21 April 2010

Blessed "Mother" Earth?

Tonight I learned that Northland Church, of which Joel Hunter is senior pastor, is celebrating Earth Day by broadcasting the "Blessed Earth" simulcast. If you recall, Northland Church in Orlando, Florida last year hosted the National Alpha Conference for the not-as-Christian-as-it-would-appear Alpha Course. Pastor Joel Hunter is a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is also involved in the interfaith movement toward a one-world religion. Gee, and he also advocates worshiping "Mother Earth" with the rest of the misguided people who laud what has come to be known as "Earth Day." Now there's a shocker.

From the "Blessed Earth" website (bold emphasis is mine):
On the eve of Earth Day 2010, a huge group of churches - across the United States, and as far afield as Uruguay, South Africa and the UK - will be linking up for a simulcast by the Blessed Earth organization. This non-profit is headed up by Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, who have radically downsized – Matthew giving up a doctor’s salary – to fully live the green message. This event is a launch of their new films (from the makers of Rob Bell’s popular NOOMA series) called Blessed Earth. Separated into two six-film discs, (“Hope for Creation,” and “Hope for Humanity”) the films are mainly intended as an encouragement to get the less-connected among the Christian faithful more motivated, more committed, more energized to do something on Earth Day.
It will be hosted at the Northland megachurch in Orlando, which regularly has ten thousand people at its services. The church’s pastor, Dr. Joel Hunter, has been a great Creation Care advocate for a good while, and has thrown his not inconsiderable weight of personnel and influence behind it. But the evening is attempting to be as broadly appealing as it can be, incorporating as it does video statements from Christian and secular leaders, music, Nancy Sleeth’s personal account of their own green journey and  - after sampling one of the films - a live questions and answers session with Matthew Sleeth taking questions from the audience and the web.
Why is all of this such a big deal? Well, whether you are Christian or not, the lack of involvement by the churches – and their road-to-Damascus conversion to environmental protection (if you will forgive the pun) – really matters. We are talking an army of tens of millions, working to save the planet…if they can unite.
Well, doesn't that last sentence just make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Newsflash: People cannot "save the planet." This planet is God's to save or destroy and His plan is already laid out for us in the book of Revelation. Any Bible-reading, Bible-believing Christian should know that it is not our responsibility to "save the planet." Should we be good stewards of the earth that God has given us? Absolutely. But worshiping the creation over the Creator is nothing short of evil. Our responsibility lies in the words of Jesus Christ, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20).

For more on Joel Hunter:
The Web of Deception
Alpha Exposed: Part 2b
Alpha Exposed: Part 3

Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries has written a thorough article, Avoid this Observance!, on the dangers of this absurd day we call "Earth Day."
All movements and campaigns have their own "bible." For the Earth Day crowd the 1970 book The Environmental Handbook, is their guide. The book states that each tree and stream has its own guardian spirit. And Christianity is hugely at fault for environmental woes. They think we believe that it is God's will to exploit nature (p. 20-21). Thanks to Christianity, we will see a worsening ecological crisis (p. 25). The book also says, "No technical solution can rescue us from the misery of overpopulation. Freedom to breed will bring ruin to all. The only way we can preserve more precious freedoms is by relinquishing the freedom to breed." (p.49, Garrett Hardin). That's called population control. Just like the global warming crowd, they want a whole lot of us to go away.

On page 324, the book promotes polygamy and group marriage. It pushes for a "revolution of consciousness" and enlightenment while praising Gnostics, hip Marxists, Teilhard de Chardin Catholics, druids, Taoists, witches, Yogins, Bhikkus, Quakers, Sufis, Tibetans, Zens, Shamans, Bushmen, American Indians, Polynesians, anarchists, and alchemists. (p. 331).

But here's the worst news. Take a look at the sacred earth prayer found in this book:
"Mother, Father, God, Universal Power - remind us daily of the sanctity of all life. Touch our hearts with the glorious oneness of all creation as we strive to respect all the living beings on this planet. Penetrate our souls with the beauty of this earth, as we attune ourselves to the rhythm and flow of the seasons. Awaken our minds with the knowledge to achieve a world in perfect harmony and grant us the wisdom to realize that we can have heaven on earth."
So why are evangelicals lured into this? The direct reference to "Mother Earth," "Heaven on earth," and prayer to a "Universal Power," should be huge red flags that "Earth Day" and some related ecology events are pagan events to be shunned. Instead, we have Web sites representing evangelicals who are promoting this big time. One is "Blessed Earth: Serving God and Saving the Planet." According to the Bible, we are to be good stewards of the Earth, but we cannot save it. Only God can.

Read the entire article here.

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