Bishop Howard Shadd
Baal, the half-bull, half-man god of fertility, was the focal point of pagan idolatry in Semitic Israel until God Revealed His monotheistic nature to Judaism forbears.
Although they've now assumed a more contemporary flair, the fundamentals of Baal worship remain alive and well today. The principal pillars of Baalism were child sacrifice, sexual immorality (both heterosexual and homosexual) and pantheism (reverence of creation over the Creator).
Ritualistic Baal worship, in sum, looked a little like this: Adults would gather around the altar of Baal. Infants would then be burned alive as a sacrificial offering to the deity. Amid horrific screams and the stench of charred human flesh, congregants - men and women alike - would engage in bisexual orgies. The ritual of convenience was intended to produce economic prosperity by prompting Baal to bring rain for the fertility of "Mother Earth."
The natural consequences of such behavior - pregnancy and childbirth - and the associated financial burdens of "unplanned parenthood" were easily offset.
One could either choose to engage in homosexual conduct or with child sacrifice available on demand could simply take part in another fertility ceremony to "terminate" the unwanted child.
BAAL WORSHIP TODAY
Modern liberalism deviates little from its ancient predecessor. While its macabre rituals have been sanitized with flowery and euphemistic terms of art, its core tenets and practices remain eerily similar.
The worship of "fertility" has been replaced with worship of "reproductive freedom" or "choice."
Child sacrifice via burnt offering has been updated, ever so slightly, to become child sacrifice by way of abortion.
The ritualistic promotion, practice and
celebration of both heterosexual and homosexual immorality
and promiscuity have been carefully whitewashed - yet
wholeheartedly embraced - by the cults of radical feminism,
militant "gay rights" and "comprehensive sex education."
And, the pantheistic worship of "mother earth" has been
substituted in name
But it's not self-styled "progressives" or secular humanists who have adopted the fundamental pillars of Baalism. In these postmodern times, we've also been graced, regrettably, by the advent of counter-biblical "emergent Christianity" or "quasi-Christianity," as I prefer to call it.
This merely liberalism all dolled up and
gratuitously stamped "Christian." It's a way for left-wing
ideologues to have
Under the guise of "social Justice," its adherence often support - or at least rationalize - the same pro-homosexual, pro-abortion and radical environmental policies pushed by the modern-day Baal worshiper.
Though the "Christian Left" represent what is arguably a negligible minority within larger Christianity, the liberal media have, nonetheless, embraced their cause and seized upon their popularity among elites as evidence that the so-called "Christian right" (read: biblical Christianity) is losing influence-that Christianity is, somehow, "catching up with the times."
Because emergent Christianity fails the authenticity test whenever subjected to even the most perfunctory biblical scrutiny, I suspect it will eventually go - for the most part - the way of the pet rock or the Macarena. But this does not absolve leaders within the evangelical community from a duty to call leaders of the counter-biblical revolution on their heresy. It's not a matter of right versus left; it's a matter of right versus wrong - of biblical versus non-biblical.
Nonetheless, the aforementioned pillars of postmodern Baalism - abortion, sexual relativism and radical environmentalism - will almost certainly make rapid headway over the next four to eight years, with or without help from the Christian left. The gods of liberalism have a new high priest.
So, today's liberalism is really just a very old book with a shiny new cover. A philosophy rooted in ancient pagan traditions, of which were naught.
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed their glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
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