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Romans i: An  Extended  Catechesis on the Condemnation of the World    July 25, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, catachesis, different religion, General Catholic, Saints, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, true leadership.
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Romans i is one of those portions of Sacred Scripture highly inconvenient to the culture and the modernist-progressives who have molded it. Not only does it condemn many of the modern world’s favored sins, not only does it absolutely castigate, in the strongest possible terms, the fashionable immorality of today the Left pushes in support of its broader agenda, but it also casts severe doubt on the idea, prevalent within the Church (primarily from modernist-progressives), that those who fall into sins like sodomy or fornication might be innocent of moral guilt for these sins, or, at least, have only a slight guilt.

Saint Paul heard similar excuses in his day, and would have none of it.  God’s Law is written on our hearts, God gives sufficient lights for all souls to be saved, and the Truth Christ revealed through His Church was broadcast loud and clear for centuries, even if it is a bit muted today.

Verses 16-32 below, from the Douay-Reims Commentary of Father George Leo Haydock (my emphasis and comments):

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and to the Greek.

17 For the justice of God is revealed therein from faith to faith: as it is written: *The just man liveth by faith.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven, against all impiety and injustice of those men that detain the truth of God in injustice. [A warning to the Pharisees, yes, but also to all those who would try to prevent the Truth of Jesus Christ from being proclaimed in His Church, and instituted in the civil sphere.]

19 Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. For God hath manifested it to them.[Translation: The light of reason demonstrates the existence of the One God, the maker and preserver of all things, and ALSO the moral law which He has written on the hearts of all.  God’s Truth is manifest from His Creation and from reason.] 

20 For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made: his eternal power also and divinity: so that they are inexcusable. [One can derive from nature, for example, the right-use of those faculties suitable for the procreation of children, and also comprehend their abuse.]

21 *Because that, when they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, or give thanks: but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened:

22 For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. [I cannot think of a more apt description for the self-anointed cultural/political elites of our own time, even as they laugh Christ and His Church to scorn, they are only revealed to be the more foolish themselves]

23 *And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of four-footed beasts, and of creeping things. [or they worshipped their own lusts, or their perverse ideas, or made an idol of money and power, among other things]

24 Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, *to uncleanness: to dishonour their own bodies among themselves.

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie: and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. [The leftist project described in a nutshell, both within and without the Church: “they exchanged the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator]

26 For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. [which is condemned as shameful, perverse, immoral, sinful]

27 And, in like manner the men also, leaving the natural use of the woman, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. [Thus it is no coincidence that when Christianity/the Church is full of millions of souls holding dire errors, that the most heinous immorality would result. It is in fact God’s positive Will, according to St. Paul, that such would occur.  When people reject Christ and the Truth of His Church, God allows them to be afflicted with the most grievous sins, which have their own natural consequence in the afterlife]

28 And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge; God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient, [for their salvation]

29 Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers,

30 Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. [In verses 28-31, St. Paul establishes the clear equivalence between sins like those of Sodom and Gomorrah, and other mortal sins.  Thus the excuse-making of the sodomites, pretending that Genesis or St. Paul or Leviticus is speaking not of sodomy, but of some other sin (lack of hospitality!), is revealed as totally bankrupt. Christ, through St. Paul, is most definitely condemning sodomy, and in fact placing it at the head of a list of very severe sins, including murder.  That excuse-making, that twisting of Scripture to their own nefarious ends, is, in fact, the precise consequence, ordained by God, of their own immoral behaviors]

32 Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they, who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they who do them, but they also who consent to them that do them. [Ouch. There are a lot of cardinal’s with burning ears right now.  Among others……] 

————End Quote————

Shorter St. Paul:  you have no excuse for your sins, but because you revel in them, God has given you over to a reprobate sense, compounding sin on sin and placing your soul in the greatest possible jeopardy.

I apologize if the commentary above breaks up the flow of the text, but I really wanted to expand on some of those points. But I do ask for your opinion – would it be better to do all the commentary below the verses, referencing to each verse above as I go along?

Do you think the above would be an effective argument against those lost in this lifestyle?  If not they, might it convince those who are not in the lifestyle but who have rolled over to the cultural bullying, buying into pseudo-sodo-marriage and all the rest – especially self-described Christians, who believe that you can be an active same-sex sodomite and a “good Christian?”

Comments

1. Brian Springer - July 25, 2016

Breaking up the text and commenting on them is preferable to doing it all at the bottom. The only complaint is that sometimes I lose track of the various trains of discussion going on. Though that is rather easy to remedy.

As for the argument, it makes sense for those with ears to hear. I understand that argument that sin darkens the intellect and that those who are very invested in their sins are hard to convince intellectually, since they tend not to play by the same rules as everyone else. The practical result is that the only judge in the matter is their malformed consciences.

I recall an example of this, on some other matter, where I was trying to make the case for a traditional approach to the faith with a man who called himself Catholic, and what I found out was that he wasn’t willing to abide by any Catholic rules, even if you collect a bunch of quotes from the Fathers, or make the argument that says, “it’s hard to justify calling oneself Catholic while completely rejecting it’s entire patrimony, or interpreting what little you do accept in a manner at odds with previous teaching,” it wouldn’t have mattered. The problem wasn’t that he wasn’t convinced this or that teaching is part of the faith and all he needed was a nudge in the right direction, but rather willful rejection. He substituted the truth of God for a lie and worshiped that.

I’m not saying it is pointless to argue, I’m sure argument plays a role in many persons conversion is some way (even if small), but it’s a pretty frustrating exercise, because most people don’t care.

As for your final point, I’d reply with “maybe.” For those in the middle, this kind of argument might persuade them to not go with the flow. They aren’t to the point where their intellect is darkened, so the chances of them receiving this teaching is probably greater.

2. TF - July 26, 2016

Well, 50 years of the softly, softly approach has produced what we see today. Those lost in sin aren’t going to listen anyway. What it does do is remind the faithful how seriously God takes these matters. And the faithful will be inspired to more earnestly pursue holiness, which will produce more saints, who might then be able to save those who won’t now listen. Why do we say, “don’t preach to the choir?” The choir needs it more than anyone else.

3. Leah - July 26, 2016

Your commentary is excellent and in the appropriate place, e.g. after each verse. People don’t care, true, but you are in a good position to preach in season and out of season, after all, our clergy are not doing it. Even if nobody to whom it is addressed listens, they will have no excuse at the end of days. You are an excellent narrator and you definitely should use your gift.

4. Guy mcclung - July 26, 2016

Enjoy publishing such as this while you can. If Hillary is elected it will be a hate crime to publicly say this or to quote Romans

5. Baseballmom - July 26, 2016

I like the commentary after each section. The most valuable reminder are the words “but they also who CONSENT to them who do them.” Going to remember that one.


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