“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” – 1 John 3:8
Kirk Cameron has started an uproar, and I for one am relishing in it! I am so excited to see such a man as Kirk grow into a mature faith that see the implications of the Lordship of Jesus Christ for every aspect of life, and to see him live it out. The particular aspect of life which we are discussing are Holidays. In his upcoming film Saving Christmas, and his recent article on Christian Post on Halloween, Kirk delivers a shot across the bow of paganism. “What?”, you say. “I thought Kirk Cameron was advocating paganism. How is he attacking it?” In this way – he is attacking the inherent paganism and functional devil worship of the modern American evangelical. GASP! WHAT!? It really is simple folks. Simply commenting on Halloween’s origins as a Christian holiday, and making a film about the Christian and biblical roots of Christmas (of all things!), has modern American evangelicals bending over backwards, falling over one another to give credence and legitimacy to paganism. The only ones who are advocating that a pagan god is real are the critics of Kirk Cameron. The apostle Paul in contrast says, ”
“…we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords),6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.” – 1 Cor. 8:4-6
Let ‘s recap. An idol is nothing. There is only one God of Heaven and Earth, of whom are all things, and we were made for Him and belong to Him. There is One Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. Kirk Cameron is espousing this truth, and his fellow Christians are falling headlong on a false altar to essentially denounce that there is one Lord Jesus Christ, and to affirm the existence, legitimacy, power and dominion of pagan idols that rival Christ’s Throne. Now of course they would say that they are against such idols and paganism, and that they are for Jesus, but I am having a difficult time figuring out how a person is “for Jesus” by denying His Universal Lordship, and denying that He won the victory over the devil and his demons in His Death and Resurrection and Ascension. How can a person be “for Jesus” when at every comment a Christian like Kirk Cameron makes, to the effect that this is God’s world and everything belongs to Him, and is Redeemed in Jesus, is then countered by a such Christians who propagate the argument that the devil is really the lord of this world?
Maybe it’s just me, but that sounds like functional devil worship. Whereas Kirk Cameron is following God’s lead by making a public mockery of those false idols and defeated devils by espousing over the creation that Jesus Christ has been, is now, and forever will be victorious over the devil. On the cross God disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing over them in Christ (Col. 2:15). Kirk Cameron is saying the same thing. Jesus has bound the strong man (the devil) and entered into his house (the world) and has plundered him of his goods (everything ) (Matt. 12:29). Kirk Cameron is saying the same thing. Kirk Cameron is saying that the substance of every festival belongs to Christ (Col. 2:17). Kirk Cameron is saying that God, not the devil, has at the beginning of creation set up the sun, moon, and stars to be for signs (symbols), and for festival seasons, and for days and years. That means, that when people throughout the ages have recognized that there are cycles built into creation, with summer and winter solstice, and procession of the equinox, and the creation of the constellations – all of these were created by God, for God’s purposes, and for the salvation of God’s people. These things all belong to God, not the devil. So when rebellious sinful pagan man comes along, and corrupts God’s creation through pagan and practices and myths and rituals, applying false ungodly meaning to it, what should we as God’s people do? Should we do as Kirk Cameron has done, and laugh at such non-sense and preach that there is only one God and one Lord Jesus Christ, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things? Or should we adopt the approach the critics of Kirk Cameron haven taken. We can deny that all things belong to God, and say that the pagans had the rights to the creation the whole time, and that Christians should have nothing to do with it. That sounds convincing.
Folks, the issue is clear. Kirk Cameron comes along, sees a problem with what Christians are saying and doing with God’s creation and the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and he decides to say something about it, something like, God is the Creator and Lord of Heaven and Earth, and the all of creation belongs to Him, not the devil. But then the functional devil worshiping Christians get in a tizzy trying to protect God by robbing Him of His glory over the created order, and then say that all these things are really pagan in origin. Well, you are wrong. God made the sun, the moon, the stars, the trees, the seasons, and He created it with meaning already attached to it. A pagan can try to assert his meaning over the creation, but his god is not real, so that is an impossible task. They will forever be fighting a losing battle. But, as long as we have Modern American Evangelical Christians doing all the leg work for the pagans, they will continue to put up a fight.
The critics of Kirk Cameron are like those critics of Jesus in Matthew 12. Kirk is casting the demons out of the holidays and the critics respond by saying that it is by the power of the prince of demons that he casts out demons. But every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? But if it is by the Spirit of God that Kirk is casting out holiday demons then the kingdom of God has come upon you. And if it is by the Spirit of God that Kirk is doing these things, then by what spirit are his critics denouncing him? The Modern American Evangelical Christian is a functional devil worshiper. You shall know them by their fruits.