John MacArthur has a long standing tradition of opening the annual Shepherd's Conference with a bit of a bombshell. This year was no different. His basic premise was, "Every self-respecting Calvinist or Christian must be a 6 Day Creationist".
Using Genesis 1 through 2:3 as his text, he reasoned that God, having designed creation was in the best position to understand it. As such, what He tells us about it should be logical, reasonable and accurate. Creation Science attempts to explain creation in a scientific perspective instead of a supernatural, miraculous perspective.
He used three words to frame his contention:
- Fidelity - You can accept or reject Scripture but you cannot alter it. It says what it says and no science ever developed can trump it. As a matter of fact, Creation Science is not even a valid science according to the definition of how a science operates. Any science is based on three elements; observation, verification and repetition. Since no one was present, other than God, there was no observation. There has been no verification of Creation Science premises, nor evolution premises. and...no one has ever been able to repeat the process.
- Simplicity - Scripture makes simple statements about Scripture. God did it, it took 6 days, it was a massive miracle. Psalm 104 and Psalm 148 support this and lend support to the idea that when you deny creation, you deny praise to God.
- Priority - God has a divine purpose for creation. He designs things from the end back (Isaiah 46:10). His divine purpose controls all things to achieve God's plan. God's purpose is redemption (Eph 3:8) and the glory of His grace revealed in that redemption,