what does evil look like?
EVIL IS SO CUNNING IS ISN'T WHAT WE THINK IT IS AT ALL
If I were to ask you what evil looked like, you would probably have some horrid image of a demonically possessed murder…some horrific picture of the devil. Well, that is evil, but most of us know to stay clear of such evil….since that is obviously scary.
However, there is a terrifying evil out there much greater than we can imagine, which we can’t see well at all. This evil we need to run from quickly and diligently, since it is killing most of us. “For many are called [to Heaven] but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).
But this horrid destructive evil doesn’t look anything like the “anti-christ” image of evil as depicted in the above monastery fresco. Truly, there is an evil so powerful, so destructive, so hidden “if that were possible, even the elect [would be deceived and not recognize it]” (Matthew 24:24).
Hidden Evil Among Us
What does this evil look like? Well, we can easily notice evil in the aggressive, angry, violent, unforgiving, impatient person and recognize they aren’t someone we want to follow or even listen to. So that kind of evil isn’t what is killing us, nor what is causing us to not know The Way. That isn’t leading us to reject God’s saving forgiving mercy. Why would anyone want to convert to Christianity or follow an obviously “evil” person’s advice if that is a “True Christian”?
However, the reason why we live in a time of great darkness and don’t know what true Christianity (The Way) is, isn’t because the anti-christ–the destroyer of The Truth–is some wretched scary beast, who acts unlovingly and violent towards us, who has consumed most of us.
No! We are lost, because we didn’t recognize the most sinister of evil among us, which is “prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour” (1 Peter 5:8), since this evil is a hidden beast that seems wonderfully loving, fun, gentle and oh….so very harmless in appearance, like a lamb.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15).
Yes, this lamb of destruction seems to preach the truth and is so kind, wants to make us happy and to make peace.
It has a great facade of Christ, but is far far from Him. “Then I saw another beast [the anti-christ] come up out of the earth; it had two horns [looked] like a lamb’s but spoke [lies] like a dragon” (Revelation 13:11).
Truly, there are lambs–people–that look great (to most) and are preaching guidance of true love one moment, and then in the next are preaching sly words of deception (feeding us poison), words so deceptive, which easily confuse many of us to The Way.
This is how cunning this evil is…it is like our favorite scrumptious food…which is oh so enjoyable, but it is actually a hidden cancerous food that we intake, which looks and tastes wonderful, but it is unknowingly killing us.
This devil doesn’t come to us with words of hate but rather words of love and peace, as he deceives us with his gentle preaching—“all honey is their speech” (Psalm 5:9)–seemingly like Christ (if we don’t know any better). But it is really lukewarm teaching intermingled with words of Christ’s love.
Yes, there are books, pamphlets, movies, messages and preachers/teachers, even works which claim to be given by those in Heaven: God, the Blessed Mother, saints, angels, etc., who are this anti-christ, spreading this cancer throughout all Christianity, but most don’t even know they are a host of evil.
Oh, we need to learn how to recognize and avoid this evil, so to rid this anti-christ from our lives, which has deceived us into delighting in the warm and fuzzy preaching, removing our fear of sin, justifying the worshiping idols: the things we go to for happiness and long for which aren’t God or His will, and tricks us into being complacent with our offences against God and not concerned with our salvation.
After we learn how to recognize this evil, then we can stamp the anti-christ out of our lives so it doesn’t continue to consume us to the point of death as it has for so many.
“It [the anti-christ] deceived the inhabitants of the earth with the signs [of the greatness of the world’s pleasures] it was allowed to perform in the sight of the first beast [of pride & lies], telling them to make an image for the beast [things to long for instead of God]” (Revelation 13:14).
You see, this “anti-christ” that we read about in The Word isn’t a single human man…no, it is evil and evil doesn’t have a body; it needs a body to live in and it picks many many souls to occupy…not just one.
“Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared” (1 John 2:18).
Many people have been looking for this anti-christ. But people are looking in all of the wrong places. Some call Hitler the anti-christ. No, that isn’t him nor one of them. He was no lamb.
Hitler committed atrocities, and some people did follow him, but he never preached his way was Christianity. Nobody thought he was a true Christian, so he was just a man with much evil; not the anti-christ.
The anti-christ are false profits–deceivers–who don’t confess with The True Word, but yet others believe it is true, therefore, those, who spread lies, are “the deceiver and the antichrist“ (2 John 7).
Meaning: the anti-christ–this great evil we have been looking for that we must run from–which brings about “lawlessness,” are in people, who declare themselves to be following Christ, who mislead others by their poor examples and false direction, which causes anarchy among the faith (darkness) and a great loss of life…leaving us not knowing The Way.
“Whoever denies the Father and the Son [doesn’t live the Father’s will or live The Word], this is the antichrist” (1 John 2:22).
If we look, with eyes of wisdom (asking God to show us the truth), we can clearly see this anti-christ. It isn’t in some wicked sinister man (even though this man does posses much evil)….however, the actual “anti-christ,” which came to destroy Christ’s Church and bounds of souls, he is in the lamb. Yes, the lamb! Not every lamb, just the ones with a hidden wolf underneath the gentle–Christ like–facade.
“Every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus [The Word made flesh–doesn’t believe/live any of The Word] does not belong to God. This is the spirit of the antichrist.” (1 John 4:3).
The Anti-Christ is Everywhere
Tragically, this horrific evil (the anti-christ) has spread broad and high. It feeds us poison, to deceive us, through false apparitions, false revelations, false books, false preaching, false teaching, false leaders, false prayers, false examples and false guidance of all sorts. Then after we are tainted, the anti-christ uses us as its new host to spread its virus further. It has done this so well that now we are all infected with its blasphemes.
“All the inhabitants of the earth will worship it [desire idols and not God alone], [but then, for those who truly turn to Christ–the real Lamb–will be spared, but] all whose names were not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life, which belongs to the Lamb who was slain [will not escape the fires of Hell]” (Revelations 13:8).
What is most horrible, the people experiencing the apparitions, receiving the revelations, the authors of the books, the preachers, the teachers and the others, many of them, don’t even know they are being used by the anti-christ as its host for delivering messages of destruction for man.
Yes, the anti-christ’s poison is in all of us; we are the anti-christ…all, who live and preach a false doctrine declaring it as The Truth. Sure some are more infected with the anti-christ’s deadly virus than others and some, due to their influence on God’s children, are destroying more souls than others, but this illness is real and everywhere. Beware!
From the anti-christ confusing us as to what is The Truth, we spread the lies of the evil one to impressionable souls, who are looking for the Light, thinking we are guiding them to Jesus correctly, when we are actually leading them to Hell. It is simply horrible.
Therefore, if we declare ourselves to be true Christians or are guiding others on how to become a true Christian, and we deceive others and even ourselves with our poor examples and improper preaching, we are the anti-christ.
“Such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, who masquerade as apostles of Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:13).
The scary part is, the more lamb like we are–the more of a hypocrite we are–the more convincing we will be to others and especially ourselves–increasing our blinding pride–thinking that we are in fact true Christians, who have found The Way.
Horribly, if we have convinced ourselves we are so loving and kindhearted like Christ, our pride, will keep us so very blind to reality, preventing us from truly repenting and changing. In-fact, if we are suffering from a hidden wolf living in us, we will be all the more accountable for leading souls astray than the less lamb like person would be.
“For even Satan masquerades as an angel of light. So it is not strange that his ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).
Therefore, if we want to Live, we want to remove this anti-christ from our lukewarm bodies. We can only do this by honestly looking into ourselves so to find the sin (the many, many sins) we love, so we can repent/change from them.
This is quite hard from many, since many of us don’t know how to enter into our feelings to see our sinfulness. To learn more please read, “How Can I See My Sins.”
Who is the Real Lamb?
But how can we remove the anti-christ–this cancerous illness–if we don’t know the difference between a good cell or a cancerous one–from the real thing or a fake? To do this, we need to come to know the real Christ. Who is Jesus? Sure most people think we know what Jesus would do…but do we?
Jesus possess all of the qualities below to perfection (perfect love):
- Long suffering,
- Not jealous,
- Not proud (humble),
- Not think Himself as better (even though He was Christ),
- Not rude,
- Not quick-tempered,
- Not keeping a record of wrongs,
- Not brood over someone offending Him,
- Lives to serve others,
- Preaches the truth we need to hear,
- Has fear of the Lord,
- Does what is best for the salvation of souls.
The reason why we can’t notice if something (like a book) or someone truly has these qualities is because the evil one has lied to us so well, we have lost the true definition of each of these virtues. Or we see something that appears to be a genuine virtue, but its hidden intentions are quite dis-ingenuous.
We might think we know what each of these virtues means, but truly I tell you, most simply don’t. When we can’t see or don’t really know what it means to be perfectly obedient, generous, forgiving, respectful, etc…then we won’t see how WE are lacking these qualities. Then we can’t properly see our own sins, which directly makes us incapable of seeing others errors correctly either.
Now, of course, we don’t want to judge others–try to know the intentions of others actions–but we most certainly should be able to recognize what is sinful or potentially sinful and what isn’t. We need to be able to see the anti-christ. But most of us suffer from much blindness.
“Human blindness which takes white for black and holds pride for humility and humility for pride, and from which springs the perverse judgment which is the cause of all confusion.”
–St. Catherine of Genoa
That is why we hardly have any sins to confess, when we are drowning in them. We don’t even know what is sinful any more. We have been greatly deceived. Therefore, we need to come to see our sins…if we are going to really see this anti-christ that is poisoning us. To learn more please read, “How to See My Sins.”
Little to No Boldness
Nonetheless, the easiest quality to notice in this evil lamb–the anti-christ–is the constant warm and fuzzy preaching…SEEKING TO MAKE EVERYONE FEEL COMFORTABLE with our words.
Now, I’m not saying that we, who don’t always speak so gently, aren’t suffering from being a host of this anti-christ. We are. But the major deceivers–the greater anti-christs’–who are even more seemingly Christ like (if you believe Christ is always gentle)…teach constantly with this warm fuzzy preaching…leaving everyone feeling good, no matter what is said.
True servants of God, who truly preach like Christ, who speak outside of gentleness, when needed, do so as they try to awaken God’s children from their sleep of death or to state their outrage against the grievous offences committed against God the Most High. This is what we want to strive to become like in order to stamp out the anti-christ from within us.
[St. Rose, who sought to guide a priest to save souls, humbly said to a lukewarm preacher] “Father, God has made you His preacher that you might convert souls to Him. Do not waste your talents uselessly in flowers [flowery preaching], for this is a work without fruit. Since you are a fisher of men, cast your net in such a manner that men will fall into it, not to gain the applause of the world, for this is as a puff of wind and vanity. Remember also the account which God will exact from you in such an exalted ministry.”
–St. Rose of Lima
However, most of us, who do speak outside of gentleness, sadly, isn’t to move souls into a saving faith, but rather from our sin: a lack of patience, self-love, selfishness or intolerance, and alike…not from true love for God or our neighbor.
Tragically, from not understanding Christ’s true mannerisms and what we really should be following, we have been deceived into thinking Christ is all gentle, like a soft fuzzy lamb, in everything He does. Oh, He can be gentle and soft and fuzzy, when it is the right moment, but He is far from always that way…just read The Word.
Anyone who really wants to know what Jesus would do, can read how He is sometimes direct and blunt, calling us lairs and lost, as He preaches the direct truths–not to make war or turn us away, even though that might result from our hard hearts–but all God does is to save. He says what is the greatest good for each person and/or best for each moment. Then, He gives us a free will to choose The Truth (love) or not.
We need to learn how to do this…not to hurt others or prove ourselves right but to love. Only grace can give us this gift…since some of us will speak boldly wanting to help but, sadly, it is too much or with the wrong tone or not for real reasons of love (salvation of souls) and/or not according to God’s will…mostly driven from pride. Therefore, it bears little to no truly good fruits.
We should know that neither the apostles nor the saints were all soft with their preaching either. Much of the time, since we are so deaf, they were quite fiery, bold and courageous with their speaking. But whether they spoke gently or boldly, they always preached according to GOD’S WILL with the truth that we needed to hear…with the goal of the salvation of our souls…to enlighten and help us grow in faith to bring upon and maintain fear of the Lord: fear of sinning against God because of the punishments (earthly and eternal) we deserve and/or to move us to stop offending God, whom we should be loving with all of our hearts. We need to learn what God’s will is too if we are to come to know what to say or not to say.
Therefore, true disciples don’t only speak The Word in soft tones of “everything being good and wonderful”…giving guidance so soft and without any show of dissatisfaction towards sin that nobody would even know what we were doing was really wrong (offensive to God) and going to damn us…like most of us have been tricked into preaching.
That kind of preaching is from the anti-christ…as his words are spoken in soft lukewarm tones: challenging nobody….leaving us with no fear of sinning and no real desire to change. This is why we are dying. We have no real motivation to change from our sinful ways.
On top of the anti-christ confusing us with all of Christ’s virtues, there are also three qualities of love in which he has taken away from our correct understanding too that are most needed to comprehend in order to recognize this anti-christ. They are:
- God’s justice
- Fear of the Lord
- Knowing what is truly best for the salvation of souls.
These are the three qualities we must understand in order for us to not die from presumption of salvation (presuming we have a saving faith).
Yikes, we really don’t like to talk about God’s justice. His anger and punishments are almost never spoken about. Yes, the anti-christ has stripped this from our dialogue. Do we think if we don’t talk about justice, then it really doesn’t exist or if we speak this truth people won’t like us?
“[When I think Christ who came for these] Christians, then I am seized with fear and pity [for them]: fear because I anticipate the great wrath of God upon the careless, ungrateful, and evil-natured [Christians]; pity because I see a great multitude of Christians voluntarily depriving themselves of the indescribable bliss of the future life [rejecting Heaven] and casting themselves into eternal fire–into eternal torments.”
–St. John of Kronstadt
Sure, some people have preached Hell, fire and brimstone trying to create a fear of damnation so to move us to stop sinning, but it was done immoderately (not according to God’s will) and didn’t include God’s saving transforming love waiting to take away our sins to save us. But now some of us think if we talk about God’s justice, we will be branded like them, as extremists. Oh, that is just another tactic of the devil tricking us into not preaching the entire Truth so God’s children will die.
Most, who have been infected greatly with this anti-christ, act as if God isn’t a just judge, or we think His mercy is so great it has removed our consequences to our sins. Or we have been convinced that we are so good: we don’t kill, steel, commit adultery, etc..therefore, we won’t receive God’s punishments for our lesser sins–as we lack true contrition/true hatred for them.
But I tell you, God’s wrath will most certainly come upon us–all of us–if we continue to refuse His helping mercy–that is only available now–so we can come to truly hate every sin before our time of judgement. Oh, if we don’t acknowledge God’s justice, we will never come to see our true sinfulness nor gain a truly humble contrite heart for our life time of not really loving or serving Him, since without acknowledging justice, we will have no fear of the Lord, which means no contrition for our sins. Then we will suffer eternal punishment.
If we think our all loving God doesn’t get angry at our constant habitual sins and refusal of His mercy that was sent to help us stop them, then we are very wrong.
“This wicked people who refuse to obey my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and follow other gods, serving and worshiping them…I will smash them against each other, parents and children together—oracle of the Lord—showing no compassion [for they reap what they sow], I will neither spare nor pity [for Justice has spoken], but I will destroy them [for they will not change].” (Jeremiah 13:10-14)
Now is the time of great mercy, before judgement comes. This is the time where God is tolerating so much sin and pouring grace after grace out upon us (grace most simply refuse). But the hour of terrifying justice is coming and if we don’t repent and change, we will suffer God’s wrath–which is never ending. Yet, even in His justifiable wrath, He is still merciful, as the punishment we truly deserve is unfathomable. But what we do receive, which is forever, is beyond words. Truly, I can’t express how much horrifying anguish we will suffer for eternity if we don’t wake up from our sleep of death and run to God for mercy (help) now before it is too late, or we will lose it all.
For every sin, we aren’t forgiven of, we will be accountable for and if we only lived a life deceived, we most likely have never been forgiven of a single sin, never mind all of them and are guilty of an unfathomable number of crimes against God. To learn more please read, “Can I Be Forgive of Some Sins and Not All of Them” and “How Can Bad Confessions Damn Us.”
Run to God. God Wants You in Heaven. Mercy is waiting to save you. Learn how to grow in faith from some faith into a saving faith, which is absolutely necessary to avoid the wrath of God that is most certainly going to come upon the world.
“The sins of the world are very great…If men only knew what eternity is, they would do everything in their power to change their lives.” “You must pray much for sinners and priests and religious.”…”Our Lady can no longer uphold the arm of her Divine Son which will strike the world. If people amend their lives, Our Lord will even now save the world, but if they do not, punishment will come.”
Fear of the Lord
Removing our understanding of Fear of the Lord is the NUMBER ONE key ingredient of deception the anti-christ uses, which is where the wrongful thinking of “just try to be the best person you can be…your sins are no big deal…God loves you anyway” (the warm, fuzzy preaching) has come into place. Yes, the anti-christ has destroyed much of God’s Church and its people by removing our true understand of Fear of the Lord (fear of sin and its horrid consequences).
Sure God loves us and wants us saved but if we don’t repent and change–and come to truly hate our sins–not being complacent with a single offence–we will reject God for our sin and be damned.
We aren’t OK just the way we are…we must be striving to become true self-sacrificing perfect saints…someone who truly doesn’t want to offend God again…we must become the saints God has called us to be. Anything else is lukewarm teaching and killing us.
Fear of the Lord is fearing to sin against God which comes from understanding sins horrid consequences against God and ourselves. “A man should fear nothing but to offend God” as St. Catherine of Genova teaches us.
Fear of the Lord, it isn’t an awe of God or some other misconception given to us by the anti-christ, which many have been deceived with; it is the FEAR OF SIN…the fear of offending God (because we will be punished or because we can’t bear to offend the one we should be loving). To learn more please read, “What is Fear of the Lord.”
“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil [sin]” (Proverbs 8:13).
To sin against God should cause us to tremble, but it doesn’t. We don’t have a horror for sin. We are complacent with countless sins (lack true contrition for them). Oh, the devil doesn’t need to say many false teachings or have us become seemingly unfaithful to kill us, all he needs to do is get us to to lose our Fear of the Lord, then we lack contrition and are doomed.
This is exactly what he has done…he preaches many words of Christ, but without any fear of sin–GIVING US NO REAL REASON TO STOP. Having a fear of sin is supposed to turn a man away from sinning…but we have no reason to stop.
“[Have] fear the Lord and turn away from evil [sin]” (Proverbs 3:7).
If we don’t change and grow into obtaining a great fear of sinning, we will continue to sin thinking we are sorry and forgiven because God is all loving, when in reality from our lack of TRUE sorrow, we have actually rejected God’s mercy from not truly hating our sins. To learn more please read, “What is True Sorrow.”
What is Best For the Salvation of Souls
But one thing we must remember, when Christ displayed virtue, it wasn’t because He wanted to be a good person or because He liked how it made Him feel to do good. Even athiests act “good”, want to be good people and like doing good for others too. Therefore, that wasn’t why Christ did anything.
The underlining intention for everything God did, was to love/obey the Father for THE SALVATION OF SOULS. Not to try to make us happy or remove our suffering…even though He did that, but He removed our suffering so show us His love so we could find the true The Way to happiness–Eternal Life, which is really through the cross.
Christ didn’t preach a single word just to try to make us better people; He wanted to make us perfect saints…better people don’t go to Heaven, those who desire to become perfect saint do. He inspired us to perfection so to save our souls, not just so we can have a better life on earth, but for our greater hope for Eternal Life. That is why God did/does everything.
Truly, is our conscience thought–seeking the salvation of souls–driving what we do…or do we do just to be kind, helpful, and friendly…just like an athiest, who likes to be good too? Sadly, most don’t even know what it takes to save a soul or what saves…so we can’t have that drive what we do even if we wanted it to. The devil has deceived us greatly, we don’t know what saves.
But yet, everything Jesus did was to promote the salvation of our souls. Therefore, the anti-christ can’t do anything truly for this purpose. He can sound like Christ and act like Christ, but he can’t do even the smallest act for the true intention of the salvation of souls. His ultimate goal from all of his worlds of love is only for our destruction, under the facade of true charity.
But since we can’t judge the intention of one’s soul (why someone does what they do), we can’t see if someone else is the anti-christ using this means.
However, we can look–the best we can–into our souls, to see why we are doing what we do, to see where we are being used as the host for the anti-christ, so we can stamp this evil out of our life. We can look into every thought, word and deed and turn our desires to God’s will–seeking perfect obedience for the salvation of souls–so the anti-christ will have no where to dwell within us, and we can truly save souls like Christ has done for us.
Remove the Anti-Christ
The first thing we need to do to remove the anti-christ, outside of confessing our sins and working hard to stop them, is to find and remove our food source…those who are feeding us the poison so we can stop choosing to consume it.
This lamb, that is poisoning us, which is greater than us, who we look up to, who we seek for guidance, which poisons us with it’s hidden lies needs to be recognized.
Not so we can condemn it/him/her or become angry for its misguidance, but so we can become alert and create resolutions so to not become tainted again by its lies and pray for its recovery towards the true faith.
Much of the time it is so hard to see this very deceptive Anti-Christ, since it is something or someone we REALLY like. And from being so greatly deceived, we can’t look with honest eyes so to see the vast lukewarm teaching that is killing us.
“Never was the world so corrupt as it is now, because it was never so astute, so wise in its own conceit, so cunning. It is so skillful in deceiving the soul seeking perfection that it makes use of truth to foster untruth, of virtue [qualities of Christ] to authorize vice [sin] and it even distorts the meaning of Christ’s own truths to give authority to its own maxims [rule of conduct].”
–St. Louis De Montfort
Do we believe or even spread the seemingly wonderful words (guidance) from non-church approved apparitions, since they seem to be written by a lamb…so gentle, so loving, so wonderfully inspiring or because we have been wowed by miracles? Have we been unknowingly lead astray? Has the allurement of miracles, tricked us into believing that the guidance is true?
“May the Pope guard against the performers of miracles. For the time has come when the most astonishing wonders will take place on the earth and in the air.”
God will allow miracles, if our hearts truly seek Him, even in a place of great deception. Don’t be fooled. Plus, God will even allow evil to heal us. Yes, evil can heal!
“The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception” (1 Thessalonians 2:9-10)
For example: Let’s say, we break a bone and go to the emergency room looking for a doctor to heal our arm. But the doctor in the ER is a satanist. Yet, he heals our injury. He doesn’t heal us for having a love of God but from a love for himself. Yet, God still allowed our arm to be healed and intends it for our good, even though it was head by the hand of evil. And this is the same thing that occurs in the place of false apparitions. Sometimes, evil miraculously heals us but God intends to use it for our good, if we allow Him.
Remember “Satan masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14); he is so very cunning and will even allow many to find God, even be healed by God and grow closer to Him through these apparitions, just so we and others can become deceived just enough to NEVER TRULY FIND HIM (never become saved). Yes, many will believe we are now very holy and enlightened from non-approved apparition sites, and we could have grown much in faith because of them, but we are actually still quite in the dark and lost from being mis-guided into being lukewarm (not following the true path to Heaven).
The anti-christ’s goal is to bring great division in the church through these lies…don’t allow Him. There is only one way…and that is through the removal of sins and love of the Cross (penance) so to grow into true love of God.
The Church has provided us with many approved apparitions, delight in them. Stay away…far away from others, especially since most of us don’t have the grace to truly recognize the truth from a lie and only if God wills, will we even see. The real apparitions aren’t lukewarm…they lead to Life, if we can understand what they are saying.
“People must renounce sin [all sin] and not [habitually] persist in it, as has been done until now. It is essential to repent greatly.”
–Our Lady of Fatima (approved apparition)
Please understand if these unapproved apparitions are truly valid, in time, the Church (as a whole) will approve of it. But until then, our eternal life depends upon us removing the lies and replacing them with the real truths.
Tragically, this anti-christ has caught so many people with beautiful hearts of love, who want to love God and do good, but they are being so deceived. They have fallen hook, line and sinker into the devils trap and are bringing others with them to their doom as well. Incredibly they are absolutely clueless this is occurring.
We know the approved apparitions are real…stick with them. Even if we think we have the grace to see the error one’s preaching, non-approved apparitions should always be avoided, because if we are lacking grace just enough to miss one falsity, we could cling to one lie and lose it all. See the example I have below in “False Books” to see how clever this deception really is. Truly just one falsity–especially the lack of fear of any sin (declaring a sin as good)–can be devastating and lead to our doom.
We must become “sober and vigilant” (1 Peter 5:8) and stop this devouring of souls.
There are books wrongly being portrayed as truthful by our Church, as even many shepherds have been deceived in promoting them.
“Certain books and journals which should not have been granted an imprimatur have been published.”
–Pope St. John Paul II
Yes, tragically priests and even bishops of our Church are being deceived and unintentionally leading us astray. What are we to do? I will tell you. We are not to spend our time believing any book unless they come from a saint or has been approved by a saint, who we know has been given the correct light to guide us.
Some books are so deadly, they are made with the sole purpose of destroying souls. Beware the devil is powerful. Oh, these books have only one purpose and that is to kill us. Because they are authored by the evil one himself, masquerading as work from Heaven. They are so cleverly written someone blessed with much grace will hardly see the trickery, as it uses words of love and truth intermingled with cleverly disguised lies, all to prevent us from obtaining a saving faith.
For example: An evil book will seem so loving as it tries to bring us peace. It will try to help us, like when we worry about others and the wrong choices they make and what their future might be. The evil book says things like this, God “understands why we worry” ; it is a “sign of our love for others”…all we need to do is trust in God to take care of those we love and all will be fine. Doesn’t that sound like great advice. Yes, it does, if we don’t see the evil lurking between the words.
God might understand why we worry, but does that make it good or acceptable? No, it doesn’t. Worrying is sinful. Worrying is not a sign of our love for another but rather a great sign of our lack of trust in God?
“You keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
Doesn’t the Bible say over and over again “do not worry about tomorrow [trust in God]; tomorrow will take care of itself” (Matthew 6:35).
How can we justify worrying as good–a sign of love–and then say, just trust in God and all will be fine. That is like saying to someone dying of cancer, “Just keep on smoking (worrying) and your lung cancer (lack of trust) will still some how leave.” That is impossible.
If worrying is seen as a “sign of love” and not the SIN it is (for God says “do not worry anymore” Luke 12:29)—then we will NEVER SEEK MERCY for help to rid worrying from our life.
Then, we will try to trust in God and worry at the same time, which can’t be done. As a result, we will never gain true trust in God and die. This is how tricky the evil one is as He tries to rob us of our faith through words that seem like guidance to the Light but they aren’t. Beware eternity is forever!
Therefore, to avoid being mislead, we shouldn’t read any book–imprimatur or not–unless it was OK’d by a saint. This is important! Stick with the wisdom of the saints. Please see our list of books written by the saints. Studying the faith from anyone else is simply foolish…if someone can’t make it to become a real saint then they don’t know The Way. Why would we listen to them?
Why would we trust what a non-sanctified person or at least, someone who isn’t walking on the path of true sanctity says? We must be careful.
There are so many false books out there it is mind boggling. People want to do good and feel some inspiration from God and they know some truth and have talents from God, but God is calling them to repent and change FIRST before writing. They must find The Way–be walking in The Way of Sanctity/Perfection–before guiding others, or they will only guide others to their doom thinking they are doing much good. Oh, it is just horrible. To learn more please read, “Mis-guided Love.”
“Evil books will be abundant on earth and the sprits of darkness will spread everywhere a universal slackening of all that concerns the service of God. ” (Fatima)
From mis-guided love, people and churches are distributing books that keep others blind to The Way and are now responsible for countless souls being lost. This is a sickening reality as over and over again people are not only preaching false truths, but are recommending others to read writings from people, who claim they know The Way (and they do know some of the way) or who have even had revelations from God, which look like correct teachings of the faith, but horribly they are really cleverly deceptive words, disguised as a lamb, keeping us lukewarm, confused and quite deceived.
These books are so deceptive since they really seem to help us and some of it does help, but at the same time because we don’t see the poison, we are lured in by the loving inspiring words, but are being killed by the hidden lies. They are actually leading us deeper and deeper into the presumption of salvation (pride), trust in man and the world, and further away from true fear of the Lord, so we won’t “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12) and die an eternal death. Tragic!
It is like eating a food that is cancerous…at first it tastes good and gives us temporary energy, but at the same time it is confusing our cells into destroying itself.
Preachers are supposed to inspire and motivate us to change our lives so to perfectly love God. That is the purpose of peaching: to lead others to a saving faith (sanctity). They are supposed to help us see the sins we have been covering and spur us to seek God’s mercy so we can change. However, as we can easily see, this kind of preaching just isn’t existing today. The people aren’t flocking to God wanting to stop all of their sins and become true self-sacrificing saints, like they used to do in the times of old. If their is a preacher preaching the truth, horribly, he is drowned out by all of the lies.
What are we to do so to stop constantly poisoning ourselves? How can we avoid this toxic lukewarm preaching that is killing us? It is everywhere! Well, if one church has a better preacher over another, we can choose to attend the Mass of the better preacher, but sometimes, no preacher is even better than another. Now, what are we to do? Do we bother going to Mass? Oh my, of course! We always go to Mass. We simply must be on guard to not fall into believing any wrongful preaching.
We don’t go to church to hear the preacher…that is just a bonus. We go to Mass to praise and worship God especially during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass…the preaching is far from everything. However, if done correctly the preaching can mean a matter of life or death for a soul, but that isn’t why we hear the Mass…it is to love God and receive the grace He desires to give us to help us to sin no more.
“O, how few are the preachers today who possess this ineffable gift of eloquence and who can say with St. Paul: “We speak the wisdom of God.”
Most of them speak from the natural knowledge of their intellect, or from what they have borrowed from books; not from the love which Divine Wisdom has put into their hearts; nor from the divine abundance which Wisdom has communicated to them. Hence it is that now we hear of so few [true] conversions brought about by preaching.”
–St. Louis De Montfort
We want to do the best we can to avoid false/lukewarm preaching, especially for those who are weak in their faith and don’t know the truth from a lie…but sometimes there is nothing we can do…but simply pray for the preachers and the people, and perhaps share this web-site with them, that they can come to realize what is being said is false so they won’t fall greater into darkness and can seek the Lord and His Mother to rescue them.
There are people who believe they are receiving or have received revelations from God or the Blessed Mother, etc. Some revelations are true and some are false. But to confuse us even more, some false revelations are with imprimaturs to validate their teachings as truths. Beware. The evil one has deceived even the authority of the Church.
Again, it can be hard to notice the difference from the truth to a lie since, as I said, “Satan masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is trying to convince some of us we are some kind of chosen person from God (if we aren’t), who has received messages, so from our pride we can mislead flocks of people looking for guidance. Then we eat up his message of deception/destruction and spread it to the world. This message from the anti-christ will sound good to those not trained correctly in the Light, but the messages are really the truth intermingled with a lie (poison)…with the intention of killing us.
Some people are intentionally trying to bring attention to themselves, from their pride and are even making up hoaxes strictly for self-glory. However, we should know that not all people delivering false revelations to us are intentionally trying to deceive us by consciously making up their messages from God. Some of the false revelation are truly 100% deceptions from the devil, who has tricked the person receiving the messages, since, like I said, the devil is masquerading to be and angel of light pretending to give messages to help us, when he is cleverly poisoning us.
The devil even does this to us, “regular” people in our prayers too causing us to believe God wants us to do things or believe things, that God most certainly doesn’t. Beware! The poor recipients of such false revelations simply don’t know they are being used and now they are a fantastic tool of death by the evil one to destroy the Church and its people, because they don’t have the grace to humbly notice deception from real divine revelation.
And if we believe the lies, we too will be a host of the anti-christ and spread his lies being responsible for the destruction of souls too. Tragic! So, it is best to only believe revelations given to us from true canonized saints or something that has be approved by a saint…anyone else most likely doesn’t really know The Way.
If we don’t do more to remove the evil that is killing us, we will have no hope. The anti-christ has consumed us; we don’t know what we are doing, and we are choosing to ingest poison instead of feeding ourselves with the Finest Wheat. As a result, souls are pouring into Hell…just like St. Theresa of Avila tells us when she saw Hell and declared, “I had the greatest sorrow for the many souls that condemned themselves to Hell…I saw souls falling into hell like snowflakes.” It is no different today…actually it is worse. But people just don’t want to listen.
God sends His messengers, and we ignore them thinking we are wiser, as we go on living life how we wish…walking to our doom and taking bounds of people with us.
How hardened of heart are we? Pray God gives us ears that can hear and the courage to really do what is necessary to be a real shepard of the Truth or our eternity, we will choose, will be that of utter unfathomable torment. To learn more please read, “Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.”