When we stand firm on God’s Word, we can expect attacks. How should we respond?
It depends on who the opposition is.

Ken Ham

illustration by Viktor Miller-Gausa

Ken Ham
President/CEO
Answers in Genesis

Should born-again Christians
expect condemnation for their beliefs?

Consider the following verses of
Scripture: “Indeed, all who desire to
live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be
persecuted
” (2 Timothy 3:12).

And people loved the darkness
rather than the light
” (John 3:19).

Enter by the narrow gate. For the
gate is wide and the way is easy that
leads to destruction, and those who
enter by it are many. For the gate is
narrow and the way is hard that leads
to life, and those who find it are few

(Matthew 7:13–14).

The Bible makes it clear that Christians
will be criticized and condemned—even persecuted—for their faith. In a
world where the majority will reject
the truth of God’s Word and the gospel,
Christians should expect opposition.

In this ministry of Answers in Genesis,
which so obviously challenges
Christians and non-Christians alike
to believe God’s Word from the very
first verse, we receive an enormous
amount of opposition and degrees of
persecution—all of which are becoming
more intense. I have found there
are four major types of opposition:

Opposition from Non-Christians

Secularists oppose the AiG ministry
in all sorts of ways. They spread
false information, carry out ad hominem
attacks, blaspheme, swear at us,
and sometimes threaten us. Over the
years, people have often asked me
how I deal with such attacks. I explain
that we shouldn’t be surprised at such
opposition from the world—in fact, we
should expect it. In some ways, I would
be worried if we weren’t the target of
such hostility for our very public stance
on the authority of God’s Word. As
Jeremiah 17:9 states, “The heart is
deceitful above all things, and desperately
sick.
” I don’t take such attacks of
the world personally. I recognize that
those who hate us are ultimately angry
at God—not me. They are lost and going
to punishment in a Christless eternity.
I need to pray for their repentance and
continue to try to reach them with the
saving gospel message.

Opposition from Church Liberals

These people are publicly claiming
to be shepherds, but are really
like those Jesus described this way:
Beware of false prophets, who come to
you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly
are ravenous wolves
” (Matthew 7:15). I
believe it important to publicly rebuke
these people and warn the church that
they are enemies of God masquerading
as friends of God’s people. I have
no respect for them because they lead
the sheep astray. We need to be prepared
to warn the church about these
wolves, as Jesus did.

Opposition from Compromising Christians

Many times, I
find they have
not realized their
compromise, and
they will quickly
change their
position when they
understand
they are not taking
God at his Word
as they should.

Opposition from those who confess
Christ is much harder to deal with. I am so burdened for those who testify
to being saved, yet vehemently oppose
the position we take on Genesis. These
are people who will reinterpret parts of
Genesis in an attempt to fit evolutionary
ideas about geology, biology, astronomy,
and so on, into the Bible. For me,
it is very important to point out publicly
that their compromised positions
on Genesis undermine the authority
of the Word, with the result that coming
generations often doubt and then
reject the Word of God and the gospel.
I don’t question their salvation, but I do
warn them (and others in the church)
that such compromise is an attack
on the Word and leads others astray.
I do my best to get such people to recognize
their compromise and return
to the authority of God’s Word. Many
times, I find they have not realized
their compromise, and they will
quickly change their position when
they understand they are not taking
God at his Word as they should.

Opposition from Other Christians

I’m sure we’ve all heard something
similar to this quote attributed to
Abraham Lincoln: “You can please
some of the people all of the time, you
can please all of the people some of
the time, but you can’t please all of the
people all of the time.”

I find that no matter what a person
does, some Christians will complain or
find fault or nitpick to death! I pray for
wisdom because I recognize none of
us are perfect, and we can all learn from
others and continue to mature as Christians.
So when I hear (or read) such criticism,
I always try to consider what we
as a ministry are saying or doing, and
ponder whether any changes should be
made—and then make what I believe is
the right decision, and move on.

Now it is also true that sometimes
when I disagree with people, they will
accuse me of being hateful, judgmental,
or intolerant. I’ve learned that usually I
can’t convince such people otherwise,
so all I can do is my very best to exhibit
the fruit of the Spirit:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law.
And those who belong to Christ Jesus
have crucified the flesh with its passions
and desires
” (Galatians 5:22–24).

Join me in praying for wisdom and
striving to exhibit that kind of Christ-likeness!

Ken Ham is the founder
and president of Answers
in Genesis–US. He has
edited and authored
many books about
the authority of God’s
Word and the impact of
evolutionary thinking
on our culture, including
Already Compromised
and The Lie.

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