This series of 26 lessons was developed for classroom presentation from the book by David Miller that should be required reading for every preacher, elder, and Bible school teacher in the Lord’s church: “Piloting The Strait”.  This book is available from a variety of bookstores, Sain Publications at www.sainpublicans.com as well as from David Miller at www.apologeticspress.org.

 

CHANGES IN THE CHURCH

SOURCES OF CHANGE-SCIENCE

 

I Timothy 6:20-21  “O TIMOTHY, KEEP THAT WHICH IS COMMITTED TO THY TRUST, AVOIDING PROFANE and VAIN BABBLINGS, AND OPPOSITIONS OF SCIENCE FALSELY SO CALLED: WHICH SOME PROFESSING HAVE ERRED CONCERNING THE FAITH.  GRACE be WITH THEE. AMEN.”

 

            Another source of trouble and change in the church is modern scientific thought.  The scientific and academic community in America is so totally dominated by the humanistic theory of evolution that nothing else is accepted by many and anything else is scoffed at and ridiculed.  One of the primary sicknesses of our culture is secular humanism.  Its atheistic philosophy has invaded virtually every aspect of our social life, politics, education, entertainment industry and even religion.  The Lord’s church has not escaped and the evidence is in the changing attitudes toward morality, authority, worship and fellowship

 

The Theory of Evolution

 

            One of the things that should be extremely disturbing to faithful Christians is the tendency of many of our brethren and most, if not all, of our Christian colleges to make concessions to the Theory of Evolution.  Some of our Christian college science professors and others have been seduced by the so-called scientific “proof” that the earth is old, i.e. four or five billion years old.  This is the foundation of any credibility for Evolution.

            Once a Christian accepts the idea of an ancient earth, he automatically places himself into the situation of abandoning a literal interpretation of the biblical account of creation.  He must reject the “days” of Genesis chapter one as being literal, twenty-four hour days.  Liberal theologians, and too many of our brethren are included, have reevaluated their views of Genesis chapter one and altered their thinking in order to accommodate the evolutionary framework.  Consequently they consider and call the early chapters of Genesis a “myth” or “hymn.”

(John Clayton of South Bend, Indiana and a number of professors at Abilene as reported by the Institute for Creation Research “Abilene Christian University Sponsors Seminar on Creation and Age of the Earth.”; May, 1987)

 

            Remember that Jesus himself referred to “the creation which God created” in:

 

Mark 13:19  FOR in THOSE DAYS SHALL BE AFFLICTION, SUCH AS WAS NOT FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION WHICH GOD CREATED UNTO THIS TIME, NEITHER SHALL BE.”

Practical Effect of Accepting the Ancient Earth Theory

 

            Many folks just don’t understand what all the fuss is about.  They don’t understand the evolutionary theory, necessarily, and subsequently think that one can believe in evolution and an ancient earth and still hold firm their convictions about the reliability of the biblical account of creation.

            They had already accepted the Bible’s viewpoint and believe in the inerrancy of the Scripture and so learned to live with the logical incompatibility of these two viewpoints.

            But times are different.  Those who grew up after World War II have been forced by their educators to see the stark contrast between two clearly opposing ideas; creation and evolution.  Our irreligious science teachers caused us to face the fact that there is no common ground between the two views.  You must either accept evolution and deny the Bible or you must accept the Bible and deny the so-called “scientific” theory of evolution.

            What is the result?  The younger generation is honest, genuine and has seen and embraced the logical implications of an ancient earth viewpoint.  Consequently they have adjusted their ideas about the integrity of the biblical text.  They recognize that since Genesis chapter one may be interpreted rather loosely, (as they have been taught in the institutions of higher learning) so may the rest of Bible and, for that matter, all the religion that their parents taught them.  Generated by a secular, humanistic society and perpetuated by careless parents, the children have come to adopt a view of Christianity and the laws of God as being relative rather than absolute.  Consequently they easily throw overboard such ironclad certainties as God’s laws governing marriage, New Testament worship and the plan of salvation.  Their parents are alarmed and even panic-stricken because their sons and daughters have abandoned the faith and deny the authority of God’s Word.

The Solution

 

            Unfortunately it may be too late to save some of our baby-boomer generation as their modern mind-set and priorities have been established and they’re not conducive to listening to something different.  The only road to recover and the only hope for the future generation is to return to complete trust in the written documents of the Bible.

 

Proverbs 23:22-23  HEARKEN UNTO THY FATHER THAT BEGAT THEE, AND DESPISE NOT THY MOTHER WHEN SHE IS OLD.  BUY THE TRUTH, AND SELL it NOT; also WISDOM, AND INSTRUCTION, AND UNDERSTANDING.”

 

John 8:31-32  THEN SAID JESUS TO THOSE JEWS WHICH BELIEVED ON HIM, IF YE CONTINUE IN MY WORD, then ARE YE MY DISCIPLES INDEED; AND YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.”

 

John 14:6  JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM, I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE: NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME.”

 

John 17:17  SANCTIFY THEM THROUGH THY TRUTH: THY WORD IS TRUTH.”

 

            There is only one solution.  We have to stop allowing people to tamper with the text and writing their own versions to accommodate every fast talking “authority” that comes along urging us to “get with it.”   Take God at his word.  Measure everything by the standard of the plain teaching of the Bible.  Take the authority away from secular education that we have given it.  Stop allowing it to rule our lives and our thinking and restore God and his Word to their proper place in our lives.  Many people are doing this; home schooling is becoming more and more common.

            Once we compromise the biblical text, once we whitewash the obvious meaning of Scripture in order to make its teaching more palatable and “in step” with prevailing political and secular concepts, once we adjust the Scripture to fit our ideas rather than adjusting our ideas to fit Scripture – we have lost the battle and Satan has won.

Did God Create the World?

 

            Or did this world come into existence gradually over a very long period of time?  Is the universe billions of years old?  Did the universe create itself by means of a big bang?  Must Christians be “theistic evolutionists”?  Or was the world created by God in six literal days?

            Common logic tells us that only two possible alternatives exist; in fact in all the discussions and arguments over the years only two alternatives have ever been promoted and defended; Creation and Evolution.

            The only way that evolution could be possible; and the evolutionists themselves admit this; is for the world to have been gradually developed over millions and billions of years.  Thus the age of the earth is a critical cornerstone of evolutionary theory.

            The people who defend the Biblical creation recognize clearly that the Bible represents the age of the earth to be measured in only thousands of years not millions and billions.  The person who accepts and who believes the Bible is God’s word, perfect or inerrant, and complete, that:

 

“ALL SCRIPTURE is GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, AND is PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, FOR REPROOF, FOR CORRECTION, FOR INSTRUCITON IN RIGHEOUSNESS: THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE PERFECT {complete}, THOROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS.” II Timothy 3:16-17 

 

believes that God created the entire universe and all life upon the earth in six literal days.

 

Scientific Evidence for Creation

 

            Simply put there is a multitude of evidence that would indicate a young earth; an earth that is only a few thousand years old {most Bible scholars would say about 6,000 years}

            For example:  In common with the Law of God; in any and every branch of science, Laws establish and support scientific fact.  The laws of physics indicate that the moon is slowly moving away from the earth.  If the moon had been moving away from the earth over millions and billions of years then the moon would have been close enough at the beginning that the earth’s gravity would have pulled it apart.  Or, on the other hand, if the moon had been far enough away that it would not have been affected by the tidal and gravity forces of earth, and moving away for millions and billions of years it would be so far away today that we would not have a moon.

            Another argument for creation is the shape of the earth.  The earth’s spin is slowly decelerating, getting slower.  If the earth’s spin speed has been decelerating for that many millions or billions of years we would be at almost a stop by now.  If, on the other hand, the earth’s spin has been slowing down for millions or billions of years it would have begun so fast that the earth would have a big bulge and/or a ridge of mountains around the center at the equator due to the force of its spinning during the beginnings of evolutionary time.

            Another example of science supporting the idea of creation is seen in the depth of the dust on the moon.  During the years of planning the moon landing evolutionary scientists insisted that great danger lurked on the moon’s surface because of the millions or billions of years of dust that had accumulated on the moon and our astronauts would just sink in and disappear.  What did they really find?  Just what those who believe in God’s Creation told them they would find; the layer of dust on the moon was only a few inches thick; in keeping with the young (a few thousand years) age of the moon.

            This is just three of the arguments from the work of scientists themselves, based upon proven scientific laws that the earth is not millions and billions of years old; there are many, many more.

 

Biblical Evidence for Creation

 

            Of course, the great overwhelming evidence for God’s Creation is in God’s Word itself.  However, many who claim to believe the Bible still try to compromise it with the atheistic theory of evolution and all the so called “scientific” data that supposed supports such a notion.

            But the Bible unequivocally teaches a young earth and a young universe.  The Bible clearly maintains that the Creation of the universe and all that is in it was accomplished in a few days.  Genesis chapter one tells us how.  God simply and literally spoke the universe, the earth and everything he created into existence.  In Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26 the Holy Spirit records that “AND GOD SAID” and things happened.  In each case God speaks into existence a certain part of the created order and each time God speaks the recorder, the inspired writer simply records what happened.

            Liberal scientists, liberal theologians and our liberal brethren have attempted to sidestep the clear meaning of the Genesis account that God has provided for us.  In order to identify themselves with the “modern scientific” approach, in order to appear wise and intellectual among their academic neighbors they have labeled Genesis chapter one as a “myth” or a “hymn”.  Some have insisted that it is figurative.  Others condemn it simply as being “unscientific”.  Please consider the following:

 

1.  If the Bible is indeed inspired as Paul tells us it is in II Timothy 3:16-17 (and it is!) then Genesis chapter one is inspired as well.  The Bible, though written by some forty different men over a period of 1600 years, nevertheless really had only one author – the Holy Spirit – who governed each writer in such a way that he wrote no falsehood but precisely what God wanted.

2.     Secondly the chapter does not contain any of the marks or characteristics of poetic or figurative writings.  Even if it did, poetic language does not convey fantasy and fairy tales.  Far too many people, when they do not want to accept what the Bible teaches find it easy to pass the Bible off by saying “Well, that’s just figurative.”  Anyone who has studied the Bible knows that these people are either mis-informed, unlearned in God’s Word, or deceivers.

3.     Thirdly, Genesis chapter one is intended to be taken literally because the rest of the writers of the Bible do so.

 

Hebrews 11:3  THROUGH FAITH WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE WORLDS WERE FRAMED BY THE WORD OF GOD, SO THAT THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN WERE NOT MADE OF THINGS WHICH DO APPEAR.”

 

II Peter 3:4  AND SAY, WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING? FOR SINCE THE FATHER FELL ASLEEP, ALL THINGS CONTINUE AS they were FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION.”

Matthew 19:4  AND HE ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO THEM, HAVE YE NOT READ, THAT HE WHICH MADE them AT THE BEGINNING MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE.”

 

            And there are others.