In a recent email exchange, I was hit with:
If you believe in Lucifer then the green movement is for you.
“No one will enter the NWO unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the new age unless he will take a Luciferian Initiation.”
David Spangler, Director of Planetary Initiative, United Nations
Well…there’s a problem. The use of Lucifer as a proper name is a mangling of myth and mayhem concerning the adversary. Originally, the name enters Christianity with the Latin Vulgate:
Isaiah 14:12 –
Quomodo cecidisti de caelo, Lucifer, qui mane oriebaris? corruisti in terram, qui vulnerabas gentes? – Vulgate
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! – NKJV
“How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. – NLT
Lucifer became the name applied the adversary, only eventually, as we do have Christians in the 4th century carrying the name (difficult as it may seem). In other words, for several centuries after Christ, after the use of Latin in the Church, Lucifer did not refer to the adversary.
As a matter of fact, in the Latin, it was used to refer to Christ:
2 Peter 1:19 –
et habemus firmiorem propheticum sermonem cui bene facitis adtendentes quasi lucernae lucenti in caliginoso loco donec dies inlucescat et lucifer oriatur in cordibus vestris
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place– until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.
First, I am not saying that the embodiment of evil does not exist, or that people do not serve it in various ways – what I am saying is that people bandy around the name of ‘Lucifer’ as if it is a biblical fact, usually with the intent of fear. Well, it’s not. So, to base insane conspiracy theories of swearing allegiance to Lucifer is to show one self up as unknowledge of the facts. It undermines the theories greatly.
Frankly, it’s a difficult post to write because I have grown up with the ‘L-word’ as a method of fear, but when you examine it, you have to realize that to apply it to the adversary is simply not correct. Put yourself in the shoes (or sandals, perhaps) of a 3rd century Roman Christian. Would you really use Lucifer as a term for the adversary? Especially when in the same bible, you have Lucifer being used to refer to Christ? If they wouldn’t, then why should we? At some point, we have to grow in God, and leave the childish things behind – including fear. Let us be respectful of cultural traditions which do not harm the Gospel, but also be willing to say what is false.
Oh, and while I am not the most environmentally friendly guy, I do believe that the more we can do to conserve and recycle the better – and there is nothing satanic about keeping well the Creation of God.