The Doctrine of Demons #EcoTheology #ClimateChange - Church Climate Ambition by false teacher Leah D. Schade


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epigeios: of the earth
Original Word: ἐπίγειος, ον
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: epigeios
Phonetic Spelling: (ep-ig'-i-os)
Definition: of the earth

Usage: (a) on the earth, belonging to the earth (as opposed to the sky), (b) in a spiritual sense, belonging to the earthly sphere, earthly (as opposed to heavenly).


One of the most disturbing despicable articles I've read in a long time is posted below from a heretical false teacher, Leah D. Schade titled: "Church Leaders Need Climate Ambition: Grassroots and Treetops " (article follows my commentary)


Frankly, I hesitated on even posting her garbage but needed the details to point out the unspeakable demonic gnostic mysticism that this woman is spewing out of her mouth.
Firstly, In the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and in accordance with 1 Timothy 2:12 KJV (Women are not to teach or usurp authority over a man.) 1 Timothy 4:1 KJV (In latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.) Titus 2:15KJV (Rebuke false teaching sharply) and 2 Timothy 4:2-4 KJV, (Rebuke false teaching because in the last days false teaching will increase) I rebuke Leah D. Schade and her kind for teaching/preaching a false gospel (Galatians 1:8,9 KJV)and I pray she repents and finds Jesus before finding herself at the eternal judgment of the Great Throne.


Let's review some terms: Gnosticism: Replacing the word of God with personal knowledge, perception, and the wisdom of man. The deeper evil is saying these ideas are sufficient cause for salvation which completely denies the word of God. Read John 14:6 KJV and read Colossians 2:8 KJV;

"Gnosis refers to knowledge based on personal experience or perception. In a religious context, gnosis is mystical or esoteric knowledge based on direct participation with the divine. In most Gnostic systems, the sufficient cause of salvation is this "knowledge of" ("acquaintance with") the divine. It is an inward "knowing", comparable to that encouraged by Plotinus (neoplatonism), and differs from proto-orthodox Christian views.[6] Gnostics are "those who are oriented toward knowledge and understanding – or perception and learning – as a particular modality for living"

Eastern Mysticism: "Something termed as a secret that is revealed and introduced as something new from non-Christian roots, primarily Hinduism and Buddhism. The lie is these teachings are also taught in the Bible."


Mysticism" is derived from the Greek μυω, meaning "I conceal",[web 2] and its derivative μυστικός, mystikos, meaning 'an initiate'. The verb μυώ has received a quite different meaning in the Greek language, where it is still in use. The primary meanings it has are "induct" and "initiate". Secondary meanings include "introduce", "make someone aware of something", "train", "familiarize", "give first experience of something"


Further information: http://www.marketfaith.org/non-christian-worldviews/a-basic-understanding-of-eastern-mysticism/


With these terms in mind, one can see that even a baby Christian to a lukewarm Christian who rarely reads their Bible can clearly see the article by Professor Schade is pure apostasy. I will briefly highlight the most egregious statements here below: (Professor Schade's comments are in black, my commentary is written in red)


"The Church has a moral responsibility to do its part for climate ambition, restoration of God’s Creation, and justice for the oppressed."


Nowhere in scripture are we told that the body of Christ has the moral responsibility to do its part for climate ambition or restore God's creation, or justice for the oppressed. As a matter of fact, this statement is pure dominion theology, social gospel, social justice, eco-theology, gnosticism, eastern mysticism, and bottom line: An egregious false gospel. Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV and Galatians 1:8,9 KJV. 


"Religious climate activist Jim Antal challenges leaders to devote 25% of their time, effort, and resources to addressing environmental issues. His essay, “Fighting Climate Change: Our Responsibility, Our Vocation, Our Salvation,” in Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis, envisions climate ambition at scale"


This surpasses unadulterated heretical teaching to blasphemy. I rebuke this "religious climate activist " Jim Antal and his followers and agents in the strongest sense in the name of Jesus!

"Begin with a “Creation Tithe”


All of this "creation tithe" garbage is simply making merchandise (read 2 Peter 2:1-3KJV) of the sheeple who attend these apostate brick and mortar operations. The tithe is also taken completely out of context to what God applied to Israel in their tithing. the 10 percent tithe is not in the church age dispensation and is certainly not applicable to what Professor Schade is pushing.


The reason for committing to restoration, justice, and climate ambition is theological.
God created this world and called it “very good” (Genesis 1:31).
The Holy Spirit moves and breathes through the air of this planet (Genesis 1:2).
Jesus calls for justice for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40).


This statement is an egregious lie from hell. All of these scriptures are not aligned whatsoever with the agenda Professor Schade is pushing on the sheeple. Genesis 1:2 application to climate change is beyond blasphemous. Matthew 25:40 is far from anything remotely involved with climate change.


*Note: God has a sense of humor.  If the reader would note the tree Professor  Schade uses we can read in Matthew 13 the parable of the mustard seed to see evil growing at the end of this age and where birds gather in the branches.  Also interesting is the shadow of a cross which depicts the false gospel portrayed here.  For a detailed study please read my blog on the birds in the branches:

 
https://www.thethirdheaventraveler.com/2020/05/a-look-at-those-birds-in-tree-matthew.html

also see another false woman teacher Victoria Osteen's teaching on the oak tree


https://www.thethirdheaventraveler.com/2019/06/god-has-sense-of-humor-with-victoria.html


& some insight into Social Gospel and its evils

Social gospel is pathological altruism

https://www.thethirdheaventraveler.com/2019/02/social-gospel-is-not-only-not-biblical.html

 

Article by Leah D. Schade:
Church Leaders Need Climate Ambition: Grassroots and Treetops

AUGUST 13, 2020 BY LEAH D. SCHADE
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EcoAmerica is holding its month-long American Climate Leadership Summit [register here] during Thursdays in August. I was asked to join the Blessed Tomorrow panel with Rev. Michael Malcolm and Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer to talk about this year’s theme, “Ambition, Restoration, Justice,” as it pertains to the church and climate. This is my call to denominational leaders of Christian churches in the United States to demonstrate climate ambition, work to restore God’s Creation, and spearhead justice for God’s people.

Dear Denominational Leaders of U.S. Churches:

As an environmental and climate activist for more than 15 years, I have seen encouraging grassroots efforts sprouting up across the landscape of U.S. Christian churches. Galvanized by the need to address climate change, ecological destruction, and environmental racism, individual Christians and whole houses of worship have responded. They’ve joined climate marches and planted trees. They’ve advocated for environmental protection and petitioned their elected leaders. Some have pushed for divesting their denomination’s investment portfolios from the fossil fuel industry. Others have put solar panels on their roofs or supplied drinking water to families suffering from fracking or lead-tainted pipes. This is just a sampling of the many ways in which houses of worship are stepping up.
What we need now is climate ambition and a commitment to ecological justice from you, our denominational leaders.

Grassroots ecotheology needs support from bishops, regional ministers, moderators, and presidents to develop comprehensive plans for establishing environmental goals and following through with measurable action.

This is not to say that denominational leaders have not supported the church’s care of Creation. Many have established policy offices, created teams to tackle the climate crisis and other ecological issues, and directed social statements to address environmental injustice.
While these efforts helped awaken the church to address care of Creation issues, frankly, it has not been enough.

I say this as Arctic ice continues to melt, catastrophic storms increase in number and intensity, wildfires continue to rage, drinkable water continues to dwindle, and species are dying out at alarming rates. The Church has a moral responsibility to do its part for climate ambition, restoration of God’s Creation, and justice for the oppressed.
Climate action in the church cannot just be grassroots. It also has to come from the treetops where leaders like you have a vantage point to see the larger landscape and issue a clarion call for their denominations to respond with measurable action.

What would climate ambition look like at the highest levels of denominational leadership?


Religious climate activist Jim Antal challenges leaders to devote 25% of their time, effort, and resources to addressing environmental issues. His essay, “Fighting Climate Change: Our Responsibility, Our Vocation, Our Salvation,” in Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis, envisions climate ambition at scale. He imagines leaders saying, “’Because we are living on the hinge of history, I need to devote 25 percent of my leadership to combat climate change.’ What if university presidents formed a coalition to commit at least 25 percent of their curriculum to amplify their student’s understanding of climate change and their vocational commitment to restoring Creation?”
25% for climate ambition, restoration, and justice

Building on Antal’s suggestion, what if denominational leaders like you challenged their churches to reduce their energy consumption by 25%? Take your well-honed skills in running fundraising campaigns and dedicate them to carbon-reduction campaigns. Set targets for each congregation to “take a step down in faith” – reducing energy consumption and reconnecting with an Earth-honoring faith.
Begin with a “Creation Tithe”

Image created by Leah D. Schade using Canva.

As a first step, start with 10%, the biblically-authorized tithe. Make it a friendly competition among churches to see who can meet and exceed the goal. Suggest things like “Tithe Your Drive” in which congregants reduce their driving by 10% each week. And “Tithe Your Land” – dedicate 10% of the church property to restoration efforts such as tree-planting, butterfly or rain gardens. And “Tithe Your Energy”! Partner with energy auditors to visit every congregation in your region to establish an energy baseline and make a plan for reducing energy use by 10%. Then track the reductions so people can be accountable and eventually celebrate their efforts.
Stage two: “Double Tithe”

The next stage would be the “double tithe” – 20%. These would be larger-scale efforts such as switching to low-carb energy such as solar, wind, or geothermal. Removing meat from 20% of the church meals such as potlucks. Dedicating 20% of benevolent funds (beyond denominational support, of course) to local ecological restoration efforts such as waterway clean-ups. And allotting 20% of Christian education to learn about environmental racism and how the church can advocate with their siblings of color for ecological justice.
Stage three: “Strive for Five”

The final stage would be “Strive for Five” – that last 5% to get the churches to the 25% goal. Maybe it’s getting 5% of the church membership to sign up for a clean energy co-operative. Or dedicating 5% of the benevolent fund to a church in an under-resourced area to help them meet one of their climate-ambition goals.
With just a bit of creative visioning and a commitment of 25% of your own time and effort, there are countless ways to align climate ambition with the ministry your denomination.

Because here’s the thing. We need your voice, your leadership, and your willingness to model Creation care and climate ambition for the denominations you serve. Dedicating your time and denominational resources to the Great Work of protecting God’s Creation and the people God loves is prudent, ethical, and desperately needed.

Certainly, such efforts will save congregations money, but that’s not the reason to do this work.
The reason for committing to restoration, justice, and climate ambition is theological.

God created this world and called it “very good” (Genesis 1:31).

The Holy Spirit moves and breathes through the air of this planet (Genesis 1:2).

Jesus calls for justice for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40).

With support from you, our denominational leaders, the grassroots and the treetops can be united into a forest of faith communities doing their part and modeling climate ambition, restoration and justice!

Check out these resources from ecoAmerica and Blessed Tomorrow for talking points and actions steps about climate and the church:

Climate Talking Points

How Faith Communities Lead Social Movements

And lots more resources at Blessed Tomorrow!

Leah D. Schade is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky and ordained in the ELCA. Dr. Schade does not speak for LTS or the ELCA; her opinions are her own. She is the author of Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015). She is also the co-editor of Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

Twitter: @LeahSchade

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