Shuck and Jive

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

A Damnable Denial of the Biblical Gospel

I received this e-mail and thought it instructive to pass along. My hunch is that the e-mail is in response to the article in Saturday's Johnson City Press regarding Evolution Sunday. Or it could be to the fact that I promoted our participation in Evolution Sunday in the on-line version of the Kingsport Times-News.

The reason I think this e-mail is instructive is that it confirms why fundamentalists insist on the Genesis account as literal cosmic history. The reason is the atonement theory. If evolution is true, then death was not the result of human sin. Therefore, there is no need for the atoning death of Christ to usher us into eternal life.

The fact of evolution busts the whole theological system. This is why we need a theology that reinterprets all of our theological doctrines in light of evolution.

Of course, if you create such a theological system, you will be damned for eternity in hell. That is a bit of a downside. Here is the e-mail:
Open Letter to Pastor John Shuck,

What you have espoused and embraced and have now taught others is nothing short of outright apostasy. The signatories of the "Open Letter Considering Religion and Science" have affixed their names to an apostate document. It is a damnable denial of the biblical gospel.

If Genesis is not true and accurate as to its account of special creation, then the gospel is entirely irrelevant; for death did not, as the Bible says, enter as the result of human sin (Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:12). In that case death was entirely natural and normal, something from which no person needs saving. The Bible declares death to be an intruder and the immediate result of sin; it entered human experience through Adam's one act of disobedience and was defeated by Christ's obedience (Romans 5:18). Theistic evolution is an apostate compromise; it utterly denies the Bible's teaching about both man, sin, and salvation from sin and death.

Genesis is accurate and the biblical gospel is relevant. The apostate drivel you promote is a false gospel and, as such, comes under the Apostle's anathema (Galatians 1). And so do you and the others who have embraced the false doctrines of the "Open Letter Considering Religion and Science." Of course, the Apostle's "anathema" would not overly concern anyone who could sign such a document in the first place.

May Almighty God have mercy on the poor souls who follow your damning doctrines, for you certainly have no gospel to proclaim that can deliver anyone from their sin.

You likely think you are especially enlightened and intelligent and are approaching reality with your eyes open, in contrast to those rustics who believe the Bible to be accurate in all things. Without doubt, you have outsmarted your own soul and you are now deceiving others. May God grant you repentance, unless you be already reprobate and justly turned over to destruction.

Pastor Timothy S. Adkins
Kingsport, Tennessee