Starting the Next 50 Years of Biblical Creation Ministry
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
It has been 150 years since Darwin’s The Origin of Species began evolution’s domination of the modern era. But only in the last 50 years have we seen a rigorous scientific defense of biblical creation science. It began in the 1960s with publication of The Genesis Flood by Henry Morris and John Whitcomb.
And your ministry – Creation Moments – also has a long legacy of being a crucial part of that original movement of modern creation science! As you know, 2013 is our 50th year of ministry when the Bible-Science Association (as we called ourselves at the time) began in 1963.
As you may know, our founder – Pastor Walter Lang – had a 100-year vision to replace the dogma of evolution with biblical truth. It was a radical notion at the time, and in many circles it still is. Today, 50 years later, we have resources and a presence for young earth creation science that are absolutely wonderful – yet there is much that still needs to be done. Fifty years has seen tremendous progress ... but where do we need to go in the next 50 years?
In contrast to 1963, we now have many scientific resources for creation, many creation ministries, new evidence and new media to get out the message of creation truth. We have excellent creation-science models and explanations of the observations of earth and biological sciences that fit biblical history. More research and analysis shedding creation-science light on new and existing observations are appearing all the time. As my sons have recently observed, it’s not for lack of evidence that people don’t become creationists!
The needed information is indeed available, but the church as a whole is not on board with it yet. The church is still, on the whole, intimidated by the secular scientific elite and lacks the courage to face controversy.
The church and its leadership have yet to grasp the message that there is no need for the outdated compromises with evolution that were developed over 100 years ago in an attempt to thwart the perceived scientific threat to the Bible. Compromises like theistic evolution, the gap theory, the day age theory and others have weakened Christianity, both scientifically and theologically. As a result, areas where Christianity was once strong – Europe and North America, for example – are now in full retreat to increasing secularism.
The next 50 years will see creation ministries acting toward the church more like the prophets of the Old Testament did toward Israel – warning the house of God that they can and must stand strong on ALL biblical revelation!
The next 50 years will also see expansion of creation science in evangelism and pre-evangelism. As the Apostle Paul had to do in a pagan culture at Mars Hill, modern culture needs to hear the truth about the Creator God to whom we are accountable before it hears about Jesus Christ (Acts 17:22-31). That’s because evolution has so thoroughly undermined the existence of a Creator.
The media revolution will, of course, continue through the next 50 years, and creation ministries will capitalize on that. In spite of all the new media, however, Creation Moments has observed that radio remains the most widespread and cost-effective means of reaching millions of people throughout the world, and so we will continue to expand our radio outreach. Indeed, the Bible says, “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Apparently, the “heard Word” is very significant.
Of course, the world, the flesh, and the devil – which all champion the deception of evolution – will not give up without a fight. We have seen it in the first 50 years of the modern creation science movement, and we can expect it in the next 50. But I believe God’s promise to the prophet Jeremiah is one we need to hang on to as we proclaim the truth: “And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I [am] with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.” (Jeremiah 1:19)
So we ask you to please continue to stand with us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary and move into our next 50 years of ministry! Thank you so very much for your prayers and financial support. God bless you!