We are now faced with a decision. Does one submit to the culture or does one submit to the Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ?
One could extensively write on the wayward ways of the current culture, or for that matter the secularist culture that has reigned since the birth of Christ. The “popular culture” has never been one to accept and adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church. The culture glorifies the man who adheres to a universalistic way, whether he be a free-thinker, atheist, or a member of any other religion that removes Christ from His throne. To this degree, even many Protestants have fallen to the grave matter of living according to the culture and not of God. Man cannot simply think and act as they like and achieve Eternal Salvation (see 2 Tim 4:1-5).
When a member of the Catholic Church comes to something they find “problematic”, he no longer searches for Christ and no longer thinks. The faithful man, who slowly begins to submit to the culture will eventually deceive himself and abandon Christ. If one today wants to live a life in submission to the vices of the world through divorce, lust, pride, envy, accepting new definitions of marriage, gender hysteria, and this list very well continues, he cannot achieve Eternal Salvation. The purpose of this life is to not think of self, but to think of God. To adhere fully to the traditional teachings of Jesus Christ given in Sacred Scripture and through the Catechism of the Catholic Church. To the man who seeks to live a virtuous life in accordance with the Church and seeks often repentance when necessary, to that man will Eternal Salvation be granted. And to the man who abandons Christ for the ways of the culture, if he knows it or not, his only hope is true sorrow and repentance before the end of his days.
We cannot promise salvation to the man who lives contrary to the life that Christ professed and commanded to be lived. To one who knows the teachings of the Church and tells a wayward man that he is saved, has done more damage to his own soul than to that man, as the one who deceives the man and fails to preach Christ has deceived himself.
These times that are currently presented to us do not appear to favor the true message of Christ. Only few are not scared to truly preach the truth. And even fewer are those who hear the truth and respond in accordance. My friends, we cannot submit to the culture in any minor way. Truth must prevail. As Archbishop Lefebvre once reflected, “Truth does not tolerate error, good does not tolerate vice. We should therefore strive to bring an end to darkness, and to eliminate vice and error. This is done by converting people by the grace of God.” We cannot be afraid to proclaim Christ and to bring others to His Church (see 2 Tim 2:24-26). To the one who says it is better to leave man in his current state than to bring to him the salvific message of the Gospel, he himself has been deceived by the culture. We must first seek to dispel the darkness of the culture that has infiltrated our lives, and then to the Church to root out the darkness that has long been inside her doors, as warned by Pope St. Paul VI.
For anyone who would like further reading on these issues please read Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward by Dr. Ralph Martin and The Mystery of Jesus: The Meditations of Archbishop Lefebvre by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.