Inst. for Creation Research (ICR)

Ecumenism Under the Umbrella of Creation Science

-  The Institute for Creation Research (ICR), located in Santee, California, was founded in 1970 (in conjunction with the Christian Heritage College [CHC] in San Diego, and as a division of CHC until 1981, at which time it became autonomous), and reorganized with its present name in 1972, by theologian and creation scientist Dr. Henry M. Morris. In 10/95, the then 77 year-old Dr. Morris announced his retirement from the ICR presidency, effective 1/1/96. He continues on a half-time basis with ICR, with the title of Founder and President Emeritus, doing occasional speaking and writing. Dr. John D. Morris, Henry Morris's eldest son, was appointed as his successor. John Morris previously served as ICR's V.P. for Outreach as well as Professor of Geology in the ICR Graduate School. He has been with ICR intermittently since 1972 and full-time since 1984. (See note on John D. Morris's testimony at the end of the report.)

ICR is mainly known for:

 ICR also produces three radio features (carried on 1,668 different stations) -- the one-minute weekday commentary, Back to Genesis, in English and Spanish; the 15-minute weekly creation "news magazine," Science, Scripture, & Salvation (circa 1972); and the hour-long Jonathan Park Adventure specials. In addition, ICR's writers have published more than 125 books and booklets in at least 25 languages, produced more than 60 creationist videos, and its scientists have spoken in at least 40 foreign countries. In all, ICR speakers ministered to about 92,000 people in 2003. The total includes seminar and church meetings, Good Science workshops, youth camps, and debates, as well as international meetings in the United Kingdom, the Ukraine, and Caribbean Islands. ICR has a combined scientific and support staff of more than 100 full-time employees.  

-  ICR for years had maintained a unique combination of scholarly creation science credentials along with solid Biblical positions on the issues of the day. Over time, however, ICR has become more and more ecumenical, neo-evangelical, and psychological. With the seemingly psychological mindset of its new president (see below), we have little hope for ICR's return to its Biblical, evangelical beginnings.

-  We used to be able to recommend ICR because of its strong stand against the pop psychology terminology and practice that has seemingly taken over the professing evangelical church. However, ICR now seems to be succumbing to these same psychological teachings. Dr. John D. Morris (the president of ICR as of 1/1/96) wrote an Impact article (No. 248) for ICR's 2/94, Acts & Facts -- "Would China Benefit From Christianity?" The article details the content of 13 proposed lectures to be given at a hoped-for Chinese conference presenting the Christian worldview and its application to Chinese society. Lectures 7, 11, and 12 introduce the pop psychological concept of man having "great personal worth/self-worth" because of his being created in the image of God. Lecture 10 uses the secular, victimization term "alcoholism" in place of the Biblical term "drunkenness," and uses the terminology of the recovery movement when referring to "dysfunctional families" as one of the offshoots of societal decay. This is clearly not a "Christian worldview," but "Christian" psychology's worldview.

Also of note is ICR's 8/12/93 Days of Praise devotional titled, "Love or Lust" (also written by John D. Morris), wherein Proverbs 5 is "exegeted" through the eyes of secular and "Christian" psychology. Morris gives psychologists credit as human behavior experts when he writes:

"Psychologists have long recognized that many prostitutes ply their trade out of a hatred for men, purposefully and conscientiously destroying their companions (v.5)."

He also says that low self-esteem will be the result of yielding to the temptation of a prostitute (vs.12,13)! [Sounds like the teaching of Josh McDowell. Since Dr. John D. Morris apparently has neither background nor training in psychology, one might wonder where he has been getting his psychologically-oriented ideas. The answer probably lies in the fact that Morris's wife has an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Oklahoma.]

-  In 1991, in response to reader requests for the names of schools that teach literal creationism, ICR began to compile a list. A brief list was published in the 9/91 Acts & Facts, which then provoked responses from non-included schools asking how they could get on the list. The criterion developed subsequently by ICR was a rather loose one -- the "... sole criterion for inclusion in the list is for the administration and faculty ..." of each school to profess to be literal creationists in their teaching (3/92, "Impact No. 225 -- Creationist Schools"). No other doctrinal positions were deemed important enough for consideration!

Approximately 145 schools in 35 states affirmed ICR's definition of "creationist," and were, therefore, included on the list. This final list was loaded with neo-evangelical, psychologically-oriented, and/or charismatic colleges and seminaries. Of the 145 schools, there were nine Lutheran schools (baptismal regeneration); six charismatic schools (why, in a tongues-vulnerable church?), and at least 14 neo-evangelical/heavily psychologized schools. Included among the latter category were such names as Moody Bible Institute, Dallas Theological Seminary, Grace College of the Bible (Omaha), Grace College & Seminary (Indiana), Grand Rapids Baptist College & Seminary (since changed its name to Grand Rapids Seminary and Cornerstone College) (GARBC), Cedarville College (GARBC), Tennessee Temple (now GARBC also), and Liberty University (Jerry Falwell).

Our contention is that for the majority of the 145 schools on the list, literal creationism is about the only thing Biblical they do teach. And what could be better for a school that teaches aberrant doctrine (even assuming that they do actually teach literal creationism: see bracketed comments below) than to be on ICR's "approved list"? It merely lends credibility to their overall programs when a prestigious institution like ICR recognizes them. So it shouldn't have been a great surprise that such schools were seemingly falling all over themselves to get on ICR's list. Apparently oblivious to what was going on, ICR willingly played the role of "useful idiot" (a term coined by Lenin when referring to non-Communists doing the work of Communists). (One can understand a parent's concern in looking for a school that holds to literal creationism. But shouldn't ICR have at least warned them that their children could be getting the very same evolutionary-based teachings in other areas of the school's curriculum, disguised as "Christian counseling" courses, child development courses for prospective school teachers, and/or other general courses in a school's behavioral "sciences" department?)

[Consider the following statement by Henry Morris (8/94, Acts & Facts, Back to Genesis No. 68, "Naive Literalism"): "When I began to study the Bible seriously after getting out of college, I soon found that it was impossible to harmonize the Bible with evolution, and so became a 'progressive creationist,' trying to correlate the ages of geology with the days of creation in Genesis. This was the position advocated in most of the evangelical colleges and seminaries at the time (and still is for that matter)." (Emphasis added.) Then how can ICR attempt to make up a list of schools that teach literal creationism when they readily admit that currently most actually teach progressive creationism?!]

[2003 Update to Approved School List: In an 11/2003 Impact article ("Impact #365 -- Creationist Colleges"), ICR did another survey to provide readers with an updated list of "creationist colleges." ICR surveyed 649 "Protestant Christian colleges" in the U.S. (Only 224 schools responded to the survey.) This is what ICR proudly reports (emphasis ours):

"We are glad to report that at least 188 of these colleges now have tenets and/or faculty that support literal Biblical creationism ... either exclusively or almost so. ... Quite frankly, some of the responses surprised us, for we are aware that some of the responding schools employ vocal faculty members with negative attitudes toward creation thinking. We are thankful that so many administrators identify their schools as creationist."

First, ICR appears to be saying that some of the "approved" schools have faculty members that are anti-creation, while the administrators at those schools say (via their "tenets") that they are pro-creation. Should not this raise a red flag with ICR? -- Why would ICR "approve" a school with a sound creationist statement of faith, while at the same time it employs faculty members whom ICR knows are anti-creation? Secondly, what would be an "almost" Biblical position on creationism, and why would any creationist position less than 100% Biblical be acceptable to ICR?

Looking over the updated approved list of 188 schools, the list continues to include a hodge-podge of Lutheran, charismatic, ecumenical, and psychologized schools. Even two Seventh-day Adventist schools are included this time around! And as with the 1991 listing, ICR invites schools "inadvertently omitted from the lists" to let them know so that ICR might "make corrections in future printings." ICR continues to play the role of useful idiot.]

-  ICR routinely holds its "Back To Genesis," "Genesis Presentations," "Case for Creation," and "Good Science Workshop" seminars (as well as various student assemblies and workshops, in total reaching over 100,000 individuals in 2000) at neo-evangelical and charismatic churches, schools, and institutions (e.g., Assemblies of God, Church of God, Foursquare, Pentecostal, Lutheran, United Methodist, Evangelical Free, Southern Baptist, Missionary Alliance, Nazarene, and Church of Christ churches, as well as Cedarville College, Cornerstone College, Liberty University, Young Life, Christian Research Institute, and Christian Heritage College). In fact, ICR brags about its inclusiveness with error:

"[ICR's meetings] are designed to minister to an entire community, with many churches involved, for all churches, regardless of denominational distinctives, should incorporate creation in their foundation" (6/96, Acts & Facts, "'Back To Genesis': Ministering to 30,000 People in Four Weeks," p. 1). (Emphasis added.) [As if a church's "foundation" of creationism will be viewed favorably by God, regardless of its doctrinal heresies.]

It appears that there is no heretical institution or church that is off-limits to ICR. For example, on at least three different occasions, ICR has held meetings at Vineyard Fellowship churches!; from 5/17/91-5/18/91: an "Understanding Genesis" seminar at a Vineyard Church in San Diego (7/91, Acts & Facts); from 10/28/94-10/29/94: an "Other Engagement" at a Vineyard in Uncasville, Connecticut (10/94, Acts & Facts); and from 3/23/98-3/25/98: a "Back To Genesis" at a Vineyard in Eureka, California (12/97, Acts & Facts). (The Vineyard Movement was founded by "signs and wonders," hyper-charismatic John Wimber; the meetings were arranged by an ICR board member.) Not even Roman Catholic institutions are out-of-bounds for ICR; Dr. Duane Gish (ICR V.P.) was the keynote speaker during the third quadrennial International Conference on Creationism held at Duquesne University from 7/18/94-7/23/94. In all, some 22 papers were presented by resident and/or adjunct members of ICR's science faculty! (3/94 & 9/94, Acts & Facts). [In 1999, Gish gave four lectures at the Catholic University of Goias (6/99, Acts & Facts).] Nor are cult groups off-limits; in October of 1997, ICR held a meeting at a Seventh-Day Adventist church (10/97, Acts & Facts), and a “Case for Creation” seminar at another SDA church in March of 1999 (11/98, Acts & Facts).

ICR's staff members also appear on charismatic and neo-evangelical/psychologically-oriented television and radio programs. Dr. Gish (again), while in the Norfolk, Virginia area in the summer of 1992, was the chapel speaker at Pat Robertson's CBN University (now Regent), and also recorded a television interview for Robertson's 700 Club program (2/92, Acts & Facts). Gish has also been interviewed by James Dobson on Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program. The point of all this is that when "evangelicals" ignore the doctrine of Biblical separation (Rom. 16:17; 2 Jn. 9-11; 2 Thes. 3:6,14,15; etc.), as ICR flagrantly does, they mislead those who indiscriminately marvel at their otherwise good works.

-  ICR now seems to be making a special effort to let its supporters know of its affections for neo-evangelical/psychologized Moody Bible Institute, as well as for Bill Gothard and his ATIA home school curriculum. In the 11/94 Acts & Facts, an article appears telling of Dr. John D. Morris's lecturing in four scheduled Moody classes on 9/21/94, while his brother, Dr. Henry Morris III, lectured to nearly the entire student body in Moody's 9/22/94 chapel. Compromising Moody Bible Institute is described as an institution that "... has long been respected for its uncompromising stand on Biblical inerrancy and authority." (Emphasis added.) By what "authority" does Moody promote the teachings of clinical psychologist Larry Crabb, the demon-deliverance/spiritual warfare teachings of Theology Department head Dr. C. Fred Dickason, and the host of psychobabblers featured each day over the Moody Bible Network? Certainly not Biblical authority!

While in Chicago, John Morris and his 14-year-old daughter also made two visits to Bill Gothard's ATIA headquarters (Advanced Training Institute of America), the source of the home schooling curriculum used in the Morris's home: "They felt great kinship in spirit and respect for God's Word with this organization headed by Mr. Bill Gothard." Can Dr. Morris be totally ignorant of Gothard's psychologized, demon-deliverance, charismatic, ecumenical, and reconstructionist/dominion heresies?

-  Perhaps the most grievous of ICR's recommendations/endorsements occurred in its 7/92 Acts &Facts publication. It referred "interested" readers to an overseas Roman Catholic creation group! In an article titled, "Catholic Creation Group Formed In England," ICR said, "Daylight: Creation Science for Catholics is the name of a new organization and periodical recently established in England to oppose evolutionism in Roman Catholic institutions." ICR then gave an address to write to. One can only wonder, would ICR be as accommodating toward a Mormon creationist group, or a Buddhist, or a Hindu, or a Muslim, or any other cult/false religion group with a so-called creationist agenda? (We say "so-called creationist" because Roman Catholicism teaches a progressive creationism/theistic evolutionism, a teaching which ICR claims to be against.)

-  Dr. Duane Gish is ICR's chief debater in ICR-sponsored creation-evolution debates. Dr. Richard Bliss was ICR's Director of Curriculum prior to his death. Dr. John D. Morris is ICR's president. All three of these men profess a Reconstructionist/Dominionist theology as evidenced by the fact that all have signed two strategic Coalition on Revival (COR) documents -- A Manifesto for the Christian Church and Forty-two Articles of the Essentials of a Christian World View (Summer 1995, Crosswinds: The Reformation Digest, pp. 60-62). (Gish and Bliss are/were also  Steering Committee member of COR.) COR is a Reconstructionist/Dominionist organization dedicated to a social gospel/activism agenda that proposes to impose Biblical standards (e.g., Old Testament law) on unbelieving peoples and institutions. As an indication of what people affiliated with COR believe, the following is from a brochure announcing the 12th Annual Northwest Conference for Christian Reconstruction. Does this not sound like a different gospel? (All emphases added):

"The Christian Reconstruction movement believes that the Bible contains not only a message of personal salvation through the blood of Christ shed on the cross, but also a comprehensive law structure which is alone able to provide a just basis for society. It is committed to the view that sovereignty and thus government belong to God, and that all delegated government, whether to family, church or state (civil government), is to be exercised in obedience to the law of God's covenant. Furthermore, salvation involves every aspect of man's life and thus also the relationships he sustains to the world around him. The exercise of dominion in accordance with the terms of God's covenant is therefore basic and vital to the Christian faith. To neglect this is to deprecate the extent of Christ's victory at Calvary."

That these three men would sign these two documents is disconcerting to say the least. (For details of COR's unbiblical strategy for "taking the world for Christ," see COR' documents titled A Manifesto for the Christian Church, Forty-two Articles of the Essentials of a Christian World View, and Twenty-five Articles of Affirmation and Denial on the Kingdom of God. These three documents, along with COR's 17 Sphere/World View Documents, make up what COR calls its "20 COR World View Documents.")

-  ICR is a supporter/co-founder of the psychologized Christian Heritage College (CHC) in San Diego. CHC was co-founded in 1970 by Henry Morris and psychologizer/four-temperaments guru Dr. Tim LaHaye. LaHaye served as CHC's president for many years (and was headed-up until early-1999 by psychologizer David Jeremiah). Dr. Vance Yoder, former Dean of psychologized Grace College (Winona Lake, Indiana), is CHC's current president. ICR boasts of the excellent creation science curriculum at CHC, but what about the LaHaye/Jeremiah/Yoder psychologically-oriented "behavioral sciences" curriculum?

-  ICR held its August, 1995 Summer Institute on Scientific Creationism at David Noebel's Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado. (Summer Institutes are designed to offer more advanced material on the creation-evolution controversy than can be obtained in other ICR programs. As of 1/96, ICR had conducted over 90 such week-long meetings, each consisting of approximately 30 hours of lectures.) This was the 13th time in 24 years that ICR held its Summer Institute at Summit. Noebel is a psychologizer and a neo-evangelical, and his ministry is Reconstructionist-/political activism-oriented, aimed at instilling a so-called Christian worldview in college-bound young people. At mid-week, ICR took a side-trip to visit pop psychologist James Dobson's Focus on the Family headquarters in nearby Colorado Springs (10/95, Acts & Facts). [Three Summer Institutes were held in 1996: the first in July at psychologically-oriented, GARBC-approved Cedarville College; the second at CHC in August (where an Institute has been held every year since 1972); and the third again at Summit in August.]

-  It seems ICR is willing to endorse any organization as long as that organization will endorse scientific creationism. In 6/95, the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC) Annual Conference proposed a strong resolution supporting scientific and Biblical creation. The 10/95 Acts &Facts reprinted the entire GARBC' resolution, and then said, "The G.A.R.B.'s have long been known for their unwavering commitment to the inerrancy and authority of Scripture ..." Really? Then why does Cornerstone College (formerly Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College), a GARBC-supported/-affiliated school, employ professors who deny a literal heaven and a literal fire in hell? (See BDM GARBC report.)

Not content to let a sleeping dog lie, ICR's 11/96 Acts & Facts has another glowing endorsement of the GARBC -- ICR sites another "strong resolution supporting literal creationism and the global flood" agreed to at the GARBC's 1996 Annual Conference. ICR commends the GARBC for maintaining "a strong Biblical stand ever since its formation in 1932," and then recommends all seven of GARBC-supported/-affiliated schools of higher education! Special recognition is given to Cedarville College in Ohio ("outstanding liberal arts college") and GARBC's two seminaries. The fact of the matter is that GARBC has been spiritually deteriorating since its formation, but especially since the early-1980s. Moreover, all seven of its affiliated schools are thoroughly neo-evangelical and highly psychologized; perhaps the worst on both of these counts is ICR's favorite, Cedarville College!

-  In an Impact article in the 12/95 Acts & Facts ("Impact #270 -- An Educational Step in the Right Direction"), Steve Deckard, Assistant Professor of Science Education at ICR's Graduate School, refers favorably to psychologizer Josh McDowell's 1994 book Right From Wrong, giving the impression that Deckard believes that McDowell is an authoritative/scientific source on childhood behavior. The truth is that McDowell is a self-love advocate who believes that almost all society's problems result not from sin, but from low self-esteem. What Josh McDowell refuses to face in Right From Wrong is a very unpleasant truth -- his kind of preachy, feel-good-about-yourself moralizing is not working, has not worked, and never will work because it is not the Gospel. The fact that Deckard/ICR think McDowell is an authoritative source on child behavior is another indication of ICR's severe lack of discernment as it relates to psychologically-oriented subjects and teachers. [Perhaps this is what ICR thinks is the gospel message -- from the "Origins Issues" section of the 3/99 Acts & Facts: "All people need to be told of the value they have in God's eyes and that He has a plan and purpose for their life. Such is the wonderful message of the Gospel ..."]

-  ICR's fellowship with psychologizers, neo-evangelicals, and so-called Christian activists continues. In 9/96, ICR announced the release of a cassette titled "Truth and Creation." The cassette purports to discuss "the relevance of creation and shows how the evolutionary worldview lays the foundation for man's rebellion against God. ... presents a new perspective on the age-old battle of evolution versus creation." This would no doubt be a cassette featuring creation-science experts, right? Wrong! Besides ICR president John Morris, the cassette features self-love advocate Josh McDowell; psychologizer, neo-evangelical pastor of Moody Church, Erwin Lutzer; and "Christian" social activist and Director of the Family Research Council, Gary Bauer (9/96, Acts & Facts, p. 4).

-  ICR's long-time association with psychologizer and four-temperaments guru Tim LaHaye and family continues. (Tim LaHaye heads up Family Life Seminars, Inc., a psychologically-oriented family "ministry" out of Arlington, Texas, has written numerous books espousing four-temperaments/personality typing theory, and is most recently famous for his co-authorship of the Left Behind series novels.) An article in the 5/93 Acts & Facts details this continued association with, and support of, Dr. LaHaye. (LaHaye conducted a one-day retreat for ICR's staff members on 3/24/93.) LaHaye was also the main speaker for ICR's 25th anniversary celebration held 10/95 in Washington, D.C. -- his presence was billed as "a special treat" (8/95, Acts & Facts). And when ICR completed its new research building, the 10/29/00 combined dedication ceremony and 35th Anniversary celebration featured Tim LaHaye as speaker (9/00, "Dear Friends" letter). In addition, an article in the 2/94 Acts & Facts tells of ICR's hiring of Richard LaHaye (Tim's brother) as director of ICR's Extension Services. (Richard LaHaye has a psychologically-oriented degree in counseling, spent a year as Director of Operations for the highly ecumenical and heretical Salvation Army [San Diego office], and has worked with brother Tim at Family Life Seminars.)

In a 5/20/93 personal letter from Dr. Henry Morris, Morris defends Tim LaHaye and his four temperaments theory, not on the basis that the temperaments are taught in Scripture (because they are not), but because it is "a useful methodology in organizing and dealing with the personality and behavior problems that different people have. ... it has been helpful to many people." But so has astrology been helpful to many people, from which the four temperaments is derived! In other words, "If it works, let's use it! Who cares if it has more in common with astrology than with Biblical truth." Morris even says that ICR's Biology Department is considering a research project to see whether there is a correlation between the four temperaments and genetics! (For more on the four temperaments, see BDM's 4-page report and/or a book by Martin and Deidre Bobgan, Four Temperaments, Astrology &Personality Testing, EastGate Publishers, Santa Barbara, CA, 1992, 213 pages [pp. 49-66 specifically cover Tim LaHaye's teachings].)

Also in the 5/20/93 letter, Dr. Morris said that Dr. LaHaye should be respected for his books, his preaching, "and even his political activities." He then goes on to defend Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority and pooh-poohs the doctrine of Biblical separation.

-  In the 1/01 Acts & Facts, Henry Morris writes of his speaking to over 2,000 people in October of 2000 at Chuck Smith's Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murietta Hot Springs, California: "The Calvary Chapel Bible College, with some 500 students, serves a network of over 3,000 Calvary Chapel churches, all stemming from the first Calvary Chapel (Costa Mesa, California) founded by Pastor Chuck Smith back in the 1960s around the so-called 'Jesus People' movement of that period. Pastor Chuck Smith presided at the Conference sessions, giving a gracious testimony to the influence of Dr. Morris' books and the ICR ministry in general on his own life and ministry. We are grateful that the whole Calvary Chapel movement is vitally committed to creationism and Biblical inerrancy in general." 

The July-August 2001 Foundation magazine further reveals: "It is disheartening to report that Henry Morris, founder of the Institute for Creation Research, and Dave Hunt, editor of the Berean Call, joined with Calvary Chapel founder Chuck Smith recently for a 'Wisdom of the Ages' Bible conference. ... this sad compromise lends credence to the Charismatic theology and ecumenical endeavors of the Calvary Chapel movement." Foundation said compromise occurred when these men joined in ministerial effort with Smith, "who espouses speaking in tongues and other revelatory gifts and feels comfortable in the Charismatic and New Evangelical camp." (Source: 9/15/01, Calvary Contender.) Also, John Wimber, founder of the Vineyard movement, came out of the Calvary Chapel movement. By speaking in these Calvary Chapel forums, Morris is putting his imprimatur upon their errors, because those who observe his actions assume he stands where they stand.

The 4/02  Acts & Facts reports that Chuck Smith, Tim LaHaye, and ICR's Duane Gish and Henry Morris were getting together for another ICR-sponsored wing-ding -- "... teaming up for one of the most momentous events since the modern creation movement began over 30 years ago. Passing the Torch of Creation is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa ... Dr. Tim LaHaye will be discussing the dangers of Biblical compromise [and] the necessity of standing firm on God's Word ..." Tim LaHaye discussing the dangers of Biblical compromise!? This would be laughable were it not so sad. The event drew a crowd of about 2,800, drawing supporters from about 250 cities and from 20 states and Canada (8/02, Acts & Facts). ICR is now selling videos and CDs of the conference.

-  Dr. Henry Morris authored The Defender's Study Bible (KJV), "a reference Bible that approaches Scripture from a literal, creationist viewpoint." This Study Bible represents notes accumulated by Dr. Morris over a 50-year period. ICR's promotion of The Defender's Study Bible looks good until one examines its endorsers -- all neo-evangelicals and psychologizers -- John MacArthur, Tim LaHaye, Woodrow Kroll (Back to the Bible), and David Jeremiah. A dedicatory service for the new Bible was conducted by Tim LaHaye at ICR's 25th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C. in October of 1995.

-  ICR also advocates the "Gospel in the Stars" heresy. (See Dr. Henry Morris's 6/24/93 Days of Praise devotional article -- "Creation and the Constellations"; and Morris's book -- Many Infallible Proofs [pp. 334-343].) The "Gospel in the Stars" was first popular in the late-1800s. The theory was conceived under the tenuous assumption that the signs of the Zodiac were originally designed by God to communicate the "gospel," that this "Gospel in the Stars" was known to those living before the Flood, that it was later corrupted into the occult science of astrology, and that the alleged recovery of the "gospel interpretation" of the Zodiac is a great "witness" to God and His Word.

Actually, the "Gospel in the Stars" is nothing more than a "Christian" interpretation of astrology and occultism, in much the same class as so-called "Biblical" pyramidology and numerology. It is the same logic men use to "Christianize" any worldly, pagan, and/or occult philosophy or practice, whether it be psychology, Eastern "medicine," "voodoo music," magic, the martial arts, etc. [The logic goes something like this: "It was originated by God (which requires a few verses out of context to "prove" it), Satan stole it and/or counterfeited it (under the false assumption that "Satan can't create, he just steals from God"), we need to reclaim it and re-Christianize it, and then we can use it 'to glorify God.'" In truth, such teaching encourages a deadly mixture of humanism and Christianity in that it is much like presenting the gospel from Star Wars or other occultic stories.]

In a 5/20/93 personal letter from Dr. Morris, he defends the "Gospel in the Stars" with the same distorted logic detailed above. Morris admits the Bible knows nothing of the concept, but it is "reasonable" anyway. He even makes the absurd statement that the "Gospel in the Stars" is "at least consistent with the doctrine of special creation and the character of God and is certainly not contradicted by any Scripture."

-  Want to "earn" that "good and faithful servant" accommodation from the Lord (Matt. 25:21)? ICR has the answer -- put ICR in your last will and testament! ICR's Acts and Facts has a page devoted to Stewardship and Trust Services. A recent issue had the following statement:

"Are you convinced that this is something you should look into? Do you need help getting started? If so, give me a call or send me your phone number, and I will call you. Please know that this offer of service is not a scheme to be included in your estate plans. If the Lord should move you in that direction, we would be grateful, but that is between you and Him. Our desire is to help you earn the 'well done thou good and faithful servant ...' for which you yearn. In so doing, we will receive our own 'well done' in eternity, and God's promised provision for today. I look forward to your call."

As one subscriber wrote BDM: "Can you believe this? -- they are going to help me EARN a 'well done. ...'"

Note: For John D. Morris's testimony, see the 3/96 Acts & Facts, Back To Genesis No. 87, "For Such a Time as This -- ICR and the Future -- Passing the Mantle." Morris claims that during his college days in the late-1960s, he experienced "several years of rebellion and rejection" of God, was "primarily interested in worldly pleasures," and was not reading the Bible because it didn't make "real sense" to him. Nevertheless, because he had "accepted Christ ... at an early age," Morris claims to have "never doubted" that he was saved during this entire period! This is classic Arminianism -- an easy-believism/non-repentance gospel. [Spurgeon well described the kind of "salvation" to which Dr. John D. Morris professes: "Do not imagine that the Gospel is magnified or God glorified by going to worldlings and telling them that they may be saved at this moment simply by 'accepting Christ' as their Saviour, while they're wedded to their idols and their hearts are still in love with sin. If I do so, I tell them a lie, I pervert the Gospel, I insult Christ, and turn the grace of God into lasciviousness." -- C.H. Spurgeon]  [Return to Text.]

Biblical Discernment Ministries - Revised 1/2004