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Scripture plainly teaches that salvation is conditioned upon faith in Christ, with no requirement for what one believes about the age of the earth or universe. Even though it is not a salvation issue, the belief that earth history spans millions of years has very severe consequences.
Ken Ham has a ready response to someone who labels him: “When someone says to me, ‘Oh, so you’re one of those fundamentalist, young-Earth creationists,’ I reply, ‘Actually, I’m a revelationist, no-death-before-Adam redemptionist!’” In order to uphold the gospel, our starting point must be Scripture.
According to Paul, the ones causing division are those who deny the doctrines clearly taught in Scripture. The divisive ones are those who mix the Bible with secular views and refuse to heed the call to return to the clear teachings in the Bible.
While the young-earth view is clear from Scripture, we must be careful about labeling ourselves as young-earth creationists.
Dr. Gordon recently published a critique of the claims of young-earth creation. This reply is to the biblical criticisms in his paper.PDF Download
Does it really matter how old the earth is, especially in light of the church’s need to share the gospel?
There is a great amount of controversy in the church today regarding evolution and the age of the earth. Many competing views attract the attention of Christians producing great confusion and leadingPDF Download
The New York Times examines the noteworthy case of a young-earth creationist being awarded a PhD in geosciences from the University of Rhode Island.
Just recently, Montana governor Brian Schweitzer criticized all young-earth creationists in a public gathering in Gallatin Gateway, Montana, four miles south of my house.