Today’s Feed Back will respond to one comment posted on our Facebook page and a couple of comments received on the website.
Conservation & Works
From: Hectito R.
I agree with your views on Creation. But I don’t understand your campaign. Did God created the Earth for us to evangelize people talking about that God created the Earth? Or don’t we have a responsibility to take care of it? Faith without works is dead. What drives people away from the church is not good lack of good preaching. But the hypocrisy of not seeing us caring for what we say He created. Don’t retaliate. I know you are full of words to hammer me. Just meditate on it a little. In the Shalom of Yeshua.
Hectito. Thank you for posting your comment and question on our Facebook page. Please be assured that in no way will our response be a retaliation.
Your first question is asking which is more important, evangelizing or conservation of the planet. Allow me to first respond with a question. Which has more bearing on a person’s eternal salvation? Obviously evangelism will have the greatest impact on eternal salvation. It follows Christ’s Great Commission:
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. . Matthew 28:19
How we carry out the Great Commission varies from ministry to ministry. We have chosen to use creation evangelism as our prime method because it has proven to be more successful of late over traditional Gospel evangelism. We have two generations of people that have not been taught the Bible. As such, they don’t understand the biblical concept of sin and need for a Savior.
I personally have seen many examples of people rejecting the Gospel message because they believed evolution had proven the Bible to be false and unreliable. On the other hand, I have personally seen many more people accept Christ as Savior when starting with Genesis 1 and laying the foundation of Creation, sin and need of salvation. When the typical questions of evolution and millions of years of death arise, we are able to provide answers that show evolution to be no more than a godless religious belief and how the same evidence can be biblically explained. By removing the evolutionary stumbling blocks the path to the Cross was cleared and people finally saw the redemptive work of the Cross..
However, caring for the planet that God gave us dominion over is also important. In response to that part of your question, I would like to direct you to the following article that we posted back on November 3, 2010 and hope that answers your concern for our view of the Christian’s role and responsibility for caring for our planet: Save the Planet! What is Our Christian Role?
We are also posting an article today from Creation Science Evangelism to taking Earth Day back from the secular world: GOD Made Earth—and Earth Day.
Lastly, you make the statement that faith without words is dead. I would agree but want to fully qualify this for any that may read something else into this statement.
Ephesians 2:8-9 makes if perfectly clear that we are saved by faith alone and not by works:
8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
However, our true faith is demonstrated by our works, so works is a sign of our faith, not the method of it. As James said in his letter to the twelve tribes scattered about:
17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:17
Again, thank you for your comments and questions and we pray you have a wonderful weekend.
From: Rik S.
As a teacher of preteen schoolchildren, I’ve noticed the impact of ‘evolutionary thinking’ over the last 17 years. It was easy to reason with kids previously, that evolution is a fantasy, thought up be people in the old days with inaccurate instrumentation.
Nowadays, what a difference it made for a generation of reading evolution novels (Animorphs), watching the evolving cartoons, and family entertainment movies. It’s very hard to convince a kid that we are all not presently ‘evolving’ individually. I must go through many, many examples and explanations as to why I’m not growing an extra ear, or stronger muscles, etc. God help the youth today, because they have already been thoroughly and completely indoctrinated in the schools.
Rik. I so appreciate your comments regarding the way school children are being propagandized by the secular religion of evolution.
Scripture instructs parents that they have the responsibility of their children’s education as we Deuteronomy 6:6-9:
6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Sadly, many parents today fail to concern themselves with their children’s education and what they are being taught. They blindly allow strangers with strange ideas teach and mold their children and then wonder why their kids reject the parent’s values and beliefs. In 1520, nearly 500 years ago, Martin Luther warned parents about the education of their children when he said:
I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme. Every institution that does not unceasingly pursue the study of God’s word becomes corrupt. Because of this we can see what kind of people they become in the universities and what they are like now. Nobody is to blame for this except the pope, the bishops, and the prelates, who are all charged with training young people. The universities only ought to turn out men who are experts in the Holy Scriptures, men who can become bishops and priests, and stand in the front line against heretics, the devil, and all the world. But where do you find that? I greatly fear that the universities, unless they teach the Holy Scriptures diligently and impress them on the young students, are wide gates to hell.
Since I have been involved with biblical creationism over the past 20 years, I have personally heard from hundreds of parents and students who have had their Christian faith undermined and destroyed by the public school system and secular universities. Even many Christian schools, colleges and universities have succumbed to secular evolutionism and are no longer teaching a literal Genesis as factual history. One such example is the following excerpt from a letter that was written by a student at so-called Christian college:
I never questioned what the Bible stated about origins – it stated it pretty clear to me – nor did I run into any Christians who would challenge the Bible UNTIL I came to college. I began talking with environmental science majors or biology majors here who would make statements like, “Oh, yeah, I used to believe in a literal six-day Creation until I came here. Now, through my courses in biology, etc., I can see how that just wasn’t possible . . . It wasn’t until about my junior year here that I began to see how serious it was that many of the professors do not believe and teach what the Bible specifically says concerning origins . . . I began to question what I believed and what my professor was presenting became more and more believable.
Parents, especially Christian parents need to start taking a serious role in their children’s education. If the schools your kids are attending are teaching anything that undermines the Bible and your Christian faith it is your responsibility as parents to see that they are placed in a school that does teach biblical principles even if that school is your home.
Rik. We appreciate your efforts and pray that you will continue to try to reach out as best you can to your students and their parents in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
From: Wimbly H.
I am an evangelical who believes the Bible as originally given is the word of God. However, as to believing a literal seven day creation is what the Bible teaches in Genesis one I can’t agree. I don’t believe there was a preadamic race for there is no support in the scriptures for this, however I do believe that the fall of Lucifer caused the earth to become “without form and empty.” As to commentators some outstanding commentators believe in the so-called “gap.”
I have two questions. How long was the first “evening”? What is your proof? How can you prove that the seven days were twenty-four hour days since the sun and moon were supposedly “created” on the fourth day? How do you explain God creating darkness (the absence of light) since God is light and in Him is no darkness at all?
Wimbly. Thank you for writing with your support and questions concerning Gap theory.
Please allow me to preface my response with a question to you. What biblical grounds do you have to believe that God meant anything other than what He tells us in Genesis 1 concerning His Creation? Why are so many Christians unwilling to accept God at His Word?
Could it be that they value the words of fallible men more than the words of the infallible God?
We have addressed the Gap theory along with the length of the days of creation in a variety of other articles of which I have placed the links to below. Today, I am also posting an excellent article by James Stambaugh on the days of creation – The days of creation: A semantic approach. Jim did an outstanding job in reviewing the Hebrew use of the word ‘yom’ or ‘day’.
After reviewing these articles, I truly pray that you will realize there is no scriptural basis for the Gap theory. Additionally, it undermines the Gospel message of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross which in turn destroys the Christian faith.