In March 2010, the MB Herald printed an article titled “Is there a Christian view of Darwin?” The title and content caused concern to several individuals and churches in our denomination. The board of faith and life (BFL) became engaged in discussions around what we believe about creation.
The most formal discussion was held with Hillside MB Church, Beechy, Sask., and involved several stimulating and fruitful meetings with Hillside’s board and BFL representatives. During the course of that conversation, the BFL reaffirmed our commitment to the biblical work of God in creation. Though we are aware that many in our midst are grappling with what the mechanisms involved in cosmic and human origins might be, we continue to affirm the truth that God is the sovereign creator of all that is, and we allow for diversity regarding acceptance of scientific principles, such as biological evolution, insofar as they do not deny God’s role as outlined in Scripture.
In response, and to the church’s satisfaction, the BFL drafted a formal response to the article on Darwinist evolution.
In view of the fact that the Beechy board was not the only voice that expressed concern about the article, and in view of the fact that the article was printed in our public press, the MB Herald, the BFL has decided to print the response in the MB Herald as well.
The board of faith and life issued the following statement at Gathering 2012 in Winnipeg:
The board of faith and life rejects ideologies which propose evolutionary forces as acting outside of, or instead of, the creative work of the God of Scripture. God is the author and creator of all forces at work within creation. God created Adam and Eve in his image. Human beings are the deliberate creation of God. The board of faith and life disagrees fundamentally with atheistic evolution. Darwinism, or any other system under another name, that proposes life originated and grew by chance instead of by design, is simply not compatible with Scripture.
—The board of faith and life of the Canadian Conference of MB Churches
See also “Credentialing: the BFL’s favourite task“.