The following affirmations and denials reflect the almost universal consensus of the church throughout history, until the early 19th century. Their substance, rigorously defended by many past and present scholars, is currently rejected by a large portion of the contemporary worldwide church and, sadly, by many Christian scholars involved in explaining and defending the Christian worldview. Therefore, as an addendum to the affirmations and denials of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy and of the International Church Council,1 the undersigned present these affirmations and denials to the Church as an essential part of the presentation of the Christian worldview to the world of the 21st century. If you agree, have at least a Master’s in some field of theology, and want to add your name to the list of signatories, follow the instructions at the end of this document.
We, the undersigned, call on the Church to embrace these affirmations and denials as they are explicitly taught or implied by Holy Scripture and are consistent with the historic belief of the Church prior to the rise of old-earth (“deep time”) theories in geology and astronomy in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and evolutionary theories since that time.
Terry Mortenson, Ph.D.
William Barrick, Th.D.
Trevor Craigen, Th.D.
John MacArthur, D.D.
Robert McCabe, Th.D.
Paul Scharf, M.Div.
Todd Beall, Ph.D.
David W. Hall, Ph.D.
Thane H. Ury, Ph.D.
Richard Mayhue, Th.D.
Ron Minton, Th.D.
John Whitcomb, Th.D.
James Mook, Th.D.
Travis R. Freeman, Ph.D.
James Stambaugh, Ph.D. candidate
Steven W. Boyd, Ph.D.
One of the appendices of Coming to Grips with Genesis is the above document “Affirmations and Denials Essential to a Consistent Christian (Biblical) Worldview,” which is meant to be a supplement to the affirmations and denials in the statements on biblical inerrancy and biblical hermeneutics by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy published in the early 1980s. As helpful as those documents were for the church’s understanding of Scripture, the authors of Coming to Grips with Genesis believe that the statements related to creation, evolution, and the age of the earth were inadequate and opened the door to false ideas in the church. We invite others who are theologically trained (with at least a Master’s in some field of theology) and agree with us to add their names to the list of signatories and to do all they can to encourage Christians in their sphere of influence to embrace, teach, and defend these additional affirmations and denials. To add your name to this list of signatories, please follow the instructions on this form.
We realize it will take a few minutes to supply us with the information we need to confidently add your name to the list of signatories. But the reality is that we must be very careful in how we collect signatures. Otherwise our enemies (inside and outside the church) will exploit an easier process to fraudulently say they are evangelical theologians and sign on and then later attack us for being naïve and sloppy in how we gather names and thereby accuse creationists of being sloppy, naïve and ignorant in everything we do.
Luther was willing make the effort to nail the 95 thesis on the door of the Wittenberg church, come what may, and millions of Christians before and since have been willing to stand for the truth of God’s Word in spite of prison or even death.
So, if you agree with this document, please take the relatively few minutes needed to stake your name on this document, which is taking a stand in the face of massive compromise with millions of years in the church worldwide, compromise that is undermining the authority and reliability of the Word of Almighty God. To sign on, follow the instructions on this form.
David Pitman, M.A., M.Div., Th.D.
David Mapes, Ph.D., M.S.
Richard James Griffith, B.S., Th.M., Ph.D.
Terry A. Chaney, Th.M.
Ernest Baker, M.Div., D.Min.
Geoffrey E. Bare, MA
Dennis A. Hutchison, B.A.,M.Div.,Th.M.,Th.D.
Sid Galloway, M.Div.
James P. Breckenridge, Ph.D.,M.Div.,MPA.,B.S.
Richard Shalom Yates, Ph.D.,Th.M.,M.Div.,B.A.
David Diez, M.Div., Th.M.
Richard D. Lanser, Jr., M.Div.
Michael D. Hildenbrand, Th.B., M.A., Ph.D.
Reed K. Merino, B.A., M.Div.
Frank R. Ellis Jr., Th.M.
David M. Doran, M.Div., Th.M., D.Min.
Mr. Thomas Hilgeman, MA
Claude Wiggins, D.Min.
David McKinley, M.Div.
Michael Maggard, M.Div.
Mark Girardin, M.Div.
James Braden, M.S.
William Fay, M.Div.
Harry Trent, M.Div.
Curtis J. Lamansky, Ph.D.
Andrew S. Kulikovsky, B.App.Sc.(Hons), M.A.
Seth M. Rodriquez, M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.(ABD)
Steven K. Haught, Th.D.
Timothy C. Kezar, M.A., Biblical Studies
James A. Borland, Th.D.
Joseph A. Pipa Jr., B.A., M.Div, Ph.D.
Gary Gromacki, Ph.D.
R. Bruce Compton, B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Th.D.
Stephen R. Lewis, Th.M., Ph.D.
Christopher Barnes, MA, Religious Education
Kent D. Maxwell, B.A., M.Div., D.Min., M.A.
Gerald L. Priest, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
David M. Fouts, B.A., Th.M., Th.D.
Theodore A. Noel II, M.D.
James Paul Tanner, Th.M., Ph.D.
Matthew A. Postiff, B.S.E.,M.S.E.,Ph.D.,M.Div.
Rev. Patrick Varley Dye, M.A., B.S.
Danny Conn, M.A., Ed.D.
Steven L. Sorensen, B.A., M.A., D.Min.
William W. Combs, Th.D.
Dennis Frey, Th.D.
Bill Goddard, M.S.
Keith Kelley, M.Div.
Richard Ivance, M.Div.
Jonathan Fodge, D.Min.
Kenneth Sheets, M.Div.
John Botkin, M.Div.
Donald Allen Knapp, Th.M.
Michael Bussen, MATS
John A. Tibai, Master of Theology
Joel D. Heck, Th.D.
John Brackbill, M.Div.
John G. Weldon, D.Min., Ph.D.
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