"Tired of wolves in sheep’s clothing?"
It's a special deacon's meeting at the church to interview the prospective new pastor. Each of the deacons begins to ask questions of the pastor. "Do you believe that God created the world? Do you believe that man is a sinner? Did Noah's Flood really occur? Was Jesus God?....And so the questioning continues.
At the end of the question time, the deacons are all convinced that this prospective pastor believes in the inspired, infallible Word of God, and is certainly the one they are looking for. Suddenly, one of the deacons requests that he be allowed to ask some really specific questions concerning the foundational Book of Genesis. To the horror of the others present, as very specific questions are asked, they suddenly realize that this pastor actually believes in evolution—rejects the Biblical account of a global flood—believes in millions of years in regard to the history of the earth and accepts a total evolutionary view of the dinosaurs.
This is a major problem in Christendom today. When prospective pastors, Christian schoolteachers, and theological lecturers, etc., are interviewed by a church or school board for position, many interviewers do not know the specific questions that need to be asked in regard to the foundational Book of Genesis. After the pastor or teacher is employed, people are shocked to find that they hold compromising beliefs in evolution, and yet they thought they had a sufficient screening process, which would not allow this to happen.
It is about time people start asking specific questions of their pastors, Christian schoolteachers, and theological colleges to determine what they really do believe and teach in regard to the foundational Book of Beginnings—Genesis. To help you with this, I have listed below five major questions that need to be asked, giving the specific details to ensure there can be no misunderstanding as to what is meant. It is suggested that Christians gently ask these same questions, in the same detail, and then act upon the results if it is found that the Christian leader they are questioning is an evolutionist or holds to some compromising position.
1. Do they believe in Adam? If the answer is "Yes"—this could still mean that they believe that Adam means "mankind," and not a specific person called Adam. The question needs to be asked in such a way that they will understand you are asking whether they believe there was an original man—one man—the First Man (I Corinthians 15) called Adam, of whom all people living and dead are descended.
2. Did death result from Adam's fall? Even though people will answer "Yes" to this, they may actually be thinking in terms of spiritual death, and not physical death, as well. One needs to get specific and ask if they believe that physical death and bloodshed of man and animals only existed in the world as a result of Adam's sin, and not before sin (Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:22; I Corinthians 15; Genesis 3:23). Even more specifically, they must be asked as to whether they believe the fossils of animals existed before Adam sinned; to allow this is to allow death and bloodshed before Adam sinned, which undermines the whole foundation of the Gospel message.
3. Did God create the heavens, and earth, and all things therein, in six days? A "Yes" answer to this question could still mean that the person believes the days were millions of years long. Again, the question must be asked very specifically: Do you believe these days were approximately 24 hours in length, as we understand a 24-hour day, today?
4. Was Noah's Flood worldwide? A person could answer in the affirmative, all the while thinking of worldwide in the sense of the known world at that time. Thus, they may actually believe in a local flood. It is necessary, therefore, to specifically ask if they believe the flood was global--that is, that the water covered the entire globe, covering all of the hills under the whole of heaven--that it was not just a local flood.
5. Where do the dinosaurs fit into history? According to the Bible, God made all land animals and man on Day Six--this must have included the dinosaurs. Do they believe dinosaurs lived along side of Adam? Did the dinosaurs go on the Ark? Did God send two of every (all) kinds of land-dwelling, air-breathing animals on board Noah's Ark? Then dinosaurs also must have gone onboard. Ask your Christian school what they are teaching children in relation to dinosaurs!
Many people have come to me shocked at finding that the teacher at their Christian school, for instance, was actually a theistic evolutionist. The parents didn't even recognize the evolutionary ideas that were infiltrating their children's thinking. They ask what can be done. One could suggest to the school that extra funds be designated for creation books, videos, and movie rentals, as well as teacher training so that the students and teachers can get this information. Of course, if the school refuses, then one would have to consider whether that is the place they want their children to go, but a good Christian school (and church) is well worth the time and financial resources it takes to restore complete Biblical thinking.
Some have said that maybe it doesn't matter if the Christian leaders (teachers, pastors, lecturers, etc.) do compromise with evolution, as long as they are solid in other areas. But it can easily be shown that the Book of Genesis is foundational to the rest of the Bible. It is important to remember the Lord's message to the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:15, 16, "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.... I will spew thee out of My mouth." Keeping this in mind, we then read Matthew 18:6: "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." Surely, this is a serious warning to those who teach--no wonder we are told, in James 3:1, " . . .be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation."
DID YOU KNOW?
. . . to hang on to your appendix? (Unless of course it is inflamed, which could be a dangerous condition.)
Most of you are familiar with the idea that the appendix is a vestigial and useless organ. We have been told that since the appendix was left over from our evolutionary ancestry, it should be removed as soon as it gives us any trouble. In fact, some doctors have suggested removing it to keep a problem from occurring. This is a good example of how non-scientific evolutionary ideas have been detrimental to the advancement of true science. Now that considerable research has been done on the appendix, it has been found to be a complex and highly specialized organ. While there are still a lot of things we do not understand about the human appendix, scientists believe it has important functions in the following areas: embryological, physiological, microbiological (bacteriological), biochemical, immunological. For instance, consider the following physiological function: The goblet cells which line the appendix and the adjacent caecum and colon secrete a special mucus which can be regarded as an antibacterial paint controlling the organisms which develop in the bowel, without which the body cannot truly utilize its food. Thus, most doctors now say that the appendix should not be removed. Think about it! How could these evolutionary scientists be sure it didn't have a function, just because they didn't yet know what the function was? Millions of people were led astray by this anti-scientific evolutionary belief. Had people accepted the Bible, which is the basis of true science, they would have seen that the Creator was responsible for all organs in the human body, and therefore the appendix was the result of creative design and organization formed according to a plan to perform a specific purpose.