Give Him Glory!

The Planetarium show at the California Academy of Sciences was quite an adventure. You start inside the museum and slowly go up until you are viewing the Bay Area from the sky. Ascending upward, you look down on the Pacific coast until you are up in space. After a short tour of some of our planets, and viewing Earth from space, you venture out to get a wide view of our galaxy and visit some nearby stars. Then it is off to deep space where zillions of God’s other galaxies decorate the observable universe.

Out of Humanist obligation to continuously indoctrinate in the new paradigm, the themes of evolution, global warming, environmentalism, and possible life on other planets were present. We expected as much. But what riled me was when they started bragging on mankind and his achievements in discovering and documenting the cosmos using advanced space technology. Toward the end of the show the narrator said something about how wonderful we are that we have “numbered the stars” (and named them). I thought, wait a minute! Who has numbered the stars?

I was bursting with desire to get up and tell everyone that God created the stars and HE numbered them. We are not wonderful for discovering the stars. The stars were created to display the wonder, power and glory of God the Creator, that we may worship Him. The heavens declare the glory of God!

He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord and of great power, His understanding is infinite. Ps.147:4-5.

Fear God, and give Him glory… and worship Him who made the heaven and the earth….Rev.14:7.

Deceiving the Church

This issue is not going away; we will all eventually have to deal with it. One reason this is important is that deception in the church changes and eliminates the gospel.

There are many new gospel messages emerging; among them, the New Spirituality/One World gospel (we are god, we are all one), and the “Save the Earth” gospel (the planet is god/we must all unite/we can create Utopia on Earth). It is the popular thing in many churches now to be transformed (changed), to agree with these new ways of thinking and believing.

I agree with this statement that contending for truth and defending the faith will cost you something. There is a price to pay. Unity with, and acceptance by the world will not be yours. Unity with, and acceptance by people in the visible church who are emerging into the New Paradigms (ultimately joining the world), will not be yours. But you are not alone.

Here are excerpts from an article by Jan Markell:

Biblical truth will continue to be scorned by those who consider themselves to be intellectual (I Cor. 1:20), and it will likely be rejected by those who seek the praise of man over the praise of God (John 12:42,43). But the Spirit of God is always at work in the hearts of men, giving life to human spirits by the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:19).

Will you contend for the faith today as we are asked to do in Jude 3? It will cost you something. You will lose loved ones. You will be tempted to cave in and keep quiet. You will feel very alone. I know these things because endless e-mails from the four corners of the earth come into our office stating this is the case.

Read the article here at Understanding the Times

Related post: Change Agents in Your Church?

Thoughts on the Opening Ceremony

It was not as bizarre as I thought it was going to be. I thought it was a technological and artistic marvel; very beautiful and impressive visually. It was spectacular and amazing. My daughter and I enjoyed discussing historical and cultural references, since we studied China a bit this last year. We loved the costumes, the choreography, the colors and the children.

Of course we could not help but notice the obligatory education in the “we are one world” paradigm which the Olympics heavily promotes. After celebrating China, the opening show ends with the “world” coming up out of the stage floor with a duet on top singing about how we are all one world. Screens and hand held posters show hundreds of children’s faces from all around the globe: “all the nations coming together as one world.” Cosmic Humanism is celebrated. Even as they project pictures of God’s creation: the earth, the planets, the sun, moon and stars, sea creatures and humans, God is completely ignored. Man, his diversity and accomplishments, is exalted and celebrated. Nothing has changed with the man-exalting “world system” since the ancient times of the Greek Empire, the tower of Babel and the Flood. And this continues, until the Day of the Lord.

But I was actually encouraged. I loved watching the parade of nations and seeing the faces and national costumes of many different people groups that God has created. It is pretty exciting to look at the parade, with the celebrating and excitement; it reminds us of how God will have His own version of this someday, when His redeemed from every ethnos worships and rejoices before the throne and exalts our Redeeming, Creator God, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I wouldn’t want to miss that for the world.

Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood…to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him… Rev. 1:5-7

All nations whom Thou hast made shall come and worship before Thee, O Lord; and they shall glorify Thy name. Ps.86:9

Worthy art Thou….for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. Rev.5:9

And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped……Rev.5:13-14.