Sunday Devotional: ‘Whoever is not against us is for us’

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Mark 9:38-42

At that time, John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea….”

The above passage from Mark 9 precisely addresses two of the many things that afflict the Catholic Church today.

The first is the clergy’s pedophilia and child sex abuse, and their superiors’ enabling of those criminal acts. See “Catholic Church in Crisis: Pedophile cardinal; Pennsylvania priests abused 1k children; homoerotic church service”.

Fr. Gary Thomas, the exorcist portrayed in the movie The Rite, calls the pedophile priests scandal “demonic” and predicts worse is yet to come, which brings us to the second thing in the passage from Mark 9 which afflicts the Church today — the clergy’s allergy to any mention of devils and demons.

Although priests are supposed to address the Gospel reading of the day in their homilies, how many priests today will actually make mention of demons, demonic possession, and that Jesus had given them authority to drive out demons? In my experience of many years, homilies that actually do that number but a handful.

The pusillanimous avoidance of all mention of devil, demons, and Hell by too many priests and ministers may account for why Americans increasingly no longer believe in the devil.

A 2013 Harris Poll found that Christian beliefs had declined:

  • Although a majority (74%) of U.S. adults still said they believed in God, that’s down from the 82% who had expressed such a belief in earlier years.
  • 68% believed that Jesus is God or the Son of God, down from 72%.
  • 65% believed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, down from 70%.
  • Only 58% believed in the devil and Hell, down from 62%, which implies that those who believe that Jesus is God but do not believe in the devil or Hell must think Jesus either lies or is a fantacist. In either case, whether Jesus lies about the existence of demons or that he believes in and promotes a fantasy, then Jesus cannot be God.

“The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist. (La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas.)” -Charles Baudelaire’s Le Joueur généreux, 1864. How can we armor ourselves against the Devil if we don’t even believe he exists? No wonder Americans increasingly are debauched and depraved. (See “Satanism as a new political movement in America”)

As for Jesus’ instruction that “Whoever is not against us is for us,” it calls to mind a recent exchange I had with a reader on my post, “One-world-government Walter Cronkite: ‘I’m glad to sit at the right hand of Satan“.

In my post, I quoted from a speech that Cronkite gave on October 19, 1999, at the United Nations, in which he espoused a one-world government, which he maintained had been obstructed by “a handful of willful senators” who “pander to and are supported by the Christian Coalition and the rest of the religious right wing.” Then Cronkite said:

“Their leader, Pat Robertson, has written in a book a few years ago that we should have a world government but only when the Messiah arrives. (Derisive laughs from the audience.) He (Robertson) wrote, ‘Any attempt to achieve world order before that time must be the work of the devil.’ Well, join me. I’m glad to sit here at the right hand of Satan.” (Audience applause)

The reader suggested that Cronkite and Hollywood celebrities who speak “casually about ‘sitting at Satan’s right hand’ and such statements” are either joking or “spiritually ignorant” in that they “don’t really know what they’re saying” and don’t actually believe in Satan or in God.

Jesus’ reminder that “Whoever is not against is for us” tells us that those like Cronkite who mock Christ and Christians are not “for us”, but are against us, no matter their feigned jocularity. We should, therefore, regard them with wariness and caution.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

~Eowyn

See also “Invoking the name of Jesus Christ repels demons/alien abduction“.

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7 responses to “Sunday Devotional: ‘Whoever is not against us is for us’

  1. May the Peace and love of our God and Lord Jesus Christ b with you,too!Peace,bro!

     
  2. And peace be with you, Dr, as always.

    My apologies for posting off topic, but I wanted to share this and see if you knew of it:

    I was reading up on the heresies of C.I Scofield, who styled himself a Doctor but has no evidence of being any such thing to his name, when I learned something fascinating! It forced me to cry out to the Lord of Lord’s in praise! Truly, the wisdom of the Father and the Son surpass the foolishness of our world’s heretics and false prophets!

    It is this: we all know how those Zionists, my family are all enslaved to it, won’t stop babbling about how Ezekiel’s Temple was not built and how a new one must be constructed. Do we know where they intend to build it? I think someone somewhere mentioned on Mt. Zion itself, but I’m not sure, as it always seemed that they’d put it where the Dome of the Rock is, i.e, overtop the ruins of Fortress Antonius.

    Either way, the talk is ALWAYS about “Remember Zion!” and also to promote their State and Jewish supremacy. And the Zionist Christians are known to talk about how the new temple must be rebuilt.

    But it already has been! According to this one site, and I am not yet finished reading but will send link so others can verify it for themselves, and see if it is legitimate or may contain some kind of falsehood (https://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/hoax/scofield.htm).

    “Zion” in Hebrew means sepulcher! A tomb! “A place of bones” Christ was crucified on Golgotha, the place of the skull (which is a bone, something found it a sepulcher! And remember what Or Lord called the religious leaders? Whitewashed tombs, or places to bury men’s bones. A terrible image.

    So every time the Zionists say, “remember Zion”, such as the speech at Trump’s inauguration, in reference to Israel, they do multiple things implicating themselves:

    Firstly, they accidentally point to the True Messiah who they murdered, entirely without meaning to.

    Second, they call themselves Zionists, so that means they are calling themselves basically Tombists, or Sepulcherists, EXACTLY what our Lord Jesus the Son of God called them as! He was calling them, basically, “Zionists” in a way, knowing that that’s what they would title themselves in the future that we’re now living in!

    And now here is the thing that made me praise him openly for his greatness:

    They talk about building a new temple.

    But we know Christ spoke of his body as a Temple, one he would rebuild in three days if they destroyed it. And they did. They crucified him on Zion, Place of the Skull. And he was buried in the garden behind it, likely still on the hill, and was raised there. In other words, HE ALONE BY HIS DIVINITY REBUILT THE TEMPLE IN JERUSHALEM, that being himself.

    Let no one say the temple must be or should be rebuilt, or that scripture must be fulfilled. I may of course be wrong about all this, as the article may be, but it seems to me that it adds up, since we KNOW Christ called his body a Temple.

    Perhaps the temple in Ezekiel that was “never built but must be because PRAISE Israhell!” is actually built to this day, as it was destroyed on Calvary, rebuilt, ascended into Heaven, and from Heaven, shall return, to put all earthly counterfeits and pretender Messiahs to shame!

    Praise the Lord Jesus Christ, and may his blessing be on all those who are awake and watching. May your lanterns never run out of oil nor your lights go out in the storm until the Master returns.

     
  3. Hate to nitpick but I have that Cronkite video archived somewhere and I believe he was accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Federalist Association. Hillary shows up on the big screen to congratulate him right after he made that statement, a “speak of the Devil” moment indeed!

     
  4. P.S. to the poster “Tear”, does not the Revelation of St. John say that the Antichrist will perform an act of desecration in the new Temple? 2Th 2:4 “sits as God in the temple of God showing himself that he is God”
    Sound like a physical location to me.

     

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