A Real Dichotomy in the Church of the Nazarene

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Recently, AiG speaker, writer, and researcher Dr. Georgia Purdom attended an origins conference (and gave a couple of presentations by invitation) on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. The conference was cosponsored by BioLogos, an organization that actively promotes a compromise of evolution/millions of years with the Bible.

Dr. Purdom, who has a PhD in molecular genetics, wrote a report on the conference. Reading it will once again burden you for the state of the leadership in the church. For instance, in her report Dr. Purdom wrote:

On Friday morning, a theologian described a hypothetical dialogue between Moses and God. He said God told Moses that He created the universe 13 billion years ago beginning with the supposed big bang and then proceeded to give Moses the sequence of the evolution of the universe and life on earth. Moses then asked God what a billion was and so God accommodated Moses’ inability to understand by giving him the words we read in Genesis 1. In response, the audience laughed.

In one of the table discussions, I challenged a theologian sitting at my table to explain how there can be death and suffering before sin. He said there were three possible answers: 1) I don’t know, 2) God made the decision to give creatures the freedom to evolve and decided that He wasn’t going to control them, and 3) God’s love necessarily compels Him to give creatures the freedom to evolve and that in essence He can’t stop it. All I could think was WOW! He was essentially saying that God is not sovereign and not omnipotent.

I encourage you to read her entire report—it will burden you to pray for the church leaders in this country.

The Bible answers these questions and criticisms and provides a basis for understanding the world around us. Dr. Purdom has prepared many helpful resources to teach these important truths. Here are some of Dr. Purdom’s powerful videos:

  • Genetics, Evolution, and Creation: The Most-asked Questions
  • All Creatures Great and Small: Microbes and Creation
  • Hope Amid Despair: The Legacy of Eve
  • The Wonder of the Cell
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