This past week, I received the following e-mail and comment dealing with a couple of the more popular compromised views of creation:

From Steve B.

I truly enjoy the articles that Creation Revolution puts out. However I was once told that it is easy to recognize Satans attacks through unbelievers than it is when he sneaks up on us. The Theistic evolutionists are sneaking up on us with their idea of compromising both evolution and creation. This approach I feel is more damaging to the Christian then the evolutionist who we see for what they are. I’d like to see more articles on theistic evolution and how that attack is damaging to Christians and how there salvation may be in jeopardy. Hard to explain but I hope you understand what I’m trying to get at. Thanks again for all your hard work and effort.

From John C in response to: Prehistoric: Anti-God Term Used by Many Christians

Right you are Ounbbl, also I might add all that ‘Pre Historic’ stuff occurred sometime between Gen. 1:1 and verse 2. Who knows how many years sped by during that time.[hint….no one]
A correct rendering of Gen 1:2 is….’The earth HAD BECOME without form and void….’ The earth God had created in vs.1 was in need of some mighty repairs so God got to work and the rest is as we say History. Go ahead check it out check it outers! 

 MY RESPONSE:

THEISTIC EVOLUTION

From the temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden, the most effective way to undermine and destroy the Word of God is to question His Creation including the instructions He gave Adam when he was made.  Satan was the first one to start this undermining of God’s Word and authority as recorded in Gen. 3:1 – He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

The great reformer Martin Luther faced creation compromisers in his day.  They also questioned what God tells us in Genesis 1.  Instead of believing in long ages, they believed that the entire creation took place in 1 day instead of 6.  Luther responded with one of the greatest responses I have ever heard:

How Long Did the Work of Creation Take?    When Moses writes that God created heaven and earth and whatever is in them in six days, then let this period continue to have been six days, and do not venture to devise any comment according to which six days were one day.  But, if you cannot understand how this could have been done in six days, then grant the Holy Spirit the honor of being more learned than you are.  For you are to deal with Scripture in such a way that you bear in mind that God Himself says what is written.  But since God is speaking, it is not fitting for you wantonly to turn His Word in the direction you wish to go. [emphasis mine]

Starting around 1800, more and more people started to question the creation account in Genesis.  Geologists started claiming the earth was hundreds of millions years old.  By the 1830’s the geologic views of old ages were also starting to creep into the church.  In the 1850’s Thomas Huxley was putting a great deal of pressure on Charles Darwin to publish his treatise on evolution, knowing that it would have an impact on the church and Christianity, both of which Huxley hated with a passion.  Huxley was right because a few short years after Origin of the Species was published, various church leaders began to embrace Darwin’s evolution in order to openly reject certain biblical teachings that they personally had problems with such as the miracles of Christ. 

With the rising influence of old earth geology and evolution, church leaders and theologians began reading things into the Bible and taking verses out of context in order to compromise God’s Word and make it fit with their new belief in an old earth.  Two of the most popular compromised views that developed around this time were the Gap Theory and Theistic Evolution. 

Theistic evolution is the belief that God used evolution as His process of Creation.  It requires a belief in millions of years of death prior to the creation of Adam and his subsequent Fall into sin in the Garden of Eden.  We have dealt with this issue in several prior articles which I will link to below. 

The issue of death before sin completely undermines the entire Gospel message.  It destroys the foundations upon which the Cross stands.  It is best explained in 1 Cor. 15:21-26 which states:

For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

In addition to the problem of death, if God had used evolution to create and the universe was some 15 billion years old and the earth was a little over 4 billion years and man didn’t appear until a just a couple million years ago, then we have a distant and far away God that doesn’t seem to be concerned mankind.  From this perspective, man holds a very small infinitesimal part in the whole of Creation, which would make one wonder about the following verse: Psalm 8:3-5 – When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?  Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.  It just doesn’t make sense for God to care so much for mankind and to have honored man so highly by making him  just a little lower than the angels and then wade through nearly 15 billion years of evolution before establishing him on the earth. 

One question that theistic evolutionists have never been able to sufficiently answer is to explain who Adam and Eve were.  To accept evolution as God’s method of creation is to also accept the evolution of man from ape.  At what point along that evolutionary marathon do we stop and say, “This is Adam!”  Then I also have to ask which line of human evolution did Adam and Eve come out of: Africa, Israel, China, or Indonesia as they are now claiming 4 separate and distinct lineages of early man?  Which ever one it was, also means that the descendants from the other 3 lines do not have the same spiritual soul or breath of life that God breathed into Adam.  And since Scripture is clear that Adam was the father of all mankind and only through his bloodline will there be redemption through Jesus Christ, the last Adam, then any descendants from the other 3 lineages of mankind have no chance of salvation as stated in 1 Cor. 15:21-26 (see above).

I also have to wonder what a theistic evolutionist’s view or image of God really is.  If man evolved from ape and ape from some other primitive mammal and that primitive mammal from some kind of reptile and so on, then when Scripture said that we were made in God’s image, what exactly is that image based upon?  Did man have to evolve to a given point when suddenly he qualified to be considered in God’s image? 

Lastly, and perhaps the most important reason why there could not have been millions of years between the beginning of time and the creation of Adam and Eve has to do with the fact that it would make Jesus Christ out to be a liar.  When the Pharisees were questioning Jesus about marriage and divorce in Matthew 19, Jesus responded by saying (v. 4) – And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,…  If there were millions of years from the beginning to Adam and Eve, then Christ was either lying or he was greatly in error.  In either case, it means that He sinned and if He sinned He could not have been the perfect sacrificial Lamb of God on the Cross and if that is true then we have no redemption from our sins, are condemned to Hell and the entire Bible cannot be trusted. 

Like I said earlier, theistic evolution completely undermines the Bible and destroys the deity of Jesus which consequently causes the entire Christian faith to crumble into a pile of meaningless ruins.

Steve B, here is a list of articles that have previously posted that discuss Theistic Evolution in some way or not.  Also be assured that this website will continue to defend attacks on biblical creation and that includes the various compromised positions held by so many well meaning Christians. 

Former articles posted on Creation Revolution that deal with Theistic Evolution:

10 Dangers of Theistic Evolution

Creation Worldviews Part 2. Theistic Evolution and Progressive Creation

Jesus, Evangelical Scholars, and the Age of the Earth

Only True Christianity is Defensible

Confronting Evolutionary Ideas

Evolutionary Christianity?

The Bible Doctrine of Creation: How Essential Is It to the Faith of a Christian?

THE GAP THEORY

To summarize what the Gap Theory is, I turned to Weston Fields’ book, Unformed and Unfilled.   Here is his summation: ‘

In the far distant dateless past God created a perfect heaven and perfect earth. Satan was ruler of the earth which was peopled by a race of ‘men’ without any souls. Eventually, Satan, who dwelled in a garden of Eden composed of minerals (Ezekiel 28), rebelled by desiring to become like God (Isaiah 14). Because of Satan’s fall, sin entered the universe and brought on the earth God’s judgment in the form of a flood (indicated by the water of 1:2), and then a global Ice Age when the light and heat from the sun were somehow removed. All the plant, animal, and human fossils upon the earth today date from this ‘Lucifer’s flood’ and do not bear any genetic relationship with the plants, animals and fossils living upon the earth today …’

One of the key evidences that Gappers use to defend their interpretation of Creation are the Hebrew words tohu and bohu which are generally translated ‘without form’ and ‘void’ in Genesis 1:2.  They believe that these words refer to the destruction of the world that was corrupted by Satan.  However, this does not fit with the actual phrase tohu va bohu as used in Genesis.  So they turn to Jer. 4:23 where the same phrase is used to describe the results of a judgment.  However, the context of use in Jer. 4:23 is different than that of Gen. 1:2, and like English, context is one of the key tools for determining the use of a word or phrase in any given case.  In Gen. 1:2, there is nothing in the context to indicate any type of judgment, unlike in Jer. 4:23.  Jeremiah 4 concerns the prophesy of the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem and has nothing to do with Creation. 

Another key piece of evidence used by Gap Theorists is the word ‘replenish; as used in the King James Version.  In the English language of the 1500’s and 1600’s, the word ‘replenish’ is synonymous with the word ‘fill’.  According to Dr. Charles Taylor, a linguist, As translated in 1611, it (‘replenish’) was merely a parallel to ‘fill’, and the prefix ‘re-’ didn’t mean ‘again’, but ‘completely.

For some reason, adherents of the Gap Theory believe that the fossil record we find all over the earth is the results of Satan’s flood that wiped out all life on the earth between Gen. 1:1 and 1:2.  So if all of the fossils and rock layers are the remnants of Satan’s Flood, which by the way is never mentioned in the Bible, then where are the remnants of the Genesis Flood that we do have a biblical record of in Gen. 6-9?  Sorry Gappers, but it really seems ludicrous to believe that all of the rock layers and fossils were the results of an event the Bible makes no mention of and at the same time believing that there is no real evidence for the worldwide judgment that is recorded in God’s Word.

For more references on the Gap Theory, I recommend the following:

Creation Answers Book

Creation Worldviews Part 3. The Gap Theory

Did God Create in 6 Days?

Biblical Logic In Theory & Practice

References

Bell, Philip. Does creation really matter?, Creation.com, Feb. 11, 2010.

DeWitt, David. Why I rejected ‘theistic evolution’ Creation.com, Jan. 12, 2004

Fields, Weston W. Unformed and Unfilled, Burgener Enterprises, Collinsville, ILL, p. 58, 1976.

Grigg, Russell, From the beginning of the creation, Creation, Vol 19(2), March 1997.

Luther, Martin, What Martin Luther Says – A Practical In-Home Anthology for the Active, Concordia Publishing House, 1986, p. 1523.

Morris, Henry. The gap theory—an idea with holes?, Creation, Vol. 10(1), Dec. 1987.

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