Brother Joel is at it again. He’s written a post concerning Great Homeschool Convention, Inc.’s erroneous decision to ban Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis from ALL future homeschool conventions [wow. that’s… overkill]. Brother Joel, an extraBiblical Creationist, has a habit of taking an occasional potshot at Ken Ham and yours truly. In this case, the title of his blog post is simply libelous: Ken Ham Removed from Homeschool Convention for UnChristian Behavior.
I know. I know. It just conjures images of Jimmy Swaggart and Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, right? I’ll comment more on this whole issue over the next few days, but rest assured Ken Ham is guilty of only one thing: speaking the truth in love. It appears that folks will tolerate all manner of sin or compromise except the “sin” of pointing out their sin and compromise. Ken Ham appears to have made the mistake of pointing out a wolf in the sheepfold in the presence of goats trying to make money off said wolf! Like I said, I will comment further on this in a later post.
I responded to Joel’s post with the following:
“Wow. If Dr Peter Enns or Dr Jay A Wile had gotten kicked out of the homeschool conferences for criticizing AiG and Ken Ham [which they have], you guys would be up in arms. You have a rather smug double standard.
Of course, he ignored my point concerning where this compromise on the plain meaning of Scripture is taking us. Europe was once vibrantly Christian. Yet by the days of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Christianity was on the “down-grade.” Alarmed by this trend toward liberalism and Bible-doubting [in the guise of legitimate textual criticism], he dared to name churches and ministers who’d compromised and gone on the down-grade. Rather than listening to the heedings of the “Prince of Preachers,” the Baptist Union censured Spurgeon as slanderous and divisive. They felt that peace was to maintained at all costs.
And what a terrible cost. Today, Europe is a spiritual wasteland where Christianity is concerned. Heedless of history, modern-day compromisers would lead America down the same path to apostasy and irrelevance. Make no mistake: It is not those who affirm Biblical Creation who cause folks to fall away from the faith – it is those who teach them that they can’t trust what it says to begin with!
I can’t help but feel that the as-yet-anonymous Advisory Board of Great Homeschool Conventions has made a similar error. Like Spurgeon, Ken Ham has dared to name compromisers and has been permanenetly censored while the compromiser gets a free pass. It probably helps that the compromiser, Peter Enns, has a new book out being published by another popular homeschool speaker, Susan Wise Bauer… Can’t have Ham’s criticisms hurting vendor sales, after all. [Waitaminute. Didn’t Jesus get a similar criticism for hurting vendor sales at the Temple with a bit more than simple criticism? Hmmmm….]
Yet there’s hope! While many Christians are headed onto the down-grade, heaping to themselves teachers who will tell them what they want to hear rather than what they ought to, others remain steadfastly on the “up-line.”
In fact, just today, I received two comments I’d like to share with you:
“Rev Breeden, I was looking up information about Ken Ham’s recent exclusion from a homeschool conference when I found your posting back and forth w/a man (Joel) from Church of Jesus Christ website. (Don’t ask, just where google took me. ) I just felt led to encourage you in your convictions. I saw no need to post to the original site. Those men, based on their comments, are obviously walking in darkness at least w/regard to this issue. As a homeschooling mom, I am always amazed at the number of “Christians” who believe it is perfectly reasonable to pick and choose what they want to believe from God’s Word. As if it’s a buffet! I would no sooner follow a God who was unable to form the world as He stated in His Word (six literal days) then I would follow an idol from a pagan religion. He is either Truth or He isn’t. I believe He is indeed The Truth and we must amend our thinking to match His and not the other way around. Anyway, I will bookmark your site to use as a resource in our studies. Thank you for your stand.
“Rev. Breeden – Just read your comments on the ‘churchofjesuschrist.us’ website. Your posts are right on. It’s really sad that people will hold up the word of man over the Word of God. They hold up the word of secular scientists with no Biblical foundation and an anti-God worldview to be the truth. They claim things like ‘the overwhelming majority of the scientific community…’. Well, thankfully, Truth is not determined by a majority.
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent bequiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Cor 11:3Todays attack on Genesis is the same satan’s first deception of man – “Did God really say…?” … did God really say He created the Earth in 6 days?…. And since Jesus is the Word (John 1) an attack on the Word is an attack on our Lord Jesus.
I pray those guys come around. We can just point them in the right direction and leave it up to the Holy Spirt.
Thanks for your defense of God’s Word – and keep fighting the good fight.
Thank God for a faithful remnant who have not yet bowed the knee to the Baal of this age! Thank God for His unfailing Word which is true from the beginning! If we faint not, we shall reap with joy what we’ve sown in sorrow. We must warn all we can of the dangers of the down-grade.
Perhaps when the Son of Man returns, He will find faith after all. Let us pray and work while we still can.
-Rev Tony Breeden
- Providing Things Honest In the Sight of All Men: Ken Ham, Susan Wise Bauer and the Great Homeschool Convention
- Update: Providing Things Honest In the Sight of All Men: Ken Ham, Susan Wise Bauer and the Great Homeschool Convention
- Are Old Earth & Young Earth Creationism Both Biblical, Orthodox Interpretations? A Response to Dr Jay Wile’s Big Tent Orthodoxy Position & the 21st Century Down-Grade