Christians, before posting on the Forum, please
This message is to Christians who are involved in,
or considering joining an origins forum such as the Evolution Fairytale
Forum. The following is my humble opinion, with help from scripture and
based on many years of experience engaging evolutionists. I realize evolutionists
who read this will likely be offended, but it is a necessary (and perhaps
worthwhile) consequence of this warning.
My number one warning to Christians is this: do
not let evolutionists lead you into endless arguments that will only serve
to waste your time where it can be better spent elsewhere. We
know from the Bible that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly
places.” (Ephesians 6:12) One of the tactics of the enemy is to
get you to waste your time. So please keep this in mind as you pick your
battles. We need to know when to “shake off the dust” and
move on (Mark 6:11). Not only is there other ministry work you may be
being held from, I also consider lost family time is often not worth the
limited benefits a forum may bring to God’s kingdom.
Here are the advantages and disadvantages as I see
them, to help you determine the extent you want to participate in a forum
on origins. Note that the following references to evolutionists are especially
true if the evolutionist is an atheist (I easily encounter more
atheist evolutionists than I do theistic evolutionists on discussion boards).
1. The CvE debate is important
both for witnessing to the world, and to our own churches! Evolution
is a direct assault on Genesis, the very foundation of the Bible - "If
the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?" (Psalms
11:3). Satan is very clever, and knows that if he places doubts in people's
mind about the very first book in the Bible, then why should they believe
the rest of the Bible. We need to equip ourselves to be effective creation
evangelists. The Apostle Paul appealed to creation when he confronted
the Greeks (Acts 17), who were the evolutionists of their day. These
stoic and Epicurean philosophers did not have a foundational belief
in a creator God, so preaching the cross was "foolishness"
to them (1 Cor 1:23). After Paul put this foundation in place, some
responded "We will hear you again on this matter", while "some
men joined him and believed". Acts 17:32-34
2. Helps prepare you to
debate origins in a public setting, such as with coworkers, family,
etc. Keeps you tuned-up on the latest evolutionist responses.
3. Present an article
or idea for review. Comments from the opposition can especially be useful,
because they will often try harder to find holes or faults in your article.
Evolutionists can occasionally provide good feedback, after all.
4. On occasion we may
stumble upon a sincere truth-seeker, perhaps someone who never really
considered that what they had been taught about evolution and the age
of the earth was based on little or no evidence. Or it may be a Christian
who is struggling in their beliefs and we are able to witness and/or
1. Time-consuming. Writing
a good post can take time, especially when research is involved.
2. Evolutionists will
try to lead you into endless debate, and they will more often than not
succeed! They will always, almost without exception, get the last word.
They will be relentless. This is all part of getting you to waste your
time, which the spiritual enemy just loves to see you do (the evolutionist
person does not necessarily “love” that they waste your
time, many are probably unaware of the demonic influence on them).
3. We can succumb to the
facade that we are somehow making ground with an evolutionist. The truth
is, I have never once in 11+ years witnessed an activist evolutionist
commit their life to Christ (frequent posters to internet boards qualify
as “activists”; again we are not talking about fence-sitters,
who we have had occasional success with). Evolutionists believe what
they do despite any evidence presented to them. They are firmly committed
to a worldview that removes accountability. Without exception, I have
found that the committed evolutionist activist is always, I mean
always, socially liberal. This ubiquitous connection overwhelmingly
establishes the fact that you will likely never convince them, because
it is not evidence but worldview that drives them; they simply do
not want to be convinced (please see Romans 1:18-32).
[I realize many of us are former evolutionists, but we weren’t
activists. I also realize there are exceptions to the above,
but they are rare so you should not count on it happening on a forum.
You should also be careful not to delude yourself into believing you
are planting seeds. What I mean is this: When you plant grass, do you
continually pour seeds onto you yard, over, and over, and over again?
No. You plant them once and then start watering. Let the Holy Spirit
bring the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6). You are wasting your time if
you continually pile seeds into the same spot. ]
4. Evolutionists almost
always outnumber creationists on origins boards, despite the fact that
public polls show a comfortable margin of creationists over evolutionists.
I believe there are two reasons for this: 1) the afore-mentioned spiritual
element where the enemy is here to get you to waste your time, and 2)
Christians generally do not feel the need to justify their faith on
an internet forum. I for one am 100% convinced Christ is who He claims
to be, and am 100% convinced of my salvation. Evolutionists on the other
hand (especially atheists), feel a need to justify their faith on a
regular basis. Why? We know from the Bible that deep down they really
don’t believe what they believe; the Bible says they are willfully
ignorant (dumb on purpose ;
see Romans 1 and 2 Peter 3). The Bible also teaches that some are so
far down the path to darkness that God has given up on them, such that
God allows them to actually believe the lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11).
This is my humble opinion on the origins debate, and
some words of wisdom from years of experience that I wanted to share with
fellow Christians so they know what they are getting into if they jump
into an origins forum. Generally speaking, you should only involve yourself
in an origins forum for advantages 1 and 2 above - to keep you sharp
on the topic, that you may later find useful when engaging coworkers,
friends, and others in the world on the origins debate (occasionally you
may experience advantage #4, but you shouldn't count on it). While considering
these advantages, be alert that you do not at the same time fall into
the trap outlined in disadvantages 2 & 3 – especially unproductive
use of time. Thanks for listening!
Forums such as Bible topic forums among believers is a completely
different matter. I believe these are almost always a productive
use of our time! As one Pastor said, “if Christ is not the
topic, then you are off the topic!"