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Faith Resources Newsletter - Number 72 - July/August 2017
Accept all that
happens as His will, including the suffering He permits (not causes) you to
undergo at the hands of evil men, knowing that even these will mysteriously
enrich you. St Maximilian Kolbe
Message from the Manager
A warm welcome to all our readers for
this 2017 winter edition of our newsletter. Father Tierney has been
busy organising his move to The Rock and like all major plans a few
spanners have been thrown his way. However, though there is some
trepidation, he has been steering through these small delays with the
greatest of ease. We will let everyone know when the “big move” has
been completed and he has settled into his new abode. Unfortunately,
with great reluctance, he has had to cull some of his vast library.
Many of these books have been given to schools and seminaries but some
will be for sale at our centre in St Marys. All of them are valuable
and Father wants them to go to good homes where they will be read and
referred to. We anticipate they will be available for purchase at
bargain prices from late September. Please feel free to come and look
through them, once they arrive.
This year has flown for us. In the interest of all our readers we have
been trying to keep abreast of all the new publications in 2017 and it
has not been an easy task. The political gender agenda is not only
rearing its ugly head in Australia but it is worldwide and many
countries have legalised ways of life that are contrary to the laws
within which God created us. We have a few new titles which may give
you further tips on how to show secularised friends and relatives the
truth about what is happening and the repercussions of legalising
same-sex marriage. Praying the Rosary and offering our penances and
sufferings to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary is our
greatest weapon. Several new books about the power of the Rosary have
been published recently and are well worth reading. For the sake of our
families, our children and grandchildren, we must pray hard for
miracles to defeat any and all evil legislation. Our Prayers will help
return virtue and honesty to our hearts and homes giving real peace to
all. It is amazing how many conversions are wrought by reciting the
“Roses of Prayer” “for the Queen of Heaven”. We must help our government
members rule our country with dignity, integrity and honour through
this wonderful prayer.
It is not by chance that 2017 is the Centenary of Our Lady’s
apparitions at Fatima. The celebrations that are still taking place are
a reminder to us that we must not become complacent. We must heed her
message and renew our zeal to bring peace to our world. Several
recently published books about Mary which bring to mind her role in our
salvation have finally arrived and are reviewed below.
Thank you to all our readers who continue to support us through prayer
and financial sacrifice. We are always very grateful and ask you to
continue for our work of evangelisation is never done. May God bless
you and your families for your generosity.
P.S. Next Sunday is Father’s Day and as we are unavoidably late with
this newsletter we will post any of your goods Express Post at the same
price as ordinary post. Please note that they will have to be ordered
by Thursday afternoon (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane)
and Wednesday afternoon for the country areas.
The Father and His Family by Michael
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The Father and His Family provides aspiring, new, and experienced fathers
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vocation of fatherhood today. He tackles questions such as: How can a
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foster happiness, order, and peace in his home (even in the midst of a
whirlwind of activity) and What do his daughters and sons particularly need
from him? Written in an engaging narrative style, the author provides practical
advice, amusing observations, insightful reflections, and another voice for
men to dialogue with on topics of importance to fathers today. Michael
lives in the US with his wife, Angela, and their eleven children. He is the
Principal of an independent boys school Years 3-12
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The spiritual diaries of Pope St John Paul II are the most intimate insight
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facing the church and his own struggles. Never intended for publication,
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Champions of the Rosary by Father Donald
Champions of the Rosary tells the powerful story of the history of the
rosary and its champions. The rosary is a spiritual sword. It has the power
to conquer sin, defeat evil, and bring about peace. This book presents the
complete history of this spiritual weapon, some of its greatest heroes,
detailed accounts of its victories, 32 colour images of the rosary in art,
as well as endorsements from Cardinals, the Master General of the
Dominicans and bishops from around the world.
The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare by Johnnette Benkovic and
Thomas K Sullivan $29.95
In The Rosary, Johnnette Benkovic and Thomas K. Sullivan explore why the
rosary is the weapon for such a time as this. They have gathered some of
the most astonishing historical and contemporary accounts of victories
associated with the rosary, along with their own inspiring personal
O My Jesus : The
Meaning of the Fatima Prayer by Stephen Bullivant and Luke
In the space of just twenty-nine words, this prayer broaches some of the
great themes of Christianity: sin, forgiveness, mercy, heaven, hell. The author
offers here reflections on this prayer, resulting in a work of popular
theology and spiritual writing. The Rosary in Action
by John S Johnson $18.25
People find solutions to difficulties in learning to meditate on the
Rosary. This book offers practical helps to say it better and the
historical background to the rosary. There is a meditation on each of the
mysteries. Rosary Gems: Daily
Wisdom on the Holy Rosary by Father Donald Calloway $23.95 The Rosary : The
Prayer That Saved My Life by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve
Erwin $26.95 The Secret Of The
Rosary by St Louis de Montfort $9.90 The Secret of the
Rosary (Leather cover) by St Louis de Montfort $29.95 Colouring Book About
The Rosary by Catholic Book Publishing $3.00 The Holy Rosary
by Rev Lawrence Lovasik $3.00 Scriptural Rosary
For Children by Rev Jude Winkler $3.00 Saint Dominic and
the Rosary by Catherine Beebe on special $14.00 The Holy Rosary CD
by Matthew Arnold $5.00 Praying the Rosary
Like Never Before CD by Dr Edward Sri $5.00 The Rosary: Vain
Repetitions? CD by Raymond de Souza $5.00 The Holy Rosary with
the Fathers of Mercy (2 CD Set) $15.00
The Imitation of Mary by Thomas A.
The Imitation of Mary by Catholic Book Publishing is an excellent companion
volume to the beloved and highly esteemed book, Imitation of Christ. In
this Imitation of Mary, culled from the deeply spiritual works of Thomas a
Kempis, the reader is treated to beautiful writings about Our Lady set
forth in the style of the Imitation of Christ. He offers the reader a
splendid way to grow in following Jesus through imitating His Blessed
The Marian Option:
God's Solution to a Civilization in Crisis by Carrie Gress
As the world descends into chaos, Christians are thinking deeply about how
to stem the tide. Many options have been presented to overcome Christian
persecution and cultural decadence, but The Marian Option is one that is
already in motion and has been for centuries. Carrie Gress provides a
thoroughly researched account of the significant cultural and military
events where Mary interceded on behalf us, her children. This book is
beautifully presented in hardcover with extensive photographs and artworks.
There is also a guide for advice on how to live the Marian Option. It is
for children as well as adults.
Queen of Heaven: Mary's Battle for Souls by Brian Kennelly
Those who come to Mary at their hour of need are welcomed with a mother's
love, compassion and care. She is gentleness itself to all who turn to her,
save one: To Lucifer, the devil, she is an implacable foe. Queen of Heaven
is the story the battle between the angel who said "no" to God,
and the woman who said "yes." It is a battle that has flared
through history to the current day. Accompany Mary from her Immaculate
Conception through her Assumption and beyond. Join her as she defends
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of Communism and watch as she defeats it through her beloved Pope. Manual for Marian
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the Eucharist $39.95 Marian Prayer Book
by Catholic Truth Society $14.95 Beautiful Bedtime
Stories with Mary by Catholic Truth Society $24.95 Colouring Book about
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the Lord CD by Mother Teresa $5.00 Discovering the
Biblical Significance of Mary CD by Scott Hahn $5.00 Mary: Mother of God?
CD by Raymond de Souza $5.00 How can Mary be
Immaculate? CD $5.00 The Virgin Mary
Revealed Through Scripture CD by Scott Hahn $5.00 True Devotion to
Mary by St. Louis de Montfort by Fr Lance Harlow $5.00
How to Talk About Same-Sex Marriage CD by Trent Horn
Catholic Apologist Trent Horn carefully considers same-sex marriage and
provides an in-depth discussion that addresses the misconceptions help by
many in our society today. This examination of what marriage really is, and
what it is not, provides a truly gracious and persuasive response to the
debate surrounding this important topic.
How to Talk About Marriage & Same-Sex Unions DVD by Trent Horn $20.00
The Global Sexual
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Child: The Injustice of 'Marriage Equality' by David van
Gend Strained Relations:
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you do not miss out. Prices below have the discount applied.
Cardinal Newman Catechist
Consultants — 24th May, 2017 — HANDOUTS n. 146
“Clear, brief and easily assimilated by all”
What's gone wrong and how to fix it How to fix SIN and ERROR from Satan
MESS we are in is very much the product of an upbringing without God and
in parliaments and its bureaucracies, many schools (state and Catholic)
have set morals aside. Values clarification, as taught
in schools, was situation ethics and therefore relativism.
the 1960s, state schools upheld natural morality and, although “free,
compulsory and secular”, upheld God and patriotism. In the 1940s primary
school we chanted, “I honour my God, I serve my King, I salute my flag”.
But not any more...
LAURENCE KOHLBERG, 1927-1987
a USA atheist psychologist, persuaded teachers to use dilemma situations.
Students were to progress (or regress!) through his Six Stages of
Cognitive Moral Development. This high sounding verbiage, like
bright colours, was alluring. In the 1970s, it seduced many schools in
Australia. State and Catholic schools embraced it. They were teaching
moral error and leading students into sin.
Sixth Stage was Moral Autonomy: auto=self (e.g.
automatic cars or pistols): nomos=law. It meant “1 am a law unto
himself.” “I make my own morality.” The supreme virtue is “doing my own
Individualism is an illusion, a fur-lined mousetrap. “No one can tell me
what to think. No one can make me do things. I’m autonomous...”
citizens in a democracy lack the virtues required to make democracy
workable, they become slaves to rigid conformity, to Political
Correctness, to error, sin and Satan. Thus individualism produces its
apparent opposite: enslavement by dictatorial governments such as Marxism
or fascism. That’s where we are heading...
Kohlberg did an about-face. He found that students were
lying in lectures and cheating in exams. So he reversed his prohibition
on teaching right and wrong — at least for lying and cheating.
is this vicious individualism, along with Margaret Mead (1901-1978) and
others, Australian society, including Catholics, has been left without
moral standards and without religion that demands virtues.
Restraint is no longer self-imposed by conscience. Until the 1960s,
the better formed mothers, fathers, schools, media and citizens, mostly
believed and upheld the difference between good and evil. Now all that is
sneered at. It is not Politically Correct.
is now merely external, imposed by police surveillance, burgeoning
bureaucracies, and government inquisitions run by un-elected Change
.Handouts n. 145), They have replaced personal conscience.
Psychological fragility abounds. How is it that a country
with free speech and university students with academic freedom need
trigger warnings? Weaklings!
TO FIX IT
THERE is only one solution to the problem of sin: Repent and believe the Gospel of
on the apostolic Church of the first century. In Jerusalem, at Pentecost,
St Peter could quote the Old Testament to Jews. They
firmly believed it.
Athens, St Paul used the Idol to an Unknown God to turn
the less proud philosophers towards Jesus. There are some similarities in
our situation today.
Corinth, he reminded pagans of sin and their need of a Saviour, To
synagogue Jews of the Diaspora and Greek converts to Judaism (and
probably to curious pagans), he proclaimed Jesus was the Messiah.
he talked with Felix, Festus and Agrippa about morals, and they heard his
speeches to the Jews.
is in the Acts of the Apostles we hear of the initial
evangelization. Epistles were for those already converted, with
a few mentions of earlier conversion.
But where should westart the new Evangelization?
We pray and worship God, and encourage each other.
* We are friendly, helpful and win the confidence of
We give to all an outstanding example of virtue.
We talk to people starting from where they are at: other
people in their lives; where they live; what they work at; their hopes
(everyone has hopes); their purpose in life; whence comes free will and
the power of choosing.
As for bringing up children, we contribute our own 7Rs:
Religion, Respect, Reason, Responsibility, and (the old 3Rs) Reading,
* And we can always begin with today’s moral issues: marriage,
family, sex, reproduction, pleasure; death and afterwards; euthanasia,
abortion, contraception; terrorists, wars and rumours of wars soon to
We must know our Bible: the noblest ideas and ideals ever heard, taught
by Jesus Christ Who died and Resurrected.
We must know the Ten Commandments: as natural law,
natural moral law, natural morality; as foundations and authority for our
present civil law,
We must be aide to explain why we believe in God and the soul;
of rights and duties; of life as a testing time; of judgement to
come; of Heaven and Hell.
We must give them Jesus and His Church.
We expect opposition to be stirred up by Satan.
We must be known for our love and kindness for sinners, and cheerfulness
and encouragement to all.
We must be known for rejecting all false ideas/ideals from
unGodly & unfriendly governments, media and academics, all of whom
claim to have authority to control our thinking and choosing. They aim to
keep us quiet with hand-outs, “bread &. circuses”, cake
& promiscuity — with persecution for those who refuse to worship, to
engage in the new idolatry and bow the knee to the Baals.
are those who suffer persecution for righteousness’s (virtue’s) sake:
theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
8th Beatitude: Matthew
not, little flock, your Father will give you a kingdom.
“Without a vision, the people perish”
SEE, JUDGE AND ACT
and other Christians can live by and witness to the Good News of Christ
in the face of the new paganism in Australia, USA, EU. (See Handouts
Doctrine underpins Christian morality.
Morals means living by doctrinal truth. Actio
sequitur esse, “Action flows from being.”
spirituality is a perfection of Christian morality.
Without it, no one perseveres in vocations like matrimony, priesthood or
tragic collapse of marriage & family, priesthood & Religious
Life, was occasioned by VCII, but not caused by it. It
is the evil fruit of doctrinal neglect and promotion of heterodoxy. The
catechetical wars since the 1970s flowed from false religion in priestly
and Religious formation plus many infernal seminars.
way forward? Restore orthodox doctrine, hence morality, hence
spirituality, and vibrant Christian living. We have so much to offer:
·God and His revelation through His Divine
·Moral encouragement: Good Samaritan, Prodigal
·Practical ideals: bodily and spiritual
works of mercy.
·A solid foundation for human moral life:
DECALOGUE = TEN COMMANDMENTS
Ten Commandments, Exodus
20 and Deuteronomy 6,
are the natural moral law, natural morality, built-in to
human nature in our power to discern good & evil. Other religion
lacked such complete insight into it.
can reverse in-built morals said Cicero,
pagan Roman lawyer, 106-43 11.C.
IT WERE not grounded in nature there would be no justice, and all virtues
would cease to exist.
otherwise can magnanimity, love of one’s country, pietas,
meriting the good opinion of others and honouring obligations, exist? For
these arise from the fact that we are by nature inclined to love
our fellow men. This is the foundation of justice. Were this not so, then
respect for our fellow men, and for the ceremonies and religions of the
gods would cease — things that must be preserved, not out of fear but
because of the link that exists between man and god [in coniunctione
quae est hommi cum deo]. If what is just is decided by the
will of the people, or by decrees of princes or sentences of judges, then
thievery could be lawful, as could adultery and perjury — if
such were determined by the votes or opinions of the mob. Were such power
to arise from the opinions and commands of unwise people, then by their
will the very nature of things would be turned on its head. What is to
stop such people declaring evil and pernicious things to be good and
sound? If such ‘law’ [based on opinion] can make unjust things just, what’s
to stop it making evil things, good? Nature is the norm that enables us
to distinguish a good law from a bad one. And it’s not only justice and
injustice that are judged by their nature, but also, of course, what is
honourable and what is dishonourable. For, as common sense makes clear to
us, and instills in our minds from our very beginnings, honour is derived
from virtue, and dishonour from vice. It would be madness to think that
their reality is determined by people’s opinion rather than by their very
Cicero, De Legibus, Liber Primus §§ 43-45
transl. by Father Paul Stenhouse MSC,
Annals Australasia 2/2017
Paul proclaimed objective moral goodness as the law “written
in our hearts” (Romans 2:15).
Cicero speaks of it again in another passage:
is in fact a true law, namely right reason, which is in accordance with
nature, applies to all men, and is unchangeable and eternal. By its
commands this law summons men to the performance of their duties; by its
prohibitions it restrains them from doing wrong. Its commands and
prohibitions always influence good men, but are without effect upon the
invalidate this law by human legislation is never morally right, nor is
it permissible ever to restrict its operation and to annul it wholly is
impossible. Neither the Senate [of ancient republican Rome] nor the
people can absolve us from our obligation to obey this law, and it
requires no Sextus Aelius [a famous politician] to expound and interpret
it. It will not lay down one rule at Rome and another at Athens, nor will
it be one rule today and another tomorrow. But there will be one law,
eternal and unchangeable, binding at all times and upon all peoples; and
there will be, as it were, one common master ;md ruler of men, namely
God, who is the author of this law, its interpreter and its sponsor.
Republic III, 22 (trans. by Brother Christian Moe FSC)
persuasion comes from common sense:-
LOGICAL SEQUENCE in the Decalogue
Memorize the Ten Commandments by understanding their
logic: three for God. then seven for man.
must be honoured in thought, word and deed: so nn. 1, 2
and 3 are on God, His Name, His Day.
to God, parents must be honoured, n. 4: They teach us out duties to
others, in deeds, words, thoughts.
nn. 5, 6 and 7 protect Life, Marriage and Property: no murder, adultery
Words must not be lies, n, 8: no false witness.
Thoughts must be pure on marriage & sex, n. 9; and against greed,
DEFENCE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS
negatives? “First do no harm” is the surgeon’s motto.
what not to do is best not learnt by injury or death!
duties, with rights only implicit lest we forget duties.
ratified each and raised it to a nobler standard of virtue.
imitate God’s goodwill: by them we will be judged.
context is the covenant with God: a doctrine.
law has its foundation in them and just adds detail.
OTHER APOLOGETICS — explain, don’t argue There is no event from 2000
years ago better attested than the Resurrection of
LEARNING TO PRAY and listen to God
can help the modern pagans and lapsed Christians to pray daily — morning
and night, at least, the Our Father.
the Creed, to bring us to the Blessed Trinity:- Father,
of majesty immense;
true and only Son, to be adored; also the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
The way to get lapsed Catholics back to Sunday Mass is to help them to
pray. Many have forgotten how and why!
Almighty God! O Blessed Trinity! O Incarnate Son! (and before the Blessed
Sacrament) O Real Presence of Jesus Christ!
TODAY there are laity, priests and even
bishops who pick and choose among Catholic doctrine and morals according
to their fancy, and the fads of their friends or theologians. They
simply ignore the Catechism of the. Catholic Church and its
are like those lining up in a cafeteria to fill their plates selectively
from what is on display. They no longer ‘believe all the Holy Catholic
Church believes and teaches’. They are losing the gift of Faith. Like low
alcohol beer, this is Catholic Lite and a full
flowering of the Warm Fuzzies (cf. Handouts n. 145).
Lite” dodge difficulties by compromising with The World — it’s tempting.
All in vain have I kept my heart
clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been
stricken, and chastened every morning. If I had said, “I will
speak thus,” I would have been untrue to the generation of thy children. Psalm 73:13-15
Traitors, to the faith once
delivered to the saints
Beloved, being very eager to write
to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing
to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered
to the saints. Jude
BEHAVIOUR IS PURPOSIVE
find it more comfortable to live with, and even to teach that,
Christianity is more loving without doctrines. They quote selectively
from the Bible and omit what they don’t like. St Paul warns them:-
The only purpose of our
instruction is that there should be love coming
out of a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5
charge you in the presence of God and of Christ. Jesus who is to judge
the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the
word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and
exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming
when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching
ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to
suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the
truth and wander into myths. As for you, always be steady, endure
suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Lord Jesus called sinners to repent. He and His Apostolic Church
denounced various sins:
* to call sinners to repent and
* to warn others against the
temptations they will face.
* It is not charity to leave people
to go on sinning.
The Good Shepherd gives the example of tact, sensitivity and kindliness —
charity all the way.
DENOUNCING SIN is Fraternal
Christian must renounce Satan and all his works and all his
empty show (Baptismal Promises at Baptism, Confirmation and Easter
Church must denounce Satan, sin and selfishness in the Name of
the Lord and on His behalf.:-
Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16
are to be corrected, privately at first:-
if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over
the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my
Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. If
your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between
you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gamed your brother. But
if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word
may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses
to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen
even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
pastor, whether bishops or priests, to fail to do so leaves them open to
charge of grave neglect or even cowardice. See Ezekiel (over page).
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name which I have not
commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of
other gods, that same prophet shall die [...] when a prophet
speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come
true, that is a word which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has
spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him.
[...] and the LORD said, “Who will
entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?” And one said
one tiling, and another said another. Then a spirit came forward and
stood before the Lord, saying, “I will entice him.” And the Lord said to
him, “By what means?” And he said, “I will go forth, and will be a lying
spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.” And he said, “You are
to entice him, and you shall succeed; go forth and do so.” 1 Kings 22:20-22
[...] the prophets prophesy falsely,
priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but...
The prophets say to them, “You shall
not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured
peace in this place.” And the LORD said to me: “The prophets are
prophesying lies in my name; Idid not send
them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to
you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own
minds.” Jeremiah 14:13-14
Again, if a righteous man turns from
his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block
before him, he shall die; because you have not wanted
him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done
shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your
You cover the Lord’s altar with
tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the
offering or accepts it with favor at your hand. You ask, “Why does he
not?” Because the Lord was witness to the covenant between you
and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless,
though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Has not the one
God made and sustained for us the spirit of life? And what does he
desire? Godly offspring. So take heed to yourselves, and
let none be faithless to the wife of his youth. For I hate
divorce, says the Lord the God of Israel, and covering one’s
garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So take heed to yourselves
mid do not be faithless. Malachi 2:13-16
John the Baptist
But when he saw many of the
Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood
of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear
fruit that befits repentance...” Mat 3:7-8
Christ at times denounced the
Scribes and Pharisees:- You serpents, you brood of vipers, how
are you to escape being sentenced to hell?” Matthew 23:33 (cf. 22:34)
Against lust, divorce and adultery
You have heard that it was said,
“You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that every one who
looks at a woman lustfully has already committed
adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28
It was also said, “Whoever divorces
his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.” But I say to you
that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity,
makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced
woman commits adultery. Matthew 5:31-32
For out of the heart come
evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness,
And Pharisees came up to him and
tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?”
They [the Pharisees] said to him,
“Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to
put her away?” He said to them, “For your hardness of heart Moses allowed
you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I
say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for
unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery.” Matthew 19:7-9
He [someone who came to him] said to
And Jesus said, “You shall not kill,
You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal, You shall not bear
false witness. Honour your father and mother, and, You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 19:18-19 — a capital letter
introduces each quote.
Rejecting Him: worse than Sodom
And if any one will not receive you
or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave
that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on
the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah
than for that town.
And you, Capernaum, will you be
exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty
works done in you bad been done in Sodom, it would have
remained until this day. But I tell you that it shall be more tolerable
on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for
You stiff-necked people,
uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As
your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did not your fathers
persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of
the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you
who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it. Acts 7:51-53
I am astonished that you are so
quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning
to a different gospel — not that there Is another gospel, but there are
some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But
even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel
contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed.
As we have said before, so now I say again, if any one is
preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be
If we say we have no sin, we deceive
ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he
is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and
cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9
Any one who goes ahead and does not abide
in the doctrine of Christ does not have God; lie who abides in
the doctrine has both the Father and the Son. If any one comes to you and
does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into
the house or give him any greeting; for he who greets him shares his
wicked work. 2
must denounce all Seven Deadly (= Capital) Sins, especially pride,
and not just lust or adultery and kindred
deviations from the plan of God; (note the wording: ‘deviation’ is
sufficiently accurate and gives less excuse for anger than
[...] for by your words you
will be justified, and by your words you will be
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