Witnesses to Creation
There’s a reason I began every Bible study series with the doctrine of creation,” the retired pastor said, a slow smile spreading across his weathered face.
“If a man cannot believe in the truth as taught in Genesis, he will never make it even half the way to Revelation. If there isn’t in his heart a willingness to acknowledge the authority of Jesus as Creator, he won’t have a willingness to let his life be shaped by Jesus as Lord. Our doctrine of salvation, our doctrine of the Sabbath, our doctrine of the Second Coming–all of them grow from a truth once planted in Eden. Accepting the Bible teaching about creation is one of the best indicators that a man or a woman will go on to know and love the fullness of God’s truth.”
The wisdom of that experienced shepherd still echoes in my life and ministry.
And it is re-lived thousands of times every week as Adventist teachers, pastors, Bible workers, and congregational leaders faithfully identify the vital links between our beliefs about origins and our beliefs about the end time. God’s truth is never offered to us as a menu, from which we can pick and choose the way we select salads or main dishes in a restaurant. We either partake of the whole meal that Jesus offers, or else we ultimately walk away from His great banquet table.
In this issue of Adventist World we highlight unique and compelling Adventist testimonies to the truth as found in Genesis. Though working in Korea, the United States, and Panama, they share a common mission. Each is focused on catching the attention of hurried, anxious men and women with the good news of a Lord who once made all things good, and Who still does all things well.
As you read this month’s edition, pray for the witness that these and many other ministries give to the vital truth of God’s creative work and power.