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 — John Pearrell, pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington, Georgia. The church’s website says they’re affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
The rev is a big favorite around here. He’s been featured in this collection eight times before. The last was #954: Darwinism Is Depravity, which will get you back to all the others. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his newest letter, enhanced with some bold font for emphasis and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Okay, here we go:
It is with a heavy heart that I write this particular article. I know you have been watching the news, which has shifted away from focusing on COVID-19 and is now focused on the protests and riots that have rocked various cities. They have also rocked my own heart and mind. [He’s so compassionate!]
Then he says this about the news on TV:
[A]s Dr. Bernice King was speaking, she mentioned that it was time to stop viewing the white race as the superior race. At first I was disturbed and viewed her comments as a form of reverse discrimination (revealing the evil that exists in my own heart — Jeremiah 17:9). Then I asked, “where did the idea that the white race was a superior race originate?” I did not have to look far for the answer.
Great question — where did that idea originate? The rev tells us:
While modern evolutionists work hard to distance themselves from their deplorable past in this area [Verily, they are all wretches!], when Darwin published his book “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, it was here where the idea of the white race being the superior race was popularized. [Gasp!] By the way, the full title of his book is “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.”
That’s standard creationist garbage. To refute it we often link to an old post of ours, Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin. The TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims also debunks it — see Evolution promotes racism.
The rev continues:
Darwinian evolution was and still is inherently a racist philosophy teaching that different groups or “races” of people evolved at different times and rates so that some groups are more like their apelike ancestors than others. … Stephen J. Gould claimed, “Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of the magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory.”
Gould said that? We doubt it. Let’s read on:
Unfortunately, the church is not innocent in this deception. [Wow! Preachers rarely admit that!] The church often has been guilty of trying to look intelligent by capitulating to the pseudo-science of evolution. [Oh wait — we thought the rev was going to actually going to tell the truth.] We did this with our new understanding of the Genesis account, trying to make it agree with accepted dating methods of evolution (i.e., “The Gap Theory”). Basically, we have been guilty of following the lead of society and then supporting that decision by our faulty theology. When it came to the problem of races, the faulty claim that many churches defaulted to was the wrong teaching that the cursing of Ham (really Canaan) was a curse of “blackness” because of the fact that Canaan was to be “the lowest of slaves to his brothers.” That is a sad example of twisted scripture.
Yeah, they never should have tried to accommodate science. Another excerpt:
As a Christian and a Creationist (by study) [Hee hee!], I believe that we are one race with different ethnicities. We are all related to Adam through the line of Noah. I believe that what we commonly call “the races” resulted from mankinds’ [sic] dispersal at the Tower of Babel.
Then it gets even crazier:
I believe that when God changed the languages of men, he did it along genetic lines [Oh yeah!]; that is, he did it in such a way that our dominant and recessive genes resulted in the different people groups we now see. But, and this is important, we are all the same on the inside because ultimately we are all just one family!
It seems that language is a genetic thing. And now we come to the end:
Whether or not you agree with my view is a matter of opinion. [It’s more than that, really.] Let’s agree to at least live by what is called “the golden rule:” [No problem!] “Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets are all about.” (Matthew 7:12, CEV)
Thus endeth another great letter from the rev. We look forward to the next one.
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