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.
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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 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
I’m going to place a few quotes from the Christian Century Article on the seemingly impressive Adventist growth numbers and then simply a link to the full article which is fantastic.
“If the church founded by visionary Ellen G. White is posting membership gains, especially at a time when liberal and conservative churches are suffering from a demographic malaise, it certainly deserves a closer look. But one thing closer scrutiny reveals is that the membership growth is largely attributable to the influx of immigrants from countries where the church’s missions have enjoyed great success. This trend is acknowledged by researchers and Adventist leaders in the U.S.”
“The dropout rate among Adventist youth in the developed world is 50 to 60 percent in spite of the fact that in America close to half have attended church-sponsored schools,” added Lawson, who cited data from an Adventist sociologist. “The realization that there are probably more former Adventists than currently attending members in America has caused heartburn,” he said.
For more visit the following article: Christian Century Article