We have become increasingly concerned by the militant language coming from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, who ceaselessly promotes himself as the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
The last time we mentioned this was Ken Ham the Warrior?, when we quoted several ominous things he previously wrote, about a “spiritual war raging,” and “every Christian must understand they are all soldiers in a battle,” and “atheists are becoming more aggressive as soldiers for the enemy,” and “God has an army of people that is becoming more and more engaged in the battle,” plus some new claims that “there’s a civil war happening in America against young earth creationism and that an atheistic view of evolution is permeating the world.”
Regarding all that incendiary language, we said:
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.
That was only two weeks ago. Now ol’ Hambo has just posted Help Us Start Something Big This Year. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
I believe the Lord has raised up organizations like Answers in Genesis to call the church back to the authority of the Word of God — which is in essence calling for a new reformation. Now it’s sad, but not surprising, that at the same time organizations like Answers in Genesis have impacted millions of people within and outside the church, opposing organizations are rising up (from within and without the church) to do war with those like AiG. This is not surprising but to be expected (based on Scripture) since we are truly in a spiritual battle for the hearts and minds of people.
Hambo clearly thinks he’s on a holy mission. He says:
Organizations such as Reasons to Believe (led by Hugh Ross), Solid Rock Lectures (Ken Wolgemuth et al.), and BioLogos have risen up in our day to attempt to get Christians, church leaders, and Christian institutions to accept evolutionary ideas/millions of years.
The BioLogos mission states, “BioLogos invites the church and the world to see the harmony between science and biblical faith as we present an evolutionary understanding of God’s creation.” They also state, “We affirm evolutionary creation, recognizing God as Creator of all life over billions of years.” This organization is significantly funded by the John Templeton Foundation (JTF), which has given millions of dollars to organizations and colleges to promote evolutionary compromise.
Over the past few years JTF has given [list of recipients and the amounts they’ve received from Templeton].
On top of that, a plethora of books are now being published, mainly by academics, to try to infiltrate Christian academic institutions and churches with evolutionary compromise — and even attempts to reject a literal historical Adam! For instance [list of books].
That’s called freedom of expression. What does Hambo want to do about it? He tells us:
My heart is so burdened as I see this all round. We have to fight a war not only with the world, but also with much of the church! And there’s no doubt the enemy (Satan) is ramping up attacks on those who do take God at His Word beginning in Genesis. You can see why I believe we need a new reformation.
Hambo must be aware that the original Reformation wasn’t a peaceful affair. Wikipedia says: “The Reformation led to a series of religious wars that culminated in the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648), which devastated much of Germany, killing between 25% and 40% of its entire population.” They also say: “Witch trials became more common in areas where Protestants and Catholics contested the religious market.” Their article European wars of religion gives estimates of “the deaths of civilians from diseases, famine, etc., as well as deaths of soldiers in battle and possible massacres and genocide,” and the total is approximately 18 million.
After his call for a new reformation, Hambo says:
In fact, I believe we need to be nailing (symbolically, of course) Genesis chapters 1–11 on the doors of churches, Christian colleges, and other Christian institutions. In this era, the church has lost biblical authority particularly by compromising with Genesis, so that’s where we need to start in order to get the church back to biblical authority — beginning with Genesis.
Ah yes, “symbolically, of course.” Hambo ends his call for a new reformation with this:
As millions of people a year are being impacted through the various AiG outreaches, I urge you to help us continue and expand the enormous reach this ministry has — and pray God will raise up people to help bring this needed new reformation to our church.
What effect does this kind of talk have on Hambo’s drooling followers? Will they be content merely to support him financially as he wages spiritual war with his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), his Creation Museum, and his replica of Noah’s Ark?
Or will they be inspired by Hambo’s stridently militant words to take up their torches and pitchforks and do more? We don’t know where this will lead. It’s beyond question that at least some creationists are flat-out crazy. Hambo must be aware of the effect his words can have on them. So why is he talking like this?
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