|Posted on May 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM|
A lot of people get VERY upset whenever The Church comes out with a document that says its members either have to do something, or are forbidden from doing something. It's almost like these people think - "Who is the Church to tell ME what to do?" In the world today, most people want to do what they want to do and when they want to do it, and they detest it when the Church dares to speak out about their particular thing, whether its shacking up, abortion, using condoms, going to church on Holy Days, etc. "After all, I'm me, and NO ONE is going to tell me what to do!"
This sounds a lot like satan, who, at the creation of the angels, rebelled from God's plan, and decided to go his own way, taking 1/3 of the angels with him to perdition. His pride that "NO ONE is going to tell me what to do!" led him straight to hell.
In life, we all have rules we must follow as civilized members of society. We have to obey the speed limits on the highways, we have to pay our taxes, we have to pay our bills, etc. Imagine if everyone just said to hell with all of that, and just did their own thing. What kind of society would we have? A very chaotic one, with more and more deaths caused from car wrecks, fewer taxes to support food stamps, etc. So why is it when the Church proposes rules for our salvation in heaven that so many people get upset?
Imagine if football had no rules, or baseball, or basketball! No, all things in life have rules. The absolute worst thing that can happen to a man is to do whatever he wants to, whenever he wants to, because that usually leads to alcoholism, sexual addictions, gluttony, etc. So please consider this the next time the Church says no to Freemasonry, no to artificial birth control, no to abortion, no to women priests, etc. Jesus said in Luke 10:16 to the leaders of His Church (Matthew 16:18 ) - "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me."