Caution About 'Creation Science Evangelism' Ministry

by David J. Stewart
June 2012 (Updated August 2012)

Psalms 102:25, “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.”

In 1989 Dr. Kent Hovind started Creation Science Evangelism (CSE) ministry. I greatly admire Dr. Kent Hovind as a man who stands for his convictions. My heart goes out to Dr. Hovind and his entire family. They've been through so much, especially over the past several years. Satan is trying to destroy all of God's children. I admire Dr. Kent Hovind for his tireless work over the decades to straighten out all the messed-up kids and adults today alike, who've been fascist-style Nazi-indoctrinated with the lies of Devilution.

Albeit, my first allegiance, love and loyalty is to Jesus Christ and the inspired King James Bible. I have little patience with heresy and the neo-evangelical garbage of John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, Kirk Cameron and others who sinfully teach that a person MUST try really hard to stop sinning (or determine to do so) in order to receive the free gift of eternal life by God's grace. Salvation is by grace through faith PLUS NOTHING! I'm tired of religious people saying they believe that, but then require people to make changes to be saved. In this article I will make my heart's appeal to all who are curious and interested and I pray you'll hear me out as a humble servant of my King, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Eric Hovind and Paul Taylor of Creation Science Evangelism (CSE) may not realize it, but they are in theological agreement with the demonic Jehovah's Witnesses cult. May I say, God makes the changes in a person's life! Our part is to believe the Gospel. Our part is to acknowledge our sinnership and trust the Savior for forgiveness. Salvation is without obligation on the part of the sinner. God is obligated to keep His promise to save those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no obligation in any way whatsoever upon the sinner to stop sinning, be willing to stop sinning, forsake the world, nor change anything in order to be saved! Eternal life is received, not achieved. Change is a result of genuine repentance, and not a prerequisite to be saved.

I greatly admire the Hovind family and have prayed for Kent often during his tribulations for the Lord. I pray for the Lord's will to be done in Brother Hovind's life. That is also my prayer for all my web visitors, and my own. I always pray for God's will, not my will. God sees what we don't see. He knows all. I continually pray for God to work in the hearts and lives of my web visitors. It's God's ministry, not mine. Nothing matters if it's not bathed in prayer. God resists the proud, but giveth grace to the humble (James 4:6). I need God in everything I do. I can't do it alone. I need thee every hour.
 

CSE's False Gospel

Having said that, I was saddened, hurt and angered this week (June 20, 2012) when I found the following heresy at the Creation Science Evangelism (CSE) website. I've promoted their ministry for a long time and I feel betrayed when I see stuff like this...

“How can you be saved?
First, you must recognize the truth of what I have written above — that you are a sinner, who deserves hell and who needs and wants a Savior.

Second, repent of your sin.
This means that you must turn completely away from your sin. It is more than just saying sorry; it is a complete change of direction as you endeavor, by God’s power, to go His way, instead of the way of sin.

Third, you must trust in Jesus completely. You see, He took the punishment for your sins on the cross. He is the only person who never sinned — yet God the Father punished His Son in your place and in my place, if we will accept Him. So put your complete trust in Jesus. Pray to Him (this is like talking to Him) and ask Him to forgive you. He always and immediately forgives those who genuinely call on Him in this way.” [emphasis added]

SOURCE: http://www.creationtoday.org/about/how-to-be-saved

The Bible doesn't anything about being sorry for one's sins to be saved. Some people are, but is it required? We must be careful not to ADD to the Gospel, nor SUBTRACT from it. CSE says not only is being sorry for sins not enough, but the sinner must also make a complete turn about in his or her life—they must ENDEAVOUR!!! That's the word CSE uses. My intent is not to criticize CSE, but to defend the simplicity that is in Christ. It's not just CSE... Lordship Salvation is becoming the rot of dead churches everywhere. Evangelist Lester Roloff beautifully put it this way... “Real repentance is putting your trust in Jesus Christ so you will not live like that anymore.” This is very different than requiring a person to endeavor to BE SAVED. No Sir, you don't have to endeavor to be saved. Jesus bore our burden of sin upon Calvary's cross so that we wouldn't have to spend eternity in the fires of Hell.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines endeavour as “to attempt (as the fulfillment of an obligation) by exertion of effort.” Is this the Gospel? Does God require a person out of OBLIGATION to attempt and put forth effort to stop committing sinful bad habits? I mean, according to this corrupted teaching by Eric Hovind and CSE, a person would have to try really hard to stop going to the gambling casino, race track, strip-joint or whore house to be saved.

Check this out... CSE's interpretation of REPENTANCE is in 100% agreement with the Mormon cult's understanding of repentance...

"To repent we need to recognize and feel sorry for what we’ve done wrong, do whatever is possible to repair the damage it may have caused, and to leave our sinful behavior behind. Repentance can be difficult and requires a lot of honesty, but the joy and freedom we feel when we turn away from our sins are well worth the effort. Because Christ suffered for our sins, we can be forgiven when we repent. That’s why the Atonement is so important to all of us."

SOURCE: Jesus Christ | Mormon.org

I have absolutely nothing personal against Eric Hovind, God knows my heart. I like the Hovind family from everything I've read and learned. I'm like a pitbull on the internet, standing guard against heresy. My bark is louder than my bite. Actually, I don't bite at all; but I can bark quite loud sometimes and amen to that! Someone needs to take a stand! I have to be careful who and what I bark at, which can sometimes be difficult, but I pray for God to guide my heart. I am barking here in this article against this blatant false teaching concerning salvation.

Look for yourself and you'll learn, that CSE has aligned themselves with Mormon theology. Let's get back to the Bible folks! “Repentance” in the Greek in Mark 1:15 is metanoeo, which I'm going to cover in detail in a moment. It simply means “a change of mind,” no more.

One of my personal heroes is Harry Ironside (old ironsides they called him). Listen to how eloquently this wise man who never stepped foot into a seminary, explains the simplicity of the Gospel...
 

Jehovah's Witnesses And 'Creation Science Evangelism' Agree

Here is what the satanic Jehovah's Witnesses teach at the Watchtower.org website...

"Salvation is a free gift from God. It cannot be earned. Yet it does require effort on our part."

SOURCE: What Must We Do to Be Saved? - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site

What a major contradiction!!! How can salvation not be earned, but it requires effort?

Now read and see that Eric Hovind and Paul Taylor teach at 'Creation Science Evangelism' (CSE), which is the same exact heresy...

“How can you be saved?
First, you must recognize the truth of what I have written above — that you are a sinner, who deserves hell and who needs and wants a Savior.

Second, repent of your sin.
This means that you must turn completely away from your sin. It is more than just saying sorry; it is a complete change of direction as you endeavor, by God’s power, to go His way, instead of the way of sin.

Third, you must trust in Jesus completely. You see, He took the punishment for your sins on the cross. He is the only person who never sinned — yet God the Father punished His Son in your place and in my place, if we will accept Him. So put your complete trust in Jesus. Pray to Him (this is like talking to Him) and ask Him to forgive you. He always and immediately forgives those who genuinely call on Him in this way.” [emphasis added]

SOURCE: http://www.creationtoday.org/about/how-to-be-saved

Here again, the Jehovah's Witnesses are teaching the same exact false understanding of repentance as CSE...

"Thus, "accepting Christ" involves far more than just accepting the blessings that Jesus' superlative sacrifice offers. Obedience is required. ... So we must do more than simply hear and believe."

SOURCE: What Must We Do to Be Saved? - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site

The message is clearly that admission of sinnership and faith in Christ is NOT enough to save a person; but that there must also be some amount of personal effort to depart from iniquity and ENDEAVOR to go God's way instead of the way of sin. That my friend is 100% self-righteousness!!! The Jehovah's Witnesses teach at Watchtower.org that eternal life is a free gift, and that it cannot be earned; but then they turn right around and also teach that some amount of effort is required ON OUR PART.

That's exactly what the Creation Science Evangelism team is teaching as well, that is, that admission of being a sinner and believing the Gospel is NOT enough to get saved... there must also be “A COMPLETE CHANGE OF DIRECTION AS YOU ENDEAVOR.” Oh, that our churches and ministries who profess the name of Christ would wake up to what's going on in the world today. Satan with all his corrupt Bibles and corrupt Bibles teachers (like heretics Ray Comfort and Paul Washer) are redefining what it means to have “faith,” what it means to “repent” and what term “Lord” means in relation to salvation. By wrongly redefining terms, they are preaching ANOTHER GOSPEL that cannot save, for it is a false plan of salvation based in personal effort instead of the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ.

Any plan of salvation that places the burden of sin upon the sinner, instead of completely upon Christ is a false Gospel. Anyone who teaches that salvation is a free gift, but some amount of personal effort is required is a liar. Paul Washer, Rap Comfort, John MacArthur, Paul Taylor, Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, Eric Hovind, Max Lucado, Joel Osteen, Moody Bible Institute (and the list is growing larger quickly)... all teach that faith in Christ is not enough to save; but that some amount of personal effort is required (which they wrongly understand to mean repentance).

The only object of repentance is to believe the Gospel (Mark 1:15, “repent ye, and believe the gospel”). A sinner repents of unbelief, which compels them to believe the Gospel. That's all that repentance means, that is, a change of mind.

False prophets turn salvation into two steps. They require repentance as man's part (to stop living in sin); and then they say to place faith in Christ (which is God's part). That's not what the Bible teaches. Salvation is one step of believing the Gospel. Repentance is part of the same act of believing. That is, one who has repented has believed, and one who has believed has repented. Repentance without believing is turning over a new leaf or amending one's ways, but it is not Biblical salvation.

Judas repented (Matthew 27:3), throwing the 30 pieces of silver onto the ground, but he wasn't saved because he didn't believe the Gospel. The word “repented” concerning Judas is an entirely different Greek word, which means “to have remorse afterwards.” That is quite different from “a change of mind,” which is the Biblical definition of repentance concerning salvation.
 

Pastor Harry Ironside (1876-1951) Has it Correct

Please read the following excellent explanation of the Gospel by former Moody Memorial Church pastor, Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951)...

Harry A. Ironside“The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past …

Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.”

SOURCE: Dr. Harry A. Ironside, from the sermon: What Is The Gospel?

Clearly, Ironside correctly taught a Free Grace view of the Gospel. Amen! Don't mess with the Gospel. Just believe it!

Charles Spurgeon required sinners to renounce every sin, which simply means not to hold back on any sin. Not one! We must confess to God every sin and acknowledge that we are as guilty as He says in His holy Word (Romans 3:19). Lordship Salvationists have it all backwards. They mandate change as a requirement for salvation; but a changed life is the FRUIT of genuine repentance unto salvation, and not a part of the ROOT of saving-faith.

CSE requires... “A complete change of direction as you endeavor?” This is a false plan of salvation. The only direction that a person needs to go to be saved is the cross of Calvary. Why do so many people pervert the Gospel message? Just leave it alone unless you truly understand it. Christ died, was buried and rose again. If that's your hope for \Heaven then you're saved. Kent Hovind is So close to accurate. I watched a handful of videos and he did a great job presenting the Gospel, then He sounded like an entirely different persons HERE (teaching Lordship Salvation).

If they ever correct their beliefs concerning salvation at CSE, then I'll gladly promote them and count them friends in the work of the Lord. Right now I feel like they're working against me as I'm trying to preach the integrity of the Gospel. We mustn't add nor subtract from it, and if I do, or you do, or anyone else does, let him be accursed as Galatians 1:7,9 warns!!! Let's not pervert the Gospel as Ray Comfort and John MacArthur blatantly and arrogantly do. I'll gladly be considered the villain for doing a hero's dirty work. Someone's got to be on the firing line for God. Here am I Lord, send me!!!
 

Kent Hovind's Disturbing Gospel

Beware of anyone who associates with the Ray Comfort Crowd (who idolize and sell John MacArthur's books on their websites). Sadly, Dr. Kent Hovind also teaches a false view of repentance. In the video, Dr. Hovind errantly says...

“God's looking for a change in your attitude where you say, “Lord I don't want to do wrong anymore. I'm sorry. I've offended you. I want to do right.” And you turn from sin, and you turn to God, and you say, “Will you please forgive me.”

SOURCE: Kent Hovind Says You Must "Repent of Your Sins" to be Saved - YouTube

Ladies and gentleman, that is NOT the Gospel taught in the Scriptures. Do you have to change your attitude to be saved? Repentance is changing your mind so you'll believe the Gospel (Mark 1:15); not changing your mind so you'll stop living in sin. You depart from sin because you are saved, not to get saved. It is a big deal, because people are going to Hell.

Where does the Bible say that we have to desire not to do wrong any more? Kent Hovind admits that he refused to receive Christ for salvation the first couple times he was approached by a soul-winner. He was honest and said, I know that God will expect changes when I get saved and I'm not ready for that. I've had unsaved people tell me the same thing, that is, that they aren't ready to get saved because they're living in sin. I commend them for being honest, but Hell awaits them.

Men are saved by believing the Gospel, not by changing their attitudes. True repentance is the change of attitude that causes a man to believe the Gospel; not a change of attitude that causes man to to amend one's ways, forsake the world and cease from sinful bad habits. A sure sign of Lordship Salvation is when a false prophet says that being sorry for one's sins is not enough to be saved, but that there must also be a desire to cease from personal sins as well.

The truth is that neither are required to be saved. No where in the Scriptures are we told that a person must be sorry and feel remorse (penance) for their sins to be saved. That is Roman Catholic false doctrine. Romans 3:19 says that God's Law was given that all the world might become “guilty before God.” A person need only acknowledge their guilt of sin and believe the Gospel to be forgiven and saved eternally.

It's really tragic... R.B. Thieme Jr. mentors John MacArthur, then John MacArthur mentors Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron and thousands of his followers, then Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron infect ministries like CSE, Moody Bible Institute, et cetera. Moody publishes all of MacArthur's newer books, but McArthur thinks Jesus' literal blood soaked into the ground at Calvary's hill and stayed there. Hebrews 10:29 says that MacArthur is cursed for trodding underfoot the precious blood of Jesus as if it were a unholy (common) thing, like trash or an old tire, or a toilet plunger. Oh my friend, Jesus' precious and literal blood is tonight on the mercy seat (Hebrews 9:22,24) in the heavenly Holy Place (Hebrews 9:12).

Churches today are plagued with this type of neo-evangelical liberalism. First, if the Death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is not mentioned, then there absolutely can be no salvation, because the cross is the way of salvation. By definition, 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 tells us plainly that the Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord.

Biblical repentance unto salvation is “a change of mind” that compels a man to believe the Gospel (Mark 1:15); but to teach that a person must have a changed attitude—a desire to clean up their life of sin—is a false plan of salvation. Repentance pertains only toward believing the Gospel; NOT ceasing from a sinful lifestyle. It is a subtle difference, but the difference between free-grace verses self-righteousness.

In other words, the Gospel is the object of true repentance; not ridding one's life of sin, which is what heretics like Ray Comfort and John MacArthur teach. Mark 1:15 plainly teaches that the Gospel is the object of repentance. Men repent and believe the Gospel. That is salvation. Repentance and believing are not two separate steps to salvation; but rather, repentance is a change of mind that prompts a man to believe the Gospel. They are two parts of one step. The man who has repented has believed, and the man who believes has repented. This is why the Gospel of John mentions the word “believe” and “believed” 85-times, but the word “repent” is never mentioned, not even once.
 

An Important Basic Lesson On The Greek Meaning Of 'Repentance'

Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

ONE WORD can start a war, end a war, turn the tide in a battle, and even restore lifelong friends who were previously separated by one word ill-spoken in gossip. Ah, yes the power of words.

What does the word “repent” mean here in Mark 1:15? The important word “repent” here is the Greek word metanoeo, meaning “to think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider.” That's not my opinion. This is what the original Greek word means. Hence, it is upon realizing one's sinfulness and need for the Savior that a sinner places faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That's what repentance means. Repentance is a change of mind, not of lifestyle nor priorities. CreationToday.org is teaching a false gospel of self-righteousness. Like most false prophets, they maintain their belief in salvation by grace through faith in their official statement of faith; but then teach something totally different in their daily ministry.

The Gospel is so very simple that people miss it entirely. Most people don't think they need the Gospel. They don't think they're going to Hell. Others just don't care because they're either too young and having fun, or too old and growing cold. Most people think they can get to Heaven by their own merit and following a few church ceremonies like water baptism, confession, holy matrimony, last rights, et cetera. My friend, none of those things can help you get into heaven. Your sins are the issue. Your sins need to be forgiven and only the God-Man with the nail-scared hands and feet can save you.

Kindly, Jack Chick needs to learn that metanoeo in the Greek means “To think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider.” Then he'll stop being so blind and stubborn on the issue and edit his tracts a bit. Here's the WHOLE PROBLEM (and please listen carefully everyone)... Ready? ...

Whereas the Bible teaches that repentance is a change of mind which leads to believe the Gospel; Jack Chick teaches that repentance leads to turn away from sins.

Whatever has been hindering you from getting saved, repent (change your mind) about the matter, so you'll believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ and get saved.

Jack Chick does the same thing. So also does Ray Comfort. So also does Paul Washer. They're all Making Salvation Hard. It is ashamed that so many professed Independent Baptists have fallen into the neo-evangelical falsehood of the Lordship Salvation heresy. I wish Eric and Kent Hovind would just go back to ther plain ole Gospel.

Not only do they completely fail to mention the DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ (which is the Gospel according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4); but they also REQUIRE that a person completely change the direction of their life concerning sin to be saved. This is 100% Works Salvation!!! ...

Where The Burden Rests In Salvation

That's total self-righteousness!!! Eric Hovind and his staff at Creation Today ministry are unsaved heretics!!! Beware of anyone who fails to mention the death, burial and resurrection. Salvation is by grace through faith plus nothing! So many men today are arrogant—jumping-on-the-bandwagon to support their friends in the ministry—friends who are corrupted and pulling on the same rope as the Devil. Ecumenicals gravitate toward each other. They all have a total misunderstanding of what Biblical repentance means.

Not only do they completely fail to mention the DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ (which is the Gospel according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4); but they also REQUIRE that a person completely change the direction of their life concerning sin to be saved. This is 100% Works Salvation!!! ...

Moody Publishers publish many of John MacArthur's books. Moody church tries to pretend that they still believe like they once did a century ago when D.L. Moody (their founder) was still alive, and also back when Henry A. Ironside (who pastored the Moody Memorial Church from 1930 to 1948). BUT THEY ARE INDEED CHANGING AT MOODY, evidenced by their spiritual love affair with Dr. John McArthur.

I am not trying to be unkind towards anyone, but souls are at stake here. Galatians 1:9 plainly warns about ANOTHER Gospel which is cursed. The members of Christian Science Evangelism (CSE) are certainly preaching a false gospel which cannot save. I thought at first that perhaps Eric Hovind was behind it; however, from listen to a video of Dr. Hovind himself I am saddened to conclude that he also teaches Lordship Salvation.

God winked at the ignorance of the Samaritan's in the Old Testament; but men are without excuse today, and God commandeth all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). But be careful my friend, because Satan has crept into churches to REDEFINE important Biblical words like inspiration, faith, repentance, Hell and Lord.

The Devil has succeeded, but not in all the churches. The Lord has 7,000 men who haven't bowed their knee to Baal (1st Kings 19:18). I love that. Elijah thought he was all alone and God reminded him that there were many others too. The beloved King James Bible is still the golden standard by which Christians worldwide look for truth, strength and purity of doctrine. It ain't been messed with! Let the Devil's children use the corrupt modern Bibles. Look no further than Romans 10:9 in the perverted New International Version (H.I.V., I mean, NIV) for heresy. What do you expect from a Bible committee featuring homosexuals and lesbians?

However, their college today requires a person to make a commitment in order to be saved. It is a false plan of salvation. The Holy Spirit doesn't need our help to convict new converts and try to alter the Gospel to force men to forsake their sins in exchange for salvation. All they're doing is turning salvation into a deal, a reward. Eternal life is supposed to be a free gift paid for by the literal precious blood of Jesus (1st Peter 1:18-19). ADDING anything to simple grace by faith in the finished work of Christ is a false gospel. Men are arrogant and want to have part a cleaning up people, but that's no salvation.                                                                               

Their false plan of salvation requires the sinner to ENDEAVOUR!!! That's the word they use. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines endeavour as “to attempt (as the fulfillment of an obligation) by exertion of effort.” Is this the Gospel? Does God require a person out of OBLIGATION to attempt and put forth effort to stop committing sinful bad habits? I mean, according to this corrupted teaching by Eric Hovind, a person would have to try really hard to stop going to the gambling casino, race track, strip-joint or whore house to be saved.

According to CSE's false gospel a person would have to put forth much effort in an attempt to stop lying, lusting, cheating, cursing and gossiping. Is this what the Bible teaches? No, not at all! Eric Hovind has been infected with the same perverted garbage that Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, Paul Washer and John MacArthur all have. It's frightening the number of professed evangelical Christians who have bought hook, line and sinker into the Devil's lie of Lordship Salvation! They say to be saved, “Follow Jesus for the rest of your life” and “accept Jesus into your heart” and “surrender your life to Christ” and “make a commitment to Jesus Christ.”

May I say, Judas did all of these things and still went straight to Hell when he died. And Judas was one of Christ's very 12 apostles. Judas wasn't saved because he had never believed the Gospel, that is, the good news that Jesus DIED, was BURIED and ROSE bodily three days later. Jesus said that Judas had a devil in him (John 6:70).

Read how John MacArthur's perverted Gospel aligns with the Mormons. Also, read how John McArthur's perverted Gospel aligns with the Seventh-day Adventists. It is frightening when false religions and false prophets agree in theology concerning salvation, with the leading theological evangelical leaders of our day. It's apostasy and Satan is behind it. Roman Catholicism totally agrees with the New Ecumenical meaning of being born-again that Lordship Salvationists use. The simple Gospel of Jesus Christ puts them all to shame and silence. Jesus DIED, He was BURIED and was RESURRECTED after three days (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). If you received the Gospel as payment for YOUR SINS, then you are saved forever. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God Who came into the world to save sinners.

Is John MacArthur a Mormon, Seventh-day Adventist, Calvinist, Catholic, Evangelical, Ecumenical, et cetera???

Paul Washer Calls Soul-Winning Baptists 'Stupid'
 

Dr. Kent Hovind's HERESY That Sin Didn't Exist Until Adam

I just took a look at Eric Hovind's website and they strongly teach Lordship Salvation and a false Gospel of self-righteousness. Dr. Hovind's son has taken over the ministry and changed it for the worse in my opinion. I also disagree with Dr. Kent Hovind on some of his false theology, such as this quote he makes:

"Without a doubt, the foundation upon which our salvation and hope rests is the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross. God created a perfect, sinless earth and placed upon it a perfect, sinless man. This man, Adam, enjoyed close fellowship with his Creator until he sinned and broke the perfect relationship between God and man. Ever since that time, death and degradation have plagued God’s once-perfect creation, and man has been separated from God. However, the shedding of Christ’s innocent blood on the cross can restore man’s fellowship with God and provide him eternal life. Through Adam’s sin, death entered into the world; but through Christ’s sacrifice, salvation is made possible (Romans 5:19). Therein lies the gap theory’s greatest error, the placement of sin and death prior to the existence of Adam. If death existed prior to Adam’s sin, then how could it be the result of sin?"

SOURCE: Creation Today » The Gap Theory Denies the Purpose of the Cross

Remember, Adam merely let sin into the world, but he didn't manufacture sin. Sin was already at his doorstep waiting to enter in. Adam simply opened the door, and it became a Pandora's Box (Greek mythology: a box that Zeus gave to Pandora with instructions that she not open it; she gave in to her curiosity and opened it; all the miseries and evils flew out to afflict mankind). In reality, Satan came to Eve and tempted her to do evil. God planted the tree of knowledge; thus providing their only opportunity to sin. Satan will always tempt us to do evil, but it is God who gives us the opportunity and freewill to do right or wrong. Life is a test. God tested Job. God led the Jews into scorpions, thirst, snakes and hunger in the Wilderness to test them, to see if they would keep His Commandments (Deuteronomy 8:2-3).

Dr. Hovind fails to address the issue of man's sin by itself. We're talking about the human race, not Lucifer or the fallen angels. Romans 5:12 plainly teaches that Adam's sin opened the floodgate of sin and death; which passed upon the world through conceiving children unto this day. Whatever sins that the fallen angels or Lucifer commit prior to mankind has nothing to do with the opportunity given to Adam and Eve to live in paradise for ever. Had Eve known about the serpent and what would happen, she never would have gone near that tree. Albeit, God planted the tree of knowledge to test Adam and Eve. They failed the test. God always tests us, even in His perfect will. God will not tempt us, but He will place us in situation where we have a freewill and the opportunity to do evil if we so choose.

So you see, there was sin prior to mankind; but it was the sin of Lucifer and one-third of the angels who rebelled and fell. Notice that the Bible mentions the angels THAT SINNED...

2nd Peter 2:4, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.”

It appears Biblically that God cast some of the worst angels into Hell right away; but cast others to the earth with Lucifer, for where did these demons come from...

Matthew 8:28-29, “And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

So some demons are bound in chains in Hell, reserved for judgment; and yet there are others still free to do evil upon the earth and afflict men's lives. We call them “fallen” angels, but actually they chose to rebel and then they were cast out of Heaven down to the earth. So they didn't fall in that sense. We call them “fallen” because of their fallen moral character.

I don't like the term 'Gap Theory'; because it's a FACT and not a theory. It's best to just call it the 'Gap Principle.' Dr. Kent Hovind accuses proponents of an Old Earth theory of attacking the cross of Calvary. Those are very serious charges indeed!!!

Dr. Hovind argues that since Adam's sin brought DEATH into the world (Romans 5:12), then how could there have been a pre-Adamic world where dinosaurs lived and DIED? Lucifer sinned prior to the fall of man in Eden. The fallen angels sinned prior to the creation of man. These truths cannot be denied. If all things were created 6,000 years ago, then there's a problem; because God didn't make a devil. God made Lucifer and Lucifer walked and served in the presence of God until Lucifer was lifted up in sinful pride and haughty arrogance and fell, according to Ezekiel 28:13-19...

Ezekiel 28:13-19, “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.”

Lucifer was cast down to the earth in his anger no doubt. Science plainly teaches that an EVENT wiped out the dinosaurs. Genesis 1:1-2 tells us that the world which God created BECAME void. This would explain the ice age. Something chaotic happened after Genesis 1:1 and the earth was (Hebrew: HAYAH) without form, void and dark. This reality cannot just be ignored in the Scriptures.

BEWARE Apostate Direction Of 'Creation Science Evangelism' (CSE)

By David J. Stewart | June 2012

       In 1989 Dr. Kent Hovind started his ministry called CREATION SCIENCE EVANGELISM (CSE). Since Dr. Hovind has been incarcerated, his son Eric and some friends have kept the ministry going. Unfortunately they've changed it. What is happening today is that once Independent Fundamental Baptist's are CHANGING. And I mean changing for the worst! On Wikipedia, Dr. Kent Hovind's religion is specified as “Independent Baptist.” Yet since his imprisonment, CSE has been taking the ministry toward Neo-evangelicalism, promoting heretics like Ray Comfort. There website is at CreationToday.org online.

CSE's new Director Of Ministry Development, Paul F. Taylor condemns their own ministry by recently stating...

"If we can’t get our ideas right on Genesis, there is no guarantee we will get our ideas right on any other aspect of biblical theology." —Paul F. Taylor

SOURCE: http://www.creationtoday.org/about/paul-taylor

Considering that there is absolutely NO Biblical evidence of a Young Earth, Taylor's own words warn others to stay away from CSE's entire ministry. On their webpage titled, BIBLICAL AGE OF THE AGE, the Creation Science Evangelism ministry has absolutely NO Scriptural support for a young earth. The only Scriptures that they show are evidence of a young human race (which Gap Theorists don't deny). I prefer the term “Gap Principle” since it's more than a theory; it is verifiable Biblical doctrine.
 

Sin Was Upon The Earth Before Genesis 1:2

Furthermore, Adam's sin did not cause Lucifer and one-third of the angels to fall. Sin existed prior to Adam, for it was Satan who sinned in trying to get Eve to sin. Adam's sin brought sin and death into the world that we know today. If Satan was created in Genesis, then God made the Devil. This is not what the Bible teaches.

We read that Lucifer became Satan by his own free-will, when he sought in Isaiah 14:14 to be EQUAL with God. This is the sin of feminists today who desire to be EQUAL with man's authority in the marriage, home, church and society. In every society where women rise to EQUALITY with men, there is lesbianism and abortion, corrupt women judges and preachers, and every evil work.

The fact that Satan (Revelation 20:2) was the serpent in the Garden Of Eden proves that he already existed before Genesis 1:2 when God began to REMODEL the earth. Those who advocate a Young Earth and claim that sin didn't exist prior to Adam don't know what they're talking about. Lucifer sinned. The Angels who followed him rebelled and sinned in so doing. What Satan did to Eve was a sin, for he deceived her to harm her. Eve then led Adam into sin. Then the entire human race was plunged into sin and death.

It is easy to get caught-up into a heresy if we're not diligent to try (test) the spirits as 1st John 4:1 commands. Dr. Younce has written an excellent exegesis on this controversial subject of a Young Earth verses an Old Earth...

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Whereas most of us repeat doctrines that we've heard over the years, Pastor Younce questions them. Faithful Christians do tend to question anything taught by the religious cults, such as the falsehood of Seventh-day Adventism that requires works for salvation. However, oftentimes we DON'T question teachings that we receive from fellow believers in the Lord. 1st John 4:1 tells us to try (test) the spirits of everything (music, books, doctrines, Bible versions, people, et cetera). There are many deceptions in the world. The Word of God is our absolute standard against which all else is to be tested. This is why the Lord taught us to SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES (John 5:39).
 

'Created' And 'Made' Have Different Hebrew Meanings In Genesis 1

Even without having the advantage of the Hebrew language available, anyone can see that the word “created” is not mentioned again after Genesis 1:1 until the 5th day of creation in Genesis 1:21 when He “created” the whales. Everything on the second, third and fourth day of creation were “made” the Bible says, which means that they previously existed and God simply remodeled them according to His fashion.

Here's an eye-opening quote from Dr. Younce's book, which further explains this doctrine on page 111...

CHAPTER TWELVE

THE REMODELING

We have previously discussed the difference between "created" ( Hebrew "bara") and "made" (Hebrew "asah"). To briefly refresh your memory; "created" means that God created something that at no time in the past had ever existed. "Made," on the other hand means "to form, assemble, and arrange from its previous state of usefulness to that form of beautification, so as to be used by God for His purpose."

It is interesting to notice that from Genesis 1:1 where God created the heavens and the earth; the word "created" (Hebrew "bara") does not appear again until the Fifth Day in Verse 20. Everything from Verse 2 to Verse 19 has to do with remodeling the earth in four days. These elements had previously been associated with the Original Creation, where Lucifer and the angels resided. Lucifer's sin brought about God's judgment on the earth, rendering it "without form and void." The angels are now disembodied spirit beings, leaving the earth uninhabitable and in a chaotic ruin. Now let us see what elements, which were previously created and were with the Original Creation, that God is now going to reactivate and position in His remodeling process.

1. Water. - Nowhere does it say from Verses 2 to 19 that water was created to be used as part of the renovation of the earth. Why would that be? Very simply, because water had already been created and in existence at the Original Creation. Notice in Genesis 1:2, it was water that God used to cover the earth as part of His judgment on the Original Creation (Genesis 1:2).

SOURCE: The Truth About Evolution; Or, Don't Let Satan Make A Monkey Out Of You, by Dr. Max D. Younce

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There are dozens of reasons to believe in an Old Earth view. Likewise, there are dozens more reasons why a Young Earth view doesn't make sense at all. Proponents of a Young Earth view grasp for straws in a desperate attempt to validate their teachings. Eric Hovind's website at CreationToday.org claims the earth is young because the human race is only 6,000 years old. The age of the human race has absolutely NOTHING to do with the age of the earth! They're comparing apples with oranges.

The human race is indeed only 6,000 years old and the advancement of civilizations (languages, inventions, medical, industry, et cetera) clearly evidence this fact. However, the earth is very old. I have no problem with scientists estimating that the universe is 12 billion years old. It may be for all we know. What I do know is that the Hebrew shows in Genesis 1:2 that the earth which God created became without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. This one Scriptural proof by itself is enough to believe in an Old Earth.

Consider that the Bible says “God created the heaven and the earth” in Genesis 1:1. The Hebrew word for “heaven” is sha^mayim sha^meh and refers to BOTH the earth's atmosphere and the celestial bodies (stars, moon, sun). Since God made the moon, sun and stars on day four of creation (Genesis 1:14-19), then how could He create them in Genesis 1:1? The answer is that God created them in Genesis 1:1, but He remodeled them on the 4th day of creation.

Psalms 102:25, “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.”
 

Final Words

Again, I mean no unkindness towards anyone; but to be saved you don't have to “endeavour” as CSE's website teaches... “to change, to go His way instead of the way of sin.” This places a very heavy burden upon the sinner and a yoke of uncertainty as well. In CSE's plan of salvation, a person will always be wondering if they've changed enough to please God for salvation. I mean, how much sin can I commit and still be saved? Pentecostals teach than even one deliberate sin takes your salvation away and now you have to go get it back.

What a miserable, sad, unbiblical and horrible way to suffer in life, never knowing if you're going to make it to Heaven. What if you die after sinning before finding the opportunity to get saved again? That opportunity may not come. Of course, this is all utter heresy taught by the Charismatics, Assemblies of God Churches, Pentecostals and many other offshoot groups that are demonic. They all speak in demonic tongues. The Bible plainly teaches that NO ONE can take your salvation away. If saved, Always saved!

In every false religion where a person is expected to give up something to be saved, there is always fear and uncertainty caused by not knowing how things will turn out for you in eternity. Did I give enough? Did I please Allah? Did I try hard enough not to sin to prove myself worthy to God? Jack Chick doesn't teach this junk, but he does teach that a person must be willing to stop sinning in order to be saved. This rational is demonic because it instills the very same fears and uncertainty in people as do Muslims, Seventh-day Adventists and Lordship Salvationists who make salvation conditional upon one's willingness to stop sinning.

It's like thug theology! “Stop sinning or I wont save you... deals off!” God is not like that. God doesn't make deals, He doesn't bargain... the deal was made at Calvary! And trust me, it's a great bargain... the best you'll find anywhere!!! Jesus Christ paid for your sins, and all you've got to do is receive Jesus as the Christ. Believe that Jesus died, was buried and rose up three days later. Receive the Gospel as payment for your sins and you'll be saved forever.

Some sincere ministers misunderstand what Lordship Salvation is. I heard Evangelist Phil Kidd say that you must receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord to be saved (and he stressed the word LORD, which clearly indicates that he takes sides with the Lordship Salvation gang). I believe he doesn't fully understand the battle. I know he doesn't believe that a person must exert personal self effort to be saved (and that's what Lordship Salvation is). Jesus is Lord, you don't make Him Lord. I have no problem with a preacher teaching that sinners ought to make Jesus the Lord and Savior of their life. You see, it all depends on what you mean by the word “Lord.” I expose those heretics who redefine Lord to mean “surrendering your life to Jesus” as a requirement to be saved. Consecration and discipleship are not requirements for salvation. Eternal life is a free gift, which means there are NO obligations nor strings attached.

The Biblical Gospel is based solely upon God's love and PROMISES, so there is no fear of falling short of God's expectations in Christ. Romans 3:23 says that all mankind falls short of God's glory in their own filthy self-righteousness; but by placing one's faith in Jesus Christ all sins are forgiven and there is no condemnation (damnation, Romans 8:1,32-34). To walk AFTER THE SPIRIT (Romans 8:34) means that we are in the spirit, Who indwells every believer at the moment of salvation and forever (Romans 8:9). If saved, always saved!

The Bible says God's Word NEVER returns void. Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Everything that God has ever created is good. Only sin destroys good. God never created a devil. God never created a fallen man. God never created an earth that is void.

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“As a blind man has no idea of colors, so we have no idea of the manner by which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things.” —Isaac Newton (1642-1727)


“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” —Hebrews 11:3

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