by Wes Moore*
Compromising the Bible’s teaching is a dangerous game. We should only change our views of truth when, comparing Scripture with Scripture, we become convinced we’ve been wrong in our convictions.
And we should be especially leery of changing the Bible’s teaching because of what someone outside the Christian community tells us.
When we violate these rules and compromise with man on the meaning of the Bible, we can unwittingly open a spiritual and moral Pandora’s Box, one which could bring unforeseen destruction before we can close it again.
An Example Before Our Eyes
When you compare Scripture with Scripture, the Bible does not teach molecules-to-man evolution, millions of years of human history, or the Big Bang. The Bible gives us a specific history of the world: God created all things in six, literal, approximately 24-hour days, between six- and ten-thousand years ago. Neither man nor any other form of life on earth evolved in an onward, upward progression to their present forms.
You can’t get the evolutionary story from the Bible.
However, some Christians have compromised with man and created interesting ways to include the basic tenets of evolution into the Biblical account of history. They go by various names: Day-Age theory, Theistic Evolution, Gap Theory, and Progressive Creationism. But they have one thing in common—they leave the idea of millions of years and some form of molecules-to-man evolution in place.
By compromising, we think we’ve saved the world from atheism (which is what many evolutionists are) and can now turn the masses back to the more ‘important’ issues the Bible addresses.
Ah, but I’m afraid in our wisdom, we may have just played right into Satan’s hands!
Starting March 26, Oprah Winfrey will start a new spirituality series on her OWN network called, “Oprah’s Lifeclass: the Tour,” where she will address the “force guiding the universe” in what she calls the “world’s largest classroom.”[i]
In essence, Oprah is carving out her own New Age religion, and the world’s largest classroom is really the world’s largest temple.
Her spirituality is based in part on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, a spiritual teacher and author of several successful books, including The Power of Now and A New Earth.
Tolle’s religion is founded on the idea that the human mind is able to make a leap in consciousness to a state of “Being”—as he calls it—a state where our minds are separated from our egos and thus freed to experience real peace. (If you’re a little confused, you’re not alone.)
So, what does this have to do with evolution and compromise? Simple: the basic principle upon which Tolle (and, by extension, Oprah) builds his theories about the mind, consciousness, and peace is—you guessed it—evolution!
The first chapter in his book, A New Earth[ii], is full of references to evolutionary theory. In fact, the very first words establish his underlying premise: “Earth, 114 million years ago….”
Here are a few other quotes from this chapter:
- “The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness.” (page 2)
- “Most crawling reptilians, the most earthbound of all creatures, have remained unchanged for millions of years.” (page 3)
- “This is why these three ‘en-lightened’ life-forms have played such an important part in the evolution of human consciousness…” (page 5)
Hard to Fight Them Now
What’s the problem, you ask? The problem is that out of the soil of atheistic evolution another false religion has arisen, one whose underlying principle is evolution itself. And because most of the Christian community has compromised with the world on the basic tenets of evolutionary theory, we are unable to challenge this lie at its foundation.
In fact, we have gone to great lengths, through our complex and confusing theories, to establish the basics of evolution, thereby giving Tolle and Oprah the intellectual foothold they need.
By giving in to what the secular world teaches, we have not cleared the way for the Bible, the Cross, and true religion to return to our land. On the contrary, we have affirmed the very foundation upon which another Baal has arisen, and who knows how many other false gods in the days to come will owe their existence to our cowardly compromise.
The Only Answer
So, what do we do now? Is the situation a lost cause? No. Here are a few responses that will get us going in the right direction again:
- We must start with repentance. We should begin this turn around on our knees repenting for our quick and spineless compromise of God’s Word on the altar of man’s changing, fragile ideas.
- Secondly, we need take God at His word again. We must return to a day when we accepted what the Bible taught from within its own pages, and challenged any idea contrary to its teaching.
- Thirdly, we must stop thinking that evolution is a side issue and see it for what it is—an attack on the foundation of our faith, an attack that must be defeated in all of its manifestations.
- Finally, we must begin reeducating ourselves on the weaknesses of evolution and the strength of God’s account of history. To affect this, we must open our churches to creation ministries that can teach us the truth about evolution.
So, how about you? Have you compromised? Do Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey have you to thank in part for the acceptance and popularity of their new religion? Isn’t it time you took a brave stand on the authority of God’s Word? I hope you will today.
[i] To learn more about her church, visit http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/Get-Ready-for-Oprahs-Lifeclass-the-Tour-Video.
[ii] Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (New York: Penguin Group, 2006).
*Wes Moore is a conservative Christian author and speaker, and the founder of Evidence America, an apologetics and evangelism training ministry. Wes is the author of Forcefully Advancing: The Last Hope for America and American Christianity, a book designed to equip the average Christian to engage the lost; The Maker, a futuristic apologetics novel; and The Spiritual Top 50, a non-fiction apologetics book designed to help Christians answer the questions their lost friends are asking. You can learn more about him at www.wesmoorenow.com.
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