NOTE: Creation Reformation is a young organization and its Position Statement is evolving. To date, the following is the Position Statement.
Creation Reformation seeks to be a part of a modern reformation in Christian churches. Creation Reformation believes that by reclaiming and teaching the truth of creation by God of the world and everything in it a new reformation can revitalize the church.
Guiding Principle: Creation according to the Genesis account is not only scientifically supportable but it is also theologically necessary. To be in any way meaningful the Gospel message requires creation of human beings by God in His image.
Limiting Principle: Creation Reformation believes that the field of creation science within Christianity has been helpful in many ways, but has also tended to introduce dogmatic distractions around issues such as “young earth vs old earth,” “literal 24-hour days,” and “gap theory,” and the like. Internal debates around such issues tend to divide and provide opportunity for unnecessary criticism from those outside the church.
Clarifying question: Is the Gospel message rendered theologically void by a particular belief about creation? If not, the belief may be important, but Creation Reformation takes no position on it.
Examples of using the Clarifying Question to show how the Guiding Principle in light of the Limiting Principle is used by Creation Reformation:
- Is the Gospel message rendered theologically void if one believes in an old earth? No. The message of the Gospel is not rendered void by one’s interpretation of the natural evidence of the age of the earth.
- Is the Gospel message rendered theologically void if one believes in the gap theory? No. The message of the Gospel is not rendered void by one’s interpretation of Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
- Is the Gospel message rendered theologically void if one believes in a purely naturalistic process for the creation of human beings, e.g., evolution/Darwinism? Yes. The message of the Gospel is rendered void if human beings are not created by God in His image. If one believes he or she was created by purposeless evolutionary processes, the Gospel message has no meaning and cannot be effective in its effect toward salvation for that person.
To this end, Creation Reformation seeks to state and defend the following position:
- Evolution (as defined below) is a lie and can be shown to fail as a scientific explanation for human beings. To this end Creation Reformation has formulated and defends The Natural Selection Paradox (first statement to be posted on 2-2-22)
- Biblical creation is the truth and can be shown to be consistent with material, scientific evidence on earth. To this end Creation Reformation has formulated and defends specific material evidence on earth that infers creation by God according to the Genesis account.
- Biblical creation is necessary to the message of the Gospel. To this end Creation Reformation has formulated and defends The Adamic Principle, which holds that a true, historical second Adam (Christ) has no meaning outside of a true, historical first Adam (Adam).
Reasons for Creation Reformation’s position:
Evolution can be shown to be a lie, and creation by God can be shown to be truth. Focusing on this simple message honors God and edifies people.
The details, e.g., young earth vs old earth, literal 24-hour days, etc. are important. But such issues are secondary to the central fact of creation and tend to be a distraction if the fact of true creation is not first convincingly established in the hearts of believers.
Definition of Evolution:
The idea that from a beginning life form all new living forms arose as the preserved product of unguided, purposeless, natural mechanisms, chiefly natural selection acting on random heritable variation or mutation.
Evolution defined this way is wholly consistent with current evolutionary thought and emphasizes what evolutionary biologists hold as true: that the purely natural Darwinian mechanism of natural selection acting on random variations in living organisms completely suffices to explain the origin of complex, new, and entirely new life forms—including human beings—from simple, prior life forms. And those life forms that exist today have been preserved from extinction to do so.