Standing Firm Against the Devil
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
The tall, dignified man stepped to the podium. After taking his oath with his hand on the Bible, he began to speak. The war-weary nation listened intently - “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in…”
This famous closing to Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address eloquently captures how all of us should proceed with our lives, our calling, our mission. And it is what you have enabled Creation Moments to do these many years. As we move through our 50th year of ministry, we have been able to reflect on where we have been and how we should continue for the next 50 years, Lord willing. Thank you for journeying with us! You, with your personal involvement in creation science ministry, make it possible!
Let’s focus for a minute on Lincoln’s statement “…with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right…” Think about it. Over the last 50 years, creation science has illuminated new detail in the biblical revelation. God has “given us to see the right” in a way that previous generations were not privileged to. This is because modern science – even mixed up as it is with pseudo-science like evolution – has informed our faith. As we carefully observe scientific evidence and interpret it, starting from the true history given in the Bible, our scientific observations shed more light, exposing more detail about the truth of the Bible, God’s infallible word.
Consider how hydrogeology has been used to bolster the biblical history of the great flood of Noah’s time. Even secular scientists have had to change their scenario for the formation of the Grand Canyon from a uniformitarian story of slow, steady erosion over eons to one of catastrophic change from the bursting forth of flooding.
We could go on to talk about how the modern observations of fossils have failed to show the gradual change via natural selection postulated by Charles Darwin 150 years ago. Evolutionists have had to adapt their theory using “punctuated equilibria”, proposing that species have developed through huge leaps of mutation in large-step changes rather than gradual progression of natural selection. Modern fossil studies simply do not show that progression, and their theory is now more untenable than ever. The fraudulent ape-men held up as icons of evolution to parents, grandparents and great grandparents have been debunked as our understanding of the facts has improved.
In fact, evolutionists have continually tried to adjust their theory as scientific observation has shown them to be wrong. Recently they have had to abandon their evolutionary tree of life (replacing it with a very bushy bush at best) as genetic science does not confirm the similarities from anatomical features which they have used to draw the branches of their tree.
Indeed, what all Christians can and should do at this juncture in history is to use modern science in a better capacity to see more of God’s revealed truth! This is what we want to facilitate at Creation Moments. The intimidation which Christians have felt from evolutionary science is a tool of the devil that needs to be resisted through spiritual warfare as well as through sound creation science and Bible doctrine. Thankfully, these past 50 years have seen such science and doctrine develop so that we can stand with “firmness in the right”, as Lincoln put it.
There is biblical imagery here in Lincoln’s words which call to mind “standing firm against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11-12) – a passage that reminds us we are in a spiritual battle, wrestling not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of wickedness.
Concessions and compromise by the church are completely unnecessary and, in fact, have been damaging to the Christian witness. That’s because they have given in to the wiles of the devil and undermined God’s word – just as Satan did with Adam and Eve in the Garden.
As many of you know, our celebration of the tremendous progress of creation science in these last 50 years has been tempered by the passing of Paul Bartz. Our wonderful coworker and devoted writer, editor and laborer in creation science ministry will be greatly missed. Yet, we can rejoice that he is free of the cancer and pain he has fought for quite awhile and is now enjoying the presence of the great Creator and Savior he has served so long and so well!
Paul has been a tremendous part of the creation science progress made during these last 50 years, working in creation science for nearly 40 of those years as a tremendously gifted communicator. He brought a spiritual and biblical clarity to the many arguments from science – with the kind and humble heart of a pastor.