Earth worship is not a new form of idolatry. It is as old as the Earth itself. In the Old Testament, we can read of stories of history, such as Rachel taking the idols and earth relics from her father's house when she fled with her husband, in order to be "protected." Multiple gods and idols, often those representing nature, were common place for protection, for fertility, and to "repay" the gods for their favor, and in return, worship of the planet would take place.
Earth worship was present as the focal point of gnosticism, and in nearly all the false religions of the day. Pantheism is nature worship-finding God in "all things", and it is the center of much of modern Christianity. Books, and even teaching inside the walls of church today can be focused on the earth as our idol, rather than God Almighty. Such as it was in the day of Noah, it is returning to such a time today. A reverence and respect for nature and God's created world has shifted, and become the latest idol for Christians. Terms such as "Going green", and "Save the Planet" have become common place. Most Americans accept global warming, (aka climate change when the term global warming didn't work out) as a gospel more firmly foundational than THE Gospel. Our American values of hard work, capitalism, free speech, our second amendment rights, and all of our freedoms have taken a back seat to guilt through environmental brainwashing.
Politicians sway voters with their promises to legislate a capitalist society that is "selfishly killing our planet". We burn our food sources in the name of the earth, which results in shortages not only for our needs directly, but in thousands of other industries that produce our food and supplies. As a result, we force our families to struggle to meet their food budget, and eliminate thousands of industries and jobs in addition.
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This video is a wonderful reminder of how we are tanking America-due in large part to our worship of the planet:
Bron Taylor, a world-renowned scholar on nature religion, addresses this new Earth idolatry by saying:
"... there is a religious dimension to much environmentalism. Those ...engaged in nature-based spiritualities, both overtly and in subtle ways, are converting many to an evolutionary worldview and an environmentalist spirituality and ethics. ... this is one reason [churches] are having trouble even keeping their own children in the fold.
"There is no doubt that the Green movement is attempting
to infuse the Christian church with an environmentalist reinterpretation of the gospel of Jesus Christ," Wanliss says. "Environmentalism has penetrated the church with anti-human and anti-Christian ideas. Rather than rebuffing environmentalist tactics, much of the 'creation care' movement in the church has been remarkably susceptible to Green guilt manipulation and anti-Biblical teaching."
The most important point of environmental worship is that environmentalism and climate change theorists and activists seek not to save the planet. The reality is that the environmentalists wish to utilize "climate change" (which is an unproven theory) in order to reconstruct free nations into Socialist and Marxist nations that will better fit their overall "social justice" agenda.
With a socialist agenda, where the focus is on anti-capitalist motivations, social programs, redistribution of wealth, federally funded programs for every morally defunct movement and lifestyle, reduction and elimination of liberties and freedoms; comes brainwashing that it's "for our best". Since environmentalists have already largely infiltrated the church, and made this new movement a new messiah, the brainwashing has already begun.
In no part of my Bible, the ultimate authority on all matters, was I able to reference or cross reference that our Christian duty is to place planet over people or the cause of salvation. Good stewardship is a given for a Christian, and does not need to be made into a church issue, nor should it be crammed down our throats in political or social movements, or with debt increasing, job decreasing legislation, in an effort to remake the face of America.
No legislation, regulation, scare tactics or redesigned gospel to include the environmental agenda will come without a price to advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ, or the freedom of His people. None will come without financial implications. We cannot serve two masters, and we cannot live in fear of a planet in peril. The hypocrisy of many leading environmentalists, such as Al Gore, have already been exposed. They preach to us to live lives of "small environmental footprints", yet cannot give up even the smallest material treasure in their own lives.
The Lord God Almighty created a specific order for human beings, animals and plants and rocks and water. The order shall be:
"And God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Genesis 1:26
Then God went onto make woman. Our dominion is to care for the provision the best we can, without causing contradiction in God's Word or hardship for people, which God placed OVER planet and animals. The Earth is not to be worshiped, nor are it's needs or it's animal inhabitants to be placed above humanity. This is what we do when we destroy a once blessed and free nation for the sake of saving a planet that God clearly set out to destroy at His judgement:
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and earth were passed away; and there was no more sea." Revelation 21:1 (as prophesied also, in Isaiah 65:17 and 66:22)
The regeneration of a new earth is guaranteed in Scripture as a way to rebuild the fallen and sin-filled earth with righteousness, only possible after the second coming (2 Peter 3:7, 10-13).
For the repentant sinner, our eternal home is not here. Why then, are we replacing God with earth worship through legislation that forces this alternative religion down the throat of all Americans? Does this not have consequences? Does God not have control over His own dominion (John 14:2, 2 Cor. 5:1, Rev. 7:9)?
We can easily return to a bit of personal simplicity which breeds frugality and good stewardship without regulation, without idolatry, without forced redistribution of wealth and restructuring America, etc. Interestingly, most Bible believing Christians have great reverence for Creation. We don't need to be forced through economic sanctions to have a heart of thankfulness and stewardship.
While I do not doubt that there are some types of changes in the planet, they are part of the result of sin in our world, and only Jesus Christ can redeem us out of it. The first environmental assault came as a result of sin, when the Lord God Almighty removed Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, which had been a perfect, toil-free supply of their earthly needs.
After all, for the unrepentant, it's about to get a whole lot hotter around here. Restricting liberty in the name of earth worship is the least of concerns for hearts that bask in sin.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.