Concerning Creation

 

Section 4: Concerning Creation

A.  Concerning Creation of the Cosmos

We believe the Triune God created the heavens and the earth by His Word; the Father was the originator (1 Corinthians 8:6), the Son was the Mediator (John 1:3), and the Spirit was the Executor (Genesis 1:2). We believe God’s creative work was accomplished in six literal, solar days; and that during this time all spirit beings, man, and all lower forms of life had their divine origin. We believe the early chapters of Genesis provide a true and accurate record of this event; and reject all theories of evolution, both natural and theistic (including the day-age theory) as unscriptural theories of origins (Genesis 1:1-2:25; Exodus 31:17; John 1:3- 5; Col. 1:15-17).
B.  Concerning the Creation and Fall of Man We believe man was directly and immediately created by God in His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self determination, and moral responsibility to God (Genesis 2:7, 15-25; James 3:9). We believe God’s intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God’s fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish God’s purpose for man in the world (Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11). 

We believe in Adam’s sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God that man lost his innocence; incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death; became subject to the wrath of God; and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. With no recuperative powers to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost. Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:1-19; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8).

We believe that because all men were in Adam, a nature corrupted by Adam’s sin has been transmitted to all men of all ages, Jesus Christ being the only exception. All men are thus sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration (Psalm 14:1-3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12).