What is it about major Christian denominations that leads them, inevitably and inexorably, into error?
What is it about the world that seduces Christian institutions to forsake the Bible in favor of pop politics and junk science?
What is it about big groups that make them so undiscerning and cowardly?
These are a few of the questions that came to mind as I read through the Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change.
Just as more and more sane, rational, non-hysterical voices within science are beginning to be heard above the din of the carefully orchestrated climate change drumbeat, the Southern Baptists jump on a bandwagon that leads only to sin and deception.
It's amazing. I have to wonder what kind of "evidence" these folks have seen that I am missing. I have to wonder which evidence I have seen has been systematically withheld from these folks.
First of all, I have had tremendous respect for the Southern Baptist Convention – and still do. I am hopeful that "cooler heads" (pardon the pun) will prevail on this issue.
I can also happily say that while I know many leaders among Southern Baptists, I do not know a single signatory to this misguided declaration.
If anyone should be prepared by his faith, worldview, belief in Scripture and gift of Holy Spirit discernment to see through the deception of the global warming alarmists, it is the Christian.
Here are a few important facts to remember about what should always be labeled by discerning people as "man-made catastrophic global warming or climate change":
- There is no evidence carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere cause global warming. (There is more evidence of the reverse – that global warming adds to higher carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.)
- Man-made carbon dioxide represents an infinitesimally small amount of overall carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
- There is no evidence of impending dislocation of any kind by global warming or climate change. (There is more evidence of benefit from the slight, natural warming that has occurred over the last century.)
In other words, nothing man has done has contributed to global warming. It has been a blessing to the world, not a curse. Nothing man can do can cool the planet. And neither would it be wise to try.
It seems simple to me. This climate change hysteria is being whipped up by people who want more power and control over the world. It couldn't be more obvious. Their gods are the Earth, materialism, Baal. Why would Southern Baptists be tempted to join them in their forceful crusade to convert the world?
There's a promise God gives us in the Bible that I would like my brothers and sisters in the Southern Baptist Convention to embrace. It comes in Genesis 8:22, and it clearly instructs us that God alone controls the world's temperature and climate, not man: "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
Nowhere in the Bible does God directly or indirectly warn us of the dangers of carbon dioxide, a natural, non-polluting gas as necessary to life on our planet as oxygen.
Instead, God warns us about a real pollutant in our environment. It's called sin.
Is there not enough real sin in the world for Christians to combat? Why do believers emulate the world in worrying about a phantom crisis that doesn't threaten the natural life or eternal fate of even one person on the planet? Where is the ability of these believers to discern truth from fiction?
What we need, especially from Christians, is more reliance on God's word and less acceptance of the world's claims.
Related special offers: