There is much confusion today in regards to what is holy and what is right. The devil’s been working overtime, pulling at our hearts in order to convince us that loving someone is all about making them feel accepted and valued—no matter how wrong or sinful their choices may be. We have lost focus on them being a child of God giving them value and acceptance through that but rather we have focused on accepting their sinful choices, instead of helping them repent from them. This issue spreads through a whole gamut of sins, but this card touches on a seriously growing problem; the great sin of homosexuality, as well all other perversions of unnatural sexual behavior. These sins wound Our Lord’s Sacred Heart, which the Bible says are an “abomination” (Leviticus 18:22) in which “God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their heart…handed them over to [their]degrading passions” (Romans 1:21,26). Yes, God left them to live without His help or His grace since they refused to listen, repent, and change. Tragically, “females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity” (Romans 1:26-28). Supporting and condoning the behavior of those involved in such abominations is seriously misguided compassion, and the exact opposite of truly loving people caught into the trap of this sin.
Of course we want to love others and show kindness and great compassion toward anyone caught in any sin, but the devil has tricked us. The reality is, we are not truly loving people who are caught in the traps of homosexual and unnatural sexual behaviors when we approve of, and support, their sinful choices. Rather, we are leading them down the path of eternal suffering and damnation. When we accept their sinful lifestyles as being “just fine,” we give them no reason to change and no guidance toward salvation. No matter how or why someone is suffering from these horrible temptations, they need to be guided away from these sins and taught how to reject the temptations. They need to be educated about the eternal consequences of unrepented/unchanged sin, taught how to gain God’s helping grace to have the strength to live a life of chastity, and educated on what is needed to accept God’s saving mercy if we wish to save their souls–really love them. Anyone who dies with even one single, unrepented sin on their soul rejects God’s free gift of eternal life. This is serious. In order to really love one another, we must guide people away from their sinful ways and into the loving arms of God, who eagerly awaits all who truly desire to repent and change and follow Christ. He will help them amend their sinful ways.
This card speaks the words most of us are afraid to say. But if we do nothing, the devil’s deception will do plenty as it continues to grow and destroy countless souls. God wants to use us to save these poor souls; that is obedience to Him. No matter who we are, whether a member of the clergy or the laity, silence kills. We are called to proclaim the Gospel, and give people a reason to stop sinning. Yet, many people of the Church, especially the youth, have not even been educated that homosexual and other unnatural sexual choices are indeed greatly hurtful to God. We need to change. God holds us accountable to teach the Word. God will give us the strength and a way to proclaim His words with love and truth, if we go to Him for grace from a heart that truly desires to serve Him alone.
Be aware, the devil wants us to speak with disrespectful, angry, non-understanding words to try to force people to change or prove we are right. Oh, how ineffective such prideful words are as they close hearts, not open them. Sure some people will be offended at anything we say that isn’t in agreeance with them no matter how much love for them we have and how well intentioned our actions might be. But the real problem is that the devil doesn’t want us to understand people’s lack of grace and the confusion they suffer from, not knowing right from wrong, because of their loss of God’s wisdom. The evil one wants us to speak with condemning hateful hearts, making fun of people and their weaknesses, and even rousing up others in an uproar against those who live or support sinful behavior. All of these actions only build our “self-righteous” thinking and pull us away from humility creating a plank in our own eye making us unable to sincerely help others. The Word says to, “bear with one another” (Colossians 3:13), and to “look to other interests rather than his own” (Philippians 2:4). Are we really tolerant, loving and patient with the conversion of those who have been deceived or are we eager to poke a joke at them as we display a great lack of love or are we so enraged by their choices, we insist they change immediately, and simply want them to stop in order to put our disgusted spirit at rest, not because we want to see them saved.
Truly, we have no place for anger towards others. We are all wretched, just in different ways and are all in need of God’s mercy (help and saving grace). How are we greater than anyone else? We aren’t. We are all here to help guide souls to Jesus and listen as others guide us to Jesus too. To help guide others away from sin, our words need to mostly bring “fear of the Lord” which is the “beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 1:7), so they will see the need to repent and change. Simply telling people not to do something or what they should do simply isn’t motivating enough to produce a real fire to change. People need to run for their lives from sin and understand the need to do so.
Our main goal shouldn’t be to bring fear of what ever wrath we might bring upon them if they don’t heed our warning like when we speak with congress or organizations who support sin. Much of the time we can force people to change from their outward support of sin through worldly consequences and pressure, but did we soften hearts and change minds? NO. They only modified their behavior for personal worldly gain–to stop what ever negative worldly consequence that sin caused. They didn’t change for love of God out of fear of His just punishments. Their hearts are still in sin. God expects us to guide others to His light by teaching others how to LOVE HIM so their hearts will change. That should be our greatest goal in all of our work through every kind of charitable effort. Even though we can use other means to stop evil, promoting obedience to God and educating others to the consequences we will suffer for eternity when we choose to continue in our sinful ways (the salvation of souls) must be the driving force in all of our work no matter what work we do for God or we have been deceived into seeking our own addenda, not the interests of others. Salvation is everyone’s greatest interest.
God’s agenda is only that of the salvation of His children…all of His children no matter how close or far from the truth we are. So in all that we do, that must be our goal too. Actually, the further into sin we are, the greater the mercy God wishes to give us when we do finally repent and seek to change so never think anyone is too lost to amend their ways (cf. Romans 5:20). God’s mercy will abound for the soul who sincerely seeks Him.
Be careful not to allow the evil one to pride ourselves so much, we can’t see our own sins. If we find we are filled with disgust at others, instead of with great pity and sadness for their sinful choices, we need to check to see if our intentions have been altered from true love for fellow man into demanding our will. The devil can easily deceive us and taint any “good” intention and make it into a bad one. Unknowingly, we can be doing seemingly good things but for the wrong reasons making our seemingly “charitable” actions actually offensive to God.
We also need to guide and motive others to get involved in proclaiming the Word, by giving them words that can help them gain a heart of such great sorrow for the lost and such a terrible fear for other’s eternal loss, we can’t help but do all we can to help save them by praying, fasting and sacrificing for them. Our heart of true love can guide them to eternal life by our words and example of Christ’s love. God wants all of His children with Him in Heaven, and wants to use us to profess the truth that softens the hardest of hearts and transforms sinful lives into lives of holiness.God’s mercy is waiting for all; send them to Christ. Teach repentance and change from our sinfullness. He will give everyone, who sincerely seeks Him, the grace to remove their pain and take away (stop) their sins.
This card provides a polite way to share the truth on a topic that many people are passionate about in their misunderstandings. We must not only proclaim the truth to them, but like I said, also pray, fast, and sacrifice for them, in order that they might have ears that can hear and seek the Kingdom of God before it’s too late. Unfortunately, not everyone will convert or see the light instantly, sadly few will. However, we must humble ourselves to understand that our mission is to obey God by loving others and saving souls the best we can, not to win arguments. Arguing won’t soften hearts, but instead increase blinding pride. We must be gentle, but at the same time we must never water down the truth. This can be hard to do for some who’s passion for souls and hate for sin is strong, but stay with God, repent when you fail…God will teach you. And remember, if someone doesn’t see the truth, it’s because they do not have the grace needed to see it. When this happens, we must stop talking and then pray, fast, and sacrifice even more for God to intervene, so they can obtain the grace needed to recognize truth and even reflect back on what was said to them with eyes that can now see. Then, after much consistent prayer, if God wills, you can even speak to them again to see if they have allowed God’s grace to soften and open their hearts to understand the truth for the conversion of their soul. And if they have, God can save these precious souls through you. Praise God!
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Follow My Heart? or Follow God’s Commands?
Our hearts are very beautiful and powerful. They can motivate us to do amazing things and fill us with such wonderful happiness. Yet sometimes something can seem so right in our hearts but it is, in fact, just the opposite. The devil can easily deceive us, and convince us that something is good and from true love, when in God’s eyes it is very wrong.
“Sometimes a way seems right, but the end of it leads to death!” (Proverbs 16:25).
God has unfathomable love for all of His children, and from that love He has given us laws designed to guide us to Salvation, and teach us how to live lives of true happiness. No matter how right or good something we want to do feels, if it breaks one of God’s commands, it is never good. It can’t be, because it’s sin. The devil deceives us into justifying our sin, leading us to believe it’s okay because we think their might be a positive outcome. The sin may even feel “good” and make us “happy” for a short while, but that will end because that is the false happiness which the devil uses as a lure. But even more important than all of this is that EVERY SIN wounds Our Beloved Lord’s Heart. God deserves us to care enough about Him that we seek every means possible to STOP sinning against Him, instead trying to find a way we can still continue guilt free in our sinful ways. Yet, the more severe the sin we commit, the greater the injuries we inflict on ourselves and Our Creator.
When we choose not to amend our sins—even one “small” sin—we are without true contrition (sorrow), because we choose sin over God which rejects sanctifying (saving) grace, the very grace Jesus died to give us, to save us. We can’t embrace forgiveness if we desire to sin at all. “Venial [sin]…becomes mortal,” when someone “fix[es] one’s end in that venial sin [has no desire to amend]” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church). If we sincerely love God we will hate sin, and no longer have a desire for it. We must detest all sin and have a firm resolve to no longer commit any sin, by working wholeheartedly to “sin no more” (John 8:11) if we desire to accept God’s saving mercy (CCC #1451). Please run to God for His helping mercy for the grace we need to detest all sin—no matter how much we are tempted. We must choose to love God above our sinful passions. We must choose Heaven—eternity lasts forever!
God’s Commands are Clear
If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination” Leviticus 20:13
“No fornicator [sex out side of marriage] or impure person [participates in watching, wearing, speaking, thinking or doing anything sexually immoral]…has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” Ephesians 2:17
St. Paul declares homosexual acts as “shameless acts” in Romans 1:26-32.
“So the Lord said: The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave.” Genesis 18:20
“Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” Jude 1:7
St. Bernardine of Siena states, “No sin has greater power over the soul than the one of cursed sodomy [unnatural sexual behaviors such as anal or oral sex], which was always detested by all those who lived according to God.”
“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body [the punishment will be in his own body].” 1 Corinthians 6:18
“More souls go to hell for sins of the flesh [sexual sins] than for any other reason.” Our Lady of Fatima
“Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators [sexual relations outside of marriage], idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites [people who participate in homosexual or other unnatural sexual acts], thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers—none of these will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
There is nothing holy or pure about unnatural sex. “God did not call us to impurity but to holiness.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7
Once we acknowledge our sinful ways as being sinful, and desire to stop offending God, we can repent, receive God’s grace and proceed to CHANGE! We can learn how to hate what we once loved. God wants to forgive us and fill our lives with real joy through His graces so we can be free from the pain those sins are causing us. Salvation is waiting for us. All we need is a truly contrite (sorrowful) heart…a heart that hates sin and doesn’t stop seeking God’s mercy to amend our sinful ways.