The Catholic Defender: Van Helsing defends rightful Authority
Van Helsing is a 2004 American action-horror film directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as vigilante monster hunter Gabriel Van Helsing, and Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious.
Who are the modern day fighters against evil today? Is anyone out there even discerning the difference between good and evil? I was just on Facebook when I was reading something that an Anti-Catholic was throwing trash at the Church hoping to make something stick. To misinform people and distort the truth which is pure evil. In this situation, they wanted you to think that the Pope believes he is a god? Yes, they throw out their planned and coined quotes like this one: “We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.” “...it came to pass in the secret design of God’s providence that We were chosen to fill this Chair of St. Peter and to take the place of the Person of Christ Himself in the Church...” Vatican I, the Pope’s recent ‘Ecumenical Council’,“Official Proclamation” [Jan. 9, 1870]
Is this saying that the Pope thinks he is God? No, not at all! Consider the following: Of the Servants of Christ, the Lord promises through the Prophet Isaiah, "No Weapon fashioned against you shall prevail; every tongue you shall prove false that launches an accusation against you. This is the LOT OF THE Servants of the LORD, their vindication from me, says the Lord" (Isaiah 54:17). This is saying volumes that the Lord will protect his Servants. That they speak in His name, no weapon formed against them shall prevail. So, when the Pope, the successor of St. Peter, defends his rightful position when ever challenged, it must always be seen in this context. The Lord, Jesus Christ, the Founder of the Catholic Faith says, "And so I say to you, you are Kepa (Peter), and upon this Kepa (Rock) I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld (death) shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:18-19). Notice that Jesus reaffirms Isaiah's prophecy that the powers of evil will not prevail against the Ministers of the Covenant. Peter (Kapa) being the first Pope.
If Anti-Catholics think that the Catholic Church is over the line when it defends it's rightful position of authority, how do they distort this passage: "I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by the grace of Christ for a different gospel (not that there is another). But there are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel OTHER than the ONE that WE preached to you, let that ONE be ACCURSED! As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed! (Galatians 1:6-9) That is huge in this discussion. The Anti-Catholic is literally sawing off the branch they are sitting on and don't know it? Time after time we are instructed to FOLLOW the example of the Apostles. Hebrews 13:7-8 is a great example of this: "Remember your LEADERS who spoke the WORD of GOD to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and IMITATE their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." I can see through time and space that the Popes may used strong language to defend their rightful authority, but this is grounded and rooted in scripture. To Challenge the authority of the Church is to challenge the authority of Jesus Christ. Luke 10:16 put's Christ's authority this way: "Whoever listens to YOU listens to ME (Jesus). Whoever rejects YOU rejects ME. And whoever rejects ME rejects the ONE (Father) who SENT ME.
In defending this rightful authority, does this mean that men can take this authority and abuse it? Not hardly! Jesus warns "Who then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his HOUSEHOLD to distribute to them their food (Eucharist) at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so"(Mathew 24:45-46). I am thankful for the faithfulness of St. Pope John Paul ll, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis the past 30 plus years. This is very important for this time of human history. They truly served Jesus in His Church at critical times as the swirling evil confronts us all. Jesus continues, "Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that wicked servant says to himself, 'My master is long delayed, and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, the servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth" (Matthew 24:47-51). Who is the household Jesus is referring too in the above scripture? Consider 1 Timothy 3:15! St. Paul is writing to St. Timothy saying, "But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, WHICH is the CHURCH of the LIVING GOD, the PILLAR and FOUNDATION of TRUTH. Ephesians 2:19-21 breaks this down even more simply, "So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and MEMBERS of the HOUSEHOLD of GOD, built upon the FOUNDATION of the APOSTLES and PROPHETS, with Christ JESUS himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the LORD; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit".
As Anti-Catholics want to try and mislead you out of the Church misquoting Popes, Councils, Saints, Doctors of the Church, all you have to do is Google this and you can see just about everything they can throw at you with forgeries, misconceptions and half-truths, know that they themselves are guilty of their own attacks. Did Jesus give a 20th Century man-made organization, group, or individuals authority from Heaven? No Jesus did not give this authority. He gave His authority to His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. St. Peter writes to all the Ministers of the Covenant saying, "So I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. TEND the FLOCK of GOD in your MIDST, overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the FLOCK" (1 Peter 5:1-3). Does this sound familiar? It should! Recall the words of Jesus to St. Peter, "Feed My Lambs, Tend My Sheep, Feed My Sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go. He said this to signify by what kind of death he would glorify God" (John 21:15-19).
Notice St. Peter refers to the Presbyters which he referrs to himself! Consider St. Paul writing to St. Timothy, "Command and teach these things. Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. Until I arrive, attend to the reading, exhortation, and teaching. Do not NEGLECT the GIFT you have, which was CONFERRED on you through the prophetic WORD with the IMPOSITION of HANDS of the PRESBYTERATE" (1 Timothy 4:11-14). St. Peter recognized himself as a Presbyter who maintained authority from God as do St. Paul. The Catholic Church is this foundation of Faith handed down for 2,000 years in an unbroken line. The Anti-Catholics are "New" gospels and we are all are warned to discern. St. Paul continues, "Be diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to everyone. Attend to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in both tasks, for by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you" (1 Timothy 4:15-16). Now consider that I have built a biblical foundation for the authority of the Catholic Faith. This can not be be destroyed by Hollywood or any past, present, or future Government. Those who want to deprive the faithful the liberty of following Christ by pushing Pagan and hedonistic entities in our Government will be judged by God with His justice. We should pray for our Country and our elected officials. The fictional character "Van Helsing" represents a divine judgement on the current darkness. What is the standard to know what light and darkness is? It is the Catholic Faith handed down that is the standard.
Here at Deepertruth, we have written and spoken much on the darkness and evil wanting to transform America and the world ushering back ancient Paganism.
What has been the effect of this?
The break up of the family, children being taught WHAT to think instead of HOW to think by an extreme left agenda.
The spirit of compromise is everywhere and the effect is devastating.
We must have courage to raise the Standard against the flood of evil posing such a threat to millions of souls.
I believe the true Van Helsings are the Faithful Fathers who love their children who will lead his family through the present darkness.