Why Post-Christian Pagan America has Succumbed to Transgender (Androgyny)

Based on an analysis of the foundational presuppositions of Mormon theology, this writer predicted in a 2013 essay entitled, "Why Mormonism will Surrender to Homosexuality," the capitulation of the Mormon Church and by extension the Boy Scouts to inclusion of practicing homosexuals.   Now with passage of the Supreme Court ruling, Obergefell v. Wade and by extension the declaration that a man (Bruce Jenner) is now a woman (Caitlyn), post-Christian America has also surrendered to the pagan ideal of transgender (androgyny).

 The reason for both Mormon and American acquiescence lies in one of the many crucial differences between Mormon theology and Biblical: the Genesis account of supernatural creation ex nihilo rather than Mormonism's naturalistic and evolutionary account.

 Like ancient pagan sages before him, Joseph Smith taught that matter is eternal and the Mormon God, having no power to create out of nothing, merely reorganized already present matter, which has no beginning or end and cannot be destroyed:

"Since Mormons believe that the elements are eternal, it follows that they deny the ex nihilo creation." (Encyclopedia of Mormonism 1:400).

From this it follows that a mere man can transform and/or evolve into a god, as Smith explains:

"It is necessary we should understand the character and being of God and how he came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and suppose that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see. and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did... Here then, is eternal life – to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priest to God, the same as all Gods have done before you, namely by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one…” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 345-47)

In the Genesis account, the living, three times holy, supernatural Triune God spoke all things into existence ex-nihilo, meaning out of nothing. He is personal, self-existent, eternal, immutable, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is the sovereign Lord of the universe. He is the God of all creation. He is the God who stands outside of the space-time dimension, thus creation actually began before time came to be as God spoke life, soul/spirit, matter and all else out of nothing. The living, supernatural God is the First Cause of all things. (Psalm 33:6; John 1:3; Romans 4:17; Hebrews 11:3):

"For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." Col. 1:16, 17

In the "Pagan Temptation," Christian scholar Thomas Molnar writes that the idea that matter is eternal is a pattern of thought stretching back to the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, and Greeks in the West and in the East to the Upanishads.  In this way of thinking, everything somehow mechanically emerged, evolved, or progressed out of either eternally existing matter as the ancients and Joseph Smith taught, or in contemporary terms from out of matter spontaneously-generated by an exploding Cosmic Egg (Big Bang) and undirected evolution over millions of years as contemporary atheists affirm or by a useless god unable to create from nothing as evolutionary theists teach.

From Babylon's evolutionary account of origins, the Enuma Elish, on through to our own time, primordial matter has gone by many names. For example: divine One Substance, Logos, watery abyss, void, Omega, Quantum Void, and the Energy behind everything.

The Egyptian Sun-God Ra, for example, emerged (created himself) from out of Nu – the divine One Substance (primordial matter) and then similar to Joseph Smith's account, became god "by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one:"

"I came into being from primordial matter...I made all the forms under which I appeared by means of (or out of) the god-soul which I raised up out of Nu (i.e., the primeval abyss of water.)" (The Long War Against God, Dr. Henry Morris, p. 243)

In all mystical pantheist systems positing matter as "psychic energy," "spirit," or impersonal, unknowing Mind, Molnar writes that spirit is not personal. It is neither male nor female. It does not live, think or speak; it merely is. (Psalm 115:5; 135: 16) The human soul therefore is not created in the spiritual image of the living One God in Three Persons, thus it follows that humans are not persons but rather uncreated aspects or units of the evolving universe of matter and energy.  Nor are they either male or female but rather two-in-ones, meaning androgynes or transgenders as they are called today.   

 This is naturalism, which is the belief taught by Joseph Smith and either taught or implied by evolutionary theism, quantum spirituality, New Age, Luciferianism, and transhumanism that there is neither living supernatural Holy God nor heavenly realm outside of the space-time dimension. There is only the natural dimension in process of evolution where progress means that children may choose their own race and gender:

"The state of Delaware is poised to adopt what is known as “Regulation 225.” Approved both by the Delaware State Education Association and Gov. John Carney, Regulation 225 would safeguard children’s “protected characteristics,” such as gender, age, race, sexual orientation and gender identity.” (Barbara Kay: Delaware Students Can Now Choose Their Own Race. This Should End Well” National Post, Feb. 13, 2018)

Naturalism is held in common by paganism, mystical pantheism and spiritualism and dates back to pagan antiquity and was or is taught by all non-Biblical – but more specifically, non-Genesis account (creation ex nihilo) – thought systems.

At the heart of ancient and contemporary naturalism is monism, which refers to the view that pre-existent or spontaneously generated matter is the Ultimate Substance of which the universe and all things are made, therefore as the ancient Hermetic magic formula decrees, "as above, so below," meaning ‘all is one.’

In his book, "The God of Sex: How Spirituality Defines Your Sexuality," Dr. Peter Jones, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and Executive Director of truthXchange, writes that pagan monism is a,

"…mystical, unitive experience, a state in which distinctions disappear and opposites are joined. Androgyny, on a sexual level, reflects and confirms such an experience." (Ibid, p.79)

Writing during the student revolution of the 1960s, Francis Schaeffer that saw a transformation of consciousness, or closing of the heart to Jesus Christ was already permeating and overtaking the Western mindset, moving it away from the Christian ideal to the pagan model:

"Some forms of homosexuality today...are a philosophic expression...a denial of the antithesis. It has led in this case to an obliteration of the distinction between man and woman. So the male and the female as complimentary partners are finished." (The God of Sex: How Spirituality Defines Your Sexuality, Dr. Peter Jones, pp. 78-79)

 Under the unitive influence of monism male and female distinctions drain into androgyny, hence the use of toddlers, older children and even babies for the sexual satisfaction of adults is not only tolerated but prized, hence the pagan sage Xenophon declared:

"I must now speak of pederasty, for it affects education." (The One and the Many, Rousas John Rushdoony, p. 73)

Now that the Supreme Court has redefined marriage to accommodate homosexual (two-in-ones) love, the use of babies and children for the sexual satisfaction of adults looms large:

"Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals" Already, "Sex offender laws protecting children have been challenged in several states including California, Georgia and Iowa. Sex offenders claim the laws prohibiting them from living near schools or parks are unfair because it penalizes them for life."  (That was FAST: Yesterday it was gay marriage; Now look who wants “equal rights” Ashley Edwardson, allenbwest.com, June 27, 2015

John W. Whitehead, a constitutional attorney and founder and president of The Rutherford Institute is the author of ‘Battlefield America: The War on the American People.’ In a well-sourced article on The Rutherford Institute, Whitehead alerts us to alarming and horrific facts about child sex-trafficking in the U.S.:   

"Sex trafficking—especially the buying and selling of young girls—is the fastest growing business in organized crime (CBS Austin) and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally, after drugs and guns (WGBH).  Why?  Because, as investigative journalist Amy Fine Collins points out, it is ‘more lucrative and much safer to sell malleable teens than drugs or guns.  A pound of heroin or an AK-47 can be retailed once, but a young girl can be sold 10 to 15 times a day.”  (Child Sex Trafficking is the Fastest Growing Criminal Business in the U.S., Dr. Eowyn, The Olive Branch Report, Feb. 15, 2018)

The USSC’s legalization of same sex marriage means there will be no logical end-point as to where such affective attachments could lead—transgender mating, incest, pederasty, pedophilia, sado-masochistic homosexuality, polygamy, and eventually zoophilia.  And everyone will be obliged to conform:

"If you don’t believe that Caitlyn Jenner is a woman, you’re the worst kind of hateful. If you think a child deserves a mother and a father, you are a bigot. If you think a gender-dysphoric boy should not be treated as a girl, you’re evil. If you think a man should use the men’s restroom, regardless of what sex he thinks he is, you are discriminatory. If you think parents’ desire to get their children counseling help for their same-sex attraction is okay, you’re very dangerous. If your church teaches that homosexual sexual activity is wrong, your church is bigoted." (Is America Running Out of Patience with LGBT Activism? Glenn Stanton, Public Discourse, Feb. 13, 2018)

Since our culture is thoroughly sexualized and there are already few, if any, sexual moral standards, the generally amoral and dehumanized view of life communicated to the nation's children in nationwide school curricula via evolutionary science and obscene sex education classes is fated to descend into deeper and deeper levels of chaotic darkness.

Though heralded as a great victory for progressive forces, the Supreme Court ruling actually represents a great inversion and reversal of reality:

"Augustine in his City of God vividly describes the 5th century pagan “games” offered in honor of Tanit, the celestial “virgin” and mother of the gods. He also describes the public display of the goddess’s homosexual priests. “They were seen yesterday, their hair moist, their faces covered in make-up, their limbs flaccid, their walk effeminate, wandering through the squares and streets of Carthage, demanding from the public the means to subsidize their shameful life.”  (The Body Politic is Queer, Dr. Peter Jones, truthxchange, June 26, 2015)

Together with Decadence Festivals, Burning Man, and Electronic Trance Festivals are contemporary versions of the decadent parades witnessed by Augustine:

The difference is that often at the head of our parades are ordained “Christian” ministers. In some ways the apostate church is leading the culture. Indeed, it is the homosexual “theologians” who really understand the logic behind this cultural movement. Episcopal LGBTQ advocate Marie Alford-Harkey stresses the need for more bisexual-friendly churches, which celebrate sexual diversity through the mediums of preaching and worship, proposing “the Queer God who challenges the oppressive powers of heterosexual orthodoxy…[in order] to liberate God from the closet of traditional Christian thought.” In other words, inclusive churches are not simply accommodating practice but developing a whole new theory of theology and community." (Dr. Jones)

Creation Ex Nihilo, the Incarnation: Repugnant to Nature Systems

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

Due to the belief that physical matter is evil, the revolutionary impact of the Christian teaching about creation ex nihilo and the Incarnation was nothing less than a scandal for ancient pagan sages just as it is for 'new' pagan evolutionary naturalists, whether "Christian," New Age or secular.

Molnar writes that it was inconceivable to nature sages that the Divine One Substance should assume materiality,

"a thought as distasteful to their contemporaries as the idea of creation ex nihilo, which meant that matter too was God's creation..." (p. 26-27) 

 In company with ancient pagan sages, Western evolutionary cosmogonies reject creation ex nihilo and the Incarnation. While faithful Christians adhere to the fact that Christ's birth was the result of a miraculous conception, that Mary was a virgin yet still conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18), according to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism,

"Jesus Christ is not the Father of the spirits who have taken or yet shall take bodies upon this earth, for He is one of them. He is The Son, as they are sons and daughters of Elohim." (4:1676; Mormonism Research Ministry)

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like unto corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things."   Romans 1:21-26, 28-29

Putting all of this together, the first great stumbling block for all ancient and modern evolutionary nature systems is that they cannot account for the ultimate origin of life. This is why contemporary naturalists such as SETI researcher Paul Davies and Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the DNA molecule, have rejected abiogenesis, the ridiculous idea that matter spontaneously generated itself from nothing, in favor of panspermia.

Panspermia is the idea that life on earth was accidentally seeded by meteorites containing the essential building blocks of life or perhaps by highly evolved extraterrestrials from deep space that for billions of years have been guiding the evolution of man. The extraterrestrial idea was favored by Arthur C. Clarke in his book, "Childhood's End" and a variation on this theme has recently been advanced by Davies, Crick, and Ralph Pudritz of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Crick however admits that panspermia only pushes the unresolvable problem out into deep space:

"This scenario still leaves open the question of who designed the designer [aliens] – how did life originally originate?" (Crick, Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature, 1981)

The second great stumbling block follows from the first: the inability to account for conscious life, more specifically, personhood, or the soul of man.  This is why cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett, one of the Four Horsemen of Atheism, claims there really is no you, that soul, spirit and will are illusions caused by chemical interactions in the brain while his partner in nihilism, naturalist Tom Wolfe proclaims,

"Sorry, but your soul just died." (The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul, Beauregard and O'Leary, p. 4)

In stark contrast, the Revealed Word of God easily accounts for origin of life, conscious life and the two sexes:

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 1:27, KJB

For fifteen hundred years, Christendom and then later Protestant America had followed St. Augustine (AD 354-430) in affirming that as all men are the spiritual image-bearers of the transcendent Triune God then it logically follows that each human being is a person---a trinity of being — of soul, spirit, and body:

"The essence of the human is not the body, but the soul. It is the soul alone that God made in his own image and the soul that he loves...For the sake of the soul...the Son of God came into the world...." (Incomplete Work on Matthew, Homily 25, Ancient Christian Devotional, Oden and Crosby, p. 153)

In Biblical thought, the body is inert matter organized and vitalized by the soul. Thus a human life is a soul that informs inert matter. Therefore a body without a soul is no more than a disorganized mass of cells that would quickly deconstruct.  The citadel of the soul is spirit, the seat of reason, conscience, memory and will.  In Christian thought, a person is a spirit and personality is the total individuality of the spirit. Without spirit there is no person.  Moreover, spirit allows man to spiritually transcend the natural dimension in order to access the supernatural dimension, thereby allowing him to enter into a personal relationship with the Spirit of God. Through this relationship, man's conscience is cleansed over time, thus enabling him to more perfectly orient the manner of his existence in this world in preparation for eternity.

A third stumbling block of ancient and modern evolutionary cosmogonies is the inability to account for the two created sexes, male and female, since all life somehow emerged out of genderless physical or spiritualized matter. Thus like their ancient counterparts, all modern nature systems, so-called Christian and otherwise, are fated to give way before the demands of gender-neutral homosexuality (androgyny) or queer.

By whatever label – homosexual, gay, lesbian, man-boy-lover, transgender, drag queen, drag king, or bi-sexual – androgyny and the world’s evolutionary nature systems go together like a hand and glove. Prior to Jesus Christ's earthly ministry pagan sages generally taught and practiced some form of gender-neutrality in keeping with their belief that matter is the gender-free "one substance" out of which all things emerged. But when Jesus Christ – fully man-fully God – walked this earth, nature sages came face to face with the awful Truth that the personal God really exists, and further, that He really did create just two distinct sexes, male and female.

Just as pre-flood men and post-flood nature sages and temple priests had exchanged the truth about the Holy God of Revelation for a lie (Romans 1:25-27) so have their modern "scientifically enlightened" counterparts--- secular pagan and occult pantheists and their evolutionary 'Christian' counterparts throughout countless universities, colleges and seminaries,:

"...chartered with a strong commitment to orthodox Christianity, only to erode first into liberalism and ultimately to secularism. Why did this happen? There are multiple, complex reasons for the apostasy of such institutions, but one key factor is the desire of professors to be intellectually recognized in the academic world. A slavish genuflection to the latest trends in academia seduces our leaders into conformity. One apologist once described this pattern as the “treason of the intellectuals”. If the secular establishment ridicules such tenets as the inspiration of the Bible, then insecure Christian professors, desperate to be accepted by their peers, quickly flee from orthodoxy, dragging the colleges, seminaries, and ultimately the churches with them. It is a weighty price to pay for academic recognition."  (The Treason of the Intellectuals, R.C. Sproul, Evangelical Lap Dogs, Table Talk, Nov. 2002, p. 6)

The Fall of Man

Like pre-flood antediluvians and post-flood pagans, modern progressives and their evolutionary theist counterparts have fallen into depravity, stupidity, idolatry, nature worship and evil. 

Early Church Father Athanasius reveals that pride and a haughty spirit preceded man's fall. A haughty spirit led them to disregard the supernatural things of the Holy God and seek in preference lower things here in the natural dimension.

The truth as to this evil said Athanasius,

"...is that it originates, and resides, in the perverted choice of the darkened soul "which, materialized by forgetting God," and engrossed in lower things (i.e. matter, chemicals, DNA) "makes them into gods" and thereby "descends into a hopeless depth of delusion and superstition" whereby "they ceased to think that anything existed beyond what is seen (naturalism).... so turning away and forgetting that she was made in the image of the good God...sees no longer the Word after whose likeness she is made...." (Against the Heathen, New Advent)

Ideas have consequences. For Mormonism – as with evolutionary theism and its secular pagan and pantheist permutations – the predisposing corruption resides in foundational ideations. Thus in the rejection of the supernatural Triune God and His Genesis account of creation ex nihilo resides the inability to account for the origin of life, of man's soul/spirit, immutable truth, moral absolutes, fixed meaning, and the true causes of evil in this world of suffering. (Psalm 115:4-8) With the rejection of the Incarnation comes the inability to logically account for and defend the two sexes and traditional marriage. Thus the fate of Mormonism together with evolutionary theism and its’ evolutionary counterparts is to not only fall into relativism, depravity, stupidity, confusion, superstition, chaos and idolatry but to give way to the demands of unrestrained libido – including the use of children for the sexual gratification of adults. And these are the crimes against nature, said Augustine, which are the crimes,

"of the men of Sodom (and if) all nations in the world committed them they would all stand guilty of the same crime against the Law of God, which did not design men so that they should use each other this way." (Confessions of St. Augustine, p. 49)

2018 © Linda Kimball

Evolutionary Christians Do Not Believe Moses, So How Will They Believe Jesus Words?

"For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?" John 5:46-47
 
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. ”  Luke 24:27

John 1:3,10 tells us that everything seen and unseen was created ex nihilo by the spoken Word of the Son of God. This means that Jesus Christ was active and present long before His incarnation, therefore eternally co-existent with the Father. (John 1:2; Proverbs 8:23)  Jesus Christ is therefore God just as the Father and Holy Spirit are God, thus the Word of the Old Testament's creation account is Jesus Christ of the New Testament.  Jesus Christ is the Word.   His Word is Truth even as He Himself is Truth, the same today as yesterday and for ever.  Jesus Christ does not change and as He is the starting point for the reasoning of the faithful, then obedient Christians must reject the long unchallenged assumptions of revolutionary humanism's longstanding war against the Word of God---the Book of Genesis in particular---in all its parts... historical, prophetical, geographical, linguistic, and doctrinal.  

When Paul affirms in the Lord that his Gentile readers should no longer live as Gentile pagans do in the futility of their darkened minds (Ephesians 4: 17-24), he speaks to all pagan and pantheist humanists from antiquity to our own age (i.e., New Age, Progressive Leftists, and Technocratic Trans-Humanists) who reject the pure knowledge of the Holy Trinity and vainly think of themselves as "enlightened" when in reality they are "en-darkened."  Their ignorance is not a lack of education, and some of them are brilliant in their own way, but such brilliance is wasted on vain imaginings and wisdom of this world which will not get them to heaven, thus utterly foolish and futile, especially when combined with hardness of heart toward the truth of the gospel in Christ (Matt. 13:14-15; John 12:40; Acts 28: 26; Rom. 11:8)

Evolutionary Theism Implies That Christ is Wrong About Creation

When modern pagan materialists speak frankly, they not only confess their fear and hatred of the Triune God of Revelation but admit that their so-called 'scientific theories'...the products of their darkened imaginations...are foolishness:
 
"...one belief that all true original Darwinians held in common, and that was their rejection of creationism, their rejection of special creation. This was the flag around which they assembled and under which they marched.... The conviction that the diversity of the natural world was the result of natural processes and not the work of God was the idea that brought all the so-called Darwinians together in spite of their disagreements on other of Darwin's theories. (One Long Argument,1991, p. 99, Ernst Mayr, 1904–2005, Professor of Zoology at Harvard University)

"We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door." ("Billions and Billions of Demons," Richard Lewontin (b. 1929), PhD Zoology, Alexander Agassiz Research Professor at Harvard University)

Today many 'scientifically enlightened' Western and American theologians, seminarians and intellectuals take the side of revolutionary humanism in their rejection of belief in Moses in favor of scientism and esoteric biological evolution (pagan materialistic scientism parading as Western science).  By the logic of their position they implicitly or explicitly hold that Christ Himself was wrong about Genesis. Pope Francis, Timothy Keller, Leonard Sweet, and many others fall into this category.   Having fallen into the scientism and evolution quagmire, they deride, ridicule, demonize, and harshly criticize obedient Christians who refuse to stumble after them.

Evolutionary scenarios commonly proposed by evolutionary theists typically reduce Adam and Eve to mythical figures such as hominids with the consequence that Eve was never promised a ‘Seed' and death didn’t come from a Fall but rather from the death of the millions of evolved creatures that preceded humans by billions of years.   So evolution not only makes God responsible for death but in amputating the entire historical precedent from the Gospel it changes the rest of Scripture and makes Jesus Christ unnecessary as atheist Frank Zindler points out:

The most devastating thing though that biology did to Christianitywas the discovery of biological evolution. Now that we know Adam and Eve neverwere real people the central myth of Christianity is destroyed. If there neverwas an Adam and Eve, there never was an original sin. If there never was anoriginal sin there is no need of salvation. If there is no need of salvationthere is no need of a savior. And I submit that puts Jesus, historical or otherwise, into the ranks of the unemployed. I think that evolution absolutely is thedeath knell of Christianity.” (Frank Zindler, American atheist, in a debate with William Craig, Atheism vs Christianity video, 1996, from "Homeschooling parents demand evolutionary textbooks," Lita Cosner, 13 June 2013

Over and across the entire denominational spectrum, it is the obedient---those who love the Lord---who stand against evolution and are harshly criticized, ridiculed, and condemned by the disobedient for their so-called  'anti-science religionism, narrow-mindedness, fundamentalism, cultural isolationism, and anti-intellectualism' which they call,
 
“....the rejection of science,” and then refer to this as “textbook evidence of an unyielding ignorance on the part of the religious.” (Total Capitulation: The Evangelical Surrender of Truth, Dr. Mohler,October 25, 2011) 
 
Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary stands strong against evolutionary compromise:
 
” At the very least, the acceptance of evolutionary theory requires that the first two chapters of Genesis be read merely as a literary rendering that offers no historical data. But, of course, the injury does not end there. If evolution is true, then the entire narrative of the Bible has to be revised and reinterpreted. The evolutionary account is not only incompatible with any historical affirmation of Genesis, but it is also incompatible with the claim that all humanity is descended from Adam and the claim that in Adam all humanity fell into sin and guilt. The Bible’s account of the Fall and its consequences is utterly incompatible with evolutionary theory. The third chapter of Genesis is as problematic for evolutionary theory as the first two.” (Creation vs. Evolution — The New Shape of the Debate, Dr. Mohler, February 1, 2011)
 
Paul warned of the days when Christians would not tolerate the eternally unchanging Authority of God's Word and sound doctrine, but would instead surround themselves with worldly humanists who would tickle their ears. (2 Tim 4:1-3) 
 
Those days are here.
 
According to Benjamin Wiker and Scott Hahn, authors of the meticulously researched book, "Politicizing the Bible," a great cosmological shift away from the supernatural Genesis account ex nihilo toward an anti-supernatural and wholly pagan or secular understanding of the universe, God, man, philosophy, science, and morality occurred in the seventeenth century.   The research efforts of the two men take them deep into the Middle Ages and Renaissance to show that the appropriation, deconstruction and paganization of scripture and invention of the historical-critical method taken for granted at modern divinity schools worldwide, originated with politically motivated interpreters.  Among them were early Popes, Machiavelli, Marsilio of Padua, Henry VIII, Thomas Hobbes,  Descartes and Spinoza, who sought an empire of science. 

Moving to the Renaissance and the book, "God and the Knowledge of Reality," the Catholic philosopher and historian, Thomas Molnar (1921–2010), reveals the 'temper of that age' as a spirit of rebellion against the Holy Triune God and His created order.  This is why certain highly placed, influential Renaissance Christian theologians, mystics and scholars, having discovered ancient Egyptian Hermetic magic and occult Jewish Kabbalah texts from the time of Babylon, studied and translated these ancient texts, resulting in Hermetic Kabbalah. Then like Pico della Mirandola, they argued that occult hermetic science – the divine technology or Magic Way of reaching divine status and spiritual powers through ritual procedures such as transcendental meditation iand spiritual evolution s the best proof of the divinity of Christ as a force of nature. In other words said Molnar,

".....by the time of the Renaissance the esoteric texts of the first centuries A.D. had acquired in scholarly and humanist circles an unparalleled prestige, confronting as equals the texts held sacred by the church. In Pico's estimation, 'nulla est scientia que nos magis certificet de divinitate Christ quam magia et Cabala' (there is no science that would prove for us Christ's divinity better than magic and the Cabala.)" (pp. 78-79) 

The defiant embrace of magic science and evolutionary conceptions originating in Babylon and undergirding occult traditions such as mystical Hinduism, Buddhism, Egyptian Hermeticism and evolutionary Kabbalah paved the way for the rationalism of the European Enlightenment.  

Rationalism glorified the unregenerate will, conscience and intellect of rebellious men rather than the Word of God.   These seeds of corruption blossomed into a huge upsurge of anti-Christian endeavor resulting in the subordination of the Word of God to the findings of magic science and evolutionary thinking which opened the door for yet more corruption in the 19th century---theological liberalism (evolutionary pantheism) and 'higher criticism.'
 
Theological liberalism first developed in Germany.  Its first real manifestation was at the University of Tubingen where Ferdinand Baur (1792-1860) had formed a school of theology for the purpose of raising doubts about the Bible.  This tactic was designed to undermine the Revealed Word as the exclusive fount of truth.  Among areas which came under suspicion were the Genesis account, the person and deity of Christ, the fall and human sin, the authority of Scripture, the transcendence of God, the Way of spiritual salvation, and the doctrine of the Christian Church.  (From Old Gnosticism to New Age, Alan Morrison, SCP Journal, Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, pp. 32-33)

The theological liberalism inaugurated at Tubingen 'Christianized' the cosmological shift and the magic science and evolutionary pantheism sweeping over our nation in many guises today: Teilhard's New Religion, Leonard Sweets quantum spirituality, the Quantum Void posited by modern physicists and occult New Age for example. 

Theological liberalism owed much to the occult Hermetic pantheist philosophy of George Hegel (1770-1811).   Hegel was a philosophical heir of ancient occult traditions and an important member of an occult brotherhood that emerged out of the Renaissance.  His early writings were very much influenced by Christoph Oetinger (1702-1782), the gnostic occult Kabbalist and disciple of Renaissance Hermetic-Kabbalists such as Emanuel Swedenborg and Jakob Boehme (1575-1624). Hegels dialectic, or pantheist theory of historical evolution, dovetailed neatly with liberal theology’s evolutionary pantheism and its’ outrageous claim that Christianity was a hybrid religion of the Near East. (ibid)
 
Somewhat later, Karl Marx secularized Hegel’s dialectic for his own evolutionary conception, dialectical materialism. 
 
This period also saw a more forceful appearance of 'higher criticism,' the evil-twin of theological liberalism.   Higher criticism cast suspicion upon the authorship and dating of the books of the Bible in an attempt to undermine the truth-claims of Scripture.  Such unsanctified exploration led to an enquiry into the identity of the historical Jesus, typified in the anti-supernaturalistic book, "The Life of Jesus," written in 1835 by Baur's pupil, D.F. Strauss (1808-1874). (ibid)
 
When Darwin published his theory, theological liberals (progressives) eagerly embraced it, not because they actually believed it, but because behind its’ ‘science’ façade they could openly embrace the occult evolutionary conceptions posited by ancient Egyptian Hermeticism and esoteric Kabbalah.
 
With these developments, the seal was set on a critical, rationalistic, and skeptical approach to the Word of God that elevates magic science, evolution, and other idols of men above the Word of God.  

This tragic development results in large flocks of misled sheep who cannot believe Moses (John 5:45-47) because the ministers who guide them are falling stars who in their arrogant ignorance reject as unscientific the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo.  The atheist Frank Zindler conveys the logical consequences:

"The most devastating thing that biology did to Christianity was the discovery of biological evolution. Now that we know that Adam and Eve never were real people the central myth of Christianity is destroyed. If there never was an Adam and Eve, there never was an original sin. If there never was an original sin there is no need of salvation. If there is no need of salvation there is no need of a saviour. And I submit that puts Jesus...into the ranks of the unemployed. I think evolution absolutely is the death knell of Christianity." ("Atheism vs. Christianity," 1996, Lita Cosner, creation.com, June 13, 2013)

While most commentators identify Lucifer as the falling star, in his Concise Commentary Matthew Henry provides a second, human identity. Human falling stars are tepid, indecisive, weak or apostate clergy who having ceased to be a minister of Christ,

"... he who is represented by this star becomes the minister of the devil; and lets loose the powers of hell against the churches of Christ. On the opening of the bottomless pit, there arose a great smoke. The devil carries on his designs by blinding the eyes of men...putting out light and knowledge, and promoting ignorance and error. Out of this smoke there came a swarm of locusts, emblems of the devil's agents, who promote superstition, idolatry, error, and cruelty...the true believers...should be untouched (but) a secret poison and infection in the soul, should rob many others of purity, and....peace. The locusts had no power to hurt those who had the seal of God. God's all-powerful, distinguishing grace will keep his people from total and final apostacy." (Commentary on Revelation 9: 1-12)

 Since neither falling stars nor their misled flocks can believe Moses, they cannot believe the Word, God-Incarnate, our savior Jesus Christ.

In response to the spread of unbelief and the presence of false teachers, apostates and abominations infecting the Body of Christ our Lord said:

"Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit." Matthew 15:13-14

Evolutionary theists are blind guides leading blind sheep over the Gaderene cliffs. But blessed is the man who does not place his trust in blind guides who stray after heresies and idols of men (Psalm 40: 4-5).  Nor does he throw away his confidence in the Lord:

"it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." (Hebrews 10:35-36)

@Linda Kimball

Evolutionary Christians Do Not Believe Moses, So How Will They Believe Jesus Words?

 "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?" John 5:46-47
 
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. ”  Luke 24:27

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3) "From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.” (Proverbs 8:23) "He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:2) "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” (Colossians 1:15) "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.If you had known Me, you would know My Father as well. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”  (John 14:6-7) "And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”  (John 3:19)

Today increasing numbers of 'scientifically enlightened' Western and American theologians, seminarians and intellectuals reject belief in Moses in favor of science (magic science) and biological evolution. 
 
Pope Francis, Timothy Keller, Leonard Sweet, Hugh Ross and many others fall into this category.    And having fallen into the scientism and evolution quagmire, they deride, ridicule, and criticize faithful Christians who refuse to fall into the quagmire as well.

Over and across the entire denominational spectrum, it is the faithful---those who love Truth---who in their unflinching stand against evolution are harshly criticized, ridiculed, and condemned by willful compromisers for their so-called  'anti-science religionism, narrow-mindedness, fundamentalism, cultural isolationism, and anti-intellectualism' which compromisers call,
 
“....the rejection of science,” and then refer to this as “textbook evidence of an unyielding ignorance on the part of the religious.” (Total Capitulation: The Evangelical Surrender of Truth, Dr. Mohler,October 25, 2011) 
 
Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary stands strong against evolutionary compromise:
 
At the very least, the acceptance of evolutionary theory requires that the first two chapters of Genesis be read merely as a literary rendering that offers no historical data. But, of course, the injury does not end there. If evolution is true, then the entire narrative of the Bible has to be revised and reinterpreted. The evolutionary account is not only incompatible with any historical affirmation of Genesis, but it is also incompatible with the claim that all humanity is descended from Adam and the claim that in Adam all humanity fell into sin and guilt. The Bible’s account of the Fall and its consequences is utterly incompatible with evolutionary theory. The third chapter of Genesis is as problematic for evolutionary theory as the first two.” (Creation vs. Evolution — The New Shape of the Debate, Dr. Mohler, February 1, 2011)
 
Paul warned of the days when people would not tolerate the eternally unchanging Authority of God's Word and sound doctrine, but instead would surround themselves with worldly teachers who would tickle their ears. (2 Tim 4:1-3) 
 
Those days are here.
 
According to Benjamin Wiker and Scott Hahn, authors of the meticulously researched book, "Politicizing the Bible," traced a great cosmological shift away from the supernatural Genesis account ex nihilo toward an anti-supernatural and wholly pagan or secular understanding of the universe, God, man, philosophy, science, and morality that occurred in the seventeenth century.   The research efforts of the two men take them deep into the Middle Ages and Renaissance to show that the appropriation, deconstruction and paganization of scripture and invention of the historical-critical method taken for granted at modern divinity schools worldwide, originated with politically motivated interpreters.  Among them were early Popes, Machiavelli, Marsilio of Padua, Henry VIII, Thomas Hobbes,  Descartes and Spinoza, who sought an empire of science. 

Moving to the Renaissance and the book, "God and the Knowledge of Reality," the Catholic philosopher and historian, Thomas Molnar (1921–2010), reveals the 'temper of that age' as a spirit of rebellion against the Holy Triune God and His created order.  This is why certain highly placed, influential Renaissance Christian theologians, mystics and scholars, having discovered ancient Egyptian Hermetic magic and occult Jewish Kabbalah texts from the time of Babylon, studied and translated these ancient texts, resulting in Hermetic Kabbalah. Then like Pico della Mirandola, they argued that occult hermetic science – the divine technology or Magic Way of reaching divine status and spiritual powers through ritual procedures such as transcendental meditation iand spiritual evolution s the best proof of the divinity of Christ as a force of nature. In other words said Molnar,

".....by the time of the Renaissance the esoteric texts of the first centuries A.D. had acquired in scholarly and humanist circles an unparalleled prestige, confronting as equals the texts held sacred by the church. In Pico's estimation, 'nulla est scientia que nos magis certificet de divinitate Christ quam magia et Cabala' (there is no science that would prove for us Christ's divinity better than magic and the Cabala.)" (pp. 78-79) 

The defiant embrace of magic science and evolutionary conceptions undergirding occult traditions such as mystical Hinduism, Buddhism, Egyptian Hermeticism and evolutionary Kabbalah paved the way for the rationalism of the European Enlightenment.  

Rationalism glorified the unregenerate conscience and darkened intellect of man rather than the Word of God.   These seeds of corruption blossomed into a huge upsurge of anti-Christian endeavor resulting in the subordination of the Word of God to the findings of magic science and evolutionary thinking which opened the door for yet more corruption in the 19th century---theological liberalism (evolutionary pantheism) and 'higher criticism.'
 
Theological liberalism first developed in Germany.  Its first real manifestation was at the University of Tubingen where Ferdinand Baur (1792-1860) had formed a school of theology for the purpose of raising doubts about the Bible.  This tactic was designed to undermine the Revealed Word as the exclusive fount of truth.  Among areas which came under suspicion were the Genesis account, the person and deity of Christ, the fall and human sin, the authority of Scripture, the transcendence of God, the Way of spiritual salvation, and the doctrine of the Christian Church.  (From Old Gnosticism to New Age, Alan Morrison, SCP Journal, Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, pp. 32-33)
 
The theological liberalism inaugurated at Tubingen 'Christianized' the cosmological shift and the magic science and evolutionary pantheism sweeping over our nation in many guises today: Teilhard's New Religion, Leonard Sweets quantum spirituality, the Quantum Void posited by modern physicists and occult New Age for example. 
 
Theological liberalism owed much to the occult Hermetic pantheist philosophy of George Hegel (1770-1811).   Hegel was a philosophical heir of ancient occult traditions and an important member of an occult brotherhood that emerged out of the Renaissance.  His early writings were very much influenced by Christoph Oetinger (1702-1782), the gnostic occult Kabbalist and disciple of Renaissance Hermetic-Kabbalists such as Emanuel Swedenborg and Jakob Boehme (1575-1624). Hegels dialectic, or pantheist theory of historical evolution, dovetailed neatly with liberal theology’s evolutionary pantheism and its’ outrageous claim that Christianity was a hybrid religion of the Near East. (ibid)

Somewhat later, Karl Marx secularized Hegel’s dialectic for his own evolutionary conception, dialectical materialism. 
 
This period also saw a more forceful appearance of 'higher criticism,' the evil-twin of theological liberalism.   Higher criticism cast suspicion upon the authorship and dating of the books of the Bible in an attempt to undermine the truth-claims of Scripture.  Such unsanctified exploration led to an enquiry into the identity of the historical Jesus, typified in the anti-supernaturalistic book, "The Life of Jesus," written in 1835 by Baur's pupil, D.F. Strauss (1808-1874). (ibid)
 
When Darwin published his theory, theological liberals (progressives) eagerly embraced it, not because they actually believed it, but because behind its’ ‘science’ façade they could openly embrace the occult evolutionary conceptions posited by ancient Egyptian Hermeticism and esoteric Kabbalah.
 
With these developments, the seal was set on a critical, rationalistic, and skeptical approach to the Word of God that elevates the unregenerate conscience and darkened intellect of man, magic  science, and Gnostic pagan evolution above the Word of God.  

This tragic development results in large flocks of misled sheep who cannot believe Moses (John 5:45-47) because the ministers who guide them are falling stars who in their arrogant ignorance reject as unscientific the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo.  The atheist Frank Zindler conveys the logical consequences:

"The most devastating thing that biology did to Christianity was the discovery of biological evolution. Now that we know that Adam and Eve never were real people the central myth of Christianity is destroyed. If there never was an Adam and Eve, there never was an original sin. If there never was an original sin there is no need of salvation. If there is no need of salvation there is no need of a saviour. And I submit that puts Jesus...into the ranks of the unemployed. I think evolution absolutely is the death knell of Christianity." ("Atheism vs. Christianity," 1996, Lita Cosner, creation.com, June 13, 2013)

While most commentators identify Lucifer as the falling star, in his Concise Commentary Matthew Henry provides a second, human identity. Human falling stars are tepid, indecisive, weak or apostate clergy who having ceased to be a minister of Christ,

"... he who is represented by this star becomes the minister of the devil; and lets loose the powers of hell against the churches of Christ. On the opening of the bottomless pit, there arose a great smoke. The devil carries on his designs by blinding the eyes of men...putting out light and knowledge, and promoting ignorance and error. Out of this smoke there came a swarm of locusts, emblems of the devil's agents, who promote superstition, idolatry, error, and cruelty...the true believers...should be untouched (but) a secret poison and infection in the soul, should rob many others of purity, and....peace. The locusts had no power to hurt those who had the seal of God. God's all-powerful, distinguishing grace will keep his people from total and final apostacy." (Commentary on Revelation 9: 1-12)

 Since neither falling stars nor their misled flocks can believe Moses, they cannot believe the Word, God-Incarnate, our savior Jesus Christ.

In response to the spread of unbelief and the presence of false teachers, apostates and abominations infecting the Body of Christ our Lord said:

"Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit." Matthew 15:13-14

Evolutionary theists are blind guides leading the blind over the Gaderene cliffs. Thus blessed is the man who does not place his trust in blind guides who stray after heresies and abominations of desolation such as evolution (Psalm 40: 4-5) and exalt the works of their fallen imaginations against the knowledge of God. (2 Cor. 10:5).

Do not throw away your confidence in the Lord:

"it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." (Hebrews 10:35-36)

@Linda Kimball

 

 

Two Ways before Us: God or Evolutionary Theists & Spirits; Life or Death?

Over on evolutionarychristianity.com, America’s self-designated evolutionary evangelist Michael Dowd argues that a new breed of theist is emerging in nearly every denomination and religion.  We are religious naturalists, said Dowd, and our God is not the supernatural Holy God of Revelation but rather Reality/Universe/Life.. 

Evidence is our scripture and integrity is our religion. We are not supernaturalists but naturalists:  

We are inspired and motivated more by this world and this life than by promises of a future otherworld or afterlife.” (The New Theism: Shedding Beliefs, Celebrating Knowledge, Dowd, evolutionarychristianity.com

New Theists are diverse:

Many of us continue to call ourselves Christian, Jew, Muslim, or Hindu. We may also self-identify as emergentist, evidentialist, freethinker, neo-humanist, pantheist, panentheist, or some other label incomprehensible in a pre-scientific age.

 Because New Theists have a modern evolutionary understanding of emergence they know for sure that all theological ‘isms’ such as theism, deism, pantheism, and atheism are outdated, misleading, and unnecessarily divisive terms.   Dowd argues this is because they came into being long before we had a modern evolutionary understanding, therefore these terms, and Christianity itself, must be reinterpreted in an evolutionary context.  

There are people who are ignorant of God’s Word but willing to read, study, understand and come to love His Word.   And then there are those who know His Word but because they dislike it then like Dowd reduce certain portions such as the first three chapters of Genesis to myth and allegory, thereby enabling themselves to reinterpret Scripture in an evolutionary context so that where the purpose of the Gospel is life eternal now it is death.

 Dowd argues that reinterpretation of Scripture is necessary in order to harmonize it with the modern evolutionary understanding of emergence, or being created and/or changed continuously. 

American anthropologist, educator, philosopher, and natural science writer Loren Eisely (1907-1977) explains that the ancient taproot of modern evolution and its’ constant companion emergence or continuous change, is the mystical doctrine known as the Great Chain of Being:  

All that the Great Chain of Being actually needed to become a full-fledged evolutionary theory was the introduction into it of the conception of time in vast quantities....It demanded, in other words, a universe not made but being made continuously. It is ironic and intriguing that the fixed hierarchical order in biology began to pass almost contemporaneously with the disappearance of the feudal social scale in the storms of the French Revolution. It was France, whose social system was dissolving, that produced the first modern evolutionists. As we look back upon the long reign of the Scale of Being, whose effects...persisted well into the nineteenth century, we may observe that the seed of evolution lay buried in the traditional metaphysic which indeed prepared the Western mind for its acceptance.” (Darwin’s Century, Eisley, pp. 9-10)

The Great Chain of Being is an ancient pantheist doctrine that in a primitive form first appeared in the pre-flood world when Lucifer persuaded antediluvians to believe that the original Creator God had emptied Himself into His creation, therefore no longer existed except as an impersonal eternal creative force making it possible for each person to evolve into god.

In its’ original post-flood conception the Great Chain of Being was a static system representing the mind of the Eternal Absolute (creative force), or Void with Buddhist and some Hindu systems. 

According to this ancient occult metaphysic, the entire universe, all life, and even all of the gods and human beings and everything else came about by a process of emanation from the Eternal Absolute (also Void, Chaos, Nous, and Nu):

 “Just as waves form across the surface of the ocean, so the Void forms upon itself successive waves (emanations) of entities that in turn emanate further entities and so on, with all of these entities interacting within an extraordinary network or great chain of being consisting of downward-sloping self-contained planes of existence, a top-down hierarchy of realities arranged vertically.”

Each higher plane of existence emanates the one below it through a process of emanation, thus each plane stands in the position of ground of being (god) to the one below it.  Therefore creation is not creation ex nihilo, as the Genesis account teaches, but emanation out of the Void, the ultimate ground of being.” 

“Each plane of existence has its own specific characteristics, thus there can be a plane where spirit or thought forms exist; where the Gnostic demiurge, the evil Jehovah, god of material creation exists; the realm of the deities, demons, heavens, hells, angels, and so on, realm upon realm, all looking downwards to the physical realm and also looking upwards to the Void or quantum vacuum.”

(http://patriotsandliberty.com/lindas-latest/2013/10/28/quantum-vacuum-americas-rising-communalistic-pantheism

The occult meaning of the Great Chain of Being or Scale of Nature is vested in the famous magic formula of Hermes Trismegistus, “As above, so below.”   This means that the mind of the initiate who masters the secret occult rituals and seething energies becomes as it were, the mind of the Divine Absolute Mind (Void) above, hence ‘as above, so below.’

Modern Evolution?

With respect to Darwin’s ‘modern’ theory of evolution/natural selection, it is well known that Darwin received the idea from his neo-pagan grandfather Erasmus Darwin. As for its’ important co-discoverer, Alfred Russell Wallace (1823-1913), research reveals that Wallace was a practicing spiritist, meaning he interacted with disembodied spirits.

Wallace was intensely obsessed by evolution, and while on a journey to the tropics contracted malaria and was ‘out of his mind’ with fever when Darwin’s theory, which he had been working on for twenty years, was suddenly revealed in its entirety to Wallace, a self-confessed, practicing spiritist halfway around the world, alone on a tropical island.

The connection between Wallace’s spiritism and the sudden revelation of Darwin’s theory was not lost on Loren Eisely:

Suddenly it occurred to the feverish naturalist in a lightening flash of insight that Malthus’ checks to human increase....must, in similar or analogous ways, operate in the natural world as well...It was Darwin’s unpublished conception down to the last detail, independently duplicated by a man sitting in a hut at the world’s end.” (Alfred Russel Wallace, Eisely, p. 80)

Just as Friedrich Nietzsche’s evolutionary conception was preceded by two mystical encounters with a spirit called Zarathustra. Darwin received his idea from his grandfather, a pagan known to attend séances and Darwin’s co-discoverer Russell Wallace, a practicing spiritist, suddenly received Darwin’s theory in a lightening flash while ‘out of his mind’ with fever.

Evolution or Creation ex Nihilo?

Over eighty years ago, Rev. C. Leopold Clarke wrote that priests who embrace evolution (evolutionary theists) are apostates from the ‘Truth as it is in Jesus.’ (1 John2:2) Rev. Clarke, a lecturer at a London Bible college, discerned that evolution is the antithesis to the Revelation of God in the Deity of Jesus Christ, thus it is the greatest and most active agent of moral and spiritual disintegration:

It is a battering-ram of unbelief---a sapping and mining operation that intends to blow Religion sky-high. The one thing which the human mind demands in its conception of God, is that, being Almighty, He works sovereignly and miraculously---and this is the thing with which Evolution dispenses….Already a tremendous effect, on a wide scale has been produced by the impact of this teaching---an effect which can only be likened to the…collapse of foundations…” (Evolution and the Break-Up of Christendom, Philip Bell, creation.com, Nov. 27, 2012)

The faith of the Christian Church and of the average Christian has had, and still has, its foundation as much in the literal and historic meaning of Genesis, the book of beginnings ex nihilo revealed ‘mouth to mouth’ by the Angel to Moses, as in that of the person and deity of Jesus Christ. But how horrible a travesty of the sacred office of the Christian Ministry to see church leaders more eager to be abreast of the times, than earnestly contending for the Faith once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3). It is high time, said Rev. Clarke, that the Church,

“…. separated herself from the humiliating entanglement attending her desire to be thought up to date…What, after all, have custodians of Divine Revelation to do making terms with speculative Biology, which has….no message of comfort or help to the soul?” (ibid)

There are two ways that lie before us.   We can choose to accept as true the Revealed Word of God beginning with the first three chapters of Genesis or we can accept as true the modern evolutionary emergence thinking of new theists together with Zarathustra and other powers and principalities.

@Linda Kimball

The Spirit of Evolution, Damnable Heresy and Antichrists

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22).

John identifies antichrists with two specific elements. 

First, they are individuals who specifically deny the living, personal Holy Trinity in favor of immanent and/or pantheist conceptions.   Though God the Father Almighty in three Persons upholds the souls of men and maintains life and creation, His substance is not within the space-time dimension as pantheism maintains, but outside of it.  Fallen men are burdened by time and mortality, God is not.   

Second, the specific denial of the Father logically negates Jesus the Christ, the Word who was in the beginning (John 1), was with God, and is God from the creation of all things (1 John 1).  In a pre-incarnate theophany, Jesus is the Angel who spoke “mouth to mouth” to Moses (Num. 12:6-9; John 9:20) and at sundry times and in many ways “spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all…” (Hebrews 1:1)  Jesus the Christ is the incarnate Son of God who is the life and light of men, who by His shed blood on the Cross died for the remission of all sins and bestowed the privilege of adoption on all who put their faith in Him.

Therefore, to deny the Holy Father is to logically deny the deity of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, hence,

“…every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist . . . and even now already is it in the world” (1 John 4:3).

According to Peter, false prophets and false teachers will work among the faithful, teaching damnable heresies that deny the Lord, thus they are antichrists who bring destruction upon themselves. (2 Peter 2:1)

The Spirit of Evolution and the Most Damnable Heresy

Almost thirty years ago, two well-respected social science scholars, William Sims Bainbridge and Rodney Stark, found themselves alarmed by what they saw as a rising tide of irrationalism, superstition and occultism---channelling cults, spirit familiars, necromancers, Wiccans, Satanists, Luciferians, goddess worshippers, 'gay' shamans, Hermetic magicians and other occult madness at every level of society, particularly the highest and most influential--- Hollywood, academia and the highest corridors of political power.

Like many scientists, they were equally concerned by Christian opposition to naturalistic evolution.  As is common in the science community, they assumed the cause of these social pathologies was somehow due to fundamentalism, their term for authentic, faithful Christian theism.  Yet to their credit, the research they undertook to discover the cause was conducted both scientifically and with great integrity.  What they found was so startling that it caused them to re-evaluate their attitude toward authentic Christian theism.  Their findings led them to say:

"It would be a mistake to conclude that fundamentalists oppose all science (when in reality they but oppose) a single theory (that) directly contradicts the bible. But it would be an equally great mistake to conclude that religious liberals and the irreligious possess superior minds of great rationality, to see them as modern personalities who have no need of the supernatural or any propensity to believe unscientific superstitions. On the contrary...they are much more likely to accept the new superstitions. It is the fundamentalists who appear most virtuous according to scientific standards when we examine the cults and pseudo-sciences proliferating in our society today." ("Superstitions ,Old and New," The Skeptical Inquirer, Vol. IV, No. 4; Summer, 1980, pp. 18, 23, 26, 28, 30)

In more detail they observed that authentic ‘born again’ Christians are far less likely to accept cults and pseudoscientific beliefs while the irreligious and liberalized Christians (i.e., progressive Catholics, Protestant emergent, word faith, prosperity gospel) are open to unscientific notions.  In fact, these two groups are most disposed toward occultism.

As Bainbridge and Stark admitted, evolution directly contradicts the Bible, beginning with the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo.  This means that evolution is the antithesis of the Genesis account. For this reason, discerning Christians refuse to submit to the evolutionary thinking that has swept Western and American society, even into the whole body of the Church. 

Over eighty years ago, Rev. C. Leopold Clarke wrote that priests who embrace the lie of evolution (evolutionary theists) are apostates from the ‘Truth as it is in Jesus.’ (1 John2:2)  Rev. Clarke, a lecturer at a London Bible college, clearly saw that evolution is the antithesis to the Revelation of God in the Deity of Jesus Christ, thus it is the greatest and most active agent of moral and spiritual disintegration:

It is a battering-ram of unbelief---a sapping and mining operation that intends to blow Religion sky-high.  The one thing which the human mind demands in its conception of God, is that, being Almighty, He works sovereignly and miraculously---and this is the thing with which Evolution dispenses….Already a tremendous effect, on a wide scale has been produced by the impact of this teaching---an effect which can only be likened to the…collapse of foundations…” (Evolution and the Break-Up of Christendom, Philip Bell, creation.com, Nov. 27, 2012)

The faith of the Christian Church and of the average Christian has had, and still has, its foundation as much in the literal and historic meaning of Genesis, the book of beginnings revealed ‘mouth to mouth’ by the Angel to Moses, as in that of the person and deity of Jesus Christ.  But how horrible a travesty of the sacred office of the Christian Ministry to see church leaders more eager to be abreast of the times, than earnestly contending for the Faith once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3).  It is high time, said Rev. Clarke, that the Church,

“…. separated herself from the humiliating entanglement attending her desire to be thought up to date…What, after all, have custodians of Divine Revelation to do making terms with speculative Biology, which has….no message of comfort or help to the soul?” (ibid)

It is the case that priests eager to accommodate themselves and the Church to modern science and evolutionary thinking inevitably begin by persuasively arguing that evolution is entirely compatible with the Bible when we see Genesis, especially the first three chapters, in a non-literal, non-historical context.  This is the view embraced and advanced by mega-church pastor Timothy J. Keller (b. 1950).  

With a position paper Keller published with the theistic evolutionary organization BioLogos he joined the ranks of compromising Catholic and Protestant priests stretching back to the Renaissance whose fall into apostasy began by giving into the temptation to embrace a non-literal, non-historical view of Genesis.  (A response to Timothy Keller’s ‘Creation, Evolution and Christian Laypeople,” Lita Cosner, Sept. 9, 2010, creation.com) 

Scenarios commonly proposed by evolutionary theists posit a cleverly disguised pantheist/immanent nature deity subject to the space-time dimension and forces of evolution.  But it is sinful man who carries the burden of time, not God.  This is a crucial point, for when men presume to add millions and billions of zeros (time) to God they have transferred their own limitations onto Him.  They have ‘limited’ God and made Him over in their own image. This is not only idolatrous but satanic.  

Additionally, evolution satanically inverts creation.  In place of God’s good creation from which man fell there is an evolutionary escalator starting at the bottom with matter progressing upward toward life, then up and through the life and death of millions of evolved creatures that preceded humans by millions of years until at long last an apish humanoid emerges into which a deity that is always in a state of becoming (evolving) places a soul. 

Evolution amputates the entire historical precedent from the Gospel and makes Jesus Christ unnecessary as the atheist Frank Zindler points out: 

The most devastating thing that biology did to Christianity was the discovery of biological evolution.  Now that we know that Adam and Eve never were real people the central myth of Christianity is destroyed.  If there never was an Adam and Eve, there never was an original sin.  If there never was an original sin there is no need of salvation.  If there is no need of salvation there is no need of a saviour.  And I submit that puts Jesus…into the ranks of the unemployed.  I think evolution absolutely is the death knell of Christianity.” (“Atheism vs. Christianity,” 1996, Lita Cosner, creation.com, June 13, 2013)

 The fall into apostasy by priests eager to be accepted by the world begins with the dehistoricizing and mythologizing  of Genesis. This is not a heresy unique to modern times.  The early Church Fathers dealt with this damnable heresy as well, counting it among the heretical tendencies of the Origenists.   Fourth-century Fathers such as John Chrysostom, Basil the Great and Ephraim the Syrian, all of whom wrote commentaries on Genesis, specifically warned against treating Genesis as an unhistorical myth or allegory.  John Chrysostom strongly warned against paying heed to these heretics,

“…let us stop up our hearing against them, and let us believe the Divine Scripture, and following what is written in it, let us strive to preserve in our souls sound dogmas.” (Genesis, Creation, and Early Man, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 31)

In the integral worldview teachings of the Fathers, neither the literal nor historical meaning of the Revelations of the pre-incarnate Jesus, the Angel who spoke “mouth to mouth” to Moses (Num. 12:6-9; John 9:20) can be regarded as expendable.  There are at least four critically important reasons why.  First, to reduce the Revelation of God to allegory and myth is to contradict and usurp the authority of God, ultimately deny the deity of Jesus Christ; twist, distort, add to and subtract from the entire Bible and imperil the salvation of believers.

 As St. Cyril of Alexandria wrote, higher theological, spiritual meaning is founded upon humble, simple faith in the literal and historic meaning of Genesis and one cannot apprehend rightly the Scriptures without believing in the historical reality of the events and people they describe. (ibid, Seraphim Rose, p. 40)

None of this was lost on Darwin’s bulldog, Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1985).  Huxley was thoroughly familiar with the Bible, thus he understood that if Genesis is not the authoritative Word of God, is not historical and literal despite its’ symbolic and poetic elements, then the entirety of Scripture becomes untrustworthy resulting in downward spiraling consequences as the Catholic Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation makes clear in part:  

By denying the historical truth of the first chapters of Genesis, theistic evolutionism has fostered a preoccupation with natural causes almost to the exclusion of supernatural ones.  By denying the several supernatural creative acts of God in Genesis, and by downplaying the importance of the supernatural activity of Satan, theistic evolutionists slip into a naturalistic mentality which seeks to explain everything in terms of natural causes.  Once this mentality takes hold, it is easy for men to regard the concept of spiritual warfare as a holdover from the days of primitive superstition.  Diablical activity is reduced to material or psychological causes.  The devil and his demons come to be seen as irrelevant.  Soon ‘hell’ joins the devil and his demons in the category of antiquated concepts.  And the theistic evolutionist easily makes the fatal mistake of thinking that he has nothing more to fear from the devil and his angels.  According to Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the chief exorcist of Rome, there is a tremendous increase in diabolical activity and influence in the formerly Christian world.  And yet most of the bishops of Europe no longer believe in the existence of evil spirits….To the Fathers of the Church who believed in the truth of Genesis, this would be incredible.  But in view of the almost universal acceptance of theistic evolution, it is hardly surprising.” (The Difference it makes: The Importance of the Traditional Doctrine of Creation, Hugh Owen, kolbecenter.org)

Rather than showing respect for modern Origenists, Huxley took great pleasure in heaping piles of hot coals and burning contempt upon them, thereby exposing their shallow-reasoning, hypocrisy, fear of non-acceptance, and faithlessness.  With sarcasm dripping from his words he quipped,

I am fairly at a loss to comprehend how any one, for a moment, can doubt that Christian theology must stand or fall with the historical trustworthiness of the Jewish Scriptures. The very conception of the Messiah, or Christ, is inextricably interwoven with Jewish history; the identification of Jesus of Nazareth with that Messiah rests upon the interpretation of passages of the Hebrew Scriptures which have no evidential value unless they possess the historical character assigned to them. If the covenant with Abraham was not made; if circumcision and sacrifices were not ordained by Jahveh; if the “ten words” were not written by God’s hand on the stone tables; if Abraham is more or less a mythical hero, such as Theseus; the story of the Deluge a fiction; that of the Fall a legend; and that of the creation the dream of a seer; if all these definite and detailed narratives of apparently real events have no more value as history than have the stories of the regal period of Rome—what is to be said about the Messianic doctrine, which is so much less clearly enunciated? And what about the authority of the writers of the books of the New Testament, who, on this theory, have not merely accepted flimsy fictions for solid truths, but have built the very foundations of Christian dogma upon legendary quicksands?” (Darwin’s Bulldog---Thomas Huxley, Russell Grigg, creation.com, Oct. 14, 2008)

Pouring yet more contempt on them he asked,

When Jesus spoke, as of a matter of fact, that "the Flood came and destroyed them all," did he believe that the Deluge really took place, or not? It seems to me that, as the narrative mentions Noah’s wife, and his sons’ wives, there is good scriptural warranty for the statement that the antediluvians married and were given in marriage; and I should have thought that their eating and drinking might be assumed by the firmest believer in the literal truth of the story. Moreover, I venture to ask what sort of value, as an illustration of God’s methods of dealing with sin, has an account of an event that never happened? If no Flood swept the careless people away, how is the warning of more worth than the cry of “Wolf” when there is no wolf? If Jonah’s three days’ residence in the whale is not an “admitted reality,” how could it “warrant belief” in the “coming resurrection?” … Suppose that a Conservative orator warns his hearers to beware of great political and social changes, lest they end, as in France, in the domination of a Robespierre; what becomes, not only of his argument, but of his veracity, if he, personally, does not believe that Robespierre existed and did the deeds attributed to him?(ibid)

Concerning Matthew 19:5:

If divine authority is not here claimed for the twenty-fourth verse of the second chapter of Genesis, what is the value of language? And again, I ask, if one may play fast and loose with the story of the Fall as a “type” or “allegory,” what becomes of the foundation of Pauline theology?” (ibid)

And concerning Cor. 15:21-22:

If Adam may be held to be no more real a personage than Prometheus, and if the story of the Fall is merely an instructive “type,” comparable to the profound Promethean mythus, what value has Paul’s dialectic?” (ibid)

After much thought, C.S. Lewis concluded that evolution is the central, most radical lie of the entire network of lies within which we are living.  According to Rev. Clarke, evolution is the Gospel of another Spirit and its’ aim is not to help men find God but to lose Him, and by contradicting the Divine Redeemer, compromising Priests are serving this Spirit and its’ diabolical purposes.  To contradict the Divine Redeemer is the very essence of unfaithfulness, and that it should be done while reverence is professed,

“…. is an illustration of the intellectual and moral topsy-turvydom of Modernism…’He whom God hath sent speaketh the Words of God,’ claimed Christ of Himself (John 3:34), and no assumption of error can hold water in the face of that declaration, without blasphemy.”

Evolutionary theists are not helping men to find God but to lose Him and hope of salvation, thus they serve the devil.  Therefore, no considerations of Christian charity, of tolerance, of policy, can exonerate  Christian leaders or Churches who fail to condemn, and to sever themselves from compromising, cowardly, shilly-shallying priests---the heretical Origenists and their like-minded followers who challenge the Divine Authority of Jesus Christ. (ibid)

The rebuttals, warnings and counsels of the Fathers against listening to Origenists and their modern evolutionary counterparts who today preach a spiritually empty, meaningless, dead-end theology indicates that the spirit of antichrist operating through modern rationalistic criticism of the Revelation of God is not a heresy unique to our times but was inveighed against by early Church Fathers.

From the scholarly writings of the Eastern Orthodox priest,  Fr. Seraphim Rose, to the incisive apologetics, analysis, rebuttals and warnings of the Catholic Kolbe Center, creation.com, Creation Research Institute, Rev. Clarke, and many other contemporary defenders of the faith once delivered, all are a clear, compelling call to the whole body of the Church to hold fast to the traditional doctrine of creation as it was handed down from the Apostles, for as God spoke and Jesus is the Living Word incarnate, it is incumbent upon the faithful to submit their wills to the Divine Will and Authority of God rather than to the damnable heresy proffered by evolutionary theists eager to embrace naturalistic science and the devil's Big Lie--- evolution.  But if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, 

“…you have your choice: choose this day that which pleases you, whom you would rather serve….but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15  

@Linda Kimball 

Faithful Irish Priests Refuse Holy Communion to Outraged Sinners

The Irish Independent is reporting that some faithful, courageous Irish priests, particularly in rural parishes, are informing Catholic politicians who supported Enda Kenny’s abortion legislation that they must not present themselves for Holy Communion otherwise they will be refused:

SEVERAL government TDs have told how they were "discouraged" by members of the clergy from taking Holy Communion over their support for the controversial abortion legislation….A number of TDs…said priests had warned them off from seeking Communion if they voted in favour of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill….One deputy told the Sunday Independent: "I was approached by one priest recently and was told very clearly not to go to him looking for Communion that Sunday, as I would be refused….a large number of government TDs have claimed that they have been pilloried from the pulpit over their support for the legislation…..One priest was threatening all sorts from the pulpit one weekend," one minister said. "Excommunication, direct threats came about us receiving Communion. It was outrageous." (TDs told not to look for Communion, Independent.ie, September 10, 2013)

The real issue here resides in whether God Spoke or not.   If He spoke “mouth to mouth” to Moses (Num. 12:6-9; John 9:20) and at sundry times and in many ways “spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all….” (Hebrews 1:1) then it is incumbent upon man to submit his will to the Divine Will and Authority of God.  This is the position of the faithful, defined by recognition that Jesus Christ the Savior who is also sometimes called ‘salvation’ because He is the author of salvation is the Living Word; the Holy Creator of the universe and man, the Angel Who spoke mouth to mouth to Moses as well as the prophets.  

This is the stance taken by the faithful Church Fathers who said in effect, ‘This is what He said, hence this is how He created all things before time began and the order in which He created all things.  Thus it is not for us to twist the meaning of His Revelation, to distort it in any way, to add, take away from, and/or add the traditions of men.”

And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you. Whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their perdition slumbereth not.” 2 Peter 2:3

Though God maintains all life and nonliving things, planets, stars, etc. within the world (nature, cosmos), He is not within the world but outside of the space-time dimension.  It is fallen man who carries the burden of time, not God.  This is a crucial point, for in adding a billion zeros (time) to God and His creation account as covetous modernist false-priests and sinful humanist intellectuals (the worshippers of evolution and modern scientism) have done, they have in effect transferred their own limitations onto God.  They have ‘limited’ Him, and this is definitely satanic.

The issue then, boils down to authority.  Whose authority do we submit our wills to?  To God’s Authority as do the faithful, and this includes the faithful Irish priests, or to the will of weak, mistake-prone, rebellious, covetous, self-centered false priests and sinful men, who by limiting Him have in fact made Him over in their own image.  This is idolatry. 

In 1977 British journalist William Rees-Mogg saw that Christendom and Protestant America had lost their faith, and like a drowning man were desperately thrashing around for lack of oxygen: 

“Since the time of Christ there has been no period in which there has been the same feeling of….spiritual impoverishment.” (Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture, Herbert Schlossberg, p. 2)

Thirty-six years later, but for a faithful remnant, Christendom and Protestant America are all but dead.  While there are as yet many faithful churches, priests, evangelists, missionaries, and Christian laypeople proclaiming Christ crucified for the sins of all men and fulfilling their vocations with humility and integrity, idolatrous modernist priests and sinful humanist intellectuals maintain that Genesis contains neither historical nor literal meaning therefore God did not speak.  Thus in their corrupted hearts and stunted, befouled conscience, they believe they are free to practice a spirituality that is Christian in name only, is self-affirming, fun-loving, irrational, and permissive to the extent that it ordains practicing ‘gays’ and goddesses, unites homosexuals and lesbians in wedlock, affirms abortion and partakes of communion even though the ‘Jesus’ they worship is an idol of their own creation.      

The beginning of idolatry is pride (preference for self over God and brethren), and where self-righteous ‘self’ is primary then ‘self’ deserves and has a right to everything it can get---including Holy Communion.   If divine ‘self’ is thwarted its’ outrage is immediate, resulting in name-calling, complaints, threats, and even revenge.    As a measure of man's evil, the expectation of a right to eat and drink of the body and blood of Christ must surely have a spot on God's measuring rod. 

What the faithful remnant are mindful of is that whoever submits his will to the Divine Will and Authority of God and keeps His commandments loves God (John 14:21) while the reverse is true of all envious, covetous idolaters:  

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with thy entire mind: and thy neighbor as thyself.” Luke 10:27 

The end of the commandment is charity (agape love) from a pure heart, a good conscience and unfeigned faith. (1 Thes. 1:5)   He that really loves his neighbor fulfills the law for he does not prefer self over God and neighbor, commit adultery and murder, nor does he lie, steal, bear false witness (i.e., slander, gossip), covet, envy, and hate as do idolaters.  

Charity works no evil.  It is not perversely puffed up with pride as self-righteous idolaters are.  It is not ambitious; it does not force its’ blasphemous demands on faithful Irish priests.  Charity thinks no evil and neither rejoices in another man’s misery nor derides truth and virtue as idolaters do.  

The tragedy of the fall is that man has lost his introspection.  Cain and Judas had no hope of looking within themselves and seeing the seed of their own evil, which when it bloomed inevitably destroyed them. The Cross is thus a messenger of mankind’s fallen condition.   Therefore we are obliged to humbly search ourselves for every manifestation of idolatrous self-centeredness and repent of it and receive forgiveness because God really did speak and He is coming soon, said the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Rev. 22: 12-16) Who testifies to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book that if any man twists and distorts these things as modern false-priests and humanist intellectuals have done to the entirety of Scripture by denying the historical and literal meaning of Genesis, thus denying that God Spoke to Moses and the prophets,     

“….God shall add unto him the plagues written in this book.” (Rev. 22:18)

While plagues can be temporal, these particular plagues are torments inflicted by demons on the mind, night and day.

@Linda Kimball