Returning to Historic Seventh-Day Adventist Beliefs

Written by: Christopher Sernaque

Dear Readers,

As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel’s message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them. {GC 608.2}

The above quote indicates that a large class of those who profess to be present-truth Seventh-Day Adventists will give up their faith in the Advent message and ultimately give up their faith in Jesus by joining the Satan’s militia. Seventh-Day Adventists have been in a crisis. Should we abandon our historic beliefs in order to fit in with mainstream Christianity? Compromise is running full-steam ahead in Christianity at large and has crept its way into a full sprint in Seventh-Day Adventism.

Before I move on to Genesis I will tackle another question. What church is going through? According to Revelation 12:17 the church of God must keep his commandments and have the testimony of Jesus, which is the Spirit of Prophecy, according to Revelation 19:10. Does the “established church” fit this bill? Rather than answer that question outright let me lead you back into biblical history. In the time of the Babylonian captivity did the established church at large stand as a beacon of light to the Babylonians or was it the small faithful remnant? Daniel, Hananiah, Misael, and Azariah held to their convictions on diet, music reform, and stood firm for the commandments of God. In the days of Christ was it the established church which preached the Everlasting Gospel or was it the disciples of Christ? Church and State will unite to persecute the followers of Christ as they did to Him. “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”-John 15:20.

How can we prepare for that coming time of trouble? I can tell you one thing its not by giving up our historic beliefs. In later posts I can deal with our foundation pillars, and I have already touched on the 2,300 days, which according to Great Controversy 409.1 is the foundational scripture of the Advent faith. Back to my point it is vital that the people of God obey all of the light that is given to them in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. (Proverbs 4:18)

Now lets lay the ground work for examining Genesis 26. We of course know that in order to study the Bible we must compare scripture with scripture (Isaiah 28:10, Acts 17:11, 2 Timothy 3:15) and that the Bible is not “subject to interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20). Additionally we are to believe in and be established in the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy. (Revelation 19:10, 2 Chronicles 20:20, Amos 3:7, Ephesians 4:11) Finally Revelation 14:6 speaks of an “Everlasting Gospel”. The theme of the Everlasting Gospel can be found all though out the Bible. Its all one account. In the book Acts of the Apostles on page 585 Ellen White says that all of the books of the Bible meet and end in Revelation. Further proof of that point is that Revelation is the “Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:1) and Christ is the Word of God (John 1:1). Therefore it can truly be said that the themes reveled in the book of Revelation are also present in Genesis.

With this in mind we can now more fully understand what the Lord is saying to us in Genesis 26. In the first five verses it is reviled that there are two famines. In the book of Revelation the National Sunday Law Crisis brings and end to “buying and selling” producing a famine. (Revelation 13:15-17). However the God that fed Elijah still exists today. The people of God, like Isaac, will be blessed if they keep the commandments of God. Look at the promise God gives to Isaac in Genesis 26: 4-5: “And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Speaking of the Commandments of God it is now that we are to share the Gospel of the Kingdom, because just as there was a second famine in Genesis 26, so another famine is coming in these closing scenes of Earth’s history. That famine is for the word of God. (Amos 8:11-13). A quote from the Spirit of Prophecy sums it up perfectly. “If there is one work more important than another, it is that of getting our publications before the public, thus leading them to search the Scriptures.”-Colporteur Evangelist 80. Sowing the seeds of Evangelism will produce a harvest like no other. “More than one thousand will soon be converted in one day, most of whom will trace their first convictions to the reading of our publications.”—The Review and Herald, November 10, 1885.

In order to make it though the coming crisis we need Faith. What kind of faith? Again an answer is found in the Spirit of Prophecy: “The season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can endure weariness, delay, and hunger—a faith that will not faint though severely tried.”- GC 621.2 How can we get this kind of faith? The Scriptures answer our question in Romans 10:17: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” This is practical godliness. We should be committing encouraging scriptures to memory in accordance with Last Day Events, p. 67.3. “Hang in memory’s hall the precious words of Christ. They are to be valued far above silver or gold.” What makes scripture so valuable? John 1 and Revelation 1 both testify to the fact that the word is the revelation of Jesus Christ. By “hanging” scriptures in the “hall of your memory” you are filling your head with precious thoughts of Christ. You are loving Him with all your mind (Luke 10:27). By memorizing scripture you will have strength from the Sanctuary in heaven (Psalm 102:19, Psalm 20:1) to withstand the temptations of Satan as Jesus did in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-11). Furthermore you will be ready to give an answer to people who question our Historic Seventh-Day Adventist beliefs. (1 Peter 3:15) In the Bible water is a symbol of the word of God (Isaiah 12:3, John 7:37) and just Isaiah went back to the historic biblical wells of Abraham (Genesis 26:18), so we must go back to the writings of Ellen White and the Early Advent Pioneers.

Now is not the time to hide our light under a bushel (Matthew 5:14-15). We need to unstop the wells, and remove the dirt that false teachers have thrown into our historic beliefs. Each of us must have our own personal testimony just as Isaac dug his own wells (Genesis 26:22). The Lord our God will be with us and bless us if we keep his Commandments and abide by the council in the Spirit of Prophecy. (Genesis 26:3, Revelation 12:17) God bless.



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