Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Dishonesty of Evolutionary Creationism

A few years back, some atheists wanted to change their name because of the negative connotations associated with the word atheist. One suggested term was "brights", which is fallacious because it implies that they are smarter than everyone else because they choose to reject God. That kind of whitewash will not fool people, since the negative connotations have been earned, what with the protests, persecution of Christians, trolling, and generally negative attitudes in general. Some tips given for mental health and to reduce depression is to stay away from negative people. I suggest that folks start with avoiding internet atheists.


Using evolutionary creationist instead of theistic evolutionist is deceptive as well as confusing

Similarly, theistic evolutionists have a deserved bad image because they prefer the magisterial view of secular science philosophies to the written Word of God. It's like they have their evolutionism wagon and slap a sign on the back saying "God used evolution", and that somehow validates their views. TEs often saddle up with the atheists and ride for the Darwin brand on the owlhoot trail, dry-gulching biblical creationists who have a high view of Scripture — especially regarding Genesis. (Watch TEs ridicule biblical creationists, and atheists get out of their clown car to applaud the abuse.) Some theistic evolutionists are using the moniker "evolutionary creationists". Well, that's confusing!

Like I've said many times, definitions matter (see "Science, Evolution and the New Golden Rules" for an article on this). Some atheists believe in God, and I heard one professing atheist call in to a Christian radio show saying he was a Christian because he liked some of the things Jesus said! If you study on it a spell, it makes sense that if someone claims to be a "creationist", he or she rejects evolution and affirms the Bible. Biblical creation science is odium theologicum to theistic evolutionists and old earthers.

Once again, I have to point out that yes, someone can be a Christian and believe in evolution. It is not a salvation criterion, but it does show serious compromise and ignorance of the violence such views do to the gospel message. (For an in-depth pair of articles on this, begin with "Waterless Clouds, Wandering Stars". Lots of links for additional research.)

So, people who uphold Darwinism and mix that false religion with Christianity need to read the book of Galatians. But since they are being deceptive, I doubt that they will take the Bible seriously. Really, what is someone supposed to think with a name like "evolutionary creationist"?
Anyone involved in a debate knows that definitions are important. In a debate, controlling the definitions of terms allows control of the debate’s framework and frequently determines the winner.
This lesson was on my mind when I heard about a conversation a colleague had with an evolutionist who served as a college professor in a nearby town. He is a theistic evolutionist. He believes in God and confesses faith in Christ, but believes the evidence for evolution is compelling and has been critical of Intelligent Design (at AiG, we are clear that God is the Intelligent Designer). That was why he surprised my colleague when he insisted that he too was a creationist. He even wanted my creationist colleague to agree with him that they both believed God was the creator, and therefore were both creationists.
My colleague wouldn’t do it, noticing immediately that the professor was trying to reinterpret the words creation and creationist for his purpose. 
To read the rest, click on "Can an Evolutionist Be a Creationist?"



Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Dangers of Rebellion

Those of us involved in Christian apologetics ministries are familiar with how atheists, other unbelievers, apostate "Christians" and others are in rebellion against God (see Romans 1:18-23). Rebellion is glorified in today's culture. However, God warns his people all through Scripture about rebellion. Indeed, God likens it to divination and witchcraft (1 Sam. 15:22-23)! Note that the Bible never condones rebellion.


Rebellion is never condoned in Scripture, and is devastating in churches
The Judgement of Korah, Dathan and Abiram, Maria Hadfield Cosway, 1801
How many rebellions, large or small, begin with grumbling to one another? We are warned against that, too (Prov. 11:13, Jer. 6:28, 2 Cor. 12:20). Not only does such grumbling help produce a rebellious spirit, but it shows lack of Christian love for one another. Grumblers recruit one another and the whole thing escalates, then there is discontent in the church.

I have to mention that, if you study on it, adding to God's Word is an act of rebellion. God don't cotton none to that (Rev. 22:18-19, 1 Cor. 4:6, Prov. 30:5-6). It's easy to add our opinions to Scripture, maybe it's human nature. A more systematic way is with cults like the Jehovah's Witness and Mormons who rewrite the Bible or add their own special books. Evolution and deep time are added by apostates and compromisers, since there is no legitimate way to get them out of the Bible; they must be put in first.

More serious rebellions in the church are often started by respected, prominent people. They seem to have valid concerns and act like they want to make things right, but there are often hidden motives rooted in pride. They get to yakking with one another about their dissatisfaction, and do not follow Biblical injunctions such as in Mat. 18:15-17. Then the pastor is bushwhacked by prominent people who twist Scripture in their seemingly valid claims.

I had a passel of notes on this, but I'd wind up preaching the sermon for you. Phil Johnson does a much better job, and I hope you'll spend some time hearing it. Free to download or listen online, just click on "Korah's Rebellion".


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Traits of False Teachers

Christians who are grounded in the Word, make an effort to know true doctrine, and pay attention to good teaching are most likely to spot owlhoots who want to lead people on a bad trail. Nominal Christians are at a greater risk of being swayed by false teachers. However, both kinds of professing believers need to be wary of the tactics of these types so they can avoid deception.


Just because a preacher has a Bible does not mean he is teaching the truth
The Preacher, George Harvey, 1840
Sure, a teacher can read text from the Bible, but many will use that as a springboard for interpretations and opinions that are not justified. Some will make disparaging remarks about the first eleven chapters of Genesis, which contain the basis of all major doctrines. Then they commence to insert long ages, evolution, current trends of social justice, homosexual marriage, and other aberrations. They may even cite "authorities" who base their views on other authorities, further and further from what God's Word actually says, and people end up being fed lies. Some of us encourage that nonsense! What are some signs for us to give us warning?
Jesus warned His followers of false teachers who would come and attempt “to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Mark 13:22). We need to be aware of the techniques the Enemy uses to distract us from the truths of God and His Word. When someone tries to tickle your ears with unsound or misleading doctrine, don’t scratch. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, your heart and mind grounded on Scripture, and “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).
To read the rest and learn about five techniques used by false teachers, click on "Itching Ears".