Praying to Plants

On Tuesday, September 17, students at Union Seminary in New York conducted a worship service in which they prayed to plants and confessed the harm they have done to plants and asked for repentance for their sins.

Below is the picture that was published on Twitter:

Praying to Plants at Union Seminary in New York

It is amazing that seminary students, the future pastors and leaders of the church, are being taught that they should confess their sins to a plant. As they sat in prayer, it reminded me of the prayers the prophets of Baal prayed to their god, “O [Plant], answer us!” (1 Kings 18:26).

But here is what happened when they prayed to a false god: “But there was no response; no one answered” (1 Kings 18:26).

Those who pray to plants should hear the words of the prophet Jeremiah: “Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit” (Jeremiah 2:11).

This is what Paul said about changing the true God “for something that does not profit.” Paul wrote, “they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25).

A plant is a created thing that should not be worshiped. No one should pray and confess their sins to a plant. Only God is worthy of our prayers.

I think the last days have arrived.

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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