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The Truth About the Three-Person Godhead

 

This was especially written to address the differing concepts and erroneous beliefs advocated by a small but growing number of people within all branches of Adventism concerning the nature and substance of the Godhead, particularly that of the Holy Spirit. It is the editor’s prayer that this article will help the reader to be established upon the unequivocal testimony of the Spirit of Prophecy regarding the significant insight given to us pertaining to the nature of the Godhead.  Read More >>

The Truth About the Three-Person Godhead

God's One True Church

 

There are more than 350 Protestant denomination in the United States. Add to this the Catholic Churches, and the other religions, and the idea of God having one true church will surely offend some. I beg of you to consider what is being said here. Read this article, pray about it, and study what God's Word says for yourself. It is not the intention of this author to offend anyone. It is not my intention to condemn the faithful followers of any religious institution.  Read More >>

God's One True Church

New Theology Doctrines

 

New Theology Teaches: Predestination, Once Saved Always Saved, Sin and Live or “I’m gonna go on sinning until Jesus comes”, Man was born with original sin, Christ was born in sinless flesh, Christ is our substitute, but can not be our example, Denies both perfectionism and perfection, New Birth occurs sometime after conversion, We are in Christ, but Christ is not in us, Sin results from human limitations, Sin will be removed at the second coming, We are not separated from God if the tenor of our life is right, The atonement was completed at the cross, Christ began His MHP ministry in . . .  Read More >>

New Theology Doctrines

Ellen White's Writings - Their Role and Function

 

Many questions have been raised in recent years relating to the proper function of Ellen White's writings. What relation do her writings bear to the Bible? Was everything she wrote inspired? Does she have doctrinal authority? What is proper and what is improper in using her writings? It is crucial that we understand the proper place of the ministry of Ellen G. White to the Seventh-day Adventist Church . . .   Read More >>

Ellen White's Writings - Their Role and Function

Has God Ordained SeIf-Supporting Work

 

Has God authorized independent, self-supporting work? This idea of independent, self-supporting work is very old. Some people think that this has just existed in the last few years, but there were a number of independent, self-supporting workers in Bible times . . . . .  Are you authorized to do what you are going to do? Or is there a representative? Have you been given permission? Have you been recognized? The next thing people say is, since you have not been authorized, you are against the church. That is a pure supposition.   Read More >>

Has God Ordained SeIf-Supporting Work

Ninety-Five Theses for God's Church in the 21st Century

 

(1) If you don't think for yourself, others will do your thinking for you.  (2) Influence flows down hill.  (3) Be careful what you tell your wife about the problems you may be having with your congregation. She may become bitter.  (4)  Television, as watched by the average Christian, is incompatible with the Spirit-filled life.  (5) A minister has a potential conflict of interest with God. He may want God to bless him so that he can climb the professional ladder.  (6) Our Church can find itself an enemy of the Ten Commandments. What would make that happen? Answer - the word "legalism."  . . . . .   Read More >>

Ninety-Five Theses for God's Church in the 21st Century

An Inconvenient Truth

 

During the break I was confronted by an inconvenient truth – the Church has developed a “fortress mentality”. This mentality has a crippling grip on our church. I googled “fortress” and found the following definition: something impossible to get into, something that is impenetrable or acts as protection, a stronghold and fortification.  Read More >>

An Inconvenient Truth

Back to the Pioneers

 

There is a call in Adventism for the Church to return to the doctrines of our pioneers. It’s called Historic Adventism. Those making the call are alarmed at the spiritual state of the existing Church and what they see as a paralysis in its mission and faith. They blame this on the doctrines the Church has left behind or changed.  Read More >>

Back to the Pioneers

The Emerging Church and Spiritual Formation

 

I am alarmed at the interest of God’s people in something called the “emerging church” and “Spiritual Formation.” What I am going to show you about it today should alarm you too. The emerging church movement is being promoted by the large mega churches such as those run by Rick Warren, of Purpose-Driven fame, Bill Hybels of Willow Creek fame, and many others. The concepts are also entering the remnant church through Spiritual Formation, which is now sweeping over it like a tsunami.  Read More >>

The Emerging Church and Spiritual Formation

Emergent Church Movement

 

A significant reshaping in the religious world is being achieved by a concept of spirituality and movement in seeking after God. It’s across churches, even religions. The labeled it goes under is that of the emergent or emerging church. We all individually need spiritual revival but must be selective in the route we take to get there. Practices borrowing from the emerging/emergent church movement, spiritual formation and centering/contemplative prayer road maps mix little bits of poison with wholesome food.   Read More >>

Emergent Church Movement

Fire in the Church

 

As I write this article (December 203–January 2004), the church in Australia is undergoing a considerable transformation in worship. Hillsong, Parachute and other Pentecostal influences are having an extraordinary influence on the shape of worship in the Adventist context. This development includes the introduction and practice of drama, Christian rock music, and an informal approach to worship that is directed toward reaching the un-churched secular mind of urban Australia.  Read More >>

Fire in the Church

Women in Ministry

 

As we know, the controversy upon women's ordination seems to be increasing in the subsequent uproar over Pastor Batchelor's recent sermon in question. I would just prefer to go straight to the crux of the matter which is this: I do not see a single shred of Biblical, or Spirit of Prophecy evidence for the ordination of women, which is not to be confused with women in ministry.  Read More >>

Women in Ministry

Ordination of Women

 

There is no light in scripture or the Spirit of Prophecy (given through a woman writer) that we are to ordain women to be elders or pastors. ALL the council in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy says these roles are to be filled by the male gender. Jethro further advised that men be appointed to act as "rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens." These were to be "able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.  Read More >>

Ordination of Women

Women’s Ordination, the Misrepresentation

 

Two developments: Articles in Ministry magazine in January and March of 2007 place those who oppose women’s ordination as part of the “Axis of Evil.” General Conference President Jan Paulsen was dramatically misquoted concerning women’s ordination in a January newspaper article that continues to circulate. It is time to clear the air.  Read More >>

Women’s Ordination, the Misrepresentation

Homosexuality Has Come to Church

 

The presence of Adventist homosexuals is not limited to California. There even exists a national organization known as Kinship, which functions, to use its own words, as “a support group for gay and lesbian Seventh-day Adventists.” Its aim is to convert Adventists to its belief that “God can bless a committed homosexual relationship.” They want the church to accept homosexuality as a natural gift from God.  Read More >>

Homosexuality Has Come to Church

Abandonment: A New Grounds for Divorce

 

Historically, Seventh-day Adventists have believed in the permanence of the marriage institution. Basing their belief on the Genesis model of marriage and other passages of Scripture, Adventists find additional support for their position in Christ’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:32) and in His statement that: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. . . . Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery” (Matthew 19:6, 9; cf. Mark 10:9-12). However, during the past five or more decades, . . .  Read More >>

Abandonment: A New Grounds for Divorce

Clapping in Church

 

In my local church clapping during worship service is very common. Is there any biblical support for this practice?  Clapping during church services is becoming more and more popular in many of our churches. So your church is not unique in this respect. Clapping is mentioned in the Bible as an expression of social and religious feelings. The ideas associated with this gesture are not always the ones we associate it with in our culture.  Read More >>

Clapping in Church

Gospel Gimmicks: The New Ways of Preaching the Gospel

 

Throughout Bible times, and ever since, the clear and persuasive proclamation of God’s Word has been the most effective medium to communicate God’s truth. The apostle Paul refers to the method as the foolishness of preaching (1 Cor 1:21). Today, however, we seem to be moving away from simple Bible based preaching to some rather ridiculous and sometimes bizarre gimmicks from the secular world. We may convince ourselves that there is nothing wrong with these gimmicks. But perceptive unbelievers, observing the way we are blindly mimicking worldly methods, may justifiably dismiss our message as the preaching of foolishness. Let me explain . . .   Read More >>

Gospel Gimmicks: The New Ways of Preaching the Gospel

Christian Rock Music in the SDA Church

 

There is probably no more emotive issue in the Adventist church today than music. Its ability to raise temperatures and increase blood pressure is unquestionable, and these tensions are not necessarily split along the lines of age, gender or race. The issue runs so deep that some churches have split over this issue and cease worshipping together. Although the protagonists in this argument claim that their differences are over worship expectations, when the curtain is drawn aside it is invariably over music. Specifically, the issue is: to rock or not to rock!  Read More >>

Christian Rock Music in the SDA Church

Worship Is No Place For Clowns

 

One Sunday morning in Edmonton, Canada, the congregation of McClure United Church was surprised as nine clowns entered the sanctuary to the taped music of “Send in the Clowns”... The clowns, who included the church pastor, then proceeded to pantomime the worship service. The audience responded enthusiastically with bursts of laughter and applause. One of the clowns performed a liturgical dance during the service. The communion was also mimed. Pastor Lochhead reported that the service was “very meaningful for people” and . . .  Read More >>

Worship Is No Place For Clowns

Setting the Stage for Worship

 

I remember when I was a filling out the application blank to go to Mount Vernon Academy. Among the questions was one that asked if the applicant had attended the theater within the last year. Students were suspended and even expelled from school for going to the theater. When a person went to an Adventist school they agreed that they would not attend the theater. Those who broke their promise were disciplined. Times have changed.  Read More >>

Setting the Stage for Worship

Sport

 

Our church has a basketball team. We play in a local competition with some of the other Christ churches in the area. I have been playing on the team but have become increasingly concerned about the bad spirit and bad language that takes place during these activities. How can we play these games in the Spirit of Christ?  Read More >>

Sport

SDA and Life Insurance

 

Since their earliest years Seventh-day Adventists have discussed whether church members should participate in insurance plans for protection against loss, with special attention being given to life insurance. Although the denomination as a whole has not taken an official position, much less making it a test of fellowship, many church members have felt that the church discouraged or disapproved the purchasing of life insurance policies as incompatible with the kind of trust in God's providence that marks the dedicated Christian.  Read More >>

SDA and Life Insurance