Regarding the new annulment reforms announced Sept. 8 at the Vatican, on his radio show Rush Limbaugh said,
"The new Il Papa, the pope. Man, oh, man, oh, man. Now he's changing the rules on the nullification of marriage, making it easier and cheaper. Do you realize if this guy had been pope back during the days of Henry VIII there would not be a Church of England? He would have allowed Henry VIII to get divorced, nullify his marriage and go ahead and marry Anne Boleyn and there would not be the Episcopal Church in the United States today, if this guy had been pope." Moreover, it appears, "there's a rebellion within the Vatican among so-called conservative or right-wing Cardinals who are very distressed at the direction the current pope is taking the church, that he's actually single-handedly changing the faith, the doctrinal faith." (Il Papa Makes Big Changes, Sept. 8, 2015)
Faithful orthodox Cardinals are right to fear the direction this modernist pope is taking the church. When Pope Francis recently addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican he also affirmed anti-creation concepts---the Big Bang and evolution (metaphysical nihilism/subjectivism)---thereby standing against the Holy Trinity and His immutable Revealed Word and in particular, the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo. Moreover, he endorsed the view that extraterrestrial life,
"....which he refers to as “beings of the universe” - has evolved in ways that is consistent with the plans of “God the creator.” He explained how the Catholic Church views the Big Bang and evolution as scientific processes underpinned by “the plan of the creator.” Pope Francis has officially moved the Catholic Church away from the idea of “God the creator..." (Pope endorses evolution of alien life & UFO activity as part of God's plan, Michael Salla, The Examiner, Oct. 28, 2014)
Modernism: Progressive Gnostic Paganism
At the turn of this century, the Catholic philosopher Alice von Hildebrand published Soul of a Lion, a book about her late husband Dietrich von Hildebrand. When it appeared, Latin Mass Magazine interviewed her and asked her more about what she and her husband, whom Pope Pius XII informally called ‘the 20th century Doctor of the Church’ had to say about modernism's infiltration of the Church.
Alice said that Dietrich believed that after Pope Pius X’s condemnation of the heresy of Modernism together with its' main doctrine evolution in the encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis: On the doctrine of the Modernists (1907) its adherents went underground, and like the traitor Judas, they then took a much more subtle and practical approach. Like the devil they spread doubt by asking questions about the great supernatural interventions throughout history, such as the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection and Holy Eucharist:
"They knew that once faith--the foundation-- totters, the liturgy and the moral teachings of the Church would follow suit. My husband entitled one of his books The Devastated Vineyard. After Vatican II, a tornado seemed to have hit the Church..." (Present At the Demolition: An Interview with Dr. Alice Hildebrand, sanctepater.com, July 26, 2010)
Dr. Hildebrand notes that within recent years two books have been published in Italy confirming her husband's belief that there has been a "systematic infiltration" of the Church by diabolical enemies:
"During the last ten years of his life...I witnessed him many times in moments of great sorrow, and frequently repeating, 'They have desecrated the Holy Bride of Christ.' He was referring to the 'abomination of desolation' of which the prophet Daniel speaks." (ibid, sanctepater.com)
In the essay, "The Paganization of Biblical Studies," Dr. Peter Jones, Professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, Calif., identifies modernism (progressivism) as a form of neo-Gnostic paganism, or mystical pantheism.
Gnostic paganism and pantheism, the antithesis of the Revealed Word, remains substantially unchanged from what it was in Paul's time:
"Paul was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present. And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, "What would this idle babbler wish to say?" Others, "He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,"-- because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming?… "(Acts 17:18-19)
The Stoics and Epicureans were the two most prominent schools of nature philosophy/nature science/nature religion of that time. Theirs was an atheistic scientific worldview predicated upon a one-dimensional universe (monism) of animated (evolving) physical matter (modern pagan materialists) or psychic or spiritualized energy (modern pantheists). They were the physicists of their age.
The principle tenet of the Epicureans held that the world was not made by any deity, or with any design, but came into its being and form, through a fortuitous concourse of physical atoms of various sizes and magnitude that cemented together and so formed the world.
The world and everything in it were not created by the spoken Word of the Lord but were rather the accidental emergent products of a great cosmic event (Cosmic Egg/Big Bang) that spontaneously generated animated physical matter from nothing. This way of thinking excludes everything unseen, such as the human soul and mind, and holds that humans are aggregates of physical matter in motion in a human form and the human mind an active principle of grey matter.
Modern evolutionary materialism originated in the metaphysics of the ancient Ionians and Stoics during the sixth century BC. However, it was the Atomists (Leucippus/Democritus, 460-357 BC; Epicurus, 342-270 BC; and Lucretius, 96-55 BC) who methodically developed the materialism which today forms the basis of the neo-Gnostic materialist psychology of Sigmund Freud, Darwin's materialist evolutionary conception, modern evolutionary biology, secular humanism, secular trans-humanism and dialectical materialism
The Stoics were a celebrated school of severe and lofty pantheists. Their main principle was that the universe of divine psychic energy was under the law of an iron necessity (determinism in Darwinian creeds and karma in Eastern creeds), the spirit of which was what they called the Deity, Gaia, or World Soul. In this view, which has much in common with Eastern mystical pantheism, reality is not the physical world but rather the spiritual, or World Soul, while the human self is deity in the same way that "All is truly Brahman" (swamij.com) and ayam atma brahman, "The Self is Brahman" (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.5)
Stoic and Epicurean sages received their ideas from ancient Chaldeans (Babylonians), Egyptians and Hindus, whose dehumanizing one-dimensional, evolutionary nature systems extended back centuries before Greek and Roman civilization. For example, one Hindu belief was that Brahman (the Void, World Soul, Abyss) spontaneously generated itself as something like a seed or singularity about 4.3 billion years ago and then evolved under its' own power by which it expanded and formed all that exists:
"These Hindus believed in an eternal Universe that had cycles of rebirth, destruction and dormancy, known as 'kalpas,' rather like oscillating big bang theories. We also read in the Hindu Bhagavad Gita that the god Krishna says, 'I am the source from which all creatures evolve." (Evolution: An Ancient Pagan Idea, Paul James Griffith, creation.com)
Progressive Gnostic modernism emerged out of the Renaissance, a time of revitalization of ancient mystery religions, spiritism, and pantheist animism. Its first real manifestation was at the University in Tubingen where an apostate Christian theologian named Ferdinand Baur (1792-1860) had formed a school of theology which would raise questions about the Revealed Word, a tactic designed to undermine its status as the fount of truth and moral law through destructive criticism. Among areas which came under attack were the person and deity of Jesus Christ, the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo, the fall and nature of sin, the authority of the Bible, the way of spiritual salvation, apostolic tradition and Church doctrine.
In the essay," From Old Age Gnosticism to New Age," an historical analysis of the impact of secret societies and mystery religions from the 16th century to the modern era, researcher Alan Morrison writes that the approach to Scriptures inaugurated at Tubingen owed much to the philosophy of Georg Hegel (1770-1831), a philosophical heir of ancient gnosis:
"...Hegel's early writings were very much influenced by Christoph Oetinger (1702-1782), the gnostic Kabbalist and disciple of both Jakob Boehme and Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1722)." (SCP Journal, Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, p. 33)
Hegel was an important member of the occult intelligentsia. He closely studied the magic traditions, including ancient Egyptian Hermeticism, esoteric Kabala (which originated in Babylon), and Eastern-oriented theosophy as well as mesmerism, psychic phenomena, dowsing, precognition, and sorcery. He professed belief in an evolving pantheistic Earth Spirit and informally aligned himself with Hermetic societies, the materialist-Freemasons, and the pantheist-Rosicrucian's. (Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition, Glenn Alexander Magee, 2001)
Contrary to popular myth, Charles Darwin did not invent evolutionary theory but rather received the idea of evolution from his grandfather Dr. Erasmus Darwin who was a neo-pagan monist known to attend séances. As master of the famous Masonic Canongate lodge in Edinburgh he had close ties with Jacobin Masons, the organizers of the bloody revolution in France, and with the infamous Illuminati, whose diabolical cause was overthrow of the Church and destruction of Christendom. Thus Erasmus Darwin was an important name in European Masonic anti-Christian organizations engaged in revolutionary activism. Erasmus Darwin mentored his grandson Charles:
"Dr. Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) was the first man in England to suggest those ideas which were later to be embodied in the Darwinian theory by his grandson, Charles Darwin (1809-1882) who wrote in 1859 Origin of Species." (Scarlet and the Beast, Vol. II, John Daniel, p. 34)
Dr. Wolfgang Smith, physicist and mathematics professor at Oregon State University, perceptively identifies Darwinism as a Gnostic myth::
"...As a scientific theory, Darwinism would have been jettisoned long ago. The point, however, is that the doctrine of evolution has swept the world, not on the strength of its scientific merits, but precisely in its capacity as a Gnostic myth. It affirms, in effect, that living things created themselves, which is in essence a metaphysical claim....Thus...evolutionism is a metaphysical doctrine decked out in scientific garb....it is a scientistic myth. And the myth is Gnostic, because it implicitly denies the transcendent origin of being; for indeed, only after the living creature has been speculatively reduced to an aggregate of particles does Darwinist transformism become conceivable. Darwinism, therefore, continues the ancient Gnostic practice of deprecating 'God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth.' It perpetuates...the venerable Gnostic tradition of 'Jehovah bashing.'" (From Old Gnosticism to New Age I, Alan Morrison, SCP Journal Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, pp. 30-31)
Spiritism: Channeled Secrets from ET
In "Scientific Mythologies," James A. Herrick traces the modern 'aliens from outer-space' idea affirmed by Pope Francis, scientists, and many other moderns back to occult mystics such as Emanuel Swedenborg who claimed to not only receive telepathic secrets from spirits but to have visited populated planets during out-of-body experiences. (p. 43)
According to world-renowned UFOlogist and archaeologist Dr. Clifford Wilson an "extraterrestrial" calling itself "Ashtar" keeps popping up in UFO accounts. Along with Semjase (Samlazaz, Semjaza), who has been posing as a modern space-brother, Ashtar also keeps appearing in UFO literature as well as ancient texts. John Keel, one of the world's most published and highly respected UFOlogists also noted this. Highlighting the element of deception he wrote:
"Thousands of mediums, psychics, and UFO contactees have been receiving mountains of messages from "Ashtar" in recent years.... Ashtar is not a new arrival. Variations of this name, such as Astaroth, Ashar, Asharoth, etc. appear in demonological literature throughout history, both in the Orient and Occident. Mr. Ashtar had been around a very long time, posing as assorted gods and demons and now, in the modern phase, as another glorious spaceman." (Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Gary Bates, p. 290)
Astoreth (Inanna, Ashtar, Ishtar of the Accadians, Semiramis, Milcom, Cybele, Astarte of the Greeks, Isis, Demeter, Aphrodite; 1 Kings 11:5, 33; 2 Kings 23:13) was the sadistic androgynous consort of Anu, the supreme sky god.
Not only was Swedenborg responsible for the modern extraterrestrial craze but as an important member of the occult intelligentsia his "extraterrestrial" influence is far-reaching. From Hegel and Kant to the occult Satanic theosophist Madame Blavatsky (who strongly influenced Hitler) to points in between and on into our own time to psychologist J.B. Rhine, a vast array of science fiction writers (i.e., H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, Steven Spielberg), numerous evolutionary scientists and many Christian intellectuals, clergy and of course, Pope Francis.
By far the most heretical and destructive incursion into divine truth was the assertion of the immanence of the Holy Creator God at the expense of His transcendence (separateness from His creation). At bottom, this assertion is an expression not only of evolution as the creative power or providence of a pantheist god-force, but of anti-transcendent monism, and mystical pantheism. Taken together, these elements are the basis of the immanentization of "the Christian eschaton," as the learned political philosopher Eric Voegelin put it in "Science, Politics & Gnosticism."
Voegelin writes that within Western thought there has persisted a deep-seated tendency to transfer Christian hopes and symbols from an otherworldly orientation (heaven) to an "intramundane range of actions," meaning a redivinized world. Whereas Christianity in the Roman Empire had achieved the de-divinization of the natural world, society, and man, the Gnostic revolution seeks to undo and reverse all of this, thus it has for its purpose,
"....a change in the nature of man and the establishment of a transfigured society." (Voegelin, The New Science of Politics & Gnosticism, chapter 4)
The change in the nature of man refers to the necessity of unmaking the soul of man so he is no longer God's spiritual image-bearer. This can only occur after the living creature has been speculatively reduced to an aggregate of particles. Only then does Darwinian transformation of man into divinized superman become conceivable:
"...the evolution of man into superman — was always the purpose of the ancient Mysteries, and the real purpose of modern Masonry is not the social and charitable purposes to which so much attention is paid, but the expediting of the spiritual evolution of those who aspire to perfect their own nature and transform it into a more god-like quality. And this is a definite science, a royal art, which it is possible for each of us to put into practice..." (The Meaning of Masonry, W.L. Wilmhurst, p. 47)
In "The Gnostic Tradition and Renaissance Occultism," the highly respected Catholic philosopher and historian Thomas Molnar (1921–2010) summarizes the entire program of the modern Gnostic revolution as the spontaneous bent,
"...of the archaic mind which predominated in most parts of the world and which threatens to prevail once more in our time the temptation to identify God and self, to recognize in the soul a divine substance, indeed the seat of divinity." ("The Gnostic Tradition and Renaissance Occultism," Thomas Molnar, The Journal of Christian Reconstruction, Vol.1, No.2, 112, 1974)
Due to accommodation by seminarians, Christian thinkers, Popes, bishops, nuns, priests, pastors, and other clergy throughout the entire Christian Church, neo-Gnostic mystical pantheism together with its primary doctrine evolution has successfully infiltrated, absorbed and radically reinvented and inverted the Bible, beginning with the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo which it has supplanted with evolution.
For example, spiritual evolutionist and Vedanta prophet Ken Wilber, a Mahayana Buddhist from a Christian background, teaches "integral spirituality." A popular author whose teachings have been avidly studied by world leaders, politicians (i.e. Bill Clinton and Al Gore), scholars, writers, artists, musicians, spiritual teachers and pop culture icons, Wilber combines evolution with the world's nature religions, morals, and Eastern and Western philosophy so as to establish a universal spirituality.
A panentheist, Wilber imagines that the entire universe is God evolving from matter through billions of years toward de Chardin's 'Omega Point.' Having evolved from primordial soup ape-man now evolves toward total god-consciousness, and in this way, the imaginary god is in process of 'becoming' while evolution becomes conscious of itself.
A form of Christianized-Vedanta monism is already here, said Dr. Peter Jones:
"Evolutionary Christianity" is producing the longed-for and much-prophesied synthesis, namely, the union of science and spirituality.... Evolutionary Christianity is a variant of Wilber's 'Theory of Everything,' a worldview of (Vedanta monism) that claims to explain everything through the notion of human evolution into a non-dual divine. Michael Dowd, the ex-Evangelical now evangelist for evolution (agrees) with Bishop's Spong's post-theistic Christianity (and) declares supernatural other-worldly religion will die out for a post-metaphysical natural religion."
Jones adds that Evolutionary Christianity is an online gathering place for:
"....evangelical theistic evolutionists, 'progressive' Emergent Christian leaders, radical post-theistic Christian liberals, Christian non-dual mystics, pro-homosexual ministers, radical religious feminists, and recognized evolutionary scientists. Some are deeply influenced by Pierre Teillard de Chardin, and pagan "geologians" such as Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme."
Gnostic pagan church Pastor Rob Bell is another Ken Wilber fan and claims to be reinventing Christianity as an Eastern religion while evangelical leader Leonard Sweet uses quantum physics to 'scientifically' prove that God is 'in' everything. Not surprisingly, Sweet cites Teilhard de Chardin as "20th century Christianity's major voice." (Normalizing Necromancy: Tempting the Church to Talk with the Dead, Worldview Weekend, 1/23/12)
Since its' inception, the main purpose of the Gnostic revolution has been the importation into the whole body of the church-- not just the Roman Catholic but Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical and even the unwary Reformed church,
"...via the use of Christian terminology...the various historic expressions of pagan notions, in particular, the denial of God's transcendence. In this sense, the first "liberals" were the Gnostics. Certainly a form of Gnosticism, sometimes called proto-Gnosticism is behind the denial of the incarnation in the Johannine epistles, and of the resurrection in the early and later Paulines. Interestingly, the Liberals of the modern period have had a great admiration for the proto-Gnostics, in particular, Marcion. In A.D. 150, Marcion, a theologian from Pontus in Asia Minor, was excommunicated from the Church in Rome for heretical teaching. He dismissed God the Creator, the Old Testament, the Mosaic law, and three of the gospels. From the few epistles of Paul that he accepted, he expunged Old Testament quotations and claimed to worship the "alien god" behind the God of Scripture." (Dr. Peter Jones, 2007, truthxchange.com)
In 1898, Abraham Kuyper pointed out that supernatural Christian theism is the antithesis of the naturalist or pagan worldview:
"The fundamental contrast has always been, is still and will be until the end: Christianity and Paganism."
With regards to the future, a courageously determined though tactful announcement of the 'traditional' gospel in the light of the biblical worldview in contrast to the lie of the Gnostic pagan antithesis will be both politically incorrect, spirituality explosive, and hated with a vengeance---especially within the paganized church. A courageous and clear witness to the pagan world said Dr. Jones,
" ....will involve suffering and persecution but, in the providence of God, may well lead, as at the beginning of the church's history, to a glorious ingathering of God's elect people, set free by the truth. Most of all, it will bring glory, in our paganized, polytheistic time, to the name of the only true God, transcendent Creator and gracious Redeemer." (The New Spirituality: Dismantling and Reconstructing Reality)