So, what really happens to the doctrine of sin and death when evolution has supposedly been in operation for billions of years before Adam? Since death is a basic, mechanical component of the evolutionary process. A process that God supposedly used to form the universe and develop man. Which, logically, makes death an integral part of that which God called, “good”.
Why, then, should man have any fear of death?
The Creature from the Black Gene Pool
And what happens to the gospel when Adam is no longer a man, formed by the special creation of God, in a single day out of the dust of the ground? But, instead, is only one of thousands of other creatures created as part of a group that supposedly formed the original gene pool?
Which is a clever new idea being set forth. That the first man must have been part of a group of at least 1,000 creatures. In order to provide a gene pool large enough to guarantee a successful evolutionary path.
(Which, by the way, is a ridiculously optimistic and arbitrary view of the natural selection process. Considering the astronomically impossible odds against evolution taking place at all. Even if there were a million compatible creatures available in one specific spot at one specific moment in time!)
Following this logic, Adam would not be a distinct individual, the first and only man existing up to that point, whom God made in His own image?
Of Sin and Its Consequence
And what happens to Adam’s sin being the cause of both physical and spiritual death? Which is a problem, since the Bible clearly states that death did not exist before Adam’s sin.
And we are not speaking of death simply not existing in the garden of Eden. But death not existing anywhere upon the earth.
And what happens to the need for Jesus Christ, the Last Adam, whose suffering on the cross paid the full penalty for sin? And destroyed the power of death for all who would trust in Him.
Why, then, should one believe in the efficacy of the cross if the real cause of sin is cast in doubt? Since death is said to be just a normal process of life. And not directly caused by sin?
Why Do Christians Remain Silent?
Those who would defend Christian men, who teach such things, defend them based on the other good things they have written or said. Glossing over other serious errors they embrace.
But, in doing so, the gospel waters are polluted for everyone else.
The popular response against criticizing leaders is to say, “No-one is perfect. And no-one understands doctrine perfectly.”
They say, “Let’s not accuse or criticize one another. Since we all have different opinions. After all, who has all their doctrines right? Who is without error?”
Who also say, “We are to love one another. And love does not criticize. It does not find fault with those with whom we disagree.”
Love is Not Silent
But love has nothing to do with being silent when the accuracy and authority of God’s word is under attack. Or cast in doubt.
It is actually a lack of love for these men as well as for the Lord Himself when we fail to speak out.
This is simply an excuse to avoid taking a stand. And to avoid the unpopular defense of the faith of Jesus Christ.
Because, what is happening is not an accident.
This is about men whose influence and popularity is being used to alter the clear teaching of the gospel across the Evangelical world. All because of the misplaced dependence and sentiment that people develop for such leaders.
And the willful neglect of biblical discernment all Christians are commanded to use.
Which results in an unwillingness to discipline and rebuke these men for their errors. So that these men might repent and be restored. Which is intended not only for their own sakes but also for the church as a whole.
Why is there such refusal to apply church discipline to teachers that boldly preach error?
Why is there such refusal to “mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine you have learned; and avoid them“? (Romans 16:17)
To Be Continued . . .