“Civil Unions” typify what the Apostle Paul called “The Mystery of Iniquity.”

Inspired by yesterday’s column at TomRoeser.com:

Tom Roeser praised Cardinal George for his tireless advocacy against the Illinois civil unions bill, while taking to task the late Cardinal Bernardin, who, to a great degree, remains largely responsible for getting us into this mess, in the first place.

But the main subject of this post is “The Mystery of Iniquity” of which St. Paul writes:

2Th 2:1-12  And we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and of our gathering together unto him:  That you be not easily moved from your sense nor be terrified, neither by spirit nor by word nor by epistle. As sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition Who opposeth and is lifted up above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God.

Remember you not that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?  And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time.

For the mystery of iniquity already worketh: only that he who now holdeth do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed: whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders: And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish: because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: That all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to iniquity.

The question (mystery) is: If God is unalterably opposed to certain particular types of evil, then why does he even permit it? Why doesn’t he simply eliminate the people who commit murder, practice sodomy, oppress the poor, and defraud working people of their wages?

One possible answer: If God, according to his own very high standards, chose to withhold his grace and subsequently eliminate all of these things, would there be anyone still left alive on earth?

To better understand this admittedly mysterious passage, go here and scroll down to the footnotes.

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