More than 600 times the Bible says of itself that it is the VERY WORDS of God Himself (i.e., 2 Tim. 3:16) The Bible also says of itself that it cannot be changed or tampered with, see Mt. 5:18, 1 Pet. 1:25, Is. 40:8, Ps. 119:89; 12:6-7; 19:7-8; 11:7, Luke 16:17. Yet changing and tampering with the Very Word of God is exactly what evolutionary theists and progressive creationists do in order to conform the Bible to the science of men.
In general, evolutionary theism and progressive creationism as popularized by Hugh Ross rest on four unspoken pillar assumptions:
1.God did not speak, or He did but only science ‘elites’ know what He said, or no one can know what He said.
2. Pragmatic reasoning which assumes that if something appears to work it is okay.
3. God acts according to the requirements of man’s science.
4. Evolutionary transformism of one kind of lower thing into another higher kind of thing over billions of years.
Beginning with assumption #1, either God spoke everything into existence in six instantaneous acts (days) of creation (Special Creation), meaning that Adam was a living soul/spirit embodied within physical matter (body) right from the start, or Adam is a myth, the meaning of which men of our age are at liberty to interpret according to their cosmic and evolutionary narratives and other schemes. In this way of thinking, man is the product of billions of years of evolution moving from a blob of matter to creeping things, flying things, swimming things, knuckle-dragging things, and finally man.
As soon as Special Creation is explained away and outright rejected in favor of cosmic narratives, the manipulation of God by arrogant men becomes possible and evolutionary transformism over billions of years becomes necessary.
Moving to #4, evolutionary transformism is an ancient magic doctrine originating in Jewish Kabbalah and Hermetic magic. Jewish Kabbalah teaches the gradual condensation or evolutionary progression of a primal substance into visible matter. This is a fundamental,
"... doctrine of the Cabala (and) is the ancient Semitic conception of the ‘primal ocean,’ known to the Babylonians as ‘Apsu’ and called by the Gnostics βύθος = (Anz, ‘Die Frage nach dem Ursprung des Gnostizismus,’ p. 98).
Kabala implies a process of evolutionary transformism:
"...the older Enoch book (gives) a fuller insight into the "Merkabah" and "Bereshit" lore of the ancients than the "Hekalot," which present but fragments, while the central figure of the Cabala, Meṭaṭron-Enoch, is seen in ch. lxx.-lxxi. in a process of transformation." (Cabala, Jewish Encyclopedia)
Chaldean occult science and pagan Mystery Religion was embraced by apostate Jews during their captivity in Babylon and delivered to subsequent generations of initiates by word of mouth.
Hermeticism is an ancient Egyptian secret magic tradition based on a set of fourteen books known collectively as the Corpus Hermeticum attributed to a mysterious figure known as Hermes Trismegistus. Implied in Hermeticism is an evolutionary process of magical transformism moving from one kind of lower thing to another kind of higher thing:
"Human beings are themselves the product of a long spiritual evolutionary process that moves from 'creeping things' to fish, mammals, birds and then people. Humans can---through occult knowledge and extraordinary ability---continue this evolutionary process and become daemons, then gods, and finally planets or stars." (The Making of the New Spirituality: The Eclipse of the Western Religious Tradition, James A. Herrick, p. 40)
This is affirmed by G.H. Pember in his classic work, "Earth's Earliest Ages." In his book Pember thoroughly examines the explosion of spiritism, astrology, Mysteries, Hinduism, Buddhism, evolution/reincarnation and other occult traditions sweeping over Christendom. Pember writes that the Mysteries are no longer veiled in mystery but boldly presented by the powerful occult brotherhood that emerged out of the Renaissance as the fruit of modern science, especially evolutionary philosophy, which the brotherhood assert was included in the instructions given,
"...to the initiates of the Hermetic, Orphic, Eleusinian, and Cabbalistic mysteries, and were familiar to Chaldean Magi, Egyptian Priests, Hindu Occultists, Essenes, Therapeutae Gnostics, and Theurgic Neo-Platonists." (Pember, pp.243-244)
With respect to #1 and #2, Kabbalist pagan Jews not only rejected the Authority and Revealed Word of God, but like Nimrod, they ‘killed’ Him in order to take control of His Divine Powers. Evolutionary theists and progressive creationists act in a similar way when they replace the living God with a puppet-god that conforms to their evolutionary narratives.
One of the primary tactics employed by Gnostic pagan Jews for the purpose of dominating and controlling the Divine Powers of God is the same one employed by their modern evolutionary counterparts. It involves the reduction of the Genesis account, particularly the first three books, to allegory and myth, a ploy that eliminates the physical Adam from which all people descended and the sin that he transferred to the rest of the human race. This strikes directly at the heart of the Gospel: the need for the ‘last Adam’ to provide for us an escape from the wrath of God against sin incurred by the first Adam. In this way, not only is the work of Christ on the cross rendered superfluous, meaning the heart of the faith is ripped out, but God is made responsible for sin and evil. (1 Peter 3:18-22; 1 John 2:22)
Long ago, the teachings of some of the early Church Fathers regarding the apostasy toward the end of the church age predicted the reappearance of this tactic. The fathers categorized it a Gnostic pagan heresy.
In "Heresies 6.10" Hippolytus writes that the Gnostic pagan Simon Magus feigned faith and allegorized much of Scripture, especially Genesis, to support his evolutionary Hermetic and Gnostic occult pantheist teachings. Church Fathers Ireneaus, Tertullian and Clement of Alexandria reveal that Gnostic cult leader Marcion rejected the Old Testament, taught that the God of the Old Testament and his prophets are evil, made God the author of sin and removed all references that Christ was Creator. John 1:1 (Ireneaus, "Against Heresies 1.26, 5.1,"Tertullian "Against Marcion 2.17," Clement of Alexandria, "Against Heresies 4.29)
Two paths lie before us, each one requiring an act of will: the way of men like Hugh Ross, Ken Wilber, and Michael Dowd or the Way of our Savior Jesus Christ, the Living Word (John 1:1). To choose the way of men is to be in deep spiritual peril, for you are out of God's Will and are worshipping idols. This is as true for evolutionists as for Satanists, so choose wisely. Take the path--the door--into the fold of sheep:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.” “But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.” “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.” “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10: 1-10)