Numerous other passages could be cited, but not one of them states in any way that a person has to believe in a young earth or universe to be saved.
Scripture plainly teaches that salvation is conditioned upon faith in Christ, with no requirement for what one believes about the age of the earth or universe.
"Note particularly the statement: “belief in a young earth is the only way to salvation.” Had the writer done just a little bit of homework, she would have found that not to be true! Even if Christians believe in an old earth (and even theistic evolution), they would know that such a statement is absolutely false. The Bible makes it clear that, concerning Jesus Christ, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). When the Philippian jailer in Acts 16:30 asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas (in verse 31) replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household. [skipping some stuff] The Bible DOES NOT state, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead — AND BELIEVE IN A YOUNG EARTH — you will be saved”!”
That’s nice of him. I am keeping this link around the next time some confused Ham follower insists I’m not saved.
The rest of the article goes on to warn about the very “severe consequences” to society that come when people accept “millions of years and evolution.” It’s interesting to me that the fear is for society and not for the church. (To be fair, I think there are severe consequences to pushing YEC, but my fear is directed at the church. America and our elected representatives look pretty dumb sometimes because of YEC, but I don’t think it’s ruining society.)
Ultimately, this compromise has been a major contributing factor in the loss of biblical authority in our Western world.
Recognizing that Christ’s work on the Cross defeated our enemy, death, is crucial to understanding the good news of the gospel: “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Does Ham not realize that EC Christians also affirm that the Cross defeated our enemy death? You don’t need death to originate from disobedient fruit eating to celebrate Christ’s victory over it.
From the concluding paragraph:
The point is, believing in a young earth won’t ultimately affect one’s salvation, but it sure does affect the beliefs of those that person influences concerning how to approach Scripture. We believe that such compromise in the Church with millions of years and Darwinian evolution has greatly contributed to the loss of the Christian foundation in the culture.
So there you have it. As we have suspected, YEC is more about winning a culture war than anything else. If you thought it was about the Bible or science, I think you might be mistaken. It’s about protecting the authority of the Bible over culture.