This is the rough draft of something I would like to address more deeply at some time in the future. Most of the time when we talk of those for whom Jesus died, we automatically think of the extent of the atonement. But here I would like to speak of the actual beings for whom Christ died – is it pre=humans, present humans, or post-humans? Surely, this is an important question, particularly for those who claim the name of Christ along with the name of Darwin.
It is alledged by the theistic evolutionists that they have both science and scripture on their side. But for this to occur, some portions of scripture must be altered in some way so that it fits with the science of evolutionary theory. Adam must be figurative or represent a group of people, because the science demands that you can’t just start with one man. Those who support the traditional scriptural view will then contradict this with other scientific evidence and attempt some sort of defense of the clarity of scripture. So far, this has proved to be ineffective, since in most cases both sides have tacitly admitted that liberty is to be maintained on this topic. This gives us the present condition we find ourselves in – the American church crumbling away into cultural irrelevance.
It is my opinion and conviction that this charade of charity must stop. Theistic evolution, or any other evolutionary theory, must be seen to be heresy. Those who believe such or teach such should be disciplined or excommunicated. And the reason for this should be obvious to all – any evolutionary theory denies the purpose and value of the person of Jesus Christ.
So how can I say this in opposition to so many learned, degreed pastors and teachers who maintain otherwise? Truth doesn’t need credentials, it just needs to be believed. Do we believe that Jesus Christ came to save people? People who are sinners? People who need salvation from a holy God? And was not this salvation planned before the foundation of the world? Isn’t the main problem in the world today the problem of sin?
But evolutionists of any stripe will certainly beg to differ. Or at least their theory does. Evolutionary theory says that people only recently evolved into being. It is stated that these people used to be non-people (monkeys, apes, chimps, etc.) and it is assumed that one day these people will yet again become non-people because evolutionary theory maintains that everything is constantly evolving and changing, and that for the better mostly. At some point, a theistic evolutionist must logically believe that people won’t be people any more one day, and therefore cease to need Jesus Christ, since Jesus came only to save people.
When put this way, you see how irrelevant the ministry of Jesus Christ is in the whole of earthly history. His ministry would only be of any value for a very short period of time geologically. And even that value can be minimized because any short-comings we presently have today can be explained away by appealing to our lack of evolution. Because if God is using evolution to bring about His plans, then what we find in scripture must be inadequate at best, or just plain wrong at worst.
The message of scripture paints a wholly different view of the universe. The message of the Bible is that all of creation is from Jesus, through Jesus, and to Jesus. Billions of years of death and destruction to finally get to humans as a product of evolutionary forces does not glorify God. And if evolutionary theory is correct then humans will eventually go the way of the dinosaurs with some newer, better species coming after us. This totally undermines the scriptural view of Jesus Christ as the savior of people and not other animals, past or future.
On the basis of Jesus Christ dying for people, then we must say that any evolutionary theory is heretical because it denies the basic message of scripture and what it says about the purpose of Jesus Christ’s ministry.