From time to time, we’ve called your attention to certain incendiary posts by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. In Ken Ham: A Bit Too Grandiose?, we quoted him saying, with our bold font:
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.
And we said:
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.
Later, in Ken Ham — A Call for Jihad?, we quoted Hambo saying, again with our bold font:
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.
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.
Again, we were restrained in our response. We said:
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.
Well, Hambo is at it again. He just posted Igniting a New Reformation Pastors and Christian Leaders Conference. Observe that he’s still using incendiary language. He’s igniting a new reformation. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
This year marks 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. And we’re commemorating this anniversary during our annual Answers for Pastors and Christian Leaders conference by using Igniting a New Reformation as our theme. We hope you can join us! If you’re a pastor or other Christian leader, I encourage you to come to the Creation Museum, October 10–12, 2017, for this special conference just for you.
Even the name of Hambo’s theme is incendiary. It’s about igniting a new reformation. Then he says:
This conference features AiG’s Dr. Terry Mortenson, Dr. Tommy Mitchell, Bodie Hodge, me, and others. And, as a special guest this year, my friend Dr. Steve Gaines, the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will be giving keynote presentations. You won’t want to miss his timely messages!
Whatever this new reformation is all about, Hambo seems to have the Southern Baptists as an ally. According to Wikipedia, the Southern Baptist Convention is “the largest Protestant body in the United States, with over 15 million members as of 2015.” After that news, Hambo tells us:
Each of these speakers will encourage and equip you to stand on the authority of God’s Word from the very beginning, and teach your congregation to do the same. We want to help ignite a new reformation in the church, starting with our pastors and Christian leaders.
Once again, Hambo says he wants to ignite a new reformation. The rest of his post is just some promotional information, so we’ll quit here.
As is our custom, we’ll be moderate in our reaction. We don’t know what’s on Hambo’s mind, or why he chooses to use such inflammatory language. It may be nothing more than rhetorical exaggeration, but we have no idea what effect it may have on Hambo’s drooling followers — who are not known for independent thinking. As we said before, Hambo must be aware of the effect his words can have on them — so why is he talking like this?
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