Many creationists believe that Gosse took the appearance of age too far and have either rejected his theory or modified it to better suit their needs. They then emphasized the theological importance of this "grown creation." Whitcomb (1972) published a more recent book discussing appearance of age titled The Early Earth.
One such creationist who has modified Gosse's theories on appearance of age is John C. In it, he argues that belief in creation with an appearance of age is a necessary part of Christian theology for various reasons, including the miracles of Jesus.
This argument simply explains that the appearance of an old earth is merely a manifestation of God's divine will.
In other words, God created the earth a few thousand years ago, but created it in such a way that it appeared much older.
Gosse used this theory to explain how God made creation with evidence of a false history (Numbers, 191).