SDA Ecumenical Union
With The Opposers of Truth
article by Hermann Kesten, describes succintly the Warning Message about SDA
Ecumenical Involvement that Omega Countdown Ministries has been sounding for
over ten years:
The Alpha & the Omega of Apostasy, Part II
the Ecumenical Movement and the Three Angels' Messages
"Among Adventists, the
clear understanding of the term 'Babylon' is diminishing more and more and is
giving way to confusion. A conference leader told me years ago that 'Babylon
is in us.' My question, of how would it be possible under these circumstances
to follow the call to leave Babylon, remained without an answer. Some other
definitions, from Adventist publications are that Babylon is the 'wickedness
of my city,' 'evil influences' and to 'attempt to gain salvation through
one's own works.' Adventist Review, December 31, 1992; Signs of the
Times, June 1992; Adventist Review, December 31, 1992.
Here in Germany, 'Babylon' is a hot topic. The reason for this is the
MEMBERSHIP of both of the Adventist German Unions in the ACK (Confederacy of
Christian Churches), the national ecumenical council. This MEMBERSHIP was
brought about secretly, and the people were only informed afterwards.
Discussions were forbidden.
To cover themselves, the Adventist leadership, here in Germany, has tried
to show that our historic definition of 'Babylon' cannot be true. R.
Nickel, a high-ranking minister, said this about the Adventist's membership
in the ACK, in a sermon at the Adventist theological seminary of Friedensau.
'In the classic exegesis of our denomination 'Babylon' means the following:
the mother whore of Revelation or the Roman Catholic Church. Her corrupted
daughters are the fallen Protestant organizations of the different churches
of Protestant faith.... The question is: Is what was once valid and
present truth still valid? I want to come back to the discussion about
the ACK, because here it can be shown: If the Protestant churches are truly a
part of Babylon, how can one possibly unite with them and obtain membership
in the ACK? If we would take the classic interpretation seriously, all of us
would have to be against the ACK.' R. Nickel in a sermon held in Friedensau
on November 2, 1996.
It is a fact that (nearly) all the
ministers and leaders are in favor of an ACK MEMBERSHIP. The logical
conclusion therefore is that we cannot hold to the historic interpretation of
'Babylon' and at the same time be a MEMBER in the ecumenical alliance. (See
Luke 16:13; 2 Corinthians 6:14.) The content of the Three Angels' Messages is
opposed directly to the ecumenical movement, because we are warned explicitly
of the image to the beast. The proclamation of this message is contrary to
the rules of ecumenism, because no church is allowed to proselytize [try to
convert] members of other churches. How then is it possible to proclaim,
'Come out of her, my people!' if one is a member of that alliance?
Of one thing we can be assured: neither Catholics nor Protestants accepted
Adventists as MEMBERS in the ecumenical ACK without a prior confirmation from
them that the historic understanding of the Three Angels' Messages had been
REJECTED. And that is precisely what happened. In the ACK meeting, where the
recommendation was given to accept the SDA Church as a MEMBER, the Adventist
representatives were asked directly whether the historic interpretation of
the Three Angels' Messages was still valid.
The protocol documents of the ACK meeting, on June 3 and 4, 1992, in
Arnoldshain gives this report. 'On request of the Roman-Catholic
representative, Dr. H. J. Urban, it was asked concretely, whether the
traditional Adventist interpretation of Revelation 13, to identify the beast
as being popery, which was equaled with the Antichrist, was still held as
true. The answer to that question was that this was a case of tradition which
dated back to the Reformation and doubtlessly would still exist, [among some
SDAs\ but that they [SDAs] were for the most part cured of institutionally
identifying the office of the pope with the Antichrist. Rather it is held
that the Antichrist is characteristics, which possibly could also be found in
the Adventist denomination. [How true now that betrayal of the Three Angels'
Messages has occurred!] Therefore the traditional critique of Revelation
13 could, in principle, also be directed against the Seventh-day Adventist
Church. This explanation satisfied the Catholic side. After that the
leadership of the ACK decided to recommend the application of the Adventists
approvingly to the united members to be voted upon.' 54 Fragen, Document 3,
3. [Emphasis supplied].
The president of the Northern German Union, Mr. Rupp also denied our
God-given message in his letters to the president of the ACK, Bishop Held,
and in his personal communication with him. Babylon was only identified a
condition of things that could also be found in the SDA church. Bishop Held
obviously interpreted the opinions in the union president's letters as not a
mistake, as can be seen in his answer:
"Dear Mr. Rupp....Above the views are explicitly confirmed that you--as
speaking at least for the leadership of the SDA Church--told us that SDAs no
longer believe that 'in the historical development of the religious-political
power of popery is seen the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies. (Daniel 7,
Revelation 13 and 17.)'" Document 1.[Emphasis supplied].
K. Schwarz, a high-ranking official of a Protestant Church in Germany writes:
'For the GUEST--MEMBERSHIP of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the ACK, it
is understood that... The tensions you mentioned [the Adventist belief that
the pope is the antichrist]... no longer exist as a part of SDA doctrines.'
(In Kobialka, M. 1994. Ecumenical Movement and World Government, 100).
Omega Ministry Note: This "guest
membership" title is to placate possible irate SDA members. Why would
the church give up a cardinal belief of the Three Angel's Messages--the
belief that the pope is the antichrist, for mere "guest membership"
in any World Council of Churches subsidiary organization?!!!
(Back to Keston's Article) "The leaders
of the SDA Church have always said that the affiliation with the ecumenical
movement is a wonderful occasion to witness for our faith. They say that in
that way the Advent Message can be given much more effectively to other
churches. What a mockery and hypocrisy! Membership in the ecumenical
movement is a betrayal of our message and means crucifying Christ anew. ('I
saw that as the Jews crucified Jesus, so the nominal churches have crucified
these messages.' E. G. White, Early Writings, 261).
There are many inspired instructions concerning alliances with unbelievers of
a different faith. I just want to point you to two quotations from the pen of
Ellen White: 'The wicked are being bound up in bundles, bound up in trusts,
in UNIONS, in CONFEDERACIES. Let us have nothing to do with these
organizations. God s our Ruler, our Governor, and He calls us to come out
from the world and be separate.' Manuscript Releases Volume 4, 87.
'Let the watchmen on the walls of Zion not join with those who are making of
none effect the truth as it is in Christ. Let them not join the confederacy
of infidelity, popery, and Protestantism.' E. G. White, Seventh-day Adventist
Bible Commentary, vol. 4, 1141.
We should realize what the ACK really is and how the pope sees this
ecumenical entity. While visiting Germany, Pope John Paul II declared in
Paderborn on June 22, 1996: 'Good ecumenical connections have been formed to
the churches in this country. They work actively together with the ecumenical
committees, especially in the 'Alliance of Christian Churches in Germany'
(ACK). By that, some helpful suggestions for the formation of church
community came to Germany.... The unity we aim for has to grow step by
step.... Therefore, it is our duty to reduce barriers and to seek for a
greater amount of communion, trusting firmly that the Lord will lead us to
that glorious day when full unity of faith is accomplished and we are able to
celebrate harmoniously the holy Eucharist of the Lord together.'
Verlautbarungen des Apostolischen Stuhls, 126, Bonn 6/1996, 22ff.
What are Adventists looking for in the ACK? Do they want to celebrate the
Eucharist together with the Catholics? The Omega is already here. May the
Lord help us to see it and to act accordingly.
to be Done?
How do we need to respond to this situation?
Many Adventists are confused and do not know what to do. It seems as if no
one expected the vast dimensions of apostasy, although Sister White wrote:
'The omega will be of a most startling nature.' Selected Messages, Book 1,
197. As Adventists we have heard about the soon coming test and talked about
it ourselves, but now it is present and only a few are aware of it.
The question of how we are to deal with the Omega crisis is answered clearly
in the inspired writings concerning the Alpha crisis. In the Omega crisis the
same principles have to be applied, for history is repeating itself.
What advice did Ellen White give during the Alpha crisis? Here is one
"Elder and Mrs. Farnsworth have been requested to spend some time in
Battle Creek, laboring for the church. In encourage them to do so, and shall
counsel them how to labor. It will be well for Elder Farnsworth and Elder A.
T. Jones to stand shoulder to shoulder preaching the Word in the tabernacle
for a time, and giving the trumpet a certain sound. There are in Battle Creek
souls who need bracing up. Many will gladly hear and distinguish the note of
warning. But Elder Farnsworth should not remain in Battle Creek long. I write
these things to you, because it is important that they should be understood.
God would have men of talent who will not deviate from the principles of
righteousness to stand in defense of the truth in the tabernacle at Battle
Creek. One man should not be stationed in Battle Creek for a long time. After
he has faithfully proclaimed the truth for a time, he should leave to labor
elsewhere, and some one else be appointed who will give the trumpet a certain
sound.' Paulson Collection, 108.
In this testimony the inspired pen gives us an exact description of our duty
in both the Alpha and the Omega crisis. [I wonder whom Mrs. White copied this
from! R.W.B.] Two aspects are explicitly emphasized. On the one hand we are
called to give the trumpet a certain sound to warn our brothers and sisters.
On the other hand we are warned not to expose ourselves to the influence of
apostasy for too long.
The first aspect, giving the trumpet a certain sound, should be our first
step if we are part of a church infected with apostasy. Over and over again
Ellen White called for decided action during the Alpha crisis. Here are some
"I was shown a platform, braced by solid
timbers--the truths of the Word of God. Someone high in responsibility in the
medical work was directing this man and that man to loosen the timbers
supporting this platform. Then I heard a voice saying, 'Where are the
watchmen that ought to be standing on the walls of Zion? Are they asleep?
This foundation was built by the Master Worker, and will stand storm and
tempest. Will they permit this man to present doctrines that deny the past
experience of the people of God? The time has come to take decided
action.'" Selected Messages Book 1, 204.
"'The battle is on.... Where are His watchmen? Are they standing on the
high tower, giving the danger signal, or are they allowing the peril to pass
unheeded?" ibid., 194.
"Will the men in our institutions keep silent, allowing insidious
fallacies to be promulgated to the ruin of souls?. . . . Is it not time that
we asked ourselves, Shall we allow the adversary to lead us to give up the
work of proclaiming the truth" Ibid., 195.
"Vigilant action is called for. Indifference and sloth will result in
the loss of personal religion and of heaven.' Ibid.
"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.' Testimonies, vol. 3, 281.
To help us really understand the horrible danger of this emergency we are in,
God gave Ellen White a vision of an iceberg. 'One night a scene was clearly
presented before me. A vessel was upon the waters, in a heavy fog. Suddenly
the lookout cried, 'Iceberg just ahead!' There, towering high above the ship,
was a gigantic iceberg. An authoritative voice cried out, 'Meet it!' There
was not a moment's hesitation. It was a time for instant action. The engineer
put on full steam, and the man at the wheel steered the ship straight into
the iceberg. With a crash she struck the ice. There was a fearful shock, and
the iceberg broke into many pieces, falling with a noise like thunder to the
deck." Selected Messages Book 1, 205.
"I am instructed to speak plainly. 'Meet it,' is the word spoken to me.
'Meet it firmly, and without delay.' ...In the book 'Living Temple' there is
presented the alpha of deadly heresies. The omega will follow, and will be
received by those who are not willing to heed the warning God has given.... I
have an intense longing to see them standing free in the Lord. I pray tat
they may have courage to stand firm for the truth as it is in Jesus, holding
fast the beginning of their confidence unto the end." Selected Messages
Book 1, 200.
"They have seen wrong transactions and heard wrong words spoken, and
seen wrong principles followed, and have not spoken in reproof, for fear that
they would be repulsed. I cal upon those who have been connected with these
binding influences to break the yoke to which they have long submitted, and
stand as free men in Christ. Nothing but a determined effort will break the
spell that is upon them." Selected Messages Book 1, 197.
How possibly can a call to decided action be more urgent? Everyone who
perceives the apostasy has the duty to protest against it without compromise.
If there ever was a time to sit and keep silent and to listen to an erroneous
sermon up to the end (which I doubt), so that the pernicious error can be
addressed to the whole congregation, that time is over. It is not enough just
to talk to the minister afterwards, privately, when error has made its way to
the minds of the people.
"Let every man now arouse, and work as he has opportunity. Let him speak
words in season and out of season, and look to Christ for encouragement and
strength in welldoing.... My message to you is: No longer consent to listen
without protest to the perversion of truth. Unmask the pretentious
sophistries which, if received, will lead ministers and physicians and
medical missionary workers to ignore the truth. Every one is now to stand on
his guard. God calls upon men and women to take their stand under the
blood-stained banner of Prince Emmanuel. I have been instructed to warn our
people; for many are in danger of receiving theories and sophistries that
undermine the foundation pillars of the faith." Selected Messages Book
1, 195, 196.
Ellen White many times warned that the young
people should not be sent to the college in Battle Creek. She feared for the
Adventist youth because of the pernicious influence prevailing there. 'Those
who have crowded into Battle Creek, and are being held there, see and hear
many things that tend to weaken their faith and engender unbelief."
Paulson Collection, 109.
But what about our colleges and seminaries today? Is the condition any better
than it was then in Battle Creek? I do not have that much information about
the condition of Adventist schools in the U.S., but I know something about
the German seminaries. In these schools, the historical Adventist sanctuary
teaching is rejected, Bible criticism is taught, the seven-day-creation
period and the expectation of the imminent second coming of Christ are
denied. Etc. These things are well documented and confirmed by students of
the German seminary.
What is the professed purpose of such a school? It is to pass on the truth of
our faith to the next generation? But, if the school imparts error to the
students today, the ministers of Tomorrow will impart these errors to their
churches. In this manner the truth is torn down and the people are destroyed
for lack of knowledge.
This situation is very dangerous, especially for our young people. What is
the condition of the Adventist youth today? I remember one night, when my
wife and I had a season of payer in which she prayed for the Adventist
friends she had during her youth. Thinking about them, my wife sat down and
cried and cried and count not stop. Very few of her old friends were still in
the truth. Almost all had gone into the world; some as members of the SDA
church, others having completely rejected their profession.
But is that surprising to anyone? What are the young people doing when they
gather together on Sabbath afternoon? I have seen it so often: after an
obligatory short devotion (if at all) they begin to play basketball, table
tennis or whatever. Once I met a minister who gathered the young people of
his church for a night session to watch videos. They watched movies with sex
and crime scenes till morning.
I wonder how many Adventists think that they have fulfilled all their duty
when they trust their children to ministers and Sabbath schools for religious
education. How few consider how their children are effected by the influence
of the church they go to every Sabbath?! Even in the Alpha crisis Ellen White
warned over and over again that we should not expose our selves to such a
faith-destroying influence. That applies in a special way to the moldable
youth. She wrote: "I would say, be careful what moves are made. It is
not God's design that our youth should be called to Battle Creek."
Battle Creek Letters, 4.
"We protest in the name of the Lord God of Israel, against the calling
of our youth into a place to which the Lord declared they should not go."
Battle Creek Letters, 4, 5.
"The light given me by the Lord--that our youth should not collect in
Battle Creek to receive their education--has in no particular been changed.
The fact that the Sanitarium has been rebuilt in Battle Creek does not change
the light. All that in the past made Battle Creek a place unsuitable for our
youth exists today, so far as influence is concerned." Battle Creek
When the faithful Elder Haskell and his wife received a call to come to
Battle Creek, Ellen White counseled: "'That you should receive an
invitation o go to Battle Creek, and give Bible lessons to the nurses and
medical students, is not a surprise to me. I have been instructed that an
effort would b made to obtain your names as teachers to the nurses at Battle
Creek, so that the managers of the Sanitarium can say to our people that
Elder and Mrs. Haskell are to give a course of lessons to the Battle Creek
Sanitarium nurses, and use this as a means of decoy in to battle Creek those
who otherwise would heed the cautions about going there for their
education." Paulson Collection, 108.
"Some say that Ellen White's calls to leave Battle Creek were given only
to prevent centralization at that place. But this is only part of the truth.
The following statement to Brother and Sister Haskell may sound incredible to
many ease-loving souls: 'There is a little hope in one direction: Take the
young men and women, and place them where they will come as little in contact
with our churches as possible, that the low grade of piety which is current
in this day shall not leaven their ideas of what it means to be a
Christian." Manuscript Releases, vol. 12, 333.
If your protest against the apostasy is unheeded you have the choice: either
you stay and tolerate the apostasy or you leave and save yourself and your
family from these influences. The influence you allow to affect your soul
will decide your eternal destiny. 'Every one will reveal the character of the
bundle with which he is binding himself.' 1888 Materials, 995, Ellen White
brings this point home to us: "'Out of Battle Creek' is my
message." Paulson Collection, 111.
Some might say: "In my church there is no
pantheism being taught. I cannot apply these statements to my local
situation." Maybe you are right. Praise God for every local church that
is still standing on the fundamental truths of the Three Angels' Messages.
There are still some of them, but their number decreases day by day.
Remember, however, when you are evaluating your church, that pantheism alone
is not the topic of the Omega crisis, it embodies many more principles. Ask
yourself the question, How do they treat the Spirit of Prophecy? Is it upheld
as the inspired and infallible word of God given to us through His last time
prophets? How did the church leaders react when you tried to correct them?
Did they understand and repent?
Ministries' Comment on the above statement regarding one's "local
Apparently the writer of this article, Hermann
Kesten, does not understand or is not familiar with the principle of corporate responsibility whereby every member of the church is responsible for
the actions of the leadership. Because of the representative system of
organization in the SDA church, no "local church" is exempt from
the apostasy of any other body within the church via the principle of
(Back to Kesten's Article) "Of
those who are constantly working to undermine faith in the message God is
sending to His people, I am instructed to say, 'Come out from among them, and
be ye separate.'" Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, July 23, 1903.
Is your church part of an
ecumenical organization? How did the men n responsible positions react when
you stood up to protest against it? Did they understand and repent?
Maybe you can agree with me on being separated
from the ecumenical movement, but not on being separated from professed
Adventists who approve and uphold an ecumenical membership. You would do well
to consider the example of faithful Nehemiah:
"When those who are
uniting with the world, yet claiming great purity, plead for union with those
who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth, we should fear and
shun them as decidedly as did Nehemiah." E. G. White, Prophets and
Is strange fire offered in your church in the
form of theater performances, worldly or charismatic music? Does your
minister use NLP or anything similar? How did your church react as you
protested against it? Did they understand and repent?
"As the men o Israel
witnessed the corrupt course of the priests, they thought it safer for their
families not to come up to the appointed place of worship. Many went from
Shiloh with their peace disturbed, their indignation aroused, until they at
last determined to offer their sacrifices themselves, concluding that this
would be fully as acceptable to God, as to sanction in any manner the
abominations practiced in the sanctuary." E. G. White, Signs of the
Times, December 1, 1881.
Will we learn our lessons from the past? Will
we recognize the time of our visitation? Will we act upon right principles?
May the Lord help us in this most crucial hour when our eternal destiny, and
that of our families, is being decided." Hermann Kesten, Historic
Adventist LandMarks, May 1999, pp. 16-20.
Left the Mainline Churches Because They Became Fallen For Rejecting the First
Angel's Message--What Should Our Response be Now That Adventists Have
Rejected All Three Angels' Messages?!
Adventists were instructed by the first and
second angels' messages, along with the Midnight Cry, to come out from the
fallen churches and be a separate, peculiar people unto the Lord. Any breach
of these requirements constitutes a violation of sacred trusts and the work
of the Lord, in fullfilling the Divine Commission of the Everlasting Gospel
and the Midnight Cry. Any deviance from these responsibilitiles constitutes
taking the eye off the Midnight Cry Light and ones feet from the Midnight Cry
Lighted Path. Ellen White specifically stated that all who so do,
would fall off the path and it would be impossible to get on the path again,
which implies unpardonable sin.
This concept of unpardonable sin or a "shut door," to all violators
of the Everlasting gospel, after hearing and understanding it, equates with
Isaiah's account of what happens to all who associate, take counsel, gird,
and confederate with the opposers of truth. He said three times in succession
that all such would be "broken in pieces." Not reconciliated,
not begged, not cajoled by God, but "broken in pieces." This is one
concept that Ellen White really meant by her shut door statement! This
statement is thus totally misapprehended, misinterpreted, and misapplied by
her critics. Those who saw and understood, but who either refused the light,
or embraced the light and later strayed from the lighted path, experienced a
shut door on salvation, because rejection of light is rejection of the Holy
Spirit, and rejection of the Holy Spirit is unpardonable sin. Once the light
of truth is spurned and rejected, God has no other appeal to the human soul.
The Biblical rendition of this principle is:
"For if we sin
wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there
remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of
judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that
despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how
much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath
trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant,
wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the
Sprit of grace. For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me,
I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his
people. It is a fearful thng to fall into the hands of the living God. . . .
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall
have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition;
but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."
Looks like God believes and teaches a shut
"As the churches refused
to receive the first angel's message, they rejected the light from
heaven and fell from the favor of God. They trusted to ther own strength, and
by opposing the first message placed themselves where they could not see the
light of the second angel's message. But the beloved of God, who were
oppressed, accepted the message, 'Babylon is fallen,' and left the
churches." E. G. White, Early Writings, 237.
The professing SDA church, via its president,
Neal Wilson at the time, rejected all three angel's messages by telling a
California Federal Court, that the notion that Rome was the beast power along
with her fallen daughters, has been consigned to the traditional trash heap
by the professing SDA church. That effectively constitutes rejection of all
three angel's messages. So, if the mainline churches were pronounced as
morally fallen for rejection of the first angel's message, what about a
church which has understood, taught, and then rejected and trashed all three
angel's messages?! Surely, to be consistent, such a church would have to be
regarded as morally fallen also!
"When the churches
spurned the counsel of God by rejecting the advent message, the Lord rejected
them. The first angel was followed by a second, proclaiming, 'Babylon is
falen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drunk of the
wine of the wrath of her fornication." (Rev. 14:8). This message was
understood by Adventists to be an announcement of the moral fall of the
churches in consequence of teir rejection of the first message.
The proclamation, 'Babylon is fallen' was given in the summer of 1844, and as
the result, about fifty-thousand withdrew from these churches." E. G.
White, Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 4, (1884 edition), pp. 166-167.
What part of the advent message did the
churches reject? The first angel's message, and thus were not able to discern
the second angel's message.! Beause the churches rejected just one of the
three Angel's messages, they were pronounced morally fallen as corporate
bodies, and a call was made to come out of them. Now friend, what if it can
be proven beyond a particle of doubt that the professing Seventh-day
Adventist church since circa 1957, has rejected the first and second angel's
messages, as well as Isaiah 8:9-20, and the Midnight Cry, by establishing
forbidden association, counsel, girding and confederacy with the fallen
churches of Babylon?
The first angel's message has been further violated by the adoption of cetain
doctrines of the fallen churches which totally destroy every foundaitonal
pillar and structure of historic Seventh-day Adventism. Those Babylonian
doctrines as adopted by professing Adventism are:
Atonement was fully completed at the cross.
had a nature different from man in that He has a special mind different from
the mind of man.
did not take the sinful nature of man because He did not take upon Himself
certain (ALL) sinful infirmities of man. Ellen White said that Christ took
ALL of our infirmities!
means only pardon for continued sinning rather than forgivenes for sins past,
and power for obedience after conversion as testified by Romans 1:5.
These Evangelical doctrines accepted by
Adventists in 1956-7, in ecumenical meetings held with Walter Martin and
Donald Grey Barnhouse, destroy every vestige of historic Adventism. Why? How?
Because if Christ's nature was not like ours, we indeed cannot overcome, and
if we cannot overcome we cannot be the people fo Revelation 12:17, and
Revelation 14:10, who keep the commandments of God. And if these texts canot
be fulfilled, then Scripture is errant. Commandment keeping would be
impossible. Sabbath observance would be impossible, and any attempt at such
would be nothing more than a utopian legalistic effort to do so, rendering
professing Seventh-day Adventists as the most legalistic, phoney, religious
cult on the earth since 1956-7!
The above listed Evangelical doctrines adopted by Adventism in 1957, and
published to the world in their book entitled Answers to Questions on
Doctrine, in answer to questions posed by Martin and Barnhouse,
effectively render the reqirements of the Everlasting Gospel of Revelation
14, and the Three Angel's Messages, as impossible requirements imposed by a
tyrannical God! If it is impossible to overcome perfectly because Chist had
something we do not possess, then it is impossible to fear God and worship
Him, the admonition of the first Angel's Message! Fear and worship of God,
means respect and obedience to His commands. It means love for God and
obedience based on love. It means faith--righteousness by faith based on
motives of love, 1 John 5:2-4. If this righteousness is impossible, then the
entire Bible is a tyrannical fraud by a god who is commanding His subjects to
do something it is impossible for them to do, and then consigning them to
hell because they cannot do what He has ordered them to do!
New Movement professing Adventists mark themselves as insanely deluded
imposters by saying that it is impossible to overcome perfectly, while
imposing Sabbath keeping, unity, and tithe paying on their members. Somehow,
when it comes to 10% tithe, the ability to keep the command perfectly becomes
possible! If it is impossible to overcome perfectly, it is intrinsically
impossible not to rob God of tithes and offerings; it is impossible to keep
Sabbath; and it is impossible to be in unity because no of us could muster
the works to do any of the following:
- Sabbath observance
- Tithe paying
- Love for the brethren
- Doing unto others as
we would have other do unto us
- Man living as an
example to others which is th eresult of the power of the gospel in
- Worshipping of one God
- Avoiding taking the
name of God in vain
- Avoiding indulging
- Respecting parents
- Avoiding murder
- Avoiding covetousness
of thy neighbors property and wife
- Avoiding fornication
and all manner of evil
- Being able to truly
Adventist leaders who met with Martin and
Barnhouse did their best to try and convince them that Adventists were
Evangelical, and that the denomination had changed from its historical
position on many subjects. Because of this, one of the main thrusts of Martin
and Barnhouse was to get SDAs to put their actions where their mouth was, and
by that I mean they prevailed upon SDA leaders to prove their Evangelical
spirit by becoming members of the World Council of Churches, National
Councils of Churches, and local arms of these bodies referred to as
Ministerial Associations. They also prevailed upon Adventists to associate
more with the other churches and to come into joint fellowship with them and
participate in joint ventures and activities, such as join Easter Sunrise
Services. This the Adventists promptly complied with to the complete
abandonment of Isaiah 8:9-20, and the three angels' messages.