By Nathan Jones
Does teaching about the Creation and the Second Coming go hand-in-hand?
On Wednesday, January 25th I was interviewed by hosts Matt Buff and Jim Fletcher of the Rapture Ready Radio show, broadcast over BlogTalkRadio. During the second hour of their two hour live show we talked about the growing interest in Bible prophecy, the importance of teaching the Creation, Lamb & Lion Ministries' new ministry initiatives in reaching people for Christ, the top five questions every Christian should know, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and how Christians should respond to non-Christian candidates when it comes time to vote. Matt Buff also simultaneously chatted online with people listening to the show, taking questions from the audience.
Standing on Genesis
Jim Fletcher: I find origins such a foundational issue and really believe one lays the groundwork for prophecy by teaching foundational topics like the Creation.
What is your sense of what I will call the Young Earth View, which I don't mind saying is my view? What is the reaction you get from people? Do you find the Young Earth View is widely accepted or not?
Nathan Jones: No, sadly, a lot of people are really confused by Evolution. They are convinced that since so many scientists agree then the Bible must be wrong. I even remember as a teenager just really struggling with how to reconcile Evolution with the Bible. Like many Christians, I used to ask, "How can all these scientist be saying that the earth is millions of years old?" I learned later they agree because they're mostly all secular humanists who deny God and must agree with the evolutionary party line or be booted from their field.
Satan's purpose for undermining one's faith in Genesis is so that if you can't believe Genesis then you are likely to conclude that the rest of the Bible must be screwed up. It's a beautiful tactic by Satan, I hate to say. It's so effective and we have lost so many young baby Christians to Satan because of his followers attacking the Young Earth View. That's why we find that it's so very important to get into the Bible and really teach about the Creation.
I really appreciate Ken Ham's group and Eric Hovind and Jobe Martin and all those guys out there bringing the faith of people back. Especially Dr. Martin is a good friend of our ministry. I have three elementary aged kids, and I tell you, they will not have any trouble when Evolution is being taught to them, because we have gone through Dr. Martin's videos Incredible Creatures. His videos show by easy examples with live animals how nature is so complex that it must have had a Creator. It's an idea that even a child can latch onto so easily. But, we get confused when we get to the college years.
I agree with you, Jim, that it's so important to establish the Bible as the foundational Word of God without error, otherwise we have no foundation for our faith.
Jim Fletcher: By the way, it was Henry Morris at the Institute for Creation Research who really brought back the modern revival of the Creationist movement. Henry was also very solid on Bible prophecy as well. His commentary on Revelation is as significant as his commentary on Genesis. I really appreciate his legacy and I'm really glad to see that since he passed away a few years ago that fellows like you are carrying that torch. I think this is a very important issue and so I just applaud Lamb & Lion Ministries for really being out there and making the effort to bring these teachings to people's attention.
Nathan Jones: Dr. Morris was a friend of Dr. Reagan's and they had a long-term friendship. We even had Dr. Morris' son who has continued his father's ministry at our conference last year.
You will find that our current Lamplighter magazine is titled "Our Young Earth." Dr. Reagan strongly feels that topic if vitally important. Sure, we've gotten criticized by some people who wish we would get back to pure 100% Bible prophecy, but I think overwhelmingly most of the people support the fact that we have to step back a bit and establish the Bible as God's Word and build up from there. Plus, Bible prophecy is the greatest of apologetics, as Bible prophecy and apologetics are very much intertwined.
Jim Fletcher: You made a critical point a few minutes ago when you said that without that foundational teaching you really can't hope that the Bible prophecy message will stick with people, so again I'm totally in agreement with you here.
Nathan Jones: We can read some of the books by Barna and others who talk about how we are losing the faith of our children. I've been to many churches and one in particular that I was a member of for many years the pastor started going Emergent. That means the church has giving up on the Bible and instead going with more of an experiential relationship with the Lord. Soon everything doctrinally falls away. The whole dynamic of the church shifted not to Bible study but to missions. It was going to be a "missional church." Now, I have a minor in missions, so I have a heart for mission, too, but I could easily see that by going to all missions the leadership wasn't equipping their people beforehand. They had all these missionaries going out and doing all these wonderful things, but when it came to sharing their faith they were at a loss. The church spent all this money and time and energy to get their folks to the field, but once there they couldn't answer the basic questions about why they believe what they believe.
The church has a new pastor now and he got them back into Bible study. He understands you've got to understand the Bible. You've got to understand your faith and be trained to answer the hard questions before you go out there and share with others, in my opinion. This shouldn't be an excuse that we fill our heads with Bible knowledge so much so that we are about to explode and we never get out there talking with people. We are supposed to go out there, but you can't send babies in the faith out there to share the Gospel without at least giving them the tools they need to be able to explain why they believe what they believe.
Matt Buff: You couldn't be more right.
In the next part of this Rapture Ready Radio interview, Matt, Jim and I discuss what we believe is the five most important questions Christians should be able to answer.