THE SERVANT GENERAL
February 15, 2015
Today’s reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Today’s liberals want to be nice, accommodating, not
judgmental, not wanting to give offense to anyone. So that
means not speaking of sin, and just be accepting of each other.
Just love, love, love. They might even point to what Paul
says to the Corinthians: “Avoid giving offense, whether
to Jews or Greeks or the church of God” (v.10:32).
(Greeks) are offended if we preach to them about Christ, telling
us to mind our own business. Christians (the church of God),
that is, the nominal or lapsed ones, are offended if they
are reminded of their Christian obligations and the need to
avoid sin. Liberals, including some priests, nuns and bishops,
are offended if we point out that living in, divorce and same-sex
unions are all sinful and can bring one to hell. They plead:
please, can’t we all just be nice to each other and
Paul wanted to please everyone, saying, “just as I try
to please everyone in every way” (v.10:33a). Was he
a liberal then? No, he was a fire-breathing (Holy Spirit fire),
zealous, persistent, straight-talking preacher of the gospel.
However, he did know how to conform to the situation and be
all things to all people (see 1 Cor 9:20-22). Why did he act
in this way? Paul was “not seeking (his) own benefit
but that of the many, that they may be saved.” (v.10:32b).
sought the many in every situation in order to bring them
to salvation! He conformed to the situation, but he never
held back in preaching the gospel.
the liberals have one-half of the proper approach. They avoid
giving offense .... period. So instead of bringing lapsed
Catholics back to the authentic faith and to salvation, the
liberals allow them to persist in their sin, nay, are made
comfortable in their sin. They are accepted as they are, and
nothing will be said about sin. There is no need for repentance,
because any talk of that is offensive. There is no need to
return, because they are already accepted.
liberal approach is very human-centered. Be nice to our fellow
humans. But of itself, it is erroneous and destructive. We
must be God-centered, and then we would also care for our
fellow humans. What then is the life and work of the Church
for? For lapsed Catholics just to be accepted .... or to be
accepted in heaven? For man to be the end-all of Church ministry
.... or for the glory of God? “So whether you eat or
drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of
liberals, learn Paul’s approach. Follow him .... not
the secular humanistic modernism that you currently follow.
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (v.11:1).