Ticket to Hell, Contract with Satan, call it what you will, either way the result is the same. In a sad and somewhat pathetic attempt to rebel against the church and God, masses of disobedient Catholic Britons, now atheists and agnostics, have taken it upon themselves to attempt to "de-baptise" themselves. (I added the red "warning" to the certificate on the left so as to not materially contribute to anyone's eternal damnation.)
Please don't write this off as just some sort of rebellious "phase" or an insignificant act of disobedience. It's so much more than that. It's most certainly a diabolical and very evil act that is extremely and permanently destructive.
What part of "indelible" (permanent) do they not understand? What they're doing isn't removing the sacrament of Baptism by any means. It cannot be removed by any act of man. And besides, once at or past the age of consent they did knowingly and willfully confirm their baptism through the Sacrament of Confirmation!
What they are doing however, through this act of disobedience, is not the shift back into "neutral" that they think it is in giving up all religion and not believing in God or the Church. In this act, they indeed do recognize their Baptism in Christ only then to fully reject it, renounce the Church that Christ founded and all her creeds and reject Christ Himself. Since the church is the Body of Christ, they fully and completely reject God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
What they are doing is blaspheming against the Holy Spirit leaving an equally indelible and unforgivable sin on their souls. They are deceived into being "tied up with atheism and agnosticism" so that evil one who is stronger may enter and plunder their house. Now who might that be?
Let's think about this for a moment. In Baptism, you share in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ into life everlasting. Everyone baptized will enter into heaven, of that there can be no doubt. But remember, that nothing imperfect enters into the kingdom of heaven and into the presence of God.
By remaining obedient, recognizing and accepting responsibility when we are disobedient, confessing our sins and being repentant through regular confession/reconciliation we minimize the amount of unrepentant sins we die with.
So what happens if we die some weeks, months or years after our last confession and reconciliation with God and have some unrepentant sins on our souls? God's mercy provides us with Purgatory where our souls will be purified and our remaining sins will be cleansed. Everyone that enters Purgatory will enter into the Kingdom of heaven! Some of us might be there longer than others - you know who you are!
Where are those who "de-baptize" themselves to go? We know that one cannot enter into the Kingdom of God in a state of sin, that leaves either purgatory or permanent damnation in the eternal fires of hell.
Purgatory is a place where remaining unreconciled sins are cleansed and forgiven before entering heaven. Baptism is conferred through the grace and power of the Holy Spirit so the denying of one's baptism is a blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and that rules out Purgatory. There's no point in trying to wash away that which can never be forgiven as Jesus told us in Mark 3:28-29:
"Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin."Sins stain the soul and can be cleansed, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit leaves an irreparable hole and no amount of cleansing can repair that which is no longer there. Since Heaven is out, and Purgatory is out, there's only one place left for those who deny God in their attempts to "de-baptize" themselves; the eternal fires of damnation aka Hell.
If in Baptism we share Jesus Christ's obedience to God, His death and resurrection and life everlasting in Heaven, then those who foolishly attempt to "de-baptise' themselves will most certainly share in the disobedience of Satan and the eternal pain of damnation in the fires of hell. Does that not make Satan the "god" of atheism or agnosticism?
I hope they will realize there is no second chance. "Never have forgiveness" means never. It would be better for them that they were never born.
Hat tip to The Deacon's Bench, The Curt Jester, and Breitbart.com