A Battle Plan

 

A Battle Plan - Practical steps to fight evolution:


Most thinking people will agree that the theory of evolution is dangerous and should have no place in the classroom. What should we do to counter and combat this false teaching that is permeating and ruining our society via our tax-supported institutions?

Understand the Importance of the Conflict:

The theory of evolution, which is taught as a fact in our public school textbooks, tax-supported parks, museums, and public television programs, is actually not a harmless theory but a dangerous religious belief. I have dedicated my life to helping people learn the truth needed to expose evolutionism as being largely responsible for molding the thinking of hosts of people like Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot of the Khmer in Cambodia, Margaret Sanger, and Karl Marx, who have caused untold suffering in our world. Evolution as it is being taught is dangerous for several reasons.

At stake is the credibility of Jesus. He said the creation of Adam was "the beginning" (Matthew. 19:4). Evolution and creation represent worldviews that are polar opposites—one of them is wrong! Also at stake are the morals of our children, because if evolution is true, there are no moral absolutes and only the strongest have a right to survive. If evolution is true, abortion, euthanasia, pornography, genocide, homosexuality, adultery, incest, etc., are all permissible.

Evolution is positively anti-science. Science deals with things that are testable, observable, and demonstrable and evolution has none of those qualities. To call evolution "science" Is to confuse fairy tales with facts. True, evolution has been mixed with science for the last thirty years, but that does not mean that it is the same as science. Beer is often advertised during sporting events but the two subjects have no logical connection, and evolution has no more to do with science than beer has to do with sports.

Real science, not evolution, should be taught in the science classes. Teaching the pagan religion of evolutionism is a waste of valuable class time and textbook space. It is also one of the reasons American kids don’t test as well in science as kids in other parts of the world.

Government should not sponsor religion. Teaching the theory of evolution as fact in tax-supported schools violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment. Why should all taxpayers support one religion over all others in our schools? Efforts must be made on all fronts to inform people that evolution is only a religion and that tax-supported institutions should not teach it as fact.

Live for God!

All our efforts to stem the tide of moral decay in our land are futile unless God leads and supports our cause. The most important thing anyone can do to help fix the problem is to obey 2 Chronicles. 7:14"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Pray for Wisdom. Most importantly, ask God to give you wisdom (James. 1:5) and direction about what He would have you do in His service. Jesus told us that we are to be the "salt of the earth." Salt preserves from corruption. One of our jobs is to preserve this world from corruption; if we do not preserve, we are worthless (see Matthew. 5:13).

Win Souls! God called us to win souls, not causes. The great commission (Matthew. 28:19-20; Mark. 16:15, and Acts 1:8) commands us to preach, baptize, and teach people what Jesus taught His disciples. While there is nothing wrong with working for a cause (1 Samuel. 17:29), Christians’ strong tendency is to major on minors and minor on majors; we need to keep priorities in order. The battle raging for the minds of men is a battle between God and the Devil.

 The people who (knowingly or unknowingly) are working for the Devil are not the real enemy. There is a tendency among Christians to not keep the sin separate from the sinner. However, we can still use the advice given by Abraham Lincoln: "The best way to get rid of an enemy is to make him your friend." When dealing with evolutionists, our job is to love them and to keep a sweet spirit while trying to influence them to be saved.

As we win people to Christ they will begin to have their mind renewed and will see that God’s Word is true. Our best offensive weapon is soul winning—converted evolutionists make great creationists! Most of the active creation scientists are former evolutionists. If we obey Christ and "preach the gospel to every creature," we will see great results.

To spread the Word, to edify the believers, or to evangelize the lost, order or copy extra sets of my tapes to loan, give as gifts, or to donate to libraries at schools, churches, or even the public library. These tapes are regularly updated to improve quality and to add new research and artwork.

Don’t Get Discouraged! "Be not weary in well doing" (2 Thessalonians. 3:13). "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse" (2 Timothy 3:13). "The battle is the Lord’s" (1 Samuel. 17:47). Our job is to be faithful until the Lord takes us out of this world. When the events of this world start to get you discouraged, read Psalm 2.

The Devil may have his plans, but God in Heaven will laugh! Though I have worked for several years to get the textbooks changed in my home town, all that I have done so far is to keep the subject before the people. I have had no visible effect on the textbooks. It is our job to do right; God will take it from there.

Become Informed.

Often people are motivated to do something, but they don’t have the knowledge of the subject to be effective. Many good books have been written to help people learn the truth about creation and evolution. A list of some of these books is included in the annotated bibliography of this notebook. Also important is to become informed about the "New World Order" and the persecution that will come to Christians in America unless the Lord returns soon.

Know your rights. We need more godly politicians, school board members, etc. to get involved in the political aspect of our great Republic while still possible. Students and parents involved in public schools need to know that they have many rights. Here are two good books on the subject which will be a great help to parents and students in learning what one can and cannot do for the Lord in his or her public school.

Students Legal Rights on the Public School Campus by J. W. Brinkley. Available ($9.95) Roever Communications, P.O. Box 136130, Fort Worth, Texas 76136, (817) 238-2005.

Your Rights in the Public Schools by John W. Whitehead. Available ($1.25) from Rutherford Institute, P.O. Box 7482, Charlottesville, Va. 22906-7482, (804) 978-3888.

Teaching Creation Science in Public Schools by Duane T. Gish. Available ($5) from Institute for Creation Research, P.O. Box 2667, El Cajon, Calif. 92021

Call me for help. It is my privilege to travel and speak (over 700 times each year) in public and private schools, university debates, churches, camps, and radio and television talk shows on the subjects of creation, evolution, and dinosaurs. It is my studied opinion that the Bible is the infallible, inspired, inerrant Word of the living God. The facts from the Bible and science are clear; the entire universe was created by an all-wise Creator only a few thousand years ago.

The original creation was perfect and very different than it is today. In the original creation, plants and animals lived longer and grew much bigger than they do today (see Genesis 1:6-7; 5; 6:4, and my Creation Seminar Videotape 1). In my seminars I present many scientific evidences that the world is not "millions of years old." Most people are excited to learn that dinosaurs were in the Garden of Eden, have always lived with man, were on the ark with Noah, and a few may still be alive today in some parts of the world!

Students often call me for advice on how to handle various situations at school where they are being forced to learn things contrary to their beliefs on creation. Please feel free to call or write if I can be of any help.

Please understand, when I talk about evolution I am not referring to simple variations that occur in any species. Dogs produce a variety of puppies, but never will dogs produce hamster or pine tree offspring! Creationists do not argue that all dogs, wolves, and foxes may have had a common ancestor, nor do they argue that natural selection occurs. These would both be true whether plants and animals were created or evolved. However, real evolution, as presented in the textbooks, teaches that dogs share a common ancestor with pine trees! While anyone is certainly welcome to believe what he wants to believe, no intelligent person can say evolution is real science, because evolution is not observable, testable, or demonstrable. My argument is not with science, but with evolution being improperly incorporated into science where it has no place.

Influence your Area.

Everyone has a circle of people they can influence. At activities such as birthday parties, neighborhood Bible classes, Sunday school class parties, etc., you can show creation videos, have a creation speaker, or play games that teach the truth about dinosaurs and creation. You can also help private or home schools with your time, energy, and money.

Use the media (secular or Christian). A great way to reach people with the truth is to have your local radio or TV station contact me for an interview or call-in talk show on creation, evolution, dinosaurs, or the teaching in public schools. Secular stations are often glad to get a controversial guest such as I. I do radio interviews by phone from my house.

Local access cable TV stations are usually willing to air my videotapes.

Write letters to the editor. Most local newspapers have a Letters to the Editor section. I have found this to be a great way to reach many people in an area as each time I have written a letter to the editor, there has been a great response. Nearly all of my letters to the editor are reproduced in this notebook. Some are responses to other articles or letters and, of course, need to be considered in context with the original article; but please feel free to use any of my information to construct a letter to your local paper.

Help teachers and school board members do right. Most teachers, principals, board members, etc., involved in the public school system are sincere, dedicated professionals who want what is best for students. Often they face enormous pressure from small but vocal groups making them feel they are in the battle alone. Informed Christians can help by attending school board meetings, giving good creationist literature to these people, inviting them to creation lectures. Donate good books about creation science to your school’s library.

Learn the real (radical) agenda of the National Education Association (NEA), encourage public school teachers that you know to get out of the NEA and join alternative teachers unions.

Phyllis Schlafly (Eagle Forum), Alton, Illinois, (618) 462-5415

Christian Educators Assn. Int., P.O. Box 41300, Pasadena, Cal. 91114, (818) 798-1124

Keystone Teacher’s Association, 640 Billet Drive, Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055, (717) 697-0509 or (717) 432-1727

Concerned Educators Against Forced Unionism (CEAFU), 8001 Braddock Road, Springfield, Va. 22160, (703) 321-8519

Review the textbook selections. Of the fifty American states, twenty-two have a state textbook-selection committee, a group of people who look at the books available from all publishers for a given subject and then select five or six that they "approve." The list is then given to the local selection committee in each county. The county textbook selection committee will normally display the books for a few weeks, giving parents a chance to review them. After the committee decides which book to recommend, the school board votes to purchase that book for use in the county schools. Often the books are selected on a rotating basis, with a different subject being chosen each year. In the states without a state-level committee, each county, or district, or teacher may choose their own textbooks.

Any person in the county may review the books and make comments at the school board meeting. I would suggest that informed Christians in each county get involved in the textbook selection process. The input of the Gablers in Texas will save lots of work for anyone wanting to get involved. Their organization reviews each new textbook as it comes out, sending a copy of their review to any who request one.


The Mel Gablers
Educational Research Analysts
P.O. Box 7518, Longview, Texas, 75607-7518
(903) 753-5993.
 

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