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Erosion of Biblical Foundations

The Erosion of Biblical Foundations

The Psalmist said: “If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do” (Ps. 11:3)” Today the Biblical foundations of the Bible are being destroyed by the aggressive, militant and intimidating secular world. The first eleven chapters of Genesis provides the foundation for the entire Bible.

Sadly, today we understand so very little about the early chapters of Genesis which are the foundational chapters of the Bible. We have primarily treated the material as either myth or history with little other value. In most cases, our knowledge depends almost entirely on Biblical stories we heard as a child. The teaching of evolution, as scientific fact in our schools, and through the media of television, has convinced many that the events recorded in the first seven chapters are not factual. Yet, the entire Bible is a progressive revelation which is based upon foundational premises established in these early chapters.

In these early chapters of Genesis, we have the story of creation, the institution of marriage, the introduction of sin by Adam and Eve, the promise of redemption by God and forthcoming judgment against those who rebel against their Creator. If Adam and Eve did not exist, then there is no original sin and no need for Jesus being born of a virgin and dying on the cross for our sins. There is no need for redemption. Satan has blinded the eyes of mankind regarding the truth about our Lord and Creator. “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them” (2 Cor. 4:3-4).

The Church is intimidated by the universal teaching of evolution. Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis, in his book Already Gone, says, “We are not addressing the claims of evolution head on with the irrefutable facts of creation.” Many of our Christian schools allow evolutionist to indoctrinate young students of the ministry with the claims of evolution and later, as they take leadership positions, they turn a silent ear to the subject. They are intimidated by the claims of evolution and shy away from addressing the truth. As a result, we are losing our young people from our churches because they have no defense against the aggressive, militant and intimidating teaching of evolution by their secular and sometimes Christian educational systems. Since many of our Churches have become very liberal in their preaching and teaching, they have bought into the claims of evolution. Therefore, unfortunately, many do very little to prepare their youth to face an aggressive secular world. The final issue goes back to authority and accountability. It boils down to the fact that we, as prideful individuals, do not want to be accountable or teach others to be accountable to a sovereign Creator.

A few years ago I was asked what I thought was the most important Biblical concept. I replied, “Comprehending and accepting the absolute sovereignty of God.” In today’s world, much emphasis is placed on humanism and as a result the spotlight has often been shifted from God to man. Since there is a spirit of rebellion in all of us, we, as God’s creation, do not want to comprehend and accept His absolute sovereignty. This way of thinking is called sin which ultimately separates us from God, Himself.

The Impact of the Teaching of Evolution

Last year I received an E-Mail from a high school senior that was intended for the writer of an article that I did not write. He had read the writer’s article on creation. This E-Mail and the motivation behind this young man’s writing greatly disturbed me and, you, if you are a believer, should also be disturbed. I will be careful to protect his identity.

This young man is from a religious background and attends church on a regular basis, yet he claims that he is an atheist. According to what he said, it appears that he is very involved in his church activities. I assume that if we were to observe him and his activities that he would impress us as being a fine young Christian man. What troubles me, if he is an atheist, why is he going to church? What does his church teach? How many more young people are there who are atheistic in their belief yet are active in their church? Could it be that they are going to church for the fellowship and activities only and are not being taught Biblical facts? Therefore, they have no defense against the intimidation of a secular world which claims that evolution is a science which has been proven beyond all doubt.

This young man seems to have a problem with faith or rather a lack of understanding faith. He seems to be confused about the issue of indoctrination. He took offense about the other author’s argument that the teaching of evolution was a form of indoctrination. The young man seems to believe that the teachings of the church are more related to indoctrination than the teaching of evolution. He seems to believe that the claims of evolution have been proven whereas the teachings of the Bible are based upon blind faith. He says that the issue of indoctrination scare him. From the contents of his E-Mail, it seems that he agrees with many people in the secular world who believe that religion is something that was invented by man and used as a crutch because man is too weak to face life on his own.

In his book “Already Gone, published by Master Books”, Ken Ham explains how the churches in England are dying or will soon be dead. “England, the country that was once a cornerstone of western Christianity, is now, by and large, a wasteland of lost souls where the word ‘God’ has many different definitions, with so few these days who would even think of ‘God’ as the Creator God of the Bible.” He, also, argues that America is quickly approaching this ungodly way of life.

“Across the Atlantic, in the ‘One Nation Under God,’ the seeds of a free and God-fearing nation were planted only 250 years ago. Today, few people are aware of the spiritual epidemic that has wiped out the land of our Christian forefathers. England was the home of our great spiritual ancestors, many of the greatest preachers, teachers, and evangelists of the last 200 years. Few people are aware that the same epidemic has reached our own shores, spreading like an unstoppable virus. When it comes to churches in America, our research shows that many are Already Gone” (pp 17).

“It’s time to wake up and see the tidal wave washing away the foundation of your church. The numbers are in—and they don’t look good. From across Christendom the reports are the same: A mass exodus is underway. Most youth of today will not be coming to church tomorrow. Nationwide polls and denominational reports are showing that the next generation is calling it quits on the traditional church. And it’s not just happening on the nominal fringe; it’s happening at the core of the faith” (pp 22).

“Recent and irrefutable statistics are forcing us to face the truth. Respected pollster, George Barna, was one of the first to put numbers to the epidemic. Based on interviews with 22,000 adults and over 2,000 teenagers in 25 separate surveys, Barna unquestionable quantified the seriousness of the situation;six out of ten 20-somethings who were involved in a church during their teen years are already gone. Despite strong levels of spiritual activity during the teen years, most 20-somethings disengage from active participation in the Christian faith during their young adult years—and often beyond that.”

“The Barna research is showing that religious activity in the teen years does not translate into spiritual commitment as individuals move into their 20s and 30s (and our own research, you are about to discover, will illuminate you with reasons as to why this occurs).”

“Most of them are pulling away from church, are spending less time alone studying their Bibles, are giving very little financially to Christian causes, are ceasing to volunteer for church activities, and are turning their backs on Christian media such as magazines, radio, and television. What does this look like numerically for today’s 20-somethings?

    • 61% of today’s young adults who were regular church attendees are now ‘spiritually disengaged. They are not actively attending church, praying or reading their Bibles. (Current Update: Most youth pastors now believe that 8 out of 10 students will walk away from their faith when they reach college age. The old age to reach students by was 18. It has now moved to 12. If we don’t reach a child with the gospel by the age of 12, chances are likely that they will never be reached with the gospel message.)

    • 20% of those who were spiritually active during high school are maintaining a similar level of commitment.

    • 19% of teens were never reached by the Christian community, and they are still disconnected from the Church or any other Christian activities” (pp 24).

The Barna statistics may be out of date. Some youth leaders believe that the situation has deteriorated since Barna did his study. See the note above. We will continued with the following quotes by Ken Ham.

“Studies showed that the most important question was not the why? question, but rather the when? question. When did we begin losing these young people? One study of one thousand 20 to 29-year old evangelicals who attended church regularly but no longer do so showed:

    • That: 95% of them attended church regularly during their elementary and middle school years.

    • 55% attended church regularly during high school.

    • Only 11% were still going to church during their early college years.”

“I think this is one of the most revealing and yet challenging statistics in the entire survey—and something we didn’t expect. Most people assume that students are lost in college. We’ve always been trying to prepare our kids for college (and I still think that’s a critical thing to do, of course), but it turns out that only 11 percent of those who have left the Church were still attending during the college years. Almost 90 percent of them were lost in middle school and high school…”

“Sadly, I think many see children’s programs as entertainment, teaching Bible stories, and so on, but when they get older we need to think about preparing them somehow for college – but as our research showed, by then they are already gone! For most, it was basically too late! This topic regarding when we begin to lose our kids is where the study began to get very interesting and very illumination. For example those who no longer believe that all of the accounts and stories in the Bible are true:

    • 39.8% first had doubts in middle school.

    • 43.7% first had their doubts in high school.

    • 10.6% had their first doubts during college.”

“Clearly, there is a slightly delayed reaction going on. The doubts come first, followed shortly by departure. Students didn’t begin doubting in college, they simply departed by college. Again, if you look around in your church today, two-thirds of these who are sitting among us have already left in their hearts, it will only take a couple years before their bodies are absent as well” (pp 32-33).

“Their research showed that the number one problem in church is what it taught in Sunday school. What our children are taught in Sunday school is completely different from what it taught in secular schools and Sunday school is doing very little to refute the teaching of secular schools” (pp 46).

The Ken Ham studies clearly show that the number one problem creating doubts in our young people are the claims of the teaching of evolution. Our youth people do not believe in a young earth and they believe that carbon dating proves that. If they can’t believe in a young earth then the entire first eleven chapters of Genesis comes into question. The Psalmist said: “If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do” (Ps. 11:3)” We are failing to emphatically address the claims of evolution with the irrefutable facts of creation.

Ken adds, “Let’s be honest. Our entire culture (including secular schools) is aggressively teaching the apologetics of evolution and secular humanism. They teach our students how to defend a humanistic worldview, and they model that worldview. They show all the reasons that what they are teaching is supposedly true. The secularists are teaching our children how to defend the secular faith, and connecting it to the real world—and here we are in churches teaching wonderful Bible stories and reinforcing in their minds that they can believe the secularists and that the Bible is not really connected to the real world. No wonder we are losing them.”

“Unless the facts behind the Christian faith are clearly and convincingly communicated in a way that students can learn and remember, their faith will not stand the assault of doubt from the world. It’s not enough to just tell students, ‘Believe in Jesus!’ Faith that is not founded on fact will ultimately falter in the storm of secularism that our students face every day.”

“In many cases, when we look at what is being taught in the Sunday schools, we’re just teaching on an inspirational or moral level. The Sunday sermon usually dishes out more of the same. Neither one is providing the necessary support and education students need. In many cases, they are getting two lessons on a Sunday, and neither is really relevant to them. It’s not just the Sunday school, it’s the sermon, the VBS, its most of the teaching programs—they are not helping them in this postmodern culture where it is becoming the norm to attack and marginalize Christians. They are not coping—they are not able to cope—they haven’t been trained to cope” (pp 49).

“…Contrary to what many of you may believe, the research showed that students who regularly attend Sunday school are actually:

    • More likely NOT to believe that all the accounts/stories in the Bible are true/accurate.

    • More likely to doubt the Bible because it was written my men.

    • More likely to doubt the Bible because it was not translated correctly.

    • More likely to defend that abortion should continue to be legal.

    • More likely to defend premarital sex.

    • More likely to accept that gay marriage and abortion should be legal.

    • Much more likely to believe that God used evolution to change one kind of animal into another.

    • More likely NOT to believe the earth is less than 10,000 years old.

    • Much more likely to question the Bible because they believe the earth is not less than 10,000 years old.

    • Much more likely to question the Bible because of the secular dates of billions of years for the age of the earth.

    • More likely to have heard a pastor/Sunday school teacher teach Christians could believe in millions/billions of years.

    • More likely to question the earth is young and the days of creation are 24 hours each.

    • More likely to believe that dinosaurs died out before people were on the plant.

    • More likely to view the Church as hypocritical.

    • Much more likely to have become anti-church through the years.

    • More likely to believe that good people don’t need to go to church” (pp 39).