Courage of Conviction!
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
“If truth be not diffused, error will be; if God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy.”
– Daniel Webster, 1823
It’s interesting to me that the media made a big deal about Professor Stephen Hawking’s claim recently that “physics, not God, was the reason for The Big Bang” (supposedly creating the Universe). The world, the flesh, and the devil take every opportunity to discredit and defame God – so it is big news when a famous scientist merely extends his atheistic beliefs! Nowadays, we seem to have to choose – it’s either “science” or “religion”.
In reality, though, science belongs to God, and science is included in religion. Modern-day scientific, godless arrogance simply discredits science itself. As Creator, God is the only One who can truly make something out of nothing. This is why we need the message proclaimed by Creation Moments more than ever. We need to “diffuse the truth” throughout our error-prone world. And a huge foundational error in our day is evolution.
Something coming from nothing, order coming from disorder, life coming from non-life – all these things seem to be acceptable to the supposedly biggest scientific brains … and therefore to be entertained as truth by an idolatrous world. Here, once again, I’m reminded of the Scriptural truth about people who give up God, “Professing to be wise they became fools…” (Romans 1:22).
Spontaneous generation (life from non-life) was disproved scientifically years ago by the great Christian scientist and creationist, Louis Pasteur. He used the scientific method to design and carry out experiments which established the law of biogenesis – it takes life to make life – a foundational principle of biology. Biology actually points to our Creator (see, for example, our special offer this month), yet evolutionists have tried to hijack it away from its Author. They continue in their “futile speculations”– “diffusing error”, as Webster put it.
Webster went on to say, “If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will. If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation.”
Daniel Webster was right. But today we not only have print media to be concerned with in disseminating God’s truth, we have audio and visual media. We have radio, television, film and the Internet. Consider that photographs and film no longer have to be printed and sent out by mail, they can be recorded digitally and uploaded to the Internet in minutes for all the world to see in their own homes and on their cell phones!
It used to be that church representatives were given authority to censor the film industry in the spirit of Webster’s prophetic sentiment. Until 1968, Hollywood movies were screened according to a code holding them to standards of moral decency which we can easily distinguish in the older films. But that has all changed due to a relaxation of moral conviction.
An increasingly godless culture can thus publish an increasing amount of lies and licentious material which fuel increased godlessness in an ongoing snowball effect. It has come to the point where our political leaders can hardly tell right from wrong, and parents in our society have to be extremely diligent about teaching their children the ways of righteousness and separating them from evil influences – because those influences are so pervasive!
Our leaders appear not to care; corruption seems to have taken hold on a grand scale. Money, power and lusts of the flesh drive so many in the direction of evil. Yet the good news is that the Spirit of God is still at work. And He is bringing more and more to repentance as His truth continues to be “diffused” throughout the world. It’s what we all need. Contrition! Revival!
For example, a man in Sacramento, California, recently told us:
“I can’t tell you the change my life went through after I first got introduced to Creation Moments when I was in prison! I have been out two years. It’s amazing how my life has changed just from listening to your tapes and studying the Bible! I just wanted to say Thank You. Thank the whole organization, everyone, and thank the Lord most of all. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
Repentance and renewal – these are always the keys.
As the Puritan founders of this country understood, we live simultaneously in two worlds – heaven and earth – and we need to participate fully in each, “redeeming the time” here on earth “for the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). The key is to so spiritualize our hearts and affections that we have heavenly hearts in earthly employments, recognizing that all employments, all vocations, are dignified as service to the Lord because it is He whom we serve no matter what we do (Colossians 3:23-24). We all have a circle of influence which we can impact with our lives, integrating personal piety with our work, service, discipline, prayer and time with others. The Christian life thus becomes truly an heroic adventure requiring a full quota of energy.
And in a democracy such as ours we all need to exercise the power of the ballot box – as we’ll have opportunity again next month! Excusing a little God-and-country sentiment here, have you ever thought that if we are truly to remain “the land of the free” we must, indeed, be “the home of the brave”? Courage – that’s what’s required! Courage of conviction! We have the truth, folks! And it needs to be “diffused”!
Please pray for us as we expand our outreach into more media and more parts of the world. And please seek the Lord for what you might give to this effort, countering the lies of the devil. Thanks so very much, and God bless you!