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I bought a book a week ago titled, “Finding Truth.” Looking at the table of contents the title of the first chapter jumped off the page: “I Lost My Faith at an Evangelical College.” There is something wrong with that! Evangelical comes from the word evangel, translated “Good News.” The Good News is Jesus coming to his creation to redeem it through his rejection, suffering and death on a cross to pay for our sin. He provides the answer to man’s dilemma—pain, suffering, disease and death. Sin separates us from God and without receiving Jesus Christ by grace through faith we have no hope or eternal life.
There is good news to be sure and one would think it could be found and embraced at an evangelical college. The person who said he lost his faith was Bill Wichterman, a congressional chief of staff on Capitol Hill. He said his professors taught the “prevailing theories in their discipline—most of which were secular and sometimes explicitly anti-Christian.” I can say I experienced the same at seminary and my daughter at a “church college.”
This is not an isolated occurrence, but growing in regularity. When young people leave home they often leave behind their religious upbringing. Years ago many returned to Christianity after starting a family but today a growing number stay away for good. Why? It appears the church does not provide adequate answers to serious questions. In light of secular ideas that challenge Christianity, the church at large reflects the values and ideas of secularism and casts doubt upon the church’s very source of truth and authority. It paints the picture that the Bible is untrustworthy, a book containing stories that are not true and out of touch with the 21st century.
Unlike any time in American history, the church needs to return to the basis or foundation of the Good News. Rather than destroying the “Church’s One Foundation” we need to repair it and make sure we are teaching and standing on the Biblical foundation. It is this foundation that provides the framework of how we understand, evaluate and filter everything that goes on in our world. For example, how does one evaluate the views of Islam, gay marriage, evolution, materialism, New Age, gambling, yoga, abortion and so much more?
Beginning October 4, I will be preaching on the foundation of Christianity, the foundation of every major doctrine in scripture, the basis of a Biblical perspective of our world and our lives. I encourage you to read Genesis 1-11 to become acquainted with the historical basis of your Christian faith, the foundation of the Gospel. The series will not be an exhaustive study of every verse, but major themes.
The Good News of Jesus Christ cannot be understood without an understanding of Genesis 1-11 as real history. To do otherwise is to have a gospel message that is impotent, a fabricated story that leads to a distortion of reality. Come and let us discover the truth about our world and faith.