Churches Celebrating . . . Darwinism?
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is an icon of Scripture that is familiar to just about everyone, regardless of their faith. The tree looked good and tempting to Adam and Eve, the first human couple, but to eat of its fruit was sinful because God had commanded them not to do so (Genesis 2:17).
Making evil (or sin) look good and tempting is perhaps Satan's most effective ploy – the Bible tells us that Satan himself masquerades as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14) – and it's a tactic he's been using as part of his arsenal of deception ever since Creation. Lots of things in this world look good, but in reality some of those things are evil and lead to a path of destruction.
The Theory of Evolution is one of those things. It looks very scientific . . . on the surface.
It looks good . . . superficially. But in reality it is pure evil at its core. It is evil because of the underlying message it carries, the philosophy it engenders, and the consequences it brings. Above all, it is evil because it represents deception at its finest— a complete and utter falsehood propped up by just about every major institution in the Western world – and diametrically opposed to the teachings of the Christian faith. And the most well-known proponent of this idea? . . . an unlikely character by the name of Charles Darwin, who was born in England 200 years ago on February 12, 1809, and died in 1882. He was an unlikely character because, his writings aside, Charles Darwin would strike most people as the prototypical, well-mannered English gentleman of his era.
Darwin first solidified his beliefs about evolution in 1838, although they weren't entirely his own original ideas, since other forerunners to Darwin had provided their own contributing philosophies. But the God-fearing British public wasn't quite ready for evolution in 1838. It would be another 21 years before Darwin felt the time was ripe to release his book Origin of Species in 1859. This book talked about “natural selection” as the mechanism responsible for variation and speciation, and as such, it contained many truths or half-truths. But it stopped short of asserting that mankind had evolved from “pre-hominid” ancestors, although the inference of this was certainly present for those who wished to “connect the dots” for themselves. It was not until 1871 that Darwin released The Descent of Man, this time arguing explicitly that man was nothing more than a highly adapted animal– a book the world was now ready to indulge.
An Idea with Horrific Consequences
In Darwin's era, 19th century Britain was predominantly a Christian nation. Even today, many would still consider it a Christian nation, due to the historic influence of Christianity on its laws and institutions. The Queen, for example, is constitutionally both the Head of State and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. However, by the late 19th century, due to cultural shifts, as well as the fact that the state-sponsored church was viewed by many as too ritualistic, many Brits were looking for an excuse to lessen their involvement with “religion.” Darwin's message provided the perfect excuse for people to start to challenge Christianity and the Bible's teaching of origins. Evolution looked then, as it does today, an attractive philosophy to those who wish to convince themselves (falsely) that there is no God and no ultimate accountability for their sins.
In the 1800s, they did not have polls asking people if they believed in God: to confess otherwise would likely have been considered blasphemy under British law (a law which was only officially repealed in 2008). But it is safe to say that the average person believed in the God of the Christian Bible and had great respect and reverence for the Church, even if they didn't attend as regularly as they perhaps ought. In the 1850s, 39% of the British public attended church on any given Sunday. By 1979 that statistic had dropped to 12%, and by 2005 it stood at a mere 6%. Today, only about 35% of Brits say they even believe in a god of any kind.
We at CSI believe that Darwinism, and the obsession with evolution that it fostered, are the biggest single factor behind this falling away from the faith. People started to rebel against Christianity, justified by evolution. And then justified even moreso by the endorsement of evolution by the major institutions, and – finally – by the Church itself. “Science” became their new god and “nature” their new creator. (Romans 1:25)
The Church “Sells Out” to a Worldly Doctrine
Amazingly, the Church of England last year wrote Darwin a letter of apology. It reads “Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practice the old virtues of 'faith seeking understanding' and hope that makes some amends.”
Not only are they trying to apologize for being slow to embrace this man, whose writings have caused so many millions to stray from Christ, in addition, the Church of England is surely giving the appearance – especially to those who don't know any better – of trying to communicate with a man who's been dead for 127 years by addressing their letter directly to Charles Darwin himself. If they intended for their endeavor to be taken seriously, and there's every indication they did, perhaps somebody needs to remind the Church of England that trying to communicate with the dead is an occult practice, which is detestable to the Lord! Talk about a church that has lost its way and strayed from its foundations! Whatever kind of confusing message and example is the Church of England trying to give to (what few remain of) its followers? But make no mistake, Darwin's ideas were a direct attack on Christianity. His ideas about common ancestry – aside from being scientifically ludicrous - represent a total and fundamental contradiction to the Bible. Thomas Huxley, known as “Darwin's bulldog,” openly admitted: “It is clear that the doctrine of evolution is directly antagonistic to that of Creation. Evolution, if consistently accepted, makes it impossible to believe the Bible.” So, by Huxley's own words, the Church today is trying to embrace a theory that “makes it impossible to believe the Bible”.
Sawing Off the Branch We're Sitting On
Jesus said “I am the vine. You are the branches” (John 15:5). Branches need to remain firmly attached to the vine if they are to prosper, which in practical terms means adhering firmly to the Word of God.
Let's shift our focus from England back to our own shores . . .
What's shocking to us here at CSI, is that – less than 2 months after celebrating the birth of our Creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ – hundreds of churches right here in America are planning to celebrate the 200th Birthday of Charles Darwin. Note, we didn't say hundreds of museums (they started paying homage to this event several years ahead of time).
You read it correctly, churches in the hundreds will be celebrating an individual who's been more influential in undermining the credibility of the Bible than any other human being in modern history. “Evolution Sunday” has become an annual pro-Darwin sermon theme that's gained increasing popularity over the past several years. Only this time around, this Bicentennial anniversary – coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the book Origin of Species – seems to be setting the stage for celebration to turn into outright worship.
Thankfully not all churches, pastors, or denominations have fallen into this trap by any means, but the trend is disturbing nonetheless. It illustrates that many church leaders have been willing to compromise on the concept of biblical authority and have given up on the idea that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. The compromise begins with the opening chapters of Genesis, but sadly it's unlikely to end there. The ultimate outcome might just be the teaching of a “different gospel” that the apostle Paul cautioned about in Galatians 1:6, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,”. These churches cannot be teaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ if they are not recognizing that Christ was Creator, first and foremost, and ultimately the Redeemer of His Creation.
The Creation and Redemption of mankind are inextricably linked. To try and proclaim one event as truth, while brushing aside the other as fiction, is pure folly.
Perhaps these churches and their leadership are simply ignorant of the great strides that have been made by the creation science community in recent years. If they took the time to do their homework, for example studying the types of resources that CSI makes available, they'd find volumes of solid scientific evidence that points irrefutably to the literal Genesis account of the Bible. If they studied the science, they'd understand that the pillars of evolution are crumbling, and that their endorsement of Darwin is simply unnecessary.
Perhaps these churches simply want to appeal to a world that they believe is intellectually vested in the idea of evolution, to attract the masses through their doors and keep them comfortable in maintaining their secular philosophies once inside. But again, if they did the research, they'd discover polls show more people have doubts about Darwinism than fully embrace it. Perhaps, in the case of institutions like the Church of England, they are simply bowing to political pressure from the “establishment” of which they are a part.
Whatever the motivation, the consequences of churches embracing Darwinian evolution will surely be dire. If we as Christians can't take a stand for the authority of the Scripture upon which our whole reason for being rests, what hope do we have of reaching the population at large with a message of truth, however outdated or radical that message may appear to some.
This is a time that Christians need to be standing strong and equipping ourselves with the knowledge to defend what the Bible has to say about our origins. We hope this month's resource will be one tool that will help you do just that, and that you'll take a stand with us.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1: 20-21)
God’s wonders surround us. And these marvels reveal much about our Creator. Through His creation we glimpse His power and wisdom, His majesty and care. Creation is speaking to those who will listen. While the some churches are celebrating Darwin’s evolution, Christians around the world declare His glory…His wonders among all peoples.
In His service,
Executive Director and Founder
Creation Studies Institute
P.S. Please encourage your own pastor to consider a “Creation Sunday” at your church, and take a stand against the worldly worship of Darwin this February. (Use the DVD, God of Wonders, in your Sunday School Class and celebrate God's awesome creation)