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12Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—17For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Rom 5:12, 17, NASB)

The Tentacles of Evolution, Part 2 of 4

By Bruce Wood, MA
Edited by Anita Millen, MD, MPH, MA

4. UNTRAINED PASTORS are unwittingly teaching evolution to their congregations and students. Few pastors have had detailed training in refuting evolution, for it is a rare seminary that gives apologetic instruction —even basic science courses—that will equip them to break the grip of evolution’s tentacles on themselves and their flock. Pastors are often asked by scientific-minded members of their congregations to refute media statements that challenge the Genesis creation, but seminary or other theological training did not teach them how to respond.

In many cases, the pastors accept a compromised position on Genesis. They use eisegesis (reading into) to interpret the creation narrative, yielding to an evolution-based process seen in day-age, theistic, big bang, gap, progressive, or other long-age theories.

For five years, I was the primary responder to most questions sent to the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). More than once, pastors contacted me to request help in dealing with the influence of evolution in their church. One said, “Help! I am losing my youth to evolution, and I am not equipped to deal with that topic.”

Many pastors do not knowingly teach any form of evolution because they realize that doing so contradicts the Person and work of God. Their knowledge of Scripture, as it relates to God’s attributes (mentioned in part 1) clashes with a Creator who would use the horrific, callous process of evolution and then declare it “very good” (Genesis 1:31).

Unfortunately, they don’t realize that science actually refutes evolution. The answer, “The Bible says six literal days,” is good theology, but they need specific scientific responses to specific scientific questions in order to give their youth the ammunition to defend their faith.

The Barna Group, a reputable polling organization, asked young Christians why they left the church.”[1] Their third (of six) reasons, “Churches come across as antagonistic to science,” is amplified below.

“Three out of ten young adults with a Christian background feel that “churches are out of step with the scientific world we live in” (29%). Another one-quarter embrace the perception that “Christianity is anti-science” (25%). And nearly the same proportion (23%) said they have “been turned off by the creation-versus-evolution debate.” Furthermore, the research shows that many science-minded young Christians are struggling to find ways of staying faithful to their beliefs and to their professional calling in science-related industries.”

Creation Ministries International

Creation Ministries International (https://creation.com) features an article by David Catchpoole entitled, “Why evolution hurts the church.” Under the heading of Evolution’s war against souls, Catchpoole writes,

“Probe young people today as to their reasons for abandoning the church, and don’t be surprised to find that evolution is very often given as the justification. A Christian youth leader wrote to us detailing exactly what is happening:

‘As the Youth Minister, I used to beat my head against a wall wondering why we lost all our young people at about age 15-16. In the last few years I’ve realized that this is when they teach evolution in depth in science. Chatting with some of the students I have also discovered that some of the teachers actually identify the Christian students and make a special point of explaining the differences and difficulties in reconciling Genesis and the ‘facts’ of evolution. It’s no wonder we lost them. I come near tears just thinking about it.’”[2]

Essentially, pastors and other theological teachers are trying to unify two contradictory theories of origins, using hybrid crevolution[3] theories. They have concluded that God somehow infused evolution into His creation process. However, trying to unify these diametrically opposing theories into a mutually compatible cosmogony has the same odds of success as trying to nail Jell-O to a wall!

It is a joyful experience to encounter a doctrinally-sound pastor who can present and explain basic scientific facts to counter evolution. Some have taken creation science courses (in person or online) and attended creation science seminars and conferences. Others have invited knowledgeable creation science speakers in their churches, or have shown one or more creation videos in their services and Sunday schools. The reader will find such resources listed on my website at http://www.theologcreationministries.com/resources.

5. DENOMINATIONS TEACHING THAT GOD USED EVOLUTION persuade millions to accept an old earth view. Popes in the Catholic Church have taken a pro-evolutionary stand.[4] There are millions of Catholic Churches and other pro-evolution denominations with professing Christians in them.

True believers in such denominations remain untaught and untrained in how to refute evolution. They accept that the Creator somehow used a goo-to-you-by-way-of-the-zoo process in creating our universe. The leaders of these religious institutions have compromised. As a result, their members have lost evangelistic potency. They cannot proclaim an accurate gospel, nor can they present an omnipotent God whose character disallows any form of evolution in His creative process.

As mentioned above, most of the theological leadership in churches—both Catholic and Protestant—have little or no training about how scientifically bankrupt evolution is. It is certain that theologians who lean toward a literal creation can expect persecution, intimidation, and peer-pressure within their respective denominations.

Dr. George Gunn, Chairman, Dept. of Bible and Theology at Shasta Bible College & GS in Redding, CA (shasta.edu), has extensive knowledge of Reformed Theology. In his dissertation,[5] he documented that many reformed theologians have not abided by the strict rules of interpretation (hermeneutics).

6. UNTRAINED PARENTS often see their children stray from the faith, due to evolutionary indoctrination. The public-school system steadfastly teaches evolution and rejects a literal Genesis creation. Parents and guardians attending churches that endorse evolution-based origins are bewildered when their children leave their church, yet the reason is obvious. The accurate translation of God’s Word has been usurped by an evolutionary tentacle that has kept them from knowing the truth.

Those parents and guardians are caught in the confusing realm of a definite-maybe crevolution rendering of the Genesis creation. The AIG article, “Sunday School Syndrome” states:

“Deuteronomy 6:4–10 and Ephesians 6:1–4 clearly exhort parents to teach, disciple, and train their own children. Regardless of what’s happening in the Sunday school youth groups, pulpit, and Bible studies of your church, the responsibility for ministry to our kids has never been removed from the parents. It’s time to pick that ball up again and jump in the game. James H. Rutz, in his thought-provoking book The Open Church: How to Bring Back the Exciting Life of the First Century Church, has the heart and the courage to take an honest look at the Sunday school ritual and test its effectiveness.”[6]

Several major polls show that over seventy percent of high school students leave their faith/church, because their pastors taught evolution from the pulpit. ICR-affiliate, Dr. Steve Deckard, Ed.D., writes the following conclusion in his research paper entitled, High School Students’ Attitudes toward Creation and Evolution Compared to Their Worldview:

Training up a child in an environment of evolutionary thinking or in an environment where creationism is not firmly taught, is a certain formula for causing the child to depart from the Christian faith. Departure from this faith will lead to the acceptance of the only alternative, evolution. Few issues could be of greater importance to the Christian family and the church than to teach youth (at home, school, or Sunday School) the Biblical doctrine of creationism.[7]

Surprisingly few theological and scientific evidences are needed to give parents and their children a working base from which to counter evolution.

In my efforts to fill this gap, the interested reader is invited to read my Grand Apologetic paper, found on the “Articles” page of my website.[8] Major theological reasons that the biblical Creator could not have used any form of evolution in His cosmological process can be found under the subtitle, “Theological Viewpoints,” on page 19 of the cited paper above.

Also, lists of scientific and theological facts refuting evolution are found on page 8. Furthermore, answers to over 100 frequently asked questions I received as the ICR responder can be found on the “FAQs” page of my website.[9] The questions are listed under alphabetically sorted topics.

[1] Barna Group. https://www.barna.com/research/six-reasons-young-christians-leave-church/.

[2] Creation Ministries International. Evolution’s war against souls, http://creation.com/evolution-hurts-church.

[3] “Crevolution” is a term referring to a person who believe God’s creative acts incorporated evolution.

[4] Pius XII; Pope John Paul II; Pope Francis

[5] George Gunn, New Calvinism: A Theological Evaluation a Dissertation Submitted to The Faculty of the Bible and Theology Department in Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. http://shasta.academia.edu/GeorgeGunn.

[6] Sunday School Syndrome. https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/church/sunday-school-syndrome.

[7] Steve Deckard, Ed.D. 2002. High School Students’ Attitudes toward Creation and Evolution Compared to Their Worldview. Acts & Facts. 31 (5).

[8] http://www.theologcreationministries.com/articles.

[9] http://www.theologcreationministries.com/.

About the Author
Jon Covey and is wife Anita have been long-time members of the South Bay Creation Science Association. Jon and Anita write the monthly Creation in the Crossfire newsletter and have been invaluable in adding great research and insight into the creation articles we send out.