Truly Guilty by Association

In regard to BioLogos, Calvin Smith writes in BioLogos: House of Heresy & False Teaching, Part 2:

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The church must consider the absolute seriousness of this matter. Some of the most influential Christian leaders contribute to BioLogos, and BioLogos speakers are regularly invited into Bible colleges, seminaries, Christian homeschool events, and churches under the guise of “intellectual discourse” within the church.

This must stop as Christians are commanded by Paul to avoid them. Why bring a group into a Christian setting that openly attacks the truth of God’s Word? Christians must confront contributors and supporters of BioLogos with their heresy.

A Serious Warning to Anyone Professing Faith in Christ

Professing believers should consider Christ’s warning concerning false teachers and the devastation their teaching causes:

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:13–20)

Believers need to understand that despite the droning mantra from evolutionists who declare that evidence for naturalism is overwhelming, the facts we all observe in God’s world are far better interpreted according to the plain reading of God’s Word (e.g., Proverbs 8:8–9, 2 Corinthians 4:2) than according to the story of evolution. As a BioLogos author admits,

[T]he evidence for evolution is not readily “visible.” Rather, evolutionists tell us that it is only through well-informed familiarity with the details of the evidence—the fossils, the distribution and variety of living species, the biochemistry, the ecological issues, the genetic evidence, etc.—that one can see how convincing the evidence for evolution actually is.

Because most of us will never be able to “see” this evidence for ourselves, we are forced to decide whose testimony to believe. On one side we have practically all scientists, and also many confessing Christians—including even many evangelical Christians—who attest to the cogency of evolution as an explanation of the evidence. On the other side we have the testimony of fundamentalist science, which represents a very small minority of the scientific community.29

This is exactly what Answers in Genesis has been saying since its inception. Whose testimony (word) do you believe? The real argument here is whether we trust man’s word or God’s Word. The world (and many in the Christian community) seem to be taking the broad way toward siding with a naturalistic pagan explanation for our existence, while there is a narrow contingent that holds fast to the authority of God’s Word.

Pastors, parishioners, parents, and young people, do not be deceived by false teachers. Be careful which “Christian” academics and teachers you listen to and accept instruction from. Be careful what colleges you support and attend. Satan is cunning. He understands that a “Christian” organization is often much more effective at indoctrinating believers towards faith-destroying beliefs than atheists are. After all, Satan has been known to quote Scripture—albeit he twists it (e.g., Matthew 4:5–6 with Psalm 91:11–12).

Conclusion

Let’s face it; many sincere and God-fearing believers have come to many different conclusions about certain doctrines—baptism, eschatology, and observance of days, to name a few. But mature Christians in various camps still break bread with one another in Christian unity because they know that their differing beliefs are rooted in a sincere reverence for God’s Word.

They are arguing over what Scripture means in context. Calling someone a heretic or false teacher because they have a different conclusion regarding doctrine is a dangerous proposition because sincere believers can simply be sincerely wrong.

We do not consider those who have accepted Christ as their Savior but do not hold to biblical creation to be apostate.

And this is why Answers in Genesis has always been very clear that we do not consider those who have accepted Christ as their Savior but do not hold to biblical creation to be apostate or suggest they be “cast from the kingdom,” so to speak.

Although we have been continuously accused of that over the years, whenever we have challenged those who have leveled this accusation to provide a written statement, article, or presentation from AiG staff making that declaration, they have always been unable to produce one. We have gone out of our way to repeatedly say, on record, that we do not assert that belief in a “literal” (we prefer the term plain or straightforward) reading of Genesis is a salvation issue.

We understand those we consider to be in error concerning their interpretation of Genesis are quite different from false teaching.

Having said this, Romans 16 identifies BioLogos as a house of heresy and false teachers by their contributor’s own words, who openly and admittedly teach contrary to what the Apostles, Holy Spirit, and Jesus have taught. Anyone who has been deceived into believing the false teachings that have been coming from this group needs to repent and return to the authority of God’s Word starting from the very first verse of Genesis. There is no greater authority than God. There is no reason to put yourself at risk on judgment day as being counted as supporters of false teachings (Romans 16:17; Titus 3:10).

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Christians are not able to do much in this world, precisely because of our faithlessness, our escapist attitudes, our eagerness to fear powerful men rather than God, and our longing to compromise and toss out God’s demands to gain the approval of Certified Secularist Authorities.

But one thing we can do, is cut ties with false teachers who – explicitly and knowingly – teach contrary to what the Bible says.

When we cut off false teachers, we are walking on the right road.

Even better when we cut out pride and the dream of control from our churches. A goal that definitely includes the de-establishment of seminaries: an unbiblical institution that has led to increasing curses on God’s people.

Obedience to God is what we need: to rise, grow in holiness and good service to God and Man, and then responsibility and authority as directed and disciplined by the Bible and the Holy Spirit.

Obedience to God is what we need.

Not disobedience.

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