The Bible and Evolution Together?
List of Ministries Teaching Evolution
Why Does the Age of the Earth Matter?
Why Christian Ministreis Support Evolution
When I was eight years old, I remember asking my mother why the Bible says God made the world, but school says it came from the Big Bang, and my mother said, "Well, maybe God used the Big Bang." I appreciate my mother's efforts to provide an answer, but that is a common compromise Christians use when they DON'T have an answer. For many years, I believed in evolution because of this answer. I do not condemn my mother in any way for not having an answer, and today she knows the truth, but I fear that many parents are leading their children into this false doctrine when they do not know what to tell them, and regrettably, many Christian ministries support this "God used evolution" worldview.
Many of us respect, and look-up to, well-known preachers and evangelists. We grew up listening to them via our parents or grandparents, and generally assume they are the experts on the Bible and Christianity in general. We have their books and DVDs in our homes, and have benefited from some of their teachings, but we can't be respecters of persons by not questioning what these people believe when it comes to the foundations of the Bible.
We know these men claim to believe in Jesus Christ, but the foundation of Christ's message is in the book of Genesis. Genesis contains the Creation, the Fall of man, the genealogy of the bloodline of Christ, and much more. Genesis is the foundation of our Christian beliefs, so it is something I take very seriously, and all Christians should be prepared to give an answer (1Pet 3:15) a proper rebuke (Rom 16:17-18) to Christian men teaching false doctrine.
|Earth before Sun||Sun before Earth|
|Oceans before Land||Land before Oceans|
|Light before Sun||Sun before Light|
|Fruit trees before Fish||Fish before Fruit Trees|
|Fish before Insects||Insects before Fish|
|Plants before Sun||Sun before Plants|
Marine Mammals before
Land Mammals before
|Birds before Reptiles||Reptiles before Birds|
|Man brought Death||Death brought Man|
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
religion of evolution, they compromise the authority of God's Word, and that can do a lot of spiritual damage.
Reasons to Believe
"The international team of astronomers dated the birth of the star at 13.2 +/- 2.7 billion years ago...
we can be confident in the 13.7-billion-year age they give for creation."
-Dr. Jeff Zweerink, Birth Date of Old Star Confirms Universe's Age, June 20, 2007, quoted from Reasons to Believe website on Nov 22, 2010: http://www.reasons.org/birth-date-old-star-confirms-universes-age; Hugh Ross openly admits this belief
Don Stoner Ministries
"There are many theories concerning the formation of[he then links to NASA and Wikipedia articles that teach billions of years]
our solar system... astronomers agree that solar systems form from clouds of interstellar matter called nebulae. In the case of the formation of our solar system, this cloud is believed to have contained the remains of an ancient star (or stars) which exploded long ago.Eventually gravitational forces pulled this matter into our sun and planets. At first, before the sun ignited, this process took place in the darkness of interstellar space."
-Donald W. Stoner, A Theory Concerning the Formation of Our Solar System, Sept 14, 2009, adapted from chapter 7 of his book: A New Look at an Old Earth, quoted from Don Stoner's website: http://www.dstoner.net/Math_Science/Solar.html
Gerald Schroeder Ministries
"If in a few generations of selective breeding a farmer could produce a robust sheep from a skinny one, then, Darwin reasoned, in a few million or billion generations a sponge might evolve into an ape...
That life developed from the simple to the complex is, in my opinion, true."
-Gerald Schroeder, Evolution: Rationality vs. Randomness, quoted from Gerald Schroeder's website on Nov 22, 2010: http://www.geraldschroeder.com/Evolution.aspx
Focus on the Family
"You know, I uh just from my own perspective... I'm confused as to the truth within this issue and the two sides of it [young earth vs old earth], and
I don't know who's right... I see problems in both perspectives... It reminds me in some ways of the first year that Shirley and I were married and we needed some life insurance, so I invited in about 7 or 8 life insurance salesmen and I figured I'd listen to all of them and then I'd know life insurance and make a decision. I got so confused that I wound up just saying, 'You tell me what to buy.'"
-Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family Debate between Hugh Ross and Duane Gish, Aug 12, 1992
Creation Revolution received an email response in 1994 from Focus on the Family concerning this issue:
"His [James Dobson] private opinion as a layman with no training in the physical sciences, leans in the direction of a moment of
creation that may have involved a ‘big bang’ type of episode."
-Carolyn Bush, Senior Assistant to Dr. James Dobson from Focus on the Family, in a reply to an e-mail inquiry from Creation Revolution, October, 1994, retrieved Jan 26, 2013, [http://creationrevolution.com/2011/04/james-dobson-on-creation/]
James Dobson has not come forward to state his position clearly, but has
(See Ken Ham, Beware of anti-evolutionism?, Answers in Genesis, Sept 15, 2000)
Christian Broadcasting Network
The current theory which I accept points to a big bang theoryas the beginning of creation, when about 15 billion years agoan extraordinarily dense mass exploded, and out of that came an expanding universe."
-Pat Robertson, Bring It On, published by Thomas Nelson Inc, 2003, p. 135, ISBN: 9780849917127
Benny Hinn Ministries
We have a gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. There's a gap. I believe in the gapbecause the Bible supports it. God creates a perfect earth Genesis 1:1. God destroys the earth in Genesis 1:2. What happens in between? Lucifer rebels against God and the earth is destroyed. And for billions of years, he is on the earth as Satan because Jesus said I saw Satan fall from heaven as lightning."
-Benny Hinn, Praise the Lord, TBN Broadcast, Hinn supports the Gap Theory, May 3, 2010
John Hagee Ministries
(See John Hagee, Knowing the Secrets of God: Understanding Your Place in His Plan, published T. Nelson, 2002, p. 9-10, ISBN: 9780785265894)
(See www.leestrobel.com, The Biblical Account of Creation by Hugh Ross, retrieved Jan 29, 2013, [http://www.leestrobel.com/videoserver/video.php?clip=CCNT1728]
Strobel also references to Norman Geisler, who likewise points to the Big Bang model.
(See Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith, Zondervan, 2009, ISBN: 9780310565703)
Christian Research Institute
"With the above biblical data in mind, [supporting the "day-age" billions of years]... most of the strongest arguments against the creationist viewpoint currently being made by contemporary science are eliminated[i.e. the Bible data is not certain the earth is young]
when we let go of our insistence upon a 6,000-10,000 year old earth.From the standpoint of presenting an effective apologetic (defense) for the Christian faith, this point must be considered.Why put heavy emphasis on a doctrine that can stand in the way of some people's arriving at Christian faith when it is not even certain that the biblical data supports the obstacle in question?"
-Christian Research Institute, lead by Hank Hanegraaff, The Creation Story: How Old is the Earth?, CRI Statement DA060, retrieved Nov 23, 2010, http://www.equip.org/articles/the-creation-story-how-old-is-the-earth-
Break Point Ministries
"Since the discovery that the universe had a beginning... you have things coalecsing to a beginning point when you look out into space. The universe is expanding... it's been shown that it coalecses to a point, and[i.e. he believe Genesis teaches billions of years]
that's the essence of what we call Big Bang theory... My own personal views in that regard: I am an old-earth progressive creationist."
-Dr. Bruce Gordon, Member of the Discovery Institute and Professor at The King's College in New York, quoted in Chuck Colson Center radio interview, Worldview Conflict in Education: Origins and the Basis of Science Education, Dr. Robert Acuff, Aug 9, 2010, http://www.breakpoint.org/the-center/columns/wilberforce-forum/15642-worldview-conflicts-in-education-origins-and-the-basis-of-science-education
Norman Geisler Ministries
"Most scientific evidence sets
the age of the world at billions of years... Early rocks have been dated in terms of radioactivity and set at billions of years old.Simply given the rate that salt runs into the sea and the amount of salt there would suggest multimillions of years."
-Dr. Norman L. Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Baker Books, 1999, p. 272, ISBN: 9780801021510
BG Evangelistic Association
[dinosaurs] aren't mentioned in the Bible, however, since they were extinct by the time it was written."
-Billy Graham, Billy Graham's My Answer, retrieved from billygraham.org, Nov 26, 2010, http://www.billygraham.org/articlepage.asp?articleid=4153; See Dinosaurs and the Bible here at creationliberty.com for more details)
"I believe that God created man, and whether
it came by an evolutionary processand at a certain point He took this person or being and made him a living soul or not, does not change the fact that God did create man... whichever way God did it makes no difference as to what man is and man's relationship to God."
-Billy Graham, Personal Thoughts of a Public Man, Chariot Victor Publishing, 1999, p. 72-74; See also Mark Whorton & Hill Roberts, Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation, B&H Publishing, 2008, p. 82, ISBN: 9780805494860
"The best place to start is not with Genesis 1 and the six days of creation, arguing about how long those days may have been. That immediately gets people into an issue that divides believers."[i.e. he does not want to discuss what's the truth of God's Word, and
-Jim Dailey, Dismantling Darwinism, Decision Magazine, Aug 1, 2003, retrieved from billygraham.org, Nov 26, 2010, http://www.billygraham.org/articlepage.asp?articleid=342
I have had some people bring up complaint on this, asking, "Why would you say Billy Graham does not want to discuss the truth of the Bible?" Billy Graham used to be a wonderful preacher (my grandmother used to listen to him all the time), but he has fallen in terms of his doctrine on many levels. Not only does he teach millions of years in his ministry, but he also believes, as Robert Schuller, that everyone in the world, Christian and pagan alike, has Salvation and will automatically get to heaven without faith in Jesus Christ.|
(Read "Does hell exist according to the Bible?" here at creationliberty.com for more details)
Can the average person read the Bible and understand it? Or do we need a cult leader to tell us what it says? For example:
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day...
(e.g. Matthew 19:4, John 5:46, etc)
Can someone believe in millions of years of evolution, and still be Saved by Jesus Christ? I would like to think so, but Jesus Christ has said otherwise:
For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
(See Geological Evidence of a Global Flood here at creationliberty.com for more details)
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
-1 Corinthians 15:21
There are many evolutionists that know full-well that their theory eliminates the need for Jesus Christ and many moral elements of the Bible. I also used to believe evolution was true and thought along those same lines. Even famous evolutionary athropologist, Sir Arthur Keith, knew that evolution was incompatible with Christ:
"The conclusion I have come to is this:
the law of Christ is incompatible with the law of evolution... Nay, the two laws are at war with each other; the law of Christ can never prevail until the law of evolution is destroyed."
-Sir Arthur Keith, Evolution and Ethics, G.P. Putnam's Sons Publishing, 1947, p. 15
Whichever way God did it makes no difference as to what man is and man's relationship to God."
Yes it does, Billy. It makes all the difference in the world how and why God did it. This is an extremely important issue. David Hull, a well-known evolutionist, stated it best when he said:
"Whatever God implied by evolutionary theory... may be like, He is not the Protestant God of waste not, want not.
He is also not a loving God who cares about his productions... The God of the Galapagos [Islands] is careless, wasteful, indifferent, almost diabolical. He is certainly not the sort of God to whom anyone would be inclined to pray."
-David L. Hull, Evolutionist Professor of Philosophy of Northwestern University, "God of the Galapagos," review of Darwin on Trial, by Phillip Johnson (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Gateway, 1991, 195 pp.), Nature, Vol. 352, Aug 8, 1991, p. 485-486
I am surprised that Christians would defend such a retarded and evil god in their ministries. That's not the God of the Bible. I can see two main reasons why Christians hold on to evolution:
If any of the men I listed in this article would come forward and state their position clearly, and they do not support billions of years, I will be happy and excited to remove them from this list. Until then, I would recommend that if you like listening to these men preach, continue to do so, but be cautious of what you are hearing. Just do what the Bereans did:
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.