Blasphemous Statement by Jan Paulsen, President of the
What follows is a most blasphemous comment by the president of the Seventh-day Adventist church, in light of the seriousness of the issue. He stated that he would not urge a restudy of the sensitive points of the human nature of Christ on his watch. Ellen White said that this issue means EVERYTHING to us. Paulsen said:
“I just cannot imagine a post-modern person in Europe, a business man in Asia or Latin America, any more than a farmer in Africa will care one iota whether Christ had the nature of man before the fall or after. The realities of the world in which we live have other concerns and other priorities which occupy us."
Apparently, in spite of Paulsen’s blasphemous proclamation that the issue would not be restudied at his urging during his watch, SDA leaders have decided to restudy the issue. It is most interesting that the president of the SDA church would state that there are other concerns and priorities which occupy us to the point that post-modern persons would not care one iota about this all-important issue that should mean EVERYTHING to every Seventh-day Adventist.
Paulsen’s statement demonstrates the spiritual wantonness of the man who is leading the apostate Seventh-day Adventist church, and every member is corporately responsible, for they support their leader(s) by a representative (voting) system and their sacred tithe and offerings maintain him in his office. SDA leaders wanted a liberal who for their “king,” and they got what they wanted in the person of Jan Paulsen. But the ultimate price will be high.
Why does the Nature of Christ mean EVERYTHING to us? Because Christ’s overcoming of sin as a human in our likeness proved that we can overcome by the same course He overcame by dying to self and subscribing to the aid of the Holy Spirit on a moment by moment basis. Christ possessed what we must “buy,” gold tried in the fire (faith that works by self-sacrificing love). This is the truth of the message to Laodiceans everywhere. And yet, Paulsen would denigrate this all important issue to something he would not urge on his watch were it his choosing! Nothing could better demonstrate the spiritual bankruptcy of the man who is leading the SDA church at such an important time in history
Paulsen’s statement demonstrates the paradigm shift in the church from the teaching that Christ is our example as well as our substitute, to the current apostate focus on forensic substitution ONLY, or pardon for a continuum of sin rather than the inclusion of POWER to overcome sin.
The “greatest good, crowning gift that heaven could bestow,” according to Ellen White, was the gift of Christ’s Divine Nature Holy Spirit, whereby we can overcome every propensity to sin this side of glorification. That gift is promised in 2 Peter 4:1.
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
That “greatest good, crowning gift” for the regeneration of man back into the image of God, and as a cure for the sin problem, levels the playing field when it comes to any proposed differences between us and Christ! Every time you witness an SDA leader or laymen trying to describe the differences between us and Christ, a huge red flag should go up in your mind, because the gift of Christ’s Divine Nature renders any differences as moot and an attempt by Satan to ensnare one into the lie that there is a continuum of sin without a cure this side of glorification. Thus, Satan wars against the “greatest good, crowning gift that heaven could bestow,” without which Christ’s sacrifice on the cross would have been of no avail except to pardon sin forever.
"Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin.
In the gift of the Spirit, Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow....
The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail....
It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given his Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress his own character upon the church." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, May 19, 1904, vol. 5, p. 42.
"The humanity of the Son of God is EVERYTHING to us. It is the golden chain that binds our souls to Christ, and through Christ to God. This is to be our study. Christ was a real man. He gave proof of His humility in becoming a man. Yet He was God in the flesh. When we approach this subject, we would do well to heed the words spoken by Christ to Moses at the burning bush, 'Put off thy shoes from off they feet, for the place where on thou standest is holy ground.' We should come to this study with the humility of a learner, with contrite heart. And the study of the Incarnation of Christ is a fruitful field, which will repay the searcher who digs deep for hidden truth." E.G. White, The Youth's Instructor, Oct. 13, 1898.
No other book has
aroused so much controversy in the history of the
For Leroy Edwin Froom, one of the authors of Questions on Doctrine, the book "completed the long process of clarification, rectification of misconceptions, and declarations of truth before [the Christian] Church and the world." But M. L. Andreasen, a theologian and author on the sanctuary doctrine, saw the book as "the most subtle and dangerous error" and "a most dangerous heresy."
Hence, historian George Knight has noted that Questions on Doctrine "easily qualifies as the most divisive book in Seventh-day Adventist history," while theologian Herbert Douglass has observed that "most, if not all, of the so-called 'dissident' or 'independent' groups of the last 45 years are direct results of the explicit and implicit positions espoused by [Questions on Doctrine] on the atonement and the Incarnation."
On October 24-27, 2007, 50 years after the publication of Questions on Doctrine, scholars, church leaders, and pastors across the theological spectrum of Adventism, along with guest scholars from the evangelical world, who have given careful study to the theology of Questions on Doctrine and Adventist history of the past half-century, will convene at Andrews University for an engaging, reflective, scholarly dialogue.