by Cowboy Bob Sorensen
To borrow from Chris Rosebrough (who is linked below), I'm not asking people to read this or watch the video with open minds, but to have open Bibles. My opinion and yours are not worth a whole lot, nor are our traditions. Only God's Word matters (Isaiah 40:8, Mark 13:31).
Way back yonder, I was a follower of "Word of Faith" heretic Kenneth Copeland and some of his gang, but I didn't go whole hog on his teachings. Still, I accepted too much at the time. One of several things he said that I rejected out of hand was his affirmation of the "gap theory", where there are supposedly millions of years between the first two chapters of Genesis.
I disremember why he wanted to use this gap eisegesis, especially since there is nothing to support it in the rest of Scripture, and I don't think there's anything about it in church history, since an old Earth is a relatively new phenomenon in liberal Christian thinking. Mrs. Copeland preaches Word of Faith stuff too, and she has a frequent "teacher" on their show, Billye Brim. Brim was galloping along and jumping fences to promote the gap thing, and they also compound their eisegesis by promoting a pre-Adamite race of men! There is some material below that deals with these things.
Consider this: If there was a gap between the first two verses of the Bible, what do you do with Exodus 20:11, 31:17? For that matter, God called creation very good (Genesis 1:31), which would be nonsensical if there were long ages with death and destruction before Adam was created.
Pastor Rosebrough gave a segment of "Fighting for the Faith" to part of the Brym-Copeland presentation. I took the 25-minute section and made a video so you can here the part that is pertinent here. As much as I want to embed the video here for your convenience, I think doing that slows down sites. I'd be much obliged if you'd follow this link to the video. If you want to, click here for the full episode of "Fighting for the Faith", and for those who want to study it and see active Scripture twisting in action, here's the Copeland-Brym episode. I think they keep stringing it along over several shows, though.
When I was watching Copeland on television (1990s, I think), I don't recall him mentioning the pre-Adamite race of men. In fact, the first time I heard of this was from arch-compromiser Hugh Ross, who defies both science and Scripture. (I wonder if Ross is glad to have support from other Bible mulchers.) Something Ross and Word of Faith people have in common (in addition to eisegesis and twisting the Bible) is rejection of the authority of God's Word. If you study on it, they have that in common with atheists as well.
Here are a couple of links to get you started. You can also search the sites they take you to for more information. "From the beginning of the creation — does Genesis have a ‘gap’?" and "Does Hugh Ross Believe in Soulless Ancient Humans?"
This material is presented to help people think logically and biblically. Just because someone states his or her belief with authority does not mean that it's correct. Sure, some false teachings are more easily dismantled than others, and that's why there are ministries equipped to help straighten things out.