Catholics see profound reasons to be Catholic in 1 John, 2: 18-21

Catholics see profound reasons to be Catholic in 1 John, 2: 18-21

“Children, it is the last hour;  and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared.”

In this “last hour”, 45,000 men have invented Marketing Plans and turned them into Protestant denominations.  They are, in varying degrees, “anti-Christ”.


How do we know they are “against Christ“?   All of them willfully disobey Christ’s Church-Founding Word:   “And I say unto you thou art Peter and on this rock I build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I give you the keys to The Kingdom of Heaven.”

Willful disobedience to Christ shows they are “anti-Christ” in varying degrees.


St. John continues:  “Thus we know this is the last hour.”   Crowds of Protestants are the proof of St. John’s statement.  They prove to us that we are in the “last hour” of what St. Bede described as  the sixth, and “last day”.

Then, the most “beloved Disciple” describes those who have become “pro-self” and “anti-Christ”.

“They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;  if they had been, they would have remained with us.  Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.”

That is an accurate description of the separatist nature.  They love their opinions.  They love approval.  Self-love led them to go “against Christ”.


Then, St. John describes Catholics who remained obedient to Christ.

“But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.”

St. John is giving every Catholic two great compliments!  We have “the anointing that comes from the Holy One”!  And, we “all have knowledge”!

The Great Saint is telling us that those who willfully and knowingly disobey Christ have neither “anointing” nor “knowledge”!


The most “beloved Disciple” is the one closest to The Truth that is Christ.  He concludes:  “I write to you not because you do not know the truth  but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.”

Catholics thank God.  We may go to Judgment among “You are My friends if you obey My commands.”  Our Catholic beliefs are not “alien to the truth.”

In every generation, vanity keeps many from obeying The Church-Founding Word of Jesus.

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