Should We Be Using “Climate Change” to Reengage Our Youth?

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The Christian Post is actually promoting earth worship as a way to get engage teens and keep them from leaving the Church. In an article titled, Reversing the Trend of Teens Leaving the Church: Using Climate Change to Reengage Our Youth, Deborah Fikes opines that we can stem the tide of teens abandoning their faith (because of shifting social opinions on gay marriage, premarital sex and abortion), by focusing them instead on the real issues of immigration reform and global warming (er, I mean Climate Change).

Deborah Fikes

Deborah Fikes

Who is Deborah Fikes? Is she a Gospel-preaching pastoress, a Bible study leader or Christian author? No, her esteemed title is Representative to the United Nations and Executive Advisor for the World Evangelical Alliance. She is also an Ambassador for The Climate Group’s Clean Revolution campaign – which mobilizes leaders to address climate change in a way that promotes economic growth and improves quality of life.

Climate Change

As one pro-UN commentor noted: “Pat Robertson, Rick Warren, Billy Graham and  Leith Anderson of NAE all agree with Ms. Fikes here that climate change is real, we helped create it and have a responsibility to address consequences.” The poster was referring to a major lobbying group created in 2006 by a group of 86 notable U.S. evangelical Christian leaders who launched the Evangelical Climate Initiative, a campaign for environmental reform, calling on all Christians to push for federal legislation that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to stem global warming.

Here is a list of those signatories:

Rev. Dr. Leith Anderson, Former President, National Association of Evangelicals (NAE); Senior Pastor,

Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, MN

Robert Andringa, Ph.D, President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), Vienna, VA

Rev. Jim Ball, Ph.D., Executive Director, Evangelical Environmental Network; Wynnewood, PA

Commissioner W. Todd Bassett, National Commander, The Salvation Army; Alexandria, VA

Dr. Jay A. Barber, Jr., President, Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR

Gary P. Bergel, President, Intercessors for America; Purcellville, VA

David Black, Ph.D., President, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Los Angeles, CA

Rev. Dr. Dan Boone, President, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

Bishop Wellington Boone, The Father’s House & Wellington Boone Ministries, Norcross, GA

Rev. Dr. Peter Borgdorff, Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

H. David Brandt, Ph.D., President, George Fox University, Newberg, OR

Rev. George K.

Brushaber, Ph.D., President, Bethel University; Senior Advisor,

Christianity Today; St. Paul, MN

Rev. Dwight Burchett, President, Northern California Association of Evangelicals; Sacramento, CA

Gaylen Byker, Ph.D., President, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Rev. Dr. Jerry B. Cain, President, Judson College, Elgin, IL

Rev. Dr. Clive Calver, Senior Pastor, Walnut Hill Community Church;

Former President, World Relief; Bethel, CT

R. Judson Carlberg, Ph.D., President, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

Rev. Dr. Paul Cedar, Chair, Mission America Coalition; Palm Desert, CA David Clark, Ph.D.,

President, Palm Beach Atlantic University;Former Chair/CEO, Nat. Rel. Broadcasters; Founding Dean, Regent University; West Palm Beach, FL

Rev. Luis Cortes, President & CEO, Esperanza USA; Host, National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast; Philadelphia, PA

Andy Crouch, Columnist, Christianity Todaymagazine; Swarthmore, PA

Rev. Paul de Vries, Ph.D., President, New York Divinity School; New York, NY

Rev. David S. Dockery, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities;

President, Union University, Jackson, TN

Larry R. Donnithorne, Ed.D., President, Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO

Blair Dowden, Ed.D., President, Huntington University, Huntington, IN

Rev. Robert P. Dugan, Jr., Former VP of Governmental Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals; Palm Desert, CA

Craig Hilton Dyer, President, Bright Hope International, Hoffman Estates, IL

D. Merrill Ewert, Ed.D., President, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA

Rev. Dr. LeBron Fairbanks, President, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, OH

Rev. Myles Fish, President/CEO, International Aid, Spring Lake, MI

Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, Senior Pastor, Greater Allen AME Cathedral;

President, Wilberforce University; Jamaica, NY

Rev. Timothy George, Ph.D., Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Executive Editor, Christianity Today; Birmingham, AL

Rev. Michael J. Glodo, Stated Clerk, Evangelical Presbyterian Church , Livonia , MI

Rev. James M. Grant, Ph.D., President, Simpson University, Redding, CA

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey E. Greenway, President, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY

Rev. David Gushee, Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University; columnist, Religion News Service; Jackson, TN

Gregory V. Hall, President, Warner Southern College, Lake Wales, FL

Brent Hample, Executive Director, India Partners, Eugene OR

Rev. Dr. Jack Hayford, President, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, Los Angeles, CA

Rev. Steve Hayner, Ph.D., Former President, InterVarsity; Prof. ofEvangelism, Columbia Theological Sem., Decatur, GA

E. Douglas Hodo, Ph.D., President, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX

Ben Homan, President, Food for the Hungry; President, Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations (AERDO); Phoenix, AZ

Rev. Dr. Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed; Longwood, FL

Bryce Jessup, President, William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA

Ronald G. Johnson, Ph.D., President, Malone College, Canton, OH

Rev. Dr. Phillip Charles Joubert, Sr., Pastor, Community Baptist Church, Bayside, NY

Jennifer Jukanovich, Founder, The Vine, Seattle, WA

Rev. Brian Kluth, Senior Pastor, First Evangelical Free Church; Founder, MAXIMUM Generosity; Colorado Springs, CO

Bishop James D. Leggett, General Superintendent, International Pentecostal Holiness Church; Chair, Pentecostal World Fellowship; Oklahoma City, OK

Duane Litfin, Ph.D., President, Wheaton College, Wheaton IL

Rev. Dr. Larry Lloyd, President, Crichton College, Memphis, TN

Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Executive Director, World Hope; Alexandria, VA

Sammy Mah, President and CEO, World Relief; Baltimore, MD

Jim Mannoia, Ph.D., President, Greenville College, Greenville, IL

Bishop George D. McKinney, Ph.D., D.D., St. Stephens Church Of God In Christ, San Diego, CA

Rev. Brian McLaren, Senior Pastor, Cedar Ridge Community Church; Emergent leader; Spencerville, MD

Rev. Dr. Daniel Mercaldo, Senior Pastor & Founder, Gateway Cathedral; Staten Island, NY

Rev. Dr. Jesse Miranda, President, AMEN, Costa Mesa, CA

Royce Money, Ph.D., President, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX

Dr. Bruce Murphy, President, Northwestern University, Orange City, IA

Rev. George W. Murray, D.Miss., President, Columbia International University, Columbia SC

David Neff, Editor, Christianity Today; Carol Stream, IL

Larry Nikkel, President, Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS

Michael Nyenhuis, President, MAP International; Brunswick, GA

Brian O’Connell, President, REACT Services; Founder and Former Executive Director, Religious Liberty Commission, World Evangelical Alliance; Mill Creek, WA

Roger Parrott, Ph.D., President, Belhaven College, Jackson, MS

Charles W. Pollard, Ph.D., J.D., President, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR

Paul A. Rader, D.Miss., President, Asbury College, Wilmore, KY

Rev. Edwin H. Robinson, Ph.D., President, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe , KS

William P. Robinson, Ph.D., President, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA

Lee Royce, Ph.D.,President, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

Andy Ryskamp, Executive Director, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Grand Rapids, MI

Rev. Ron Sider, Ph.D., President, Evangelicals for Social Action, Philadelphia, PA

Richard Stearns, President, World Vision, Federal Way, WA

Rev. Jewelle Stewart, Ex. Dir., Women’s Ministries, International Pentecostal Holiness Church; Oklahoma City, OK

Rev. Dr. Loren Swartzendruber, President, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg VA

C. Pat Taylor, Ph.D., President, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO

Rev. Berten A. Waggoner, National Director, Vineyard, USA; Sugar Land, TX

Jon R. Wallace, DBA, President, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

Rev. Dr. Thomas Yung-Hsin Wang, former International Director of Lausanne II, Sunnyvale, CA

Rev. Dr. Rick Warren, Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church; author of The Purpose Driven Life; Lake Forest, CA

John Warton, President, Business Professional Network, Portland, OR

Robert W. Yarbrough, Ph.D., New Testament Dept. Chair, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield,IL

John D. Yordy, Ph. D., Interim President, Goshen College, Goshen, IN

Adm. Tim Ziemer, Director of Programs, World Relief, Baltimore, MD



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3 Responses to Should We Be Using “Climate Change” to Reengage Our Youth?

  1. Laura says:

    OK, so I looked up one of the signatories on the list (because they are located in a town near the one I live in – I didn't know they existed) and I see a sort of link between all of the folks who signed this list and this particular ministry. I wonder if they are the root that brought them all together – Mission America Coalition in Palm Desert, CA. I don't know anything about them – still reading their website/statement of faith and all now – but so far I am as excited about this ministry as I am about Deborah Fikes giving out Christian ministry/youth outreach advice – in other words, not at all. Not sure if posting URLs is cool, but you can find the ministry via Google and look @ the main page under Mission America Coalition Partners and then in the left sidebar for the link under "Endorsements" and you'll see the patterns of signatories emerge. Wow, I guess "emerge" is the right word here from some of the names on these lists. Thank you SUFTT for bringing these topics/ministries/issues to our attention. Some of the ministries are NOT a surprise, but some of the denominations and churches represented are. It's definitely a wake-up call that false teachers/preachers are everywhere. No denomination is safe.


  2. terri says:

    No denomination has been safe for years which is why we must be Bereans.
    The Lord is God but many of thee denominations have basically turned their "preaching" backs on Truth


  3. Richard says:

    climate change is another big lie from the pit. it's junk science for anyone that takes a pragmatic look at it. besides that using such worldly endeavours to rope christians in is the foot in the door satan uses to mix truth with lies. we are on this planet to help the sick and the lost and whatever we do has to center around preaching and reaching those with the Gospel. end of story. i'm not sure why people complicate the Great Commandment by letting today's hot social topic muddy it. keep your eyes on Jesus and everything else will show clarity.


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