We have received a number of letters reflecting different views on the age of the earth. Within  the Brotherhood it has never been a matter of contention/fellowship as to whether the earth  is ‘young’ or ‘old.’

The objective of the two articles on Creation and Evolution in the May/June 2013 issue of The Lampstand was rather to make plain what the Bible teaches, namely that God created life on earth approximately 6,000 years ago; that Creation is evidence of His eternal power and Godhead, and that evolution, theistic or otherwise, involving minute changes over millions of years, contradicts the biblical account of Creation, and cannot be read  in harmony with it. There is not a vestige of support to be found anywhere in Scripture for it. In fact, quite the opposite; the Bible sets out to make God known and hence there is constant reference to divine providence and miracles, particularly in the ministry of the Lord, which defy ‘scientific’ explanation.

The Lampstand committee is dedicated to the dissemination of the biblical account of the Creation as  manifestly taught in Moses and the prophets, and by Jesus Christ and the apostles, and make no concessions  to the shifting sands of evolution and science when at odds with the biblical account of Creation. They are also  concerned that the undue attention being focused on this issue is destroying the faith of some and disturbing  others in these last perilous days; and would repeat the words of the Apostle Peter in a significant context, to “be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandments of us, the apostles of the Lord and Saviour” (2 Pet 3:2).