‘Absolute theological bankruptcy’: Union Theological Seminary students confess climate sins to plants

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Washington Examiner: Students at Union Theological Seminary prayed to a display of plants set up in the chapel of the school, prompting the institution to issue a statement explaining the practice as many on social media mocked them.

“Today in chapel, we confessed to plants,” the nation’s oldest independent seminary declared Tuesday on Twitter. “Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor. What do you confess to the plants in your life?”

The ceremony, which is part of professor Claudio Carvalhaes’ class “Extractivism: A Ritual/Liturgical Response,” drew ridicule from many on Twitter, some of whom accused the seminary and students of having lost their minds.

The ceremony, which is part of professor Claudio Carvalhaes’ class “Extractivism: A Ritual/Liturgical Response,” drew ridicule from many on Twitter, some of whom accused the seminary and students of having lost their minds.  more …

Opinion: Lost their minds isn’t the issue, lost their theology, is.

  1. Premillennialism: Teaching that Christ will literally and physically be on earth for a thousand year reign (Rev. 20:1-7)
  2. Amillennialism: Teaching that states that there is no millennium reign (1000 years) of Christ on earth.
  3. Postmillennialism: Teaches Reconstructionism, a belief that God’s kingdom began at the first coming of Jesus, and will advance throughout history until it fills the whole earth through conversion to the Christian faith and world view.
  4. Preterism teaches that the events of the book of Revelation were fulfilled in the 1st century. Preterists believe the dating of the book of Revelation is of vital importance and that it was written before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Established in 1893, Union Theological lands in point number 2 above, although some of their writings claim to be more centrist, even premillennial:

“Hope for a new earth thus gives us a picture that is startlingly similar to premillennialism. I believe that Jesus will return bodily to the world, that all people will be judged, and that the earth itself will be renewed. Jesus will reign over the nations and usher in an era of great peace and prosperity. Faithful Jews will possess the land of Palestine, as well as the entirety of the renewed earth. When I hear premillennialists describe what happens in the millennial kingdom, I respond, “I believe that too.” 

Nice try. For the most part, Amillennialists are post tribulation believers in that the saved church will experience the wrath of God along with unsaved Gentiles and Jews. That the rapture of Christians takes place at the end of the final war and second coming, and that all will stand at the Great White Throne Judgment, or judgment of the lost Rev.20:12-13.

Ignored is the rapture before the tribulation as prophesied by Paul in Romans 5:9; 1 Thess. 1:10, 4:16-17, 5:9 and promised by Jesus in Revelation 3:10. Ignored is the Bema Seat judgment of saved Christians for works while performed on earth in which crowns are awarded 2 Cor. 5:10.

Gone is the New Jerusalem John 14:2; Hebrews 11:10; Revelation 21:1-4 where believers go for eternity after meeting Christ in the air.

The seminary says this:

“Encouraging churches to turn from “theologies that encourage humans to dominate and master the Earth,” Union asserted that “we must birth new theology, new liturgy to heal and sow, replacing ones that reap and destroy.”

And gone is a guarantee of the reaping and sowing to the end Genesis 8:22.