A Little Bit of Leaven
In the Bible, leaven is always symbolic of sin. The Messiah warned us concerning this truth in a series of parables in Matt. 13. In this teaching, the “birds of the air” are identified as demonic entities that steal the gospel seed from the minds of people before it can bear fruit, Matt. 13:19. Later, He explained that these same birds (demonic false teachers and their teaching) come and nest in the branches of the Kingdom, Matt. 13:32. So all believers must be diligent to study the Word of God and careful to rightly divide the Word of truth. This becomes all the more important with regard to the biblical account in Genesis.
The Apostle Paul twice used this phrase “a little bit of leaven” as a warning against false teaching with regard to the gospel. He writes to the believers at Galatia warning them against becoming entangled with “a yoke of bondage” with regard to the Mosaic Covenant, Gal. 5:1. His concern is a false gospel of salvation by works. In this case, obedience to the Law of Moses with regard to circumcision of the flesh was being promoted by Jewish believers from Jerusalem. This behavior would be confronted at the Jerusalem Council and rebuked by Peter in spectacular fashion, Acts 15:6-11.
Paul would also warn the believers at Corinth concerning their own tendency to allow gross immorality to go unconfronted in their midst, I Cor. 5:1-7. Paul uses the symbolism of Passover, e.g. believer’s exemption from God’s righteous judgment by the blood of the lamb, Ex. 12, to remind them of the result of the gospel in their lives. Using the symbolism of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Paul reminds them of their heavenly calling that believers should be holy and without blame before Him in love, Eph. 1:4b.
At CSI, we are acutely aware of this truth concerning “a little bit of leaven.” It is important to take a stand on the veracity of God’s Word especially with regard to the time line revealed in the book of Genesis. How often have we been privy to letters from distraught parents whose children were ill-equipped to rebuff their college professors who serve as indoctrinators rather than educators.
Many in the body of Christ have compromised with the false teaching of evolution. They have succumbed to embracing the evolutionary time line. False teachings concerning the Big Bang, Day-Age Theory and Theistic Evolution, etc., have all crept into our church Sunday schools and adult education programs. False teachings concerning the Big Bang, Day-Age Theory and Theistic Evolution, etc., have all crept into our church Sunday schools and adult education programs.
How serious is this?
The world, the flesh and the Devil would like to tell you it doesn’t matter. What if God wanted to use evolutionary principles to create the universe? This is where the “little bit of leaven” warning becomes so very important.
The New Testament teachings of Jesus confirm that the Genesis account is historically accurate. He taught that Adam and Eve were real people that existed from the beginning, Mark 10:6; that the worldwide cataclysmic Flood in the days of Noah was a real event, Matt. 24:37-38; and that the book of Jonah was a true account of this prophet’s experience and ministry, Matt. 12:40. God’s Word consistently referred to the history of the children of Israel, His fidelity towards, Zech. 2:8-10, and love of, I Kings 10:9, the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
How important is this teaching about Jesus?
The author and Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis, confronted this matter in what has come to be known as Lewis’s trilemma.
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. ... Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God. [Lewis, C. S., Mere Christianity, London: Collins, 1952, pp. 54–56. (In all editions, this is Bk. II, Ch. 3, "The Shocking Alternative.")]
CSI will continue to stand firm in the truth that “In the beginning, God created…,” Gen. 1:1. God’s Word confirms that He created the universe, and everything contained therein, in 6 literal 24-hour days. The Creator did not use any haphazard and destructive evolutionary processes to create. The living Word of God spoke the universe into existence declaring, “Let there be …,” and whatever He said spontaneously came into existence.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible, Heb. 11:3.
Submitted by Pastor Steven Rowitt, Ph.D.