Barnhardt on Effeminacy 2: Lovers of Pleasures More Than of God. Now These Avoid.
Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness, Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God: Having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these avoid.
2 Timothy 3: 1-5
In the first installment of this series, we isolated what effeminacy is NOT, namely femininity or faggotry. So, what is effeminacy? St. Thomas Aquinas uses the words “softness” and “delicacy” as his main descriptors. By “delicacy”, Thomas means a man who cannot endure any toil or anything that diminishes pleasure. In our contemporary parlance the word “wimp” might be a more illuminating choice. If we look at St. Thomas’ words in the Summa in Article 1 of Question 138 of the Second Part of the Second Part, we see that at the core of the vice of effeminacy is a pathological aversion to a lack of pleasure, that is to say, an aversion to anything even remotely unpleasant, most especially any sort of exertion (work) or voluntary suffering.
Check those last two words: voluntary suffering. Do you see why effeminacy is pretty much the existential antipode to Christianity? Do you see why the weapon satan has used in this the “Battle of the Pelennor Fields” against the Church has been an infiltration of effeminate men who have spent the last 50 years preaching a “new gospel” wherein the cardinal false virtue is EFFEMINACY? Effeminacy simply cannot be reconciled to Christianity. It is contrary to the very foundations and core of the Truth of Christ. To wit:
Matthew 16: 24-25 Then Jesus said to His disciples: If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for My sake, shall find it.
Matthew 5: 5 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5: 10-12 Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for My sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.
John 15: 18-20 If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated Me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember My word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.
Matthew 24: 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall put you to death: and you shall be hated by all nations for My Name’ s sake.
2 Timothy 3: 12 And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.
Let me now put up a list of bullet points of how effeminacy manifests, and we will then go down the list in future installments discussing in depth each example and how they are manifesting in today’s post-Christian, Modernist world and in FrancisNewChurch.
Effeminacy manifests as, in no particular order:
- A pathological refusal to deal with objective reality (intense normalcy bias, self-delusion)
- Hatred of exertion
- An intense aversion to helping others (because helping almost always involves exertion)
- The refusal to voluntarily take on ANY hardship, discomfort, or… wait for it… SUFFERING
- Lashing out at virile people as a defense mechanism
- Need for human respect
- Hypersensitivity, easily “triggered”
- Intense judgmentalism and hyper-criticality
- Inordinate attachment to money – tightfistedness, stinginess
- Intense selfishness and self-absorption
- Narcissism, both grandiose and vulnerable
- Incessant bitching, criticizing and complaining while refusing to act or charitably instruct others
- Shunning personal responsibility, most especially taking responsibility for the actions of others or for no-fault accidents
- Reducing Christianity to the merely theoretical, confined exclusively to the domain of ideas, utterly divorced from concrete action
- Liturgical fetishism, specifically liturgical action as complete substitute for concrete action in the world and the Great Commission