First, let me apologize for my former post (now closed) on the subject of the greatest enemy being within the Church. It was not a rant but a sincere reflection. In battle, the leaders always commit to knowing WHO their enemy is and then work from there to see how to overcome the enemy. This is the GREATEST battle of all, spiritual warfare, for our eternal souls. Yet the enemy will stop at nothing to win, with the ultimate victory being death of our physical body and our soul going to eternal hell.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph. 6:12
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” ~Matt. 10:28, etc.
I was proclaiming what is in the Word of God, which is the Truth that the greatest evil is within the churches. Paul writes of that in his Epistles (all verses shared are but a few of many):
2 Cor. 12-15: “…For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness…” etc.
The major prophets continuously warn against the false prophets in the OT:
“Jer. 23:16: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. 30: Therefore… I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me. 31 “They … lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them…”
Ez. 13: 3: This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! 4 …Their visions are false and their divinations, a lie. Even though the Lord has not sent them, they say, “The Lord declares,” and expect him to fulfill their words… though I have not spoken.
I Kings 13:33: Even after this, Jeroboam did not change his evil ways, but once more appointed priests for the high places from all sorts of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places. 34 This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall…” etc.
Jesus Christ was the most extreme against the highest Jewish leaders of his day:
“Woe to the Pharisees & Scribes”: Matt. 23, Mark 12, Luke 11, “Warnings Against Yeast of Pharisees”: Matt. 16, Mark 8, Luke 12, etc.
It’s the same today as it was back then. The Bible is not just a historical book. Again, I apologize if the former topic discussion came off as being disrespectful of the Catholic faith; this is a call for ALL denominations of faith to wake up to the Truth and me, being foremost of sinners, to reflect upon ourselves WITHIN the Church to become more like God. This begins with seeing who the enemy is and who the Victor is, which is God Almighty alone, who has the ultimate victory. Agree/Disagree and why?