While our readers are shaking their heads in dismay over our last post, New Poll of Protestant Clergy on Evolution, indicating that 73% of pastors disagreed – 64% said they strongly disagreed — with the proposition that “God used evolution to create people,” and 74% believe the biblical Adam and Eve were literal people, there’s one man we thought would be delighted — but who definitely isn’t.
That man is Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. He also created the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
He’s just posted this in his personal blog at the AIG website: Will Pastors Miss the “Millions of Years” Point? He discusses the LifeWay Research poll results at length, and then he quotes this from their article, Pastors oppose evolution, split on earth’s age:
In response to the statement, “I believe the earth is approximately 6,000 years old,” 34 percent of pastors strongly disagree. However, 30 percent strongly agree. Nine percent somewhat disagree, and 16 percent somewhat agree.
Ol’ Hambo is sputtering mad. He says, with bold font added by us:
Here is the major observation I want to make. … Over the years, I have found many Christian leaders who don’t believe in evolution, but they do accept millions of years before Adam and his fall. Some are very conservative in their doctrine, but they may teach the “gap theory” or ”day age theory” to try to fit millions of years into the Bible. The point is, many Christian leaders think as long as they are against evolution, it doesn’t matter what they believe about the age of the earth. But the problem really is millions of years — not evolution!
Wow! We never realized that Hambo regarded evolution as less important than the age of the Earth. Then he repeats something he wrote in 1998, which says:
I want to make it VERY clear that we don’t want to be known primarily as “young-Earth creationists.” AiG’s main thrust is NOT “young Earth” as such; our emphasis is on Biblical authority. Believing in a relatively “young Earth” (i.e., only a few thousands of years old, which we accept) is a consequence of accepting the authority of the Word of God as an infallible revelation from our omniscient Creator. [Capitalization, italics, and bold font in Hambo’s original paragraph.]
Let’s be honest. Take out your Bible and look through it. You can’t find any hint at all for millions or billions of years.
I understand that the Bible is a revelation from our infinite Creator, and it is self-authenticating and self-attesting. I must interpret Scripture with Scripture, not impose ideas from the outside! When I take the plain words of the Bible, it is obvious there was no death, bloodshed, disease or suffering of humans or animals before sin. God instituted death and bloodshed because of sin — this is foundational to the Gospel.
Why would any Christian want to take man’s fallible dating methods and use them to impose an idea on the infallible Word of God? Christians who accept billions of years are in essence saying that man’s word is infallible, but God’s Word is fallible!
That’s enough from Hambo’s old article. Let’s read on in his new blog post:
When a person today stands up (as we do at AiG) and proclaims that we believe in no death before sin, only thousands of years for the age of the universe, and that most of the fossils were formed during the Flood of Noah’s day around 4,300 years ago—then that person will be mocked at by the world and called “anti-academic,” “anti-science,” “anti-intellectual,” etc.
Oh, we can mock better than that. “Anti-reality” is our preferred term. We continue:
For the secularists, they have to have millions of years — without this they can’t postulate enough time for evolution. Millions of years is absolutely vital to the secularists in their attempt to explain life without God. They just can’t allow anyone to question the idea of millions of years.
Actually, Hambo, as your career demonstrates, it certainly is allowed to question the age of the earth. But no educated person takes young-earthers seriously. Here’s more:
Bottom line — evolution is really not the problem as much as the age of the earth. Millions of years is the problem in today’s world that has resulted in a loss of biblical authority in the church and culture and has led to an increasing loss of generations from the church.
Better get used to it, Hambo. “Millions of years” won’t go away. Moving along:
I personally believe that belief in millions of years is the lie of Satan in this present world that is used as one of the greatest attacks on God’s Word. … The church needs to wake up to the fact that when God’s people accept the pagan religion of millions of years, they are helping the enemies of God attack His Holy Word.
Satan? Okay. So that’s where we’ll leave ol’ Hambo today — red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and raging about Satan and “millions of years.” If he ever realized that it’s billions of years, not just millions, the guy would probably explode.
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