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Climate change and LGBT issues. What’s the Creation connection?


Published: 24 September 2020 (GMT+10)

Originally published in a CMI newsletter, February 2020

While out on ministry CMI’s speakers are regularly approached by parents, teens or young people in the church on gay marriage and climate change. These are massive cultural topics in the media today and there is pressure to conform, lest we be labelled as climate change deniers or ‘homophobes’. There is no question that the pressure is mounting on the church, and especially on our young people at school or university.

Our youth today are influenced by public opinion much more than previous generations, and no one wants to be a pariah in a peer group! I’ve often said there is a tendency with youth today, even Christians, to think with their heart, rather than their mind. Feelings are now all-important. And so we see emotional blackmail with such things as ‘flight shaming’ people for daring to fly on a plane due to its alleged contribution to greenhouse gasses, or scaring our young ones by claiming this is an ‘extinction-level event’. The latter is reckless scaremongering. Consider headlines like “New Report Warns ‘High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End’ Within 30 Years.’”1 And it is especially shameful for adults to exploit a teenage girl to promote their agendas.2 Increasingly, we are confronted with the following types of questions and comments:

‘Is climate change really happening? What do you think?’

‘As Christians, should we be burning fossil fuels? Are we destroying God’s planet?’

‘My son went to college and became friends with some gay people. Now he thinks that possibly one can be homosexual and a practicing Christian.’

‘My daughter went to Bible college and graduated as a professing gay.’

(Yes, this was a comment I received from a mom in a very conservative church!).

The list could go on but hopefully you get the idea that people in churches are confused, and this is a scary proposition for parents.

Do our youth think the way we do?

A few years ago, my youngest daughter was attending university in Atlanta, and over dinner she shared that the subject of gay marriage came up in one of her classes. She was shocked that professing Christians said they were ok with such things, and that they raised the stereotypical arguments such as “Well, it’s ok if people love each other.” Or “Some people are born that way.”

At CMI, for over 40 years we’ve been supplying Christian families with information on how to deal with the huge cultural icon of cosmic evolution. We have been encouraging families to get equipped with answers to what the world is teaching that undermines our Christian faith. But do parents raise the subject of gay marriage with our children, and what they can expect? Or is it ‘taboo’? In my experience, the answer is ‘very rarely’, and it’s the reason that so many confused teens approach us. My daughter’s comments caused a light to go on for me.

As parents we probably see homosexuality as a black and white issue. The Scriptures are very clear, and many of our pastors preach against such practices from the pulpit. After all, there are some very strong condemning passages in Scripture when it talks about “dishonorable passions”, for example. But how do our young ones in the church perceive this? I’m sure that due to their lack of real-world experience, they are hearing that homosexuals are evil and therefore, especially bad people. But when they leave home, they can meet very nice, loving, friendly people who are ‘gay’, and may even profess to be Christian. Their experience contrasts with what they think they heard in the church. If we had forewarned that they will meet such people, then possibly the experience would not have been counter to their expectations.

I saw a need for a family apologetics resource in this area, so my colleague Lita Cosner and I wrote a booklet called Gay Marriage: Right or wrong and who decides? We are aware that some churches have purchased hundreds to equip their families and youth. Penny M.C. wrote:

“I just wanted to say I think the booklet on ‘Gay Marriage’ (I shudder even when I have to write those words down!) it is absolutely first class—outstanding.”

Dr Carl Wieland also wrote:

“It is becoming ever more difficult, even for Christians, to think clearly about this emotion-charged issue. … The authors have in my view set the content, tone and balance ‘just right’. This is one of the very few publications that deals head-on with the iconic statements and sound bites that have come to dominate the debate. Both scientifically and biblically sound, it displays genuine compassion while at the same time not shirking the truth. In short, a really great little booklet that clears up much confusion on a vital topic.”

Dr Wieland (a former medical doctor) noted that our tone was balanced. This was intentional so that emotive perceptions of ‘hateful’ language would not get in the way of logical reasoning.

The creation/evolution connection

While this subject has always been around (just read the book of Genesis!), we are seeing a massive spike of hype in recent years. And is it coincidental that the issues of climate change and human sexuality are spiking at the same time?

Romans 1:20 is a favorite passage of creationists. The Apostle Paul writes:

“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

But in the following verses he talks about the shocking consequences of failing to acknowledge that it is God’s Creation. In verses 24–27 he writes:

“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

Worshiping the creation!

The modern and often rabid environmental movement, is, in a sense, worshiping the creation. It believes that mankind is just another animal on an ancient, billions-of-years-old earth. Contrast this with Genesis 1:28 which is God’s command to humans to take charge over His Creation. This is the balanced view. It recognizes that it belongs to God and we should be good stewards of it. But that it was also given to mankind for our benefit, and we are not subservient to it. And the greatest climate change event ever occurred around 4,500 years ago when God destroyed the earth because of sin. It was His right to do so because it belongs to Him. And that’s where most of the fossil fuels we are burning today came from. I think God knew that would be the case … don’t you?

Our FALLOUT campaign a couple of years ago demonstrated first-hand the reasons why large numbers of youth are leaving the church; that evolution and the errant conclusion that ‘science’ does not support the biblical Creation account. If they are being taught the opposite of Romans 1, then Scripture says what will happen next! If there is no God to be accountable to then anyone can follow their own desires because they are not made in God’s image and we are just evolved animals.

The Good News

In Mark 10:6 our Lord Jesus says:

“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.’”

Jesus was referencing Genesis 1. He believed in a literal creation with a real Adam and Eve, made as male and female. There was no gender confusion here. They were not some mythological creatures or evolved from apes—as even some Christian ministries are teaching today. With apologetics teaching and training at home on the foundational issue of biblical creation, we can not only let our young ones know what to expect, but also how to deal with it, and also to be salt and light to the lost. Creation information not only changes minds, it changes hearts towards Christ. Roseanne A. emailed:

“Thank u CMI… U all don’t know how your ministry was the one that kept me from believing in evolution and all its frauds. I had lost hope. I read some Christian websites to keep me from this, but it never answered my questions …I’m a young girl and…the real challenge and frustration of my Christian journey in Christ is evolution which u have answered. I will always support you all and encourage you. And as a youth I will certainly plan to have the privilege of working with u guys. Love you all in Christ.”

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Note before you submit a comment

[Please note that we are only dealing with one of these topics in this article to demonstrate a biblical connection between the two. The article is not about climate change or arguing or providing any details on same. For CMI’s stance on ‘climate change’ please refer to the linked articles below. Comments specifically on alleged climate change issues will not be published. In the coming months CMI will be producing articles specifically dealing with this issue.]

References and notes

  1. vice.com/en_us/article/597kpd/new-report-suggests-high-likelihood-of-human-civilization-coming-to-an-end-in-2050, 27 November 2019. Return to text.
  2. This is a reference to Greta Thunberg. Return to text.

Readers’ comments

David B.
I think God also gave us the solution to the pull of homosexuality in Romans. There is a preventative in the chapter:

Romans 1

21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

I think this is the answer. Churches need to teach people how to show gratitude to God regularly. It may seem silly but how many people don't even say grace at the dinner table anymore? Not by wrote (sic. 'rote') but having an active life of gratitude is how God can bless us and purify our hearts and spirits. I am saying this from first-hand experience. When I started living a life of gratitude, it changed me completely.
Victor M.
We have to be careful not to misrepresent the evolutionary worldview: "They were not some mythological creatures or evolved from apes... [instead of 'a common ancestor']."
Gary Bates
Absolutely agree. But it is correct to say that evolutionists believe that humans evolved from ape-like creatures (not monkeys BTW).
Stephen N.
Thank you for your forthright stands on these issues. As a follower of Christ for many years, I finally received education on biblical creationism from CMI and one other source in my sixties, correcting some wrong beliefs. Definitely, an education in this area is vital to keep young people from being indoctrinated into the errors of this world. Speaking the truth in love can be easier said than done. My approach has sometimes been to challenge false beliefs head on, which often leads to a heated argument. Not only do we need right knowledge, but we need to express it in appropriate ways, which can be tricky. Sometimes, I think it may help to point out the massive hypocrisy in the opposition. The Theory of Evolution has spawned eugenics, which is a hideous evil. Wealthy members of the elite preach the dangers of carbon emissions in causing climate change, while they themselves live in palaces or mansions and have a jet setter type lifestyle. Obviously, there is a lack of sincerity in their arguments, and their motives often likely have more to do with power and politics than with a genuine concern for humanity.
Dan M.
“Well, it’s ok if people love each other.” I always say that would be wonderful and the world would be a better place if they did, but I'm not talking about sex. The problem with that statement is people who try to use this as a justification for homosexual or extramarital behavior don't understand or reject the fact that biological sex is NOT what love is; It is an act or an urge separate from a feeling. Being a man, I love my brothers and my close male friends but that doesn't mean I want to have sexual relations with them. It means I have their best interests at heart and treat them with respect. In biblical marriage, (man & woman) love should precede the making of it, and if it doesn't, it's just an activity, not lovemaking.
“Some people are born that way.” Well if you have two X chromosomes you are a female human being and if you have one X and one Y you are a male human being with the exception of mutations no one can control. This is simple science, it is at a cellular level and you're not going to change that. Homosexuality, pedophilia, fornication, adultery, and all other sexual sins are unhealthy sexual preoccupations in my opinion. Just consider how preoccupied we are with sex in this nation? It's on TV, in almost every movie, in magazines, 24/7. It's portrayed as love, but it isn't what love really is. Love is, what Jesus did for us on the cross! He put our needs first and sacrificed His! I struggled with fornication until I let my love for Christ take over and now I'm made free indeed, (Joh 8:32). What do you want to be caught doing when He returns? All modern-day controversial issues are as a result of a rejection of the true creator and an appeal to goo to you, made-up religion masquerading as science. We need to love the gay community with the truth!
Craig T.
So you have a perfect booklet answering the propaganda for gay marriage (which I will order) but do you have the same for Climate Change?
Gary Bates
Glad you asked. Within the next few weeks on this very site, we will have a comprehensive, scientific and theological position statement regarding climate changes. It has been reviewed by the qualified staff and CEOs in each of our offices and will be free for you to print out or simply forward to others.
Anonymous A.
The worst thing that happened this year for me wasn’t the pandemic, or getting sick during quarantine and not being able to get an outpatient procedure for a long time because the outpatient services were closed, or being furloughed for 4 months without pay, but what my sister said to me out of anger because of my stance that homosexuality is a sin. My sister and I are millennials and we just bought houses only a stone’s throw from each other right before the pandemic happened. We wanted to be close because I love my niece and sister and want to be involved in their lives, especially since I don’t have my own family and my sister wanted that too. However one day my sister came over with my mom for lunch at my house and out of nowhere my sister brought up homosexuality and was very upset. I was calm during the discussion but did say that she hadn’t studied the Bible, which was cruel. However the whole time she was very heated and she stormed out very quickly. I think our conversation was maybe 5 minutes tops. It was such a shock to me as my sister never talked to me about it before and the discussion went from 0 to 60 so quickly I said to my mom after she left, what just happened? The worst thing was during that short time she had told both me and my mom that she didn’t want her kids around anyone like that. And that was the terrible thing for me this year. That my own sister (a Christian) would say she’d cut me out of her life over something I was willing to discuss reasonably but she was not. We have made up now over this as my parents and I reached out to her afterwards and provided the Bible verses to prove that it is a sin and we also said we don’t hate gays at all and believe Christians should respect and be kind to all. But it hurts still.
S H.
Such is the end result of a world where every man decides his own 'truth' - despite the irony that people's absolute 'certainty' of there being no truth refutes their own argument. We should also be clear that truth (which comes from God alone) trumps feelings, not the other way round. In a way these self-interest groups use tactics found in advertising - find a problem no-one knew existed in order to find a solution no-one knew they needed. I once walked down a high street which was pristine and shiny. Yet behind the high street was a service road full of mess, vandalism, cameras, litter. It highlighted to me the totally different reality and truth that Jesus brings to the 'fake' world people try to create out of pride and exalting self. (Funny how people don't believe in God but then appoint themselves as 'god'!) But Jesus shows us the mess to set us free from its effects, where society hides the effects which means we can never be free. Thankful to CMI and others who show God's truth is just that and is the only source of truth and hope.
Helen M.
Thank you a million times for all your helpful materials
Alf F.
Thank you CMI for a forthright statement and handling of these issues. A principled stand for morality is critical at this time. As for climate change, scaremongering is terrorism, and fudging data for political and big business ends should is just so shameless. In the time of the Reformation, Protestants were prepared to be burned at the stake for lesser issues. We all need to grow some backbone, whilst speaking the truth in love. The current younger generation is depending on us to fight this battle on their behalf, so that they may grow up in a sane, responsible, Godly world.
Norman P.
God-> Man -> Conversion -> Renewal of the Mind -> Mind of Christ.
Bible + Holy Spirit + Prayer + Obedience (Grace+Will) = Life of Christ ("Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17).
Fruit-of-the-Spirit -> Love [Mercy->Apologetics-> Pulling down of strongholds against the knowledge of God] -> joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). Spiritual warfare: Ephesians 6:10-20: "And having done all, to stand".
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" (2 Cor 10:3-5).
David G.
As with many things, when we (Christians) encounter views that are in opposition to scripture, the best tactic, in my view, is to learn to ask questions to first get information about what the other person believes, or understands about an issue, and perhaps why they have those beliefs or understandings, rather than diving in based on assumptions we might make. This allows us to see the point where we can introduce our views. Not necessarily calling on our 'belief' or scripture in the first instance, but having a rational 'on the evidence' case to put.
Robert K.
Very often, those of us who hold that Homosexual acts (also adultery, fornication, etc) are sinful, are criticised and pilloried. I find it useful to ask the attacker if they agree that a 65 year old man should be able to marry a 12 year old woman. Or if they agree with polygamy. Should a man be allowed to marry his daughter? If they object to any of these people 'showing their love', yet won't allow us to hold negative views on the current fashionable 'Gay' arrangements then they are surely open to the charge of hypocrisy!

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