Follow God or Baal
by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D.
"And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." (1 Kings 18:21)
"Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing" (2 Corinthians 6:17). This has always been the standard for God's people, in every age; but in every age there have been those who yield to worldly pressures and rationalize compromise. The number of such compromises is great, but the most serious is that of trying to accommodate the worldview of pagan pantheism (represented in Elijah's day by the Canaanite religion and in our day by "scientific" evolutionism) within the worldview of biblical monotheism. God's view of such compromise has not changed since Elijah's confrontation with the priests of Baal and the embarrassed Israelites.
The seven churches of Revelation represent all churches, and the letter to the last of the seven, Laodicea, is addressed to what might be called "neutralist" churches--outwardly orthodox and successful--but actually blind and naked spiritually because of their compromises. The Lord said concerning it: "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:16). In addressing it, He identified Himself as "the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God" (v.14), thus indicating that an untrue witness concerning creation was the church’s most serious compromise.
This is surely no time for compromises by Christians on such vital issues as evolutionary humanism. It is time for such churches and other Christian organizations to return unreservedly to an undiluted creationism. "For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?" (1 Corinthians 14:8). HMM