The Lame Theology Of Young Earth Advocates
By David J. Stewart | May 2020
Psalms 102:25 , “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.”
It is unfortunate that the majority of professed Christians in Bible colleges and churches today, follow the silly ideas of a Young Earth Creation (YEC). Our text Bible verse from the Old Testament plainly teaches that God laid the foundations of the earth “OF OLD.” The fact that the psalmist even makes a distinction between the age of the earth, versus the rest of creation, is Biblical evidence that the earth itself is millions, if not billions, of years old. Scientists confirm this fact. Science shows that dinosaurs lived between 65,000,000 to 220,000,000 years ago! I agree with that based on my knowledge of the Holy Bible. Read the inspired Word of God for yourself in Psalms 102:25, “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.” The psalmist David is clearly differentiating the age of the earth, as contrasted to the rest of creation.
One thing I have learned from being around ecumenicals all my life (i.e., the Moody Bible Institute and Bob Jones University crowd), is that they are very shallow in their theology and standards. In sharp contrast, the Bible fundamentalist cares far more; therefore, he makes a fuss over the purity of the Word of God, the accuracy of the Gospel, whom we bid Godspeed to, women's modesty, et cetera. Ecumenicals will accept Calvinists or Free Grace teachers; but a Bible fundamentalist absolutely will NOT accept a Calvinist heretic! Ecumenicals drive in the middle of the road, where all the dead skunks are! Ecumenicals straddle the fence in their theology, standards and affiliations. Ecumenicals use, sell and sanction DOZENS of English Bible revisions; but a Christian fundamentalist uses and sanctions ONLY the inspired King James Bible!
Consequently, because ecumenicals are shallow, they generally tend to go along to get along with the theological and political trends of the day. That is why ecumenical churches are quickly accepting the Devil's LGBTQ agenda! It is apostasy! That is why Bob Jones University now teaches Lordship Salvation, and promotes Satan's corruptible seed, and to no surprise, Dr. Steve Pettit (president of BJU since 2014) also promotes the fallacy of a Young Earth Creation! ('The Daily Platform,' #660, titled: 'The Biblical Position Regarding Creation'). May I say, it is Dr. Steve Pettit's position, NOT the Biblical position!!! The easy path to take, for lazy believers who don't want to study the Scriptures, is to merely go along with the popular religious teachers of our day of a Young Earth Creation. That laziness on the part of believers has made conmen like Ken Ham a multi-millionaire, taking in $37,000,000 each year from his Answers In Genesis ministry! It is tragic that Pastor Clarence Sexton promotes this clown, bidding him Godspeed! Churches are so gullible nowadays!!!
Sin Existed Before Adam
In the sermon, Dr. Pettit presents the same old lame argument by young earth advocates, that since death was the result of Adam's sin, it would be injurious against the Scriptures to teach that dinosaurs died before Adam. Folks, that is lame theology, junk theology!!! May I kindly remind everyone that Eve sinned before Adam! There goes Steve Pettit's bogus theory! In the paradise Garden of Eden, the serpent (Satan - Revelation 20:2) was already there! The serpent sinned by corrupting the Word of God, which the Lord had spoken to Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:16-17. So the serpent also sinned before Adam! There is no record anywhere in the Scriptures where Lucifer and the angels that followed him in rebellion, were cast down to the earth. Yet we know they were cast down to the earth (Revelation 12:4). So the fallen angels (demons) sinned before Adam! Are you getting this folks? Lucifer, the fallen angels, and Eve, all sinned BEFORE Adam sinned. This is Scriptural proof that the Young Earth Creation crowd are a big fraud!!! This once and for all lays to rest the junk theology of young earth advocates.
So what did Adam's sin do? It opened the floodgate of sin upon the world, all of humanity (Romans 5:12). When Adam sinned, it opened the floodgate of sin into the world, and death came by sin. Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Sin always brings death! It was Lucifer's sin that caused God to destroy the world before Adam! That is why the earth was laid waste, without form and void in Genesis 1:2. Nothing else could have caused such a catastrophic existence. Adam's sin is why the world is in such a mess today! That is why we all suffer, and have pain, and need to be redeemed, because of the reality and consequences of sin. We are all guilty and needy sinners!
At 16:45 time in Steve Pettit's lame BJU sermon (which I just downloaded), Dr. Pettit tries to tie a literal 6-day Creation with one man, Adam. He says if you teach an Old Earth Creation that you throw a monkey wrench into God's plan of salvation, because Christ came to fix what Adam broke! Pettit alleges that death couldn't possibly have existed before Adam, or else it would have corrupted the Gospel itself, which is God's redemptive plan to remedy Adam's fall from grace. This lame argument is the Young Earth Creationist's strongest weapon, in their toy arsenal to promote the fallacy of a Young Earth Creation. Dear reader, Young Earth Creationists have a right to their own opinions, but they don't have a right to their own facts!!! Death did exist before Adam's fall, because there was sin before Adam. Lucifer, the fallen angels and Eve all sinned before Adam! If Adam hadn't chose to sin, then sin wouldn't have entered into the world. Christ still would have had to die for Eve, or she would have spent eternity burning in Hell for her own sins.
I Don't Believe In Evolution; The Bible Teaches An Old Earth
Dr. Pettit dishonestly portrays old earth advocates (such as myself) as believing that God created the earth over millions or billions of years. I DO NOT believe that garbage! I do not support Theistic Evolution! I believe that the earth was created billions of years ago, but I do not believe that anything evolved. I am 100% against the lies of evolution! Steve Pettit is being deceitful. I don't know any old earth advocates who believe in evolution. Henry Morris III in his retarded book titled: 'FIVE REASONS TO BELIEVE IN RECENT CREATION,' bases every one of his 5 points against an Old Earth Creation, on the bogus ASSUMPTION that old-earthers are all evolutionists! That is shady scholarship, dishonest and a cheap shot, to bolster their fallacy of a young earth! These people are snakes ladies and gentlemen!!!
When Steve Pettit, Kent Hovind, Ken Ham, Henry Morris III, and other young earth advocates, falsely accuse old earth advocates of teaching evolution, they are stooping low to lie, deceive and malign those who justly disagree with their fallacy of a young earth. I do not believe in evolution in any form! These Young Earth Creation false teachers must be rooted out and exposed!!! When you tell any intelligent thinking person, that dinosaurs roamed the earth 5,000 years ago, they think you are nuts. You are in the same boat now as those who insist that the earth is flat, like nutty ignorant Baptist Pastor David Hoffman! Science proves an old earth. The Bible teaches an old earth. I believe God literally remodeled the world as we know it today in 6 days, but there is too much Biblical evidence to ignore the fact of an old earth. The serpent was already in Genesis. Where did he come from? Where did the demons come from in the Old Testament? Obviously they were already here on earth!
Most Old Earth Advocates Are Not Evolutionists!
Young earth advocates are ruthless, finding the most corrupted Old Earth theologian who believes in the 'Big Bang' nonsense, and then showcasing that clown as a poster boy, in an attempt to discredit everyone who believes in an Old Earth. Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) believed in an Old Earth; was he an evolutionist?; no, absolutely not!!! I am not an evolutionist! If you actually study the Holy Bible, you can only conclude an Old Earth!
If you research the writings of Young Earth advocates, you'll notice that they continually grasp for straws, desperately trying to make a case where there is no case. Most Young Earthers attempt to turn Old Earthers into evolutionists, and that is 80% to 90% of their argument. Take for example the book titled: “5 REASONS TO BELIEVE IN RECENT CREATION,” by Henry Morris III. Here are his five lame reasons to believe in a Young Earth:
- The Bible does not allow an evolutionary interpretation.
- Science does not observe evolution happening today.
- There is no evidence evolution took place in the past.
- God's character absolutely forbids evolutionary methods.
- God's purpose for creation excludes evolution.
SOURCE: “5 REASONS TO BELIEVE IN RECENT CREATION,” by Henry Morris III; Table Of Contents; copyright 2008, Institute For Creation Research.
Notice carefully that in all 5 reasons submitted by Dr. Morris III, he dishonestly attempts to disprove an Old Earth by turning proponents of an Old Earth into evolutionists! Most proponents of an Old Earth DON'T believe in the evolutionary process (that is, the teaching that the universe formed from a Big Bang 13 billion years ago, and then evolved, and continues to evolve). I DON'T BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION!!! I am a firm believer in an Old Earth, yet I do NOT believe in evolution in any way, fashion or form. Neither do I believe in Theistic Evolution (that is, the teaching that God created the universe, and then it evolved). I believe the inspired holy Bible, which teaches that God created everything from nothing by the Word of His mouth. 2nd Peter 3:5, “For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water.”
When you take away the teachings of evolution, Young Earth proponents lose nearly all of their ammunition. Dr. Morris' entire book is based upon the false presumption that Young Earthers are evolutionists! It is unscholarly and dishonest to label one's opponents as being something that they are not. I am NOT an evolutionist! The truth is that God created the earth long, long, ago. It was a pre-Adamic world. Humanity had not yet been created. When Lucifer and one-third of the angels were cast down, God in his anger laid the earth waste. I believe the following passage of Scripture from the Old Testament is compelling evidence which cannot be ignored...
Jeremiah 4:23-26, “I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.”
If you've never heard Kent Hovind talking about legends of dragons in every culture (which he claims is 'proof' of dinosaurs), you should to get a good laugh! Ken Ham even displays fire-breathing dragons on his circus in Kentucky called, 'The Ark Encounter' (which is making billions of dollars in profits from mocking the Holy Bible). Ken Ham's hoax of a ministry took in $34,000,000 in 2018. We live in a generation of very stupid churchgoers, who will believe anything they are told!!! Spiritual crime pays! Sadly, Harvest Baptist Church on Guam has also succumbed to the hoax of a Young Earth Creation!!! It is truly heart-breaking how dumb churchgoers are in this ignoramus generation!!!
There Are Too Many Evidences To Ignore An Old Earth Fact
The following passage of Scripture concerning Lucifer further evidences an Old Earth...
Isaiah 14:12, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Here are some interesting questions concerning Lucifer:
- Where was Lucifer when he said, “I will ASCEND into heaven?” Clearly he was not in heaven at the time.
- Where was Lucifer when he said, “I will ascend ABOVE THE HEIGHTS OF THE CLOUDS”? How do you ascend above the clouds unless you are below the clouds?
The only logical answer is that Lucifer was on earth, under the clouds, which is where his throne was located before man was created. There are many problems with a Young Earth view. I respect the right of others to have their own opinions. It is ok to agree to disagree. Most believers in churches today are proponents of a Young Earth view.
I realize that it is much easier to just decide to believe in a Young Earth Creation and totally reject any ruin-reconstruction or gap principle teachings; however, there are just too many Biblical and scientific inconsistencies with a Young Earth to disregard an Old Earth truth. And by the way, I DO believe in Creationism (that is, I do believe that God literally created the world as we know it today in 6-days). These weren't thousand-day periods, they were 24 hour days! But I also believe that there was a pre-Adamic world, between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2, which is commonly called “THE GAP THEORY.” I like “GAP PRINCIPLE” better, because this is what the Bible teaches!!!
I'll tell you, this is a raging debate. Young Earthers commonly attack the salvation of proponents of an Old Earth, accusing them of corrupting the Gospel. May I say, 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 defines the Gospel as the DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ from the dead after three days. This is the Gospel and it does not include creation as Henry Morris III claims on pages 44-45 of his book titled, “5 REASONS TO BELIEVE IN RECENT CREATION.” What a theological liar! Contrary to the bogus claims of the young earth crowd, 'THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE OF A YOUNG EARTH.' The Bible teaches an Old Earth, but a Young Human Race!!! History records human civilization as beginning with the Egyptian empire, after the flood of Noah's time at around 2,500 BC. We see human civilization develop since about 4,000 BC, which is the date indicated by the Bible for creation as we know it. There were no humans prior to 4,000 BC! It is clear to me that prior to mankind, there was a prehistoric world that existed, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and Lucifer desired to ascend above the clouds (Isaiah 14:14).
As a consequence of the rebellion and fall of Lucifer from glory (Ezekiel 28), the fallen angels became disembodied spirits (demons). That is why demons always seek a host (animal or human) to possess, because they do not have a body of their own anymore. All of God's angels in the Bible appear in their own physical body. The two angels which appeared unto Lot, literally ate a physical meal (“a feast” the Bible calls it in Genesis 19:3). I would have loved to partake of that big feast with them! Angels love to eat dear reader! Angels exist up in Heaven today with physical bodies. Heaven is a physical place in the north. Jesus and the Father have physical bodies, and sit upon physical thrones. I think that is so awesome and encouraging, because I love to eat too! Jesus loved eating and drinking, which He did often with His disciples, including after He resurrected from the dead.
In order to eat, Jesus' resurrected body must have had blood and fluids to facilitate the digestive process. We do not know for certain. Jesus' glorified body had scars, which He encouraged doubting Thomas to touch, to verify he was real and not a ghost. The Holy Bible promises that every Christian believer will one day receive a perfect body too, fashioned like unto the Lord's resurrected body (Philippians 3:21). I cannot wait!!! This will happen at the Rapture when Jesus appears “FOR” His saints (1st Corinthians 15:51-58). Christ came 2,000 years ago “TO” His own; He is coming at the Pretribulation Rapture “FOR” His own; and He will return to the earth at His Second Coming “WITH” His own.
The truth of an old earth in no way detracts or corrupts from the truths set forth in the inspired Scriptures. Jesus came to fix what Adam broke, but that in no way means that sin didn't exist before mankind. The plan of redemption applies to humanity, not the Devil or angels. So we ought not compare angels with mankind. Young earth advocates have no scientific nor Scriptural evidence to support their bizarre claims, that Noah took dinosaurs with stunted growth aboard the ark, so they have to lie, exaggerate and desperately grasp for straws to bolster up their straw man heresy!
One of the biggest jokes that young earthers perpetuate is the myth of the “behemoth” in Job 40:15, “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.” The Hebrew word for behemoth is plural, referring to a herd of animals, likely hippos or elephants. Honestly, if you think humans and dinosaurs lived together, you need a reality check! ...
Young Earth Fallacy Drives Thinking People Away From The Gospel
Did you know that the Young Earth heresy started with the Seventh-Day Adventists and Ellen G. White? The Young Earth view didn't exist until Seventh-Day Adventism. The false religion of Seventh-Day Adventism literally worships the Sabbath Day (which is why they meet on Saturdays instead of Sundays), which consequently compels SDA's to worship creation too, since God rested on the 7th day from His work. The Bible totally disagrees with a Young Earth view. The bottom line is that science NEVER contradicts the Word of God. Albert Einstein understood that fact! ...
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” —Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Religion without science is BLIND! Young earth advocates are totally blind to science!!! Do you really think that the brightest scientific minds in this world are wrong by 64,995,000 years? Scientific geologists have shown that dinosaurs lived 65,000,000 years ago. The Holy Bible agrees with that based upon the “Gap Principle.” One of the most helpful books written in support of an Old Earth is called: 'WITHOUT FORM AND VOID,' written by Dr. Arthur C. Custance (1910-1985). Dr. Custance exegetes the Hebrew language in Genesis chapter one. Most proponents of a young earth offer up the lamest evidence; such as, claiming that every culture has folklore and legends of fire-breathing dragons. Kent Hovind actually cites those ridiculous fairytales as proof that dinosaurs lived 5,000 years ago. I plead with you dear reader not to be stupid anymore if you have held to a young earth view so far. Please read Dr. Custance's insightful book.
If you study this topic for yourself, you will not find bizarre claims among proponents of an Old Earth Creation; but you will find all sorts of insane, bizarre and ludicrous claims of evidences by the Young Earth Creation crowd. From Ken Ham's fire-breathing dragons on his bogus 'Ark Encounter' in Kentucky; to Kent Hovind's claim that folklore legends of dragons in every culture prove that dinosaurs lived with humanity, to Henry Morris III claiming that Noah took baby dinosaurs aboard the ark (which he says God stunted their growth); the Young Earth camp are wacky!!! The truth of an Old Earth is obvious to any honest thinking person!!! Have you seen the movie Jurassic Park? There's more truth in Steven Spielberg's movie, than the entire Young Earth crowd put together!!! I encourage you to listen to Pastor Curtis Hutson's Wednesday evening Bible study series called: “DEMONOLOGY,” in which he teaches the Gap Principle. But you say, there is no proof either way! You are ignorant of the Word of God, and of legitimate science, if you believe that wrong way.
Another very helpful book on the subject, by Dr. Max D. Younce, is titled: 'THE TRUTH ABOUT EVOLUTION; OR, DON'T LET SATAN MAKE A MONKEY OUT OF YOU.' I encourage you to read chapter 12 about 'The Remodeling' of the earth in Genesis chapter one. Hard copies are available at Pastor Younce's website. Dr. Younce's book is a very scholarly work. I have often said that Dr. Younce is the Dr. John R. Rice of our time; the greatest unknown preacher of this generation. It is amazing what God has done all these years, through a faithful man of God in a small town of 1,200 people in Minnesota. Praise the Lord! For an excellent exegesis on this subject, please watch Pastor Max Younce in a series of Bible studies titled: 'The Fallacy Of The Young Earth Creationism':
The Fallacies Of A Young Earth Series (by Dr. Max D. Younce)
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