I recently received a solicitation for a book endorsement from a writer who claimed to have familiarized himself with my work and implied that we held harmonious views on the subject of climate change. After reading only a few pages of the work it was easy to see that the author was either unfamiliar with the concept of research, or was disingenuous. I do not name the author or his work because I do not wish to promote it in any way, but can by its classification reveal all that there is of pertinence to know about it. It is another installment in the gospel of Green Evangelism, and I am prompted by it to identify some of the characteristics of this newest religious cult. Foremost in their divergence form the faith is a singular characteristic that unites all the Green Evangelists. It is this: they perceive the book of Revelation to be a book of warning; instead of the prophecy that it is. They have determined that the plagues, famines, wars, and catastrophic changes in the atmosphere, and on earth, that include those caused by meteorite impacts and violent upheavals of the sun, can be prevented. They espouse nothing less than another gospel whose great commission is to preach environmentalism to all the world as a savior of mankind, and to baptize converts in the name of the earth, the wind, and the fire.
When these cultists represent them selves as Christians, they are found to play lose with the Holy Scriptures; using any two words they can find together to support their theories, and abounding in misapplications and anachronism. Most will cite God’s command to mankind after He placed him in the garden of Eden to “dress it and to keep it” (Gen 2:15) and apply it as a standing stewardship obligation over the whole earth that is both his primary responsibility, and is still within his power to control. By this contention they neglect the subsequent modifications to the original arrangement brought about by sin- mankind’s fall from his preeminent position of authority and power, the expulsion from the garden itself, and the resulting curse laid upon the remaining and forthcoming gardens everywhere.
The curse was not merely the inconvenient bother of weeding the newly created thorns and thistles from our plots that we now had to labor over to produce our food. Because of the curse death entered into the world, and all of mankind has been dying and returning to the ground from whence he was taken ever since.
The only hope for the environment is the reconstitution of the earth to be made by the Lord Jesus Christ upon His return (Isa 65:17; Zec 14:4-7). Then “the wolf and the lamb will feed together” (Isa 65:25), a person of a hundred years will be reckoned as a child (Isa 65:20), the waters will be healed (Zec 14:8; Rev 22:1), and the trees will produce fruit that will heal the nations, and their leaves will be used to cure all disease (Rev 22:2; Eze 47:12).
Only then will the curse God leveled in the garden be lifted: “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it: and his servants shall serve him.” (Rev 22: 3). Until that day “we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Rom 8:22). That groaning will continue until after the prophecies concerning the catastrophic climate changes in the Revelation are fulfilled. Why? It is a period of time appointed for “the wrath of God” to be poured out upon the earth and all those who worship, among other things, demons (Rev 16:1; 9:20); and the gospel of Green Evangelism is a doctrine of demons who will seduce many in the latter times (1 Ti 4:1). It will be the environmentalist’s nightmare come true as the seas, rivers, lakes, and streams are turned to blood as God pours out His judgment on those who spilt the blood of prophets, and saints, and gives them blood to drink in return (Rev 16:3-6). The ungodly always hated the prophets, for it is they who testify of Jesus; and they particularly hate the last book of prophecy for it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Every religious cult, including this new cult of Green Evangelists, will have at least one of two things in common: they will deny the humanity of Christ, or deny the deity of Christ. God said that, prior to the Lord establishing His Kingdom on earth, “the earth will wax old like a garment” (Isa 51:6). The earth is deteriorating; it is fading, wearing thin, fraying, developing holes, and ripping and tearing apart at the seams. Jesus Christ claimed to be God, saying: “I and my Father are one” (Joh 10:30). The Jewish leaders, familiar with the scriptures, and the law, understood Jesus perfectly well, and were so impressed with His seriousness each time He made the claim that they attempted to stone Him for blasphemy at least four times on three different occasions (Joh 5:18; 8:59; 10:31,39).
The book of Revelation is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John” (Rev 1:1; emphasis added). Simply put, anyone who denies the certainty of the prophecies of that book coming to pass is not only denying the word of God, they are denying the deity of Jesus Christ who gave it.
This is paramount because, just as the only hope for the environment is the work of Jesus Christ, so to is the work of Christ the only hope for mankind. If you deny Christ, you deny His work: all of it. This explains why the Green Evangelists do not preach the gospel of salvation. They will patronize it, give it an obligatory mention, and claim it as a supporting role in their larger work, but they are calling Christians away from “the grace of God unto another gospel” (Gal 1:6). This other gospel is a perversion of the gospel of grace; adding to it works as a requirement of salvation. First, they have equated the salvation of the planet with the salvation of man, and then they prescribe all the works that are necessary for the Christian to perform for this salvation. I won’t produce the litany here, but only a few that are high their altar.
In addition to going as agrarian as you can, there is the carbon sabbath the must be observed, a day in the week when you use no mechanization other than manpower. There are dietary laws to be observed, or various degrees of vegetarianism. Devotees must achieve as nearly as possible cohabitation with all faiths and persuasions in an effort to reduce travel to work, and size of living quarters. If elective travel is engaged in, or meat is consumed, the selling of indulgences has been revived so that these sins may be atoned for. A tree can be planted, or a buy can be made in the fiat economy of carbon credits. All of this religious ostentation to blot out the individual and collective sin of carbon footprint. To the saints who are being troubled by these cultists and false brethren who are trying to impose their environmental circumcision on you, I echo Paul; I would that they were even cut off (Gal 5:12). As it was then, so it is true today that in the near future: “he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be” (Gal 5: 10).