By Nathan Jones
What would cause an Evolutionist to become a Creationist?
We asked this question on our television show Christ in Prophecy of Mike Riddle, the founder and director of a wonderful ministry called the Creation Training Initiative. It's a biblical discipleship ministry that teaches Christians how to defend their faith using Genesis and the teaching of a literal 6-day Creation.
Building a Sure Foundation
Dr. Reagan: Mike, your ministry has a rather unusual name — The Creation Training Initiative (CTI). Explain that to us.
Mike Riddle: There are other ministries out there that teach about the Creation. There are great ministries like the Institute for Creation Research, Answers in Genesis, and a lot of local organizations around the country. What we've done instead is started this ministry to take the next step and actually train others to do what we are doing. It is called replicating ourselves, or biblical discipleship. We give seminars and weekend seminars, but what we do is primarily training courses. We have full-day training courses.
We at CTI are tired of seeing over 70% of our youth, our teens, leaving the Church before they finish school. That's an epidemic we have in this country in Christianity. These are students who have been in Christian schools, even in Sunday school for 12 years, but then leave. Why is that happening? Well, they no longer have confidence in the Bible anymore. They don't see answers in the Bible. That is why we started these full day training courses, so the youth of today would have the answers from the Bible that they are looking for.
When you come and take a course such as "Basic Creation Training," you would get a 100 page manual. We feed you lunch and we feed you snacks. These courses are also certified for continuing education units. We will come to you. It doesn't cost the church anything to have these courses as we charge per individual because we are trying to get this information out.
We even have a course specific for teachers where we train them on what the Bible has to say about teachers and how to teach. We even have a third course called "Advance Creation Apologetics" where we train you to take the next step in evangelism. You'll learn how to talk to a Ph.D. scientist and not have to know anything about Science and bring down their humanistic strong-holds.
Dr. Reagan: I compliment you on that mission as it's very important. Something that we've always had a heart for at Lamb & Lion Ministries is to replicate. We've done it primarily by helping others establish ministries that focus on Bible prophecy. We've helped create five of those ministries so far domestically and then helped train them to communicate the Message. So, God bless you in what you are trying to do!
Dr. Reagan: Mike, tell us a little about your background. What sort of background do you have that gives you some authority in the area of teaching Creation Science.
Mike Riddle: One of the things that helps me, unfortunately, is that I was a slow learner. I admit — I grew up an Evolutionist. I wasn't even a Christian until I was 30 years old. So, I understand Evolution and its arguments very well. I could use them in churches and it was very easy to take a church off track because they are not well trained in refuting Evolutionary teachings. So, I've got the common man's background in following Evolution. I also have academic credentials with degrees in both Mathematics and Education.
Do you know my most important aspect I have as my credentials? I'm a Bible believing Christian now. I accept God's Word as my authority. That's my number one credential. I have the Math. I have degrees in Education. I've got a vast experience in computer technology. That's where I get all my logical thinking from — the Math and Computer Science.
Dr. Reagan: How did you get started teaching about the Creation?
Mike Riddle: It's in response to having grown up as an Evolutionist. I was also, well, I'll put it this way — I used to be an athlete. If everyone understands what that means, I used to be an athlete. That's the law of science called Thermodynamics that tends to take you downhill a little bit.
Nathan Jones: Entropy, yes.
Mike Riddle: Yes, entropy happens to all of us.
Dr. Reagan: I realize that when I look in the mirror every morning!
Mike Riddle: One day I was in the gymnasium lifting weights and I had a man come up and sit down beside me. This man started sharing with me the Gospel. He asked me some questions. But, at that time, I had no interest in God, so I ignored everything he had to tell me. Seven years after that I was in a hotel room on a business trip having to do with computers at the time. That's when I finally understood that man's message and that's the night in that hotel room when I got on my knees and professed Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
Before I went to sleep that very night I had a strong desire to teach the book of Genesis, which I hadn't even read yet. So, I reached into the drawer in that hotel room and pulled out the Bible and began reading the book of Genesis. I thought to myself, "Wait a minute, this is not what I was taught at the university!" I learned that if I cannot trust the first chapter of the Bible, then there's no reason to read the rest of it. Clearly then some of what I was taught at the university was just not true.
I had the opportunity since to travel all over the country and I'd stop and talk to these college professor and scientists. I soon found a pattern to their answers about Evolution. They had a lot of wonderful stories, but not one of them could directly answer my questions. So, I thought, here are these people who are very, very intelligent, but they couldn't answer my most basic questions about the origins of the universe and mankind. So, why should I then believe in Evolution? That's when I turned to the Bible and I found those answers.
In the second segment of this Creation training series with Mike Riddle, we'll ponder the true age of Earth.