Signing Your Own Death Warrant

Signing Your Own Death Warrant

Thou shalt not kill (murder) (Ex.20:13)

For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. (James 2:11-13)

The fifth commandment forbids direct and intentional killing as gravely sinful. The murderer and those who cooperate voluntarily in murder commit a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance.

Infanticide, fratricide, parricide, and the murder of a spouse are especially grave crimes by reason of the natural bonds which they break. Concern for eugenics or public health cannot justify any murder, even if commanded by public authority. (CCC 2268)

Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae, "by the very commission of the offense,"and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society. (CCC 2272)

Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and [f]blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks [g]in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the [h]Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many [i]sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. (I Cor. 11:27-32)

Both scripture and the doctrine of the Church are very clear about the issues surrounding abortion; it is murder. There can be no question that from the very beginning of the Church she denounced abortion as murder. Infanticide. And it is a MORTAL sin. But it goes deeper than that because those that participate in this atrocity are just as culpable as those who engage in the actual act and that is a grave sin. But its deeper than that.

The Church in Corinth was a train wreck. Not only were they involved in immoral acts but they were also treating the Lord's Supper as a party. And Paul wasn't happy. But it wasn't just that he wasn't happy, he was concerned for their souls because they were making a mockery of the Body and Blood of Christ by their refusal to abandon their previous lifestyle and confess their sin and in doing so became not guilty of just receiving the sacrament unworthily, but also of sacrilege.

Many confuse the definition of blasphemy and sacrilege. Blasphemy is the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk. Sacrilege is violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred. While it is possible that the Corinthians were guilty of blasphemy, it is certain that by receiving the sacrament unworthily they were absolutely guilty of sacrilege. They were guilty by virtue of what they did and DID NOT do.

Culpability in sin can be both passive and active but active does not necessarily mean direct involvement in that act of sin. One can be actively involved in the commitment of mortal sin simply by enabling those who directly engage in it or by SUPPORTING THOSE WHO MAKE THAT ACT OF SIN POSSIBLE.

Paul didn't take into account personal feelings when he issued his warning to the Corinthians. He didn't take into account their reticence about things that caused them to sin. He didn't care about culture, government, or the past. He was point blank: Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ unworthily brings damnation to the soul.

The Church doesn't take into account personal feelings either. The involvement in murder actively is a mortal sin and incurs excommunication. The involvement in murder passively is a mortal sin because as James tells us, to be guilty of the transgression of one law is to be guilty of all.

To support either directly or indirectly the murder of innocent children is a sin of commission and doing so affects the ability of one to participate in the life of the Church. Doing so removes one from every sacrament but that of reconciliation. Reconciliation can restore us to the sacramental life of the Church. Receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion unworthily can remove us from the life of the Church permanently.

Think hard in this coming week because Paul said this nicely but I will be blunt; the enabling of those who would procure abortion by supporting those who would make it possible and then presenting yourself for communion is signing your own death warrant.

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