It is a request that the Libertarian Ticket be permitted to participate in the debates. They are the closest to the 15% requirement and the only ones registered in all 50 states.
I am so thankful to God! I believe He is answering our prayer (See Election Novena 2016).
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model of prudence. You never thrust yourself rashly into any serious undertaking; instead, you tested the strength of your powers and waited on God’s will in prayer and penance, then boldly carried it out without hesitation. Through your prayers and intercession, obtain for me the virtues of patience, prudence, wisdom and courage. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…Glorious St. Thomas More, I beg you to take up my cause, confident that you will advocate for me before God’s Throne with the same zeal and diligence that marked your career on earth. If it be in accord with God’s will, obtain for me the favor I seek, namely that the Presidential Debate Committee be persuaded to permit Third Parties to participate in the Presidential Debates.V. Pray for us, O Blessed St. Thomas More.R. That we may faithfully follow you on the hard road that leads to the narrow gate of eternal life.
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; …
What is this “sound doctrine” to which the Apostle makes reference?
Doctrine means Teaching. Strangely enough, so does Tradition. Yes, Tradition means Teaching. Let me show you.
2 Thessalonians 2:15 King James Bible (KJV) Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditionswhich ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
2 Thessalonians 2:15New International Version (NIV)
15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
So, holding on to sound doctrine means to hold on to sound tradition.
What does “sound” mean? Sound can mean many things depending on the context. It can mean “noise.” Or “vocalization”. Or other things, depending on the context. Let’s look at the context in which it is used in the Bible when paired with doctrine.
2 Tim 4:3For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
So, sound doctrine is not necessarily what one wants to hear.
Titus 1:9He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Sound doctrine is a “trustworthy message which has been passed down according to how it has been taught.”
So, no deviations. And, must it be passed down by Scripture?
1 Thessalonians 2:13New International Version (NIV)
13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
You heard from us. Therefore, these were taught by word and not by reading it for themselves.
And it says “from us”. Therefore, there is a select group from which one must learn the Teachings. As Scripture says elsewhere:
Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Therefore, in order to receive a faithful and trustworthy message, one must learn it from the Sacred Traditions which are passed down by their leaders in the Church.
Sacred Tradition is that Sound Doctrine to which the Apostle makes reference.
Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Those who do not want to obey Christ, simply do not love Christ:
John 14: 23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
“For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law,” (Rom. 3:28).
Only those who work are justified. But not by their works. They are justified by God because they work in accordance to His Will. Again, as it is written:
Romans 2:13(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
“But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness,” (Rom. 4:5).
This is a reference to Abraham. Did Abraham work? Sure he did. By faith Abraham obeyed God:
Hebrews 11: 8By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
That is the obedience of faith. It isn’t faith alone. But faith accompanied by works of obedience.
“I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly,” (Gal. 2:21).
Righteousness does not come through the Law. But the Law leads us to righteousness:
Galatians 3: 24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
“You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? 2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:1-3).
The Law justifies no man. But if you don’t keep the Law in the Commandments, God won’t justify you. Very simple.
If you don’t add to faith, virtue and works of charity, God will not save you.
2 Peter 1 5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.