METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 51

METTLE

Volume 4 Issue 51

Monday 28 December 2009

Hippolite Musings 

Gentlemen

Merry Christmas, yada yada.

Blessings,
James


Missions

World Outreach International Newsletter from CEO John Elliott

Season’s Greetings

We want to thank everyone who prayed & partnered with us (& with World Outreach) this year.  The support and encouragement has been awesome.  No one, including governments and economists, knew how the world’s affairs would pan out financially in 2009 when a global economic downturn, the biggest since the Great Depression, kicked in during the latter quarter of 2008.  For those of us involved in Kingdom of God ‘business’, we were reminded again that God’s plans and purposes are not subject to the world’s economic well being. 

Growth

That has proven to be so true (again) this year.  With vision in our hearts to do even more than last year, we in World Outreach would have hoped to have seen even more happening in 2009 than we did in 2008 – if more ‘resources’ were available, ie manpower and finances.  Ironically 2009 has been another year of wonderful growth!   Growth in ministry opportunities, growth in the number of people becoming followers of Jesus, growth in the appointment of new personnel, and growth new ministry partners.  God is so God. 

Family

While our family is scattered in different nations, they are all full-on in serving the Lord.  Our daughter Deborah and husband Steve are now pastoring the church they helped plant in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Their four children, our four grandchildren, continue to bring us all great pleasure and occupy Steve and Deborah’s every spare moment. Our eldest son Stephen and wife Julie, based in Brisbane, Australia, have continued to serve World Outreach part-time while holding down their respective study and teaching commitments.  David, our youngest, continues to serve fulltime with us from S’pore.  2009 has been a tough year for him starting with a near death experience when the car he was driving went through guard rails on an isolated bridge in NZ and plunged upside down into the creek below, completing submerging the car with David inside.  Praise the Lord he survived and was physically uninjured.  However this experience and a few other set backs through the year has seen his relationship with the Lord become even stronger.  Both Stephen & David are involved in helping World Outreach mobilize a younger generation of cross-cultural workers.

For us, 2009 has been a very big year of travel with ministry assignments not only taking us ‘down-under’ for annual commitments, but also to a number of European nations, Turkey, the UK and the USA.  World Outreach began in Europe back in the 1930’s and we feel Europe will again be a major ministry focus point for the organization in the coming years.    

Highlights

Two real highlights for us this year have been the two World Outreach 2010 consultations held in Chiangmai, Thailand and Kuching, East Malaysia in September and November respectively.  In our journey of change in World Outreach, we set the end of 2010 as a timeline to complete this exercise. We wanted to give all who are serving with the organization an opportunity to speak into and contribute toward this journey of change, hence the consultations. Both events went extremely well.  The third and last consultation will be held in Sth Africa late March 2010 involving those serving on the continents of Africa and Europe. 

Coming Up

We would truly appreciate your prayers for two significant conferences for church planters scheduled for January 12 – 22 in Nth India.  In this region of the world’s biggest democracy, World Outreach trained church planters have literally seen thousands of different ethnic people groups become followers of Jesus Christ.  It is vitally important that we gather the key leaders and trainers together to both encourage them in their personal walk, and further teach, train & equip them so that even more whole families and villages can be won for the Lord.  We are expecting 300-350 at each of the two conferences with a combined budget of USD15,000.00. Please pray, and please partner with us, that these two conferences will be a huge success for the further expansion of the Kingdom of God.  Thank you.

It is our hope that you and your loved ones have a joyous festive season celebration this month, and that you embrace the coming new year with vision and expectation of exciting and fulfilling new things to happen in 2010.  Your continued partnership and commitment to our call for the work of missions in the coming year, is greatly appreciated.  May God bless you.

Blessings

John and Mary Elliott

Visit the World Outreach International site – www.world-outreach.com


Koinonia House News

**IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES**

  • Homeschooling Swedish Family May Lose ChildDecember 22, 2009
    Christer and Annie Johansson, a Christian homeschooling family, are in the unimaginable position of permanently losing custody of their only child, seven-year-old Dominic Johansson, simply because they homeschool. Swedish authorities boarded a plane bound for India in June of this year (Annie’s home country) and removed Dominic from his parents. They did not have a warrant nor have they charged the Johanssons with a crime; they simply did not believe homeschooling is an appropriate way to raise a child and insist the government raise Dominic. Christian Newswire
  • Celebrating Christmas In IraqDecember 22, 2009
    At churches in Baghdad this week, Christians are being asked for identification to determine if they have names that security force members recognize as Christian. Some churches around the northern city of Mosul are digging in, surrounding their buildings with giant earthen berms to prevent car bombers from getting too close. For Christians in Iraq, this will be a year of canceled holiday celebrations and of Christmas Masses spent under the protective watch of police officers and soldiers because of a spate of threats by extremist groups to bomb churches on Christmas Day. The New York Times
  • Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide From World Gov’tDecember 21, 2009
    2009 was the year in which "global" swept the rest of the political lexicon into obscurity. There were "global crises" and "global challenges", the only possible resolution to which lay in "global solutions" necessitating "global agreements". The word "global" has taken on sacred connotations. Any action taken in its name must be inherently virtuous, whereas the decisions of individual countries are necessarily "narrow" and self-serving. There is a whiff of totalitarianism about this new theology, in which the risks are described in such cosmic terms that everything else must give way. www.Telegraph.co.uk  
  • Gay Marriage And Adoption Now Legal in Mexico CityDecember 21, 2009
    Mexico City, one of Latin America’s largest metropolises, on Monday legalized same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples. By a vote of 39 to 20, the city’s legislative assembly approved revisions to the civil code to permit same-sex marriages. Five legislators abstained. In a separate motion, the assembly voted 31 to 24 in favor of legalizing adoption by same-sex couples, with nine abstentions. CNN
  • Health Care Bill Set For Christmas Eve VoteDecember 21, 2009
    Democratic senators worked toward making health care reform their Christmas gift. The bill moved a significant step forward in a vote held shortly after 1 am ET. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was able to hold together all 58 Democrats and two independents to overcome unanimous GOP opposition in a 60-40 vote. Sixty votes was the minimum amount needed to move the bill forward. Senate Democrats and President Obama touted the momentum behind the package, which is set for a Christmas Eve vote. Fox News


Sunday Service

Wasn’t there

Attended Christmas Service on Friday at Newlands Baptist Church, located at Newlands Intermediate School with visiting family.


Why I Am A Creationist

I’m used to atheistic scientists lying…

They lied about Global Warming.

They’re lying about Evolution.

It’s a recurring theme, because the alternative world view is so abhorrent to them: that there is an all-powerful creator to whom they are accountable.


Why I Am A Climate Realist

No bread from stones.

Helene Bos

Serving the Nations ©

Almere, November 2009

Can Christians support the Copenhagen treaty on climate change?

§1. Introduction

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet from 7-18th of December, at Copenhagen, Denmark. The publicity around it increases, as do the emotions of many people.

Over the last decades the interests in the environment has increased to an issue of global concern and importance. The awareness that we are responsible for what is happening with the earth has grown. Christians realize that we are stewards of creation, and that we therefore carry also a spiritual responsibility for it.

Questions like

  • are many species really becoming extinct?
  • has the polar bear become an endangered animal?
  • are the rainforests, like the Amazons, endangered by deforestation?
  • will our nation become flooded, or will my region become part of a sand desert?

Are important questions. Not in the least for politicians, of course.

Most of the people, who do feel involved, are not scientists with expertise in the fields that will be discussed. I belong to that majority. We depend on the input, the research, interpretation and opinions of those who are considered to be the scientists, the experts.

But I do know something about the way the opinions of “outsiders” were steered, even manipulated, in UN conferences and conventions, by its officials. I have been in a number of the global conferences and I have seen, over the years, how “consensus” was proclaimed when there was no consensus. And how other voices were neglected or ignored.

There are reasons to believe that policy is also followed with regard to Copenhagen. I will mention these reasons.

Besides that is it for Christians important to know how the interest in the environment developed to a religious compassion with nature. Because that may help us to discern the spiritual dynamics behind this development. The responsible care for nature has become mixed with motives that are idolatrous.

§2. There is one-sidedness in the approach to climate change

At the surface the question whether there is a global climate crisis or not seems to be the most important issue. Over the last century the expectations by scientists have changed at least four times. In order to be right either way, the press has changed its terminology: we experience “climate change”.

The organization that is considered to be the authority on the issue of climate change is the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It was founded, and is sponsored, by the UN in 1988. Over the years a number of experts contributed to the panel with their insights and expertise from their field of study and/or business. The panel evaluates these contributions. It publishes a report every 4 or 5 year. These reports are meant to help (or is it steer?) governments in their environment-policies. It is important to note that quite a number of scientists have stepped out of the panel. They had gained different facts and/or have different interpretations. But their opinions were not acceptable. That creates a problem for the public. When differing opinions are unacceptable to the IPCC the suggestion of a consensus in the opinion of so-called experts cannot, in my opinion, be trusted. An article in the Wall Street Journal from the 4th of December 1997 had as its headline: “Science Has Spoken: Global Warming Is a Myth”. In it two chemists at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, A. and Z. Robinson explained the conclusion of their research in words for laypeople. One thing they had found was that “During the 20 years with the highest carbon dioxide levels, temperatures have decreased”. The Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine formulated the following statement: ”There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth”. Before Kyoto, 1998, around 17.000 scientists, among whom thousands of meteorologists, signed that petition. But it was ignored at Kyoto. The meteorologists that were recognized in their field as outstanding researchers also were denied access to Kyoto. For their names see www.oism.org/pproject. Since Kyoto the number of scientists who sign a comparable petition, also formulated by that, recognized, institute, has increased to around 32.000 scientists. Among them are more then 9.000 scientists with a PhD. Also, even, the Past President, National Academy of Sciences, USA, and President Emeritus, of Rockefeller University, Frederick Seitz, urged scientists to sign the petition as the treaty it is, in their opinion, based upon flawed ideas. It means that there is no consensus, as Al Gore claims in his movie, but there is strong disagreement!

I did read the draft-treaty for the Convention, with its proposed revisions. The research and understanding of scientists who have a different understanding than the IPCC are (again) completely ignored in the proposed text. Though I have absolutely no expertise in that field of research I do understand how scientists should deal with their opponents. A “consensus” regarding global warming that is created in the IPCC way cannot be trusted. For me that fact alone makes the draft-treaty questionable. My impression is also that the issues regarding the environment/nature that concern many good-willing people (and among them many Christians), are not mentioned in the proposed treaty. I assume that these are regarded as included in the issue of the release of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases. These issues do receive the overall attention. Also in the sense that the redistribution of money will be related to the percentage of the release of carbon dioxide. Developing nations are in this way with money manipulated into signing the treaty.

§3. A conspiracy unveiled

Though we have to be sceptical about conspiracy theories, we also need to be realistic. Not all the hidden plans that some groups in the world have, are brought into the light.

And with regard to the solutions for the “global warming’’ there has been suspicion. And now it seems that suspicion was justified.

WND, an American e-daily, wrote the end of November: “On Thursday, Nov. 19, a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) and released 160 megabytes of confidential files onto the Internet – including 1,079 emails and 72 documents. Over the past 10 days, those materials have now been posted all over the Internet and reveal what most rational people have thought all along – that anthropogenic (man-caused) global warming is perhaps the biggest scientific hoax in the past 150 years, or since publication of Charles Darwin’s treatise on evolution, "The Origin of Species" (1859). See http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=117323 and http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=116657

The University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit is one of the most important research units for the IPCC. Spokespersons for that unit have confirmed that the e-mails and documents were no falsifications.

The e-mails and documents revealed and confirmed what the scientists who had signed the above-mentioned petition knew and had experienced. Scientific facts were ignored or “adjusted” to the desired outcomes. Articles that questioned the desired outcomes were refused by the “leading” magazines. Disagreeing authors were “squeezed” out of discussion groups.

This is very revealing. It confirms that the issues that are on the agenda of Copenhagen have to be approached from a very different viewpoint. We can ask: which effect will this “revelation” have on “Copenhagen”? I must say: it is true to type for the UN. In its history it has used hundreds of authors to create a “consensus” regarding an issue as the UN wanted the governments to see it. By ignoring opposed opinions.

Some questions that “suspicious” people in the run-up to Copenhagen asked were

a. What is the Copenhagen Climate Treaty really about?

b. If the Copenhagen Treaty has two stated goals:

  • Transfer of wealth from Industrial Nations (like the United States) to Developing Countries;
  • The dictate of the global governing body (that it wants to install) of how much/little energy use and consumption is granted to Industrial Nations,

Then is not

  • Goal Number One behind the treaty: Global Socialism and
  • Goal Number Two behind the treaty: a Global Dictatorship?

These are important questions. No doubt. We will see how this publicized knowledge unfolds, and whether it has an influence on the meeting in Copenhagen.

Christians need to pray that the hidden motives and strategies will come to the light. For Christians it is even more important to know about the spiritual developments that over the years led up to Copenhagen.

§4. The movement behind the treaty

We need to know what motivates those who are globally pushing the environmentalist movement. It is right that people want to be responsible stewards for their nations, its nature and its resources. However, the voices that now dominate in the discussion are of people who worship an idol. In order to understand the issues with which we are confronted we have to go back in history, to the time shortly after the flood. Because some of the most influential voices in the discussions today about the care for the earth derive their arguments and vision exactly from that time in history.

§5. Going back in history

The Scriptures, in Genesis 11, mention that Nimrod, a great grandson of Noah, built several cities, the first one being Babel, a city with a tower “that reaches the heavens”. This did not mean a tower as high as, for example, the 1,671-foot Taipei Financial Centre. The wording meant: “the top” was participating in the spiritual realm, and that there was spiritual rule from top down. The tower was a ziggurat. The remnants of the ziggurat at Babylon have been unearthed and can be seen there. I have seen in the museum in Babylon pictures and models on display that give an impression of how historians believe what Babylon, and its ziggurat, may have looked like, compared with the ziggurats that were there at the time of Nebuchadnezzar, and Daniel. On the different levels of a ziggurat the sun, moon, planets and stars were worshiped. On the roof was a temple in which sacrifices were made to a deity, Marduk (Bel) and Ishtar. Through cultic sexual rituals by the king and priestesses fertility was released for the Babylonians. The religion was a fertility-religion.

How could this religion develop, when the records of the flood were still fresh? By the submission of Adam and his wife to the lying suggestion of the evil spirit, later called Satan, iniquity entered their spirit. Their spirit was not completely dead, otherwise they would have died physically as well, but it was no more alive unto the Lord. Sin is the fruit of iniquity. With added sins, accomplished through the soul and the body, the iniquity in the spirit increases. When there is no repentance and no forgiveness that spiritual “heritage” is passed on to the next generation. We read in Genesis 6:5 that the wickedness of mankind, before the flood became very great, and that every inclination of the thoughts of men’s heart was only evil all the time. The wickedness on the earth then became so very great that the Lord God could not spare it any longer. We may assume that idolatry had become part of that wickedness.

Noah and his sons must have had a fairly good understanding of why the Lord had judged the then existing world. We may assume that they, after the flood, passed on this understanding to their children, and grandchildren, telling over and over what had happened and why.

In what is believed to be the oldest book in the Scriptures, Job, we read the discussions of Job with his friends. One of the things he says is “If I had regarded the sun in its radiance, or the moon moving in splendour, so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage, then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high”, Job 31: 26-28. That means that idolatry in his time was judged as sin. But it seems that after some time this understanding eroded. Paul explains in Romans 1 that, when we, though we know the Creator, yet do not glorify and thank Him for whom He is, but instead worship the creation, our thoughts become futile, and our hearts darkened. This leads to foolishness, and to immorality (Rom. 1: 25, 21, 22, 26). Without repentance there is, always, a progress in evil. Iniquity enters, as it were, our “spiritual DNA” and is passed on to the next generations, if there is no repentance. This was also true for Babel.

Babel-Babylon

Babylon is the Greek word for Babel. The word comes from the Acadian bab-ilani, which means “gate of the gods”. The meaning already indicates that more gods were worshiped at Babel. When Noah left the ark the Lord promised him: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease”, Genesis 8:22. When the descendants rejected God, also the promise to Noah was forgotten. But as they were, for their survival, very dependant on the seasons and the harvests, they started to depend on and worship forces of nature, which were deified. The Babylonians, and later also the Assyrians, worshiped many gods. That is the reason why the sun, the moon, the stars, wind and thunder were idolized.

Besides the chief male god, Marduk, Bel, they worshiped a female god, who was believed to be his wife. In Babylon this was Ishtar. (From which word came “Easter”.) The worship of these two (demonic) powers, Marduk and Ishtar, has spread all over the world. In innumerable adaptations.

In Jer. 51:1 the Lord says that He will rise up against Babylon, against those who live in Leb Kamai, which is, according to the NKJ, a codeword that means “The Midst of those that rise up against Me”. This standing up against the Lord was going to be the characteristic for the kingdom of Babylon, and later for the global culture that the Bible names “Babylon”.

The people in Babylon rejected the God who is the Creator, and instead worshiped creation itself. So they opened the door to demonic powers. We may assume that the peoples that were scattered out of Babel went into the world demonised. This, I believe, may explain why we see shamans, medicine men, witchdoctors, pagan priests all over the world with the same kind of rituals and practices. Practices going back “to the beginning of time”. (N.B. these words).

From the account in Genesis 11 we understand that the people in Babel/Babylon were — rebellious, — united in wilful disobedience, — striving for autonomous power, and — using occult powers. The Bible warns us that in the time of the end there will be a corporate body again with the same characteristics, with the same kind of religion, but then on a global scale. In the environmental movement we encounter the fertility religion that started in Babylon and has spread throughout the whole earth.

§6. Revival of eastern esoteric religions

Around the middle of the 19th century the interest in the occult increased, in Europe. Helena Blavatsky, 1831-1891, became strongly influenced by eastern esoteric doctrines, especially Hinduism and Buddhism. She coveted its secret knowledge and its secret powers. She founded the Theosophical Society to study the “Hidden Wisdom” and to proclaim a westernized Hinduism. Theosophy means “the teaching of the divine”. Blavatsky wanted to ease the access to the “divine” for people. In 1887 she started to publish a monthly magazine, Lucifer. Blavatsky claimed that she was in regular contact with, what she called, the “Hidden Masters”, beings known in Hinduism. Her books have been of great influence on her disciples. These books also influenced Alice Bailey, (1880-1949), whose writings have changed the way of life of multitudes in the 20th century, whether they were aware of it or not.

Helena Blavatsky and (even more) Alice Bailey are considered to be the founders of the New Age movement. This is a religious and a social movement. It combines many religions and philosophies that try to (re-)discover the divine in the person themselves. The books that Alice Bailey wrote, together with a guiding spirit, Djwhal Khul, were meant to be a continuation of “Ageless Wisdom”, (supposedly) esoteric teachings handed down from ‘’ancient times’’ in a form that can be applied in every period of development of life.

The guiding spirit (who named himself “the Tibetan”) describes, through Alice Bailey, “the Plan” for humanity and the universe, according to what he calls the “Hierarchy of Ascended Masters.” This “Plan” however aimed at one goal: to dethrone Jesus Christ, and to replace Christianity by another religion, a new world-religion in which Lucifer will be worshiped. Worldwide. The Tibetan wrote a proclamation that has become known as “the great invocation”. Alice Bailey founded the Lucifer Trust, later renamed in Lucas Trust. The Lucas Trust published the books of Bailey. It is an influential Ngo and is the publisher of many UN-publications.

There have been (and still are) many authors who have contributed to the New Age Movement. But the teachings of Alice Bailey, better: the Tibetan, have had (and still have) an enormous impact on many leaders in the UN, as they sought to establish a new world-religion in which that same Lucifer will be worshiped. And through the UN and its strategies have these teachings strongly contributed to the changes in the spiritual climate of most of the western nations, and in the developing nations as well. Of course these changes have everything to do with the emergence of the Babylonian religion.

Characteristic of the New Age Movement is: the pantheistic and pan-cosmic outlook on life. Everything is one. God and the universe are one. Therefore: the universe is sacred. Good and evil, rich and poor, war and peace, order and chaos, it is part of God. There are no borders between God and the cosmos. Everything becomes divine. God is not the creator but the spirit of the cosmos.

As God and the universe are seen as one it is logical that there is much interest for our own planet. Not a few NA-philosophers deify the planet, Gaia, Mother earth. It is against this background that a new interest in the planet developed.

§7. Another line in history: attempts to a new world order

In the 18th and 19th century a group of freemasons developed the idea to establish an oneworldgovernment, under the command of Lucifer.

Marx and Engels said: Three very bloody world wars would be needed so that eventually every nation would surrender its national sovereignty to an international government “in order to prevent this to be repeated”. There is much to say about this but some key-points are:

  • First attempt (in modern times) to establish a new world order: The League of Nations.
  • 1921: the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), with head quarters in New York. ”The ultimate aim of the CFR …is…to create a one-world socialist system and make the United States an official part of it”.
  • In December 1941, two weeks (!) after Pearl Harbour, involving the US in WWII, representatives of 26 nations pledged “to continue fighting together against “the Axis Powers”. Name: United Nations. This was the second attempt to establish a new world order.
  • June ’45 the UN came into existence, when 50 nations ratified the Charter.

Over the years top-political leaders and leaders at the UN openly referred to/pleaded for a one-world government and a new world order. They meant: A socialist oneworld-government.

§8. Earth, earth day

In the sixties there were diverse streams among those who were worried about the environment. They cooperated quite well. My husband was a Christian environmental-activist in the sixties, begin seventies. We were motivated by the conviction that we are stewards and responsible for how we care for creation.

But after, around, 1970 the vision of environmentalists became more and more coloured by New Age ideas. It became difficult for Christians to cooperate with them. But we could notice that also Christians were influenced by these voices, not really discerning the philosophy behind it.

In 1970 New Age- environmentalists introduced a new day to celebrate: Earth Day. The “Friends of the Earth” prepared the “Environmental Handbook”.

Many of the arguments and goals that were in the Handbook, have, in the years following this first earth day, permeated our societies, the UN, our churches, and schools, and also often our homes. Here I give some quotes from the handbook. Because in my opinion it is of the utmost significance that Christians understand the spiritual background of the dominant environmentalist movement, and of the treaty that will be proposed at the upcoming convention at Copenhagen.

Acknowledgement: For the following quotes I gleaned from the research by C.T. who is Director of Research at Hope For The World. He researched the motives for the first Earth day, by reading the (big) Handbook.

A few quotes from some authors who contributed to the Handbook:

“What we do about ecology depends on our ideas of the man-nature relationship. More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecological crisis until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one”. …No new set of basic values has been accepted in our society to displace those of Christianity. Hence we shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we reject the Christian axiom…”, Lynn White, Jr

A number of “Suggestions “Toward an Ecological Platform” by a certain Keith Murray:

“Explore other social structures and marriage forms, such as group marriage and polyandrous marriage, which provide family life but may produce less children…We, must hope that no one woman would give birth to more than one child. …It must be demonstrated ceaselessly that a continuing “growing economy” is no longer healthy, but a cancer….Nothing short of total transformation will do much good. What we envision… is cultural and individual pluralism, unified by a type of world tribal council.”

“It seems evident that there are throughout the world certain social and religious forces which have worked through history toward an ecologically and culturally enlightened state of affairs.: Gnostics, Marxists, Teilhard de Chardin Catholics, Druids, Taoists, Witches, Yogins, Quakers, Sufis, Tibetans, Zens, Shamans, Bushmen, American Indians, Polynesians, Anarchists, Alchemists…the list is long. All primitive cultures, all communal and ashram movements. …”

(In this quote we can clearly see that the New Age religion is a spiritual anti-bride. It is (part of) the global culture that in the Bible is called Babylon.) The Environmental Handbook also stated a number of goals that were then, in 1970, quite new for the larger public. It focussed on the US first. Now these goals have become policy in many nations. And the UN is trying to push them on nations who do not agree, through its treaties and conventions. The Handbook said:

“Stabilizing the U.S. population should be declared a national policy. Immediate steps should be taken to:

    1. Legalize voluntary abortion and sterilization
    2. Remove all restrictions on the provision of birth control information and devices; provide these services free to all, including minors.
    3. Make sex education available at all appropriate levels, stressing birth control practices and the need to stabilize the population.
    4. Launch a government-sponsored campaign for population control in the media
    5. Offer annual bonuses for couples remaining childless and eliminate tax deductions for more than two children.

Control of world population growth is simply a matter of survival of the human race.

Give Foreign aid only to countries with major programs to curb population growth.

Another author proposed:

  • Explore other social structures and marriage forms, such as group marriage and polyandrous marriage, which provide family life but may produce fewer children…
  • No one woman should give birth to more than one child.
  • A continuing “growing economy” is no longer healthy, but a cancer.

To achieve the changes we must change the very foundations of our society and our minds…”

C.T. concluded: The call from The Environmental Handbook was clear: change the present religious, political, and social structures-adapting society to a New Age world-view of nature worship, communistic and socialistic political thinking, deviant family planning practices, and complete earth indoctrination within the education system. Earth Day’s agenda of nature worship is diametrically opposite to what God’s word tells us. See, again, Romans 1:21-25.

§9. Next: Earth summit, Earth charter

In 1972 the Club of Rome published its report: “The Limits of Growth”. It stirred (and that was the intent) anxiety about the earth’s resources.

In that same year the UN Environment Program (UNEP), was established, in Nairobi, by Maurice Strong. (Though the environment was not in the UN charter, and so not in its mandate!)

In September 1986 the World Wildlife Fund started its Network for the conservation of Nation and Religion. It brought together religious leaders who represented Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. They met in Assisi, together with leaders from the environment movement. Each one of the represented religions made a statement related to nature. Later the Bahaí joined as well.

In 1987 a 5 year New Age plan, “Campaign for the Earth”, started. In that year the Brundtland Commission defined the concept of Sustainable Development as:”Sustainable development seeks to meet the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability to meet those of the future”.

In 1992, at the end of the 5-year campaign, the UN organized the first World Summit on Sustainable Development, WSSD I, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was named the “Earth Summit”. Secretary-General was Maurice Strong.

Strong had, preceding the summit, established several NGO’s, and allowed many NGO’s as lobbyists. The WSSDI was the first of a series of global conferences that were meant to prepare the world, so it was suggested and understood, for the demands of the new millennium.

The concept of “Sustainable Development’ was the key for all the “Plans of Action”, which came out of these global UN-conferences. There were always four hidden agenda’s, of which population control and the access to abortion were already promoted by the Handbook.

In Rio several things happened that illustrate that we are confronted with a movement that is inspired by false spiritual powers. Because of which I believe that Christians cannot identify with it.

  • At the opening of the Earth Summit the “Great Invocation” was sung. That is the song written by the Tibetan, the guiding spirit of Bailey, and sung now by witches and earth-worshippers.
  • Strong’s wife, Hanne Strong, founded a group called “the Wisdom Keepers”. Many UN-officials were involved. Hanne Strong explained that they felt that meditation on wisdom could contribute to the problems on earth in a way that politicians cannot. She said in an interview that the wisdom that they were meditating over was “A wisdom going back to the beginning of time”. !
  • The Wisdom Keepers came up with the “Declaration of the Sacred Earth Gathering”. It spoke of the “renewed respect for the superior law of Divine Nature”. It also stated that the universe is sacred because all is one”.

The Bible teaches us that Nature is fallen, it is not divine. Only God is divine. Therefore we understand that this “Wisdom” is not Biblical wisdom, it is Babylonian wisdom.

Before the WSSD the ‘’Earth Council’’ was formed, consisting of men who shared the idea that earth is sacred and nature divine. Maurice Strong, Gorbatsjev and Steven Rockefeller were members. During the time of the WSSD they were given the assignment to conceive a new charter for human behaviour, the Earth Charter. In June 2000 the “Earth Charter” was published (in the Netherlands). In 2002, a day before the WSSD II started at Johannesburg, the charter was religiously celebrated. It was carried into a special meeting, laying in a wooden chest, with carrying rods. The chest was decorated with images from eastern religions, and blasphemously named “The Arc of Hope”.

The Earth Charter is meant to be

“An inspiration and guide for all people, communities and countries for improving their relationships with each other, with other species sharing our fragile planet and with Earth generally”. In the preamble we read: “We urgently need a shared vision of basic values to provide an ethical foundation for the emerging world community. Therefore, together in hope we affirm the following inter-dependent principles for a sustainable way of life as a common standard by which the conduct of all individuals, organizations, businesses, governments, and transnational institutions is to be guided and assessed… The common concern of humanity transcends the rights of individual States and all strictly human concerns.” (www.earthcharter.org).

This document has been promoted as “new charter for human behaviour”, and even described as a “New Ten Commandments”, “a constitution for a New World Order”. That means that the Earth Charter demands the submission of each individual and corporate body to its (idolatrous) requirements in order to serve (mother) Earth. Christians need to realize that this is a return to pantheism.

About in the same time participants in the meeting of the World Council of Churches, 2001, meeting in Germany, threw “mother earth” (soil) into a glass globe. The soil was mixed and used for the planting of a tree. Some opponents saw it as a (wrong) ritual. Others felt it was an offence for the sacred mother earth that the soil/earth was mixed. In my nation, the Netherlands, the Council of Churches endorsed the Earth Charter in November 2005. With deceptive statements encouraged this Council its member-churches to start to use the Earth Charter. It stated that the Charter is not a religious document, but it is, they contend, a “spiritual” document. What a bizarre statement. It is a religious document, a religion that worships nature, earth.

The Council of Churches obviously has no discernment. The tragic is that the churches that followed its advice are submitting to a document that has as its purpose to deify creation.

Underneath the UN -environmental policies can we see the attempt to try to preserve “Mother Earth”, against the so-called threat of overpopulation.

In the last decade environmentalists at the UN believed that the “Earth” can not carry more than one billion. However, at a press-conference in Johannesburg, a new group was introduced, LEAD, that believes that Earth cannot hold more than 300 million. We are now over 6 billion; how do they think to accomplish that? War, famines, abortion, sterilization, is needed. And pandemic illnesses. Which hidden motive did the WHO decide to change its definition of a pandemic?

I do not believe that the Lord will allow this. But we need to be on alert regarding these developments.

§10. The separation between darkness and light.

In the beginning of November this year a global inter-faith meeting of religious leaders took place, at Windsor Castle in London. Organised by Prince Philip, the spouse of the British queen, and one of the founders of the WWF. The theme of the meeting was Faith Commitments for a Living Planet. Ban Ki Moon, himself a Buddhist, was co-host. He told for the BBC that it would be very difficult to reach a binding agreement in Copenhagen without the full support and co-operation of the religious leaders. These religious leaders, coming from the main faith-traditions, have to stress the vulnerability of the earth. They also were going to talk about initiatives that need to protect the earth against the ravage of climate change. These religious leaders, believes Ban Ki Moon, are able to convince their billions of followers to deal with the environment in a positive way. (So, be warned) A panel discussion was planned: Many Heavens: One Earth.

I believe, from the proposed text, that the hidden agenda to construct a global governing body is present in the treaty indeed. Once that is accepted it will be difficult to come out from under it. There is no way out of UN agreements. Agreements become bondages.

When I started to write this article I was reading in my quiet time in Luke 4, where the devil tries to tempt Jesus. We are not informed in this gospel about the temptations during Jesus’ 40 days in the desert. But we are informed about three temptations after these 40 days. The first temptation is that the devil suggests to the hungry Jesus to make bread, from stones. I asked myself: what does Luke, inspired by the Holy Spirit, want us to understand? What is there in it for me/us to be warned for? I understood that the temptation was, at least included, that Jesus should trust in a solution for his need that he himself could achieve. It is possible that there were more aspects to this temptation. But we, humans, are tempted again and again, to resolve our problems without asking God what He wants to do or to be done. And not to trust Him for the solution, redemption of the situation. Do we if a real climate change should come, though the opinions are obviously not in unity, really trust in a treaty that is conceived by people who engage in the idolatrous worship of the forces of nature? A worship “going back to the beginning of time”? A worship that detested the Creator of heaven and earth.

Do we put our hope in that treaty?

There has been a time in history that rains indeed flooded the earth, and everything was drowned. When the wickedness of mankind became so very great, that every inclination of the thoughts of men’s heart was only evil all the time. The Lord could not spare the people any longer, Genesis 6:5. We may assume that idolatry had become part of that wickedness. The Lord then instructed Noah to build an ARC. In that arc 8 people were rescued.

There have been periods of drought, of famine for Israel. In Deuteronomy 28 the Lord warned His people that He was going to withhold the rains, that the heavens over their heads would be as bronze and the earth under their feet as iron. If…they would turn to other gods, and not love the Lord who had chosen them and saved them. Are peoples in, especially, the western world not in the situation that we have rejected the Gospel of the love of a holy God? I think we should not be amazed if, when, there is flooding, droughts, famine. We should connect these things to the Lord’s warning. If we commit idolatry with the earth, we can expect that this turns against us.

There is a prophetic relation between idolatry and the curse it brings on the idol-worshipper. We see it in several areas. The population control has become a curse. Every European nation will suffer from a decreasing population in many, many ways. The financial crisis is only one aspect.

Countless women started to use the pill. However, in time the steroids are leaving the body as residues, and sometimes get into the sewerage system. There where the sewerage comes into the water supply of a city or an area, from which fresh drinking water is fabricated, without eliminating all the residues, strange changes have taken place in animals. Male fishes have developed female characteristics, but, of course, without the possibilities of spawning roe. Male crocodiles have developed female characteristics, but, of course, they cannot produce eggs. But, not only have male fish in an important river in a western nation developed outward female characteristics, in another place a number of men have similar problems. They have grown breasts, lost hair, and their virility has decreased.

There is a prophetic connection in this: when humanity starts to idolize the earth, and worships “Mother Earth,” death through abortion not only kills the fruit in the wombs of mothers who are with child, but death also kills life in “the womb” of that idolized “mother”. When our governments sign an idolatrous treaty they bring our nations and the inhabitants under a curse.

The interfaith leaders came together, and I guess they wanted to influence the outcome of the upcoming convention through their meditation (as they tried in Rio and Istanbul). Let then the believers in the one true God please not be indifferent. Let us place our hope in Him, and worship Him.

§11. Need for intercession

I trust that I have provided the watchmen with enough information to seek the Lord and intercede in an informed way.

Points for thanksgiving and intercession may be:

  • Thank Jesus Christ who gave his life for the sins of the world. Also for the sins of idolatry. When we confess our sins we have an arc of rescue, the only real Arc of Hope, in His saving work at the cross. There, the work of restoring all things has started. Also for a creation that is still subjected to futility, and that is groaning. But that will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
  • Confess in identification for our nations and peoples that
    • we did not honour the Creator of heaven and earth, who alone is divine.
    • we worshipped creation and nature, which are not sacred or divine.
  • Pray that the hidden motives and strategies behind the treaty will be revealed.
  • The treaty could be very harmful for developing nations. May the Lord have mercy on them.
  • Repent that we (yes, also) have been lax as the guardians of creation.
  • May the Church discerns, repent and be cleansed from the influence of New Age thinking.
  • Pray that delegates have revelation and insight that this is not the treaty that they want to commit themselves to. And that in that way the treaty will be rejected.
  • We may pray that a righteous treaty on climate can be formulated, which will be cleansed from idolatry and all the hidden agenda’s.
  • Let us confess to the Lord that we as his children want to worship Him alone. And let us reject in the spirit the binding of a treaty that we know is grieving the one and Holy God, the Creator of the universe.
  • We may rely on His wisdom from before the beginning of time on how the creation needs to be treated, and on how He will rescue it.


Great Scientists Who Believed the Bible

John Dalton (1766-1844)

John Dalton was the father of atomic theory, which revolutionized chemistry. He was an orthodox, Bible-believing Christian.

 


Friday Fax
(UN Watch)

General Assembly Votes to Delete Reference to "Sexual Orientation"

By Samantha Singson

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) In an unexpected defeat for homosexual advocates, the United Nations General Assembly (GA) voted to delete a reference to a highly controversial interpretation of a major UN human rights treaty. The UN committee that monitors the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ (ICESCR) took it upon itself last summer to reinterpret the treaty to say that “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” are new categories of non-discrimination and that nations are bound by international law to recognize.   Read more

Irish Supreme Court Asserts that Constitution Trumps European Convention on Human Rights

By PIero A. Tozzi

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) Ireland’s Supreme Court has handed down a "landmark decision" in favor of the natural family, asserting that Ireland’s constitution trumps the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The decision holds a child generally benefits from having a connection with his biological father – even one who is a sperm donor for a child being raised by the mother and her lesbian partner. A five-judge panel of the Irish Supreme Court unanimously overruled an intermediate court decision that had denied a homosexual sperm donor guardianship and access to his son.   Read more


Train a Child

Christmas Presents

  • Hamish wants to learn guitar next year, so he got a Guitar Starter Pack.
  • Aimee got 3 guinea pigs to go with her one rabbit.
  • Tane got Guitar Praise, like Guitar Hero, but for the PC instead of PlayStation, and with Christian songs.

Why I Am Pro-Israel

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


Humour

Child Draws Humorous Picture of Christmas

A little girl came home from Sunday school waving a paper for her mother to see. "Look Mommy," she exclaimed, "Teacher says I drew the most unusual Christmas picture she ever saw!"
Her mother took one look and had to agree with the teacher. Hoping her daughter could explain her creation, the mother asked, "Why are all these people riding in the back of an airplane?"
"Well, Mommy, that’s the flight into Egypt."
Accepting that, mother asked another question: "Who is this mean-looking man in the front?"
Her daughter answered quickly and knowingly: "That’s Pontius, the Pilot."
Looking at the picture even more closely, the mother said, "I see you have Mary and Joseph and the baby. But who is this large man sitting behind Mary?"
"Can’t you tell?" the little girl asked, beginning to shake her head in disappointment. "That’s Round John Virgin."

—John Beukema, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

www.ChristianityToday.com


Events Schedule

In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to METTLE.  I’m available for bookings.

Date Event Venue Speaker
11-Jan-2010 Back at work Telecom James Hippolite
19-21 Feb 2010 Creation Ministries Northland Adrian Bates
26-28 Mar 2010 Creation Ministries Waikato Adrian Bates
14-16 May 2010 Creation Ministries Porirua Adrian Bates
25-27 Jun 2010 Creation Ministries Bay of Plenty Adrian Bates


Book Review

The Gospel of John

Mystical, which in my older age, I’m growing more to like.  When I was younger, I wanted everything to be black and white, good guys and bad guys.  Now I’m older and wiser, I can handle there still being mysteries.

For example, in my youthful conceit, I used to think I could imagine creation contained within a bubble in the greater reality that is Eternity.  Now I’m content not to know (yet) whether there are indeed 10 dimensions.  I can live with that.

10/10

The Epistles of John

Short, sweet, to the point.

10/10


Bible Reading 

Week to 27 December 2009

  1. John 13:18-16:33
  2. John 17:1-19:27
  3. John 19:28-21:25
  4. 1 John 1:1-4:21
  5. 1 John 5:1-21; 2 John; 3 John
  6. Revelation 1:1-3:22
  7. Revelation 4:1-8:13

Final Week

  1. Revelation 9:1-12:18
  2. Revelation 13:1-16:21
  3. Revelation 17:1-19:21
  4. Revelation 20:1-22:21

Don’t forget you can look up these references for yourselves at: http://hippolite.grenadavillage.org.nz/.


Errata

I said last week that I visited Celebration Church.

It was Arise Church at the Michael Fowler Centre.


End Notes

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