Sadly, due to pressure from secular forces, churches are caving when it comes to issues like abortion, marriage, climate change and what it means to be male or female. Why is there such a lack of confidence in scriptural authority that today many churches believe they must change?
Appearing on Crosstalk to tackle this issue was Ken Ham. Ken is president, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S., the highly acclaimed Creation Museum and the world-renowned Ark Encounter. Ken is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America and is author of numerous works including his latest book, Creation to Babel: A Commentary for Families, Divided Nation, Six Days, Will They Stand? and numerous others.
What is the “genesis” of our nation’s decline? Ken noted that the decline ultimately began already in Genesis with Satan asking Eve, “Did God actually say?” This was Satan’s attack on the authority of God’s word and God, speaking through Paul, reiterated this in 2 Corinthians 11:3. There he communicates that Satan will use the same method on you that he did on Eve to get you to the position of unbelief.
Eventually in the late 1700’s/early 1800’s there were atheists and deists that believed everything happens via natural processes. They rejected the Bible and Noah’s flood and believed, even though they weren’t there to see it, that the fossil layers were laid down over millions of years. This was the start of man’s beliefs being inserted into God’s word and eventually taking authority over God’s word.
Eventually this idea of long ages in geology became accepted within biology and this is where Charles Darwin enters the timeline. This has resulted in people believing that one animal can evolve into a completely different one and ape-like creatures turned into people.
As Ken pointed out, the Bible isn’t simply some guidebook for life with some spiritual and moral things within it. It’s a revelation from God, and Satan attacks Genesis 1-11 because it’s the foundation for all doctrine, the rest of the Bible, our worldview and everything, regardless of the issue. So if you don’t believe in a literal Genesis 1-11, you have no foundation for dealing with abortion, gender, marriage, death and suffering, etc.
What is syncretism? Why are secularists from many persuasions not moderating their views but the church is willingly moderating their own and thereby surrendering their biblical authority? Concerning gender, should we affirm a person’s ideology regarding how they identify themselves? These and other questions are answered as Ken explains why scriptural authority matters and why the church must not abandon it.