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Who was First to North America?
Genesis 1:28
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth...”
The conventional understanding has always been that North America was populated by people who crossed from Asia to Alaska via the Bering Strait and then migrated down the West Coast. Eventually, some...

"Creation Evangelism" - what is it and why is it at the heart of everything we do?

Mark CadwalladerViewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman

Atheist and pantheist philosophers called upon the preacher to present his “strange” positions. And they brought him before their symposium of like-minded thinkers.
This preacher, realizing who his audience was, began by proclaiming the truth of creation and its Creator. He did this by declaring the truth of the invisible, omnipresent Maker of heaven and earth and all things in it – including human beings. The preacher then told those philosophers how human beings know within ourselves that there is such a Creator God who is not far from us because “in Him we live, and move, and have our being”, Acts 17:28.

This preacher went on to say how men need to repent – to change their minds concerning the true God and their responsibility before Him – because Jesus Christ has brought reconciliation with our Maker and eternal life, having been raised from the dead.

The Apostle Paul’s sermon to the philosophers at the Areopagus in Athens (Mars Hill) demonstrates “creation evangelism” in action. The account in Acts 17 says that some of the hearers mocked the message, others said they would have to listen to it again, while still others believed and became part of the church in Athens.

Founder of the modern creationist movement, Henry Morris, attributed the coining of the phrase “creation evangelism” to the Rev. Walter Lang, who at the start of the movement in 1963 founded The Bible Science Association which has continued now for over 50 years, becoming your very own Creation Moments. In a world increasingly subjected to false philosophies, Walter Lang saw the importance of creation science for strengthening the faith of Christians that the Bible is fully trustworthy. And he saw its importance for creation evangelism in the lives of those seeking faith in the first place.

Creation is indeed the foundation of true and effective evangelism. The Bible presents Jesus Christ as Creator, the eternal Son of God, and this very fact has made it possible for Jesus also to become our Redeemer and Savior – as the unblemished lamb of God who overcame sin and death on our behalf.

Indeed the Bible says that … “by Him (Christ) all things consist (hold together),” Colossians 1:17. The reason why atoms do not blow themselves apart in atomic fission is because something holds them together – a force within the nucleus which is so strong that it overcomes the tremendous repulsive force between electric charges of the same polarity, the positive charges of protons. Physicists are reduced to simply naming this fundamental force of nature the “strong force” because it is so powerful. But Christians have the answer to the scientific mystery of the “strong force”, for our great Creator is also the great Sustainer!

The Bible says that “God is a spirit”, John 4:24. He is immaterial power and personality. Yet, that immaterial presence is behind all of the material in the creation. An amazing finding of nuclear physics is that material is essentially immaterial. Consider an atom making up, along with other atoms, a molecule within, say, the human body. If that atom were the size of an average room in a house, the nucleus of the atom – with its protons and neutrons – would be the size of a grain of sand at the center of that space. In other words, the many trillions of atoms within the many trillions of molecules of our bodies are essentially space. Even the protons and neutrons themselves are formed of subatomic particles which are simply bundles of energy. So our bodies are essentially space and energy. No wonder that Paul, in his Mars Hill sermon, said that the invisible, omnipresent God unknown to the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers was the one “in whom we live, and move, and have our being” Acts 17:28.   

Creation evangelism is the biblical model. And it is very important in a day like ours, where evolution owns the intellectual turf, and pantheistic paganism and rationalistic atheism are on the rise. Fewer people in many places begin with much knowledge of God and of biblical Scripture. We have to help people understand that evolution is a false philosophy, and we need to point them to the wonders and majesty of creation since it speaks of our wondrous Creator.

When people’s eyes are opened to see through the deception of evolution and to behold the awesome wonder and beauty of creation, they awake to the reality of the living God. And they can come to grips with their need to repent and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. Acts 17, for example, records that when Paul finished speaking to the philosophers on Mars Hill about the God of creation and about Jesus, Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris, among others, “believed” and became Christians.

Creation Moments seeks to fully embrace the heritage of Christian witness and creation evangelism set forth at our founding through the Rev. Walter Lang. To that end we are adding renewed emphasis on helping Christians understand the fact that evolution is a false philosophy. We are also expanding our resources and efforts in creation evangelism, building on the work already begun.

This month, for example, we received reports from our long-term Russian outreach saying that despite the turmoil in Ukraine “the work of the Kingdom is going on” with Russian translations of our Letting God Create Your Day books. Through these Creation Moments resources, the gospel is spreading through Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, and other former Soviet Union countries. Plus, Dr. Don Clark, our Vice Chairman, is speaking in Cuba this month using Creation Moments materials in creation evangelism on behalf of prison ministry there.

Please pray that hearts are opened to faith in God’s Word and to new life in Christ! After all, the gospel is at the heart of everything we do here at Creation Moments. Thank you for your love and support, and may God bless you immeasurably!