David Wells on Creation


The busy weekend is now upon us. Soccer in the AM, then sermon writing, then worship on Sunday, finally a community wide prayer meeting on Sunday evening. This weekend is certain to be a blessed one in the Lord.

I have never met David F. Wells, but I have read four of his books (in a span of about 3 months) and listened to numerous of his lectures. He says and writes the sort of things that the church needs to hear–and listen to! His book Above All Earthly Pow’rs is a tour de force of cultural and church analysis and critique. And his most powerful words are directly squarely at the church.

Well I’d like to quote four or five sentences from every page, but tonight I’ll lead us into the weekend with words from Prof. Wells on our understanding of the relationship between the Creation and Jesus:

It has been said that in the Bible we have not so much a doctrine of creation as that of the Creator; and, within limits, this is true, for part of the creation is never finally or fully meaningful until it is understood in relation to its Creator. From this flow the man distinctive ways in which the Christian faith thinks about life. If everything is made by God, then everything belongs to him and is used rightly only when it is used in accordance with his will. Not only so, but if God is the source of all life then all meaning derives from him in much the same way as it is the artists who can say definitively what the work of art means. The purpose of God’s redemption, then, is that, on the one hand, we should take our place in his world, through Christ, and own him as our Maker, and on the other hand, live in his world by his ethical will. Then it is that we see with new eyes God’s power in creation (Is. 40:26-28; Amos 4:13), his greatness (Ps. 90:2; Acts 17:24), his wisdom (Is. 40:12-14), and from our experiences as frail, fading creatures we are also constantly reminded of his eternality (Ps. 103:14-18). Thus it is that creation is connected both with redemption and ethics, with worship and service.” 

 What is said of Yahweh therefore can be said of Christ. No part of the creation is ever finally or fully meaningful until it is understood in relation to Christ. Everything belongs to him and it is used rightly only when it is used in accordance with his will. And if he is the source of life, it is he who can say definitively what it all means. The purpose of God’s redemption, then, is that, on the one hand, we should take our place in his world, through Christ, and own him as our Maker and, on the other hand, live in this world by his ethical will.” (255-256)

But I suspect a lot of this is lost entirely when such things as evolutionary doctrine are accepted and Genesis 1 is disregarded or undermined. There is a reason why The Holy Spirit directed Moses to begin writing the Torah with these words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” If this verse is not true then how can we reasonably believe anything in the Bible is true? But if these words are true, then Wells is right: All worship and ethics are built on that foundation (and cannot possibly be built upon the materialistic premise of Darwinian Evolution). The church ignores these words to their own peril; the world must necessarily challenge this premise at every turn. Thus, evolution.

So what we see, then, is that the battle that rages on between Creationists and Evolutionists is a significant battle that must be waged (where we wage the war is the question!). The evolutionist, perhaps, might deny this, but what is at stake for the Christian is the veracity of the Word of God. The Word of God will not be undone, or rendered invalid by anything, least of all Darwinian Evolution. Indeed, Scripture declares that the Word of God stands forever. And does any Christian really believe that Darwin has more authority than the Word of God? There is a lot at stake and the church is up against it because kids are taught this stuff of evolution, indoctrinated in it, from the ground up. What does the church do? Insist that Creation be taught in schools? I don’t think that is terribly reasonable because the battle is not between Christianity and science per se, but between the Word of God and unbelief. (But I think a good science teacher, teaching Darwinian evolution, will be certain to point out that Darwinism is not a rock solid theory or hypothesis without any holes. There are opposing points of view and those opposing points of view can and should be presented.)

Where exactly is the right place for the Church to preach the Gospel? This is, I think, one question we have to ask and answer. Where should the battle be waged? Where should the church confront Darwinism which is necessarily opposed to the Word of God? I might also ask, When will the Church start preaching this doctrine of Creation and challenging the monopoly that Darwinists have in the world of origins and ownership? Darwinian evolutionists do not control the conversation of our origins, they are not the only voice concerning life on earth, and they are not even an important voice since they have very little to offer in the way of hope, salvation, grace, and forgiveness among other things, and since they ultimately must reject the Word of God. (Again, I know there are sincere believers in Christ who are theistic evolutionists. I don’t buy into that, and I think it is oxymoronic. However, I offer this caveat, my challenge is not necessarily to the theistic evolutionist, but to the Darwinists and atheists and materialists and humanists who think this world is their playground and not God’s World, who have necessarily and stridently exercised their will to remove all reference to God in our culture, who have sought to consolidate the enemy’s power by perpetuating lies that are contrary to the Word of God.) 

The Church has a powerful voice, not to mention the Word of God, that needs to be exercised and heard on these matters. And the fact is, if the world continues to listen to the Darwinists, the world will continue to destroy itself because Darwinists think we can solve problems by using the same level of thinking that we used to create the problems in the first place. And all their thoughts are based on this: Materialism & Humanism.

Soli Deo Gloria



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