Pastor Boyd specifically mentioned my name and that of our Answers in Genesis ministry as a whole in regard to our position on the book of Genesis. He said that he believed the impact AiG was having would be “disastrous for the church in America.”
Now, Pastor Boyd can certainly have his opinions about what we believe at AiG and our impact, and I have commented on those things in the Facebook post. But in one sentence, Pastor Boyd clearly crossed the line and falsely accused us about what we teach regarding the gospel. Frankly, I believe this pastor owes us a public apology and needs to immediately retract this false statement. A Christian who bears false witness must do this.
Here is what Pastor Boyd wrote:
I instead just celebrate the fact that there are thoughtful Christians who embrace science and who wrestle with scientific and theological issues from the inside of the Christian faith instead of requiring people to declare war on science as a precondition to entering the kingdom.
Because he named me personally (and also Answers in Genesis) in his commentary, Pastor Boyd, in the context of his blog post, is leaving no doubt this his statement about the gospel refers to us. (I have asked several people to weigh in on this, and they all agree with my assessment.)
Also, I vehemently disagree with his implication that AiG is in a “war on science,” and we’ve written many responses to such a false claim before (and I point out that we employ several staff with earned doctorates, and who practice and enjoy science). But here is where Pastor Boyd has really crossed the line, stating that “requiring people to declare a war on science [is] a precondition to entering the kingdom.”
In the Christian world, “entering the kingdom” means becoming a Christian—eternal salvation.
Boyd’s accusation that taking a certain approach to science is a “precondition to entering the kingdom” is accusing us of preaching a false gospel.
I checked the website of Woodland Hills Church and read its Statement of Faith. It seems to me that as far as the gospel is concerned, the church is orthodox. So I would never accuse Pastor Boyd, even though he disagrees with our stand on Genesis, of saying that people have to agree with his views on Genesis and science to enter the Kingdom of God! If he preaches the gospel as outlined in the church’s Statement of Faith (regardless of any other areas we may disagree about), then I have no doubt people would be saved through his ministry as the salvation message is preached in his church.
Now, if Pastor Boyd were to check AiG’s Statement of Faith and also read our blogs and articles on the AiG website, he would find that we preach the same gospel. Nowhere—I mean nowhere—have we ever tied anything related to science or one’s views on Genesis as a “precondition to entering the kingdom.” Salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone. Certainly we take a very strong stand on a literal Genesis, but we never tie our stand on a young earth, six days, global Flood, etc. to a “precondition to entering the kingdom.”
Let me be even more clear: We wholeheartedly embrace these passages of Scripture:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8; emphasis added).
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
In fact, here are some blog posts and articles we’ve written about this very issue:
- Is “Belief in a Young Earth the Only Way to Salvation”?
- Does the Gospel Depend on a Young Earth?
- Does the Gospel Rise or Fall on the Days of Creation?
Pastor Boyd’s anti-AiG statement is clearly one that defames us in the Christian world. He has no evidence that we tie a view of science to entering the kingdom and receiving salvation.
Again, Pastor Boyd can disagree with us all he wants about Genesis—that’s between him and the Lord! But he can’t in good conscience falsely accuse us in regard to what we teach about the gospel.
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