Personally, I agree with Vern. I believe that evolutionary …

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Personally, I agree with Vern. I believe that evolutionary teaching should NOT receive equal time to creation, but rather relatively little time. If our efforts were aimed at the true conversion of students, no amount of evolutionary thought presented in the so-called “real” world would shake their belief in the scriptures. I, personally, make my stand upon the scriptures for it has given evidence enough that it is indeed the word of God. Why should the word of any feeble man cause me to question the infinite God? If there are those whom the Lord burdens to reach atheists and evolutionist at the level of science so be it… But would we as a church present the word of God in the spirit and power of Christ, it would not be necessary to even mention evolution, for hearts would be moved by God’s Spirit alone. That is why Paul determine to preach nothing but Christ crucified… his attempt to meet mind with mind bore with little success.

Lee Folkman

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@ Ricky Kim

Think with me for a moment… Let’s say a recently married man kills another man and is condemned to death by the law. In the execution of the man, they are not only condemning the man, but all of the offspring he may have had who never have the chance to make the decision to follow the footsteps of their father or to live an upright life. Yet, we would say the death of that man was justice served.

The name Adam means “mankind”. He was the representative of every person who ever lived. When God was forming Adam of the dust of the earth, He was creating the entire human race. We all were in Adam; therefore, the sentence of death falling upon Adam also fell upon us. God could have executed that sentence upon Adam and He would have been just in doing so. But the character of God is both mercy and justice, so He provided a way for both.

However, there is another part of the equation. Our condemnation of death is not only the result of the death sentence falling upon Adam, but because we have inherited bad software, which the Bible calls “the carnal mind.” Of this mind, the Bible says, “The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Romans 8:7) Nothing can be done to the carnal mind to bring it into harmony with the law, therefore, it is condemned to death. “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6) This is why the Bible speaks over and over again about the new birth, the new heart, being transformed by the renewing of the mind, having the mind of Christ, Christ dwelling in you, writing the law upon the mind and heart, having God’s name (character) written in (not on) the forehead, etc. etc. The only unfairness about it is the fact that sinners get a second chance. Grace is truly unmerited favor. The only merit we have is the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Yes, we were all condemned in Adam without our choice, but we also were redeemed in Christ without our choice. Now we can decide whether we want what we have coming to us in Adam or what we have coming to us in Christ.

As for those growing up in other countries and other faiths… “For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” (Romans 2:11-16); and, “Jesus said unto them, ‘If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.'” (John 9:41) It is only as light is rejected that sin is charged against them. That light could be simply an enlightened conscience or it could be the revelation of Jesus Himself. There will be those in heaven who have never named the name of Christ, yet they were saved by that name. In addition, I have heard many stories of those people in pagan countries having dreams and vision which lead them to Christ… yet that rarely seems to happen here in the land where the knowledge of Jesus is easily obtained. God will reach all who “seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29; Jeremiah 29:13) Just before Christ comes, Revelation 18 tells us that the whole earth will be filled with His glory, all will have the opportunity to decide based upon a full revelation of Jesus in His people.

I don’t claim to know every intricacy of the gospel, but I clearly see the love, the mercy, and the justice of God. I encourage you to study the Scripture as a learner, as one seeking after the truth praying for the Holy Spirit to guide you, not as one who must have all the answers before he believes. God will not teach one who comes to the Bible for merely an intellect exploit, but, as it is written, “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.” (John 7:17)

The grace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,
Lee Folkman

Jay Gallimore comments on evolution conflict
The exodus was a devastating and humiliating experience for Egypt. The lack of record is likely due to fact that they did not want such a record, and did all in their power to obliterate it. It may or may not be that some record will be found. As for me, I don’t hinge my belief in the Scriptures based upon whether or not it is verified by some historian or scientist, but because I am a witness to the power of the word of God, both in my life and in the life of others.

Jay Gallimore comments on evolution conflict
God has bore long with the sinful world, but like modern day Israel, ancient Israel frustrated the will of God. It was God intention for ancient Israel to be missionaries to the world and bring about the everlasting kingdom. God intended for those who experienced the Red Sea crossing to enter into the New Jerusalem. “Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of Thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which Thou hast made for Thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which Thy hands have established.” (Exodus 15:17) But they did not enter in because of unbelief (Hebrews 4). The same can be said for the early Advent people who also failed to entered in because of unbelief before the turn of the 20th century.

God did not wait to intervene until after 4000 years had passed. First there was Adam, Enoch, Noah. After the flood, Noah had not even died when God called out Abraham, and, as I noted above, God would have established an everlasting kingdom with the twelve tribes who left Egypt, but they would not believe the word of the LORD. Even then God bore long with His people. It was for a short period of only a few hundreds years before Christ came that we have no record of a prophet among God’s people… then John the Baptist came unto the scene.

I encourage the reading of “The Everlasting Covenant” by E. J. Waggoner for an excellent account of God’s dealing with His people in the Old Testament.

Jay Gallimore comments on evolution conflict
“Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.'” (Matthew 22:29)