The headline for an Associated Baptist Press article yesterday states, “It’s time for evangelicals to come out for evolution.”
The pastor who wrote the article is Chuck Queen—the pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky. He is bemoaning the fact that a recent survey showed clearly a significant proportion of the population believes God created man just thousands of years ago. He is calling for pastors to teach evolution and to teach Genesis this way:
. . . the creation stories are parabolic in nature and are not chronicles of history or reports conveying scientific data. They know that these stories are spiritual, metaphorical and theological stories and, while not factual, they certainly teach truth about God and God’s relationship to the world.He states,
“I am a Baptist minister, but I am not a science-denying Baptist minister who thinks that dinosaurs lived alongside humans a few thousand years ago.”He continues, “They know Ken Ham’s claim that ‘no apparent, perceived, or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the Scriptural record’ is utter foolishness.”
What a strange irony that a 30-foot-long fossil of an Allosaurus will be on display at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., where museum founder, Ken Ham, recently debated science educator Bill Nye. Ken Ham and his colleagues think it defends the book of Genesis and supplies evidence of Noah’s flood. Good grief.
He further states, “Educated evangelicals know that the creation stories were never intended to be history lessons or science reports, because the Bible is not a history or science book.”
When you read his article, it is obvious that this pastor does not understand the word science at all—the difference between historical and experimental (observational) science.
It’s also obvious from his article that this pastor has a very high view of man’s fallible words, but a very low view of God’s infallible Word.
And what is missing from his article that clearly illustrates his low view of Scripture and high view of sinful man’s words? Well, he quotes some fallible scholars—but not once quotes God’s Word!
So I will respond to Chuck Queen’s article this way:
Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words? (John 5:45–47)Jesus quotes Genesis 1 and 2 as history:
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. (Romans 5:14)
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. . . . And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (1 Corinthians 15:22, 45)
For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. (1 Timothy 2:13–14)
Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints.” (Jude 1:14 )
And [Jesus] answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4–6)If Genesis is not factual as this pastor (who should not be shepherding a flock) is claiming—then the Word of God can’t be trusted.
And, as Jesus is the Word, and Chuck Queen is rejecting God’s clear Word in Genesis, then this article is an attack on the Word—an attack on Jesus Christ.
“‘Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:1).
You can read this pastor’s article at this link.
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