The best defense is a strong offense

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Published: 28 May 2019 (GMT+10)
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As Christians, we often state that the Bible is our sole authority in all areas of life, including science. While this is something CMI affirms, sometimes this idea gets misapplied, and it can have negative effects on subsequent generations. For instance, some people don’t want to teach their children about evolution at all, and simply trust that because they have been taught the biblical account, they will be equipped to answer evolutionary theory if they encounter it later in life.

So prevalent is this attitude, in fact, that popular Christian satire website Babylon Bee recently published an article entitled, “Congregation Prays Graduating Senior Be Protected From Basic Secular Arguments They Never Bothered To Prepare Her For.”1

Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a bit of pointed humor to bring home a glaring reality. The fact is children will be exposed to evolution in school, in college, in media, and through their friends.

Know your enemy!

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:4–5, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ … ”

Note here that the Bible uses the symbolism of warfare. In a war, one cannot blindly walk into the enemy camp without knowing what one is up against. In the same way, being able to ‘destroy arguments’ requires one to understand what secular arguments are being made. This is where creation apologetics comes in. At CMI we have one primary purpose: to equip the church for more effective witnessing in a hostile, secularized world.

Our youth, having grown up in a protected, ‘safe’ Christian environment, head off to secular universities totally unaware of the challenges to their faith they are about to face. Professors make no bones about the fact that they are there to attempt to influence their students to adopt their own (liberal, anti-Christian) point of view. University professor Bill Savage wrote,

“After a teary-eyed hug, Mom and Dad will drive their SUV off toward the nearest gas station, leaving their beloved progeny behind. And then they are all mine.” 2

Of course, Savage claims he is not indoctrinating his students, but simply teaching them to “think for themselves”. Yet, strangely, the idea that his students ’thinking for themselves’ could result in any outcome other than their submission to his own leftist worldview seems foreign to him!

Whether professors like Savage want to admit it to themselves or not, though, indoctrination is exactly what they are doing. When nearly all the faculty of most secular colleges are hostile to biblical Christianity, especially the ‘biblical creationist’ type, it would be naïve to think this attitude would not have an impact on unprepared students. But professors like Savage are not, in fact, so naïve. They see it as a mission to change the outlook of their students to match their own and rid them of their ‘archaic and unscientific’ views. Even many ‘Christian’ colleges have the goal of liberalizing students, which wrecks their faith even more effectively, because no one thinks this will happen in a ‘Christian’ college.3

Stop the FALLOUT!

Recently, we produced a mini-documentary entitled Fallout about exactly this (see creation.com/fallout). Our US CEO, Gary Bates, asked students if they were continuing to attend church after going to college. Sadly, the majority were not. Without exception, all of these students also accepted evolution as a fact. The exciting thing, though, is the handful of students who affirmed biblical creation still attended church regularly—every one of them! Arming your children with answers to secular attacks on the Bible, starting with Genesis, is the best way to ensure they stay in church. Speaking with parents at local events, our staff members continually hear reports confirming this! We really are fighting on the front lines of the ‘culture wars’, and we need your support to keep up the effort.

Introducing your congregation to creation is easier than you think

If you have never had a CMI speaker at your church, the single best thing you could do would be to talk to your pastor about inviting one of our accredited creation speakers to give a creation presentation (send him to creation.com/pastors). It just might be the first time many in your church will have ever been exposed to this faith-building information, and it could be the key that keeps the kids in your church from falling out.

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References and notes

  1. Congregation Prays Graduating Senior Be Protected From Basic Secular Arguments They Never Bothered To Prepare Her For, babylonbee.com, 26 June 2018. Return to text.
  2. Savage, B., Lessons Learned, thestranger.com, 9 June 2005. Return to text.
  3. Wieland, C., Crisis in the colleges, creation.com/crisis-in-the-colleges, 23 November 2004. Return to text.

Readers’ comments

Michael T.
Caution. The statements lifted from Paul's letter to the Corinthians describe personal tactics of Paul himself and his ministry partner. Those are not a general admonition to the Corinthians, nor are they being asserted as a battle plan for all believers. That said, when believers engage in the man-to-man combat of apologetics, the approach Paul described seems appropriate as to form and intent. Note though, that he attacks arguments, not people, not entire institutions. He is as much on guard of his own attitude as he is of the deceptions of the other speaker.
Kirk B.
It seems to me that evolutionism is not even worthy of the term "theory" and should be termed a "superstition". Yet even superstitions must be understood and countered by Bible-believing Christians, for even Paul addressed the superstitions of his day (the worship of Roman and Greek gods,e.g.) no matter how unbelievable their myths were. I am so thankful that fifty years ago, as a teenager, I had creationist books to arm me with a good offense!
Don D.
Thank you for an excellent article. It is sad to see that the very first comment though, is giving a "caution". In fact, the caution seems to go against the entire purpose of the article. Perhaps one could grant the premise that this is what Paul and his ministry partner did and is not meant for the Corinthian church as a whole...although why did Paul tell them about his practice if he did not intend to promote this procedure? Also, Peter tells us to "always be prepared to give a reason for our faith". Be ready, Be prepared. To do what? In effect, to "tear down strongholds, lofty opinions and arguments." If we are called to "make disciples", I think that is Biblical, is it not? If we are called to make disciples, then our disciples need to be ready for the attacks that will come against their "faith." We have abdicated our responsibility, and the results are clear. "Fallout" is one attempt to counter this trend and I support it wholeheartedly. I can only hope that the "Michaels" in our churches will come to see the truth of this, the sooner the better.
Frank S.
I know that nothing exists without our Creator planning/foreseeing what, when, and by what means. What may look to the unbelieving as a random combination of events (like a cosmic particle altering a strand of DNA) is not random at all (it takes two or more such events to make a breeding pair of animals) but a creative act directed or caused solely by God. The random combination unbeliever is left with the quandary of if the Cambrian period was evolutionary and not caused by God, why did it not continue or why has it not continued? More importantly, is why and for what purpose did God make you and me?
Doug L.
The main criticism I have of creationist publications is that they do not present the strongest arguments form the opposition. We're very good about stating our arguments, all of which are very good, no doubt about it. And that's not bad. And CMI, IMO, is the best of the best at presenting good science answers. It's just that that is not good enough. It's not good enough to merely cite comments from the anti-Christ crowd. We need to present the BEST, the STRONGEST arguments from the opposition. In fact, we need to MAKE their arguments as well as or better than they do because this is exactly what our young people will face when they get into a university setting. And we need to address those things for which we have no answer. (I.e. no answer yet.)

There are a lot things for which we do not have good answers. Those are things the kids will be hit with and which will shake their confidence. But in bringing up those issues we need to show that the creation position also has issues which THEY, the secularist evolutionists, cannot answer. And I believe the issues we raise against them are fundamental whereas theirs are superficial or trivial in comparison. If kids understand that, they'll be much stronger.

I read almost every article that comes out of the YEC camp and I often ask myself, "But what does the opposition say about this and what's their answer? Do they have one?" I don't want to be in the position of being blind-sided by counter arguments I've never clearly heard before. And that's exactly what kids in a university environment are going to have thrown at them. So I think we need to do a lot better job of that. That approach will greatly strengthen our kid's offense.
Paul Price
Doug,

You bring up some very salient points. I agree wholeheartedly about the huge importance of preparing people for the types of responses they will hear from the opposition to our arguments. I have spent a lot of time investigating these, especially as it regards my favorite argument, Genetic Entropy. You may be interested to read the article I co-authored with Dr. Robert Carter on this topic which delves into some of these responses at creation.com/fitness. Unfortunately, it is impossible to anticipate every possible response, especially since many times the opposition are less educated on these topics than they pretend to be.

I have also co-authored a booklet (coming out sometime this year) with Gary Bates that specifically addresses students and their parents, with the goal of preparing them for the spiritual battleground of academia. While it doesn't get into all the possible arguments they will hear, it hopefully will be useful in teaching them how to approach novel responses, and also in preparing them for some of the basics. Stay tuned to our Infobytes email newsletter to get the announcement on this new resource.

I appreciate your constructive input, and I will continue to keep this goal in mind.

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