Let me begin by saying that I love the Roman Catholic Church. It is the epitome of Christ’s conquest of a godless planet and the richest soil of civilization from which men have planted and reaped God’s goodness in a fallen world. If there is an ultimate source of God’s grace to man during what few years a man has it is the Roman Catholic Church.
In an evil age, it is quite understandable to want to defend such a wonderful gift of God against the decay and corruption of the devil’s schemes. However, if such corruption infects the men seated in the chairs of authority, then submission to authority becomes an obstacle to exposing evil when it should be a help.
In the twenty-first century, Christian men everywhere need to reserve the right to rebel against earthly authorities. This includes the authority of Roman Tradition and the authority of the Holy Bible. The corruption is now so prevalent that Tradition and Scripture can be used against those who would speak boldly against an age carrying open hostility to Jesus Christ. Any man can invoke either the Magisterium or the Word of God to tell another man to stifle his hatred of evil.
In fact, I can see the Reformation as God’s preemptive strike against this evil age by undermining earthly religious authority long before that authority became as corrupt as it is now. So as high-ranking priests are caught in homosexual orgies and even the head of the Catholic Church is appointing men who openly defy even the most primal understanding of God’s creation of Christ’s redemption, their authority is already crippled by Jesus Christ Himself.
Some might argue that the Catholic Church will always prevail and that what is needed is perseverance and patience in the face of a passing period of evil. It is a fine and noble sentiment, but it is a position of retreat and pacifism. What is needed is an open and direct confrontation of evil, even if it means challenging the Church itself. Sometimes it is necessary for Christians to go rogue.
Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:17-18).
In this present age, let no man who professes Christ submit to any earthly authority, be it church, state, or scripture, if he feel the call to rebel. Needed are the warriors, those who answer only to the authority of a heavenly throne, who are truly spiritual men.
But he who is spiritual judges all things. Yet he himself is not judged by anyone (1 Corinthians 2:15).
In a video game (of all things) a cinematic encapsulates this rogue, independent spirit that is so needed in this day and age.
Perhaps this evil age will pass or maybe Jesus will have to return to bring it to an end. Either way, the submission to earthly authority behind castle walls is no longer a luxury the faithful can afford. It is time to ride forth and take the fight for righteousness to the world.