The False Gap Theory
Since the time of Christ, nearly all Christians believed and taught that the earth was created approximately 4,000 BC as clearly revealed by simply adding up the dates given in God’s inspired Word. Even the Jews and most Muslims consistently teach the same thing. In the early 1800s, some unbelievers (and a few Christians) began to teach that the earth was “millions of years old.” This old earth teaching laid the groundwork for the evolution theory, which became popular a few years later. In an effort to blend both belief in the Bible and “millions of years,” some well-meaning, but misguided theologians, invented the “gap theory” which allowed “millions of years” to be placed between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
As this new gap theory began to be accepted by the church in the early 1800s, the majority of Christians offered little resistance. This effectively “neutralized” them in the war between The Bible and the rapidly spreading world view of evolutionism. This godless evolution theory resulted in the rise of such philosophies as Communism, Socialism, Humanism, and Nazism. The acceptance of the gap theory opened the floodgates for these ideologies, which have caused untold suffering, as well as hundreds of millions of deaths, in the last two centuries.
I hope this booklet will help the reader see that the gap theory, which many well-meaning people have promoted, is unscriptural, unscientific, unnecessary and is a dangerous compromise of God’s Word. I believe it leads directly to one of the most serious heresies in the Church today.
Dr. Kent Hovind November 9, 2016