Friday, December 3, 2010

Lessons for the Church: Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki and Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn III

In conclusion: It is better and even necessary that a Senator, Governor, Mayor or even a private citizen be publicly excluded from the Church so the he or she will not be excluded from heaven. How unfortunate it would be if a person, upon entering the Banquet Hall of Heaven, discovered that the Parable of the Banquet applied to him:

"But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth." (Matthew 22: 2-13)


For your consideration, here are additional Scripture verses of Apostolic pastoral standards which seem to be forgotten today:

“Anyone who is so ‘progressive’ as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him; for whoever greets him shares in his evil works.” (II John 7-8)

“Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough? Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, inasmuch as you are unleavened…I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people…But I now write to you not to associate with anyone named a brother, if he is immoral, greedy, an idolater, a slanderer, a drunkard, or a robber, not even to eat with such a person…’Purge the evil person from your midst.’” (I Corinthians 5)

“After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic…” (Titus 3:10)

“…you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord…(I Corinthians 5:5)

"Some, by rejecting conscience, have made a shipwreck of their faith, among them Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.” (I Timothy 1:19-20)