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Tuesday
May132014

Kneading Dough for Mother Ashtar

“Paganism is growing up in our churches, speculative gnosticism is resurgent in our own circles. A horror of great darkness is welling up in our house.”
— Os Guinness


“The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven and pour out drink offerings to other gods to arouse my anger…. Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: My anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place…...

"Ashtar (Asherah)...Queen of Heaven"“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:… I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you that it may go well with you’. But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. From the time your ancestors left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again I sent you my servants the prophets. But they did not listen to me or pay attention. They were stiff-necked and did more evil than their ancestors.’

“When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer. Therefore say to them, ‘This is the nation that has not obeyed the Lord its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips.”
—Jeremiah 7: 18-29


Many folks today sincerely believe that humanity has made impressive, “progressive” strides over the centuries. But, quite honestly, when I survey the current, cultural landscape, I just don’t see it. Generally speaking, we may live longer, and generally speaking, we may live more comfortably. But, in the final analysis, we are essentially the same stiff-necked people that the Lord addressed through Jeremiah, the “weeping prophet”, twenty-five centuries ago. We are the same disobedient, idolatrous folks we have always been, driven blindly to worship things created rather than the Creator who spoke the universe into existence..

The condition of human sinfulness, of course, remains unchanged. (See Romans chapter 3: 9-20 for details). There is nothing new under the sun. The human heart is just as wicked and deceived1 as it has always been here East of Eden. We are stuck on spiritual empty, and just as in ages past, we are just as susceptible to the enticing call of the Cult of Ashtar/Baal as we have ever been.

Today we call the goddess “Gaia”, and we hear her Siren-Song loud and clear:

“Utopia is just around the corner!....We’re making progress!....Trust me!...Give me your allegiance!”…..(and, of course, her most seductive come-on)…”Did God REALLY say2?”


"Earth Goddess Gaia"

Kneading Dough for Mother Ashtar


Follow us! We’re making progress…
Striving backwards to the goal.
Kneading dough for Mother Ashtar,
Needing still our Calves of Gold.

We’re commissioned…”Hail the Goddess!”,
Gather sticks, and light the fire…
Listen to Green Gaia’s counsel…
Satisfy her deep desire.

Follow us now back to Egypt…
Please incline your itching ear3!
Just ignore those foolish prophets…
When they speak of God to fear4!

Let your heart dictate your actions,
Let your feelings have their way!
Let your stiff neck give direction…
(There’s no Yahweh to obey!)

Let your stubborn inclinations
Guide you to sweet Gaia’s stream!
Don’t be fooled by wicked scripture….
That dark patriarchal scheme!,

Truth and Revelation’s vanished!
Re-imagine all you’ve heard.
Put your faith in Mother Nature,
Friend, discard that ancient “word”.

“Love the world5!” the Goddess whispers….
“Water, Earth and Fire and Wind …
Then and there you’ll find your Treasure,
And the New Age may begin!”

Just submit, appease and please her,
Goddess of Fertility!
Asherah, we’ve sinned against you!
Please forgive this travesty!

Let The Goddess now instruct you,
Follow her Creation Path….
Yes, embrace and feel her pleasures.
Set aside those “grapes of wrath”.

Yes! Come serve The Queen of Heaven!
Bring to her your sacrifice…
Do no wrong, and bow before her,
That’s your Neo-Pagan Right.

Lord, there’s really nothing new here,
We’re still rebels6 on the run….
Help us recognize the darkness,
And then help us see the Son.

Give us Grace to flee temptation,
Help us recognize the sin…
Help us, Holy Spirit, hear You…
To avoid demonic spin.

Father, call us out7 of exile…
Shepherd, come to seek the lost,
Word of Truth, please draw us homeward,
Carry us to Zion’s Cross.


Crucifixion, Rembrandt, etching

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.”— Romans 1:25


“Our generation is lost to the truth of God, to the reality of divine revelation, to the content of God’s will, to the power of His redemption, and to the authority of His Word. For this loss it is paying dearly in a swift relapse to paganism. The savages are stirring again; you can hear them rumbling and rustling in the tempo of our times…. A whole generation is growing up with no awareness of regeneration by the Holy Spirit, a species without clear ideas about sin and sacrilege, a race for whom God and the supernatural are virtually eclipsed, individuals with no interest in the imago Dei, no eternal concerns.”
— Carl F.H. Henry , Twilight of a Great Civilization



1 Jeremiah 17: 9

2 Genesis 3: 1

3 2Timothy 4: 3

4 Proverbs 1:7

5 1John 1: 5-7

6 1Samuel 15:23

7 1Peter 2: 9-10