We’re starting to get worried about Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). As we recently said in Ken Ham Is on a Mission from God, we originally thought he was nothing more than the owner of a roadside attraction — the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Seen in that way, he could be counted on as a constant source of entertainment for our blog. But we’ve begun to think that he’s serious, and he really does imagine that he’s the ayatollah of Appalachia. What he just posted at the website of his on-line ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), suggests that things may be even worse than we suspected.
Ol’ Hambo’s latest is A Spiritual War Is Raging. Read that title again. Hambo is saying that he’s in the middle of some kind of war. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
I must admit that sometimes I wonder if the average churchgoer really understands that there is a spiritual war raging around him — in his home, church, school — well, everywhere! The New Testament contains a lot of war terminology.
We’ll skip two paragraphs of scripture, which include phrases like “the rulers of the darkness of this age,” and “spiritual hosts of wickedness.” After that he says:
It seems to me that many Christians are virtually asleep while a battle rages all around them. They go to church, send their kids to school, and come home and watch TV or whatever they like to do — all seemingly oblivious to a shocking and destructive war that is capturing many of their kids and grandkids for the enemy and is destroying the culture.
I am burdened by the thought that every Christian must understand they are all soldiers in a battle — and they all need to be at the front line and equipped to engage the enemy, who is set to drag them down and capture the coming generations of children.
Are we over-reacting, or is Hambo using excessively vivid language? Here’s more:
As you know, statistics show the enemy is winning a battle in our churches. The majority of our young people are walking away from the church by the time they reach college age. Secularism is on the rise in America, while around 4,000 churches close their doors in this country each year. And atheists are becoming more aggressive as soldiers for the enemy, out to capture the hearts and minds of children. The casualties are huge.
Hambo is not just hawking tickets for his museum and selling trinkets in the gift shop; he literally sees himself in the middle of a great battlefield. He continues:
I believe AiG is a leading supplier of the most advanced “weaponry” designed to counter the enemy’s attacks in this era (e.g., books, DVDs, curricula, websites, the Creation Museum, the coming Ark Encounter, radio programs, and so on). … It’s hard work, so we greatly appreciate the many prayers and financial gifts of our supporters and friends. It’s costly and time consuming — but what price can one put on a soul in regard to eternity?
Hambo needs your prayers. He needs your money. Help the man! He’s fighting a war! Then he tells us:
I praise God for the advances that many believers are making on various battlefronts as a result of the Lord using AiG to be a part of equipping them for this war. We are thrilled that despite the lethargy of many Christians, God has an army of people that is becoming more and more engaged in the battle — and we are raising up “soldiers” to teach and equip their children.
The rest of Hambo’s post is mostly three “testimonies” he says he received. This is from his final paragraph:
I love to hear these testimonies from people who are using AiG “weapons” and have become active in this war — battling on the front lines for the hearts and minds of people.
Now look — it’s one thing to run a circus side-show or a creation museum to entertain the rubes. But it’s quite another when the proprietor starts ranting in military terms about how he is God’s instrument in a battle against the forces of evil. Are we wrong to be concerned?
Perhaps we’re taking Hambo’s words too literally, and there’s really no cause for alarm. Maybe what we see as deeply disturbing language is merely Hambo’s style and his way of raising money. That could be it. But if there’s more going on, if Hambo truly thinks he’s been chosen to lead God’s army against the forces of evil, then he may be standing on the brink of full-blown, out-of-control madness. We hope we’re wrong. If we’re not, things could get messy.
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