The Problem with Progressivism

When I lived in England I discovered that one of the differences between US and UK was the approach to advertising. In America if they want to sell you something they re-brand and slap the word “New” on their product. They don’t even have to say “New and Improved” because if it’s new it must have been improved in some way.

In England it was the reverse. To sell something in England they put the product in an antique looking container and said it was “an old fashioned recipe”. Everything was marketed not by novelty, but by nostalgia. If you wanted success put your cookies in an old tin box with a picture of a thatched cottage or a castle on the lid. To really succeed you would link it with the royal family in some way. So if you could get HMQ to wear your waxed jacket, eat your marmalade or drive your Land Rover you could plaster on your labels the “royal warrant.” You would provide your product to the royal household without charge of course, and then you could use the royal warrant. So let’s say you were the manufacturer of axes during the time of that jolly old Englishman King Henry VIII. You could put on your packaging, “Suppliers of axes to His Majesty’s Office of Executions Since 1534.”

You get the idea.

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Antinomianism: The Woke Heresy

A friend recently made a short comment, “Antinomianism is the fashionable heresy today.” I hadn’t seen it before, but he’s right. Antinomianism has been around since the early church battled with the gnostics, but it gained its name in the wake of the rise of Lutheranism.

Antinomianism is the heresy that once you are saved you don’t have to bother with the moral laws. You can see how it flourished: If, as the Protestants taught, you were saved by faith through grace alone and not through good works, then one might conclude that good works and morality generally don’t matter.

Under the Manicheans and other gnostic sects (and later the Albigensians) the emphasis was not so much on salvation by faith as it was on a belief that the “spiritual” was superior to the physical realm and consequently the sins of the flesh were no big deal. Sometimes this was also expressed through extreme asceticism: if the physical was inferior then it was bad and it needed to be suppressed so the “spiritual” could flourish.

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Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble

Are you one of those Catholics who are fed up? Are you fed up with corruption and heresy in the Catholic Church, unrest and turmoil in our society, Catholic priests and bishops who seem to condone immorality and participate in it themselves? Members of the hierarchy who are in cahoots with secular powers?

If you are, do you regularly partake of the blogs and websites that focus on the problems? Maybe you like to watch Taylor Marshall’s videos in which he dwells on the corruption and compromise at the Vatican. It could be you tune in regularly to Michael Voris’ Church Militant website, LifeSite News, the Remnant or some other outlet that focuses on the terrible “signs of the times”. Sometimes a steady diet of this material leads one into conspiracy theories, far fetched end times prophecies and supposedly supernatural signs and wonders that link with Marian apparitions, portents and whisperings of doom.

I follow some of this content from time to time and I am increasingly weary of the whole long parade of doom dealers. Yes the faith is under attack from without and corruption and betrayal from within. Thus it has always been since Judas betrayed the Lord and Peter denied him.

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