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Why are there so many Baptist churches named "Morning Star"?

Asked by grumpyfish (6618points) February 26th, 2010

I’ve seen at least three (one in Kentucky, one in California, one in Virginia). “Morningstar” seems like a strange name for a church, because of Isiah 12:14:

“How you have fallen from heaven,
O morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!”
(New International Version)

(King James Version says:)
“O Lucifer, son of the morning!” for the second line.

I don’t know that much about Baptists, and so I don’t know how they choose the name of their congregations.

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kevbo's avatar

Ha ha! It is to invoke the Lord’s flail.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_star_(weapon)

AstroChuck's avatar

Morning Wood would be the name of my church if I had one.

mzgator's avatar

It’s because another name used to describe Jesus is that He is The Bright and Morning Star.

grumpyfish's avatar

@mzgator Interesting! Revelation 22:16:
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you[a] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

kevbo's avatar

@grumpyfish, it is a good Q. There’s a conspiracy theory take on this that satanism/luciferian… uh… -ism poses as bona fide Christianity to fool followers into worship of Lucifer (which is the godhead of the Illuminati who wrested control of the masses from monarchies vis a vis the Enlightenment.)

… but the explanation above is far more likely.

Still, it’s weird that the morning star symbolizes the hero and the villain.

grumpyfish's avatar

@kevbo Indeed—the church in Virginia was on a tiny back road with a clearly small congregation and no crucifixes visible, so I always suspected something amiss with it. @mzgator ‘s explaination makes the most sense.

It makes some sense in the overall context—Lucifer, prior to fall, was one of the highest angels and was tasked with bringing the light. The morning star (actually Venus) precedes the sun, dragging it into the sky. However, once fallen that is no longer his job (and the Morning Star is no longer Lucifer).

I am curious the significance (I’m no bible scholar) of Jesus referring to himself as “the Bright Morning Star” in Revelation. There’s a few other references to the Morning Star in Revelation—mostly seems to be a seat of very high honor.

CMaz's avatar

@AstroChuck – Amen brother!

Strauss's avatar

Revelation 2:28, I will also give him the morning star. Add to Revelation 22:16, as mentioned above.

Strauss's avatar

@AstroChuck do you mean if you had a church, or if you had morning wood?

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