Evolution Is Satan’s Deadliest Weapon

This is a good one for the pre-eclipse weekend. It’s titled A Christian Cannot Believe in Evolution, and it appears in The Trumpet. That’s a publication of the Philadelphia Church of God, which has a theological connection to the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong.

The author is Gerald Flurry. Their website says he “founded the Philadelphia Trumpet newsmagazine in 1990. He actively serves as an author and as editor in chief. Gerald Flurry also presents the Key of David television program and serves as Pastor General of the Philadelphia Church of God.” We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.

The first half of the article describes Armstrong’s teachings about the sabbath, which we’ll skip. Then rev Flurry says:

Since the Sabbath points to the re-creation of the Earth and to the awesome master plan of God, it would only make sense that Satan would devise a counterfeit for it. At the same time God challenged Mr. Armstrong on the Sabbath, He also challenged Mr. Armstrong on evolution.

Ah, now it gets good. The rev says:

Mr. Armstrong recounted in his Autobiography the humiliating evolution challenge he received from his sister-in-law.

[Quote from the Autobiography:] “Herbert Armstrong, you are simply ignorant!” accused Hertha. Her words stabbed deeply into what was left of my ego. “One is uneducated, and ignorant, unless he believes in evolution. All educated people now believe it.”

Wow — what a challenge! How do these things happen? We’re told:

The highly educated of this world — nearly all of them atheists or agnostics — ridicule anyone who dares have faith in God! Professors basically demand that their students accept the theory of evolution without thinking deeply about it at all! This is Satan’s way of discrediting the Bible’s account of creation week. Students are taught that the Earth as it is today came into existence through a process that took millions of years. God says that He renewed the face of the Earth in six days!

Yes, professors are the problem. The rev tells us:

Evolution is nothing but a blind faith! Scientists believe the universe came into being because of a Big Bang or some other insane idea. They reject the existence of a Creator, even though the scientific law of biogenesis states that life comes only from life! They have never found a “missing link” fossil of a half-man, half-monkey, or anything else, yet they wholeheartedly believe in evolution!

Egad — there’s no missing link. Those scientists are fools! The rev continues:

A Sabbath keeper is a true Christian. A Christian cannot believe in evolution! Some say God used evolution as a means to create man. That is nonsense. He created man in one day. All we must do is believe the inspired words of the Holy Bible.

That’s all it takes! Let’s read on:

The theory of evolution is Satan’s deadliest weapon. Our children go to college believing in God, but then they leave college as atheists! Something is dreadfully wrong with modern education.

How horrible! Another excerpt:

When Mr. Armstrong started studying into evolution, he thought it seemed plausible. But when he really got deep into his studies, he discovered that it was a farce! Scientists confine their research entirely to the physical realm. They reject even the slightest possibility of the miraculous or the supernatural. That means, of course, that they deny the Holy Spirit through which God saves us. Satan is so subtle.

Beware the devil, dear reader. Here’s more

It’s either creation by God or the theory of evolution. Both ideas are about the origin of life! We must choose correctly. When the premise is wrong, all that follows is wrong. Mr. Armstrong said that we must view the entire world through the correct prism: creation. When we do, we are on the path to the depths of the riches of God!

There’s much more, but this is our last excerpt:

Mr. Armstrong continued, “The two subjects — or, rather, the two sides of the same subject of origins — should be unprejudicially and objectively studied together, yet seldom are!” God forced him into an in-depth, simultaneous study of these subjects. This dual challenge changed his life and gave him a deep understanding of man’s eternal purpose.

If that didn’t persuade you, dear reader, please consider this: The sun will go dark on Monday! What more proof could you want?

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15 responses to “Evolution Is Satan’s Deadliest Weapon

  1. Re “The theory of evolution is Satan’s deadliest weapon.” Uh, will someone please ask the learned gentleman, just who created Satan and is thus ultimately responsible for all of his actions?

    Why does Yahweh get a “Get Out of S**t Clean” card, when he created Satan, allows Satan to only do certain things (note that in the Book of Job, Satan has to get Yahweh’s permission every step of the way), and could uncreate Satan with a thought.

    So, who is responsible for the Theory of Evolution? God is.

    It is a test. If you do not accept it, it means you are an idiot and there are too many of those in heaven already, so go to Hell.

    On Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 11:53 AM, The Sensuous Curmudgeon wrote:

    > The Curmudgeon posted: “This is a good one for the pre-eclipse weekend. > It’s titled A Christian Cannot Believe in Evolution, and it appears in The > Trumpet. That’s a publication of the Philadelphia Church of God, which has > a theological connection to the teachings of Herbert W.” >

  2. Michael Fugate

    Blind faith is bad if it leads one to evolution, but good if it leads to creationism? How can one trust faith?

  3. Ah, Gerald, where to begin. For one thing, which Sabbath do you like: the one Jews favor (and therefore, probably the original one) or the next day, favored by most Christians? And for your information, reading the bible from end to end before I went to college convinced me it was nonsense. I didn’t read On the Origin of Species until much later. The religion professors at the Protestant college I attended, who were far more knowledgeable than Mr. Armstrong, discussed the obvious fact that many of the events alleged in the bible to have happened didn’t.

    And none of the professors I had in graduate school “…demand[ed] that their students accept the theory of evolution without thinking deeply about it…”. They discussed the overwhelming evidence that supports it.

    And as an aside, when I was in graduate school I subscribed to H. W. Armstrong’s publication (fortunately free) and we students had great fun laughing at all of the nonsensical errors and outright lies in it.

  4. It’s always good fun when christians invoke not just one mythical (read nonexistent) being but two! If something isn’t god’s work, it’s satan’s. If an athiest is one who rejects the existence of god, what term applies to one who rejects the existence of satan?

    Re, abeastwood. My undergraduate experience was somewhat similar to your graduate experience. Profs, even the profs in required religion courses, discussed the overwhelming evidence for evolution. They accepted reason and scientific evidence as explaining the natural world. They admitted the contradictions and flaws of the ancient text they held dear. Probably satan’s doing.

  5. Mike McCants

    From the article:
    “If you can’t believe Genesis 1, then you can’t believe any of the Bible.”
    Now that we agree on that subject, what else do we need to talk about?

  6. Scientists confine their research entirely to the physical realm. They reject even the slightest possibility of the miraculous or the supernatural. That means, of course, that they deny the Holy Spirit through which God saves us. Satan is so subtle.

    Would anyone want to trust the work of a “scientist” who attempted to explain the natural world via reference to miracles and the supernatural? Anyone but creationists? Saying something is a “miracle” is the same as saying “I can’t explain it, so it must be magic.” As for the supernatural, it’s my view that this is a nonsense concept, since everything that exists is part of nature by definition.

    About the Holy Spirit, science has no opinion. Such entities are considered to be outside the scope of science, which, it should be noted, isn’t the same as saying that they–or They–don’t exist.

  7. I am not sure the Holy Spirit can even be supported biblically.

  8. Mr. Flurry made me fondly recollect Church Lady.

  9. Retired Prof

    Gerald Flurry stated, “Professors basically demand that their students accept the theory of evolution without thinking deeply about it at all!”

    In response, SC agrees “Yes, professors are the problem.” In my case, at least, he’s right. I entered college as a callow, trusting 17-year-old, and left it two semesters later as a jaded agnostic. Thing of it is, the college was Ambassador College, founded and run by Herbert W Armstrong.

    The professors there demanded that we students accept the Bible as the inerrant word of God, without thinking deeply about it at all. Course outlines specified particular sequences of Bible readings, with church-approved interpretations to “guide our understanding.” Instead, I read the book and interpreted it on my own. It had the same effect on me that it had on abeastwood. He was luckier than I was, though; he got the process over with without wasting a year in Bible college.

  10. Excuse me for this off-topic post. Sunday’s “Non Sequitur” cartoon
    http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2017/08/20

  11. Dave Luckett

    Armstrong: One of the old “riding clans” of the Scots borders, along with Nixon and Graham and others. Notorious for obstinacy, opportunism, clannishness and Calvinism. Now usually much mellowed, but throwbacks still appear.

  12. I thought he was the first person to ever bike to the Moon, but had to retract hist title because he’d swallowed liquid rocket propellant at the time.

  13. “Professors basically demand that their students accept the theory of evolution without thinking deeply about it at all!”

    Indeed, when I taught radiometric dating, and explained how the constancy of decay rates is a consequence of fundamental physical laws, I specifically warned my students not to think deeply about it at all, for fear they might realise that my teaching came straight from Satan.

    I now fear that my doing this will deprive me of the bliss of an eternal afterlife in the company of the Reverends Flurry and Armstrong. Or do I still have time to repent?

  14. “everything that exists is part of nature by definition.

    About the Holy Spirit, science has no opinion.”
    Nice contradiction, EricL.
    Science “has an opinion” (ie investigates) everything that is part of nature by definition. That’s why the scientific method is called methodological naturalism.

  15. Is mathematics part of nature?
    Does science have an opinion about things that are consistent, but cannot be proved?