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“The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Genesis 6:5 (NIV)

One unique aspect of the Bible that other holy books can’t match is the number of prophecies it contains. When I read the headlines every day, this verse from Genesis 6 comes to my mind, and it’s truer all the time. Sadly, as bad as things are now, it’s only going to get worse once the Tribulation period begins–and that will be very soon, I believe.

This video does a good job of linking together current headlines to show the various problems facing our world and how it all appears to be escalating and building up to something huge (the Rapture and Tribulation). I don’t know much about the author so don’t take this as a blanket endorsement for this YouTube channel, but I like the way he starts stringing together current headlines (about 5 minutes in) and lets them speak for themselves.

Something big is certainly on the horizon, and I believe I’ll see biblical prophecy fulfilled in my lifetime.

“As in the days of Noah” refers to Matthew 24:37 (NIV), “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

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On June 9, a conservative Christian college, Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, released a policy statement supporting the biblical account of Man’s creation.

On Origins, while Bethel’s affiliation with the Missionary Church supports freedom to investigate and teach a variety of scientifically legitimate theories on Origins, it sets boundaries on the doctrine of the special creation of Adam by God, which should be advocated as the official, meritorious, and theologically responsible position of the College, without disparagement.

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On July 19, an AP story broke about a professor who resigned his position at Bethel, because of this policy statement.

A philosophy professor has resigned from a Christian college in northern Indiana after it recently adopted a statement affirming to a belief in God as the creator of humanity.
Jim Stump, a 1991 Bethel College graduate who has been a professor at the evangelical liberal arts school since 1998, announced his resignation in a joint letter with the college’s president, Gregg Chenoweth.

Although the AP tried to portray the college as narrow-minded to make such a policy, which the professor “suddenly” found incompatible with his own beliefs, from a Christian point of view, it’s perfectly logical.  Even more than logical, Bethel would be inconsistent with their own doctrinal beliefs to take any other stance.

This position should have come as no surprise to the professor who earned his undergrad degree at Bethel before returning to become a member of the faculty.


The college has always had a conservative stance and required agreement with that stance in order to be a student there.

Bethel’s affirmation of faith begins:

The Word of God. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

Because of the statement that the Bible “has supreme authority in all matters of faith,” the college couldn’t take any other stance on the creation of Man.  They support their stance in their policy statement by expanding on this doctrinal issue:

The Article of Faith on Creation states, “We believe that the first man, Adam, was created by an immediate act of God and not by a process of evolution.” While faculty are supported to investigate and teach all viewpoints on Origins, this doctrine is a corporate commitment on Adam and all humanity. This affirmation is essential to distinguish humanity from animals, as made in God’s image (Gen. 1:27; 2:7) to account for the work of Christ to atone for the representative sin of humanity through Adam (I Cor. 15:45), respect the genealogy of Luke 3, account for New Testament references to Adam by Paul (Rom. 5:12-17), and others.

Although the professor should have known the Missionary Church’s stance on this since he’s had a connection to the college since the early ‘90s, he became part of a think tank that contradicted this foundational doctrine.

The director of the group the professor was aligned with, Deborah Haarsma, had this to say:

We do not see evolution as inherently atheistic. We love the Bible and we make the case for evolutionary creation: that God used the natural process of evolution to create all of life’s diverse forms, including human, as supported by abundant genetic and fossil evidence.

While many might agree with her stance, anyone coming from the Missionary Church’s doctrinal position has to consider evolution as contradicting this basic theological point.  Evolution (and notice I’m not referring to micro-evolution, which is an adaptation within a species) cannot coincide with the biblical account of creation for one main theological reason:  Evolution requires death, and death was not existent before the creation and subsequent Fall of Man.


Therefore, evolution could not possibly have produced Man.

The evolutionary order simply cannot be coordinated with the biblical account of creation.  In the biblical account, we clearly see Man created as a unique being that is separate from the rest of creation because we were created in the image of God.  We were not created in the image of an animal by some magical amount of time that allowed evolution to cross species.

Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

“In his own image” is a significant phrase because it excludes any form of evolution.  If evolution had been part of the process God used, then Man wasn’t created in God’s image, but in the image of whatever animal ancestor that evolved into a human.

It’s important to note that, according to the biblical timeline, at the point Man was created, death was not part of the creation.  It didn’t exist yet.

Genesis 2:16-17 (NIV)
And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they experienced spiritual death.  We see the first example of physical death in the animal God killed to provide skins for Adam and Eve to wear in Genesis 3:21.

Then we see God’s declaration of the physical death sentence:

Genesis 3:22 (NIV)
And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

The order is very clear in the biblical account of creation, and it precludes any evolutionary process.  Death was a result of the sin of Man, so it cannot in any way precede the creation and Fall of Man.

With this in mind, Bethel College had no choice but to affirm Man’s immediate creation and to require those who work for them to refrain from publicly supporting organizations that contradicted that stance.  I commend Bethel for standing true to its doctrinal stance on creation, and, while I commend the man for willingly resigning, I can’t help but wonder why it took the professor so long to realize he was doing something contradictory to what the school stood for.  Did he have trouble reading the doctrinal statement of the school he worked at for 17 years?

I encourage everyone to read Bethel’s policy statement because it makes it clear why they took the stance they did.  This stance wasn’t anything new.  It was merely a statement made to clarify their current beliefs and make sure their entire faculty understood it.  It’s too bad the AP felt this was more newsworthy than the myriad of Christians who have been forced from their positions in secular schools for standing for their biblically-based beliefs.  I myself gave up a teaching position at a large school because I was forced to pay into a union that supported many politicians and political issues that opposed my religious beliefs.  I couldn’t with good conscience remain under that condition.

So once again we see a media bias against the Christian worldview as it tried to vilify Bethel for affirming the doctrinal position they already held.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “conspiracy” as:
: a secret plan made by two or more people to do something that is harmful or illegal
: the act of secretly planning to do something that is harmful or illegal

In the Garden of Eden, we see the first record of a conspiracy played out when the serpent attempted to undermine what God had told Adam and Eve. His plan? To usurp the place of God in the lives of the first two humans by luring them into a path of disobedience to God.

Satan didn’t actually reveal his plan to Eve, but when he delivered subtle disinformation to color her view of what she believed to be truth, he set his conspiracy in motion. His goal has always been (and still is) to rise up above his Creator. Before God created humans, Satan was already at work within the ranks of the angels. Humans presented him with a new set of pawns to use to further his rebellion against God.

This spiritual conspiracy, set in motion thousands of years ago, is still at work behind the scenes in our world’s events. Satan and the fallen angels who follow him manipulate the actions of key people in our world today and spread their disinformation about who God really is.

Will we fall for their lies? Or will we work to expose his plan and share the truth with all who will listen?

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 NIV