The doctrine of the Christian woman’s place in the local church can thus be rejected, if Gen.2:20-24 is not literally true.
Another example is Matt.19:4-6: “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” The Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour, tells us that Adam and Eve were two very real people, made by God at the beginning; he refers distinctly to both Gen.1:27 and Gen.2:24, saying, “Have ye not read?” He fully confirmed the truthfulness of Gen. 2:20-24. Was Christ a liar? Was he deceiving us? It is blasphemous to answer in the affirmative! And yet those who reject the literal truthfulness of Gen.2:20-24 do precisely that. The Lord Jesus was the Creator of all (Jn.1:1-3); for he is God. No man was there, at the beginning, to witness the creation of the universe, or of Adam and Eve. For this reason all the theories of men about the creation are nothing but empty and futile speculation. No human being witnessed the creation of Adam, and although Adam was there when Eve was created, even he did not witness it; for he was in a deep sleep. Only the Lord himself can tell us what took place; and he has, in his Word. Not only do we have the inspired record of Genesis, but we also have the divine confirmation of the Lord Jesus Christ that it occurred exactly as described in Genesis.
Furthermore, Christ’s teaching on marriage – that it is to be between one man and one woman for life, and that divorce, except in a certain specific case (Matt.19:9, is very sinful – was grounded upon the truthfulness of Gen.2:20-24. If the Genesis account is allegorical, then there is no foundation to the scriptural doctrine of marriage. Again, it is no coincidence that divorce is easily justified in those denominations where Genesis-denying liberals are in positions of power. They have rejected the foundation, the first few chapters of the book of Genesis; it is a small matter, therefore, for them to reject the scriptural teaching on marriage and divorce as well, for there is an intimate connection between the two. And in rejecting what the Scriptures say about marriage and divorce, they in effect sanction the terrible destruction of the family which we see all around us today.
Yet another example is 1 Cor.6:16: “What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.” This too is a reference to Gen.2:24, and is employed here by Paul as a reason why fornication is such a terrible sin. All around us, we see the appalling immorality of men and women who have no regard for the Word of God; and what message do the liberal denominations have for them? They have nothing to say to them, for the foundation – Genesis – has been removed, and marriage is scoffed at even by supposed “ministers”, who readily give their blessing to homosexual “marriages”, and treat adultery and fornication lightly.
Then there is Eph.5:31, which is a repetition of Gen.2:24, and is an integral part of Paul’s teaching, in vss.22-33, concerning the subjection of wives to husbands, the love of husbands for wives, and the fact that marriage is a figure of the union of Christ and his Church. After quoting Gen.2:24, he writes, “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (vs.32). Marriage between one man and one woman is a figure of the mysterious union between Christ and the Church. The very marriage of Adam and Eve, in fact, typified the union of Christ and his Church, in a number of ways. Thus Gen.2:24 plays an important part, not only in setting forth the biblical doctrine of marriage, but also in typifying the spiritual union of Christ and his Church.
Let us move on to a consideration of Gen.3:1-6, and indeed the rest of the chapter. These verses describe the fall of Adam and Eve: how the serpent beguiled Eve, her eating of the forbidden fruit, and how she gave it to Adam, who ate it as well. They died spiritually the very moment they ate it (Gen.2:17; 3:7); and physical death followed in time (Gen.3:19; 5:5).
Now, if Genesis 3 is not literally true, once again a number of very important Scriptures, and the doctrines they set forth, are profoundly affected. Let the reader carefully consider the following.
In Rom.5:12-19, we read such statements as these: “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin”(vs.12); “through the offence of one many be dead” (vs.15); “the judgement was by one to condemnation” (vs.16); “by one man’s offence death reigned by one” (vs.17); etc. Paul, writing by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, declared that Adam was a true, historical figure, by whom sin entered the world, and death by sin. He even names him, in vs.14. There was no death in the world before Adam sinned, because there was no sin in the world before then. If Adam and Eve are merely allegorical figures, however, and if mankind evolved over millions of years, then for millions of years death was in the world. A vital doctrine of the faith is thus affected: the doctrine of the fall of Adam, and mankind’s fall in him; for the Scriptures reveal him to have been the federal head and representative of all men, and in him all died. Not only does Rom.5:12-19 make this clear, but 1 Cor.15:20-22 does so as well. Verse 21 says, “For as in Adam all die”. This essential doctrine is completely destroyed by evolutionary theory. It means that mankind is not sinful; and this means that Christ is not necessary! Only sinners need a Saviour. If we are the products of evolution, we are not sinners, Christ’s death was meaningless, and faith in Christ is futile. Such are the dreadful consequences of a rejection of Gen.3. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor.15:21). All men died in Adam; and only those who are “in Christ” shall live eternally. As Adam was “the first man”, so Christ is “the second man”, “the last Adam” (1 Cor.15:45,47). Christ is called Adam because he is a true man, and because he is the antitype of the first man (Rom.5:14); and he is “the last Adam”, because he is the last head and representative of any part of mankind – the elect, just as Adam was of mankind in general, in a natural sense. Now, as certainly as our Lord Jesus Christ was a true man, Adam was too. Christ is the antitype, Adam was the type; as the former was a true man, so was the latter. This entire teaching is rendered utterly meaningless if Adam was not a true, historical figure, the natural father of the human race, in whom all men fell. Thus true doctrine concerning the human nature of Christ, and his being the head and representative of his people, is affected, in addition to the doctrine of man’s fall and total depravity.