Joel Houston, worship pastor at Hillsong Church in New York City and lead singer of Hillsong United, has taken to Twitter to voice his opinion on evolution, calling it “undeniable.”

Evolution is undeniable—created by God as a reflective means of displaying nature’s pattern of renewal in pursuance of God’s Word—an ode to the nature of the creative God it reflects—and only ever in part—not the SOURCE! Science and faith aren’t at odds. God created the Big-Bang.

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

“Evolution is undeniable,” Houston tweeted. “Created by God as a reflective means of displaying nature’s pattern of renewal in pursuance of God’s Word—an ode to the nature of the creative God it reflects—and only ever in part—not the SOURCE! Science and faith aren’t at odds. God created the Big-Bang.”

Evolution remains a bit contentious among American Christians. As recently as 2014, Houston’s fellow worship songwriter Michael Gungor found himself on liturgical blast for voicing his own beliefs in evolution.

  • But the times are evolving. A Gallup poll from last year found that just 38 percent of Americans believe in a strict, six-day creationism, a 35-year low.
  • An equal number agreed with Houston’s views: that evolution is real, but it was a God-guided process.
  • About 19 percent don’t believe God was involved in the creation of mankind at all.

UPDATE: Joel has been replying to comments on Twitter, clarifying his original tweet:

Lol🙈
In context: UNARGUABLY & UNDENIABLY-UNDER & in obedience to the authority of the CREATOR’s unchangeable WORD, as the PREMISE & PROMISE, of all life. (& all our adaptive survival pursuits therein—natural, spiritual & otherwise

JUST TO BE CLEAR! Thx Jon! Love you

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

Context—things evolve, they change and adapt, I DON’T believe in evolution as a theory of SOURCE, I believe it’s merely a pattern of nature—created by God, reflecting Nature’s desire for renewal, survival, new life—from, through and ultimately to—God.✌️

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

The entire premise of ‘So Will I’, is the redemptive, creative, authority & power of God’s Word. That at the end of the day, all our best theories, ideas, dogmas & best attempts at understanding, will ultimately surrender to the “Word at the beginning”, (to quote another song!)

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

Let me also add—God is WAY bigger than we think. We can try box Him any way we like, with science, theology, a tweet or a song—HE IS UNDIMINISHED by our limitations.

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

If God’s creative process was an easy working week, or finely crafted over six-ages of millennia, does it make Him any more or less God? Or, us any more or less created in His image? 
Either way, It was an unfathomably wonderful six-day process. however you think to see it

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

Editor: What a religious minefield. Joel is saying, it could be a millennia, or a literal six days but it doesn’t matter to me. God is still God….mmm?

As we are so naturally prone to do; we tend to ‘adapt’ the things we see and hear to ‘fit’ the ‘survival’ of our ‘preferred’ ideas...

And COMPLETELY MISS the PREMISE, the PROCESS, the PURPOSE, & the PROMISE of the BIG-STORY!!!!!

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

Editor: Yes Joel you do adapt your views to the current culture’s views and ideas.  

In other words—God’s WORD is “undeniably” DEEP-ENOUGH to transcend, refine, redefine & redeem the expanses of our shallow perspectives—BECAUSE, let’s remember what it’s all about—
THE WORD BECOMING FLESH PART! Jesus literally spent 9-odd-months growing limbs inside Mary’s belly!!

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

Worth adding, we were aware of the implications “evolving” would serve as a conflicting adjective for some—but thought it was worth it—if just a foolish desire to enlarge our thinking of a God who was-is-&-is to come, making all things new, ‘from-Him, through-Him, To-Him”—

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

The way I see it—the NATURE of a fallen-world evolves in-decay BECAUSE of our best attempts to adapt to a—‘survival of the fittest’ kind of existence—yet God, fully reveals His NATURE in-and-through JESUS, who embodied ours, and showed us a DIFFERENT way. Spirit & Flesh.

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

Editor: What?? Boy….Stick to song writing Joel not this confusing Philosophising, which is more like pond scum than theology? The conversation is definitely de-volving into chaos.

 

So, we can’t just sing the second-verse (God of Your PROMISE) in &of itself, nor understand it w/out the premise of the first-verse-first: (God of CREATION). Nor can we fully comprehend the reconciling power of the third-verse (God of SALVATION), without the tension in the middle

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

Lastly, it’s ultimately all about our response. How we respond is almost always driven by how we see things—
one way or another; obedience or rebellion, trust or pride, hope or fear—ultimately—it’s all in response to the divine creative mystery of this work of art called love.

— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) 

Joel Houston: Huh? You must have misunderstood me man. God is still God…

 

This week, Hillsong United singer Joel Houston sparked a theological debate after tweeting some thoughts on evolution and creation.

But the initial backlash is somewhat surprising considering his view is shared by a lot of other Christians, including the late Billy Graham.

Graham once wrote: “I don’t think that there’s any conflict at all between science today and the Scriptures. I think we have misinterpreted the Scriptures many times and we’ve tried to make the Scriptures say things that they weren’t meant to say, and I think we have made a mistake by thinking the Bible is a scientific book. The Bible is not a book of science. The Bible is a book of Redemption, and of course, I accept the Creation story. I believe that God created man, and whether it came by an evolutionary process and at a certain point He took this person or being and made him a living soul or not, does not change the fact that God did create man … whichever way God did it makes no difference as to what man is and man’s relationship to God.”

Editor: That’s because Billy Graham oscillated and struggled with his own world view for decades. Not a supporting argument, Relevant.