Question: I disagree with your article on "The Gospel in the Stars" (TBC 5/89). I just think of Genesis:1:1, 14-19, Job:38:31-32, and Psalm:19:1-14. I think about the fall of man, the tower of Babel, the Flood, and before the Abrahamic Covenant. God didn't just leave mankind alone. He had to leave them some text or scrolls to know of His redemption plan. And I do believe that the first scroll was in the sky, showing the times and seasons, a plan of salvation and redemption.
I have read Bullinger, Seiss, Martin, and read Enoch, Jubilees, Jasher, and I find it very plausible and acceptable to understand that in the age of innocence and conscience, early man had to have some information and knowledge of Truth, and how he would come back to God and fill that void in his heart. "The heavens declare the glory of God...." I stand on the Bible. I have no faith in man, and man's opinions; I trust in God, and I pray for the truth about things I want to know about.
Response: If we trust the Lord and stand on the Bible, we shouldn't say that Bullinger, Seiss, Martin, and apocryphal books such as Enoch, etc., are "plausible." They can't be plausible if they contain teachings contrary to the Word of God. We can't say that we have "no faith in man" and yet find human reasoning "acceptable."
Let's begin with Psalm:19:1. "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork." They "declare" His glory. They demonstrate in every speech and language that there is a Creator who called into being this amazing, ordered universe. But they do not give any details about the gospel that saves man.
In the beginning, the Lord created the heavens and the earth. We are specifically told that "God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years" (Gn 1:14). The heavens both declare the glory of God and serve to mark time. But they cannot be our spiritual focus. Indeed, Jeremiah warned Israel: "Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them"(Jer:10:2). Being separated from their Creator, they began worshipping the creation more than the One who made them. Though the stars witnessed eloquently of the Lord's greatness and glory, they were not the medium used of God to communicate the gospel of salvation.
Paul asks rhetorically, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" The stars are glorious, but the stars are mute. They are not a "preacher."
Too many who are teaching the Gospel in the Stars theory are really just trying to "Christianize" astrology. They incorporate ancient structures such as the pyramids into this unbiblical goulash. Even the late
D. James Kennedy tells his readers that the key to understanding this way of salvation is the sphinx: "I know it will surprise you, but the sphinx actually unlocks the mystery of the zodiac" (D. James Kennedy, The Real Meaning of the Zodiac [Coral Ridge Ministries, 1989]).
This creates other problems. The signs of the zodiac are not visible above the Arctic Circle. There are no "signs" for any Aleuts, Eskimos, Siberians, Greenlanders, and Scandinavian people living above 66 degrees of latitude. In other words, for many people, the "first scroll" is blank.
Finally, to see the Gospel in the Stars as plausible is to give credence to the theories of man and place our belief in the Babylonian-based system of astrology. May the Lord deliver us from this.