THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
PREPARING FOR THE END
2 John 4-9
One of the main considerations and motivation for the New
Evangelization is the reality that we are in the end times.
Though we do not know when the end will come, the signs, given
by Jesus himself, are clearly there. So we must be vigilant
of the major signs of the end is the appearance of false prophets.
“Many deceivers have gone out into the world”
(2 Jn 7a). They are those who offer another way of salvation
other than through Jesus. They are “those who do not
acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh” (2
Jn 7b). They deceive people, who then turn away from Christ
and the salvation he brings. “Such is the deceitful
one and the antichrist.” (2 Jn 7c).
part of that deceit is political correctness, promoted by
the liberals or progressives or modernists in our Church.
This is the teaching that we should just accept sinners but
not talk about their sin. Such is false mercy, as the sinner
continues with his sin and ultimately goes to hell. Progressives
or liberals are not to be followed for they teach a false
gospel, contrary to the clear teachings of Jesus. “Anyone
who is so ‘progressive’ as not to remain in the
teaching of the Christ does not have God” (2 Jn 9a).
do we know what is the authentic teaching of Jesus? We go
to the Bible, which contains the very words of God, and in
particular in the New Testament, which contains the very words
of Jesus. The Bible contains the law of God, giving instruction
for people to live by. In the Psalms, there are different
words for “instruction” such as law, testimony,
way, precept, statute, commandment, judgment and word (Ps
God’s law is crucial for our Christian walk, so that
our “way is blameless” (Ps 119:1a), we “do
no wrong” (Ps 119:3a), “the young keep his way
without fault” (Ps 119:9a), and we “may live”
(Ps 119:17a). As such, we must truly appreciate the scriptures
for their infinite value. We embrace God as we embrace His
word. “With all my heart I seek you” (Ps 119:10a).
We value what we learn. “In my heart I treasure your
promise” (Ps 119:11a). In God’s word “I
find joy” (Ps 119:14a) and “I take delight”
(Ps 119:16a). We make our prayer: “Open my eyes to see
clearly the wonders of your law.” (Ps 119:18).
end will come unexpectedly, with people engrossed in the affairs
of the world. “As it was in the days of Noah, so it
will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that
Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them
all. Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating,
drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day
when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky
to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the Son of Man
is revealed.” (Lk 17:26-30).
will the end come? A massive earthquake that generates a massive
tsunami that will flood the whole world? Nuclear war with
fiery destruction raining down from the sky? What matters
is that one is prepared. One must not try to salvage or to
look back on what was before (Lk 17:31-32). With the end of
life as we know it, new life will begin. “Whoever seeks
to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will
save it.” (Lk 17:33).
must try to help save as many as we can, beginning with those
closest to us. This could be about husband and wife, “two
people in one bed” (Lk 17:34a) or two close friends,
“two women grinding meal together” (Lk 17:35a).
The tragedy would be that “one will be taken, the other
left.” (Lk 17:34b,35b).
then is the work of the New Evangelization. This is about
knowing the truth and walking according to God’s ways.
When we help people in this way, it should bring us great
joy. “I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children
waling in the truth just as we were commanded by the Father.”
(2 Jn 4). Together in love, we then all “walk according
to his commandments” (2 Jn 6a).
commandment is not what false prophets teach, or what progressives
in the Church advocate, but rather, “this is the commandment,
as you heard from the beginning, in which you should walk.”
(2 Jn 6b). I assure you, “whoever remains in the teaching
has the Father and the Son.” (2 Jn 9b). And salvation.