Oct 31, 2017
Seventh-day Adventist leaders agreed to step up the church’s teaching of the biblical account of Creation across the evolution-minded territory of the former Soviet Union just days before local churches joined churches worldwide to celebrate Creation Sabbath.
Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson, speaking at year-end meetings of the Euro-Asia Division’s headquarters in Moscow, reminded local church leaders that the seven-day Creation week is at the heart of the church’s mission.
“If you take away Creation, you take away almost everything that we believe as Seventh-day Adventists,” he said.
He noted Creation is inextricably intertwined with the seventh-day Sabbath, the origin of sin, the plan of redemption, and the Second Coming of Jesus.
“If in evolution we are becoming better, then why do we need salvation?” Wilson said. “If the world is becoming better, then why do we need Jesus?”
Members of the Euro-Asia Division’s Education Committee voted Oct. 24 to create a new job position to promote Creation through seminars, films, books and articles, field trips, and the Adventist Church’s annual Creation Sabbath, which fell on Oct. 28 this year.
Support Through Field Trips
Adventist world church leaders have placed a growing emphasis on Creation as evolutionist theories have crept into some church-run schools. To support Adventists on the front lines of the evolution debate, the church has organized a series of Faith and Science conferences, including a 2014 gathering that brought several hundred educators, scientists, and pastors from around the world to the Grand Canyon in the United States.
Several church divisions have organized field trips of their own. In 2016, the South American Division took local educators, scientists, and pastors to the birthplace of evolution, the Galapagos Islands, while the Trans-European Division led a group to Iceland. The Inter-American Division and North American Division arranged field trips in 2017, while the Southern Asia Division and East-Central Africa Division are planning trips in 2018, said L. James Gibson, director of the Geoscience Research Institute, a driving force behind the Adventist world church’s Creation outreach efforts.