Causeless capitulation on creation
Many people in the church claim that consistent creation teaching ‘turns people away from the Gospel.’ However, both logic and many testimonies find exactly the opposite: capitulation on creation turns people off the Gospel! Conversely, consistency on creation has helped many to realize the consistency of the Gospel message.
We can see that in 1 Corinthians 15, where Paul reminded them of the Gospel, including the Resurrection of Jesus. Then he explained the reason the Gospel is needed: our ancestor Adam had brought physical death into the world because of his sin. And since death is the punishment for human sin, Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, took on human nature so He could die and pay the penalty for sin of all believers.1
Furthermore, the same people who don’t want to challenge the atheists’ origin myth (evolution) naïvely think they will leave the rest of the Christian faith alone. However, the atheists realize that if they get Christians to capitulate on the first book of the Bible—and one of the easiest to understand—the rest should be easy.2
Unsurprisingly, along with Christian doctrine, Christian morality is also under severe attack. Evils like prenatal baby-butchery (abortion) are not only legal in most western nations, but are funded by money coerced from taxpayers. Christians have been fined and even jailed for refusing to support gay ‘marriage’.
Yet the capitulation on creation has often continued to capitulation on such non-negotiable Christian moral positions. After all, Jesus affirmed that God decreed marriage as a man and a woman (Matthew 19:3–6), based on citing Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 as God’s words.3 Sad to say, there are some in the church who are bold only when attacking people for taking a biblical stand on creation or morality, e.g. they are angrier with calling abortion ‘baby-killing’ than the fact that it is baby-killing.
Far from attracting unbelievers, this capitulation often repels people from the Gospel. For example, one Christian said he had for many years refused to consider Christianity because, “For a long time I would never consider converting because I thought you had to be weak and passive in order to be a Christian.”4
The especially sad thing is that there probably has never been a better time to be bold about biblical creation. For almost 40 years, Creation magazine has been pointing this out in over 100 countries. In every issue, we interview a highly qualified creationist scientist; this time it is a geneticist who refutes the myth that humans and apes are 98% similar (p. 20). And we interview other people who understand the importance of Genesis, this time a pastor/theologian who refutes compromise on creation such as the ‘framework hypothesis’ (p. 46).
Many people are afraid of defending Genesis creation because they think evolution has been proven. In reality, natural selection has been proven, but it is part of biblical Creation/Fall as a culling force, not a creative force, as shown with bedbugs (p. 24).
And why would a loving God make nasty things like that? The answer is the important ecological functions they serve today, and before the Fall, they would have served it in a way that didn’t hurt us, e.g. wasps (p. 16).
Another reason for not defending Genesis is belief that the combined rock layers must have taken millions of years to form. However, in science, you can always trade intensity for time. And Genesis reveals a globe-covering Flood, which is very intense, that could have formed many layers quickly (p. 50). Fortunately, God gave us the rainbow as a promise never to send a global flood again (p. 44).
It’s effective, too …
And defending creation really does work! Almost 20 years ago, a young scientist called Sonia had rejected Christianity. But a colleague both memorized and photocopied Creation magazine articles, and shared them for over two years. She says:
“The process was interesting in that once I realized that creation could have happened—thereby removing my evolutionary foundation and replacing it with the creation foundation, I then found it easy to accept the entire Gospel message. This did not happen overnight as I was thoroughly indoctrinated with evolutionary ideology and had already rejected the Bible.”5
So please do the same as Sonia’s co-worker: study and share Creation magazine articles. It really does work, and we know of hundreds like Sonia.
References and notes
- For more, see Sarfati, J., ‘Just preach the Gospel!’ or: how not to impress atheists, Creation 35(3):15–17, 2013; creation.com/just-preach-gospel. Return to text.
- Cosner, L., Evolutionary syncretism: a critique of BioLogos, creation.com/biologos, September 2010. Return to text.
- Sarfati, J., Gay ‘marriage’ and the consistent outcome of Genesis compromise, 30 June 2012; creation.com/gay. Return to text.
- Paraphrased from Adams, M., Onward Christian Pansies, townhall.com, 8 July 2016. Return to text.
- Sonia’s Testimony: Creation magazine opened my eyes to the Gospel! Prayer News, 2000; creation.com/sonia. Return to text.
I came from an era of believers where God was to be ‘feared of’, meaning that to even question his Word was considered ungodly behaviour worthy of some form of personal penalty to be suffered which ‘He’ would meet out! Thus whenever we experienced something that went wrong to us, that was the ‘payback’, so we learned to accept whatever we were taught! (respect of elders syndrome).
Sadly we still have that influence present in many older worshipers today, “don’t buck the system”.
Great article, yes, any deviance from the creation story is a detriment to the Gospel. To understand God’s plan it is absolutely key to understand that:
- Adam was created perfect
- Adam brought sin into the world when he purposefully (Adam was not deceived) ate the forbidden fruit
- The Seed of the woman would crush the head of the snake and the snake would bruise his heel. This was really the first mention of the Gospel right there in the first book of the Bible.
God ultimately had a plan to deliver man. These three truths are foundational to the plan of Salvation.
I was converted back in 1989, and for a long time I struggled with Creation and Evolution, trying to fit what scientists taught into the Bible. In all of that time, I did not grow as a Christian but lived in fear and doubt. I prayed to God to give me the faith to believe His word. God taught me that when I believe, then I will see. So, I began reading God’s word, praying for the Holy Spirit to teach me to trust and believe. What was incredible to me was once I began believing the Bible because it was God’s Word, the doubts and the fears stopped and I began to grow and change. I had the assurance that God is Sovereign and all things are in His hands, and all I have to do is put my trust in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5–7 is the verse I remember each morning when I arise, when I read God’s word, throughout every day as I go about my business and when I lay down to sleep.
Thanks for helping Christians including myself get rid of the evolution blinkers. Attended your talk in Sydney in the early 1990s when it was called Answers in Genesis. Just completed reading Henry Morris’ book on The Long War Against God as he traced its origin from antiquity. Appreciate the work all of you are dedicating to the LORD.
Great article! More and more, I’m finding that appreciating God’s ability to speak life into existence strengthens rather than weakens my confidence in Him. We have an awesome Creator! Christians mustn’t reduce God's creative power to fallible human concepts of power. We limit God so much when we do this!
What an inspiration creation is when we apply it at the spiritual level—God’s power to create true life in our own hearts, so we can live righteously and overcome sin and error.