Direct our hearts, we beseech thee, O Lord, by the operation of thy mercy; for as much as without thee, we are not able to please thee; through our Lord . Amen
God's direction is righteous. Following the prompting of God means doing what is right-as God has defined right. This involves, on our behalf, several things: first is trusting in God to direct us to that right, second is listening to him by being alert to God's will, and next, discerning the voice of God through his Holy Spirit, and being cautious and weary of other voices that are not of God-or which we are not sure are of the Spirit; and finally, actually going where God directs us.
The challenge of hearing, knowing, and doing, is at the center of a major controversy in some portions of the church nowadays. There are so many voices claiming that the Spirit is guiding the church in this new way and that, yet often times it is completely opposite what scripture and tradition have always taught, everywhere. So, is God directing us to sanction and bless abortion and infanticide? What about adultery and fornication? What about blasphemy and idolatry? How about experimenting with living fetus' and destroying them for research? What about encouraging every diverse belief, or welcoming into fellowship those who refute the lordship of Christ and refuse his sovereign and unique role as Savior (Matt vii. 6). How about hijacking and abusing the ideas of "Peace" and "Justice" to further ones social and political ideas in the name of God? How about placing his created order on the altar in worship? How about act that degrade the institution of Holy Matrimony?
Yes, there are those who claim that all these evils are directed today by God through the Spirit. Yet there is another strong voice that has been raised up against these errors, and has called the church to withdraw from these foolish folk who have refused to return to God's teaching. This is the voice of orthodoxy.
Do you dare to refute this new wind that blows so forcefully as being the direction of God? If so, you may be slandered and accused by these prophets of change as being small, mean, and cruel; dismissed as a fool; of having a psychological illness (various phobia they claim); (as one centurion related this week) of unlawfully "judging" your brethren; of being a "Fundie" (fundamentalist), and loosing your job, friends, and fellowship.
Beware my friends. Look, listen, and discern when God is guiding by his spirit, or when it is man and the spirit of this age that is raging, or worse. Protect and defend the faith and count it all to profit when you are scandalized and accused by these heretics, for your reward will be in heaven (Matt v. 11)
The prayer continues:
Legio Christi-Ecclesia Militans
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another" [St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans 14:19]
* ORDO CENTURIONUM * IN HOC SIGNO VINCES * TIME DEUM ET OPERARE IUSTITIAM