At CMI, we often make the point that even though creation is an important doctrine, one can be an evolutionist and be saved. In response to our re-affirmation of that in the recent article critiquing BioLogos, Randy S. wrote in. His letter is printed in full, with a response from Lita Cosner.

You said this: “We have affirmed over and over that a person can be saved and an evolutionist. One’s stance on the first 11 chapters of Genesis does not affect whether one’s name is in the Book of Life.” But why did I not know this about you? This is shocking to say the least. How do you know that one’s name can be in God’s Book who holds to biological evolution? By what authority do write your statement? In fact, you cannot be sure of this. You will not be able to convincingly support your view. You would do well to point us to the apostolic injunction, “Do not go beyond what is written,” and leave it there. You absolutely do not have enough understanding of the justice and judgment of God to maintain that He will not in fact condemn every soul who so counter-confesses to the literal written text of the opening chapters of Genesis.

Dear Randy,

I don’t know why you would not have known our stance on whether an evolutionist can be a Christian; we’ve said this for years, as documented in the article. The content that one has to believe to be a Christian is very, very basic; one can be saved and be wrong on a lot of very important doctrines. See the very basic conditions in 1 Corinthians 15:1–4:

1Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…..

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