1963-2013 A half-century of fighting the deception of evolution!
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
The conservative Lutheran pastor searched high and low for a magazine that presented information about creation science. He found none. The year was 1963, and America was trying to “catch up” in science education with the Soviet Union – after all, they had beaten us into space, and both the “space race” and the “arms race” were in full swing.
But that “science” education included evolution, and textbook authors were being pressured to present more evolution education, just as the Soviets did. More than ever, young people were being lured out of Christian belief and into a materialist faith – the same as in communist society.
That Lutheran pastor – Walter Lang – knew that scientific evidence existed which favored a biblical creation model, and his heart grieved for the young people who left the faith of their upbringing. So, finding no creation periodical, he began the Bible Science Newsletter, and shortly afterwards the Bible Science Association – which later became Creation Moments. The mimeographed Newsletter filled a void at the time, folks responded, and Pastor Lang became a full-time, tireless crusader for creation science.
The landmark book The Genesis Flood by Henry Morris and John Whitcomb had been published in 1961, providing in great detail the scientific evidence for a global watery cataclysm as the primary shaper of Earth’s geology. The Creation Research Society was also set to start in 1963, and so began the “modern creationist movement”.
Welcome now to the year 2013 – the 50th Anniversary of Pastor Lang’s founding work on behalf of creation! For 50 years, Creation Moments (formerly, the Bible Science Association), has been “proclaiming evidence for truth” in the midst of a world enslaved through rebellion to the grand deception of evolution. Over the years, Creation Moments has touched the lives of millions of people, some of whom went on to found creation science ministries of their own.
Today, the presence and vitality of creation truth is great. Even though the secularists try to denigrate and ignore the science of creation, biblical truth has a way of hanging on. In fact, the many hammers of evolutionists and liberal critics are continually worn down and even shattered as they try to pound on the anvil that is the Word of God!
God works through “small things” which, by His Spirit and multiplier-effect, have a way of overcoming giants! Consider that what started in a manger in Bethlehem became the most compelling religious force the world has ever known. Christianity changed empires and civilization itself. It gave birth to the scientific revolution, along with charities by the thousands, principles of good government and right living. Most of all, the Christian faith has warmed the cold and hardened hearts of millions upon millions of people.
The Bible says “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). It also says: “…add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge…” (2 Peter 1:5) Many times, lack of knowledge about our faith and the evidence for its truth limits us. We either don’t know what to say or we don’t have the courage to say it because our faith has been diminished through uncorrected worldly ridicule!
Yet, we are exhorted to stand up and defend the Christian faith, to go to the Bible to build up our faith, and to study the Bible through the eyes of faith. If we do not have biblical knowledge, if we do not believe that the Bible is reliably truthful, then its ability to build us up and to transform people is greatly diminished!
This is why compromise with evolutionism has hurt the church – and, in turn, modern society. By allowing evolution to undermine biblical truth, we have promoted a diminished view of Scripture and, therefore, a diminished scriptural witness to the world. Many dismiss the Bible’s relevance, and governing elites give no credence to biblical principles – relying on human reasoning instead. As a result, secularism is on the rise, and Christians are on the defensive.
By making nature itself “creator” in a way that’s similar to nature-based animism and pantheism, evolution (in the words of Romans 1:25) puts the “creature” in place of the “Creator” and “exchanges the truth of God for a lie”. Pagan philosophy has thus been replacing God’s principles as the foundation of Western Civilization and of American Democracy.
As Pastor Lang recognized, in an age when critiques of evolution are censored from public institutions and public media, it is more important than ever that Christians be properly equipped and encouraged to stand up to the unquestioned acceptance of evolution. Walter Lang, in fact, had a 100-year vision for displacing evolution as the modern account of origins – so we have just reached the halfway mark!
Creation science ministry is critical in our time because science for its own sake is valued so highly. And what has been proven through these 50 years of the modern creationist movement is that we have absolutely no reason to compromise! The Bible is vindicated for what it says in a plain sense reading – no reason to backtrack to a so-called “gap theory”, the “progressive creation” concept or “theistic evolution” approach. None whatsoever! These concessions by the church have merely undermined Christian witness and empowered the secularists.
As we celebrate our 50th anniversary as one of the oldest creation science ministries in the nation, we invite your comments, suggestions and participation.