CRC Responds to Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

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Steven Timmermans, executive director of the Christian Reformed Church, issued a statement welcoming Pope Francis’s encyclical “‘Laudato Si,’ On the Care of Our Common Home.” The encyclical addresses environmental stewardship, integral ecology, and climate change.

Timmermans said in his statement that as imagebearers of Christ, we are called to follow The Great Commission in Genesis 2:15 and acknowledged that caring for creation is part of God’s redemptive work. “We affirm the integrity of creation as an evangelical witness to the power and glory of God,” Timmermans said.

While Timmermans expressed support for the encyclical, he also discussed ways the CRC has engaged in this redemptive work. Three years ago, the CRC was one of the first denominations to declare that “human-induced climate change is a moral, social justice, and a religious issue.”

He noted that the CRC made a call for change. Recently the CRC’s Grand Rapids, Mich., office building was awarded the ENERGY STAR certification.

He also talked about ways congregations plan to attain more ENERGY STAR certifications, as well as finding ways to develop small group and Sunday school curriculum on creation and climate care.
CRC Statements on Creation Care

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Who is the pope that we should pay homage to him? Climate change is all propaganda, It's socialism that the world is buying into, and the church is promoting, to rally the nations of the earth together toward a one world governmental system. it's nothing but a humanistic social engineering project to destroy and eradicate national sovereignty, redistribute wealth through "social justice programs (marxism)" so that we will surrender our freedoms and religious rights ultimately to the authority of the state, in the name of mother earth.

As The CRCNA we just can't see this, can we? Because time and time again we get atricles promoting climate change, social justice, and sustainable development. But why not, right? As the CRCNA we bought into the Millienium Development Goals of the United Nations and promote them, and help implement them through World Renew.

When? when will we understand that this is all the devils scheme, and that we are actors on his stage, being led right into the arms of the anti-Christ?

Unvarnished truth.


Information on the "green agenda".....find out the truth about the green folks....Purchase the book  "The GREEN GOSPEL" by Shiela Zilinsky.  You may then wonder "why this article" after you read it.. and what is the CRChurch trying to promote??

John Calvin declared, "I deny him to be the vicar of Christ, who, in furiously persecuting the gospel, demonstrates by his conduct that he is Antichrist–I deny him to be the successor of Peter..I deny him to be the head of the church.” “Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman pontiff Antichrist. But those who are of this opinion do not consider that they bring the same charge of presumption against Paul himself, after whom we speak and whose language we adopt…I shall briefly show that (Pauls words in 2 Thessalonians 2) are not capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to the Papacy John Calvin, Tracts, Vol. 1, pp. 219,220. John Calvin, Institutes.