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The Real Church Schism

July 27, 2017 — 6 Comments

“It is . . . dechristianization . . . with the man defined strictly without God and without transcendence. Religion is experienced as a feeling, but not worshiping God as creator and savior. In this great picture, these factors are not good for the transmission of the lived Christian faith, and for this reason it is necessary not to lose our energies in internal struggles, in conflict with each other, with the so-called progressivists seeking revenge by hunting all so-called conservatives. Cardinal Muller

It’s a fascinating discussion. Cardinal Muller talks as if there is room for compromise between conservatives and the “so-called progressives.”

How would compromise work?

Abortion? The baby is dead or alive–there is no in between place.

Gay marriage? A valid union or an invalid union–no wiggle room there either.

More to the point–“worshiping God as creator and savior”? If we are to commit ourselves to true worship, we affirm the transcendence of humanity.  We affirm that people are more than we see through human experience. There is more beyond this world. And we are accountable to our “creator and savior.” Continue Reading…

“Silence allows man to place himself joyfully at God’s disposal. It enables him to overcome the arrogant attitude that would claim that God is at the disposal of his children.” (Sarah 121 [230])

The battle is ongoing and almost universal.

We live noisy lives. And most of us don’t know how to find quiet contemplation–or even why we should try.

We dwell with noise all around us–and more importantly without internal silence.

The kind of silence that lets us connect to God. Continue Reading…

“You weren’t made to fit in. You were born to stand out.” Jim Caviezel

A reader recently asked me, “What do you mean by Christian unity?”

Let’s start with what it does not mean.

Christian unity does not mean that we adopt a coexist mentality that blends us into other worldviews. Our call is to shine light into darkness and encourage others to walk with us in the light. Some will come with us. Others will throw stones at us if we don’t dance in darkness with them.

But God didn’t call us to fit in.

We are pulled in two directions. As the world of darkness calls us to fit in with them, we are tempted to remain in our small group of believers who agree with us in nearly every way conceivable. Life is tidy there. We all agree with each other.

But God didn’t call us to fit in. Continue Reading…