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True Division of People

Men, women and children are not divided by what religion they profess to follow. Just as modern men can identify as women, and women as men, so can men and women identify as “Catholic”, “Muslim”, etc., while being no such thing.

In Scripture, God makes it clear that there are two divisions of people. He refers to them as the “just” and the “unjust” in Scripture.

“All nations shall be gathered together before him, and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:32)

What distinguishes the two groups is not whether they identify as sheep or goats, but whether they actually are sheep or goats.

The sheep will be identified by their deeds:

“Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in:Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.”

In other words, they performed the works of mercy. They were the merciful.

The unjust, likewise, are identified by their deeds:

“Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me not to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you covered me not: sick and in prison, and you did not visit me. And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.”

There is no confusion caused by self-identification. There is no questioning about religious beliefs or request for parish records. Unlike men, God knows the deeds of all men.

“Jesus needed not that any should give testimony of man: for he knew what was in man.” (John 2)

Many believe that being members of the Catholic Church is the means to salvation. Many believe that because they are baptized or confirmed, they will go to heaven. Some believe that because they “practice the faith” (i.e., the rituals of the Church), they will be saved.

The Catholic Church does not teach this.

The Catholic Church teaches that if Catholics do not do the works of charity, that is, if they are not actually just and merciful, they will not be saved—justbas the Gospel teaches.

Read it carefully:

“Fully incorporated into the society of the Church are those who, possessing the Spirit of Christ, accept all the means of salvation given to the Church together with her entire organization, and who – by the bonds constituted by the profession of faith, the sacraments, ecclesiastical government, and communion – are joined in the visible structure of the Church of Christ, who rules her through the Supreme Pontiff and the bishops. Even though incorporated into the Church, one who does not however persevere in charity is not saved. He remains indeed in the bosom of the Church, but ‘in body’ not ‘in heart.'”. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, parm 837)

Let us take this warning to heart. As much as we may criticize those who identify as transgender men and women today, identifying as Christians, without the necessary works of the Christian life, is just as ridiculous. We can fool our neighbors, and may fool ourselves, but we’re not fooling God, who will be our judge.

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