Purity in Danger: a sermon by Pastor Gervase Charmley, Bethel, Hanley
Spiritual seduction is a real danger! Paul brought the Corinthians to Christ, but now false teachers, so-called “super-apostles,” are trying to lead them astray. Paul points out the danger of seduction, the deception of false teachers, and the devotion that God’s ministers have.
Gareth Thomas said:
Hello. I don’t know if I am allowed to comment here. I shouldn’t be allowed to comment anywhere since I am a hermit under rule! But the rule is still unclear on that detail.
“Superlative apostles”. What a marvellous phrase, pointed up in a good sermon, and I shall develop it from my experience. I remember once that I exposed on this very blog the dangers of the ‘traditionalist’ Catholic football team – who only cheered those who wore the same colour scarves – and it was a dismal display even back then, several years ago. But now, who would have known? it became something… Yes, the word is OBSCENE. It became something obscene.
A ‘superlative apostle’ like Archbishop Viganò dismisses the Pope as a heretic and is interviewed by Steve Bannon the neofascist and shared all over ‘traditional’ blogs. (Or was Steve Bannon the ‘superlative apostle’?)
A ‘superlative apostle’ like Mother Myriam tells you to vote for the morally bankrupt Donald Trump, because voting for Joseph Biden (a lifelong faithful Catholic) will be a vote for evil. Just watch her on video and ask, is this even Christian? https://youtu.be/AOZRgrHD9Hc
Various other ‘superlative apostles’ all across the ‘traditional’ Catholic blogosphere have likewise invested everything in partisan politics. Usually of the neofascist kind.
I am a simple pilgrim. I have never been a reliable sort of chap, and often very confused. Some would say erratic. They would be right. My donkeys have a more generous opinion. They always get their food on time after ten years of constant love. And on the site equusasinus.net named after them, I am trying to walk (virtually) from Worcester to Compostela sharing some Catholic experience.
On day 50, with 1000 kilometres still to go to Compostela, this theme of the ‘superlative apostles’ is very much in my mind as I trudge through the flat lands between Bordeaux and the Pyrenees. Join me.
Happy new year, Jess and John and all. Keep safe.
Gareth Thomas @ equusasinus.net
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Happy New Year to you, Gareth, it is good to hear your voice here again – and I shall join you in spirit – in this perpetual Lent we appear to be in.
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