It 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:
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.