by David Clayton
As a Christian you may think that the title of this article asks a foolish question, or at any rate, one which is easy to answer. Every Christian, of course, would answer a hearty, "yes", to such a question. Perhaps this may be so. The vast majority of Christians (perhaps every single one in the world) would state positively: "Yes, I do believe that God's Son really did die on Calvary for me." No doubt then, it will come as something of a shock to you to discover that most Christians, perhaps even you, do not actually believe that statement. Let me demonstrate what I mean:
How would you respond to the following ideas?
by David Clayton
The agitation continues concerning the Trinity doctrine. Almost every publication which is sent out these days, whether from the official SDA Church sources, or, from the Independent Ministries has some article dealing with the subject, or refers to the agitation in one way or another.
Some of the articles put out by these various publications are a real tragedy. Maybe that is the best way to describe them. Taken together, they form a combination of confused, illogical thoughts which are outstanding by their misrepresentation and distortion of facts on the one hand, and their deliberate ignoring of facts on the other.It is, perhaps, significant that all these various ideas, often in serious conflict with each other, find harmony in their common support of the doctrine of the Trinity.The official SDA Church has immortalized its position by placing it in print in no less a publication than the "Adventist Review." In the Week of Prayer readings for October, 1996, the following statement appears:
The letter which appears in the next column was published in the "Observer", and is worthy of comment on account of the fact that it makes several remarkable statements. This letter was written by an Anglican priest, Ernle Gordon and was written as a part of an exchange with a Seventh-day Adventist who took exception to the fact that in an earlier article, Mr. Gordon had seemed to indicate that Seventh-day Adventists were to be regarded as a cult. It is very interesting to note the points which, according to this priest, disqualify the SDA Church from being classified as a cult.
by Colin A. Gyles
The Trinity is held by popular professed Christianity to be the central doctrine of the Christian faith. This doctrine, though nominally embraced by most professed Christians, is widely considered to be a mystery. So mysterious is this doctrine that many of its adherents do not even venture to seek an understandable definition of the doctrine, much more to investigate or analyze its coherency or any implications that it might create for the overall perspective that is developed.
Webster's Dictionary defines the Trinity as follows: "(a) A threefold consubstantial personality existing in one divine being or substance. (b) The union of one God; of Father, Son and Holy Spirit as three infinite persons." A similar definition of the Trinity is given in the Practical Catholic Dictionary by Jessie Corrigan Pegis as follows: "One and the same God in three divine persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. There are three distinct persons who are one God.
By Donald Clayton
Upon reading this claim of Satan in Isaiah 14:14, one may well ask the question, "How could Satan ever think that he could become like God? after all he is only an angel and everybody knows that. What plan then could he come up with to make people worship him as God?"
Now if there is one thing that people like to do, it is to worship. Men worship cows, trees, celestial bodies, their loved ones, their dead, they worship education and the educated, the brave, the wealthy, the artistic, they even worship their cars, houses, money and so on. With this in mind Satan knew that all he had to do was to present himself in the right way and he could get the worship of all those who were not fully committed to God. (By far the large majority of people in Christendom.) He did not have to tell them not to worship God. As long as they worshiped him as well, they would be dishonouring God.
The term, "Historic Seventh-day Adventist" became popular a few years ago with the sudden explosion of home churches and independent ministries, all unhappy with the falling standards, the changing doctrines and the general worldly and ecumenical trends in the "mother" Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Terry Ross, the founder of "Servants of Our Saviour" Ministry, claims that he is the person who first coined the term. Be that as it may, it quickly became a phrase which the independent ministries favored, and many home churches began to use the term "historic Adventists" to identify themselves. It was a term which seemed to say, "we stand by the old landmarks on which the SDA Church was founded. We belong to the original SDA church and not the present day imposter!" It made a good springboard for launching the claim that the present day SDA denomination is in apostasy, has departed from the teachings of the earlier Adventists, and therefore is not the true Seventh-day Adventist Church, even though it bears the same name. Of course, the logical thing to conclude is that the "Historic Seventh-day Adventists are really the true Seventh-day Adventists.
by Donald Clayton
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."
(Malachi 4:5, 6)
The promise to send Elijah "before the great and dreadful day of the Lord", has special relevance to us today as we are aware that of all generations who have ever lived, we stand closest to the "day of the Lord".The most obvious question however, is "Why Elijah?" What is the significance of the work of Elijah to the last days?A clue to the answer will be found in Verse 6 "He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers." If we can understand this, then we will perhaps be able to recognize the work of Elijah today, and where we may fit into the plan of God.In I Kings 16:29-33 we read: