A Call To Arms

by Fr. Christian Mathis on September 2, 2012

“Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. Although the dragon and his angels fought back, they were overpowered and lost their place in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent known as the devil or Satan, the seducer of the whole world, was driven out: he was hurled down to earth and his minions with him.” (Revelation 12: 7-9)

Just in case you have forgotten, Satan and his minions are still here on earth, and we are still at war. Dr. Peter Kreeft published an excellent article yesterday on what Christians must do to win the war that is being waged against us.

To win any war, the three most necessary things to know are: (1) that you are at war, (2) who your enemy is, and (3) what weapons or strategies can defeat him.

You cannot win a war (1) if you simply sew peace banners on a battlefield, (2) if you fight civil wars against your allies, or (3) if you use the wrong weapons.

Here is a three point checklist for the culture wars. (read the rest here)

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  • Phil

    That is a powerful article.

  • Centavo-aqui

    Very well written. I do not agree with the comment of September 8, 2012, regarding respect for all religions. It reminds me of being told as children, that all our “public school” friends were bound for eternal damnation! I will leave the judging to our God…believing He has the final and only voice in this and all matters. Any thoughts on this, Fr. Christian?

  • http://www.blessedisthekingdom.com Fr. Christian Mathis

    You will need to give me some context for me to be able to respond. I didn’t see that comment.

  • Centavo-aqui
  • Centavo-aqui

    Do we not believe in the infallibility of the popes before us, like Pope Eugene IV when he clearly stated, “[the Church] firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the catholic church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the catholic church before the end of their lives.” (Council of Florence Session 11 – 1442)

  • http://www.blessedisthekingdom.com Fr. Christian Mathis

    I still can’t figure out which comment, but with regards to papal infallibility, there is a very narrow definition of which statements are considered infallible for any pope. He must be speaking at the head of the church, from his chair, with the backing of the entire church. There are only two statements since the First Vatican Council defined papal infallibility that qualify as meeting this criteria.

    We as Catholics belief that salvation comes only through Christ, but we also believe that God wills all people to be saved. Another one of those both/and statements. A good resource on this is the recent Church document, Dominus Jesus, which can be found at the Vatican website here:

    http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20000806_dominus-iesus_en.html

  • Centavo-aqui

    I was responding to the last comments,  regarding ‘Ecumenical jihad, and Popes Leo & Eugene,  condemning ecumenism. “Do we not believe in the infallibility of the popes before us, like Pope Eugene IV when he clearly stated, “[the Church] firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the catholic church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the catholic church before the end of their lives.” (Council of Florence Session 11 – 1442)”  
    I do not believe that if you are not of  Catholic faith at death, that everlasting fire awaits…
    Thank you for the link!

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