Montanism and the rejection of moral leaders

by nonewsisnew

The heresy Ed Schultz espouses is part of Montanism.  Starting near 170, Montanus started teaching that we don’t need a Church to teach us right and wrong (it was only to be the Holy Spirit).  Near the same time, this wall was built to protect Britannia (modern day England) from Caledonia (modern day Scotland):

As you can tell from the busted up wall, Catholics have faced the issue of people rejecting the Bishops for quite a long time.

Mr. Schultz, much like Montanus, had this special “born-again” experience of God, and therfore like Montanus before him, he feels qualified to distinguish between real and phony Christians.  Also like Montanus, he bases this upon his own personal morality.  For Montanus, it was sex he rejected as immoral. Marriage was denied to all and all were expected to be celebrate because the physical world is bad.  These were the “real” Christians of 170 AD.  For Mr. Schultz, the “real” Christians are those who embrace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) because it will save the lives of children.  These are the “real” Christians of 2013.  In both cases individuals think they know better than the Church — they feel that their morality is superior and that others have lost their way.

(A closing note: the American Bishops did campaign for a revision to health care prior to the implementation of the PPACA, but when it was revealed the revision would pay for more abortions, they rejected the legislation as unjust.)