These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at his coming. 1 John 2:26-28
The debate is over. Ken Ham and Bill Nye the Science Guy. For those who missed the debate about evolution, there will be a DVD of the entire debate available, and the debate is now online here (skip to the 13 min mark where it actually starts). The online video has already had over 1.2 million views since last week. I was perhaps most grateful to Ken Ham for the fact that several times in the debate, he was able to share the Gospel message, pointing to us what is most important. I was also thankful that folks like him and Dr. Purdom are faithfully defending God’s clear and unambiguous account in Genesis of how we were created. My prayer is that God will use this event to move hearts and minds, bring people to the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, help remove doubt and confusion in the minds of wavering Christians, and that He will rebuke those professing Christian leaders who are promoting this ungodly teaching.
I know, perhaps not many minds were not changed right away, and some minds may never change on this issue. Yet, the biblical Christian knows that the theory of evolution is a farce. Even a non-believer who looks at the evidence knows it is a farce. It is unproven, it is full of holes, and many parts of it have been discredited over time, after many scientists were so sure about it. Yet, the sad irony is that not only does Bill Nye reject the truth of the biblical account of creation, so do many pastors! And this is one of the great dangers in our church today- pastors who deny the truth of Scripture, and you need to be warned about this.
It is very possible today that you could be under the leadership of a pastor who denies the historical accuracy and truthfulness of Genesis 1-11. In fact, I would advise you to ask him what he does believe, if he has not made that clear yet. If you believe what God has said in Scripture, and if you reject the godless theory of evolution, what does it say to you if you find out that your pastor accepts evolution? Before and after the debate, I read various comments about Ken Ham at several “Christian” websites on the internet. There is a certain disdain for Ken Ham, who has defended the biblical position and has written many articles exposing the godless teaching of evolution within the Nazarene denomination.
There is also a certain disdain for Nazarene pastors, and Christian pastors in general, who believe in the biblical account. There is an elitist spirit about these critics of Bible believing Christians. I saw this elitist spirit at General Assembly this year, as a pastor from New England, along with his friend, abruptly walked away from a conversation with me about evolution. I was challenging them from a biblical perspective, and in the end, they would have none of that kind of talk in the conversation. They wanted compromise, and they wanted me to accept the evolution position as a viable position.
As we have posted before, if you believe in evolution, then you have to reject several things taught in Scripture.
To a theistic evolutionist, he/she must believe that:
-Adam and Eve were not real historical figures as described in Genesis;
-Jesus was not truthful when he talked about Adam and Eve in a historical context;
-You reject God’s account in Genesis that He created everything in six days;
-You reject the truthfulness of the genealogical account of the Lord in the book of Luke, which includes Adam;
-The account of the first 11 chapters of Genesis is only allegory;
-You accept that death came into the world many years before any Adam and Eve, contradicting Romans 5:12 and its explanation of how sin and death came into the world;
-You pick and choose what you want to believe, instead of accepting God’s historical account at face value;
-You choose to use your own intellect and human reasoning and philosophy to validate the Bible, instead of letting the Bible validate itself;
-You reject the inerrancy and reliability of Scripture as the sole and final written authority for our faith and practice, and instead accept that the Bible has errors and is written deceptively.
Those pastors who are promoting the godless theory of evolution must be confronted. If not, they will continue deceiving countless Christians without opposition. They will sow the seeds of doubt in their minds, and soon, the floodgates will open for some, who will start doubting other parts of Scripture. These pastors are the “corrupt shepherds” that were so aptly described by Walter Martin. Some of them are the open theists as well, who believe that God cannot know all of the future. They have swallowed hook line and sinker the religion of man, but the fact that they have been fooled cannot excuse them, because now they are teaching others about their godless ideas.
If you believe in evolution, then perhaps it is of no concern to you that your pastor might also. But if you reject this godless idea, then isn’t it only fair to know where your pastor stands on this? Go ahead, ask him, and politely ask for a straight answer on this issue. Is it because you know more than your pastor, that you can challenge him? No. He has his theology degrees, but you have something better. You have the word of God, and that is all you need to confront him with.