Today in our church’s systematic theology class, we studied the doctrine of creation and specifically how necessary this truth is in terms of laying the foundation for other essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Naturally this topic sparked a lot of good, healthy discussions. It’s important to understand what we believe and why we believe it.
Looking over Al Mohler’s blog, he seems to have engaged this topic quite a bit here recently. He’s written here, there, and everywhere, responding to a group of so-called Christians who want to deny a biblical doctrine of creation. In one of his recent radio programs, James White gave his thoughts on this controversy, adding some edifying light to this ongoing discussion.
Basically, these folks who want to deny clear Scriptural teaching on creation are imposing a “scientific pope” of sorts. In other words, they’re using a man-made theory of human origins as some type of authority in order to interpret (read: twist) Scripture. Never mind that their theories of human origins aren’t even science in the strict sense of the term. What matters is the world’s approval.
This is what happens when worldliness invades the church. The Word of God takes a back seat to the opinions and desires of man. All scientific evidence is ultimately interpreted according to one’s presuppositions. When we take off the lenses of Scripture and put on those of another worldview (i.e. naturalistic materialism), we end up denying God both as Creator as well as Savior.
Anytime you place some other kind of authority–a pope, church council, traditions, or even a scientist–as being equal with Scripture, the result is that this other authority always trumps Scripture in the end. Happens every time. Being the sinful human beings we are, this is a guaranteed result. At the end of the day, we have to see this mindset for what it is–the product of unbelief.