ATLANTA - The tall, tan pastor stood at the pulpit of his Baptist church on a recent Sunday morning, cleared his throat, and nervously proclaimed the following:
First, he believes in God. And second, he believes in the Bible.
Robert Walker Jr.ās audience, a crowd of about 100 faithful parishioners, shuffled uncomfortably as he spoke, surely wondering why their pastor of a decade was offering up these disclaimers. But it didnāt take long to figure out why.
Over the next few minutes, Walker told his flock that science contends that sixth century scholars wrote the Old Testament, but that it was still written with ādivine spirit.ā It was his way of telling them that science and religion arenāt always at odds....
RevK wrote: When a pastor cites liberal scholarship to assert his convictions regarding the veracity of the Old Testament, do you think I'm going to trust him when he cites "political" science for his case regarding the environment??
If the Bible is only 600 yrs old, what were Augustine, Chrysostom, Jerome, Tertullian, and Polycarp reading, . . . the comics?
When a pastor cites liberal scholarship to assert his convictions regarding the veracity of the Old Testament, do you think I'm going to trust him when he cites "political" science for his case regarding the environment??
This article and the movement behind it are attempting to find a solution without eradicating the problem.
1Co 7:31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
Greed and gluttony are the cause of the destruction of the earth and many of the environmental damages done to the earth. The Lord Jesus Christ, by His life and words, taught the saints that mammon and God are incompatibleāyou cannot serve both. The New Testament states that the saints are to love not the world nor the things that are in the world, for these are not of the Father, but are fleshly lusts. Yet the churches ignore the simplicity of the Word of God and seek to excel in wealth, competing with the world in gaining the riches of the world. Even those that preach against the "prosperity message" are engaged in obtaining the best because God is blessing to them. All who are born of God overcome the world with its pomp and pride.
Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
This pastor may have good intentions. What he has forgotten is the great commission. "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel" I didn't say that Christ did. Sometimes Christians tend to get sidetracked with social justice matters and forget the purpose of the church.
Also, my Bible says God created this earth and everything in it. It will be God who will decide when the time has come to end this world, not man! God help the Born Again Christian who forgets this.
Well, it is okay for one sermon every 10 years to be environmental. The Jews have historically set somewhat an example of realizing that God's beauty in creation is worth keeping clean, cared for, and glorifying to Him. I still enjoy black oil sermons, that reap profits to support missions worldwide when the stock price goes up. However, we are to be stewards of an enduring earth that will ALWAYS have cold and hot, winter and summer, springtime and harvest, (Genesis 8:21-2) regardless of how many times we ride our bikes instead of using guzzling SUVs.