We usually think of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, as just another creationist entrepreneur, albeit a very successful one.
Ol’ Hambo is famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creatin Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark. He promotes himself as the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else, but we’re never sure how much of that is showmanship, and how much is his sincere belief.
Nevertheless, we generally regard him as an amusing guy — excessively impressed with his success, perhaps, but essentially harmless. Every now and then, however, he’ll write something that makes us think he may be serious. A good example is what just appeared at his blog: Igniting a New Reformation in 2017. Here are some excerpts, with bold font conveniently supplied by Hambo:
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 theses — complaints about the church’s unbiblical “doctrines” — to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. Five hundred years later, we believe it’s time for a new reformation.
Martin Luther opposed man’s fallible traditions taking the place of God’s Word. He called the church back to the authority of Scripture. In our day when we see rampant compromise in the church, particularly in regard to the book of Genesis, we need to do the same.
Wow! Who will lead this movement? We’ll let you decide who Hambo’s choice would be. He says:
At Answers in Genesis we are dedicated to calling the church back to the authority of the Word of God. We want to ignite a new reformation.
Not much doubt about who the leader will be. Hambo continues, again with his bold font:
As I recently wrote for our January Answers Update newsletter, we want to
1. Ignite a passion in young people to know the Bible and stand boldly, uncompromisingly, and unashamedly on the Word of God from the very first verse.
2. Ignite a fervor in Christians to “contend earnestly for the faith” (Jude 3) by showing the truth, power, and authority of the Word against the false teachings of our day.
3. Ignite a zeal in Christian leaders to recognize the vital need to teach creation apologetics to children and teens (and adults, too, of course) and oppose any compromise within the church with evolutionary/millions of-years beliefs.
4. Ignite a burden in non-Christians to challenge secular icons and seek answers to the questions that have caused them to reject God’s Word, so they will discover the truths of the Bible and be saved for eternity by receiving Christ as Savior.
5. Ignite an intense desire in parents to educate their children in accord with biblical principles and raise up godly offspring who will know what they believe concerning God’s Word and why they believe what they do — and thus are equipped to defend the Christian faith against the secular attacks of our day.
That sounds very, uh, incendiary. It’s torches and pitchforks stuff. He finishes by saying:
I encourage you to join with us in igniting this new reformation. Here are some ways you can partner with us:
No, it’s not a call to arms — at least not yet. He merely encourages his drooling fans to visit his creationist tourist attractions, buy his books, and contribute money to AIG.
Maybe we’re wrong to be concerned. Perhaps Hambo is just doing what he always does — promoting his money-making schemes. Or maybe he dreams about — no, we shouldn’t speculate about that. We’re not qualified to judge Hambo, so we won’t. But he worries us.
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