Don’t we know it

The majority of people will reject the Gospel (Mt. 7:14).

The majority of people rule in a democracy.

Therefore, a democracy will be ruled by those who reject the Gospel.

I realize there’s a fallacy there. The majority who get their way in a democracy will consist of different people at different times. On some issues, those who accept the Gospel may find themselves in the majority. But on issues in which the electorate are divided along religious and moral lines, those favoring traditional morality on the one hand, and those indifferent to it on the other, the devoutly religious are almost bound to find themselves outnumbered, and shouldn’t be surprised when it happens.

Some will reply that the majority of Americans identify themselves as Christians. Yes, but people self-identifying as Christians according to their own subjective lights, and accepting the Gospel as it exists objectively, are not necessarily the same thing. Hence, the wheat and the tares (Mt. 13:30).

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5 thoughts on “Don’t we know it

  1. I have a hard time thinking only a small minority (“few”) will ever enter Heaven. I wonder if He doesn’t quite mean that?

    The infinite greatness of God’s sacrifice, love, and mercy suggest to me the reverse, though I think some have said it’s a sin to presume such things?

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    • God surely desires that all men be saved (1 Tm 2:4), but because He gave us each a will that is free, many unfortunately do not cooperate with His grace and choose not to His will. On the Day of Judgment, Christ will reveal His methodology, explaining to all how and why some are justified while others are reprobated. If the Holy Spirit had revealed this method to the writers of Sacred Scripture, many men would look for loopholes to do the minimum to squeak by into heaven. Does God want a kingdom of lukewarm mercenaries? Apparently not. For He wants us to love Him with our whole heart and soul and strength (Mt 22:37, Dt 6:5; 10:12), and not halfheartedly.

      Since we cannot in the present life comprehend the methodology of divine judgment, what are we to do? The prudent Christian ought to put forth his best effort to stay on the “strait and narrow” (Mt 7:14), and to be confident that, with the help of God’s grace, he shall accomplish this within the framework of whatever morally decent state of life and vocation to which God has directed him, for “with God all things are possible” (Mt 7:26).

      Christ wants wholehearted devotees, for He said: “No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk 9:62). And if one should glance back — and who does not, for who among us is without sin? — he ought to repent instantly and wholeheartedly. We ought not assume that there will be an opportunity for repentance in the next life, for Christ said that “sins against the Holy Spirit” (Mt 12:32), which many take to mean obstinate, final impenitence in the present life, will neither be forgiven now nor then.

      I apologize for the length of my comment. God bless!

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      • I wonder if worrying about just meeting the letter-of-the-law is even applicable at all? It appears that Christ desires us to love Him, to love God, and that’s not something that can be faked, or that one would be able to try and achieve a “bare minimum.”

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  2. Also, many “tares” — whether they admit it or not, whether they even realize it or not — resent the fact that the Church has never, is not now, nor ever will be a democracy.

    Have a great weekend, Agellius. God bless!

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