I want to be sure to emphasize that I do not believe that someone who agrees with the theory of evolution will be exempt from salvation. Salvation comes from the recognition of one’s moral depravity and the only solution being to accept Christ’s forgiveness (Romans 3:23, John 3:16, I John 1:9, Romans 10:8-10). It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict a person of sin and their need for salvation through Christ. So, one can still be a Christian and believe that evolution happened.
What’s the problem then? I believe that those who have created and propagated the theory of evolution did so with the intent to replace God as the Creator. I believe and hope to show in the following paragraphs that evolution is not a benign axiom on which science is built. It is the primary tool in the deceiver’s arsenal to create distrust of God’s Word. So the problem is that someone who believes that a mixture of the evolutionary origins story and the Genesis account is either:
- Ignorant of scripture
- Has been misled about scripture and/or science
- Going to have contradictions in their worldview
- Going to inject their personal worldview into their interpretation of scripture (eisegesis) rather than the more biblical exegesis, which lets scripture set the boundaries for interpretation
- And I believe that there is a greater danger that this person will fall into apostasy (I’ve personally witnessed this happening, and there’s no shortage of similar stories.)