Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Cool Flat Earth

“We live in an age where truth is no longer held in high regard.” Hank Hanegraaff, during his segment on WTBN Christian Radio, Monday, December 14, 2009.

Nowhere is that more evident than on WTBN.

The way God guides my mind to answer my prayers for wisdom and understanding of scripture amazes me continually. Last night before bed I was pondering how to address WTBN’s latest crusade AGAINST truth—this time global warming, and WTBN’s public stance that it is not a real phenomenon, and that scientists are lying. Emboldened by the recent release of emails hacked from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, the voices of WTBN are screaming that this proves global warming is a hoax fabricated by fudged science. I fell asleep with WTBN playing softly in the background and when I awoke this morning that statement from Mr. Hanegraaff were the very first words I heard. I couldn’t have phrased it more succinctly.

And thus does WTBN bear witness against itself.

Here are some excerpts of Cal Thomas’ commentaries that were aired on WTBN December 3rd and December 8th. “The global warming fiction is unraveling…the president of the Czech Republic says global warming is a politician’s myth…in Denmark, where the climate conference is being held this week, a local newspaper reports the country is ‘rife with CO2 fraud and the entire global warming myth is a comprehensive tax scam’…look at the people pushing global warming; they are mostly control freaks who want more power and money for themselves and less freedom for you…this is the left’s religion. While denying God, the left is committed to saving the planet. Why? If there is no God, we might just as well eat, drink, pollute and be merry for tomorrow we die. For what are we trying to save the planet?”

Those notions are muddled, weird and frankly, nonsense. If I love Christ, how does it reason that I deny God? Nor am I a control freak interested in power and money and depriving others’ freedoms. But I do believe in saving the planet. Exactly how am I wrong in respecting God’s creation? Dominion over the earth is a not license to destroy.

The Associated Press analyzed the 1073 hacked emails totaling approximately one million words, and said that ‘they show that scientists harbored private doubts, however slight and fleeting, even as they told the world they were certain about climate change. However, the exchanges don’t undercut the vast body of evidence showing the world is warming because of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. The scientists were keenly aware of how their work would be viewed and used, and, just like politicians, went to great pains to shape their message. Sometimes, they sounded more like schoolyard taunts than scientific tenets.’

Maybe a little parable will wipe the paste from your eyes and melt the wax in your ears. There was a landowner who lived in a mansion and had a couple of smaller homes he let out to tenants. One of the tenants trimmed the gardens, touched up the paint and maintained beautiful grounds. The other chopped the flowers, watered the weeds, sledgehammered the walls and burned the place down. When the landowner goes on vacation, which tenant will be trusted to house sit the mansion?

For many centuries the church held to the false belief that the earth was flat and the center of the universe. This adherence to an untruth was as it is written in Matthew 15:9 ‘In vain do they worship me, teaching for commandments the doctrines of men.’ The famous Polish astronomer Copernicus advanced the theory that the earth revolved around the sun, but did not publish his work until late in life, in part because he feared the church would brand him a heretic, and after destroying his reputation would sentence him to imprisonment or death.

So goes it today, with global warming scientific fact and WTBN as they represent the belligerent, self-righteous right wing deniers of that truth. There is a massive, expanding hole in the ozone layer. FACT. Once snow-capped mountains are barren. FACT. The polar ice caps are melting. FACT. Arctic and Antarctic wildlife is dying as their natural habitats and feeding grounds are vanishing beneath their feet. FACT. Average temperatures and water levels around the world are rising rapidly. FACT. WTBN’s stand on the issue? WRONG. On this matter WTBN clings to FALSEHOODS and LIES.

Let us take a little stroll down scripture lane and drink in some truth. The teachers and preachers on WTBN are in consistent agreement that these are the latter days as described by biblical prophecy, notably but not limited to the wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places foretold by Christ in The Olivet Discourse, which is the twenty fourth chapter of Matthew.

Now let us move along to a description of the end of the world. “But the day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burnt up.” 2 Peter 3:10.

And finally, on into the Revelation of our Lord and Savior, where the seven angels are pouring out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth in these latter days. “And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues; and repented not to give him glory.” Revelation 16: 9-10.

Back in the sixteenth century it turned out that Copernicus, in the far corner, representing science, was right, and the church, in the near corner, representing the false doctrine of hardheaded men, was wrong. So who are we to believe today: WTBN, or scientific truth as it corroborates the VERY WORD OF GOD?

I will say WTBN is right about one thing: we live in an age where truth is no longer held in high regard.

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