Gnon is not God

I wrote before about why I reject the appellation of “reactionary” or “neoreactionary,” which has occasionally been applied to me by others.

I was disappointed and saddened to read this morning’s post by Free Northerner. Yet, it was a good reminder of why such ideologies are dangerous to those who believe they can simultaneously be a Christian and subscribe to some other ideology.

Free Northerner speaks of Gnon, and writes that he is to be embraced. For those that do not know, Gnon is a rather awkward backward-acronym for “Nature or Nature’s God.” I don’t have a problem with the personification of Gnon. What I do have a problem with is the suggestion that Gnon should be followed, obeyed, or embraced.

Here’s why.

The underpinning truth of reality on earth is that it is a battleground in a cosmic war between two powerful supernatural beings: God and the devil. We know that both of these beings (and their subordinates) have the ability to manipulate Nature. God has parted the Red Sea and the River Jordan, used a donkey to speak a message, and caused the sun to both stand still and go back in its course, among other things. The devil has used a serpent to speak a message, controlled the weather, and through his demons caused an entire herd of pigs to commit suicide, among other things.

Because both God and the devil have the ability to manipulate nature, any “god” extrapolated from nature will, of necessity, contain attributes of both God and the devil. Thus, those that follow, obey, or embrace Gnon are actually partially embracing God, and partially embracing the devil. This is an untenable position. Christ (and therefore Christians) can have no concord with the devil. You cannot partake of both the cup of The Lord and the cup of demons.

I have sworn not to do the work of The Lord with slackness.

I refuse to serve Gnon.

I serve The Lord my God, and Him only.

I can do no other.

But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” —Joshua 24:15 (NLT)

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