Join author, speaker, and world-wide renewal leader, Dr. Ralph Martin, as he shares what the Holy Spirit is stirring up in the Church right now: words of encouragement from the Lord to strengthen you for such a time as this.
This week, in part two on avoiding deception, Ralph unfolds the Catechism’s teaching on serious sin and the many scriptural warnings against deceiving ourselves. We are encouraged to cling to the Word of God as our lifeline in order to be protected against the tidal wave of deception that is sweeping over the world today.
"If we are now addicted to serious sin… we need to ask God to have mercy on us, to help us to get clear that it is serious, that we DO need to turn away from it. We need to begin the battle against sin, we need to begin doing those things that are necessary to get free from sin..." so that we can "live in the glorious freedom of the sons and daughters of God." //Ralph Martin
This week, in part one of a two-part series, Ralph talks about the numerous warnings in scripture to not be deceived, and focuses on the huge deceptions in our culture, and even in the Church, concerning the area of sexual morality.
"The Word of God is our lifeline. The words of Jesus are the only way that we can really know who he is and what his will is. It’s the only way that we can know the truth and be actually protected against this incredible tidal wave of deception that is sweeping over the world today and sweeping over the Church.”
This week Ralph describes the two signs that the apostle Paul declares will precede the return of the Lord and considers whether we are seeing these signs fulfilled today or not. In any case, he describes what our response needs to be to pass the test of the last days.
Scripture in today's episode: 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12.
Ralph shares how the New Testament itself doubles down on shocking warnings and actual historical manifestations of the consequences of ignoring them. He also offers some powerful encouragement that provide us great hope and confidence.
In a special bonus episode, this week Ralph shares his shock at reading page after page of severe punishments and warnings in the prophet Jeremiah and how the New Testament guides us in understanding these warnings.
This week, Ralph meditates on a meditation of St. John Henry Newman about how God alone is our happiness – and our most intimate friend.
“Let’s make our souls a welcoming home for God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Let’s prepare a dwelling place for the Lord in our own soul. Let’s turn away from sin. Let’s turn away from inordinate, disordered attachment to the things of this world, because they are passing away.” - Ralph Martin
In this episode, Ralph references a YouTube video on struggling with prayer. Check out that video message here: https://youtu.be/ceOin4LKTk0!
He also mentions a favorite resource for prayer and meditating on the Word of God, Magnificat. Learn more about Magnificat here: https://us.magnificat.net/.
Lastly, he talks about two messages on the shocking warnings of Jeremiah. Check out those messages in Bonus Episodes 2 and 3.
Welcome to Right Now's first bonus episode! This special episode marks the arrival of Ralph's new book, A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward, his first major book in 7 years. This week, Ralph shares an in depth summary of what is in the new book, presented to Renewal Ministries' country coordinators all over the world in a zoom conference.
Get your copy of the book here: https://www.renewalministries.net/shop/product/a_church_in_crisis.
This week Ralph shares that no matter what the outcome of the election is, we still have our work cut out for us, and we still have great reason to hope and rejoice.
“It’s election day… whatever we see, we need to remember that Jesus is the Lord and there is nothing that is going to happen today, or in the days following, that are outside of his control.” -Ralph Martin
Ephesians 6 says the devil is shooting fiery darts all day long into our hearts and souls, and it says the thing that can protect us from the deception of the evil one is the shield of faith. But so many people don't have the shield of faith! The shield of faith is being in Jesus Christ, loving Jesus Christ, and knowing his Word. So when a lie comes to us, we say, "That's not true. This is what the truth is, this is what the Lord is saying. This is what I must do."
You can't get in to heaven on somebody's else's relationship with the Lord. You can be inspired by their relationship, you can be called by their relationship, but you need to respond and have the relationship yourself. . . . You need to have the oil of the Holy Spirit in your soul. You need to have the living presence of God in your soul. And the way we do that is through faith, repentance, sacramental life, prayer.
We don't want to be in a situation where the Lord says, "You maybe came to church occasionally . . . but you didn't pay attention to how I was asking you to make Me the very center of your life. You didn't pay attention to how I told you to put yourself into this wholeheartedly in order to get connected with Me in the right way. And you didn't pay attention to Me when I told you at a certain point the door is going to close. And when the door close, that's it, your choice has been made. You were familiar with Me, you were familiar with my teaching, but you didn't enter into relationship with Me."
One of the functions of prophecy is to call us back to relationship with God. . . . to call us back to remember his Word and to take this Word seriously. For the next few episodes, Ralph will talk about how we can respond to these prophecies and actually build our lives on a dependency on the Lord and not on the passing structures of this world—so that whatever happens in our country, whatever happens in our culture, whatever happens in our world, we will be standing on the Rock that is Jesus Christ and his Word.
Ralph Martin reflects on a question he has been receiving a lot lately: "What is prophecy?" He also discusses a prophecy Fr. Michael Scanlan shared in 1980 and discusses its relevance today.
Our prosperity has been a tremendous blessing from the Lord, but many of us have responded to prosperity by saying, "We've got things under control. We've got what we need. We don't need God." And rather than thanking Him for these blessings, rather than thanking Him for the time of peace . . . we've taken them for granted, and many of us have drifted away into being lukewarm, into compromise with the world, just like the prophecy says here.
You can access the text of Fr. Scanlan's 1980 prophecy on our website: https://www.renewalministries.net/wordpress/hear-my-word-fr-michael-scanlans-1980-prophecy/
Ralph Martin reflects on a prophecy given by Fr. Michael Scanlan in 1976 and its importance and relevance today. When Ralph recently came across this prophecy, it left him “almost breathless” due to the amazing accuracy with which it describes so much that is occurring now:
“Do you see those churches which you can go to so easily now? Are you ready to see them with bars across their doors, with doors nailed shut? . . . Are you ready to depend only on me and not on all the institutions of schools and parishes that you are working so hard to foster? . . . When you see it all shut down, when you see everything removed which has been taken for granted, and when you are prepared to live without these things, then you will know what I am making ready.”
You also can access a text version of Fr. Scanlan’s prophecy and Ralph’s reflections on the Renewal Ministries blog: https://www.renewalministries.net/wordpress/fr-michael-scanlans-amazing-prophecy-an-urgent-message-for-today/
“War broke out in heaven” (and is now being waged on earth).
Ralph talks about the issues at stake in the upcoming American election – and it’s not just abortion, as important as that issue is – but also the future of the family, sexuality, and the freedom of Catholics to believe and profess their faith. He also shows why this is more broadly connected to the same issues at work throughout the world in a move towards a secular elite control of government, education, media and entertainment.