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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Get Ready for ‘Evolution Weekend’

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809. This year will be the two-hundredth anniversary of his birth. Evolutionists in this country and across the world will be celebrating. In mid-February evolutionists have planned ‘Evolution Weekend,’ where they will celebrate their hero in, of all places, their churches. So far, over 500 congregations in all 50 U.S. states (and 9 other countries) are planning to participate in Evolution Weekend and rejoice in Darwin and his evolutionary teachings.

Furthermore, thus far nearly 12,000 U.S. Christian clergy have signed what is called the ‘Clergy Letter Project,’ which is a petition that, as Answers In Genesis (www.answersingenesis.org) puts it, “denies God’s Word and endorses evolution by declaring that ‘We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth . . . .’”

It should not be surprising that so many Christians and Christian churches (I use these terms very lightly.) have bought into the lie of Darwinian evolution. Today we have ‘churches’ that endorse everything from homosexuality and gay marriage to abortion. We would be foolish to think that such people would accept the biblical account of the origins of mankind.

Actually what these ‘churches’ have done is deny the authority of Scripture in each of these matters and gone with the wisdom of man instead of the truths of God. In fact, the slippery slope of scriptural denial begins with Darwinian Evolution. If you don’t believe what the Bible has to say “in the beginning,” why would you accept what it reveals on any matter? When you deny the creation account in the Bible, you destroy the foundation upon which all of Scripture rests.

In other words, if there is not a literal Adam and Eve, a literal garden, a literal tree, a literal fruit, a literal serpent, and a literal ‘fall from grace,’ the whole message of the Bible is tainted. The answer to each of the following questions is in Genesis chapters one to eleven: Why is there death and suffering in the world? Why is marriage only the union of one man and one woman? Why do we wear clothes? Why did Jesus Christ have to die on the cross?

The Bible is all about God’s love for mankind and His redemption of it through the sacrifice of Christ. If you deny Genesis chapters one to eleven, then why was it necessary for Christ to die for the sins of all mankind? Yousee, the very foundations of Christianity rest upon the history contained in the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

Over the last 100 years or so, the church has done a poor job of teaching this foundational history to its flock. Now more than ever it is time for Bible-believing denominations and congregations to stand up for the truth of all Scripture.

The Christian ministry Answers In Genesis (AIG), to which I refer often, is holding two conferences in February, called ‘Answers for Darwin’ (www.AnswersForDarwin.com), to counter the evolutionary message of ‘Evolution Weekend.’ The first will be held on the west coast on February 6-7 at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in California. The second will be held on February 16-17 at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg,Virginia. (This is the church that the late Jerry Falwell founded.)

AIG notes that, “These West Coast and East Coast conferences are specifically designed to equip you with the answers and resources you need to effectively share the truth of God’s Word with a world that is increasingly turning its back on Him. And because Darwin will be “everywhere” next February, you need to be able to answer the questions posed by your friends (and maybe even some family members) about evolution during that time. Get equipped at these faith-building conferences.”

I suspect that a list of U.S. Christian clergy who oppose Darwinian evolution would dwarf the list of those who support it. In fact, according to a 2006 CBS poll, the majority of Americans (53%) hold to the creationist view that “God created human beings in their present form within the last ten thousand years.” If you are in this majority, and if you believe that the Bible is true, make sure you equip yourself with the proper answers to the evolutionary thinking that will be prominently on display this year.

Copyright 2009, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

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