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EXCLUSIVE!November 1, 1999
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UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  Fifth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 5) 
The World Council of Churches Preaches a New "Earth Gospel"  
Report by Eagle Forum Correspondent Cathie Adams.

BONN, GERMANY, November 1, 1999 -- I attended a worship service on Sunday organized by the Protestant Churches of Germany with participation by Klaus Topfer, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) executive director, and members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) to the Conference of the Parties 5 (COP5) in Bonn. The WCC Program based in Geneva, Switzerland, parallels the prophetic "one-world religion" with its three-pronged agenda: justice, peace and creation.

Following a magnificent musical prelude, the pastor cited Philippians 2.:12, exhorting us to "continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling" in the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Bonn.

"God's creation is being damaged," he said, which is "one of the greatest threats to human existence. The WCC is involved because the threat is deeply spiritual and rooted in the Bible. We believe they have deep ethical and religious ramifications; we must recognize this because it is a matter of justice and love. Love," he continued, "for one another and for the earth. War, materialism and consumerism are problems," he claimed, but, "happy are those who are humble. We are deeply concerned about the danger of climate change. May God the Creator listen to our prayers," he concluded.

He then reviewed the evolution of the UNFCCC. Since its beginning in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the UN has held follow-up meetings in Berlin in 1995, Geneva in 1996, Kyoto in 1997, Buenos Aires in 1998 and now in Bonn to debate the mechanisms for implementation of the Kyoto Protocol.

Unwittingly, the pastor preached the new "earth gospel" that industrialized countries are doing harm to the environment and that the world needs a far-reaching policy to achieve social and environmental "justice." Industrialized countries must scale back our standard of living (become humble) in order to save the earth.

The WCC has co-opted unsuspecting churches in their mission to save the earth while they have chosen to be mute about the annual holocaust of 1.5 million human babies created in the image of God! The UN spews its propaganda that the earth's carrying capacity (population explosion) has reached 6 billion people, although they cannot substantiate their numbers nor do they know how many people the earth's resources can provide for.

Fertility rates in most "industrialized" countries are below replacement: 2.1 children per woman. The UN contends, however, that if the fertility rate in "developing" countries drops to 2.2 children per woman, the world's population would reach 8.9 billion by 2050 (The Dallas Morning News, "Population problem hasn't been solved," September 11, 1999). These UN numbers require more faith than is required by any of the world's religions!

Regardless, the world's largest human genocide organization, Planned Parenthood (PP), preaches the UN message that "Americans gobble up 33% of the world's energy and produce 25% of its solid waste." Their summer 1999 West Texas newsletter states that "[w]e have real challenges ahead of us with 6 billion people, including educating the increasing numbers of children, creating jobs for swelling ranks of young job seekers and dealing with the environmental effects of population growth such as deforestation, soil erosion and falling water tables." To the contrary, only about 5% of America's lands are developed and 75% of the U.S. population lives on only 3.5% of our land. More than five times as much land is set aside in national parks, wilderness areas, federal forests and federal grazing lands than has been developed (Investor's Business Daily, September 21, 1999, by H. Sterling Burnett, NCPA)

It is fascinating that the UN, the World Council of Churches and Planned Parenthood preach the same "earth gospel" that places more value on tigers and elephants than on humans. In September, for example, the UNEP reported that representatives from 147 countries met in Lisbon to strengthen international protections for the tiger and consider the status of a program allowing controlled trade in elephant ivory. In contrast, billionaires Bill Gates, Ted Turner, George Soros and Warren Buffett are contributing a lot of their wealth to the cause of the environment and population programs aimed at limiting/destroying humans (http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/1999/09/30/fp17s1-csm.shtml).

"The Ecologist" magazine, March/April 1999 edition expounds on the spiritual aspects of the radical environmentalists in an article entitled, "Gaia's Fever." Gaia is a female pagan deity name for the earth. The article contends that man's industrial activities cause the earth to warm and that mankind should not wait for "all the details in order to act" claiming scientific proof of global warming is unnecessary. Gaia's lifespan, they contend, is ten billion years, with at least another five billion to go. If we do not act now, they claim, it "could be the end of civilization for us."

An advertisement inside the magazine's cover promotes a new book entitled, "The Way, An Ecological World-View" by Edward Goldsmith (http://www.uga.edu/ugapress) which puts the issue into a nutshell. Gilles MacBain of Common Ground said about the book: "One of those books, like Darwin's Origin of Species or Karl Marx's Das Kapital, that is going to change the world we live in." If his assessment is true, then the radical environmentalists have surpassed Marx who convinced too many that there was no God and that man's innate goodness could equitably distribute wealth. The new "earth gospel" teaches that the God-ordained church is to condone wealth redistribution and abortion/genocide in order to save the earth.

Christians do have a responsibility to care for our environment because God uses it to profit our health and welfare. Our responsibility, however, is first to human beings because we, including the pre-born, are eternal beings. The new "earth gospel" demands faith in MAN, that he CAN change the earth's climate, rather than in Creator God. Their rhetoric about hurricanes and melting glaciers makes me wonder what part of climate change is causing earthquakes in various places!

In Matthew 16:2-3, Jesus told religious leaders who were testing Him by asking for a sign from heaven, "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah."

This "wicked and adulterous generation" is meeting to develop rules and mechanisms to implement the Kyoto Protocol, allegedly to save the earth, rather than to seek and obey the Creator God. Let us, instead, be more concerned about the climate inside the hearts of men. Those of us who place our faith and hope in Jesus-- who was born of a virgin, died on a cross and arose from the dead--will be saved from eternal destruction. As for the earth, it will be done away with, by the hand of God, not of men. The church has better things to do; we have an entire world of peoples to reach!