in his commentary, “The Boy Scouts were right after all.” Tyrrell says, “It is only a matter of time before the American Catholic Church adopts the same standards for the priesthood that the Boy Scouts have maintained for Scout leaders, despite the criticisms of the politically correct.”
I have to agree with Tyrrell. But, despite the criticisms of the politically correct this story won’t end at the door of the Catholic Church. There’s a new storm coming and some of these Protestant denominations have built their houses on the sand. So while we wait for the other shoe to drop, let’s remember what Jesus said in summing up Matthew 7 concerning the foolish man who refused to heed the words of Christ. He said, “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
Washington, D.C., Director
Christian Street Preachers Alliance