Catholic Wisdom

July 24, 2011

…to every good work reprobate.

Filed under: New Stuff,Reprobate — Renovo @ 6:03 pm

Titus 1:16
“They profess that they know God: but in their works they deny him; being abominable, and incredulous, and to every good work reprobate.”

It is the sure sign of the reprobate that they are disgusted and have a powerful aversion to the teachings of the Catholic Church. When they hear, even indirectly, of some tenet of Catholic Doctrine such as sacrifice, or obedience, or as humility, or submission, they will not be able to contain themselves, they must speak against the discomfort that wells up inside them.

What these reprobate believe, think and feel is all that matters. By the workings of this wicked society, and their own evil inclinations owing to original sin, and to the machinations of the Prince of the World, they regard themselves as the only authority necessary. They submit to only that which they themselves validate.

This need exists in them because they do not love the Truth. They love their sin more than the Truth therefore they love only their truth. Their truth allows them the freedom to do as they please to the extent that they please, constrained only by themselves, if at all. If they had loved the Truth they would have loved Jesus who is the Truth1 and they would throw themselves at the feet of His Church2 to which alone He has revealed His Truths3. For those that hear the Truth and do not believe are condemned

Instead the reprobate must assert their unholy doctrines, doctrines that are based solely on their own false sense of dignity and their love of things that displease Almighty God. They who rarely utter spiritual words will have a litany of prepared heretical exclamations. Words that they have learned and memorized to meet with such occurrences. They will demand where in the Bible it says those things that the Catholic Church teaches.

They will dodge all attempts to resolve specific arguments, and will strive for confounded stalemate. They will feel successful if they can ask sufficient unanswered questions, never intending to have them answered for then they would have to find new ones. They strive for a permanent state of doubt because then they can deceive themselves into thinking that no changes are necessary as long as the “truth” is in doubt. After all, they think to themselves, God would not want them to choose something that is doubtful. They know that there is no absolute certainty in matters of Faith, yet they deceive themselves that they do not have to move until they are certain.

In extreme cases they resort to attacks made on the individuals if they cannot attack their doctrines. They mistake (on purpose) the fallible members of the Church for the infallible Institution of the Church. “It is not what he says but how he says it”, “He does not practice what he preaches”, “If he acted such-and-such a way or said such-and-such”, etc, etc. More excuses and more self-delusion in order to remain in the same state and not to have to conform to the Holy Will of God. Like Pilate they really do know the Truth, but because of self-love, pride, and human respect they cannot bring themselves to act on the Truth. And like Pilate they condemn themselves for not loving the Truth that they know is true. For not seeking the Truth and submitting to it4.

1 every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice.

2 He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me.

3 But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak; and the things that are to come, he shall shew you.

4 If I say the truth to you, why do you not believe me? He that is of God, heareth the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God.

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