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Do NOT Follow

By Brother Joseph Timothy

November 30, 2021

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The Question of Corruption

For many years now apostasy has become a regular thing to report.  Now at the end of the year we find religious leaders continuing this trend of apostasy and corruption as Pope Francis involves himself in the climate change scandal amongst other things.

Today, there are great scandals and divisions among those who call themselves Catholic.  These divisions are not just among laity, but they involve many clergy as well.  In all of the apostasy, scandal, and division Catholics are wondering how to respond to these things.  On the surface it is very confusing, but when we put our eyes on Christ, that which is confusing will become clear.

Does  the Lord Jesus Christ give us any instructions or teachings that will help us amidst such scandal’s and apostasy?  YES!  We can take comfort in the Lord Jesus Christ and put our faith in all that he taught regarding these things.

In this article we will hear Christ say, Do Not Follow (John 10:5), those who speak heresy, commit apostasy, create scandal and any other such crimes in or outside the Church.  For we can take comfort in the fact that we can hear, know, and follow the Lord Jesus Christ.  And we can know the difference between His voice and the voice of the hirelings.


The Voice of the Shepherd

In the Gospel of Saint John Jesus heals a blind man.  Shortly after healing him, He is confronted by the Pharisees.  This was not the first time that the religious leaders of Christ’s day confronted Him.  From the moment Christ began His ministry many of the religious leaders of His day, together with the laity, would challenge, confront, and condemn Him.

After being confronted by the religious leaders Jesus began teaching the people regarding the difference between himself and these corrupt leaders.  In doing this Jesus defers to shepherding,and making distinctions between the good shepherd and the hireling.

“Amen, amen I say to you: He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber.  

But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.”  

– John 10:1-4

Here in the text of the Gospel of John Christ teaches us three important things regarding Himself and His relationship with “His sheep.”   In the text the Lord Jesus Christ teaches us that; we can hear his voice, we can know what he is saying, and we can follow him.


God wants us to hear his voice.  Throughout all of salvation history God has been speaking to mankind, talking to His prophets and His saints.  God’s relationships with His prophets and His saints show us, that God is speaking to us and wants us to hear His voice.  More than this, the Holy Spirit has inspired saints throughout salvation history to write His words down, and we have those words in the Holy Bible.  Today we can hear those words read aloud or in our own private readings.


Not only can we hear His voice, but we can understand the voice of God.  We have the ability to know exactly what God is saying when we take time to hear Him speak.  We can know and comprehend the very words of God himself.  What is the point of hearing if one cannot understand?  Understanding words helps lead one to knowing the one who is speaking.  God wants to be known by His creation, this is part of the reason why He speaks.


God gave mankind a free will so that he could say yes or no to Him.  Though there are consequences for saying no to God, with judgments and punishments upon those who rebel against Him, mankind still has the free will to say yes or no to God.  God wants us to say yes to him freely, but how can one say yes unless they hear his voice and know what He is saying?  God wants us to follow freely Him.

God has never required a PhD or special ranking position of any of his servants and saints to hear his voice, to know Him and his words, and to say yes to following Him.  Just the same, God has never required special permission from any high ranking official or institution in order to say yes to God and follow Him.  Instead the words we see from the Lord Jesus Christ invite us to come to Him freely when we hear his voice;

“Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.

Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.

For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.”  

– Matthew 11:28-30


The Voice of the Hireling

Jesus did not end his teaching there, telling us that we can hear, know, and follow His voice, but he also told us about the “stranger,” the “hireling” and the danger this one purposes.

“But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.”  

– John 10:5

Jesus taught two primary things regarding the hireling, that; we can distinguish the hirelings voice from the voice of the “Good Shepherd” and that we can refuse to follow the hireling.  For God gave everyone the capacity to say no and not to follow any voice taking us away from following Him.

The contrast between the “Good Shepherd” and the hirelings are very stark and clear.  The “Good Shepherd” seeks salvation of His sheep, whereas the “stranger,” the “hireling” brings a clear and present danger to the sheep of the Lord.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.

But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep:

And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me.”  

– John 10:11-14

The hireling presents himself/herself as a shepherd with good intentions.  But the hireling is selfish and their own interests is in what they want and desire, even at the expense of the sheep.  They have no care for the flock of God.   For all of their commands and words are greatly different from the commands and the words of the “Good Shepherd”.

Jesus warns us of the hirelings, not just that they are selfish, but that they are wicked to the core.  Jesus also tells us that we can know who they are through what they say and do;

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Even so every good tree .bringeth forth fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.

Every evil tree bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire.

Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them”  

– Matthew 7:15-20

Clearly we can know the difference between the “Good Shepherd” and the hireling.  We know the differences in their voices, their words, and their actions.  The Lord wants us to know the differences and has told us clearly what they are.  More than this he wants us to avoid them.

In the gospel of Saint Matthew 15 Jesus is confronted by the Church leadership of his day, the “scribes and Pharisees” from Jerusalem (15:1) passively condemned Christ and his disciples for transgressing the “tradition of the ancients” (15:2).

Jesus exposes them and their lies before the disciples.  After the religious leaders leave Christ’s disciples confront Him concerned that these religious leaders may be offended.  Christ instructs them, saying;

“Let them alone: they are blind, and leaders of the blind.  And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the pit.”  

– Matthew 15:14

Christ’s teachings are clear; we can know the differences between the voice of the “Good Shepherd” and that of the hireling.  We can say no, resist, and not follow the hireling.  And we know that the hireling is dangerous.


A History of Corrupt Leaders

Corrupt leaders and hirelings are nothing new in salvation history.  Throughout the whole of salvation history we have seen all kinds of corrupt leaders; from priests, to false prophets, to high priests, and kings.

Before the incarnation great saints, such as Elijah and Isaiah confronted corrupt leaders and even suffered at their hands.  Jeremiah suffered greatly at the hands of the king and his court as he confronted such corruption in his day.

“Now Phassur the son of Emmur, the priest, who was appointed chief in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremias prophesying these words.

And Phassur struck Jeremias the prophet, and put him in the stocks, that were in the upper gate of Benjamin, in the house of the Lord.”  

– Jeremiah 20:1-2

These corrupt religious leaders are hostile to those trying to be true to God, those who do not follow them and their corrupt ways, those who do not comply with their wickedness.  They seek to silence all voices apposing their corruption, blotting out the light exposing their darkness and their dark works.  Jesus taught why these people do such things, saying,

“And this is the judgment: because the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light: for their works were evil.

For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved.

But he that doth truth, cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, because they are done in God.”  

– John 3:19-21

Even after the ascension we see the same pattern happening, corrupt leaders misleading the flock. But God is always calling saints to resist instructing them to call out the evil being done.  The Apostles of Christ are a great example of this when they were confronted by the religious leaders of their day, being told not to preach;

“And calling them, they charged them not to speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus.

But Peter and John answering, said to them: If it be just in the sight of God, to hear you rather than God, judge ye.

For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”  

– Acts 4:18-20

And after that confrontation they would be arrested and commanded again by the corrupt religious leaders of their day not to preach;

“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them,

Saying: Commanding we commanded you, that you should not teach in the name; and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with our doctrine, and you have a mind to bring the blood of this man upon us.

But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God, rather than men.”  

– Acts 5:27-29

Saint Paul, the apostle, warns of these hirelings as he prepares to go to Jerusalem.  After he gathered his disciples together to prepare for his departure, he warned them of the “wolves” who would come in that, they would come from their own numbers presenting themselves as shepherds.  Paul warned them in a speech saying;

“I know that, after my departure, ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”  

– Acts 20:29-30

This pattern and these warnings continue on and on after these great apostles pass on.  Warnings of wolves and examples of their infiltration and treachery can be seen throughout the whole of salvation history.


The Division of Sheep and Goats at the Cross

The clearest picture of this divide between the “Good Shepherd” and the hirelings can be seen in the Passion of Christ, wherein when Christ was put on trial before the whole of Jerusalem.  He was condemned by the religious leaders of his day and crucified.   For the setting of the Passion of Christ is the very manifestation of the warning Jesus gave regarding the narrow path to heaven and the wide path to hell;

“Enter ye in at the narrow gate” for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go thereat.

How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!”  

– Matthew 7:13-14

Here in the Passion of Christ we see the narrow path of heaven vs the wide path of hell with the religious leaders of the day, the hirelings, leading the charge down the wide path.  For those at the passion watching the choices are clear, and those choices are not easy, so much so that even most of Christ’s disciples falter.  Judas betrays Jesus into the hands of the religious leaders who hate Him, Peter denies Him when confronted, and the others forsake him with the exception of one, Saint John who follows him to the cross while tending to the Holy Mother.

There at the cross we see the icons of these processions marching down each path.  There at the place of judgment the people are presented with two messiah’s.  The messiah on the wide path Barabbas or The Messiah on the narrow path Jesus of Nazareth.   Encouraged and led by the religious leader, the High Priest Caiaphas, they choose Barabbas as an icon on the wide path.

“Now upon the solemn day the governor was accustomed to release to the people one prisoner, whom they would.

And he had then a notorious prisoner, that was called Barabbas.

They therefore being gathered together, Pilate said: Whom will you that I release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus that is called Christ?

For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

And as he was sitting in the place of judgment, his wife sent to him, saying: Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

But the chief priests and ancients persuaded the people, that they should ask Barabbas, and make Jesus away.

And the governor answering, said to them: Whether will you of the two to be released unto you? But they said Barabbas.

Pilate saith to them: What shall I do then with Jesus that is called Christ? They say all: Let him be crucified.”  

– Matthew 27:15-18

When presented with Jesus, “that is called Christ”, they not only rejected Him but wanted him crucified.  And they were willing to accept a “notorious prisoner” in His place.

This is not the only option the people would have.  They were also given another chance not to crucify Jesus when Pilate presented Him as their king.  But again the religious leaders, the hirelings, would lead the charge to reject Jesus as king;

“But they cried out: Away with him; away with him; crucify him.  Pilate saith to them: Shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered: We have no king but Caesar.”  

– John 19:15

The whole of Jerusalem, save a few faithful, deny Jesus the Messiah and King.  The very One they welcomed as Messiah and King just days before they now reject.  In place they choose Caesar as their king and Barabbas as their messiah.  All of this was done with the religious leaders leading the way.  These religious leaders won the crowds over through conspiracy, peer pressure, scandal, and fraud.  Sadly whenever these religious leaders spoke the laity followed doing whatever these religious leaders told them to do.


Today’s Apostasy

Most of the religious leaders of today are no different from those throughout salvation history, from those who were there to betray the Lord and have him crucified.  The voice of these hirelings are clearly different from the voice of the Lord.  The following are a list of those commands and teachings given by these hirelings:


In July of this year Francis put out his Motu Proprio, Traditionis Custodes.  In this document he attempt to restrict the Roman Latin Rite of Mass.  But how is his claim, to restrict the Roman Latin Rite of Mass, an act or voice of a hireling?

In this document Francis speaks with the voice of the hireling because of the claim of authority he has made.  For Jesus gave us the Mass (Matt 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:19-20, I Cor 11:23-26) and this Mass that he gave cannot be taken away by anyone.  I covered this topic in my article entitled:  Francis Motu Proprio asks, who is head of the church?( My argument was based upon Francis claiming an authority he does not possess.  Jesus gave us the gift of the Mass, Jesus is the head, with the pope as his vicar.  So we must say no with all respect to the office of the vicar.  To add to that Francis’ claim contradicts other popes of the past who have made it clear that they don’t have the authority to change or abrogate the Roman Latin Rite of Mass.

Therefore, Do not follow

“But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.”  

– John 10:5


In August of this year Francis created a synod on synodality program.  This program clearly opens the door to co-celebrations with paganism.  Evidence of the dangers manifest itself right away in October as San Bernardino became one of many congregations to hold pagan celebrations (  But these actions were of no surprise since Francis has already shown his love of paganism before.

Clearly Francis’ Synodal program is the voice of the hireling, for Jesus gave us the commands; to have no other god before Him (Matt 19:17).  No Catholic can remain faithful to God and open any door to paganism and that is what these pagan synodal gatherings are.  Both Dr Taylor Marshall ( and The Remnant clearly identifies this as pagan and shows how no Mass could ever include paganism.

Therefore, Do not follow

“But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.”  

– John 10:5


In September a Canadian Archbishops bans non vaccinated persons from attending Mass ( Archbishop of Moncton demands proof of vaccination for anyone above 12 years or older.

This is clearly the voice of the hireling, for Jesus said, “Come to me all ….” (Matt 11:25-30).  Why would Christ, the one who went out of his way to touch and heal the sick, keep healthy people away from Him?  I wrote an article showing how the vaccines were being used as a tool to attack Christians ( and this Archbishop is actively and openly joining the attacks against Christians.

Therefore, Do not follow

“But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.”  

– John 10:5


In December of last year the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith together with the Pontifical Academy for Life said that all vaccines are morally acceptable.  It is hard to say how much of the research these organizations were aware of regarding the vaccines industries involvement with the abortion industry.  However, the fact that these two industries are involved with each other the way they are should be enough for any organization calling itself Christian to condemn the company and say no to their products.

This is clearly the voice of the hireling, for Jesus commanded to not murder (Matthew 19:17-19).  No Christian can ever involve itself with any company that involves itself with the abortion industry the way the vaccine industry does.  If anything the Christian must strive to fight against the abortion industry in order to abolish it.

Therefore, Do not follow

“But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.”  

– John 10:5


In March of last year Catholic Churches, as well as other “churches”, began shutting down.  Bishops and Priests discontinued and restricted sacraments and the Eucharist because of fear  ( and many of these restrictions lasted roughly a year.

This is the voice of the hireling, for Jesus, again, says, “Come to me all ….” (Matt 11:25-30).  I covered these errors in two articles, The Social Distance and Mask Culture is anti-Christian, ( and in Dear Pastor Judas, (  There is no reason for any priest to discontinue or restrict the sacraments to any penitent Catholic who is striving to be in a state of grace.

Therefore, Do not follow,

“But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.”  

– John 10:5


In April of this year Fr James Martin received praise and awards for his film and book “Building Bridges” (2018) wherein he advocates that sodomites should be included in the Catholic Church and Mass.  Fr. Martin is not the first, for other priests have not only advocated for this kind inclusion but have gone as far as having pro sodomite masses  (

This is the voice of the hireling, for Jesus warned against the sin of Sodom and the punishment that would follow (Luke 17:25-29).  I also covered the sin of Sodom and how wicked it is in an article (  The LGBT movement is the manifestation of the sin of Sodom.  For any religious leader to advocate for such wickedness is contrary to God’s holiness.

Therefore, Do not follow

“But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.”  

– John 10:5


In February last year Bishop Barron made comments ( on hell that implied it should be empty because everyone would go to heaven.  His comments were nothing new for even Francis had been saying a similar thing.  The language used by many religious leaders is that of a hell that is hard to get to and is nothing like what the Lord Jesus Christ would describe.


This is the voice of the hireling, for Jesus taught of hell and His description and comments on it is radically different than most of the modern day religious leader.  In the Gospels Jesus describes it as eternal punishment, an unquenchable fire, outer darkness, where people gnash their teeth in anguish and regret, nothing dies in it, and there is no way out.  (Matthew 5:22, 29-30, 11:23, 13:42, 18:9; 23:33, 25:46; Mark 9:42-50; Luke 10:15, 12:5).  The reason for hell is that it is a punishment for the unrighteous and wicked and for those who have the stain of sin, the very sin which we all inherited from Adam and Eve.  It is a destination we are all on and need rescuing from.  Clearly the description Jesus gives is radically different these hirelings, so clear that they cannot be talking about the same place or the same standard of judgment and punishment that Jesus was talking about.

Therefore, Do not follow

“But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.”  

– John 10:5

There is more that can be listed, but this short list should be enough to see that there are many hirelings out in the world presenting themselves as shepherds.


Following the Good Shepherd

So, why is there so much apostasy and heresy coming from out of the religious leadership?  There are many answers that could be given, but one of the most relevant events which contributed that should be mentioned is Vatican II, the council of apostasy.  At Vatican II the religious leaders, acting as hirelings, formalized heresy.  Since this moment these wolves in shepherds clothing have been given the green light to devour the sheep because Vatican II provided the perfect cover for them.

Although there are many hirelings out and about pretending to be shepherds there are some religious leaders that are good and true to the shepherd.  Saint Paul was one who showed us what made him good saying, “Be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ.” (I Cor 11:1).  So for even Saint Paul following Christ is the most sure way to know which religious leaders can be trusted.

How did this corruption rise undetected?  It could only have come about because of a lack of faith and pride.  For our lack of faith in Christ means that there is no real faith in what the Lord Jesus Christ says.  And our pride leads us to turn to man as the real saviour for the answers instead of God.

This is the condition that the corrupt religious leaders take advantage of, the condition that favors their rise to power.  This condition creates corrupt understandings of authority and obedience making it nearly impossible to resist the power these corrupt religious leaders claim and hold.

Do NOT Follow these hirelings, but turn to the Lord Jesus Christ with faith and humility.  Let nothing, let nobody take you from Christ, for you can know his voice, and he can and will give you eternal life if you but follow.

“My sheep hear my voice: and I know them, and they follow me.

And I give them life everlasting; and they shall not perish for ever, and no man shall pluck them out of my hand.

That which my Father hath given me, is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of the hand of my Father.

I and the Father are one.”  

– John 10:27-30


The Grace of the Lord be with you.


LINKS for citations

Pope Francis again calls for the climate action U.S. bishops have been all but silent, (11/14/ 21).

Catholic bishops approve new guidance on Communion for pro-abortion rights politicians, (11/17/21),  [

Traditionis Custodes, (7/16/21),

Francis Motu Proprio asks, who is head of the church, (7/27/21),

Pope Francis: Path to 2023 Synod on Synodality faces 3 ‘risks’, (8/9/21),

Indigenous prayers, dancing in San Bernardino Synod Mass Spark backlash, (10/23/21),

Pagan “Pachamama” Statue Takes Centerstage in Vatican Synod, (11/25/19),

Dr Taylor Marshal reviews Francis Synodal Mass [Podcast], (10/25/21),

The Remnant, (10/12/21),

Canadian Archbishop: Only Fully Vaccinated Can Attend Mass, (9/18/21),

The Kingdom’s of this world and the Vaccine War, (4/8/21),

All Vaccines are morally acceptable, says member of pontifical council, (12/?/20),   [

COVID-19 Response and Resources: Update for …, (from 3/11/21 to 8/20/21),

The Social Distance and Mask Culture is anti-Christian, (2/8/21), [

Dear Pastor Judas, (4/17/20),

Westminster’s Cdl. Nichols celebrates pro-LGBT mass again, (1/18/19), [

James Martin’s LGBT ministry selected for Tribeca Film Festival, (4/20/21),

Sodom and June, (6/21/21),

Pope Francis and Hell, (4/3/18), [

“Dare We Hope?”, (2/25/20), [



Published by Brother Joseph Timothy

Brother Joseph Timothy is a monastic Brother in the Order of the Brothers of Fidelity. He is based in a St Joseph's Hermitage and Mission in Muskegon Michigan

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