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From The Aquila Report,

In light of recent decisions by other denominations to approve openly homosexual individuals for ministry, to sanction the blessing of same-sex unions, and because of the public debate on legalizing same-sex marriages, it is appropriate to publish the position of the Presbyterian Church in America on these issues. Here is a brief overview of actions of past General Assemblies and summaries of these actions:

That the Fifth General Assembly (1977) of the Presbyterian Church in America affirms the biblical position for our denomination which states that:

1. The act of homosexuality is a sin according to God’s Word;

2. Churches should actively seek to lead the homosexual person to confession and repentance that he might find justification and sanctification in Jesus Christ, according to I Corinthians 6:11; and

3. In light of the biblical view of its sinfulness, a practicing homosexual continuing in this sin would not be a fit candidate for ordination or membership in the Presbyterian Church in America.

The 21st General Assembly (1993) adopted a Declaration of Conscience that was sent to the President of the United States of America (with copies to the leadership of the United States House of Representatives and Senate and to the governors of the several states and any other interested parties), and read in part (the entire Declaration is printed below):

“Mr. President, in this Declaration the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America humbly declares its conscience concerning the moral legitimacy of homosexuality.  God has spoken without equivocation through his Word declaring homosexuality to be a perversion of his created order, his moral law, and the foundations of society…

Please note: in condemning homosexual practice we claim no self-righteousness.  The Bible we cite also teaches that all particular sins flow from one rebellious disposition of heart….The Apostle reminds the Corinthian believers, “And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.” (To read the entire letter go to

http://www.pcanet.org/history/pca/2-399.html)

In an action titled: “In Opposition to Disney’s Promotion of Homosexual Lifestyle,” the 1996 General Assembly said, “We abhor what Disney and other corporations do to promote the homosexual lifestyle.”

In 1997 the PCA General Assembly took the following action with regard to the boycott of Disney:

In response to the boycott of Disney enterprises by Christian groups including the Southern Baptist Convention, the Presbyterian Church in America reiterated its position on homosexual issues adopted in 1996.

We affirm the Bible’s teaching that promotion of homosexual conduct and relationships by any society, including action by the governments to sanction and legitimize homosexual relationships by the legalization of homosexual marriages, is an abominable sin calling for God’s judgment upon any such society (Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:18-32).

We also affirm our belief in the transforming power of God’s grace and our commitment to “speaking the truth in love” to those in the homosexual community.

The 1999 General Assembly declared that homosexual activity is sin and not an acceptable alternative lifestyle. Moreover, PCA churches were warned about the aggressive homosexual agenda.

The following is found in a PCA publication “Twenty Questions and Answers about the Presbyterian Church in America:”

Position on Homosexuality?

It is sin.  But just as with any other sin, the PCA deals with these people in a pastoral way, seeking to transform their lifestyle through the power of the gospel as applied by the Holy Spirit.

The Westminster Larger Catechism states the following:

Q. 139. What are the sins forbidden in the seventh commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the seventh commandment, besides the neglect of the duties required, are adultery, fornication, rape, incest, sodomy, and all unnatural lusts; all unclean imaginations, thoughts, purposes, and affections, all corrupt or filthy communications, or listening thereunto; wanton looks, impudent or light behavior, immodest apparel; prohibiting of lawful, and dispensing with unlawful marriages; allowing, tolerating, keeping of stews (old English word meaning houses of prostitution), and resorting to them; entangling vows of single life,     undue delay of marriage, having more wives or husbands than one at the same time; unjust divorce, or desertion; idleness, gluttony, drunkenness, unchaste company; lascivious songs, books, pictures, dancings, stage plays; and all other provocations to, or acts of uncleanness, either in ourselves or others.

In 1980, the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (RPCES), which joined the PCA in 1982, adopted a “Report of the Study Committee on Homosexuality” To read this report go to:http://www.pcanet.org/history/findingaids/rpces/docsynod/301.html

Here are summaries of the various statements taken by past General Assemblies of the PCA that are sent to the media when requesting the PCA position on homosexuality:

Homosexual practice is sin.  The Bible teaches that all particular sins flow from our rebellious disposition of heart. Just as with any other sin, the PCA deals with people in a pastoral way, seeking to transform their lifestyle through the power of the gospel as applied by the Holy Spirit. Hence, in condemning homosexual practice we claim no self-righteousness, but recognize that any and all sin is equally heinous in the sight of a holy God.

The PCA is committed to the sanctity of human sexual relationships.  We believe God’s intent in creation was that male and female would be complementary, that the privilege of sexual expression would be between male and female only, and this expression would be only in the context of marriage.  Both heterosexual and homosexual sexual behavior outside of marriage violates the human spirit and distorts God’s intent for men and women.

At its 21st General Assembly in 1993 the Presbyterian Church in America adopted “A Declaration of Conscience on Homosexuals and the Military” that was sent to the President of the United States of America (with copies to the leadership of the United States House of Representatives and Senate and to the governors of the several states and any other interested parties). This Declaration expressed the position of the PCA on homosexuality.

Mr. President, in this Declaration the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America humbly declares its conscience concerning the moral legitimacy of homosexuality.  God has spoken without equivocation through His Word declaring homosexuality to be a perversion of His created order, His moral law, and the foundations of society.

This General Assembly is the highest governmental unit of the Presbyterian Church in America, a denomination representing 242,560 members and 2,239 ministers. Though founded by 250 congregations in 1973, the PCA traces its ancestry to the first American Presbyterians who organized themselves on these shores in 1789, and it now has some 1,086 congregations throughout the United States and Canada.  It is not the regular practice of the General Assembly to address matters before the civil government.  Our silence is not for lack of concern; on the contrary, we instruct and support our members in the God-given duties of civic responsibility.  Nevertheless, we do not believe that the Church, as the Church, ought to engage in essentially political activity.  Our Church constitution states, in accordance with Holy Scripture, that “Synods and councils are to handle, or conclude nothing, but that which is ecclesiastical; and are not to intermeddle with civil affairs which concern the commonwealth, unless by way of humble petition in cases extraordinary . . . (Confession of Faith, PCA, 31.4).  And yet we now find before us what we take to be a case extraordinary.

In particular, we feel compelled of conscience to speak because of the slanderous way in which truth has been portrayed, as if opposition to homosexual practice is merely a matter of prejudice against a minority.  Please be informed that to act on this basis is to misjudge the issue entirely.  This is a question of moral principle, striking at the very root of God’s authority, man’s created nature, and the structure and preservation of human society.  We do not act out of a hateful prejudice which rejects the rights of minority peoples and seeks to exclude them from our communities.  On the contrary, we affirm and rejoice in the God-created differences among the peoples of the world and we condemn prejudice as contrary to the heart of the gospel by which we live: that Jesus Christ is by His grace making of various peoples one community of love and fellowship.  As His disciples we are called to judge, not by appearances, but to judge righteous judgment (John 7:24).  The God we serve has made it plain that with Him there is no partiality, and that in this we must be like Him (Romans 2:11, James 2:1-9).  As citizens we support the recognition and protection of the civil rights of all peoples.

And yet in perfect consistency with this commitment we stand resolutely opposed to homosexual practice as incompatible with the temporal good of our nation and the eternal good of its people. As a part of the Church of Jesus Christ, the Presbyterian Church in America has a primary concern for the spiritual well-being of women and men created in the image of God. Responsibility to such a calling will thrust us into irreconcilable conflict with any government policy ostensibly approving a way of life under its sphere of responsibility which is contrary to the eternal good of its citizens.  Further, such approval would be a grievous violation of the government’s own God-ordained calling (Romans 13:1-4).

Mr. President, frequent references in your speeches give evidence that you hold the Bible in high esteem as an authority to be cited in favor of your views, and as a source of wisdom in guiding our country.  The Bible teaches that sexual distinction and union are created by God and are to be expressed in marriage according to His purpose and ordinance.

And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” . . . For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:24).

Together a man and a woman, united outwardly in the institution of marriage, united inwardly in love and affection, and united physically in sexual relations, are the means of transmitting and nurturing life, and that life, growing and flourishing in families, is the necessary foundation of all society.  Homosexuality is a violation of these creation ordinances:  it is a perversion of human nature, the gift of sexuality and the social order.

The Bible makes this plain when in the Old Testament God’s law for the people of Israel clearly forbids this violation of His created purposes.

You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination … Do not defile yourselves by any of these things … so that the land may not spew you out, should you defile it … Thus you are to keep My charge, that you do not practice any of the abominable customs which have been practiced before you … I am the Lord your God (Lev. 18:22, 24, 28, 30; cf. Lev. 20:13).

Here nature itself, the land personified, is portrayed as revolted by homosexuality as a perversion of God’s purposes.  Lest this be thought of as an outmoded and unenlightened perspective, the New Testament affirms this same truth with even greater clarity when it excludes, not merely from the land of Israel, but from the eternal Kingdom of God, those who pursue homosexual practice.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators … nor homosexuals … shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Please note: in condemning homosexual practice we claim no self- ­righteousness.  The Bible we cite also teaches that all particular sins flow from one rebellious disposition of heart, a disposition of heart that belongs to all (Ephesians 2:1­3). If we have been preserved from this perversion, it is only by God’s mercy.  And that mercy in Jesus Christ is so broad and free that may extend even to those caught up in homosexual practice, freeing them from its bondage.  In the same passage we cited above the Apostle reminds the Corinthian believers, “And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.”

In fact, in many of our own churches we have people who have left that lifestyle behind out of loyalty to Jesus Christ.  In addition, one of our presbyteries supports a very active ministry of truth and compassion to the homosexual community in Philadelphia.  Our categorical rejection of homosexual behavior as wrong and destructive cannot fairly be taken to mean that we have not extended ourselves or are unable to extend ourselves in compassion and courage to men and women in our society who are homosexual.

Nevertheless, the New Testament is quite graphic in its warning that the prevalence and approval of homosexual practice in a culture is a sign of the judgment of God upon those who reject His rule.

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burning in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error (Romans 1:26-27).

In the understanding of the New Testament, moral darkness has descended over a people who, though perhaps not given to such perversions themselves, nevertheless, “give approval to those who practice them” (v. 32).

In addition, we would bring to your attention the disregard for the family implicit in any public sanction of homosexual practice.  Such policy will generate confusion and contradiction as parents seek to foster and nurture the God-given sexual identity of their children.  The delicacy of the formative experiences of children in relation to what is publicly approved by our national leadership is incompatible with a “value-neutral” approach which necessarily distorts the value-laden realities of sexuality as created by God.  Our American civil government has historically respected the family’s primacy in such matters, and has sought to nurture it.  Any policy which legitimizes homosexual practice abandons this time-honored tradition.

To conclude, while condemning homosexual practice, we affirm our duty to love and do good to all, even those who are pursuing this perversion.  But for us such love includes the responsibility to speak the truth in love.  The truth is that our nation will suffer grievously if accommodated to this perversion.  More profoundly, however, the truth is that those given over to homosexual practice will face the judgment of God. We understand the gospel to teach that there is no hope for such persons until they see this truth, embrace it, and turn away from their perversion through the power of Jesus Christ.  Thus love requires that we bear witness to their hopeless condition in order that they might find hope.  Love forbids our silence in the face of the eternal consequences of believing a lie.

As citizens of the United States we share with others in our community the blessings or curses that follow from the acts of our civil government.  God Himself is the Author of sexual distinctions and the complementarity that finds its fulfillment in the loving union of a man and woman in marriage, and which is designed to produce that new life which is the natural and blessed fruit of that union.  You should understand that the God Who created the world and Who rules it even now is neither ignorant of nor indifferent to what the government of the United States of America will do with regard to His institutions.  The people of our country and their elected leaders must give account of themselves to God.  Our prayer is that you will stand against any and every pressure that would be brought to bear on your Administration by those who would legitimize homosexual practices.

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This document can be found in the archives of the PCA Historical Center. Go tohttp://www.pcanet.org/history/pca/2-399.html to read this and other PCA documents. The Historical Center is housed on the campus of Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. TE Wayne Sparkman is the Director of the Historical Center. wsparkman@pcanet.org

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Saying Goodbye Well

This Fall our staff studied Paul’s interaction with the Ephesian elders in Acts 20: 13-38, through the lens of “what does this passage teach us about saying goodbye well?”

As everyone knows, we at Uptown we are about to send out our next church plant.  It is hard to believe this week is “Sending Sunday,” and in just over a week Cross Park will be celebrating their first Sunday Morning Worship service (March 6.)

Some of our members have been through this many times and know what to expect, others of us have never been through a church plant and are learning as we go.  All of us, veterans and rookies, those sending and those being sent, are in the middle of a season of many goodbyes.

As we have encouraged you from the pulpit, in announcements, during communion, in life groups and now from the blog…We encourage you to say goodbye well.  To that end we would do well to take a cue from Paul and the Ephesian elders,

“remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself (Paul) said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”  When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.  They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.  What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.” -Acts 20:35-38

A few things that stand out:

-Remember why we are doing this, for God’s glory and the expansion of God’s kingdom, and that actually includes our good.

-Take the time to say goodbye well, fight the urge to just brush it off.

-Be willing to express with words and actions what someone means to you when you say goodbye.

-Be prepared for the emotions that come with saying goodbye well.

-Don’t attempt to protect yourself and take the easy way out by pulling away from the relationship early.  Instead be willing to accompany those that are being sent all the way “to the ship.”

Praying for God’s grace as we all attempt to say goodbye well.

Each outgoing officer was given an engraved mug as a token of appreciation

 

At our February Session and deacon meetings we attempted to say goodbye well to those who have been officer’s at Uptown and are now being sent with the church plant.  You would have been proud of your elders and deacons.  I was honored to be in on these times with both of the groups.  It was hard to saying goodbye to Drew Peterson, Chris Ferguson and Tyre Green, but during these formal set aside times the elders and deacons did so with love, sadness, joy and with faith.

I thought it would be encouraging to share portions of a letter written by now former elder Tyre Green to the session of Uptown Church resigning as an elder at Uptown in order to be sent with the church plant.  What an encouragement to be able to look in and see how God uses Godly men to lead his church.  What a blessing to you at Uptown knowing you have Godly men leading your church, and for those being sent you too should be encouraged that so many wonderful servants are being sent.

Enjoy this letter, I hope it encourages you to pray regularly for your church leaders.

—-

Brothers,

Please accept this as my letter of resignation from the session at Uptown.  With it, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for all you have done for me and my family.  In our 15 years at Uptown, the Lord has used you in countless ways to deepen our faith in and love for Him.

First let me thank you as a fellow elder.  For me, the opportunity to serve alongside you has been a great joy and blessing.  My time with you has helped me to value caring for the body of Christ.  The thing that rings true of all my collective thoughts and memories of being with you brothers over the years is: these are men that love the church!  I think about Jesus’ refrain to Peter, “If you love me, feed my sheep”.    Thank you for teaching me how to love Jesus better!

When I think back on my nine years on session, I am flooded with various images: praying for members who wept openly in their time of need; joining many of you in situations when we were called to counsel, rebuke and pray; rejoicing time and time again at God’s provision for Uptown and His faithfulness to our members.  I have been asked numerous times over the years what it was like to serve on the session.  Inevitably I talk about how much I respect each one of you and how they should be encouraged that Uptown’s session seeks to honor and obey the Lord.

I also want to thank you as a member of Uptown.  Our family has enjoyed countless worship services, Sunday schools, sermons, retreats, life group meetings, prayer triads, VBSs, etc.  I appreciate how you lead Uptown and its ministries with a sense of humility and urgency.  Our family has been fed well.

Brothers, let me encourage you to continue to serve with humility.  Be reminded of Tom’s study of the vine and the branches at our retreat a few years ago.  “Apart from me you can do nothing.”  I pray your humility will flow from your desperate need of Christ.

I leave you with I Peter 5:2-4: “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;  not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.  And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

Awaiting heaven,

Tyre Green

We at Uptown offer children’s church for kids through first grade.  After that students are expected to sit through the service with their parents.  Now some kids may transition to the pew pretty easily and others it may be a challenge, but here is an article that will help parents of both young children and older children think through ways to engage their kids in order to help them get more out of the sermons.

Here is an excerpt from Eight Tips for Talking to Kids About the Sermon by Joe Holland.

They sit there next to you and their feet don’t even hit the floor.  You’re thinking, “What, if anything of this guy’s sermon is sinking into my kid’s head?”  And with that little thought you’ve already decided not to engage your child about the sermon.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. Let me introduce you to the most important rule when talking to your kids about the sermon: They retain more than you think they do. The second most important rule is like it: They understand more than you think they do.”
For the rest of the Article you can click Here.

By Tom Hawkes

While we are called to pray for the leaders of our country, we are not required to agree with them. Let me point out the error of our President’s thinking on abortion in light of his statement yesterday, on the sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.

I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.

And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

 

Here are just the more glaring logical problems with this statement, which at first blush might seem to be very pro-woman and pro-freedom.

1. “ Protects women’s health.” 500,000 infant women will be killed in the womb this coming year, for them Roe v. Wade is simply a death sentence, not healthy at all. Further, having an abortion is far worse for a woman’s health than having a baby. The long term risks of an abortion are high. The certain spiritual and emotional damage of murdering your own child are even deeper and darker. All of the 1.2 million women who will have an abortion, whether they think it is murder or not, are actually guilty before God of murder, guilty in reality of murder. (The unjust taking of human life.) The weight of committing murder will weigh on a woman’s soul, heart and mind and do more damage to her health. The studies are there to back up this reality. But the simple truth is ignored by our culture of death.

2. “Protects women’s reproductive freedom.” Women are free in this country to decide to get pregnant or not, there is nearly total access to contraception, additionally they can choose whether to engage in sexual activity or not.  They are free to reproduce or not, without having “freedom” to kill the life they have already reproduced.

3. “Private family matters.” Currently there is a high publicity trial going on over a “private family matter.” An American Muslim killed his daughter in an “honor killing.” In some parts of Islam, apparently, you can kill your children at any stage of their life if they dishonor the family. But US law does not agree that this is private, so the man is on trial for murder. Were a mother to drown her 1 month old would our President concur that this was a “private family matter?” There is no difference in the humanity of a child between one month before he is born and one month after. From conception a human baby is a human baby. The taking of innocent human life is not a private family matter, but a matter of the state protection of the life of all. Our government’s failure to protect the unborn is one of the great, perhaps, the greatest, failure of leadership in our age.

4. “Constitutional rights.” Read the Constitution, there is nothing there that grants the “right” to kill your unborn children. Nothing.

5. “Daughters have the same rights…as our sons.” They do, every one of them is the same already, apart from abortion. They both have the freedom to chose to marry or not, freedom to choose to engage in sexual activity or not, freedom to use contraception or not, all apart from abortion. Actually abortion laws grant women far more power than men have in this matter. Granting women the sole and sovereign “right” to kill an unborn child, actually disenfranchises the father, giving the woman absolute power over the man’s offspring. Mr. President, what about equal rights for our sons who are fathers?

By Edward Terry, The Layman, Posted Thursday, October 21, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – They may differ on the exact age of the universe and planet Earth, but they do agree on one thing: A transcendent creator is responsible.

As guest speakers at the 2010 National Conference on Christian Apologetics Oct. 15-16 in Charlotte, N.C., scientists Dr. Hugh Ross and Dr. Terry Mortenson offered scientifically-based proof for the creation story as outlined in the Bible.

New scientific evidence for the God of the Bible
Dr. Hugh Ross, an astronomer and president of the Reasons To Believe ministry, challenged the audience to take a scientific approach to creation. He started with two questions:

  • “Is the scientific evidence for the creator, the God of the Bible’s existence shrinking or growing as we learn more and more about the record of nature?” and
  • “Has the scientific evidence accumulated to a point that we can we eliminate some or all of the alternate explanations?”

Ross said he tested the various theories on the universe beginning when he was a youth and contends that the Bible has 10 times more to say about cosmology than all the world’s holy books combined. He shared long lists of Scripture passages that point to a transcendent creator, the expansion of the universe and the cooling down of the universe’s temperature.

“Today we can put these Biblical claims to the test,” he said, adding that all theories about an expanding universe require a causal agent. “What we have here is undeniable scientific evidence that there is a cause beyond nature for the universe coming into existence.”

Ross said that evidence for cosmic design has grown from 17 known features in 1991 to 140 known features in 2006. He said new discoveries supporting creation theories are regularly found, and those discoveries are shared through the Reasons to Believe Web site and daily email newsletter.

“My peers in astronomy concede this, even the atheists,” he said. “The entire universe appears to be designed for the entrance of human beings.”

If not for a “just right” moon orbiting a “just right” Earth surrounded by “just right” planets, orbiting a “just right” star in a “just right” galaxy, life would not be possible, he said.

He added that the requirements for life on Earth are not present anywhere else in the universe, and the odds of finding the perfect set-up elsewhere are inconceivable.

Shifting from the origin of the universe to the origin of the human race, Ross also offered evidence against the generally-accepted secular explanation for life on Earth: Darwinism.

Using the most optimistic of Darwinian presumptions, Ross shared an earlier finding on the odds of bacteria evolving into man being less than one in 10 to the one millionth power. That was a conservative estimate, he confessed.

The probability, he said, has since been revised by three physicists to less than one chance in 10 to the 24 millionth power.

“That’s the equivalent of the probability of winning the California lottery 3 million consecutive times where you buy just one ticket each time,” he said. That led to one scientist’s conclusion that intelligent life existing anywhere in the universe is impossible.

“We’re all proof that the impossible happened,” he said. “Only supernatural intervention can explain how you can begin with bacteria and wind up with human beings.”

Millions of years masquerading as science
In support of the “Young Earth” view of creation and the catastrophic flood outlined in Genesis, lecturer and author Dr. Terry Mortenson said the Church has been conditioned by scientists over the last 150 years to accept non-Biblical theories on creation.

“What was going on at this time was a clash of worldviews,” he said, focusing mainly on geologists who supported theories that the Earth was millions of years old rather than thousands. “These men were not unbiased pursuers of truth. … These men were consciously anti-Christian in their worldview.”

Mortenson said those scientists were conditioned more by social and political history of their day rather than observations from the field.

“In other words, we have allowed ourselves to be brainwashed into avoiding any interpretation of the past that involves extreme and what might be termed as catastrophic.”

He offered two examples when scientists were way off on estimating the age of geologic features due to the belief in gradualism rather than catastrophic occurrences.

  • Scientists had believed that erosion in the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington had taken place over millions of years. “It actually happened in one to two days of flooding” when waters from Lake Missoula carved out the formations in a catastrophic flood, Mortenson said.
  • Radiometric dating of lava flows in New Zealand theorized that the formations were 270,000 to 3.5 million years ago. It was later found that the lava flows were approximately 50 years old.

“We’re looking at the world in the same way as the non-Christian world,” he said. “We need to be looking at the world through Biblical glasses.”

He said that “creation geologists,” who see creation through Biblical assumptions, see proof of Noah’s flood and a young Earth “screaming” from the rocks. The interpretation of facts that support the “Old Earth” point of view are based on non-Biblical assumptions, he added.

He characterized science’s “assault” on Genesis as being acceptable to Christians because they are no longer looking at things through Biblical glasses, but rather the world’s glasses.

“Enemies of the Gospel don’t aim at the cross – they aim at the foundations of the cross, the Book of Genesis,” he said. “The Psalmist asks, if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? … (Genesis) is the most attacked book in the Bible.”

Mortenson concluded with Scripture from 1 Peter 3:15 and encouraged the group to be ready to give a defense. He directed participants to the Answers In Genesis ministry for more information and various resources.