WHY THE CHURCH MUST EMPHASIZE CREATION, continued|
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Reason #2: Creation is: THE FOUNDATION FOR DOCTRINE.
Everything that the church believes and teaches is founded on the doctrine of creation. As Ken Ham often says, the meaning
of anything is bound up in its origin. If you dont understand how something began, you dont understand it at all.
And if you cannot defend a doctrines foundation from the beginning, you cannot defend it at all; it degenerates into just your opinion. For the church to speak with authority, it needs to build from its foundation. Consider a few of the important Bible doctrines, subjects all considered vital topics for the church, which originate in Genesis:
Jesus defended doctrines from the books of Moses, including the early chapters of Genesis, when He was asked questions:
- Marriage and family: Genesis 2:24
- Human sexuality: Genesis 1:27-28
- False religion: Genesis 3:5
- Sin and judgment: Genesis 3:6-19
- Salvation: Genesis 3:15
- Law and government: Genesis 9:6
- Work and purpose in life: Genesis 2:15; 3:18-19, 23
- Arts and sciences: Genesis 4:20-22
- Eternal destiny: Genesis 3:24, 12:1-3
Jesus also used nature to teach spiritual truth:
- Marriage: when questioned about divorce, He quoted Genesis 1:27 and 2:24. (Matt 19:3-9). Notice how He mentions Moses
allowing for a certificate of divorce in some cases, but emphasizes that from the beginning it was not so (v. 9).
- Judgment: likened the coming judgment to the days of Noah (Matt 24:37-39).
- Vengeance: confirmed historicity of Abel (Luke 11:51)
- Resurrection: told the Sadducees they did not know the Scriptures nor the power of God (Matt 22:29).
- Hell: They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them . . . . If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither
will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead. (Luke 16:29-31)
- Messiah: And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. (Luke 24:27; see also John 5:39)
Reason #2, Creation is the Foundation for Doctrine, has been discussed thoroughly in three books we recommend for further study:
- Birds as symbols of Gods care: Matt 6:26
- Flowers as examples of Gods design and providence: Matt 6:29
- Fruit trees as illustrations of human character: Matt 7:16-20, 12:33, Luke 6:43-45
- Serpents as symbols of shrewdness, doves of harmlessness: Matt 10:16
- Wind as a parable of the Holy Spirit: John 3:8
- Sparrows as examples of Gods providential care: Matt 10:29-31, Luke 12:6
- Ravens as examples of Gods providential care: Luke 12:24
- Mustard plant as parable of kingdom of God: Luke 13:19
- Weather signs as signs of the times: Matt. 16:1-4, Luke 12:56
- The Battle For the Beginning by Dr. John MacArthur (W Publishing Group, Thomas Nelson, 2001) This
new book (October 2001) underscores the centrality of creation for all the church believes
and teaches. From the Introduction (p. 26), MacArthur says,
The abandonment of a biblical view of creation has already borne abundant evil fruit in modern society.
Now is no time for the church to retreat or to compromise on these issues. To weaken our commitment to the biblical
view of creation would start a chain of disastrous moral, spiritual, and theological ramifications in the church that will greatly
exacerbate the terrible moral chaos that has already begun the unraveling of secular society.
The book also explains how evolutionary naturalism has
become the dominant religion of the western world, resulting in most of the
moral decline and evil in society today. MacArthur also points out
how the church has been abandoning its foundational doctrine to accommodate
evolutionary teachings, and the harm that results.
With that in mind I undertook an earnest study of Genesis a couple of years ago. Although the bulk of my ministry
has been devoted to a verse-by-verse exposition of the whole New Testament, I recently turned to the Old Testament and
began preaching a series on Genesis in our church. This book is the fruit of my research and teaching in
Genesis 1-3. We find there the foundation of every doctrine that is essential to the Christian faith. And the more
carefully I have studied those opening chapters of Scripture, the more I hve seen that they are the vital foundation for
everything we believe as Christians.
- The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham (Master Books, 1987). In his seminars and videos, Ken Ham makes a powerful
case for why creation is relevant to everything the church believes and teaches.
- The Long War Against God by Henry M. Morris, Jr. (Baker, 1990). This excellent book examines the history of
evolutionary thought and shows how it has permeated not only the sciences, but
politics, law, education, economics, ethics, the arts and culture.
Nothing in the Bible or the Christian life makes sense apart from the doctrine of creation. The church must emphasize
creation to shore up its foundation; then, the structure built on it will be secure. But if the foundations be destroyed, what
can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3).
Introduction to Reason #3
Has church become like soda thats lost its fizz? Have the people lost their first love? Has church become a routine, or an endless cycle of keeping the programs going? Maybe a good dose of creation would help. Click here to continue.