The New Cancer Eating the Bride

Untitled.pngIt has come to my attention as of late that Christians, so-called biblically saved Christians, are accepting and embracing what can be termed as Theistic Evolution. A simple definition of this term can be said like this: God used evolution to create everything. Why is this dangerous? Because if you embrace evolution at all, you embrace many dangerous lies, such as man was created out of the apes and not in the image of God, that death came before life, that we are nothing more than a higher form of mammal…and this list continues.

To me personally, nothing is more insulting to the sovereignty of God than theistic evolution. The whole idea of evolution is full of errors, mistakes and happenstance. God is perfect and everything He does is perfect. Every aspect of the universe is perfect. Here’s some examples of His perfectness:

The size of the sun in comparison to the earth.

The size and distances of the planets in comparison to the earth and sun.

The size of the orbits of the planets in comparison to the sun.

The size of the moon in relation to the size of the earth and the distance between the moon and the earth.

The amount of atmosphere on the earth is perfect with the exact amount of elements needed for life. If the atmosphere was thicker or thinner the earth could not support life.

The clotting system of our bodies is perfectly designed. If we were missing one element in this system we would bleed out at the first scratch.

And on it goes…this list is literally endless, and with my limited laymen’s knowledge of science, I only know of a few.

How did this start? I mean, really…when did God become an evolutionist?

How did this cancer get into the church? I can see the church of the false convert, but the bride?

More and more as the days and years go by, we are seeing Christian leaders falling by the way side. It seems the Ever Narrowing Way is getting narrower, and the pressure of being conformed is ejecting people onto the Broad Way where they seem to either fall into the error of the strong delusion or they are falling back into their sinful lifestyle as the unregenerate sinners they are.

Among the “Christian” leaders of today that are not only embracing Theistic Evolution or downright endorsing it are:

Tim Keller, Pastor, Author, The Reason for God
Many people today, both secular and Christian, want us to believe that science and religion cannot live together. Not only is this untrue, but we believe that a thoughtful dialogue between science and faith is essential for engaging the hearts and minds of individuals today. BioLogos provides an important first step towards that end.

– Tim Keller, Pastor, Author, The Reason for God

N.T. Wright, Former Bishop of Durham
Christians and secularists alike are in danger of treating ‘Darwin vs the Bible’ as just another battlefront in the polarized ‘culture wars’. This grossly misrepresents both science and faith. BioLogos not only shows that there is an alternative, but actually models it. God’s world and God’s word go together in a rich, living harmony.

– N.T. Wright, Former Bishop of Durham

Philip Yancey, Author of Vanishing Grace and Where is God When it Hurts?
[The BioLogos team] may be the only people in the world capable of pulling off this project. They have courage as well as unquestioned respect from both sides of the debate, which has long begged for bridge-builders.

– Philip Yancey, Author of Vanishing Grace and Where is God When it Hurts?

Os Guinness, Author and Social Critic
A wise, constructive rapprochement between faith and science is one of the world’s urgent needs, and this need will only intensify as the global era raises a host of new ethical issues. Few people have the expertise, wisdom, and prestige to make such a contribution. I welcome BioLogos warmly.

– Os Guinness, Author and Social Critic

Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
BioLogos continues to show that firm belief in the truth-telling character of Scripture can support, rather than undermine, the best scientific investigations. All who are invested in any aspect of these questions should applaud their good work in transforming science and religion from a war zone to an instructive conversation.

– Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

John Ortberg, Pastor, Menlo Church
Jesus said that we are to love the Lord our God with all our mind. That means scientific investigation ought to be an act of worship. BioLogos is helping to recover an enormously important endeavor for the church in our day, and I am grateful to God that it exists and is bringing light to places that too often only get heat.

– John Ortberg, Pastor, Menlo Church

Richard Mouw, Professor of Christian Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
We are living in a time when the big questions about faith and science can be both fascinating and challenging. Biologos provides us with a “safe space” to explore the complexities in the confidence that all truth–including that which comes from the serious study of “the book of nature”– is God’s truth.

– Richard Mouw, Professor of Christian Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Andy Crouch, Journalist, Executive Editor for Christianity Today
The conversations I’ve experienced through BioLogos—with scientists, theologians, biblical scholars, philosophers, and pastors—have been among the most enjoyable, informative, and challenging learning experiences of my life. BioLogos seeks to bring both grace and truth to the many intersection points of contemporary science and biblical faith.

– Andy Crouch, Journalist, Executive Editor for Christianity Today

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Journalist
I believe we are at a critical juncture in the life of modern Christianity: We can either acknowledge and embrace the challenges – and the insights – that science poses to faith, or we can run away from them. BioLogos, more than any other organization, is navigating this tricky and exciting terrain. I’m delighted to be associated with BioLogos’ thoughtful inquiry in the mysteries of science and Christianity.

– Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Journalist

Pastor, Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland - A Church Distributed, Longwood, FL
“My participation in BioLogos gatherings has profoundly benefited my pastoral leadership. Not only was I informed and inspired intellectually, but I was encouraged by being in the community of other spiritual leaders who desire to deepen their understanding and worship of the Creator.  I have used BioLogos materials and insights gained from the dialogue they foster, both in the conversations I have in church and the resources we produce to promote Creation Care (e.g. http://vimeo.com/61121345 ) Yet the real benefit comes from normalizing the complementarity of science and scripture in our congregation.

– Pastor, Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland – A Church Distributed, Longwood, FL

Bishop Claude Alexander, Senior Pastor of The Park Church
BioLogos provides a space where followers of Christ across the disciplines of science and religion are able to affirm their shared belief in and worship of God as the creator of all that is, and their common concern for the proper stewardship of God’s creation in a manner that appreciates the integrity of their disciplines and the authenticity of their faith communities.

Through its programs, the points of intersection between science and biblical faith, along with the tensions and challenges, are explored in a collegial fashion that leads all to an enhanced wonder of God and ability to communicate effectively the harmony that is found in them.

– Bishop Claude Alexander, Senior Pastor of The Park Church

Ross Hastings, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Regent College, British Columbia
Robust theology, sane biblical interpretation and honest science meet at BioLogos. I cannot overestimate the missional importance of this for our times.

– Ross Hastings, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Regent College, British Columbia

Ruth Bancewicz, The Faraday Institute of Science and Religion
BioLogos demonstrates how we can discuss the relationship between science and the Bible in a gracious and intellectually rigorous way. I return to the resources on biologos.org time and time again.

– Ruth Bancewicz, The Faraday Institute of Science and Religion

Harvey Clemons Jr., Reverend at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
The amazing planet on which we live and the vast world we seek to understand as people of faith compels us to search for the majesty of our Creator and His Creation. I am humbled and honored to journey with BioLogos as it creates a safe atmosphere to pursue probing and intellectual conversations while holding to our faith and confidence in God the Creator, Christ the Savior and His guiding Spirit.

– Harvey Clemons Jr., Reverend at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church

Tim O'Connor, Professor of Philosophy, Indiana University
BioLogos has built an impressive and still-growing network of small-“o” orthodox Christians from the sciences, arts & humanities, theology, biblical studies, and pastoral ministry. What unites us is a shared passion for persuading all faithful Christians to see the consensus results of the sciences not as part of some rival worldview but as a divinely-blessed means to deepen our understanding of God’s creation.

– Tim O’Connor, Professor of Philosophy, Indiana University

Stephen Blake, Filmmaker and President of Realm Entertainment
BioLogos is one of the very most important ministries in existence today because it so effectively addresses a formidable crisis the Church faces.  As militant skeptics wield science to destroy the faith of believers, BioLogos exposes the unscientific philosophical presuppositions behind their arguments while vividly demonstrating the consonance between what God has revealed in His Word and what He reveals as we explore His creation (science = the exploration of God’s creation).

– Stephen Blake, Filmmaker and President of Realm Entertainment

Jeff Hardin, Chair of the Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin
By providing books, online resources, and digital media of high quality, BioLogos is an invaluable resource in my work with both Christian students and those investigating Christianity. In BioLogos, students see modeled before them a Psalm 19 way of thinking: that both God’s world and his word declare his glory.

– Jeff Hardin, Chair of the Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin

Elaine Howard Ecklund, Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University
BioLogos—more than any other organization I know of—helps churches understand the beauty of science.

– Elaine Howard Ecklund, Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University

Daniel Harrell, Senior Minister, Colonial Church, Edina, MN
Science is often misused to dismiss and discredit Christian faith. BioLogos elevates science and faith together thus allowing wonder and humility to displace cynicism and arrogance.

– Daniel Harrell, Senior Minister, Colonial Church, Edina, MN

Praveen Sethupathy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics, UNC Chapel Hill
BioLogos is leading the way in setting the tone for thoughtful and productive dialogue on the topic of harmony between science and faith.  They are providing the much-needed space for wrestling with the tough questions of life with civility, integrity, and rigor.

– Praveen Sethupathy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics, UNC Chapel Hill

Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion
BioLogos is carrying out an incredibly valuable task in seeking to build bridges between science and faith, and helping Christians and others to engage with the theory of evolution in an informed way. When Christians have questions about creation and evolution, the BioLogos web-site is where I suggest they go for help.

– Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

Justin Barrett, Chief Project Developer for the Office of Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives at Fuller Theological Seminary
A striking thing about BioLogos, not just that it convenes and equips thought leaders, but that it also cultivates Christian worship. Deep respect for God’s written revelation and the powerful tools of science flows into adoration of the Creator.

– Justin Barrett, Chief Project Developer for the Office of Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives at Fuller Theological Seminary

Greg Cootsona, Lecturer in Religious Studies and Humanities at California State University at Chico
BioLogos represents a leading voice for integrating “mere Christianity” with mainstream science. Having taught science and faith in congregational and academic settings over the past two decades, I continually look to BioLogos for the most effective ways to engage a biblically-informed, Christ-centered faith with the rigors and discoveries of science, all as a way of appreciating this beautiful creation and an even more glorious Creator.

– Greg Cootsona, Lecturer in Religious Studies and Humanities at California State University at Chico

Stephen Freeland, Astrobiologist and the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at UMBC - See more at: http://biologos.org/about-us/advisory-council/stephen-freeland#sthash.uAYTnpWV.dpuf
As a Christian and an evolutionary biologist, I support with enthusiasm the work of BioLogos as part of my personal commitment to nurture dialog (dia-Logos!) between science and the Christian faith. I identify most strongly with the organization’s eleventh article of belief (“What we believe”): We believe that conversations among Christians about controversial issues of science and faith can and must be conducted with humility, grace, honesty, and compassion as a visible sign of the Spirit’s presence in Christ’s body, the Church.

– Stephen Freeland, Astrobiologist and the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at UMBC – See more at: http://biologos.org/about-us/advisory-council/stephen-freeland#sthash.uAYTnpWV.dpuf

Leslie Wickman, PhD , Executive Director, American Scientific Affiliation
BioLogos helps both laypeople and scholars wrestle with the connections between the science of biological origins and Christian theology. I am happy to have the BioLogos perspective as well as others represented within the American Scientific Affiliation.

– Leslie Wickman, PhD , Executive Director, American Scientific Affiliation

John Stott, Pastor, Theologian, and Author
“It is most unfortunate that some who debate [evolution] begin by assuming that the words ‘creation’ and ‘evolution’ are mutually exclusive. If everything has come into existence through evolution, they say, then biblical creation has been disproved, whereas if God has created all things, then evolution must be false. It is, rather, this naïve alternative which is false. It presupposes a very narrow definition of the two terms, both of which in fact have a wide range of meanings, and both of which are being freshly discussed today.” -from Understanding the Bible 

 

– John Stott, Pastor, Theologian, and Author

http://biologos.org/about-us/endorsements/#sthash.cw5BmRc1.dpuf

The Billy Graham Association embraces Theistic Evolution.

John MacArthur was interviewed regarding the dangers of Theistic Evolution, and this is what he had to say:

One pressing issue in the church today is that of creation and evolution. Do you believe that a person can be genuinely saved and believe in some kind of theistic evolution? How serious a theological error is it to reject a literal 6-day creation?

It’s a very serious error in my estimation, because it attacks the authority of Scripture at the Bible’s very starting point. It employs a special hermeneutic in order to make the Bible mean quite the opposite of what it plainly states. And once you open that door, absolutely nothing is safe from the assaults of rationalism, skepticism, and rank unbelief.

I watch the propaganda being published by organizations like Biologos, and it’s hard to resist the conclusion that many of the people who are involved in that project don’t seem to be believers at all, given the large portions of Scripture they regularly have to explain away in order to justify their convoluted worldview.

As a matter of fact, the history of modernist rationalism is littered with vivid examples of why it is unsafe and spiritually destructive to subject Scripture to naturalistic presuppositions. I wrote on this topic in detail at the very beginning of my book The Battle for the Beginning.

But in answer to your specific question: I do think it is possible for a genuine believer to be confused or befuddled by scientific arguments regarding evolution and the age of the earth. (It is certainly possible for believers to be inconsistent in their beliefs—to hold all kinds of errors in varying degrees. That’s called cognitive dissonance.)

Well-meaning evangelicals have experimented with several ways to reconcile old-earth theories with Scripture. One of the more popular ideas (until Henry Morris exploded it) was that there’s a gap in the white space between Genesis 1:1 and verse 2, and (so the theory goes) that silent gap might accommodate countless ages of change and chaos in the universe. Spurgeon held to a version of the gap theory, and the original Scofield Bible embraced both the gap theory and old-earth cosmology with blithe enthusiasm. Of course we would not consign everyone who ever held such an opinion to the ranks of unbelief.

Nevertheless, as evolutionary theory has developed and devolved into untouchable dogma—a favorite weapon for the current generation of angry atheists—I don’t see how any sober-minded, well-grounded, fully-committed Christian who truly believes what the Bible teaches can long maintain faith in the various and ever-changing theories evolutionary scientists keep proposing. Biblical cosmology, the Genesis account of how the human race was created and subsequently fell, and the important parallels between Adam and Christ in the story of redemption—these are essential beliefs of Christianity; they have never changed; and they are diametrically opposed to every purely naturalistic theory about life’s origins.

Anyone who takes seriously the authority of Scripture must ultimately set the opinions of men aside and simply trust what Scripture says. The earlier we do that, the better. Frankly, I have never understood why someone who believes in the literal bodily resurrection of Christ would balk at believing all of Scripture, starting with Genesis 1:1.

Are you part of this problem? Are you compromising truth for popular ideologies and philosophies? If you claim to be saved by the sole work of Christ on the cross, then this ideology should be disgusting to you. You should shrink away in revulsion regarding this humanistic and demonic lie.

To reduce God to a gambler who deals in chance and error is the most insulting of all as it takes away from His grandeur, His sovereignty and His perfectness, and I for one, will stand against this lie for all my worth.

Links to this subject are included below. Some are biblical, some aren’t. Please use your judgment.

http://biologos.org/about-us/endorsements/

http://www.newcalvinist.com/tim-kellers-false-gospel/kellers-theistic-evolution/

https://biologos.org/uploads/projects/Keller_white_paper.pdf

https://answersingenesis.org/theistic-evolution/is-it-possible-to-be-a-christian-and-an-evolutionist/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acceptance_of_evolution_by_religious_groups

https://www.gty.org/library/articles/A188/is-evolution-compatible-with-christianity

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theistic_evolution

 

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