"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Genesis 1:1 (NASB)
One of our primary goals here at TWW is to detect trends within Christendom and then alert our readers with our findings. In early January we posted an article entitled: "Al Mohler's Young Earth Rhetoric Heats Up". (link)
In that post we made the following statement:
"We believe the Young Earth Creationists, such as Al Mohler and Ken Ham, have made creationism a doctrinal issue. In other words, if you don’t believe just as they do – that the earth was created in six literal 24 hour days – then you are simply WRONG! This is legalism at its worst. It is incredible that Mohler “accepts without hesitation the fact that the world indeed looks old,” yet he insists on one view of creation – Young Earth."
Over ten months have passed since publishing that remark, and it appears we may be witnessing the "creation" of an alliance between Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Ken Ham, founder and president of Answers in Genesis. Why? Well, look who was featured as keynote speaker at the Answers for Pastors Conference hosted by Answers in Genesis (AiG) — Al Mohler. This three-day conference (held at the Creation Museum) wrapped up today. Here is a photo of Al Mohler addressing conference attendees two days ago. To check out this AiG conference, you can access the website here.
Don't you just love the advances in technology? What would we do without computers and the internet as well as cell phones and Twitter! In case you missed it, TWW has its own Twitter account, and you can sign up to "follow us", but we promise not to use it as much as some. For example, if we ever want to know what Al is up to, all we have to do is read his Tweets. Here is some recent activity on Mohler's Twitter account related to the Answers for Pastors Conference.
Speaking at 10:30 at the Answers in Genesis 2011 Pastors Conference; "The End is in the Beginning: Creation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ"
Listening to a truly fascinating and compelling address by Ken Ham. Incredible documentation of today's theological compromise. @aigkenham
RT @AiG: The Sweeping Away of Cultural Christianity: Serious Minded Christians will be the Only Christians Left @albertmohler #afp11
The ReTweet listed on Al Mohler's Twitter account (cited above) is extremely alarming to us. Since this Tweet was sent to AiG, we assume the sender believes that "Serious Minded Christians" MUST believe in a young earth. All indications are that Ham deeply believes this. How about Al?
Now let's get back to Ken Ham, who relocated to the United States from Australia on January 22, 1987. In a little less than a quarter century, he has created a massive YEC enterprise that is causing tremendous turmoil in the body of Christ. Ham is marketing his narrow interpretation of the Creation account to congregations, homeschoolers, and any other audience he can attract. For example, he recently spoke at First Baptist Jacksonville and will be visiting Bellevue Baptist Church in the coming days.
You may remember that Ken Ham was "disinvited" from speaking at several Great Homeschool Conventions, one which took place in Ohio, where the Creation Museum is located. Here is an excerpt from an article in Christianity Today which describes what happened last March. (link)
"Ken Ham, founder and president of Answers in Genesis, was disinvited from several homeschooling conferences after he criticized a fellow speaker at two Great Homeschool Conventions conferences and on his blog.
'The Board believes that Ken's public criticism of the convention itself and other speakers at our convention require him to surrender the spiritual privilege of addressing our homeschool audience,' wrote Great Homeschool Conventions conference organizer Brennan Dean in the email dismissing Ham.
'Our expression of sacrifice and extraordinary kindness towards Ken and AIG has been returned to us and our attendees with Ken publicly attacking our conventions and other speakers,' Dean wrote. 'Our Board believes Ken's comments to be unnecessary, ungodly, and mean-spirited statements that are divisive at best and defamatory at worst.' "
Please consult the CT article for details about Ham's highly inappropriate behavior. In response to being "disinvited" from this homeschooling conference, Ham and his loyal supporters are taking steps to prevent a repeat occurrence.
David Nunnery of Spartanburg, South Carolina has organized the first annual Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention. He and the organizers of this convention have put into place two distinctives that will ensure that only young earth creationism is represented at the conference. They are as follows: (link)
"There will be two distinctions to this Convention. First any vendors that touch on the Beginning or Creation or have a Bible Curriculum must sign a statement in agreement of two theological principles:
– Scripture teaches a recent origin for man and the whole creation, spanning approximately 4,000 years from creation to Christ, and the days in Genesis do not correspond to geologic ages, but are six  consecutive twenty-four  hour days of creation.
– The Bible is the plenary, verbally inspired Word of God. It is our final authority for faith and practice and is without error."
Earlier this week Ham issued this criticism on his blog:
"At a time when there is at least one group of homeschool conventions that has a watered down statement of faith and now allows all sorts of vendors in their exhibit halls (including non-Christian groups), I find it encouraging that the organizers of "Teach them Diligently" are standing firm on the Word of God."
It came as no surprise to us that they keynote speakers at the Teach Them Diligently conference are Ken Ham, Doug Phillips, and Voddie Baucham. You can find out more details here.
Our loyal readers know that we have SERIOUS concerns about all three of these men, who are causing much harm in the body of Christ.
It is absolutely incredible to us that Al Mohler is aligning himself with Ken Ham, who is closely affiliated with Phillips and his ilk. Will there be an alliance between Al Mohler and Ken Ham as the YEC controversy continues to heat up? Rest assured, we will be watching...
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