On August 9–11, I will be returning to speak at the beautiful Billy Graham Training Center at “The Cove” in the North Carolina mountains.
I will give four presentations, plus hold a question-and-answer session, that will cover a variety of topics touching on the state of our nation. Using God’s Word, I will shed some light on what is really happening spiritually in America—and what we as Christians can do about it.
One of my verses for this special time at the Cove will be 2 Corinthians 11:3:
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
As we look at the state of our nation today, we see godlessness and unbelief sweeping across the culture. “Gay” marriage and abortion are increasingly being accepted. Also, the atheists are growing in number and aggressiveness in this once very Christianized culture.
Something else is very sad in my adopted country of America. Statistics reveal that at least two-thirds of our young people are leaving the church by college age, and very few return. What is happening? What has caused this? What can we do about it?
God’s warning to us in 2 Corinthians 11:3 is that Satan is going to use the same method on us as he did on Eve to get us to a position of not believing the things of God. It behooves us to carefully find out what that method was and to understand how Satan’s strategy applies to our world today.
If we go back to Genesis 3, we read about the method Satan used on Eve:
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1)
That question, “Did God really say?” is the essence of his method to create doubt about Christianity’s validity. Note that Satan successfully attempted to get Eve (and Adam) to doubt God’s Word, and that doubt led to unbelief. Just look at the mess this rebellion caused in our now sin-cursed universe.
Note, however, that the very first attack by Satan was on the Word of God. I call that the “Genesis 3 attack.” There have been many types of Genesis 3 attacks over the six millennia since this first one in the garden. But even though these assaults manifest themselves in different ways in different eras, the attacks are essentially all the same: to get people to doubt and then disbelieve the Word of God. That attack from Satan has always been on the authority of the Word.
Because of this warning God has given us, we need to ask ourselves, “How does the Genesis 3 attack manifest itself today?” We certainly see the consequences of the attack in the increasing moral relativism and the rejection of biblical authority across the nation. But what more needs to be understood?
It is my contention that the atheistic, evolutionary beliefs taught through the education systems of the world, shown on TV, and presented as fact in most of the secular museums of the world are all a major part of the Genesis 3 attack of our day. This attack has undermined the authority of the Bible, beginning in Genesis, throughout the culture (and sadly a significant part of the church has also succumbed to doubting the full Word of God). As a result, generations of children from the church have been put on a slippery slope of unbelief.
Many people in the church today don’t know how to defend against this attack on God’s Word. Of course, they are concerned for their children and grandchildren, and so they ask, “How to do we counter and answer this Genesis 3 attack?”
Thankfully God has raised up Bible-upholding ministries like Answers in Genesis to help equip Christians to defend the Christian faith against the Genesis 3 attack of our day, and to challenge non-Christians concerning the truth of God’s Word and the gospel.
I hope to see you at the Cove on August 9–11, as we discuss how we can deal with the Genesis 3 attack of our day.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,