Ezekiel Chapter 12 (King James Version)
- And the word of the Lord came unto me saying,
- Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord;
- Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the false prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
- O Israel, the prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.
- Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord.
- They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they wound confirm the word.
- Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say The Lord saith it; albeit I have not spoken?
In addition to being a writer, programmer, political junkie, and all around gadfly, I’m a lay priest, and a fan of the Old Testament. The prophets of the Old Testament spoke during a time when the Jews were often in dire danger. Indeed, Jerusalem was sacked, the temple destroyed, and the people of Israel scattered.
All Jews, Christians, and Muslims are the spiritual descendents of Ezekiel. The words that he wrote about the false prophets of his day sing out to us in this day, as false prophets arise, and cry ‘Follow me’ rather than having men follow the Lord.
Now that I’ve probably totally confused you, I’d better explain the situation, so that those who aren’t as familiar with Ezekiel will know why I’m quoting him, and why I’m talking about false prophets.
Resisting the Green Dragon
Last week I came across the most incredible website called Resisting the Green Dragon. Incredible. And horrifying. After reading it, and downloading and watching the promo video they’d recorded from Vimeo, I was in total and utter shock.
I’ve been doing research over the last week into the people involved, while I decided what to do.
For these people are false prophets. They are the false prophets spoken of by Ezekiel. They are the false prophets spoken of in The First Epistle General of John, Chapter 4:
- Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
False prophets are those who prophesy without any connection to God. The things that they say are based on their own needs and desires, not the message that God wants them to deliver. The messages that they deliver are not based on biblical truth. Instead they are like the red dragon from the Revelation of St. John the Divine:
- And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
- And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
- And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
- And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Priests are supposed to be servants to their flocks. Shepherds. They are supposed to guide the flock, or congregation, to the benefit of the congregation.
Let’s leave the bible for now, and look at some current news items.
Let me see. We were using Depleted Uranium Ammunition. Check. The level of birth defects rises. Check. Now the two may not be related, but whenever the level of birth defects rises suddenly in a population, it’s an indication that something is wrong environmentally. Think about the Love Canal.
After 9-11 the dust from the collapse of the twin towers remained in the atmosphere for months. The Environmental Protection Agency at first claimed that there was nothing hazardous in the dust. When it was proved that they dust was hazardous, it took the U.S. Government nine years to do something for the first responders who were exposed to it. They still haven’t done anything for the people who live in the area though.
The First Nation Grassy Narrows and Whitedog Reserves suffered from severe mercury poisoning, caused by a local plant dumping mercury directly into the river.
There were a series of cases of neurological symptoms in the Japanese city of Minimata. The cause was linked to mercury discharges from a local factory.
Would a good shepherd allow this sort of thing to happen to the flock? Would a good shepherd, or a true prophet advocate against taking action to keep the environment clean?
The answer of course is no.
In the United States there is, and has been for a while, a movement to close the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The Agency does add some costs to businesses. However it lowers costs to the general population.
Consider Tetra-Ethyl Lead. Banning it’s use in gasoline caused extra costs to the oil companies, COSTS THAT THEY PASSED ALONG TO THEIR CUSTOMERS. In other words, they recouped the costs. At the same time removal of Tetra-Ethyl Lead from gasoline, caused a drop in environmental lead poisoning, especially in communities along highways.
One of the symptoms of Tetra-Ethyl Lead poisoning is a lack of judgement caused by neurological impairment. About five years after the ban of the use of Tetra-Ethyl Lead in gasoline fuel, there was an apparently unconnected drop in crime rates. The drop continued until about 25 years after the ban came into place, at which point the crime rate leveled out, at a new, far lower level.
The effects of the drop in the crime rate reverberated throughout society. Less police were required per thousand population. Less prison cells were required, and less prison staff. Less judges and lawyers were required by the criminal justice system.
And more citizens were working and paying taxes, lowering the overall societal costs.
There was of course a backlash. In the United States a ‘law and order’ drive started, which seemed aimed at keeping prisons full by enacting new crimes, or toughening sentences for existing crimes. Despite solid statistical evidence most Americans are convinced that the country has never been more dangerous. Curiously none of them are willing to leave a country that is so dangerous. Also curiously almost none of them have any experience with crime.
For that matter places which are regarded by the local inhabitants as incredibly dangerous, like downtown Washington D.C. are incredibly peaceful at night. I know. I’ve walked those neighborhoods, alone, after midnight.
But the companies which believe that they are paying the costs (even though they pass these costs onto their customers) want the Environmental Protection Agency gone. And since the Environmental Protection Agency is backed by most of the Environmental Groups, like Greenpeace, we end up with things like ‘Resisting the Green Dragon’, where the corporations have co-opted certain ministries to do their bidding.
Therefore I am calling out the following as False Prophets, who are leading their flocks into despair:
David Barton, WallBuilders
Dr. Michael Farris, Home School Legal Defense Assn.
Bryan Fischer, American Family Association
Pastor Jack Hibbs, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills
Bishop Harry Jackson, Hope Christian Church
Dr. Richard Land, Southern Baptist ERLC
Tom Minnery, Focus on the Family
Dr. David Noebel, Summit Ministries
Janet Parshall, National Radio Host
Tony Perkins, Family Research Council
Dr. Frank Wright, National Religious Broadcasters
Wendy Wright, Concerned Women for America
For these have lied to their flocks. They claim that the environmental movement is a child of Satan, when they are the children of Satan themselves, betraying their flocks to those who would pollute the world
And yes, I will send emails to those concerned so that they know that they’ve been called out.
Saturday January 15, 2011