The name of Lord Jesus is so popular that people will use it for just about any reason to justify themselves. Take for instance the group that calls itself the Evangelical Environmental Network. They back the green movement, sounding the alarm against the doom of climate change. Currently they are running radio ads in Illinois to pressure that state’s Republican senator to go along with the Clean Power Plan of the Obama administration. The plan calls for reducing the use of coal for power and investing in alternative energy sources like wind and solar power to save the planet by reducing pollution.
They attempt to persuade people that science backs this plan and this is what Jesus would want, referring to the Bible and how God gave man dominion to be Earth’s protector. I, personally, am all for keeping pollution under control. But as a Christian, I wouldn’t be caught dead backing any climate change initiative because it is all based on anti-Christian doctrines. I have to ask myself, why are these Christians (if they are really Christians) so easily duped into embracing the green movement, which has roots in both paganism and socialism? Furthermore, the Clean Power Plan is just a small part of the bigger picture to establish global governance to control the masses and usher in the Antichrist. This is aside from the fact that not even science supports the idea that Earth is in peril because of any global warming. Yet “evangelicals” are deceived by it and are deceiving others with it. Is this what Jesus would do?
Another organization misusing the name of Jesus to justify themselves is the Russian Orthodox Church. They have had a cozy relationship with Russia’s government for centuries, even during the Communist years. Although parts of the Orthodox Church suffered persecution under Communist rule, there were plenty of leaders in the church who were in bed with Russia’s government. Unbeknownst to many, when the Bolshevik Soviets (with the blessing of the Vatican) began to kill off the religious leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch of the church came to an “understanding” with the Soviets when he encountered the armed soldiers. He paid them off with the Czar’s gold and any church leader from that point forward who did not resist Russia’s policies (from the Soviet era up to today) was rewarded by the government (Source: Jack T. Chick, Alberto Rivera, The Godfathers, Chino, CA: Chick Publications, 1982, pp. 14-15).
This is why Vladimir Putin and the Russian government have such strong quid pro quo with the Russian Orthodox Church. Despite the fact many Russians identify themselves as being in the Church, according to Maria Lipman of the European Council on Foreign Relations (quoted in the Washington Times link above), “…there are precious few in Russia who attend services, fast during Lent or draw on priests for moral authority. The Russian Orthodox Church itself is much more a pillar of the Russian statehood and a loyal partner of the state than a source of moral authority [and] spiritual comfort. For many, being an Orthodox Christian simply means being Russian.”
Misusing Christ’s name may hold some benefits for some people here on Earth, but when they eventually appear before Christ to be judged, they will be in for a rude awakening.
6 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 would confirm the word. 7 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? 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God. Ezekiel 13
Harry A. Gaylord