Tony J. Bowe
July 30, 2009
“The Decline and Fall of Christian America”.
Such was the bold statement that appeared on the cover of the April 13th edition of Newsweek earlier this year. Though it is hardly the death of Christianity in the United States, Jon Meacham accurately portrays a waning statistic of self identifying Christians in America.
This shift of culture comes as hardly a shock to many Christians. Possible tax-dollars funding abortions, removing the ten commandments from public monuments, and banning prayer in public schools are just a few of the examples to obvious hostility towards Christianity.
But why? What is causing this frightening collapse of the Christian foundation in our country? As Christians, we are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14); called to defend the Faith.Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, a Christian apologetics ministry, recently discussed this problem in his “State of the Nation” address late last June. Ham correctly quotes Psalm 11:3, which states, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Ham believes part of this decline of Christianity is due to compromise on behalf of the Church. Christians are not standing on the authority of God’s Word.
Four friends and I were fortunate enough to recently attend Creation College 3 in Kentucky July 20-24, 2009. The College attracted nearly 1,200 people traveling from all over the United States, and even a few from overseas. The week long conference included a series of scientific sessions, biblical apologetics, and practical applications with the hope to equip
atendees with the arsenal to defend their Faith scientifically, logically, and above all, biblically.
As the name implies, the conference, which was put on by Answers in Genesis, revolved around the theme of a literal, six day Creation, as depicted in the Genesis account. Answers in Genesis believes the revival of Christianity relies on regaining a biblical foundation of our faith. This foundation is rooted in Genesis 1-11, passages typically labeled as “mythological”, “allegorical”, or “poetic”. They maintain, however, that the Bible means what it says, and should not be compromised. I couldn’t agree more.
Secular science says the World and its inhabitants, including man, evolved over billions of years through spontaneous, natural processes. However, such a view does not line up well with the Bible. Genesis states God created the universe in six days. Evolution, in the sense that life came from non-life or advanced through a complicated process rooted in mutations, requires death and suffering well before the arrival of man. But the Bible says the beginning of Creation was “very good”. Sin and death were a result of the Fall (Genesis 2:17); certainly not “very good”. Yet many Christians compromise this account, and thus are undermining the entire authority of the Bible, since “all scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). It is God’s Word!
Not only should we as Christians not be compromising our Faith, we don’t have to. As my experience at the Creation College helped show, the accounts found throughout the entire Bible, including the six days of Creation, Noah’s Flood, and the ressurection of Jesus Christ, are accurate and reliable. Contrary to the beliefs of “mainstream Christianity”, supposed “evidence” for evolution actually serves as excellent proof for the Bible. The fossil record is a remarkable showcase of Noah’s Flood. Carbon 14, commonly used as evidence for evolution, has a 5,700-year half-life, which would imply that carbon 14 should not be found in any fossil or coal that is older than 250,00 years. C-14 is found in rock layers deep in the earth, which secular scientists believe are millions of years old. Thus, the evidence actually implies that the earth is merely thousands of years old, as depicted in the Bible. These are only a few of the evidences for a young Earth and the accuracy of God’s Word.
During our week at the Creation College, we were approached by a gentleman who informed us of the startling “Clergy Letter Project”, in which nearly 12,000 ministers have pledged to adhere to an evolutionary interpretation of Genesis and hold an “Evolution Weekend” at their
churches, promoting the ideas of Darwin and a compromised position of God’s Word. Fortunately, the gentleman provided us with a business card with some web-sites devoted to challenging this gross compromise within the depths of the Church. They urged everyone to convince their churches to take a stand for Biblical Authority by promoting a “Creation Sunday”. You should sign the online petition at CreationLetter.com. The other links will be provided in the resources section below.
Christianity is declining in America. But it is not dead. For far too long, Christians have compromised their faith in the Bible for faith in man’s fallible ideas. When “science” began to seemingly contradict the Bible, many turned to the Church for answers. However, with the Church not standing on the true authority of God’s Word, they recieved no legitimate
response. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” Our battle is against the principalities of this world (Ephesians 6:12). Let us stand firm on the Bible, defending the Faith and proclaiming truth, reclaiming our foundation, and we will be effective ambassadors for
Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Answers in Genesis
“State of the Nation” with Ken Ham.
Video at http://www.answersingenesis.org/events/state-of-the-nation
The Institute for Creation Research
“The New Answers Book 1 & 2”
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“The Ultimate Proof for Creation” by Dr.Jason Lisle
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