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(Part 242)


October 10, 2018
Today’s reading: Galatians 2:1-14

There were theological or doctrinal issues in the early Church. One such was whether to require Gentile Christians to be circumcised. Today, we have doctrinal differences even at the highest levels of our Church. Due to political correctness, there is a dispute in our Church on how to handle those who are LGBT. On the one hand, per conservatives, according to age-old teaching and our Catechism, gays are to be shown respect as individuals but their situation is recognized as intrinsically disordered, and homosexual acts are grave sin. On the other hand, per liberals, in order not to offend gays, talk about intrinsic disorder is to be discarded, and gays are just to be accepted and accompanied, without necessarily talking about their sin.

Paul said then that compelling Gentile converts to be circumcised was “because of the false brothers secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, that they might enslave us” (v.4). Today liberals have slipped in and infiltrated our Church, even at the highest levels. They are secretly moving to have homosexuality accepted and even normalized. These liberals are false brothers, perverting the authentic gospel of Jesus and the age-old teachings of our Church. Jesus already won for us our freedom from the enslavement of the devil, but these liberals would bring us back to the dominion of the evil one.

What must be our posture towards liberals in our Church? We act just like Paul in the face of serious error. “To them we did not submit even for a moment” (v.5a). Why should we submit? We must know the truth and stand firm about that truth, “so that the truth of the gospel might remain intact for you.” (v.5b). This principled stand we maintain before clerics, nuns and even bishops, …. and even the Pope! This is what Paul did in relation to Peter, the first Pope. “And when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong.” (v.11). Wow. In your face! This is how important it is to stand for truth, especially in relation to the faith of God’s people, as there is widespread confusion.

Peter actually agreed with Paul (v.12a), but “he began to draw back and separated himself, because he was afraid of the circumcised.” (v.12b). Now there are many liberals in our Church, including priests and chancery officials, including bishops and Cardinals. They have power and are often feared, such that those who might not necessarily agree with them just remain silent. Then there are many clerics and laypeople who just go along, in effect making people think that there is nothing wrong with political correctness or homosexuality. “And the rest of the Jews also acted hypocritically along with him, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy.” (v.13). The hypocrisy was about pretense and moral insincerity.

We must resist political correctness and the drive to normalize homosexuality. What is wrong is wrong. Our posture must be like Paul, openly and publicly proclaiming the truth of the gospel. “But when I saw that they were not on the right road in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of all, ….” (v.14a).

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