Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Marshfield News-Herald of Marshfield, Wisconsin. The letter is titled Christians shouldn’t be misled by evolution, and the newspaper has a comments feature.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Rev. Daniel Schoessow of the Zion Lutheran Church in Granton, Wisconsin, which has no website. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
First Presbyterian Church in Marshfield recently featured a guest speaker, the Rev. Michael Dowd, who calls himself an “evolutionary evangelist” and wrote the book “Thank God for Evolution.”
As a Christian pastor my heart breaks to see such a compromise promoted in one of our local churches.
The rev’s heart is breaking! He tells us:
To those who think it’s possible and desirable to reconcile evolution with the Christian religion, I lovingly urge you not to give up faith in God as “maker of heaven and earth” (Apostles’ Creed).
The rev lovingly urges you! He continues:
If you surrender your faith in a God who is able to create all things by the power of his word (in six days as he says in Genesis 1), you are also losing faith in a God whose word is trustworthy, who is powerful enough to answer your prayers, and who is going to create a new heaven and earth for his believers.
Think carefully, dear reader. You’ll be giving up a lot! And for what — evolution? Let’s read on:
Embracing evolution has led many Christians to abandon their faith completely or to suffer despair and depression because God suddenly seems so powerless and un-involved.
Oh, how horrible! You don’t want to suffer despair and depression. The rev explains why evolution is so bad:
The theory of evolution is constantly changing and contradicting the laws of science, whereas the Bible remains trustworthy and true.
When you look at it that way, it’s not a difficult decision. And now we come to the end:
Please don’t “exchange the truth of God for a lie” (Romans 1:25).
Think about it, dear reader. Think hard!
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