Hillsong Worship's Joel Houston has been questioned by fans with regards to the use of the word "evolution" in the team's worship song "So Will I (100 Billion X)." "So Will I (100 Billion X)" is a song off Hillsong Worship's latest album, There Is More, recorded live at the Hillsong Worship and Creative Conference in Sydney, Australia.
Houston was recently asked on Twitter why the song mentions evolution. The lyrics in question are: "And as You speak/A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath/Evolving in pursuit of what You said."
Joel Houston who is one of the writers of the song responded by saying: "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."
His response sparked a Twitter debate on evolution versus creation and drew some backlash. In back-and-forth exchanges with various Twitter users, Houston went on to offer some context to his earlier tweet.
He wrote: "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-something-SomeONE-Like God."
He also said: "I think what gets lost, strangely enough, is that in any case, The Word, comes before any kind of Big Bang.. 'let there be light'!! BOOM!! And there WAS!!!
When asked if he believes in the "Big Bang theory" or "literal 6 day creation," Houston said, "It means I believe God created everything and His Word came first.."
He further clarified his beliefs on whether man evolved from an ape, saying, "I believe God created humanity out of the dust.. and breathed his breath/Spirit into us.."
Houston admitted that when writing the song, the band was "aware of the implications 'evolving' would serve as a conflicting adjective for some" but said they still felt "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.'"
He explained that God is "way bigger than we think," and regardless of one's theological or scientific beliefs, He "is undiminished by our limitations."
"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?" Houston posed. "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."
He added, "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."