The Return of Ancient Heresy
Modernism, the Resurgence of Ancient Heresy

The Return of Ancient Heresy

“Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”

This writing today is out of sadness and love. Yes, it is a great sadness to witness the ongoing decline of Christianity’s most revered institutions. But today’s writing is over the deception of one, particularly lost soul.  In a recent online conversation with a certain young man, it became evident that his thoughts and rhetoric were merely symptomatic of the overall declining direction of the modern Church. 

There is a popular ideology among this generation, even in the midst of the Church that we must be evolving with the times, striving to be culturally relevant, even embracing alternative truth. This, my brothers and sisters if the face of MODERNISM.

The overarching mantra of this generation of the church is that God’s love is unconditional, therefore speaking out against the sins of modernism is in itself evil. Most don’t seem to recognize the incongruity of this argument. In this condemnation of historic teachings, they display rigidity with an air of prideful lack of their own unconditional love.

It is in love that a parent offers correction to their errant children. It is out of love that we teach an ancient understanding of sin and evil.  In being faithful in teachings lessons from the historic deposit of faith, Catholic Bishops and others in Holy Orders are proclaiming their love for both God and neighbor.

Proponents of Modernism demand that we must change or evolve, embracing every notion that modern man can conceive. The problem is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. There is nothing — absolutely nothing in modernity that has not been confronted in the past. There has been no new evolution of ideas that mitigate changing Catholic teachings that have been in place for over a thousand years.

Vanity of vanities, there is nothing new under the sun. Pride and hubris of each generation make many believe that they are somehow morally superior to their predecessors — all such thought is merely vanity.

It has been said that Modernism is nothing more than the resurgence of all ancient heresy. In light of the trends in the modern Roman church, I tend to agree with this synopsis. This observation is exceptionally cogent in the antics occurring at the “Amazon Synod,” where many are pushing for the acceptance of Pagan worship. Pope Francis, himself participated in these pagan rituals, paying homage to the Amazonian version of Mother Earth — Pachamama. Pachamama is a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting, embodies the mountains, and causes earthquakes. In South American indigenous mythology, she is also an ever-present and independent deity who has her own self-sufficient and creative power to sustain life on this earth.

Judges 17:6
In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

I’m my observation and reading of history, the Church has been on a slow and steady downward spiral since the Great Schism, when Rome, on its own authority changed what an ecumenical council decided could never be changed — the Creed.

The first seven ecumenical councils of the ancient Church provide for our orthodox understanding of the faith handed down to us from Jesus and His Apostles. It was precisely the decrees of these councils that the ancient church combatted the erroneous belief that they termed heresy and apostasy.

Contrary to resurgent modernist teachings, the Bible was never sufficient on its own to preclude the spread of false teachings. This is precisely why Jesus and the apostles warned us to be wary of false teachers, spreading teachings contrary to what has always and everywhere been believed.

In light of Pope Francis’ attitude of “who am I to judge,” and his spurious letter, Amoris Laetitia, and now the Amazon Synod, the state of Christianity today Seems to have returned to the same condition that Israel was in during the time of the judges.  The above passages in Judges are not positive statements regarding Israel, but negative ones.  This sin of “doing that which was right in their own eyes” was what accounted for the sin of Micah in continuing in idol worship.  There were no judges in the land to point out this sin or restrain the people from it.  The law of God had been forsaken and replaced with subjectivism.  This is exactly what we are seeing today in our postmodern, moral and spiritual relativistIc culture.  It is to be expected that the world will act like this, but, this attitude has also entered and almost overwhelmed Christendom as we know it.  Christianity is being remade in the image of the imaginations of men (Romans. 1:21).  

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The rules are being set by multitudes of false teachers, and the Christian masses, not simply Pope Francis and the Roman Magisterium. 

Below is just a few examples of ways in which Protestant Christianity as well is being remade in the image of what seems right to men:
(A series of google searces will confirm the below)

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WHO IS TEACHING IT
(1) Postmodernism is good and even in the nature of God 
(2) Christians can mix New Age Eastern Mysticism with Christianity
Emerging Church: Leonard Sweet, Brian McLaren, Dan Kimball, Richard Foster, and many others.
(1) Cultures were created by God and are being redeemed by Him  
(2) Pagans can go back to worship of their former gods because they were really worshipping the true God all along
Indigenous People’s Movement/New Apostolic Reformation (NAR): YWAM, John Dawson, Don Richardson, Richard Twiss, Terry LeBlanc and many others.
(1) Anything to get more people into churches 
(2) Compromise of the Gospel and truth because the end justifies the means
Church Growth Movement:  Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Robert Schuller, C. Peter Wagner, Paul Yongii Cho, and many others.
(1) Our mandate is to take over the world, the governments, the businesses for Christ, thereby ushering in the return of Christ  
(2) Whole cities and nations can be saved and transformed
Dominionism: NAR, Transformations movement, C. Peter Wagner, Ed Silvoso, George Otis, Jr., YWAM, Bill Hamon, Paul Cain, Francis Frangipane, and the majority of Christians and Christian teachers.
(1) Promises of “healing in the atonement” are made in order to fleece the flock 
(2) Wild claims and stories are told with no proof in order to build a following and secure fame and fortune for those who teach these things  
(3) We are all little gods who can create reality by what we confess without mouths
Word-Faith: Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, and almost every teacher on TBN, Daystar, and other TV networks
(1) Psychology mixed with Christianity 
(2) I’m ok, you’re ok 
(3) Positive thinking, positive confession  
(4) Suppression of the hard facts of the Gospel  
(5) Talkstory with Scripture twisting
Positive Thinking/Schullerism: Robert Schuller, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Joel Osteen and a host of others.
(1) Heavy shepherding control of churches and all Christendom (2) Agenda based on false prophecy and implemented by false apostles (3) False Latter Rain/Dominionist teachings
New Apostolic Reformation (NAR): C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Dutch Sheets, Bill Hamon, Mike Bickle, YWAM and many others.
 
 
(1) Antinomianism, holding that it is not necessary to exhibit moral behavior as a Christian as we are saved by faith alone 
(2) a denial of the importance of sanctification because “once saved, always saved” 
(3) Easy believism
Hyper-Calvinists: Many denominations.
(1) Holding that there is good in all men and the Holy Spirit is just looking for that good  
(2) The fall of man was not complete and he is able to choose to be saved because he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
Hyper-Arminianism/Pelagianism: Rick Joyner, Francis Frangipane, many denominations.
 
These are just a few examples of the redefinition of Christianity in the image and imaginations of men.  But the Bible and Holy tradition clearly teach against these concepts.  Yet in an age where everyone does what is right in their own eyes, it is not surprising to see the Bible redefined or simply ignored.  But there are consequences to doing what is right in our own eyes.  It is “the way of death” (Prov. 14:12). 
 
Those who teach these things are bringing strange fire before the Lord Jesus Christ and will be judged for it.  They will not simply lose their rewards in heaven.  They will suffer eternal death.  You cannot just make up Christianity.  As Larry Norman once sang “The rules were set down long ago when the spikes went in the wood”.  The truth of this world is not that it is subjective, but that the objective God set down His objective rules and agenda and we either accept it, commit to it, and follow it or we die. 
 
We can claim we are Catholic, or “born again” all day long but if we choose to live by “make-em-as-you-go rules” instead of the “law of Christ” we prove we do not love the Lord, and He, in turn, will not love us  (John 15:10).  This article is a warning to all those who think they can rewrite Church teachings in their modernist understanding. Think again, we have no such authority to countermand historic teachings!
 
Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing, and thieves and robbers seeking to steal away your faith.

This modern generation doesn’t have some sort of magical, or supernatural insight. Scripture and Holy Tradition teaches that truth is neither malleable or changing — God’s truth is immutable and therefore unchanging.

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The Catholic Church in America, as well as the Other jurisdictions of the International Catholic Confederation, are committed to maintaining fidelity to the ancient deposit of faith. We grieve for what is happening in the mainstream churches and the path they have taken. We stand ready to offer support to faith communities, bishops, and clergy who are seeking to find valid episcopal coverage in these trying times.

MICHAEL CALLAHAN

Michael Callahan is the Presiding Archbishop of the Catholic Church in America as well as the International Catholic Confederation. Bishop Callahan is also the founder of Koinonia News and has been a conservative blogger for several years.

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  1. Absolutely what I have been thinking. We are losing site of God’s commandment, and have allowed the Church (all denominations) to retell them to fit our modern ways,modern as each generation sees it without proper catechesis.

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