In "Papacy in Collapse: "The Crisis of the Bergoglio Party (which will leave the Church devastated) has begun" published on Rorate Caeli we read:
"It’s beginning to look as if Jorge Bergoglio is the man who inherited the papacy and then broke it (Bergoglio) has caused the Church to collapse into doctrinal confusion which is much, more serious than any financial scandal. Is it the fault of obscure opponents? Nonsense. Only in dictatorships are the failures of the regime justified with presumed sabotages from its opponents. The Argentine Pope has said many times that he wanted chaos as he considered it creative: he should be pleased now." (rorate-caeli.blogspot, 2015/11)
Years ago, long-time Vatican observer Malachi Martin (1921-1999) described a situation in which the Curia is divided between 'progressive' (evolutionary pantheists) and 'traditionalists;' between adherents of chaos and evolutionary conceptions such as Teilhard de Chardin's Hermetic, quasi-Hindu idea, abortion, women and 'gay' priests, and openness to non-Christian nature religions and philosophies and those who oppose such an agenda. According to Martin, 'progressives' hold all the important positions of power, and so are able to bring about a major revolution that if unchecked will constitute,
"....one of the most spectacular expressions of apostasy in the modern era, dressed up in all the traditional robes and much of the terminology of Christianity but denying its essence." (Jesus and the Den of Thieves, SCP Journal, Jones, p. 17)
Chaos, confusion and devastating crisis of faith are not unique to the Roman Catholic Church. Like a toxic virus it infects the entire denominational spectrum of Christ's Church.
Though written for a Roman Catholic audience, James Hitchcock's powerful analytical piece "Off The Rails: Was Vatican II Hijacked?" contains much that parallels the crisis of faith and spread of apostasy within the body of the Evangelical church. (Crisis Magazine, June, 2014)
For instance, among unworkable church-growth tactics employed by the Roman Catholic Church said Hitchcock, is the strategy of countering secularism by accommodating the Church to the secular culture. Since much of the Evangelical church employs the very same strategy, the devilish spirit of apostasy has for many years been entering through the open door of accommodation. Decades ago Francis Schaeffer perceived this devilish spirit already at work amongst evangelical Protestants. In "The Great Evangelical Disaster" he wrote:
"Accommodation, accommodation. How the mindset of accommodation grows and expands...For the evangelical accommodation to the world of our age represents the removal of the last barrier against the breakdown of our culture. And with the final removal of this barrier will come social chaos and the rise of authoritarianism in some form to restore order." (p. 401)
Schaeffer rebuked evangelical compromisers, warning them that to accommodate,
"...to the world spirit about us in our age is the most gross form of worldliness in the proper definition of the word." (ibid)
By the logic of accommodation, promoters inevitably end up negating the right of the Christian Church to remain faithful to its authentic identity, and this ends in "a moral obligation to repudiate as much of that identity as possible" (Hitchcock).
The dogged pursuit of this scheme eventually forces older saints out of the church in favor of younger, culturally-saturated, spiritually and morally immature members. These actions give birth to a Christless Christianity,
"a crude form of democracy---doctrine as determined by opinion polls. The liturgy (ceases) to be a divine action and (becomes) a communal celebration... with every moral absolute treated as merely another wall needing to be breached" (resulting in a demand) "for liberation from all restraint on personal freedom." (Hitchcock)
As a consequence:
" the theological frontier is nothing less than the stark question of whether there is indeed only one God and Jesus is His only-begotten Son." (ibid)
In agreement, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, describes our age as marked by so much spiritual and theological confusion that the God of the Bible has largely disappeared from view and been replaced by,
"...less imposing deities that are more amenable to the modern mind." (The Disappearance of God, Mohler, p. xiii)
We are witnessing the secularization, paganization and evaporation of orthodox Biblical theism to which must be added rebellion against every vestige of authority, an inversion of history caused by evolutionary thinking, the privatization of truth and,
".....the fact that millions of Americans claim a divine right to their own spiritual cocoon and belief system." Americans, "now lay claim to their 'own personal Jesus.' This personal vision of Jesus Christ may well bear little or no resemblance to Jesus as He is revealed in the Bible." (xiii)
One of the central realities of America's apostasy and moral decay is the dawning of a post-Christian culture now rapidly transitioning into an anti-orthodox Christian society.
The anti-orthodox Christian consciousness is now well developed. Tolerance has been perverted into a radical secularism that is wholly open to 'gay' marriage and sodomy, abortion as legalized 'choice,' perverse sex education for children, occult practices, Satanism, sorcery, Wicca, magic, nudity, pornography and Decadence Festivals but intolerant of God's Authority, Moral Law and sexual ethics.
The post-Christian mind is closed to the eternally unchanging higher truths of the Holy Trinity but completely open to the idea that truth has no objective or absolute basis whatsoever. Indeed, the postmodern mind has a fanatical dedication to moral relativism (nihilism), love of self, pleasure, and its own personal Jesus idols and gods, be they evolution-gods, science-gods, mystical passion-gods, Omegas, gods-of-reason or something else.
We are living in an age of deep and undeniable breakdown, an age of darkness and spreading evil where moral constraints and restraints have been thrown off in the name of a liberation that does not emancipate but enslaves, does not save but condemns. Our increasingly bizarre age is marked by a fundamental failure of conviction in unison with deepening corruption and lawlessness characterized by pathological lying, hard-edged egotism and warped, distorted personalities; but then Scripture has told us that sinners love darkness rather than the light.
Something is happening to the consciousness of this age. A counter-conversion of consciousness is closing the soul to Jesus Christ while opening it to powers of darkness. If we listen closely said Albert Mohler, we can hear something,
"....like the closing of a steel door – a solemn, cataclysmic slamming of a door." (p. 166)
But for all who have ears to hear, "let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God." Revelation 2:7