Attaching faith to culture creates a temporary spiritual structure as culture changes with each generation and each ethnicity. As we become more subservient to our culture, our base of faith begins to erode. Faith then reflects our culture, rather than our culture reflecting our faith.
The word of G-d is an absolute from beginning through infinity. Adjusting that word with cultural movements dilutes it leaving us with no foundation.
Cultural Piety is now being disguised thorough political piety. Political Correctness beginning as a form of re-directing one’s thinking through language preferences; has become not just a fully accepted manner of speaking but has grown into a pious acceptance of political dictates.
29 March 2018: Pope Francis in an interview with his good friend well known atheist Eugenio Scalfari founder of the atheist publication La Repubblica stated that “hell does not exist.” “Bad souls are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear,” Francis is quoted as saying. “There is no hell; there is the disappearance of sinful souls.” 28 March 2018 The Guardian reported “Francis uses his friendship with Scalfari as a kind of “back door” form of information dissemination.
This is faith being subservient to culture that does not want to believe in punishment. Becoming pious toward our culture creates an entirely new but temporary faith. If we have no fear of punishment then we are bound by no rules. (Cultural Piety) Matthew 25:30 “And cast ye the unprofitable servants into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Changing faith to meet temporary cultural standards.
DML News, 19 March 2018, Pope Francis bestows blessing on tattoos.
There is nothing wrong with tattoos”, Pope Francis advised a group of young people saying that “people should not be “afraid of tattoos,” urged that everyone should be open to cultural expressions of “belonging.” The tattoo is not the issue here. The issue is reflecting culture and not faith. Levitcus 19:28 “you shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead nor tattoo any marks upon you.
The sexualization of society has created a sexualization of faith. The theology program at the Jesuit College of the Holy Cross appointed a gender-oriented Chair of New Testament Studies claiming Jesus to be a “drag king,” in his 26 March 2018 article. The centrality of sex and gender to his way of thinking about the New Testament” significantly colors the way that Professor Liew presents Jesus Christ to students at the Catholic College. Writing for The Fenwick Review,
Elinor Reilly argues Professor Leiw’s “unconventional readings of Scripture” have brought “a new theological perspective to Holy Cross.” (The “religion of acceptance”) Romans 1: 18: For the wrath of G-d is revealed from heaven against all un-G-dliness and un-righteousness and those who approve their practice of them.
23 March, 2018, Massachusetts’ Mount Holyoke women’s college instructs its teachers not to say “women” in the classroom, as the sexes are congruent and not separate.” Eliminating individual identity removes the cornerstone of Christianity. 5 march 2018, Georgia Kennesaw State University’ now instructs students to not use personal pronouns of he and she which are offensive but instead to use “ne,” “ve,” and “ey.” “As Gender Fluidity is recognized it becomes important to ask the individual as to how they identify themselves at any given time.” This creates and permanently imbeds identity confusion. (The “identity of nothingness“) Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered, Fear not therefore: ye (each individual) are of more value than many sparrows.
22 March 2018: Fox News, Even Atheist Richard Dawkins warns against celebrating the alleged demise of Christianity in Europe. “Before we rejoice at the death throes of the relatively benign Christian religion, let’s not forget … in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse,”
7 March, 2018: Todd Starnes, Fox News, reported Bible study & all Christian music banned by Florida condo association. A prominent sign was posted on an organ located in a commons area of Cambridge House (a condo building in Port Charlotte Florida) “ANY AND ALL CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS BANNED.” The condo board stated that this was found to be offensive to some community members, creating a highly pious observance of the current culture. (The “religion of understanding”) Mark 8-verse 38: Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous (relativistic) and sinful generation’ of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. First Liberty Institute and Greenberg Traurig, P.A. contends the Bible study group has every right to use the social room for their weekly gathering.
These are all subliminal and overt reaches of Cultural Piety. If we do not remain cognizant of these happenings and actively work to reverse this direction, we will leave our children with an empty and meaningless existence.