A stopped clock can be right twice a day, so on occasion an evangelical fundamentalist preacher might stumble onto something true about space aliens and Nephilim just by pure chance, even if he doesn’t really understand what he has discovered. That’s the case with Tennessee pastor Charles Lawson, who is currently being ridiculed by political liberals for his ridiculous claim that most scientists have abandoned the theory of evolution but are too afraid of political correctness to admit it. Nevertheless, he correctly stumbled onto the idea that the Nephilim and demons are equivalent to space aliens in the mythology that passes itself off as the ancient history of the Earth.
Lawson is not just a fundamentalist, but one who believes that the King James Bible alone contains God’s unerring Word. Lawson is, to put it mildly, one of those pastors, the kind that watch Ancient Aliens and think that it’s a pretty good documentary about demons. He has preached sermons about how the Large Hadron Collider at CERN is going to initiate the End Times prophecies of Revelation, how the Vatican is working with space aliens, and even how Admiral Byrd traveled to Antarctica to commune with alien-demons in the underworld. All of these are regular Ancient Aliens topics, to which he gives a Christian spin.
In a recent sermon making the rounds of liberal news sites this week, Lawson takes a moment to obsess about Californian’s Mt. Shasta, which he describes as a paranormal hotspot and an outpost of Lemuria, based on a news article he quotes at length. The Lemurian claims derive ultimately from Frederick S. Oliver’s late nineteenth century “channeled” volume A Dweller on Two Planets (1905), which imagined Mt. Shasta as the last outpost of Atlantis. Although Dweller was more or less fiction, the Lemurian Fellowship, which counted David Childress among its early acolytes, adopted it as fact and thus wove Lemuria into the story.
But I digress.
Our friend Pastor Lawson sees the stories about Mt. Shasta’s connection to Lemuria, Bigfoot, and UFOs as reflecting emanations from a lost high tech civilization, whose spirits continue to haunt the mountain. “Before the Flood,” he said, “we had three highly advanced civilizations: Number 1, Atlantis. Number 2, Lemuria. And Number 3, Hyperborea. There may be others, but these three highly advanced civilizations have sent across the Flood to this time span today the spirit guides that are able to illuminate people on the world, the paranormal world, UFOs, Bigfoot, little green men, and aliens.”
I’d like to see where in the Bible we find Atlantis, Lemuria, and Hyperborea, but that’s just me. Apparently in the world of far-right Christianity all of the ancient astronaut and fringe history material isn’t just true but testifies to the truth of the Bible thanks to the flexibility of the Nephilim, who can be bent to serve any and every magical and supernatural purpose. Here Lawson isn’t technically saying anything different than what Ignatius Donnelly and his predecessors did in ascribing the civilization of Atlantis to the Nephilim, though the emphasis is quite different. Donnelly wanted to secularize the Flood, while Lawson wants to spiritualize science.
Lawson also takes time out to note that John Podesta, an advisor to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, is “fixated” on space aliens and their attempts to communicate with human beings, as was mentioned in yesterday’s New York Times profile of Hillary Clinton’s own UFO interests. Lawson doesn’t make much of this, but he does use it as a segue to talk about how the idea of aliens communicating with us from above resembles the religious idea of angels communicating from on high. This leads him to his most ill-founded claim, and one he seems to have derived from mistaking Ancient Aliens for a science show.
After claiming that “many” scientists have abandoned the theory of evolution as a “fairy tale,” Lawson states: “Instead of dealing with Darwin, they jettison Darwin, and now they’re looking up and past and they’re getting into the spirit world and the paranormal world—and the two of them, they complement each other—and they begin to get into something that their scientific books know nothing about.” What might that be? Ghosts. Nephilim ghosts. He thinks scientists are secretly worshiping aliens and that they don’t understand that these aliens are the ghosts of the Nephilim, or what he terms “spirit beings” from the realm of aerial demons. Don’t laugh too hard—Christians have long held that demons operate in the sky, as told, for example, in Ephesians 2:2 and by St. Augustine in the City of God 8.15.
Essentially, Lawson seems to think that the “scientists” he sees talking about aliens, interdimensional beings, and ghosts on the History Channel—which is to say the frauds that masquerade as “experts” despite having no discernible knowledge or skills—represent the opinions of actual scientists!
The capper? Lawson concludes with a discussion of Bigfoot and UFOs be explaining that they are not physically real but are “deceptions” and spirit beings created by demons. Yes, this is the interdimensional Bigfoot theory dressed up in Christian robes, with demons substituting for aliens.
Is this the kind of bullshit that fundamentalist Christians teach in their churches? If so, it’s no wonder that Ancient Aliens has such a large audience. There is surely something wrong when ancient astronaut theorists, ufologists, and Christian fundamentalists all start from the assumption that Lemurians and flying space monsters are real and then work backward to imagine where they came from. No wonder they all hate scientists so much.
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