Dealing with Biblically-Incorrect Heretical Teachings: Death Before Adam Sinned, Two Creations, and the Other Theological Heresies of Old-Earth Apologist Finis Jennings Dake
According to some ‘Christian’ teachers who have compromised with evolutionists and other anti-Christian teachings on the literal truth of God’s Word about the age of the earth and origin of suffering and death, there is supposedly billions of years of death and suffering before Adam’s sin. God’s Word, which is infallible and true, clearly says that death came into the Creation as a result of Adam’s sin: ‘Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned’ ~Romans 5:12
‘For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. ‘ ~1 Corinthians 15:21–22
God, speaking through Paul in both of these sets of verses is clear, the Creation was ‘good’, and free of death, till by the rebellious act of Adam and Eve, sin and death entered into the world. So if this is abundantly clear in scripture, theologically, as it seems to be, how (and why) would some ‘Christian’ teachers not accept the inspired words of Scripture when teaching about Creation? The fact is simple…these ‘Christian’ teachers have compromised the truth of scripture for the fallible, and false ‘theories’ and ideas of secularist humans (like Darwin) in order to try to make scripture ‘fit’ with so-called ‘science.’ Other than Dr Hugh Ross [http://bit.ly/1MnlO02] perhaps the most prolific of these old-earth compromisers is the late Assemblies of God preacher, Finis Jennings Dake (1902 – 1987), who to this day has a very loyal (almost fanatical apostolic) following in many pentecostal circles [http://bit.ly/1WeUjKN].
It should be noted that while Finis Dake did have formal pastoral training in the Assemblies of God, he is neither a trained theologian nor a trained earth or biological scientist. Hence, any claim to knowledge that Dake makes in his extensive writings concerning the supposed age of the earth, dinosaurs, the state of earth during and allegedly before Creation Week in Genesis 1, and so on, are based not on sound theological or scientific doctrines or laws, but on Dake’s own claim to direct divine revelation. Dake asserts:
‘Torrents of praise began to flow from my lips as I received in measure what the disciples had on the day of Pentecost. It was May, 1920, and I was seventeen years old. I was immediately able to quote hundreds of Scriptures without memorizing them. I also noticed a quickening of my mind to know what chapters and books various verses were found in. Before conversion, I had not read one full chapter of the Bible. This new knowledge of Scripture was a gift to me, for which I give God the praise. From the time of this special anointing until now, I have never had to memorize the thousands of scriptures I use in teaching. I just quote a verse when I need it, by the anointing of the Spirit.’ http://bit.ly/1FZj6Jg
If that be the truth, then everything and anything Dake publishes should be the absolute truth, supposedly, directly from the Holy Spirit. But is Dake really speaking the from and for the Holy Spirit, or he just making an extraordinary claim? Extraordinarily claims require extraordinary evidence to back them up. So, in the light of the infallibility of Scripture and in line with the scientific evidence, how do the claims of Dake stack up? Isaiah 11:2 tells us that the Holy Spirit is the ‘Spirit of wisdom and knowledge.’ John 14:7 and 16:3, the Lord Jesus Christ says He is the ‘Spirit of truth.’ Hence, the Holy Spirit cannot (and will not) lie! Also, remembering from Romans 5:12 and 1 Corinthians 15:21–22 that by Adam, death and suffering (sin) entered into the world, the Word of God sets up a rigorous standard from Scripture for Dake’s claims, how do they compare?
In his extensive attempt at theology (God’s Plan for Man, pg.76) Dake makes the assertion: “The present things on earth were brought into existence in six days after the destruction of the first Creation” , yet in Genesis 1, we clearly read that in each creative day (yom in Hebrew), the context is that of six consecutive 24 hour days: http://creation.com/the-meaning-of-yom-in-genesis-1
And in the 5th Commandment, God directly tells us: ‘For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.’~Exodus 20:11
How much clearer does the Holy Spirit have to be? God created the world in six literal days, God created the earth and ‘ALL that this in them.’ Kinda hard on Dake’s supposed pre-Adamite world, wouldn’t you say?
If one were reading modern day English, there might be some scriptural basis for Dake’s claim of billions of years and two creations. However, we must remember that the King James translation of 1611 was not written in modern day English, but seventeenth century English, and that words since then (including the word ‘replenish’ have changed in their meaning.) Any reputable theological scholar would have recognized this fact, but not Finis Jennings Dake! The self-styled ‘Walking Bible’ goes on to write: ‘The fact that Moses by inspiration said that God told Adam to multiply and replenish the earth proves there was a social system on the earth before Adam, for he could have replenished that had not been plenished before. Some argue that ‘replenish’ means ‘fill’ and not ‘refill’, but this proves nothing.’ (God’s Plan For Man’, pg. 118)
Dake virtually justifies his entire old-earth theology on the word ‘replenish’ in Genesis 1:28: ‘And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.’
Genesis 1:28 in the King James Version (KJV) contains the expression ‘replenish the earth’. Some have used this translation to support the ‘gap theory’, also known as the ‘Ruin-Reconstruction theory’, which involves the necessity for God to re-fill the earth after a pre-Adamic race had perished as a result of a so-called ‘Lucifer’s flood’. Is this interpretation correct?
The word ‘replenish’ occurs seven times in the KJV: here in Genesis 1:28, again in Genesis 9:1 (both times in the imperative), and five times in three major prophets in the passive and causative forms. So does the Hebrew original in these cases really mean ‘re-fill’? But before getting into the Hebrew, we must ask why the KJV translators used the verb ‘replenish’.
“An examination of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) shows that the word was used to mean ‘fill’ from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries. In no case quoted in these five centuries does it unambiguously mean ‘re-fill’. The OED defines ‘replenish’ as having 10 meanings throughout its history: Replenished (adjective): fully stocked; provided, supplied; filled, pervaded; physically or materially filled; full, made full.
“To replenish: make full, fill, stock with, as in: ‘This man made the Newe Forest, and replenyshed it with wylde bestes’ (AD1494); inhabit, settle, occupy the whole of; fill with food, satiate; fill (space) with; fill (heart) with (a feeling); fill up again; fill up (a vacant office) (AD1632); become full, attain to fullness.
The word translated ‘replenish’ (KJV) simply means ‘fill’ in the Hebrew. In the English of King James’ day, ‘replenish’ also usually meant ‘fill’, not ‘refill’. The word ‘replenish’ therefore cannot be used to support ideas about a previous creation, which was destroyed. In any case, such erroneous theories, invented in response to the ‘millions of years’ idea, must hold to the unbiblical notion that there was death and suffering before Adam’s sin.” http://creation.com/the-meaning-of-yom-in-genesis-1
For those Christians who believe in Dake’s old-age paradigm of ‘a great dateless past (God’s Plan for Man, pg.76), or millions of years, must also accept the notion that most of the animals in the fossil layers that formed in Noah’s Flood, had diseases like cancer in the bones of animals before sin, and that God described such diseases as *very good.* A preposterous idea if one accepts the Word of God!
Answers in Genesis CEO Ken Ham writes: “At the end of the sixth day of creation, God described the entire creation as “very good.” However, in the fossil record, there are many examples of diseases in the bones of animals (e.g., tumors [cancer]; arthritis; abscesses etc). Such diseases could not be described as “”very good”,” when in the rest of the Bible diseases are always viewed as bad and a result of sin and the curse. These diseases simply could not have existed before sin, if the Bible is true (and it is). http://bit.ly/1YxpuD5
As far as his understanding of science goes, Dake doesn’t fair much better than in his lack of sound interpretation of Scripture. He assertively babbles: “If the [evolutionary geologists] can prove that the age of the Earth is as old as they claim it is, why disagree with them?”
Apparently “The Walking Bible’s” anointing is waning as Dake blindly commits the ‘Appeal to Authority’ fallacy [http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/appeal-to-authority.html ] leaning on the blind and unproven assertions of uniformitarian (evolutionary) geologists, instead of the empirical evidence against an old earth supposedly billions of years old.
Dake babbles on: “It is generally acknowledged, based on chronologies found in the Old Testament, that Adam was created about 6,000 years ago, or about 4,000 B.C. Since Darwin published On the Origin of Species in the mid-1800’s, those who have held to a literal interpretation of the Bible have struggled to counter the claims of science for a creation date stretching billions of years into the past. Most of the scientific evidence accumulated during the past century has supported these claims of an old earth.” (Dake, ‘Another Time, Another Place, Another Man, Chapter 1)
Dake should have consulted the latest evidence concerning the questionable reliability of long-ages based radiometric dating methods: http://bit.ly/1LswWtP http://bit.ly/1WeUtli
What should be apparent to any thinking follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, is that Dake is not ‘dividing the Word’ (2 Timothy 2:15) with all of the proper scholarly rigor that is necessary to make such bold claims as he has made. The Lord tests us, to come to Him with not only our hearts, but our minds as well:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” ~Matthew 22:37
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” ~Luke 10:27
But in the Last Days, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Peter said that ‘false teachers’ would come: “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves” ~2 Peter 2:1
A stern warning from the Lord Jesus Christ to all who teach Biblically-incorrect heresies like Dake’s ‘two creations’ and ‘great dateless past/millions of years/death before Adam’: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” ~Matthew 7:20-23
Finis Dake died in 1987, but his heretical teachings live on and are widespread in many pentecostal circles. It is the sincere hope and wish of this author that Dake repented of this sin of heresy, and that all who now follow in Dake’s theologically heretical footsteps think twice before leading other precious souls astray!
Nick Tavani [09/21/2015 11:34 PM]
Ad hominem is the last resort of a failed argument. http://www.reasons.org/articles/animal-death-before-the-fall-what-does-the-bible-say
Link Hudson [09/21/2015 11:34 PM]
Did he believe in a gap theory?
John Kissinger [09/21/2015 11:41 PM]
The two creation STORIES in Genesis is NOT a new thing Rick Wadholm Jr After all DAKE was Assemblies of God long enough to pick most of his teachings while a licensed minister…
Charles Page [09/22/2015 12:57 PM]
I like Dake’s belief in the incarnationl Son as opposed to the Catholic view of eternal son-ship. Although there is perhaps erroneous view intertwined.
John Kissinger [09/22/2015 1:24 PM]
Dake was not too certain in that and some of the text footnotes on sonship contradicts each other. But he is known for presenting this view Biblical (which I disagree with) as it was believed by some early Pentecostal groups along with the oneness position. Nevertheless, it is well known that Dake picked up the sonship doctrine while he was ordained AG minister
Charles Page [09/22/2015 1:27 PM]
Kenneth Copeland seemed to have adopted Dake’s view.
John Kissinger [09/22/2015 10:51 PM]
maybe the Pope talked him into it John Ruffle
John Kissinger [09/22/2015 11:04 PM]
Pete, the author(s) of this article is greatly confused on the doctrine of Trinity and I am ready to argue against his view(s) if there’s interest. Here’s a greatly contradicting example: therefore, God cannot have a body. (This doesn’t mean that one of the persons of the Trinity could not take on, or add, a human nature that includes a material body, as is the case with Jesus who now has two natures: divine and human.) http://www.equip.org/article/dakes-dangerous-doctrine/
John Kissinger [09/23/2015 12:18 AM]
Pete, it was never proven – it was admitted. There was a great deal of trials against ministers at that time. AA Allan was a later example, but during Zion it was a fad. Nevertheless, I am very interested in discussing your observations of reading Dake/DARB since the author of the article obviously has his own theological issues to deal with Ricky Charles
Matthew Lipscomb [09/23/2015 11:40 AM]
Evolution is the modern Church’s ‘Copernican Moment’.
John Kissinger [09/24/2015 2:04 AM]
Pete how do you explain the difference in creation stories b/w Genesis ch. 1 and ch. 2?
Ricky Grimsley [09/24/2015 1:31 PM]
I think everyone should believe in the gap theory. The angel/human hybrid (giants) and the pre-adamite world stuff dake taught is the best explanation.
John Kissinger [09/24/2015 1:41 PM]
gap or no gap there’s a difference between the 2 creation stories in Gen. ch 1 and Gen. ch. 2
Ricky Grimsley [09/24/2015 1:42 PM]
Eating of the tree brought spiritual death but not necessarily physical death for adam has to be removed from the garden so he wouldnt have access to the tree of life. He still could have lived forever.Genesis 3:22 KJVS  And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
John Kissinger [09/24/2015 1:45 PM]
is US here the Trinity you speak of?
Ricky Grimsley [09/24/2015 2:18 PM]
I have always thought so
John Kissinger [09/28/2015 12:36 PM]
I have to agree with you. Dake’s so right on this one as well