Education and Current Events
Ideas Have Consequences
or why things are the way they are
88 percent is a number that should concern you very much, both for the
sake of your children and country. A Southern Baptist Council on Family
Life report found that 88 percent of children raised in evangelical
homes leave the church by the age of 20 and never return. The church is
hemorrhaging its youth and one of the reasons for it is that too many
in the church are not boldly proclaiming the whole Bible to be Godís
Word from Genesis to Revelation. We live in a world in which
evolutionism is the dominant religion. Evolutionist stories that are
not challenged will too often be accepted.
For the first 30 years of my life I attended churches in which the Bible was powerfully presented, except in the area of Creation. About that issue there was silence. Since a story that is not challenged, will so often be accepted, I became a theistic evolutionist, believing that God had used evolution to create. It wasnít until I was about 30 years old that I first heard a reasoned, scientific defense of Creation. When I heard the facts, the house of cards that is evolutionism fell apart. Some years later several of us started Project CREATION. It was then that I really began to realize the level of compromise and apathy that exists in so many churches. A church I was then attending hosted all sorts of entertainers, but never a creation message. When I asked one of the pastors why, he told me that they didnít want to have anything controversial, because they didnít want to upset anyone. And there is the problem in so many churches today. A church that upsets no one is not doing anything. Jesus called us to preach a message that, if presented as Jesus intended, is guaranteed to upset and anger a lot of people.
Narrow is the way to salvation, because truth is unbending. We donít have the luxury of changing truth to fit whatever is currently popular. Broad is the way of destruction, because lies arenít restrained by truth and can be presented in very clever packaging. But compromise, as bad as it is, isnít the biggest problem in the church today; the biggest problem is ignorance and apathy. It is out of that ignorance and apathy that compromise finds such fertile ground to take root.
Those churches, organizations and individuals that have adopted anti-Biblical ideas such as ďabortion rightsĒ and homosexual pastors do so only after they have abandoned Godís Word. Those who abandon the Bible start out by first repudiating Genesis. Two examples of this kind of repudiation are Charles Templeton and the Episcopal Church. In the 1940ís and 50ís Charles Templeton was an evangelist who started churches, helped to form Youth for Christ and held evangelistic meetings in which thousands made professions of faith and yet he did not really believe what he was preaching. He once told Billy Graham that ďitís simply not possible any longer to believe, for instance, the biblical account of creation. The world wasnít created over a period of a few days a few thousand years ago; it has evolved over millions of years.Ē After years of struggling with his unbelief in Creation, he finally completely rejected God and the Bible and wrote his autobiography, Farewell to God. His rejection of Christianity is unfortunately all too typical. He started out by rejecting Genesis and ended up by rejecting everything. The history of the Episcopal Church is almost identical, it just took longer too happen. The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Church of England. This is the church that in the 17th century supplied most of the Bible scholars that translated the King James Bible. It was a church that at one time sent missionaries throughout the world preaching the Gospel. So what happened to cause a church that had once done that to get to the point of ordaining a homosexual bishop? It was first thru an acceptance of an old age for the earth that the door was opened to a rejection of Creation and an acceptance of all the other compromises. In the Episcopal Church we can see how acceptance of any kind of compromise with Godís Word will lead to a complete rejection of its authority in all other areas. So does Creation Education matter? Look at much of the church today and you can all too clearly see the answer. Whether it is with an individual like Charles Templeton or a church like the Episcopal Church, they donít start out by repudiating the whole Bible; they start out by first rejecting Genesis, the foundation of the whole book.