Evangelical Adventism?

Evangelical Adventism?

“God’s Word has given warning of the impending danger; let this be unheeded, and the Protestant world will learn what the purposes of Rome really are, only when it is too late to escape the snare.  She is silently growing into power.  Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men.  She is piling up her lofty and massive structures, in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated.  Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike.  All that she desires is vantage-ground, and this is already being given her.  We shall soon see and shall feel what the purpose of the Roman element is.  Whoever shall believe and obey the Word of God will thereby incur reproach and persecution.”    Great Controversy, 1888 edition,  581

Brothers and Sisters, it is time for the people who profess to keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus to come up to the help of the Lord.   How He must weep as His judgment work goes on while His people sleep in carnal security.   Apostasy is being promoted, while those who choose to be faithful to our calling as a distinct people are being disciplined by their leaders.   May the Lord help us to stand faithful to Him.   And what is apostasy?   It is “an abandonment of previous loyalties” (Merriam-Webster).  We have become like the seven women of Isaiah 4:1.  Our actions, if not our very words, say, “I am going to eat, drink, dress, act, as I please, but I WILL be called by YOUR name!  I AM saved!  You WILL save me.”  Oh, friends, what an “adamant” heart!  Zech.7:11-13.   Where is humility?  Where is contrition?

To say that there is apostasy in the church–that we have abandoned our former loyalties to purity and obedience rooted in the teachings of the sanctuary, which is the womb from which the Seventh-day Adventist church was born– is not the same as calling it Babylon, though Sister White sternly warns: “We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil?”  {21MR380.1} Brothers and sisters, do you grasp what this is saying?  What, brethren, of leaders who are bringing Babylon into the church?

Look at some of what is happening in God’s church:

Another example: http://advindicate.com/articles/2014/4/4/vallejo-drive-church-initiates-disciplinary-procedure-against-me

Here below are the principles upon which Rome works, and the spirit which is being allowed in many places into the Seventh-day Adventist church.

“Here is displayed the true spirit of popery. Not a trace of Christian principle, or even of common justice, is to be seen in the whole document.  Luther was at a great distance from Rome; he had had no opportunity to explain or defend his position; yet before his case had been investigated, he was summarily pronounced a heretic, and, in the same day, exhorted, accused, judged, and condemned; and all this by the self-styled holy father, the only supreme, infallible authority in Church or State!”  Great Controversy 1888 edition, 134

Brothers and sisters, we need to look with the eyes of faith to see into the heart of Jesus as this is happening to His church.   How He must ache and weep as He sees His beloved turn to other lovers.   May we be found among those who will come up to the help of the Lord and plead, as He pleads for His people (Ezek 20:35-36).   Come, friends, let us return to the “old paths”–to our former loyalties–to a humble obedience to our loving Father in Heaven.  Then Psalm 119:103 may be truly said of us:  “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! [yea, sweeter] than honey to my mouth!”

“If God abhors one sin above another, of which His people are guilty, it is doing nothing in case of an emergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God.”   3 Testimonies 280

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  1. I am unclear on the relationship between the title of this article and the content. Are you saying that “Evangelical” means a weakening of the SDA message?

    Merriam-Webster defines Evangelical this way: “of or relating to a Christian sect or group that stresses the authority of the Bible, the importance of believing that Jesus Christ saved you personally from sin or hell, and the preaching of these beliefs to other people”.

    The Three Angels Message is Evangelical in nature, language is a powerful thing and I would personally be concerned by an Adventist who did not consider his or herself “Evangelical”. That does not mean our Church should be reduced to Evangelical and nothing more, but it certainly includes and perhaps begins with being Evangelical.

    1. Hi Pastor Gienger,

      Thank you for your comment. It brings up a very good point that I think will help others.
      The connection between the content and the title of this post is actually quite strong in the light of recent history. I believe there is a real danger of “dumbing down” our people in regards to terms, so clarification is a good thing. And, while we do need to share our beliefs with others and teach the salvation of Jesus, a clear understanding of “Evangelical” is vital.

      While it is true that we believe in the authority of the Bible, and in Jesus and His saving work, we do not share common ground at all in regards to the details of the work of salvation with those we commonly refer to as “Evangelical”. At all!! (Neither with Catholics.) “Evangelicals” unequivocally reject the teachings that called the Seventh-day Adventist church into existence: the sanctuary, the judgement, the blotting out of sins, the nature of Christ, and yes, the three angel’s messages in the truth of them. Further, had we not hedged the issue in the ’50’s tragedy with Barnhouse and Martin, we would have found ourselves smack in the middle of Walter Martin’s book, “Kingdom of the Cults.” But we valued being accepted by “Evangelicals” more than being faithful to our prophetic calling as a people. We would rather sheepishly call ourselves “Evangelical” than stand up, stand up for Jesus! A heart felt repentance is in order.

      So, yes, I do believe that, if we allow the teachings of Evangelical churches into ours, it will weaken it. Consider: “The wide diversity of belief in the Protestant churches is regarded by many as decisive proof that no effort to secure a forced uniformity can ever be made. But there has been for years, in churches of the Protestant faith, a strong and growing sentiment in favor of a union based upon common points of doctrine. To secure such a union, the discussion of subjects upon which all were not agreed–however important they might be from a Bible standpoint–must necessarily be waived.” {GC 444.2}

      I fear we have “waived” much of what makes us who we are…or rather, who we are supposed to be.

      Blessings!
      Danna Gesellchen

    2. Reply via email from Pastor Fred Calkins:
      Words have both definitions and connotations. While the correct definition of ‘Evangelical’ is given it ignores the theology usually associated with it. Adventists have a lot in common with Evangelicals and other Protestants yet we are different enough that we need to be cautious in applying either term to ourselves – the Secret Rapture, conditionalism, and readiness to dissolve our differences in ecumenism separates us from the first while Sunday sacredness, unclean meats, and lowered sexual standards separate us from the latter. We are also Charismatic – believing in the importance of the Holy Spirit in sharing the gospel in people’s heart language, but we dare not use that term since it is associated with an aberration of the gift of tongues. In a similar vein when in Moslem company it is best to refer to ourselves as ‘Adventist’ rather than as ‘Christian’ since the latter term is associated with pork eating, Sunday sacredness, and immorality.
      I Affirm that the commentator’s intent is good but they need to be cautious of the application of the term ‘Evangelical’ to Seventh-day Adventists for fear of being misunderstood. God has called Adventists to a unique and special place in the theological landscape. We must both treasure our calling and guard it from misunderstanding – dangers that are presented both from within our communion and without.

  2. AS I have surfed the internet, from you tube to individual wed pages and local SDA church evangelical out reach seminars, there is one thing that could be a short fall for these programs, seminars and teaching the scriptures as Adventist do .Is using the Name SDA in their material. Is not this message for the whole World?

    Every time I find material through reading, hearing and visual as mentioned in the previous paragraph,
    the name SDA is always mentioned in the material, AHHHH ! poor marks for this. SDA’a already know this material or parts of it, at least. This material is excellent for the non-believer, the Non- Adventist. By using the name Adventist, you have immediately closed the door for many who are seeking new truth that are not connected the Adventist message.

    I have friends that would listen to this material, When they hear the term Adventist or SDA, they are immediately turned off, and I could not drag them to a meeting. All the SDA’a that are attending the seminar or meeting are already SDA and really do not need a finger pointing at them , to make a point. They already know that the speaker is talking to them.

    Go to a meeting or listen to Amazing facts and see the differance in the delivery of the message. The message is for The World not just SDA’s, they already know the message but have possibly been lulled to sleep! Speak as though you are intertaining strangers, introducing them to something new, exciting and that it will change their lives. help them get ready for Christs return, to improve their relationship with Jesus.

    1. Thom,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      I certainly understand where you are coming from, but I think what I am doing is what I am supposed to be doing for this time. My husband and I are studying with a group of 35-40 SDA’s who are beginning to wake up and realize where we are in time. Our focus right now is on our brethren. We have had non-SDA’s walk in off the street to join our study (no changes in our terminology made to accommodate them) and they have now joined a class we have before our meeting for those who want to study to be baptized into the SDA church. While I do sympathize with your concerns, I cannot change my course. We do have outreach opportunities for non-SDA’s, and the “lingo” tends to be more generic in these meetings. Most of these are, at this juncture, health oriented. We do believe there is a place, however, for what you are asking for.
      The Lord bless you!
      Danna

  3. I believe we just have to trust God to bring us those who are truly seeking the truth, continue to pray for those divine appointments so that we can share Him and His precious truths that He has given to us with others. He knows who the dear souls are who are ready to receive it and when.

    I remember about 6 years ago having a Revelation Seminar, we started it at a local motel and those of us at the reception desk were told to not say what church we were representing. We had a couple that came every night and they began to ask this question, we detoured them for a few nights but soon told them it we were Seventh Day Adventists, and it did not affect them in any way, they continued to come and they accepted every doctrine that was presented to them readily and started making changes in their lives immediately. They are still as eager to serve and follow God today as they were then, because they love Him so much.

    Yes, some folks are turned off when they hear the name, but that is okay, their hearts are just not open to hear right then. When I came to know about the Seventh Day Adventists 18 years ago, I knew nothing about them and came into the truth, and have never turned back. The Lord knew that I was ready to hear the truth at this time. Praise God!!

    I think learned a lesson from that experience at the motel and that is to not be ashamed of the name Seventh Day Adventist. God gave us this name and we should be very grateful, for we have some very amazing truth to share!

    1 T 224…The name Seventh-day Adventist carries the true features of our faith in front, and will convict the inquiring mind. Like an arrow from the Lord’s quiver, it will wound the transgressors of God’s law, and will lead to repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

    God bless us and use us as we uphold this most precious banner high!!

    Julie Grote

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