Dr Griffith believes we find purpose (not meaningless-
ness) in our origin as the climax of creation (not the result
of millions of mutations), made in the image of God (not
so-called apemen). In fact, he said:
Everything we are and say and do goes back to Genesis 1,
so I see Creation as the most foundational doctrine in the
Bible. If we mess up the foundation, anything built upon it is
doomed to fail. If we can’t trust the first chapter of the Bible,
how can we trust any of the later ones? Jesus and Adam stand
or fall together. If, as some professedly evangelical scholars
are starting to say, there was no literal Adam, how can we
trust that there was a literal Jesus? Why would He have had to
die? Romans 5:15b says it well, “For if many died through one
man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free
gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for
many.” The Gospel has its roots in Genesis. Destroy a belief in
Genesis and you destroy the basis of the Gospel.
In closing, I asked if there was anything else Dr Griffith
would like to share with our readers. He said:
In my early years as a Christian, I read Creation magazine regularly. It helped establish me solidly in God’s Word,
providing a foundation that eventually led me to see the value
of becoming a biblical scholar. I am encouraged that your
readers do not see creation as a peripheral issue. It affects
everything we are and do.
References and notes
(periodic) order seen in crystals; see creation.com/crystals.
3. It is commonly objected that natural selection makes the idea of
evolution ‘non-random’. But as Darwin’s successors keep reminding
us, it is totally unguided; the raw material on which selection is
supposed to work comprises random genetic copying mistakes—
secular dates for origins without expecting these scientists to
prove their points.
Dr Griffith said that in his teaching, he often asks his
class how many were taught evolution in school:
Typically only a few hands go up. “So the rest of you were
taught creation?” The answer is predictable (for this region, at
least): “No, we were taught neither creation nor evolution. Our
teachers avoided the subject of origins.”
“But how many of you were taught that the world is billions
of years old?” Nearly every hand rises. In fact, most Christians
today believe in death preceding Adam, but they have never
thought how problematic this is to the Gospel.
Dr Griffith is convinced that the issue of origins is the
chief reason why so few young people continue in the faith
past their teens.
Young minds get convinced that scientists know more than
God. It’s really an issue of authority.
Hot topic hits at Gospel foundation
We talked about his ‘other hat’ as a pastor. He said:
Most of my fellow pastors know how controversial creation
is, so they just avoid it, even as they do other debated issues,
e.g. women’s role in the church, spiritual gifts, etc. I find,
though, that the hot topics are the ones people are thinking
about the most, so I tend to instead gravitate towards them.
Though some have probably labelled me ‘divisive’ or ‘narrow’,
my congregation keeps telling me they’ve never heard what
the Bible says about such things. I regularly teach on Genesis
1; when I preached a whole series on creation, it was the first
time my people had ever heard a biblical view of the age of the
earth, dinosaurs, etc. My duty as a pastor is to faithfully preach
what the Bible says—not what is popular. The result is that I
pastor a small church with people of depth rather than a large
church that constantly seeks the lowest common denominator.
Rick teaching a preaching class in Manipur, India
Rick teaching at Singapore Bible College