Be Very Alert! No 184

Be Very Alert! – By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door.                                                  No 184, November 18, 2014

THE POPE, EVOLUTION AND THE GENESIS ACCOUNT

Pope Francis has recently reaffirmed the widely-held Catholic belief that evolution is not inconsistent with Creation. He told his own science academy that the Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion. “When we read the account of creation in Genesis, we risk thinking that God was a magician, complete with a magic wand, able to do everything. But it is not like that,” he said. “He created living beings and he let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave each one, so that they would develop and reach their full potential.”

Last month, an influential Catholic astronomer, Guy Consolmagno, said that the literal interpretation of the Genesis creation account is “almost blasphemous theology… It’s certainly not the tradition of Catholicism and never has been and it misunderstands what the Bible is and it misunderstands what science is.”

Many Roman Catholic Church leaders have endorsed evolution and disregarded the literal interpretation of Genesis. In 1950, Pope Pius XII declared that there is no intrinsic conflict between Catholicism and evolution, and, in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI stated that “there are… many scientific proofs in favour of evolution.”

Theistic evolution is also a hot topic among evangelicals. The Bible tells us that God formed Adam from the dust of the ground and that God breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils and he became a living being. God also made Eve from a rib from Adam. This doesn’t sound anything like evolution. Jesus was a creationist and says in Mark 10:6, “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’” How Adam and Eve became the ancestors of the whole human race poses a problem for those who don’t believe the Genesis account.

If you believe the Genesis account can be interpreted to say God used evolution, you might as well throw out the whole Bible. Is anything else in it true too? Is the Bible the inerrant Word of God? Evolution causes people to doubt the Word of God in other areas too. Jesus said, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” (John 5:46-47) Moses wrote the book of Genesis.

Any theory of evolution has numerous deaths over millions of years as species develop. The Bible says there was no death, either human or animal, before Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden, so there could not have been an evolutionary process.

God’s whole plan of redemption and the beginning of the Gospel message goes back to the Garden of Eden. God showed Adam and Eve that there could only be forgiveness of sins by the shedding of the blood of a perfect offering. God killed a perfect, innocent animal to cover them. Later, Adam and Eve’s son Abel offered an acceptable sacrifice from the first-born of his flock. Cain, who worked in the soil, offered the fruits of his own hands as a sacrifice but that was not acceptable. Only by the shedding of blood can we have forgiveness of sins. (Lev 17:11; Heb 9:22) Throughout the Old Testament, blood sacrifices were a type of the ultimate sacrifice to come, the shed blood of the perfect lamb, Jesus Christ.

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 that it was by man’s sin that death entered the world. “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” Evolution is in direct conflict with the Bible as death would have had to come before Adam and before the Fall. There is no need for redemption through Christ if sin did not come through Adam. If God wanted us to believe in evolution and a Big Bang, He didn’t need to make up fables about an Adam and Eve.

A belief in an evolutionary process also necessitates a belief in an earth billions of years old. There is any amount of evidence to support a young earth. But one convincing piece of biblical evidence for a literal six-day creation lies in the pattern of sevens in relation to ‘rests’ in the Bible. The foundation pattern is in Genesis 2:2-3: “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Then in the 10 Commandments: “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Ex 20:11) The Jews were also expected to free slaves and to give the land a Sabbath rest every seventh year. Their failure to rest the land is why they were captive in Babylon for 70 years. They had not given the land its Sabbath rests for 490 years. (2 Chron 36:21)

There is another rest coming which concerns all of us intimately. This is the return of Jesus for His millennial reign on earth. “Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.” (Rev 20:6) Rabbi Kattina writes in the Babylonian Talmud, “As out of seven years every seventh is a year of remission, so out of the seven thousand years of the world, the seventh millennium shall be the 1000 years of remission, that God alone may be exalted in that day.” The world has nearly reached the end of the sixth millennium and shortly Jesus will return to bring a Sabbath rest for His people. The writer of Hebrews gives as a stern warning to make sure that we do not miss out on that Sabbath rest because of unbelief. (Heb 3:7-4:3) The pattern for the millennium rest was laid down at the creation of the world as given in the Genesis account.

People like Francis have compromised biblical authority in favour of man’s ideas. Jesus says, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

CHRISTIAN UNITY AND DIVISION

The call for unity amongst Christians is getting louder and louder. Recently I listened to video clips of Beth Moore interviewing Joyce Meyer. They were saying things like the witness of Christian disunity is deplorable, people think we are crazy, God is not pleased with us, it is heart-breaking and insulting to Christ, and what does the unsaved world think of us. They say it is time to get rid of barriers and come together because the hour is late. So should all who call themselves Christian now get together and forget all differences?

Scripture tells us that in the last days there will be a one world religion which has its roots in the Tower of Babel. (Gen 11) This religion will ultimately be destroyed by God. It will be based on a false unity, not a biblical one.

Here are a few Scripture verses which warn about false unity:

  • “I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” (Rom 16:17)
  • “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves… having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.” (2 Tim 3:1-5)
  • “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teachings of Christ does not have God… If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.” (2 John 9-11)

Read also 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 and 2 Peter 2. Christians are clearly warned not to align themselves spiritually with false teachers and false teachings. There is a false unity arising in the world today and Christians should not be part of it.

God is glorified by correct division. Some teachings should raise a red flag and warn us to remain separate and not be caught up in associated spiritual ventures. These include false teachings on the person and character of Jesus, the nature of the Gospel (saved by grace through faith alone, not by works, and only through Jesus), and the denial of the complete authority of Scripture.

Is God really pleased if we join in spiritual ventures with those who teach that homosexuality is not a sin, that God chose the Palestinians instead of Israel, that the Reformation was a mistake, that humans can achieve peace without the Prince of Peace, or that all Christians should be healthy and wealthy? And should we unite with hyper-charismatics who roll around the floor laughing and barking like dogs?

However, there is a unity that glorifies God. Jesus spoke about it in John 17. God is glorified when Christians join together with Christ as the chief cornerstone and are built up on the teachings of the apostles and sanctified by the truth which is the Word of God. Beware of the coming false religious system! “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins.” (Rev 18:4)

SIGNS OF THE TIMES

A depopulation vaccine: Tetanus vaccines have been given to millions of young women in Kenya. These vaccines have now been discovered to contain hCG, a chemical developed by the World Health Organization for sterilization purposes. It causes a pregnancy to be destroyed by the body’s own antibody response to the hCG. Worse, the presence of hCG is not an accident. Catholic priests in Kenya are warning their congregations not to receive the vaccinations.

Vaccines for tetanus and diphtheria are given as a mask for sterilization purposes. According to one report, “Depopulation has several objectives. Along one vector, it is an elite strategy designed to get rid of large numbers of people, in key areas of the world, where local revolutions would interfere with outside corporations staging a complete takeover of fertile land and rich natural resources.”

Tragically, these spiked vaccines are being given to women in other countries too.

Back in the 1970s, Kissinger commissioned a review which addressed population issues. Journalist Alexander Cockburn commented on it. He wrote: “… the true concern of Kissinger analysts… was maintenance of US access to Third World resources. They worried that the ‘political consequences’ of population growth [in the Third World] could produce internal instability … With famine and food riots and the breakdown of social order in such countries, [the Kissinger memo warns that] ‘the smooth flow of needed materials will be jeopardized.’” Cockburn noted too that “By 1977, Reimart Ravenholt, the director of AID’s [US Agency for International Development] population program, was saying that his agency’s goal was to sterilize one-quarter of the world’s women.”

Islam rising: Washington National Cathedral (Episcopal) is hosting a Muslim prayer service for the first time. Planners say they hope the service at the historic cathedral will foster more understanding and acceptance between Christians and Muslims around the world.

The Mormon Church has admitted that founder Joseph Smith married about 40 women including a 14-year-old and others who were already the wives of his followers, after having maintained for nearly 200 years that he was monogamous.

“Over the past few years I have asked a fair number of creationists what it is they find so objectionable about evolution. They have a great many complaints, but the one I hear most often is some version on the problem of evil. Evolution by natural selection is a cruel and wasteful process. It is not at all the sort of thing a just and loving God would set in motion.” – Jason Rosenhouse

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