In 2 Peter chapter 3, Peter is talking about the end times and how people will no longer believe in a second coming of Christ. I find it amazingly prophetic that he claims that the two main reasons that people will reject Christ is creation, and the flood. Here is the section from verse 3 to 7:
“…you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come…following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this coming he promised?’… But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water… By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire.”
People today do not have the foundation they once did. Sixty years ago there was prayer and Bibles in school, and everybody you knew went to church. We live in a completely different society today. Sixty years ago, witnessing to people about Christ’s love and redemption from sins worked because most people had the underlying foundational aspects in place (God as creator, sin entering the world, etc.)
The same old evangelistic methods of that day are still being used today to no avail. That is because today’s society does not have that foundation anymore. No prayers in school. No Bible in school. Church attendance down. No need for a creator with evolution. Today’s society does not understand the foundational aspects, and therefore just preaching Christ does not work with them. They do not understand what it means to be a sinner. Without a perfect creation corrupted by man’s desires, there is no need for salvation.
We have to take them back to the beginning. We have to build the foundation, the history. There is no good news without the bad news. I had a colleague tell me recently: “Got my kid a Kindle. First book he wanted was the Bible. I got him a study Bible, cause God knows I don’t want him starting in Genesis.” Apparently, this colleague doesn’t know me very well. 🙂
Peter foresaw it two thousand years ago. Society would eventually reject a Biblical creation and the judgment of that creation by the flood, and therefore would also reject Christ. The only way to reverse this trend is to stand firm and reach out to society with the foundational truths first: God created the world perfectly exactly as it is written, man rebelled and introduced sin, God judged that world through a global destructive flood, offered His only son as a lifeline out of this corrupted world, and will someday return to judge it again by fire. Starting in the middle of the story will no longer work.
This post adapted from Ken Ham’s “Why Won’t They Listen” speech viewed here: