Energized by Pope Francis' encyclical calling global warming a moral issue, scientists are enlisting faith leaders to promote climate action as negotiators in Paris try to convince world leaders to reach an agreement to curb greenhouse gases.
Physicist John Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, said he believes the interfaith community could play an important role in convincing world leaders to take action.
"They know they will be measured against the encyclical," Schellnhuber, a member of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said at a Catholic Church event.
In the initial days of climate talks, interfaith activists fasted, spoke to the media and prayed. At a Paris chapel, hundreds of people sang and prayed for the climate negotiators. Interfaith leaders recently handed top United Nations negotiators a petition with 1.8 million signatures requesting climate action.
Pope Francis spoke in St. Peter's Square and appealed to those deciding on climate change measures to show courage by also fighting poverty, saying "the two choices go together." He asked for prayers for those making decisions on climate change to receive "the courage to always use as their criterion of choice the greater good of the human family."
However, as the talks continued in Paris, a new Gallup poll found public indifference to climate change. Of those surveyed, 42 percent said they believe news reports about global warming are exaggerated and more than half think global warming is not something that will pose a serious threat in their lifetimes.
Meanwhile, some faith leaders say they believe the proposed climate change agreement is another step the United Nations and globalists are taking to create a "world socialist government."
They cite the recent U.N. summit in New York City when the nations of the world approved a 15-year U.N. plan titled, "Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," the "Global Citizen Festival" in New York where celebrities promoted the U.N.'s "global goals," the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or "Obamatrade," and and now the U.N. Climate Change Conference as steps to create the interlocking treaties and agreements to bring about a new international political and economic system.
"All true Christians recognize their mandate from God, beginning with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to take care of the environment," said Paul McGuire, a Fox News and History Channel commentator and a Bible prophecy expert. "However, there is a major difference between taking care of the environment and accepting both the non-scientific basis for so-called man-made caused climate change and things like sustainable development. ... The truth is that the climate change the earth is experiencing is not due to man-made pollution affecting CO2 (carbon dioxide). There is an overwhelming body of scientific research to invalidate the climate change theories of both Pope Francis and the United Nations."
The fact is that sustainable development and Agenda 21 are "deliberate falsehoods designed to bring in a new world order and the world socialist government planned by what Aldous Huxley ... termed the scientific elite," McGuire said.
"When I watch Christians, along with Christian leaders, praise Pope Francis over his climate agenda and for other things, a great sadness comes over my heart because I am witnessing a great spiritual seduction of God's people that is only possible because they have been deprived of the truth," McGuire said.
"When American evangelical Christianity in all of its sects began deserting biblical truth about 50 years ago, which was warned of by the most important evangelical theologian of the last 100 years, the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer, the evangelical church has increasingly embraced apostasy. Dr. Schaeffer referred to this as, 'The Great Evangelical Disaster.' Schaeffer was referring to how the evangelical church had rejected biblical truth and began accomodating truth to the secular culture all around us."
Michael Snyder, founder of "The Economic Collapse" blog, says the climate of the planet has always changed throughout history.
"There are some scientists that believe that we have entered a period of global warming, but there are other scientists that are extremely convincing that have numbers that seem to indicate that our planet is cooling," Snyder said. "The science is very open to debate, but the global elite have latched on to the 'threat of climate change' as a way to promote their globalist agenda. Every solution that they seem to offer involves even more globalization, more centralization and more power in their own hands."
Michael Hart, a professor emeritus at Carleton University, wrote in a Financial Post article titled "Countdown to Paris: New World Order II," that the U.N.'s climate change agenda began decades ago and has developed into "an all-consuming, ambitious framework through which to tackle a number of earlier progressive causes, from gender inequality to sustainable development." Hart argues the U.N.'s efforts to create a "New International Economic Order" in the 1960s and '70s and its current focus on "saving" the planet "give one a strong sense of déjà vu."
"Over the past few decades, a new focus on sustainability and the climate change agenda suggest another attempt to establish a new world economic order is underway," Hart wrote. "This time it is science that is being harnessed to meet the political objectives of those committed to warding off the alleged crisis of global warming and the equally alleged deteriorating state of the global commons, with the goal of ushering in a world more to their liking."
As more and more Christian groups embrace this new "green religion, which is a counterfeit of the gospel of Jesus Christ," McGuire said the apostasy will increase in the evangelical church. "Make no mistake about this, God will not send us a powerful biblical revival, or a Third Great Awakening, if we continue to reject the truth of God's Word and embrace lies," McGuire said. "Revival and a Third Great Awakening can only come if we seriously repent of teaching spiritual and scientific lies. The Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of Truth, cannot come when we are embracing the spirit of error. Even if it is a remnant of believers, we must fast, intercede and repent before God for allowing these spiritual deceptions in the church and only then can God send a Holy Spirit revival."
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