By Charlie Johnston
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”-Joshua 24:15
In the late ‘90s I wrote out for my priests how the most useful powers of the satan would evolve during the course of the Storm.
For the last century, the primary power of the satan has been that of seduction, to persuade people that what is objectively good is actually evil and what is objectively evil is actually good. We are surrounded by the bitter fruit of this poisonous seduction, which has substituted means for ends and left tens of millions despairing of anything being actually and objectively good, leading lives of quiet desperation while trying to ameliorate their emptiness through ever more bizarre sensations. While this was an incredibly productive vein for the devil to mine, it had largely become played out – still useful but having snared just about all it had the potential to snare. Satan is ever looking for new avenues from which to catch the unwary.
In the period leading up to the breaking of the Storm, I was told the most important power of the satan would be that of terror. I always called this prelude the period of rumblings. I knew it would begin in September of 2000, but not when it would end. I had said we could expect large-scale, institutionalized terrorism during this period. From other things, I predicted that the opening of the period of rumblings also served as prelude to the collapse of the rule of law in America, which would serve to intensify confusion and add a low-level thrum of terror…kind of a rising bass line to accompany the rise of terror, as law morphed into a rule of power and will detached from any rational or moral framework. I confess, I was too dim to understand the full implications of this, so though I worried about it, I largely only interpreted it as large-scale terror. I did not see how it really would dramatically advance the satan’s cause during the period of rumblings. In retrospect, I now see two huge matters that the power of terror inflamed. First, the advocates of terror have gone into a feeding frenzy throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia – and it is spreading. It is like a virulent infection spreading through the cultural body, destroying all it touches in its feverish heat. Second, when most Western elites were confronted with the reality of large-scale terror, to deal with it effectively would have required them to discard many of their favored nostrums. Instead, they chose their vanity and corrupted themselves…constantly pretending that the prime perpetrators of terror were merely advocates of a “religion of peace,” while simultaneously accusing cultural opponents – Christians, pro-lifers, small government advocates, gun owners, military veterans – of being hotbeds of terrorism. The power of terror inflamed the malicious into committing great atrocities routinely while causing those caught in the seduction of their own vanity to double down on the determination that good was evil and evil, good. So it was a far more productive vein for the satan to work than I first understood.
The third power was the one that most terrified me. It was the power of deception, to imitate that which is objectively good in order to lead souls astray and destroy them. It terrified me for two reasons. First, it would be the predominant power the satan would use during the fullness of the Storm; its visible rise was the predominant sign that the fullness of the Storm was upon us. Second, it would ensnare many new souls – those genuinely, but flawed pious people, who truly believe in God but trust more to their own interpretations and superior piety than they do in the instructions of Christ. It is not as rich a vein as seduction gained, but it gleans the final fruits of those who think they are pious but lack obedience and humility. This is why I reacted so strongly when Kelly Bowring launched his full frontal assault on Pope Francis. It does not matter how prominent he is; he once had credibility. This assault will grow. When his European counterpart, Antonio Socci, rises to mount a full frontal assault – or even any other figure who once had credibility does so, the crash that will lead us into the fullness of the Storm is nigh – and we have entered a very brief period of judgment and choosing.
We have entered that final period of judgment before the fullness of the Storm. Things are not what they seem.
I expected the progressive left to celebrate the jailing of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex “marriage” licenses. I am disturbed at how many Christians and traditional conservatives have condemned her for failing to follow the “rule of law.” The rule of law is dead in America. I understand some being nervous that to resist would likely spread wide-scale civil unrest. But to wail impotently about each new outrage visited upon the Constitution by officials who transiently hold office, then to submit to those outrages when officials enforce them with coercive power is a formula for descent into atheistic tyranny. Such a strategy would have confirmed the gulags of the Soviet Union, the concentration camps of Germany, and the cultural purges of Maoist China as the “law of the land.”Once law – particularly in America – is redefined to describe the whims of the powerful rather than the consent of the governed, it is already dead.
What is happening now is that Jesus is asking each of us to answer the question He so pointedly put to St. Peter three times in John 21:15-19: “Do you love Me more than these?” You cannot serve two masters who are diametrically opposed to each other, so you must choose, by your actions, who you will serve, The Lord God or the perverted state. It pleases the Lord to allow the state to seem supreme for a time, but not so it may impose its will. Rather, it is to reveal who is fit for His service. If you cannot bear a little hardship in His name, you may be rescued, but you are not fit to be numbered among His trusted servants. Choose well, for He will soon shake up the world – and the first shall be last and the last shall be first. There is no place of neutrality now. Quivering in submission while giving lip-service to the Lord will have you being spewed from His mouth.
I have said that I do not fear a schism so much as I fear several schisms. If a schism comes from the progressive left, led by some German Bishops or others, that will be a sorrowful thing, but not a disaster. Those who would enter into that schism are already in functional rebellion: it would just formalize what has already happened. Schism from the right would ensnare many new souls, constituting the satan’s final harvest before the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. I know this must come, but I would that every soul put himself into the hands of Christ under the mantle of Mary, that few may be lost. These schismatics openly attack Pope Francis as a fraud. In the process, they subtly indict Christ, as well, maintaining that His promises to His Church are without effect. (“so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose”-Isaiah 55:11) I have no use for those who pretend to be holier than the Pope and wiser than Christ.
They offer subtle, beguiling arguments to deceive. Some will attack the election process, claiming there was some technical procedural error – as if God can be deceived by a spiritual “hanging chad.” Others note boldly that there have been anti-popes before; why not now? (Counting on people not knowing the criteria for an anti-pope). They will try to dizzy you with faux technical details. If you get lost in the details, you may get lost, indeed. The bottom line is that a validly elected Pope cannot be an anti-pope. Over the millennia, several different methods have been used for selecting a Pope. Regardless of what procedures are used, if the Cardinals of the world assemble after a reigning Pope has died or resigned – and consent to the announced election of a new Pope, that Pope is validly elected. End of discussion. Stick with the simplicity of First Things.
Some will try to confuse you that trying to overthrow the Pope is no different from disagreeing with him. To the contrary, one may freely (but should respectfully) disagree with the Pope on any secular matter. One may even disagree with the Pope on musings about faith or morals that he has not proclaimed Magisterially (though one should take great caution and be most respectful in this). But on those Magisterial statements he makes we are obliged to accept. On those Magisterial statements he makes that are confirmed by the world’s Bishops together, it is more than that: we are privileged to know with certainty.
I tell you that Pope Francis, warts and all, is the man chosen by God from all eternity to lead us through this Storm. If you do not tremble at the idea of striking the Lord’s anointed, you are far from Christ.
Some will point to my insistence that we are to treat all faithful Christians and Jews as full and equal partners in the work to try to persuade you that that injunction includes saboteurs and mutineers. I am glad that we have a flotilla of boats, allied with each other, heading in tandem towards the other side of the Storm. I will defend any of them from internal efforts to sabotage them by undermining the faith they have been handed on either solely by the Bible or by the Bible and the Magisterium (noting that the New Testament IS a product of the Magisterium).
It is about to get a lot stormier very quickly, regardless of how quick we enter the fullness of the Storm. Hold fast to the Barque of Peter. Keep your eyes on Jesus – and His promises. Hide yourself under the mantle of Mary. Do not be beguiled by clever arguments that would lead you from the ship of safety into the rising waters of the Storm. There is only destruction there. It must come, but you do not have to be deceived by it. Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. This is the sure way of simplicity that will carry you through the Storm, safely berthed in the Barque of Peter.
Now you must choose whom you will serve – the successors of the Amorites amongst whom you live or the Lord. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
I have told you true.