Nearly every candidate for pastoral ordination has been challenged with the charge given by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:2-3:
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.
So why will more than 10,000 pastors publically endorse evolutionary naturalism as "compatible" with Christianity during the month of February 2009?1 One word: Darwin.
On February 12, much of the world will be celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, whose popularized notion of evolution has influenced science, education, and many other realms of society for the past 150 years since the publication of his book On the Origin of Species. The media will no doubt hail him as a hero for his contribution to science.
Sadly, many Christians will elevate the life and work of Charles Darwin on February 12. Aberrant hybrids of the biblical creation account, such as progressive creation, the day-age theory, and theistic evolution, are growing in popularity across church denominations and even among evangelicals, who "subscribe" to the inerrancy of the Scriptures.
"Oh, we absolutely do not believe in evolution," these believers will tell ICR speakers at our seminars across the country. "We are committed to inspiration, but we don't like to stir up dissension among our folks. A lot of our members hold to long ages, and we don't think it's necessary to choose between the 'young earth' and the 'old earth' positions. The Gospel is what's important today, and we want to emphasize evangelism and godly living rather than controversial issues like origins."
Oceans of Piffle
Thomas G. Barnes, a former ICR colleague and long-time Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at El Paso, concluded:
The inevitable consequence of evolutionary training is indoctrination in an inverted form of logic. Inverted logic begins at the wrong end and runs counter to the fundamental laws of science. Inverted logic is the type that would erroneously lead one to think he can lift himself up by his own bootstraps, with his feet still inside the boots.2
The "science falsely so called"3 is so full of inverted logic, empty promises, and unproven "facts" that it defies human reason why and how so many embrace its "piffle."
Indeed, the major purveyors of this piffle know that it is nonsense! Richard Lewontin, a Harvard professor and a widely published, highly influential evolutionary geneticist, had this to say about the "scientific method" routinely used by him and his colleagues:
It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover that materialism is absolute for we cannot allow a Divine foot in the door.4
It is no wonder the Apostle Peter insists: "For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old."5 The "language" and "knowledge" of the creation speak every day and every night.6 That speech is so "clearly seen" that self-blinded, rebellious people who worship and serve "the creature more than the Creator" are "without excuse."7
That a majority of the world's naturalistically-educated scientists believe in evolution is not a surprise. Jesus told us that "many" would follow the broad "way, that leadeth to destruction."8 Much more disturbing, however, is the growing number of evangelical leaders who are willing--even passionate--to embrace some form of compromise with the atheistic theories of naturalism, causing them to subjugate the inerrant Word of God to "fit" with that which is alien to the text of Scripture.
Surely such leaders are aware that the evolutionary and creationist worldviews are in diametrical opposition to one another. Surely pastors know that "the backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways" (Proverbs 14:14). Surely evangelically-trained Christian leaders are aware of the writings and warnings of Dr. Francis Schaeffer.
These two world views stand as totals in complete antithesis in content and also in their natural results….It is not just that they happen to bring forth different results, but it is absolutely inevitable that they will bring forth different results.9
One wonders if such leaders love "the praise of men more than the praise of God" (John 12:43).
"Progressive creationism" is not a modern interpretation developed to bring the Genesis record into harmony with modern science, but a very ancient concept devised to impose a theistic connotation upon the almost universal pagan evolutionary philosophies of antiquity. The primeval existence of the cosmos, with matter in some form present from eternity, was a dogma common to all ancient religions and philosophies, seeking as they were to function without an omnipotent, holy, eternal, personal, Creator God. Compromising monotheists, both in ancient Israel and in the early Christian church, repeatedly resorted to various allegorical interpretations of Scripture, involving some form of protracted creation, seeking to amalgamate creationist/redemptionist theology with pagan humanistic philosophy. Almost inevitably, however, such compromises ended in complete apostasy on the part of the compromisers.10
Charles Darwin began as a biblical creationist, but slid into total atheism as he accepted the "proof" of Lyellian uniformitarianism, the geological ages, and a form of the so-called progressive creationism. It was not long before he became a committed theistic evolutionist, and ultimately a full-fledged atheist.
After the infamous Scopes trial in which William Jennings Bryan embraced the compromised day-age theory during his "defense," other creationist organizations failed to stand firm on the biblical account and quickly capitulated to theistic evolution or other such hybrids.
Those among the Lord's family who are inclined to merge some portion of the evolutionary dogma with the biblical message are doomed to undermine their own faith, as well as those whom they influence. These two belief systems are diametrically opposed. It is not possible to "serve two masters" (Matthew 6:24). One or the other will dominate.
Ideas do have consequences. If one entertains an atheistically-founded doctrine, he or she will ultimately encounter conflict between the revelation that originates from the Creator God and the rebellious desires of godless humanity, which seeks to exclude God from its thinking.
The very reason for postulating an ancient cosmos is to escape from God--to push Him as far away in space and as far back in time as possible, hoping thereby eventually to escape His control altogether, letting Nature become "god."
…Furthermore, if one must make a choice between a full-fledged theistic evolutionism and a compromising "progressive creationism," with its "day/age" theory of Genesis one would have to judge the latter worse than the former, theologically speaking….Surely all those who really believe in the God of the Bible should see that any compromise with the geological-age system is theological chaos. Whether the compromise involves the day/age theory or the gap theory, the very concept of the geological ages implies divine confusion and cruelty, and the God of the Bible could not have been involved in such a thing as that at all.11
The decline of intellectual capability is frighteningly described in Romans 1. Once a person sees the evidence for God in the "things that are made" (Romans 1:20), and in spite of the speech and knowledge that presents itself every day to humanity everywhere (Psalm 19)--once a person rejects that knowledge in favor of a doctrine that changes "the glory of the uncorruptible God" and changes "the truth of God into a lie" (Romans 1:23, 25)--such a person becomes "vain in their imaginations" and their "foolish heart" becomes darkened (Romans 1:21). "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind." (Romans 1:22, 28)
While the primary application of those warnings are directed toward godless men and women who "hold the truth in unrighteousness" (Romans 1:18), it is entirely possible for God's own people to be plundered "through philosophy and vain deceit" (Colossians 2:8), and for those of the King's children who do not grow in their faith to lose assurance of their salvation (2 Peter 1:9) or have their faith made "shipwreck" (1 Timothy 1:19).
Compromise with the "error of the wicked" can only end in a "fall from your own stedfastness" (2 Peter 3:17).
Contend for the Faith
Jude's admonition to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 1:3) has never been more critical. Revivals in society have always been preceded by revivals among the saints. The promise for national healing is dependent on God’s people humbling themselves and turning from their sinful behavior (2 Chronicles 7:14). Once the repentance of that which is ungodly has been made, then prayer and seeking the face of our Creator will bring healing to the land. ICR's founder phrased it this way some 20 years ago:
If it were not for the continued apathetic and compromising attitude of Christian theologians and other intellectuals on this vital doctrine of recent creation, evolutionary humanism would long since have been exposed and defeated. The world will never take the Biblical doctrine of the divine control and imminent consummation of all things very seriously until we ourselves take the Biblical doctrine of the recent creation of all things seriously. Neither in space nor in time is our great God of creation and consummation "very far from every one of us."12
It is that understanding and the many challenges of God's Word that drive the work of ICR today. All of us are committed to contend and to fight for the truth of God's Word, at every level and in every opportunity that God opens up for us.
Become an unashamed "creation advocate" today and stand with ICR on the front lines of our battle for truth.
- Ford, L. 2008. Capitulating on Creation: Changing the truth of God into a lie. Acts & Facts. 37 (9): 4.
- Barnes, T. G. 1985. Oceans of Piffle in Evolutionary Indoctrination. Acts & Facts. 14 (4).
- 1 Timothy 6:20.
- Lewontin, R. C. 1997. Billions and Billions of Demons. The New York Review of Books. 44 (1): 31.
- 2 Peter 3:5.
- Psalm 19:2-3.
- Romans 1:20, 25.
- Matthew 7:13.
- Schaeffer, F. 1981. A Christian Manifesto. Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 18.
- Morris, H. 1984. Recent Creation Is a Vital Doctrine. Acts & Facts. 13 (6).
* Dr. Morris is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Creation Research.
Cite this article: Morris III, H. M. 2009. Darwin's Dangerous Doctrine. Acts & Facts. 38 (2): 6.