The Beginnings of Christian Reform (14)

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat of the tree of the garden?’” (Gen.3:1).

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ (II Cor.11:3).

It’s only logical that Darwinism should be believed and accepted by people of atheistic or liberal theological views. They don’t want to believe in the God of the Bible, because if they do that, they’ll have to change. Superficially, Darwinism represents a plausible replacement for Six Day Creationism, which is why it was received with joy by people like Karl Marx, when Darwin published “The Origin of the Species” in 1859.

Ultimately, either the Bible is true, or false. Either it is absolutely true, or it is a ridiculous fabrication. Jesus was either a liar, or a figment of people’s imagination, or He was a true historical figure, and everything He said was the truth.

The notion of the six day creation some six thousand years ago, is fundamental and foundational to the Christian faith, in every possible way. When the church 150 years ago was in the main bluffed, silent and unable to deal firmly and forcibly with the crisis that Darwinism brought upon it, it appeared to be running up the white flag, in the face of “science.” It was struck by unexpected opposition from this supposedly objective discipline, which really required a vigorous, authoritative refutation.

It never came, at least not until about a generation ago, when the Creation Science folks started kicking some very important goals for the kingdom of God. They showed that the Bible and science are not mutually exclusive disciplines, and that Darwin’s idea of evolution, when we get beyond the superficial, was a rather pathetic lie, which can quickly be refuted by some good science.

Today, perhaps 10-20% of the church truly believes that God made the world in six days. And in the mean-time? The acceptance of Public Education, two World Wars, Communism, Fascism, Nazism and Socialism, and bloodshed on a scale unprecedented in human history, along with tax rates our grandparents would have been astonished by. And it’s still continuing today in the West, through what?

Abortion on demand. In Australia alone, that’s some 90,000 babies annually.

Has the church got a lot of work to do?

Absolutely.

North puts it well:

The state has substituted itself for the family. It provides old age pensions and old age medical services, just as sons have done for millennia. It also pays for the education of children, and it has made school attendance compulsory. To pay for all this, the state has drastically increased taxes. So, sons now pay the state rather than their own parents. The inheritance-disinheritance system has become impersonal and statist. This way, politicians get credit for helping people supposedly in need, bureaucrats receive high salaries for administering the program, and ethical considerations relating to family inheritance are abandoned.[1]

We caved in on the Six Day Creation, and the dominoes soon started crashing down in the West, and I don’t know if it’s stopped. Now, there is more for us to do than we can poke a stick at, and we’ve hardly begun. It will involve all of us, it will require generations of faithful teaching, preaching and tithing, and bucket loads of faithful activity on behalf of the saints. And it will require that we don’t get discouraged when we see the enormity of the tasks ahead.

But there is nothing new about that. Joshua and Caleb saw the enormity of the task ahead of the people of God, and they were not discouraged. They confessed,

If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us- a land which flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord, and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them (Num. 14:8-9).

The challenges we will face include unbelief, discouragement and opposition-from within and without the church. This is what occurred when Nehemiah set out to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls, and it will be no different today.

But men of action, have satisfaction. Are you ready to join the ranks of them?


[1] Gary North, “Wisdom and Dominion,” 2012, p.227.

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