Is it Really Possible to Believe in a Form of Evolution and Still be a Christian?

I received the following email, and with the writer’s consent, thought it would be good to publish it here. Remember that the discussion I intended is not about what I personally believe on this issue, nor about what it is best for a Bible-loving believer to believe. Rather, it’s about whether arguing about evolution is a good thing to do when evangelizing, or even teaching new Christians:

Regarding your most recent blog post . . . I am afraid I have to disagree with you over a few points :-(

You say: “I am convinced that very very few unsaved people will be converted to Christianity by arguing them from being an evolutionist to being a creationist.”

I say: “I am aware of many people who have had the last barriers to their coming to Christ removed by being shown that Evolutionism (Macro) is not true and equally not scientific.”

If evolutionism (macro) is true then the Bible is not…period. To try and show that Christians can be evolutionists is misleading at best and deceptive at worst.

As you are aware there is no scientific support for macro evolution, absolutely none. There never has been and there never will be. So just what are these people trying to show is conducive to Christian belief; Believing in something that claims to be based on science, but in fact is based on the lies of the enemy?! How can that be of benefit to anyone let alone Christians?

In fact one might as well replace the word ‘Evolution’ with any other lie and as such the title “Darwin and the Christian – A Tour By Christian Evolutionists” could just as easily be replaced with “Buddha and the Christian – A Tour By Christian Buddhists.”

I have quickly viewed materials on the associated web site and I found the same sad claims which tell me I am related to apes – Genesis should be read with reference to other creation stories of the period so as to give a better understanding of the ‘story’ in Genesis etc, etc.

In the end it is simply another compromise attack on biblical Christianity and the truth of God’s Word.

I’ll leave you with a  quote from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

“We accept the biblical teaching with regard to creation and do not base our position upon theories of evolution, whichever particular theory people may choose to advocate…. Now someone may ask, “Why do you care about this? Is this essential to your doctrine of salvation?….”

If we say that we believe the Bible to be the Word of God, we must say that about the whole of the Bible, and when the Bible presents itself to us as history, we must accept it as history.

I would contend that the early chapters of Genesis, the first three chapters of Genesis, are given to us as history”

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, What is an Evangelical? (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1993), 74-75.

About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor, a writer, and a member of Jubilee Church, London since 1995, where he serves as part of the leadership team alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus. Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway. Read more about Adrian Warnock or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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