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The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America through Politics

God’s WORD

    “But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and
    the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.”
    —Jeremiah 10:10

    “For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.”
    —Jeremiah 16:17

    “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men…For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.”—Proverbs 4:14, 17

    “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in
    whom there is no help.”—Psalm 146:3

    “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while
    some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and
    pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
    —1 Timothy 6:10

    “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”—Hebrews 13:14

from Ecclesia in America: The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America, Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    The content of the education they impart should make constant reference to Jesus Christ and his message as the Church presents it in her dogmatic and moral teaching.

    Only in this way will they train truly Christian leaders in the different spheres of human activity, and in society, especially in politics, economics, science, art and philosophical reflection. 267

The goal of this next-to-last post regarding the Ecclesia in America of Pope John Paul II, is to show that the Roman Catholic Church and its related groups, both obvious and secretive ones, are very much intertwined with US politics and our government leaders.

While there may be some people that are true believers, the so called fundamentalist right wing of our government has many Roman Catholic influences from the RC Church itself, Knights of Columbus, Opus Dei,
Knights of Malta, and the many ecumenical groups, to mention a few.

The Fellowship Foundation which puts on the National Prayer Breakfast
wears a cloak of Evangelicalism, but on closer look, it is very ecumenical
and it too has a number of Roman Catholic influences, and political goals.

I have found much research regarding the influence of the Roman
Catholic Church on politics (like the pope advised) and have posted
the following links on my areyouaware site.

The Mass/Eucharist/Real Presence and US government/politics
Nothing has changed:
13th Century: The English King and the Pope

Red Mass, Blue Mass

    Since 1952, many of our own United States government leaders have annually celebrated the Roman Catholic Red Mass for judges, prosecutors, attorneys, law school professors, students, and government officials on the Sunday before the opening session of the Supreme Court.

    The Red Mass includes a “lecture” (homily) on how to vote the “Roman Catholic” way, and the Eucharist [eating the real body of Jesus and drinking his real blood], which is presumably just for the Roman Catholics in attendance. The Red Mass is now celebrated annually in more than half the states of the United States.

Recent Presidents and two Popes

Roman Catholics and the Religious Right

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Malta (Sovereign Military Order of Malta)

Opus Dei (God’s Work) Posts
Joseamaria Escriva felt his Opus Dei (a rather secretive group) group was to help “ordinary” people attain holiness by their good works.

    “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
    —Ecclesiastes 12:14

    “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…”—Romans 3:22

Josemaría Escrivá, founder of the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei

Excerpts from Escriva’s The Way

The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei

Opus Dei, Monsignor Vladimir Felzmann, Father John McCloskey, Scott Hahn

Some American Opus Dei “Works” and a few Prominent American Members

Excerpts from “2030 Looking Back” by Opus Dei’s Father John McCloskey
This is a very unnerving post. Opus Dei folk think pain and suffering make you holy.

The Family (Fellowship Foundation) Posts
The National Prayer Breakfast and the Fellowship Foundation (The Family)

History of the Fellowship Foundation

Some National Prayer Breakfasts 2007–2009

Presidential Candidates and the Family Foundation

Colson, The Family, Born Again

God’s WORD

    “Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand…the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.”—Jeremiah 51:7

    “…Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
    —Revelation 14:8

    “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”—Revelation 17:18

    “…and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”—Revelation 18:3

    “…for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”—Revelation 18:23

    “…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities”—Revelation 18:4-5

    “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.”
    —Jeremiah 23:5

    “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”—2 Corinthians 5:20

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The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America through Culture

God’s WORD

    “…The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

    “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

    “But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

    “…The servants said unto him [the householder], Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

    “But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest…”—Matthew 13:24–30

    “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-
    block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”—1 Corinthians 1:23

This post compares the quotes of the Pope and others regarding the Roman Catholic Church’s evangelization through culture goal (which they have
had for at least 1500 years) with quotes of Christian/Biblical Worldview folk/organizations and family/morals/values folk/organizations, which
seem to have a political agenda.

from Ecclesia in America: The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America, Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    The evangelization of culture
    70. …the Synod Fathers rightly felt that the new evangelization calls for a clearly conceived, serious and well organized effort to evangelize culture”. 264

    In America, the mestiza face of the Virgin of Guadalupe was from the start a symbol of the inculturation of the Gospel, of which she has been the lodestar and the guide.

    Through her powerful intercession, the Gospel will penetrate the hearts of the men and women of America and permeate their cultures, transforming them from within. 266

from the Discourse to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture, John Paul II, January 1987

    5. This leads me…to insist upon…a central objective in our work…inculturation (newly-coined word)…

    When the Church enters into contact with cultures, she must welcome all that is compatible with the Gospel…to be enriched herself by the manifold wisdom of the nations of the earth…inculturation commits the Church to a path that is difficult, but necessary…

Redemptoris missio, On the permanent validity of the Church’s missionary mandate Ioannes Paulus PP. II December 1990

    Incarnating the Gospel in Peoples’ Culture
    52. inculturation “means the intimate transformation of authentic cultural values through their integration in Christianity and the insertion of Christianity in the various human cultures.”85 …

    Through inculturation the Church makes the Gospel incarnate in different cultures…She transmits to them her own values…Inculturation is a slow journey…

    53. Missionaries…must immerse themselves in the cultur[e]..evangelizing the culture of the environment in which they are working…

    54. …inculturation must be guided by two principles: “compatibility with the gospel and communion with the universal Church.“94

    …In effect, inculturation must involve the whole people of God…The safeguarding of traditional values is the work of a mature faith.

Religious Cleansing, Keith Fournier (Roman Catholic Deacon), 1993

    It is essential for Christians of the twentieth century and the beginning of a new millennium…to contend once again for the culture…to rescue a civilization which is heading toward barbarism. p. 6

Defending the First Right and First Freedom: A Call for Collaboration, Deacon Keith Fournier, 2004

    For decades I have tried in my own little way to take the social teaching of the Catholic Church and offer it as a resource for building a culture of life, family, freedom and solidarity. This beautiful teaching is not just for Catholics, other Christians or even other people of faith but intended for all men and women.

Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis
of Faith
by C. John, III McCloskey, Russell Shaw, 2007

    “So now we face the need to do again what our forebears in the faith did all those centuries ago—I mean evangelize a largely pagan society and convert the pagans

    “And as that kind of growth takes place, it will lead inevitably to the transformation of the contemporary culture into one that faithfully reflects Christ’s teaching as mediated by the Church.

    “Primarily through her laity,” Pope John Paul II told the American bishops in 1987, “the church is in a position to exercise great influence upon American culture.”

    “Then he asked, “But how is American culture evolving today? Is the evolution being influenced by the Gospel? Does it clearly reflect Christian inspiration?

    “Your music, your poetry and art, your drama, your painting and sculpture, the literature that you are producing—are all those things which reflect the soul of a nation being influenced by the sprit of Christ for the perfection of humanity?” p. 25, 26

“Preaching” a Christian/Biblical Worldview to redeem culture; supporting and voting for conservative morality in the form of family/traditional/pro-life values; or spending massive amounts of money for such—NONE of this saves you from your own wicked deceitful heart; Nor does it nor can it make culture or society better.

The Lord Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross to rescue and redeem culture? NO! Jesus died on the cross (taking the punishment for all sin), so that people (individuals, YOU specifically) could be rescued, redeemed and freed from sin, darkness, and from this wicked world. Jesus Christ and repentance are to be preached, not culture or values.

God’s WORD

    “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world…”
    —John 18:36

    “…our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins,
    that he might deliver us from this present evil world…”
    —Galatians 1:3, 4

    “And that repentance and remission of sins should be
    preached in his name among all nations…”—Luke 24:47

    “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord…”
    —2 Corinthians 4:5

    “And from Jesus Christ…the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”—Revelation 1:5

Rather than proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who live in darkness, the ecumenical “religious” and “spiritual” leaders of our world are promoting transformation through culture. Many of these groups have political agendas, and have a major influence on our current government.

The Ecumenical/Common Good/Dialogue Way or Evangelization of culture with the help of Christian Worldview, Values, the Family
Through ecumenism/common good and focus on culture/values, Evangelicals, Methodists, Baptists, Orthodox, Reformed, Roman Catholics, Calvinists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Mormons, Moonies, and Muslims, the poor and the very wealthy (to mention some groups)—all can agree that society (culture) needs to have morals and values such as family, marriage, sanctity of life.

The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Eucharist is Jesus’ real body and real blood. As I have discussed in this Real Presence series, the RC Church believes the Eucharist is the center of worship, they are NOT going to change, and they are out to get YOU to agree with them so they can once again rule the world.

Any group that is ecumenical—including worldview and transforming culture, or focusing on pro-life, family values and/or the social gospel—is, whether they know it or not, participating in the Roman Church agenda.

    “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”—Ephesians 5:11

The following are posts on my AreYouAware site and give more information on some of the Christian Worldview and Family/Values groups.

1. Christian/Biblical World View
Background information on the Christian/Biblical Worldview.
Some Christian/Biblical Worldview groups
Starting with Awana and ending with YWAM.
Christian Worldview Weekends
Timeline of Norman Geisler’s education, books, etc.

2. Cultural/Political Groups
Some Culture/Family/Values Groups
Alliance Defense Fund
Arlington Group Links
Howard Center Links
Values Voters Summits
World Congress of Families, funding, sponsors, supporters

God’s WORD

    “In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.”—Psalm 143:2

    Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.”—Isaiah 29:13

    “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”—Acts 20:21

    “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

    “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

    “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”—2 John 9–11