November 2021: The Operation Of Error
"And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:" (II Thessalonians 2:10)
As Christians we must love the truth and therefore we hate error; all error. Error is an evil, because it corrupts our minds. The Enemy, has produced the operation of error, so that we might believe lies. Let us remember who The Enemy really is: "For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places." (Ephesians 6:12) And Jesus warns us: "And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28) The goal of The Enemy is universal damnation and one tool they use is the operation of error to believe lying. Several articles in the Olive Tree have been devoted to purity of thought, however, this barely touches the surface. Purity of thought opposes the operation of error.
Let us start with a proposition, that many will question at first. We have all believed lies, which come from the operation of error. And these lies have permeated people's thinking and therefore their writing and speech. In the December 2020 Pope Speaks, We addressed one such case. Many talk of the Protestant Reformation, when you cannot reform what does not yet exist. We should call it the Protestant Formation or better the Protestant Revolt.
And what do we call the convention of heretics that assembled in the Vatican from 1962 to 1965? We call it the Second Vatican Council or Vatican II, as if it was a legitimate successor of the only true Vatican Council from 1869-1870. See how clever The Enemy is? The convention in the 1960's is misnamed, and we have all accepted that. No one has even proposed we should not call this Vatican II, but we should call it ….
Pope Pius XII said: "That which does not correspond to the truth and to the norm of morality has not, objectively, any right either to exist or to be propagated or to act." Error has no rights, only the truth.
And so we must analyze words and make sure we know what they mean and that they truly express things. Unfortunately language is a living thing and the meaning of words has been changed and even been perverted. And this is a tool of the operation of error. We cannot communicate, if we are not on the same page in what something means.
You will see Us on occasion stop and define a term, so that you might understand what We are trying to communicate. We do so, because the term is defined in different ways by different people. In Our last book, Will the Real Catholic Church Please Stand Up, we began with a definition of the word Traditionalist, which We used in that work. We know some will object to Our definition, but We had to give it for clarity in the work. We know many who come here consider themselves traditional minded Catholics. That is why you came here in the first place.
Let us be careful in our language and make sure it is pure. "Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth; but that which is good, to the edification of faith, that it may administer grace to the hearers." (Ephesians 4:29) Lies, even if unintentional, are evil speech. So let us be careful to know what we are saying and make sure it is in accord with the truth.
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." [John 8:32]
If the truth frees us, lies must ensnare and enslave us. Our minds are created for the truth and nothing but the truth. There may be truths we do not need to know, but we need no lies in our lives.