Last week, Lifeway Research published a survey revealing that Protestant preachers strongly believe in creationism, but that they are divided on the age of the earth. Christian fundamentalists have a problem with this.
According to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and creator of the Creation Museum, preachers who reject the idea that the earth is just 6,000 years old are rejecting biblical authority:
Question: Why would any Christian want to take man’s fallible dating methods and use them to impose an idea on the infallible Word of God? Christians who accept billions of years are in essence saying that man’s word is infallible, but God’s Word is fallible!
This is the crux of the issue. When Christians have agreed with the world that they can accept man’s fallible dating methods to interpret God’s Word, they have agreed with the world that the Bible can’t be trusted. They have essentially sent out the message that man, by himself, independent of revelation, can determine truth and impose this on God’s Word. Once this “door” has been opened regarding Genesis, ultimately it can happen with the rest of the Bible.
You see, if Christian leaders have told the next generation that one can accept the world’s teachings in geology, biology, astronomy, etc., and use these to (re)interpret God’s Word, then the door has been opened for this to happen in every area, including morality.
Ham goes on to say that belief that the earth is millions of years old is Satanic:
Bottom line—evolution is really not the problem as much as the age of the earth. Millions of years is the problem in today’s world that has resulted in a loss of biblical authority in the church and culture and has led to an increasing loss of generations from the church.
I personally believe that belief in millions of years is the lie of Satan in this present world that is used as one of the greatest attacks on God’s Word. Yet the acceptance of millions of years permeates the church. Really, it is no different than the Israelites who adopted the idols of the pagan cultures and worshiped pagan Gods—often mixed in with what God’s Word instructed them concerning holy days, sacrifices, etc.
The church needs to wake up to the fact that when God’s people accept the pagan religion of millions of years, they are helping the enemies of God attack His Holy Word.
Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association agrees, saying that the Protestant pastors are making an "enormous concession" to the "bankrupt theory of evolution" (discussion starts @ 3:24 in the video):
The reason this is significant is these men ought to believe that the earth is 6,000 years old for exactly the same reason they ought to believe or do believe that God created man, because that's what the Bible says.[…]
The theory of evolution is just as bad as the theory that men are causing global warming. It's just as much as a hoax, just as much as a scam. People just haven't caught on to it yet. It's just as much of a scam as the theory that HIV causes AIDs. That's a total hoax perpetrated by researchers that wanted money for their labs.
According to Fischer, the pastors "ought to know better" than to believe that the earth is billions of years old instead of 6,000 years.