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Responding to Pat Robertson's comments that Young Earth Creationists are "deaf, dumb and blind," Ken Ham of the Creation Museum accused the CBN host of compromising Scripture and thus serving as "one of the biggest problems we have today in the church."
"Pat Robertson illustrates one of the biggest problems we have today in the church-people like Robertson compromise the Word of God with the pagan ideas of fallible men!" Ham posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
"That's why a big part of the AiG ministry is to call the church and culture back to the authority of the Word. Pat Robertson is not upholding the Word of God with his ridiculous statements -- he is undermining the authority of the Word."
Robertson made his remarks on his show earlier on Tuesday, when he again clarified that he is not a Young Earth Creationist.
"You have to be deaf, dumb and blind to think that this Earth that we live in only has 6,000 years of existence," the former GOP presidential candidate said in response to a viewer's question. "It just doesn't – I'm sorry."
Robertson brought up evidence such as oil samples showing that the Earth is much older than Young Earth Creationists believe, and said, "There's no way that all this that you have here took place in 6,000 years. It just couldn't have been done, couldn't possibly have been done."
Ham, who believes in a literal interpretation of the creation account in Genesis, repeatedly said in his Facebook post that atheists "love" Robertson for his views and that the TV host makes Christianity "look silly."
"This man uses his position on a major Christian TV program to help the atheists mock God's Word!" Ham wrote.
"Really Pat Robertson? You mean there is no way God, the infinite Creator, could not have created the universe in six days just six thousand years ago? God could have created everything in six seconds if He wanted too! And it's not a matter of what you think anyway--it's a matter of what God has clearly told us in His infallible WORD!" he argued.
Ham and Robertson have clashed on the same issue before on a number of occasions. Back in February, before the Creation Museum CEO's famous debate with evolutionist Bill Nye "The Science Guy," Robertson took aim at Young Earth views, which led to Ham calling the televangelist "misinformed and deceived."
"So there was a Big Bang. So? That doesn't mean it came spontaneously. Nobody knows what caused it, the Big Bang. But I say God did it. God caused all of this. He is the author of all life," Robertson stated.
"I don't believe in so-called evolution as non-theistic. I believe that God started it all and He's in charge of all of it. The fact that you have progressive evolution under His control, that doesn't hurt my faith at all."
At the time, Ham responded by saying that the CBN host is neither a scientist nor a Bible scholar, and lamented that many will believe him "rather than open their Bibles and see that evolution and millions of years are totally incompatible with the first 11 chapters of Genesis and rather than think for themselves and check out creationist web sites like Answers in Genesis."
According to a 2011 LifeWay Research poll, Protestant pastors are split on the age of the Earth, with 46 percent saying they believe the earth is approximately 6,000 years old, and 43 percent disagreeing.