And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit." Rev. 9:1
In his Concise Commentary Matthew Henry identifies falling stars as 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."
We are living in what must surely be the most decadent, abnormal, death-worshipping, violent, faithless, murderous, morally relativist, irrational, nihilistic, upside-down age in the long history of mankind. From its inception during the Renaissance it has been an unfolding insurrection against the God of Revelation, Jesus Christ and His Church. The harbingers of all of this still unfolding disaster and grief were, and still are, 'tepid, indecisive, weak or apostate clergy.." who have wittingly or unwittingly allied themselves with Satan and his rebellious angels. It is these falling stars who are the parents of faithlessness:
"The natural parents of modern unbelief turn out to have been the guardians of belief." Many thinking people came at last "to realize that it was religion, not science or social change, that gave birth to unbelief. Having made God more and more like man---intellectually, morally, emotionally---the shapers of religion made it feasible to abandon God, to believe simply in man." (James Turner of the University of Michigan in "American Babylon, Richard John Neuhaus, p. 95)
Fueled by pride, rebellion, self-righteousness, ambition and ignorance, falling stars hungry for worldly validation and power, trimmed, accommodated and retooled the God of Revelation in order that He would be deemed acceptable to the modern mind. Turner comments:
"In trying to adapt their religious beliefs to socioeconomic change, to new moral challenges, to novel problems of knowledge, to the tightening standards of science, the defenders of God slowly strangled Him." (ibid, p. 95)
Richard Niebuhr's withering depiction of easy-on-the-ears, emotionalized, sin-free, contemporary Christianity is to the point:
"A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross." (ibid)
Having allied themselves with the devil, falling stars have used the keys of the Kingdom of God, which they received from Christ's Church through their priesthood along with the responsibility of teaching the Gospel so as to suppress and defeat the beast within all fallen men, to foster instead accommodation to the world, error, heresy and evil. It is falling stars who have dismissed man's sin and God's judgment and redemption. They have caused God to become both superfluous and boring.
That falling stars would ally themselves with and do the work of the devil was revealed by the dread spirit himself. Calling himself Djwhal Khul, he spoke through the mouth of lapsed Evangelical Alice Bailey (1880-1949) and said:
"The coming struggle will emerge within the churches themselves; it will be precipitated by the enlightened elements...the fight will then spread to thinking men and women everywhere who — in a protesting revolt — have denied orthodox churchianity and theology." (Spirit Master Djwhal Khul speaking through Alice Bailey, Externalization of the Hierarchy, pp. 453-454)
Even before the turn of the century, the beginnings of a hierarchy of "enlightened " elements had arisen and begun the work of the devil. In 1907 Pope Pius X noted with alarm that modern (enlightened) "thinking" was taking hold of the contemporary mind, and in that way taking possession of Western civilization, including Catholic laity and priests. The Pope defined this way of thinking as "Modernism" and in 1907 declared it a heresy in the encyclical called 'Pascendi Dominici Gregis." ("The Heresy of Modernism...seriously," Churchmouse Campanologist, May 26, 2009)
The Pope noted that Modernist "Christian" change-agents were claiming that Christ is in us (mystical pantheist monism) and that through evolution an immanentist Christ-force progressed and/or "emanated from nature spontaneously and of itself." (The Heresy of Modernism...seriously)
Since evolution implies continuous change, becoming, forward motion and/or progress, "Christian" heretics claim that immutable (unchanging) truths do not exist, therefore there is nothing immutable in the Bible or the Church....or for that matter in Americas' Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and Rule of Law. All are subject to change, for in that devilish mystical pantheism conceptually dissolves the living, transcendent Christ into nature, everything becomes imaginatively infused with impersonal divine spirit, power, force, intent, determinism (fate), and motion. Thus claim heretics, Christianity itself lives and evolves, and "must in fact be changed."
"Christian" change-agents further claim that all religions and belief systems are true because the satanic divine-force suffuses and energizes all things. By extension of this perverse reasoning, Gaia is alive, and Gnosticism, Satanism, Wicca, Theosophy, Goddess-worship, and Sharia are true. This is syncretism (moral relativism), the uniting of good and evil, truth and lie, the holy and the unholy. R.J. Rushdoony writes:
"Now syncretism is destructive of the human mind, of rationality...(A) man who wants to unite good and evil...has lost the capacity for clear thinking. His mind is darkened, clouded, fuzzed over, and incompetent....Man, by presuming to be god, has by that act destroyed the possibility of true thinking; from so radically false a premise, no valid conclusion can follow." ("Why Is Rick Warren Waffling?" Lee Duigon, Chalcedon)
Seventy-one years after the Pope issued his encyclical, eminent Catholic theologian Malachi Martin observed that Modernist heresy has significantly diminished belief among Christian churchman as a whole, including prominently:
"...the Roman Catholic hierarchy and clergy (who have) relegated the very existence of Satan to the same fate as basic Roman Catholic and Christian teaching...It has been said by one mainstream Protestant clergyman in this regard that — disagreement with the Roman Catholic Church notwithstanding — the Catholic Church was always the anchor. With that anchor lost, all flounder." (Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans, Martin, p. xv)
Dr. Peter Jones, author of "Spirit Wars: Pagan Revival in Christian America" connects "enlightened" Christianity to ancient devilish Gnosticism, saying they are kindred-spirits. He points to liberalized and/or contemporary Christianity as the carrier of the occult spiritual virus (insurrection against God) into the Body of the Church where it acts to divide Christians against each other.
In her Washington Times article, "Beware: Hell Exists, There's No Christianity without Sin, Death, and the Resurrection," Janice Crouse addresses America's growing theological crisis, noting that the Evangelical Church has become divided against itself. Citing "Evangelicals Divided," in the April edition of First Things, she writes:
"First Things warns, "If evangelical theology...does not exercise the kind of intellectual humility required by Traditionalism, it will not survive...it will risk disintegrating into ever more subjectivist and individualistic sects, many of them neither evangelical nor orthodox."
Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary addresses this crisis in his book, "The Disappearance of God." There is a growing chasm, notes Mohler. On one side are the traditionalists and on the other, the self-autonomous contemporary church, which defines itself over and against Traditionalism, or authentic Christianity.
Authentic or Traditionalist Christianity is very narrowly defined. Mohler writes that all Christians across a vast denominational range who hold fast to the fundamental doctrines are Authentic Christians while all who do not are not by definition Christian. Fundamental doctrines are:
"The Trinity (including full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ); the authenticity of Scripture (the Revealed Word of God beginning with the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo); the Incarnation (death, burial, resurrection); justification by faith; sin (humanities willful revolt against God the Father); the traditional doctrine of Hell, and the absolute sovereignty of God the Father." (Psalm 1)
Shepherded by falling stars, the modern church is strongly attracted to evolutionary scientism and the morally-relative, seeker-friendly kind of Christianity proposed by Teilhard de Chardin, Ken Wilber, Leonard Sweet and the Emerging Church, whose leaders include Brian McLaren, Rick Warren, and the mystical pantheist Rob Bell. However, the spirit of 'enlightened' heresy energizes the modern Church, and since the contemporary mind embraces its' pseudo-theology it is therefore uncomfortable with hell, judgment, sin, repentance, tradition, hymns, dress-codes, authority, structure, rules and fundamental doctrine. It prefers accommodation, for example, of the Genesis account to evolutionary scientism, of traditional marriage to 'gay' and other alternative lifestyles, and of traditional hymns to rock and roll and mystical trance. The modern church affirms the necessity of "change" "progress" "novelty" "fun" "being cool" "tolerance" "inclusion" and "emotionalism," especially whatever "feels good." It wants therapeutic feel-good messages and diversionary entertainment rather than expository sermons and apologetics training. Since its' deity is a dead-god of "all-inclusive love" it never speaks of wrath and judgment, hence hell, sin, and repentance are not just unwelcome, but are in fact "intolerable" to the fun-seeking, autonomous contemporary mind, noted Mohler.
The pseudo-theology of the modern Church already has much in common with New Age spirituality: http://carm.org/new-age-what This means that the modern Church and its falling stars are plunging into the New Age of devilish mystical pantheism with the contemporary church stumbling along in their wake.
New Age mystical pantheism relies heavily on the spirit revelations channeled through Helena Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Marx Hubbard, Neale Donald Walsh and other mediums. In "False Dawn" Lee Penn notes that all together these revelations from the dark side form a comprehensive anti-Gospel setting forth a progressive vision of spiritualized totalitarianism (green communism) that includes:
1. Praise for Lucifer as the light-bearer and giver of wisdom.
2. Proclaiming that we humans are gods and that death is not real
3. Advocacy for extreme population control, including eugenics and euthanasia
4. Utter contempt for traditional religions — with concentrated scorn directed at the faithful---Jews, evangelical Protestants, and Roman Catholics
5. Forecasting a pending (and for them, desirable) "selection" of mankind, in which the 'enlightened' enter the New Age and the reactionaries face extinction. For the New Age Apostles of "progressive" Social Darwinism, these casualties are a necessary price to pay for human evolution." (ibid, p. 7)
Falling stars, whether weak, vacillating, or ambitious culture-conformists or openly rebellious bishops, priests, pastors, reverends, nuns, and other theologians have virtually destroyed the very idea of tradition to such an extent that those who seek to recover it no longer know which way to turn, and are only too ready to accept all the false ideas presented to them in its place and under its name.
They abuse their sacred trust and intellectual gifts to seduce, enslave and precipitate into hell vast numbers of wayward sheep. Out of the darkness of the pit falling stars have loosed the forces of error, evil, and scandal:
"The smoke streaming from the pit darkens the sun of Christ's truth and obliterates the splendor of His Holiness; it infects the air with decadent, immoral odors. Everything is cast into confusion (and) grace, the life-giving oxygen of the soul and body, is strangled out of the....children of God. Moreover, the darkening sun and sky betoken the eclipse of the Teaching Authority of the Church, the lowering of men's respect and (their) loss of reverence (resulting in) the demeaning of both Christ and His Church (which now operate) as mere natural, defective organs of society lusting over domination over men's souls and bodies through the accumulation of material riches and political power." (The Antichrist, Vincent P. Miceli, S.J., p261)
In agreement, Dr. Albert Mohler observes that people no longer know what they have lost,
"....much less that they themselves are lost....The landscape is changing, the skies are darkening — and this is something we know with a... spiritual sense, a spiritual urgency." (Albert Mohler, The Disappearance of God, p. 158)