See the Gospels With Fresh Eyes

There is a lot of theological incoherence rising right now. I thought it would be good to resurrect this post originally from September of 2013 that cuts through some of the misunderstandings out there.

The Next Right Step


(This is a reprint of an article I posted on my Abraham’s Journey Facebook Page about a year ago. Some of the things I do here I initiate – though more and more I find myself posting things that you, dear readers, have made clear are important to you. It has become kind of a hidden dialogue. For this one, anyway, the prime mover to get it here is a reader, Kathleen)

For a period of a decade and a half, beginning when I was 16, I rarely spoke of religious matters at all, except to people who were very close to me. I would not get involved in religious disputes. I had seen how much damage religious people could do, how they could take the heart out of others. So I prayed that I say nothing at all until what I had to say would help build up…

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Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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One Response to See the Gospels With Fresh Eyes

  1. QUOTE: “There is a lot of theological incoherence rising right now. I thought it would be good to resurrect this post originally from September of 2013 that cuts through some of the misunderstandings out there.”
    A few days ago I realized that a friend of mine — whose friendship I treasured since the time of my conversion — is into some form of Sedevacantism. This is hard to understand since he is a biblical scholar, a good man, and a person with an impeccable Catholic conduct. What happened?

    Your quoted words here gave me a hint “theological incoherence.” My friend knows more than enough to know that the chair of Peter cannot be hijacked by the devil. If such a thing would happen the Christ would have failed in his promise to guard the faith of Peter at a crucial moment in history when Peter has — more than ever — to “confirm the brethren.” But even if per impossibili Jesus could fail to keep his promises, then we have the Holy Spirit — our Helper leading us to the truth — taking a vacation in such a difficult age! The consequences of the thought of a sede vacante truly boggle the mind. Imagine finding our after twenty centuries that we are just a benevolent association left to the circumstances of the human condition just like any other!

    The nonsense of the “left” and the “right” are possible because we have grown accustomed to live without hearing Jesus. Too much TV, too much bishop this and cardinal that. Read & pray the Gospel faithfully and nothing will sway you from the truth. Obedience is fundamental. It is easy to obey a brilliant Pope who is like us in many respects. But we have to listen, obey, revere a Pope like Peter this time. I can imagine some early Christian saying “Is Peter the Pope? Wasn’t he the one that Jesus called “satan?” Didn’t he deny the Lord and went into hiding when the going got tough? Wasn’t he the one that was hanging around with those Jewish sectarians?” But when reading the Acts of the Apostles one gets a different feeling, Peter was LOVED and respected. May be he was loved and respected because of the Lord, because so many times through trials and miracles the Lord had shown that He wanted Peter at the helm of His Church.

    Such is the situation now. We are not the Pope. This is not a democracy. This is the Church militant and Peter rules until Jesus comes.

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