What's wrong with this picture? A LOT.
I’m sure the vast majority of people who’ve visited this blog have seen this picture in some shape or form. It’s certainly a striking concept, it’s well done artistically and in that case it has merit. However what it depicts is a gross distortion of scripture, the Word of God is quite imperative, Satan was defeated on the cross this is not an even battle.
Jesus is God and Satan is a Created Being
The first thing that is so very wrong about this artwork is that it puts Jesus who is God at the same level of strength as Satan who is a created being. Remember all of creation came through the Voice of The Father, God the Son, the Word, Jesus Christ. Therefore Jesus Christ is in a position of superiority over Satan simply because He is God and His very utterance brought Lucifer, who fell from Grace and became Satan, into existence.
A number of weeks ago I sat back thinking about how I would do coverage of FAF Weekend 2012 (FAF 2012). I felt really bad about so lousily following through on all my grand plans after my first FAF Weekend last year, I was determined not to drop the ball this year. Grand ideas flooded my overly creative noggin and I worried that I’d have pathetic coverage all over again- such is not the case this year.
I have a lot on my mind after this weekend. Both theologically and personally. I have new questions and old answers and new answers to old questions- there’s a lot bouncing around in my mind that hasn’t quite become grounded. There a lot of truth, about Truth (Jesus who is God) that I’m going to be contending with. That I’m going to be struggling with.
I’m going to be “working out my salvation with fear and trembling-” something we’re called to do, for a long time. And working out your salvation doesn’t mean that you’re worried about being saved or not…it means your studying into the depths of the Gospel and it’s ramifications to you on a personal level. It’s a call to never leave the awesome news, the challenging depths of the Gospel, but to feed on that truth and the Power of the Cross, and the washing of the Blood that was shed by Jesus Christ- the God Man- the Messiah. His blood shed for us- to quote our main speaker Phil Bubar-
“Christ became an ABOMINATION for us.”
So is the Investigative Judgement Biblical Truth or something else entirely?
What do you think now?
If it’s something else entirely what should you do with it?
Should you continue to believe in it and those who teach it?
Please watch it in HD and pause the video to look up all Bible texts quoted especially in the credits.
What you do with this knowledge is up to you.
After many years of Bible study with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and with a new digital camera I will be tackling issues from my past beliefs and other Biblical topics with Midnight Musings.
In this first episode I take a look at the Adventist Doctrine of ‘Soul Sleep”.
Is it Biblical or does the Bible flatly refute it?
Feel free to comment on my findings below and suggest new topics.
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I ran across a quote from Ellen G. White today from the book Christ’s Object Lessons I’ll quote it now and then we’ll discuss it and compare it to what scripture teaches.
‘Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.’
As usual with quotes from Ellen it sounds holy and quite wonderful, I’m certain that if I were reading this before I was born again I would heartily agree with this statement.
(This section is written from a true Adventist perspective)
After all as an Adventist Jesus and I are alike. We are both body+breath=living soul. He could have lied, and to be honest I constantly lie. Yet He perfectly kept the Law, so that proves that I can perfectly keep the Law, as long as I truly follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit as it directs my life from the outside. And I HAVE to be able to PERFECTLY keep the Law under my own power because eventually I will have to stand without a Mediator. And not only that Christ’s character MUST be perfectly reproduced by not only me but everyone in THE CHURCH, it has to be possible because only then will He come to claim us as His own and take us to Heaven.
Back to reality.
To my Adventist friends if you are reading that and nodding enthusiastically then it may come as a shock to you that the paragraph below…and Ellen White’s quote…are entirely without Biblical Support.
Let’s break all this false teaching down.
I shared recently the list of questions and answers behind this testimony video, now it is my pleasure to share this testimony video with you. This video was shown in front of my church this morning as part of our sermon series The Journey and is about desert experiences. I hope this video help you come to a clearer understanding of Christ Jesus.
If it wasn’t for my Adventist upbringing I would never have had my breakthrough into true Christianity.
Glory to God.
I feel it’s about time to address something very important and very dangerous and unfortunately very real. Adventism is now distancing itself from Christianity-by drawing dramatically close to Islam.
In a recent article from Adventist World.Org Adventist’s claim that Islam shares five opinions with Adventism and that such an understanding means that Adventists are uniquely positioned to reach out and save Muslims. However the article itself seem more to be speaking of joining up with Muslims in their beliefs.
This is happening in the Christian world too and has a name Chrislam.
Let’s take a look at the commonalities between Adventism and Islam which the article states.
One: Belief in Jesus
What does the Bible tell us about our nature? We are born in Sin.
What does it say about how we are? Dead in our sins, aligned with the rulers of darkness.
What does it say about how we can truly be born? One way, the only way, the God-man The Messiah, Christ Jesus.
Can our good works help us get salvation? No. They are fruits OF our salvation.
Are we actually capable of good works? Not while we are dead in our sins.
According to Colossians Chapter 1 the truth is startling and it is the following:
13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.
We are born in SIN, part of the domain of darkness, aligned with the father of lies and at peace in our rebellion. It is only by His Grace and our moving towards Him in faith, our acceptance of the Sacrifice of the Son for us…that we are transferred through the Blood of the Cross to the Kingdom of Jesus Christ!
Praise God for the Gospel!
- The Object of Faith (essentialspurgeon.wordpress.com)
- Who Needs the BLOOD of Jesus? (bloggerfornow.wordpress.com)
Yesterday on Wretched Radio Todd Friel spent an hour discussing Seventh Day Adventists with Colleen Tinker a former Adventist and friend of mine. The whole program is fantastic as it enables to listener to experience a never been and former Adventist openly discussing what is not generally openly discussed in Adventism.
Todd and Colleen also enable you to compare the beliefs of Adventism and Christianity and see whether they are are complimentary and Biblical- or opposed and unbiblical.
If Adventism is proven to be in opposition to Biblical teaching I would recommend giving up yourself and your knowledge- and accepting the leadership of the Holy Spirit in your life. Let the Holy Spirit illumine the Word…and not the lesser light.
Here’s the links to listen to the file:
Wretched Radio @ Former Adventist Upper right under news updates.
Wretched Radio @ LAM Upper left news updates.
I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to lead you into the truth of Freedom in Christ whose blood IS the New Covenant!
Whether or not such an App exists doesn’t matter, what does matter is that no matter how humorous this short is it points to the main problem of the Law. And that is that:
It can’t save and you can’t keep it.
It causes one to focus on what you’re doing rather that the fact that Jesus fulfilled the Law perfectly and when you’re Born Again you are putting on Christ. And through the Son the Father sees you as perfectly following God’s Law.
19 Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not for just one person, but God is one. 21 Is the law therefore contrary to God’s promises? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly be by the law. 22 But the Scripture has imprisoned everything under sin’s power, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed. 24 The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. 25 But since that faith af has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ like a garment.
My Adventist friends give up trying to do the impossible and enter into the Rest that has been promised for those who are Born Again.
It’s not about what you can do but about what Christ has already done and finished, it’s simply up to you to accept it.