Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hot or Cold?

"Lukewarm Christians are those who want to build a church in their own measure, but it is not the Church of Jesus" -Pope Francis

Being lukewarm in the preaching of the Gospel is thus forbidden, lest there come about a time wherein “although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man….” Our Lord spoke often and bluntly about Hell, where we all drift unless we put on Christ, let Him dwell in our hearts, let His thoughts be our thoughts: “The gate is wide that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are many.” In my years in Catholic education, I have witnessed close up a veritable silence on Hell as a reality for those who reject the Good News, rendering the teaching of Jesus Christ false, and eliminating a powerful motive for evangelization.
-from The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God