Monday, December 01, 2014
A New Gospel
Homosexuals and radical environmentalists are working with common cause.
While the narrative of their agendas are different, the cause is identical: To revise the gospel. To facilitate a "new" gospel. One shaped by the cultural "norms" of our times.
With the success of killing the Benham brothers television show with HGTV recently because the brothers are biblical Christians and hold to biblical teaching on human sexuality, homosexual activists are emboldened to now attempt to dispose of the popular Duggar Family show on TLC network.
The Duggar's show, "19 Kids And Counting," has a reoccurring theme that reflects their Christian biblical beliefs.
However, because those religious beliefs are incompatible with the anti-nature, anti-biblical, anti-gospel sexual behavior of the homosexual community, there is an all out effort to kill another TV show because of what the participants believe.
On a different track but with the same goals, extreme environmentalists are now, with government approval and involvement, providing financial incentives to preach "green" sermons that advance the green agenda.
More than 30 churches have already signed up.
I'm reminded of Paul's warning regarding the preaching and teaching of "another gospel."
And what about the Establishment Clause?
We've heard the homosexual storyline before---this time it involves the Duggar family who are devout Christians and star in a very successful reality show about their large family.
The fact that the Duggars are biblical Christians is no secret to anyone who watches the popular show.
However, in August, Michelle Duggar, the mother, campaigned against an ordinance in Fayetteville, Ark. near where they live that would allow so-called "transgendered" men, or men who identify as female, to use women's bathrooms.
This is similar to the ordinance pushed through by the lesbian mayor of Houston, initially resulting in the subpoenas of sermons and communications of those pastors who opposed the ordinance. The mayor later backed off. At least for now.
Jim Wissick of San Jose didn't like Mrs. Duggar's beliefs so he launched a petition through "Change. org"---a homosexual activist site, calling for TLC network to kill the Duggar show for what he called Michelle Duggar's "fear mongering."
The petition says, among other things, "The claim that this ordinance would provide predators with access to women's restrooms...is nothing more than fear mongering and spreading [ignorance] and hatred."
The petition calls on TLC to "separate themselves from this bigotry and put an end to the Duggar's show."
As of this past weekend, Change.org had 163,000 signatures.
In response, Lifesitenews launched a petition drive calling on TLC to keep the show on the air. It has over 200,000 signatures as of Friday. If you would like to add your name to that list, you may do so through the link.
While homosexual activists work to destroy and silence those voices that disagree with their sexual behavior, because of deeply held biblical beliefs on the matter, environmentalist activists are financially rewarding pastors who will give sermons that support and advance an extreme green agenda---which is often in direct conflict with biblical teaching on man's relationship to the environment.
The Washington Post wrote an article a few weeks ago hailing "new exemptions from a Maryland county mandated storm water fee if they would preach sermons that are favorable to the 'green' agenda."
The local government calls it a fee, everyone else calls it a tax---a "rain tax."
The Washington Post doesn't even mention the conflict of the left's own holy grail---separation of church and state---in this scheme.
Both the Post and the ACLU are silent.
However, it is a clear violation of the "Establishment Clause"
First the tax ("fee") was imposed, then churches were given the opportunity to set up "green ministries" in their church. If they do so, and the pastor preaches sermons that advance the green agenda, the government will exempt the church from paying the tax.
So far, 30 pastors have signed up.
Here's the picture.
For about $744 annually, pastors are agreeing to change the gospel delivered by Paul and others in the New Testament for a state-preferred gospel that exalts "Mother Earth."
There is more detail here.
I'm reminded of Paul's stern warning to the New Testament church:
"There are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ...he is to be accursed" (Gal. 1:7,8).
"But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray ...for if one comes and preaches another Jesus...or another gospel" don't accept it (II Corinthians 11:3,4).
Even to those who would preach another gospel, isn't the God-inspired gospel Paul delivered to the early church and to us worth more than $744?
If one deceived disciple placed the value of Christ Himself at about 30 pieces of silver, perhaps a deceived preacher in 2014 would think $744 for the gospel of Jesus Christ is a good deal.
God help us. No wonder our culture is in chaos.
The good news is that a growing number of pastors are not for sale---at any price, and are willing to say so publicly.
May God bless them.
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Pro-Active. Be Blessed.