Beloved brothers in the Faith of Jesus Christ:
A few days ago I held a conversation with an English-speaking Catholic Christian about the Infallibility and Inerrancy of the Bible; to which he sustained, as it is taught today, that as nothing in the NT is of true apostolic origin, and the "Apostolic" Tradition is in no way apostolic but a product of popular folklore; Christianity was really relative, and that its only value was to be a positive philosophical influence in the world, and nothing else.
Today comes to my ears, that a Spanish-speaking Christian Reformed leader whom I know for several years, with many followers and for whom he was once an edifying influence; has officially announced his definitive abandonment of Christianity.
This last case is even more serious and worthy of sadness than the first, because this decision would seriously affect all those believers who once saw in him a paladin of the Christian Faith.
But why are these things happening?
The reasons and the process of descent are always the same, as I have observed during these years.
In the Seminars, Biblical Institutes and Theological Schools of all denominations, whether Catholic or Protestant, the revisionist current known as Biblical and Theological Criticism, which promotes the study of the Judeo - Christian scriptures from a purely historical and humanistic point of view, leaving at margin all religious believes and conviction; it maintains that the normative documents of the Christian Faith, both New and Old Testaments, are pseudo-epigraphic documents, written by anonymous persons posing as prophets, apostles or followers of these, in order to gain credibility, and consequently nothing of what is recounted in the Gospels or the NT Letters are necessarily a historical reality, but rather legends and hyperbolic statements, to give credibility to pre-existing ideas these anonymous writers possessed.
If we come to accept that the New Testament writings are not trustworthy, as a logical consequence we will pass to question the teachings of these, eventually questioning not only the miracles mentioned in the Gospels, but also events such as the Resurrection of Jesus, his Divinity and even his historical existence, declaring that the life and person of Jesus is a legend invented for pious reasons, to validate a philosophical thought that later became to be known as'Christianity'.
Those who preach this "gospel" of materialistic disbelief, make use of strong arguments presented as irrefutable historical truths, but which are in reality, only conjectures deprived of all Faith. This reasoning and way of thinking it is being passed on to the minds of new seminarians, future priests, pastors and theologians, who in turn go out to spread these ideas from their pulpits, to schools, parishes and churches of all kinds. The fateful and concurrent result, is again and again, the same, first the diminution of trust in the Scriptures as Word of God; then the loss of Faith in the Christian doctrine and its statutes, seeing it as a man-made product; finally, a total apostasy of the Faith. They end up believing that Jesus did not exist, or if he existed, he was no more than a good Jewish philosopher who wanted to build a better world, and nothing else.
The final impulse is to throw it all away, because in reality, if the entire Christian religion is a farce, there is no point in wasting more time in it.
Our Lord Jesus Christ warned us that these things would happen:
"And many false prophets will arise, and many will be deceived. And because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold. "
(Matthew 24: 11-12)
As did our beloved apostles:
"But the Spirit clearly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons"
(1Timothy 4: 1)
We are nearing the end of times my brothers. The economic, social, political problems will increase, the geological and climatic calamities will go out of control more and more; and the corruption of the Faith and Apostasy will increase to make way for the Antichrist.
In the beginning Satan contaminated the Christian Faith with heresies to make it useless. Now, not satisfied with that, causes total abandonment of it, because only with the loss of all fear of God in the world, can achieve degrees of decline that not even heretics would dare to travel.
The method of the Antichrist, is increasingly evident, it will not be to eliminate Jesus Christ as such, but to destroy His image, to the point that He will be considered a madman of His time, completely obsolete for these times, and where the " Antichrist ", honouring his title, is presented as the real Messiah that the world needs.
I encourage you earnestly from the bottom of my heart, brothers in the Faith, of every country, language, race, sex, age or social status, to more than ever cling to the "Faith that was once and for all given to the Saints” (Jude 1: 3); according to the teachings our beloved apostles left in the Scriptures, which were given to us by the will of God, to be “Lamp to our path” (Psalm 119: 105), and not only to distinguish the truth from the lie, but for the edification of our Faith, which comes by hearing the Message contained in them (Romans 10:17).
Faced with these times that come to us:
“Stand firm then, with THE BELT OF TRUTH BUCKLED AROUND YOUR WAIST, WITH THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN PLACE, AND WITH YOUR FEET FITTED WITH THE READINESS THAT COMES FROM THE GOSPEL OF PEACE. In addition to all this, TAKE UP THE SHIELD OF FAITH, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. TAKE THE HELMET OF SALVATION AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD.”
(Ephesians 6: 14-17)
Hold firm to the Faith, because only those who persevere to the end, will see the Kingdom of God.
"And because of the increase in iniquity, the love of many will grow cold. But whoever perseveres to the end, he will be saved. "
(Matthew 24: 12-13)
Omar Juan Antonio Gabriel Flores-Rodriguez
Melbourne, 02 July 2019.