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A 30 year old sermon for this Pentecost Sunday
May 14, 2024 16:11:24   #
padremike Loc: Phenix City, Al
 
The following is my sermon for Pentecost Sunday May 22, 1994,  30 years ago.


"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance,  whatsoever I have said unto you."


In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Today we celebrate the birthday of the Christian Church.  On this day a group of Jesus' followers were filled with the Holy Spirit, and by this act, became the very first members of the Body of Christ, what we call The Church.


In obediance to their Lord's command on the very day of His Ascension, His little Apostolic band did not depart from Jerusalem but waited there for the Holy Spirit's promised coming.  The day of His coming was most appropriate, since it was the Jewish feast of Pentecost, the celebration of the Light of God's Law given to Moses.  On this day the light of God was shined on His New Revelation - the revelation not just of His Law, but of Himself, in the Person of Jesus Christ.


For three years their Master had walked and talked with His Apostles, teaching them the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.  But their hearing had been dull and their hearts without understanding.  And so Jesus promised them, "When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth.....and He shall testify of me."  The Comforter. The Holy Spirit, would testify of Christ to the Apostles.  "And ye shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning."


They, who had been with Jesus from the beginning of His ministry, would have their minds enlightened, so that the meaning of all Jesus had said and done, the meaning of His life, and ministry would become clear to them.  For what purpose would the Apostles be enlightened?  So that they might bear witness to Christ before the world.


And so the Holy Spirit descended with the sound of a rushing wind, and "There appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them."  And thus the words of St. John The Baptist were fulfilled concerning Jesus,  "He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."


On that very morning, when their own minds had been enlightened by the light of God, the Apostles went out amongst their brethren to share with them the true knowledge of the Person and work of Christ.  "And that same day there were added unto them about 3000 souls."


Now if all these new converts who were baptized received the same Spirit as the Apostles, were they all given the same degree of understanding as the Apostles?  Obviously not!  The Apostles were called, set apart, and specially commissioned to teach all nation, to bear witness to Christ before all the world.  For this purpose, Jesus had chosen them amongst the multitude for special teaching, for personal, private and intensive training.  Would He have gone to all this trouble if all they had to know would be given to them by the Holy Spirit?  Would he have commissioned them to teach others, if they too would receive the fullness of revelation from the Holy Spirit on Pentecost?  No! Of course not!  The Holy Spirit did not come to reveal anything but only to shed light on what Jesus had already revealed to His Apostles.  "He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."


This particular point is of crucial importance today, when all sorts of changes and innovations are being introduced into the Church and attributed to the "new" light of the Holy Spirit. New truths about Holy Orders, new truths about sexual morality, about any doctrine or theology not contained in Holy Scripture or unknown in the Traditions of the early Church Father's, we may confidently deny!  While all who have been baptised have the Holy Spirit, His light is shed only on the teachings of Christ as handed down from the Apostles.


But perhaps Jesus didn't teach His Apostles everything.  Maybe they weren't ready because of the cultural prejudices of those times.  And so Jesus left some things to be taught later by the Holy Spitit.  But that's not what the Gospel's say.  Jesus said to the Apostles, "When He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He shall guide you into all truth: for He shall speak not of Himself....for He shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you."


There are two things we should note here.  First, The Spirit of Truth would guide the Apostles into all truth nothing to be left out, nothing awaiting the 20th Century to be revealed.  Second, The Holy Spirit would not speak of Himself, nothing on His own personal initiative,  but would show them only what He received from Christ!  Or, in the words of Jesus, " He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,  whatsoever I have said unto you."


The Holy Spirit didn't come to bring new truth, but to shed light on the truth already given to the Apostles.  They had it all by the time of our Lord's Ascension.  They just didn't understand it.  It's as if Jesus had come into a dim and empty room, painted the walls, put out the pictures, end tables, sofa, lounge chairs, lamps and completely furnished and decorated it.  The Apostles could not see very well everything that was there in the room.  Then came the Holy Spirit and turned on the lights.  Now the Apostles could finally see and understand all that their Master had given them in the years of their training.  The Spirit of Truth brought no new truth, the room had already been fully furnished by Jesus,  the Spirit shed His light on the truths already given to them.


It is certainly true that the Church has profited from this light in new ways over the centuries.  For example, slavery was finally abolished in Christendom as being inconsistent with the teachings of Christ.  Yet there was no new doctrine added to the faith of the Apostles, but only a more consistent working out what the Church had always believed that all human beings are created in the image of God and that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.


The principle of equality applies equally as well among men and women.  But when this principle is misapplied and we hear that god the mother should be given equal time with God the Father, or replace Him altogether, we know this is not of the Holy Spirit.  Something is very wrong here. While every Christian knows that God The Father is not an old man, sitting on a throne with a long white beard, in blinding white robes, cookies in one hand and lightning bolts in the other, still scripture, the primary revelation by which we know anything at all about God, insists on using male imagery.  If we take that away we have a different God than the one whom Jesus called "Father" and who has been worshipped as Father since the time of Christ.  Instead we get something like the Great Earth Mother, which reduces God to the worship of nature, which is pure paganism.  Or if we take away the image of either gender we end up with a great "It" - an impersonal force or energy such as we find in the new age religions.  If, according to the words of Jesus, the Holy Spirit did not come to reveal anything in addition to Christ's teaching, much less did He come to reveal anything in contradiction to it.


And so, Dear People, on this day when the Church celebrates its own birth by the coming of the Holy Spirit, let the Church honor Him, The Spirit of Truth, in the way He would wish to be honored.   Not by ascribing to Him what He cannot do, namely, reveal new truths, but by clinging faithfully to the old truths that He came to shed light on, the truth once delivered by Christ to his Apostles, a truth that lasts forever. 

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May 14, 2024 22:55:52   #
Zemirah Loc: Sojourner En Route...
 
Thank you, Padremike,
for your eloquent reminder of the truth written by Jude, the half brother of Jesus, in his admonition to the body of Christ in Jude 3,
"Defend the faith which was handed down once-for-all to the saints."

padremike wrote:
The following is my sermon for Pentecost Sunday May 22, 1994,  30 years ago.


"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance,  whatsoever I have said unto you."


In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Today we celebrate the birthday of the Christian Church.  On this day a group of Jesus' followers were filled with the Holy Spirit, and by this act, became the very first members of the Body of Christ, what we call The Church.


In obediance to their Lord's command on the very day of His Ascension, His little Apostolic band did not depart from Jerusalem but waited there for the Holy Spirit's promised coming.  The day of His coming was most appropriate, since it was the Jewish feast of Pentecost, the celebration of the Light of God's Law given to Moses.  On this day the light of God was shined on His New Revelation - the revelation not just of His Law, but of Himself, in the Person of Jesus Christ.


For three years their Master had walked and talked with His Apostles, teaching them the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.  But their hearing had been dull and their hearts without understanding.  And so Jesus promised them, "When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth.....and He shall testify of me."  The Comforter. The Holy Spirit, would testify of Christ to the Apostles.  "And ye shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning."


They, who had been with Jesus from the beginning of His ministry, would have their minds enlightened, so that the meaning of all Jesus had said and done, the meaning of His life, and ministry would become clear to them.  For what purpose would the Apostles be enlightened?  So that they might bear witness to Christ before the world.


And so the Holy Spirit descended with the sound of a rushing wind, and "There appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them."  And thus the words of St. John The Baptist were fulfilled concerning Jesus,  "He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."


On that very morning, when their own minds had been enlightened by the light of God, the Apostles went out amongst their brethren to share with them the true knowledge of the Person and work of Christ.  "And that same day there were added unto them about 3000 souls."


Now if all these new converts who were baptized received the same Spirit as the Apostles, were they all given the same degree of understanding as the Apostles?  Obviously not!  The Apostles were called, set apart, and specially commissioned to teach all nation, to bear witness to Christ before all the world.  For this purpose, Jesus had chosen them amongst the multitude for special teaching, for personal, private and intensive training.  Would He have gone to all this trouble if all they had to know would be given to them by the Holy Spirit?  Would he have commissioned them to teach others, if they too would receive the fullness of revelation from the Holy Spirit on Pentecost?  No! Of course not!  The Holy Spirit did not come to reveal anything but only to shed light on what Jesus had already revealed to His Apostles.  "He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."


This particular point is of crucial importance today, when all sorts of changes and innovations are being introduced into the Church and attributed to the "new" light of the Holy Spirit. New truths about Holy Orders, new truths about sexual morality, about any doctrine or theology not contained in Holy Scripture or unknown in the Traditions of the early Church Father's, we may confidently deny!  While all who have been baptised have the Holy Spirit, His light is shed only on the teachings of Christ as handed down from the Apostles.


But perhaps Jesus didn't teach His Apostles everything.  Maybe they weren't ready because of the cultural prejudices of those times.  And so Jesus left some things to be taught later by the Holy Spitit.  But that's not what the Gospel's say.  Jesus said to the Apostles, "When He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He shall guide you into all truth: for He shall speak not of Himself....for He shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you."


There are two things we should note here.  First, The Spirit of Truth would guide the Apostles into all truth nothing to be left out, nothing awaiting the 20th Century to be revealed.  Second, The Holy Spirit would not speak of Himself, nothing on His own personal initiative,  but would show them only what He received from Christ!  Or, in the words of Jesus, " He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,  whatsoever I have said unto you."


The Holy Spirit didn't come to bring new truth, but to shed light on the truth already given to the Apostles.  They had it all by the time of our Lord's Ascension.  They just didn't understand it.  It's as if Jesus had come into a dim and empty room, painted the walls, put out the pictures, end tables, sofa, lounge chairs, lamps and completely furnished and decorated it.  The Apostles could not see very well everything that was there in the room.  Then came the Holy Spirit and turned on the lights.  Now the Apostles could finally see and understand all that their Master had given them in the years of their training.  The Spirit of Truth brought no new truth, the room had already been fully furnished by Jesus,  the Spirit shed His light on the truths already given to them.


It is certainly true that the Church has profited from this light in new ways over the centuries.  For example, slavery was finally abolished in Christendom as being inconsistent with the teachings of Christ.  Yet there was no new doctrine added to the faith of the Apostles, but only a more consistent working out what the Church had always believed that all human beings are created in the image of God and that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.


The principle of equality applies equally as well among men and women.  But when this principle is misapplied and we hear that god the mother should be given equal time with God the Father, or replace Him altogether, we know this is not of the Holy Spirit.  Something is very wrong here. While every Christian knows that God The Father is not an old man, sitting on a throne with a long white beard, in blinding white robes, cookies in one hand and lightning bolts in the other, still scripture, the primary revelation by which we know anything at all about God, insists on using male imagery.  If we take that away we have a different God than the one whom Jesus called "Father" and who has been worshipped as Father since the time of Christ.  Instead we get something like the Great Earth Mother, which reduces God to the worship of nature, which is pure paganism.  Or if we take away the image of either gender we end up with a great "It" - an impersonal force or energy such as we find in the new age religions.  If, according to the words of Jesus, the Holy Spirit did not come to reveal anything in addition to Christ's teaching, much less did He come to reveal anything in contradiction to it.


And so, Dear People, on this day when the Church celebrates its own birth by the coming of the Holy Spirit, let the Church honor Him, The Spirit of Truth, in the way He would wish to be honored.   Not by ascribing to Him what He cannot do, namely, reveal new truths, but by clinging faithfully to the old truths that He came to shed light on, the truth once delivered by Christ to his Apostles, a truth that lasts forever. 
The following is my sermon for Pentecost Sunday Ma... (show quote)

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May 15, 2024 06:32:38   #
Rose42
 
padremike wrote:
The following is my sermon for Pentecost Sunday May 22, 1994,  30 years ago.


"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance,  whatsoever I have said unto you."


In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Today we celebrate the birthday of the Christian Church.  On this day a group of Jesus' followers were filled with the Holy Spirit, and by this act, became the very first members of the Body of Christ, what we call The Church.


In obediance to their Lord's command on the very day of His Ascension, His little Apostolic band did not depart from Jerusalem but waited there for the Holy Spirit's promised coming.  The day of His coming was most appropriate, since it was the Jewish feast of Pentecost, the celebration of the Light of God's Law given to Moses.  On this day the light of God was shined on His New Revelation - the revelation not just of His Law, but of Himself, in the Person of Jesus Christ.


For three years their Master had walked and talked with His Apostles, teaching them the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.  But their hearing had been dull and their hearts without understanding.  And so Jesus promised them, "When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth.....and He shall testify of me."  The Comforter. The Holy Spirit, would testify of Christ to the Apostles.  "And ye shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning."


They, who had been with Jesus from the beginning of His ministry, would have their minds enlightened, so that the meaning of all Jesus had said and done, the meaning of His life, and ministry would become clear to them.  For what purpose would the Apostles be enlightened?  So that they might bear witness to Christ before the world.


And so the Holy Spirit descended with the sound of a rushing wind, and "There appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them."  And thus the words of St. John The Baptist were fulfilled concerning Jesus,  "He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."


On that very morning, when their own minds had been enlightened by the light of God, the Apostles went out amongst their brethren to share with them the true knowledge of the Person and work of Christ.  "And that same day there were added unto them about 3000 souls."


Now if all these new converts who were baptized received the same Spirit as the Apostles, were they all given the same degree of understanding as the Apostles?  Obviously not!  The Apostles were called, set apart, and specially commissioned to teach all nation, to bear witness to Christ before all the world.  For this purpose, Jesus had chosen them amongst the multitude for special teaching, for personal, private and intensive training.  Would He have gone to all this trouble if all they had to know would be given to them by the Holy Spirit?  Would he have commissioned them to teach others, if they too would receive the fullness of revelation from the Holy Spirit on Pentecost?  No! Of course not!  The Holy Spirit did not come to reveal anything but only to shed light on what Jesus had already revealed to His Apostles.  "He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."


This particular point is of crucial importance today, when all sorts of changes and innovations are being introduced into the Church and attributed to the "new" light of the Holy Spirit. New truths about Holy Orders, new truths about sexual morality, about any doctrine or theology not contained in Holy Scripture or unknown in the Traditions of the early Church Father's, we may confidently deny!  While all who have been baptised have the Holy Spirit, His light is shed only on the teachings of Christ as handed down from the Apostles.


But perhaps Jesus didn't teach His Apostles everything.  Maybe they weren't ready because of the cultural prejudices of those times.  And so Jesus left some things to be taught later by the Holy Spitit.  But that's not what the Gospel's say.  Jesus said to the Apostles, "When He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He shall guide you into all truth: for He shall speak not of Himself....for He shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you."


There are two things we should note here.  First, The Spirit of Truth would guide the Apostles into all truth nothing to be left out, nothing awaiting the 20th Century to be revealed.  Second, The Holy Spirit would not speak of Himself, nothing on His own personal initiative,  but would show them only what He received from Christ!  Or, in the words of Jesus, " He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,  whatsoever I have said unto you."


The Holy Spirit didn't come to bring new truth, but to shed light on the truth already given to the Apostles.  They had it all by the time of our Lord's Ascension.  They just didn't understand it.  It's as if Jesus had come into a dim and empty room, painted the walls, put out the pictures, end tables, sofa, lounge chairs, lamps and completely furnished and decorated it.  The Apostles could not see very well everything that was there in the room.  Then came the Holy Spirit and turned on the lights.  Now the Apostles could finally see and understand all that their Master had given them in the years of their training.  The Spirit of Truth brought no new truth, the room had already been fully furnished by Jesus,  the Spirit shed His light on the truths already given to them.


It is certainly true that the Church has profited from this light in new ways over the centuries.  For example, slavery was finally abolished in Christendom as being inconsistent with the teachings of Christ.  Yet there was no new doctrine added to the faith of the Apostles, but only a more consistent working out what the Church had always believed that all human beings are created in the image of God and that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.


The principle of equality applies equally as well among men and women.  But when this principle is misapplied and we hear that god the mother should be given equal time with God the Father, or replace Him altogether, we know this is not of the Holy Spirit.  Something is very wrong here. While every Christian knows that God The Father is not an old man, sitting on a throne with a long white beard, in blinding white robes, cookies in one hand and lightning bolts in the other, still scripture, the primary revelation by which we know anything at all about God, insists on using male imagery.  If we take that away we have a different God than the one whom Jesus called "Father" and who has been worshipped as Father since the time of Christ.  Instead we get something like the Great Earth Mother, which reduces God to the worship of nature, which is pure paganism.  Or if we take away the image of either gender we end up with a great "It" - an impersonal force or energy such as we find in the new age religions.  If, according to the words of Jesus, the Holy Spirit did not come to reveal anything in addition to Christ's teaching, much less did He come to reveal anything in contradiction to it.


And so, Dear People, on this day when the Church celebrates its own birth by the coming of the Holy Spirit, let the Church honor Him, The Spirit of Truth, in the way He would wish to be honored.   Not by ascribing to Him what He cannot do, namely, reveal new truths, but by clinging faithfully to the old truths that He came to shed light on, the truth once delivered by Christ to his Apostles, a truth that lasts forever. 
The following is my sermon for Pentecost Sunday Ma... (show quote)


Thanks for sharing that.

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May 15, 2024 19:27:46   #
Armageddun Loc: The show me state
 
padremike wrote:
The following is my sermon for Pentecost Sunday May 22, 1994,  30 years ago.


"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance,  whatsoever I have said unto you."


In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Today we celebrate the birthday of the Christian Church.  On this day a group of Jesus' followers were filled with the Holy Spirit, and by this act, became the very first members of the Body of Christ, what we call The Church.


In obediance to their Lord's command on the very day of His Ascension, His little Apostolic band did not depart from Jerusalem but waited there for the Holy Spirit's promised coming.  The day of His coming was most appropriate, since it was the Jewish feast of Pentecost, the celebration of the Light of God's Law given to Moses.  On this day the light of God was shined on His New Revelation - the revelation not just of His Law, but of Himself, in the Person of Jesus Christ.


For three years their Master had walked and talked with His Apostles, teaching them the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.  But their hearing had been dull and their hearts without understanding.  And so Jesus promised them, "When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth.....and He shall testify of me."  The Comforter. The Holy Spirit, would testify of Christ to the Apostles.  "And ye shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning."


They, who had been with Jesus from the beginning of His ministry, would have their minds enlightened, so that the meaning of all Jesus had said and done, the meaning of His life, and ministry would become clear to them.  For what purpose would the Apostles be enlightened?  So that they might bear witness to Christ before the world.


And so the Holy Spirit descended with the sound of a rushing wind, and "There appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them."  And thus the words of St. John The Baptist were fulfilled concerning Jesus,  "He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."


On that very morning, when their own minds had been enlightened by the light of God, the Apostles went out amongst their brethren to share with them the true knowledge of the Person and work of Christ.  "And that same day there were added unto them about 3000 souls."


Now if all these new converts who were baptized received the same Spirit as the Apostles, were they all given the same degree of understanding as the Apostles?  Obviously not!  The Apostles were called, set apart, and specially commissioned to teach all nation, to bear witness to Christ before all the world.  For this purpose, Jesus had chosen them amongst the multitude for special teaching, for personal, private and intensive training.  Would He have gone to all this trouble if all they had to know would be given to them by the Holy Spirit?  Would he have commissioned them to teach others, if they too would receive the fullness of revelation from the Holy Spirit on Pentecost?  No! Of course not!  The Holy Spirit did not come to reveal anything but only to shed light on what Jesus had already revealed to His Apostles.  "He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."


This particular point is of crucial importance today, when all sorts of changes and innovations are being introduced into the Church and attributed to the "new" light of the Holy Spirit. New truths about Holy Orders, new truths about sexual morality, about any doctrine or theology not contained in Holy Scripture or unknown in the Traditions of the early Church Father's, we may confidently deny!  While all who have been baptised have the Holy Spirit, His light is shed only on the teachings of Christ as handed down from the Apostles.


But perhaps Jesus didn't teach His Apostles everything.  Maybe they weren't ready because of the cultural prejudices of those times.  And so Jesus left some things to be taught later by the Holy Spitit.  But that's not what the Gospel's say.  Jesus said to the Apostles, "When He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He shall guide you into all truth: for He shall speak not of Himself....for He shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you."


There are two things we should note here.  First, The Spirit of Truth would guide the Apostles into all truth nothing to be left out, nothing awaiting the 20th Century to be revealed.  Second, The Holy Spirit would not speak of Himself, nothing on His own personal initiative,  but would show them only what He received from Christ!  Or, in the words of Jesus, " He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,  whatsoever I have said unto you."


The Holy Spirit didn't come to bring new truth, but to shed light on the truth already given to the Apostles.  They had it all by the time of our Lord's Ascension.  They just didn't understand it.  It's as if Jesus had come into a dim and empty room, painted the walls, put out the pictures, end tables, sofa, lounge chairs, lamps and completely furnished and decorated it.  The Apostles could not see very well everything that was there in the room.  Then came the Holy Spirit and turned on the lights.  Now the Apostles could finally see and understand all that their Master had given them in the years of their training.  The Spirit of Truth brought no new truth, the room had already been fully furnished by Jesus,  the Spirit shed His light on the truths already given to them.


It is certainly true that the Church has profited from this light in new ways over the centuries.  For example, slavery was finally abolished in Christendom as being inconsistent with the teachings of Christ.  Yet there was no new doctrine added to the faith of the Apostles, but only a more consistent working out what the Church had always believed that all human beings are created in the image of God and that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.


The principle of equality applies equally as well among men and women.  But when this principle is misapplied and we hear that god the mother should be given equal time with God the Father, or replace Him altogether, we know this is not of the Holy Spirit.  Something is very wrong here. While every Christian knows that God The Father is not an old man, sitting on a throne with a long white beard, in blinding white robes, cookies in one hand and lightning bolts in the other, still scripture, the primary revelation by which we know anything at all about God, insists on using male imagery.  If we take that away we have a different God than the one whom Jesus called "Father" and who has been worshipped as Father since the time of Christ.  Instead we get something like the Great Earth Mother, which reduces God to the worship of nature, which is pure paganism.  Or if we take away the image of either gender we end up with a great "It" - an impersonal force or energy such as we find in the new age religions.  If, according to the words of Jesus, the Holy Spirit did not come to reveal anything in addition to Christ's teaching, much less did He come to reveal anything in contradiction to it.


And so, Dear People, on this day when the Church celebrates its own birth by the coming of the Holy Spirit, let the Church honor Him, The Spirit of Truth, in the way He would wish to be honored.   Not by ascribing to Him what He cannot do, namely, reveal new truths, but by clinging faithfully to the old truths that He came to shed light on, the truth once delivered by Christ to his Apostles, a truth that lasts forever. 
The following is my sermon for Pentecost Sunday Ma... (show quote)


Amen and Amen

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May 15, 2024 19:29:27   #
Armageddun Loc: The show me state
 
padremike wrote:
The following is my sermon for Pentecost Sunday May 22, 1994,  30 years ago.


"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance,  whatsoever I have said unto you."


In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Today we celebrate the birthday of the Christian Church.  On this day a group of Jesus' followers were filled with the Holy Spirit, and by this act, became the very first members of the Body of Christ, what we call The Church.


In obediance to their Lord's command on the very day of His Ascension, His little Apostolic band did not depart from Jerusalem but waited there for the Holy Spirit's promised coming.  The day of His coming was most appropriate, since it was the Jewish feast of Pentecost, the celebration of the Light of God's Law given to Moses.  On this day the light of God was shined on His New Revelation - the revelation not just of His Law, but of Himself, in the Person of Jesus Christ.


For three years their Master had walked and talked with His Apostles, teaching them the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.  But their hearing had been dull and their hearts without understanding.  And so Jesus promised them, "When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth.....and He shall testify of me."  The Comforter. The Holy Spirit, would testify of Christ to the Apostles.  "And ye shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning."


They, who had been with Jesus from the beginning of His ministry, would have their minds enlightened, so that the meaning of all Jesus had said and done, the meaning of His life, and ministry would become clear to them.  For what purpose would the Apostles be enlightened?  So that they might bear witness to Christ before the world.


And so the Holy Spirit descended with the sound of a rushing wind, and "There appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them."  And thus the words of St. John The Baptist were fulfilled concerning Jesus,  "He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."


On that very morning, when their own minds had been enlightened by the light of God, the Apostles went out amongst their brethren to share with them the true knowledge of the Person and work of Christ.  "And that same day there were added unto them about 3000 souls."


Now if all these new converts who were baptized received the same Spirit as the Apostles, were they all given the same degree of understanding as the Apostles?  Obviously not!  The Apostles were called, set apart, and specially commissioned to teach all nation, to bear witness to Christ before all the world.  For this purpose, Jesus had chosen them amongst the multitude for special teaching, for personal, private and intensive training.  Would He have gone to all this trouble if all they had to know would be given to them by the Holy Spirit?  Would he have commissioned them to teach others, if they too would receive the fullness of revelation from the Holy Spirit on Pentecost?  No! Of course not!  The Holy Spirit did not come to reveal anything but only to shed light on what Jesus had already revealed to His Apostles.  "He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."


This particular point is of crucial importance today, when all sorts of changes and innovations are being introduced into the Church and attributed to the "new" light of the Holy Spirit. New truths about Holy Orders, new truths about sexual morality, about any doctrine or theology not contained in Holy Scripture or unknown in the Traditions of the early Church Father's, we may confidently deny!  While all who have been baptised have the Holy Spirit, His light is shed only on the teachings of Christ as handed down from the Apostles.


But perhaps Jesus didn't teach His Apostles everything.  Maybe they weren't ready because of the cultural prejudices of those times.  And so Jesus left some things to be taught later by the Holy Spitit.  But that's not what the Gospel's say.  Jesus said to the Apostles, "When He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He shall guide you into all truth: for He shall speak not of Himself....for He shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you."


There are two things we should note here.  First, The Spirit of Truth would guide the Apostles into all truth nothing to be left out, nothing awaiting the 20th Century to be revealed.  Second, The Holy Spirit would not speak of Himself, nothing on His own personal initiative,  but would show them only what He received from Christ!  Or, in the words of Jesus, " He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,  whatsoever I have said unto you."


The Holy Spirit didn't come to bring new truth, but to shed light on the truth already given to the Apostles.  They had it all by the time of our Lord's Ascension.  They just didn't understand it.  It's as if Jesus had come into a dim and empty room, painted the walls, put out the pictures, end tables, sofa, lounge chairs, lamps and completely furnished and decorated it.  The Apostles could not see very well everything that was there in the room.  Then came the Holy Spirit and turned on the lights.  Now the Apostles could finally see and understand all that their Master had given them in the years of their training.  The Spirit of Truth brought no new truth, the room had already been fully furnished by Jesus,  the Spirit shed His light on the truths already given to them.


It is certainly true that the Church has profited from this light in new ways over the centuries.  For example, slavery was finally abolished in Christendom as being inconsistent with the teachings of Christ.  Yet there was no new doctrine added to the faith of the Apostles, but only a more consistent working out what the Church had always believed that all human beings are created in the image of God and that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.


The principle of equality applies equally as well among men and women.  But when this principle is misapplied and we hear that god the mother should be given equal time with God the Father, or replace Him altogether, we know this is not of the Holy Spirit.  Something is very wrong here. While every Christian knows that God The Father is not an old man, sitting on a throne with a long white beard, in blinding white robes, cookies in one hand and lightning bolts in the other, still scripture, the primary revelation by which we know anything at all about God, insists on using male imagery.  If we take that away we have a different God than the one whom Jesus called "Father" and who has been worshipped as Father since the time of Christ.  Instead we get something like the Great Earth Mother, which reduces God to the worship of nature, which is pure paganism.  Or if we take away the image of either gender we end up with a great "It" - an impersonal force or energy such as we find in the new age religions.  If, according to the words of Jesus, the Holy Spirit did not come to reveal anything in addition to Christ's teaching, much less did He come to reveal anything in contradiction to it.


And so, Dear People, on this day when the Church celebrates its own birth by the coming of the Holy Spirit, let the Church honor Him, The Spirit of Truth, in the way He would wish to be honored.   Not by ascribing to Him what He cannot do, namely, reveal new truths, but by clinging faithfully to the old truths that He came to shed light on, the truth once delivered by Christ to his Apostles, a truth that lasts forever. 
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Since you preached this in 1994 you were ahead of some of the issues of today. Praise the Lord.!!!!!

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May 15, 2024 19:50:33   #
padremike Loc: Phenix City, Al
 
Armageddun wrote:
Since you preached this in 1994 you were ahead of some of the issues of today. Praise the Lord.!!!!!


Surprisingly enough those were very much issues at that time which prompted me to address them. The God mother, Sophia, was prominent in radical thinking and Christa, a naked woman on a Cross was lodged in The Episcopal Cathedral, St. John The Divine, in NYC. It has grown "Progressively" worse.

Something tripped my trigger about the familiarity of that homily that I'd honestly forgotten, so I asked my daughter to pull the Pentecost sermon file out of the ancient filing cabinet. I, too, was surprised that 30 years later it was a very current message for today.

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May 17, 2024 18:13:27   #
Armageddun Loc: The show me state
 
padremike wrote:
Surprisingly enough those were very much issues at that time which prompted me to address them. The God mother, Sophia, was prominent in radical thinking and Christa, a naked woman on a Cross was lodged in The Episcopal Cathedral, St. John The Divine, in NYC. It has grown "Progressively" worse.

Something tripped my trigger about the familiarity of that homily that I'd honestly forgotten, so I asked my daughter to pull the Pentecost sermon file out of the ancient filing cabinet. I, too, was surprised that 30 years later it was a very current message for today.
Surprisingly enough those were very much issues a... (show quote)


So very true. God's word is from everlasting to everlasting. The folks who seem to think the Bible is outdated are to be pitied and prayed for. His precepts and principles are up to date in every generation.

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May 18, 2024 13:29:52   #
Parky60 Loc: People's Republic of Illinois
 
Armageddun wrote:
So very true. God's word is from everlasting to everlasting. The folks who seem to think the Bible is outdated are to be pitied and prayed for. His precepts and principles are up to date in every generation.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

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