As the Storm Approaches—Part I

1Jo 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

"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." The Great Controversy, p. 608.

 

 

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“His human nature was created; it did not even possess angelic powers. It was human, identical to our own. E.G. White, Ms. 94.

 

In order for Christ to have been tempted in ALL POINTS such as we are, He had to have an identical human nature.

 

  "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day;" said Christ; "the night cometh, when no man can work." This is the example Christ has left us to follow. He was the Majesty of heaven, the King of glory, yet he came to this earth, and went about doing good. He was the greatest Teacher the world ever knew. Tender, compassionate, ever considerate for others, he represented the character of God, and was ever engaged in service for him. And as Jesus was in human flesh, so God means his followers to be. {ST, April 1, 1897 par. 9}

 

We have sinful flesh. If God means us to be as Jesus was in human flesh, then His flesh must have been sinful flesh as well—not that He ever sinned, but that He inherited our sinful flesh through His mother Mary.

 

“He took upon Him our sinful nature.” E.G. White, Review and Herald, 12/15/96.

 

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

 

1Jo 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

 

2Jo 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

 

Even Rome, the antichrist, believes that Jesus came in the flesh. The issue is twofold:

 

1.    What kind of flesh and nature did Jesus come in?

2.    Was Jesus God come in the flesh?

 

Jan Paulsen on Human Nature of Christ

 

“In his comments, Paulsen also said that continuing controversy over the church’s definition of the nature of Christ will not, “on my watch,” cause a reevaluation by the church.

I think there is a reason for why we have chosen generous language in describing our position as a church on the nature of Christ. The uniqueness of Jesus Christ (wholly God and wholly man—no one else matches the “only begottenness” of that One) leads us to say that,” Paulsen said.

He added “I have to tell you I just cannot imagine a post-modern person in Europe, a businessman 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 fall. The realities of the world in which we live have other concerns which occupy us.” Jan Paulsen. Adventist World—NAD, December, 2007, p. 7.

 

God makes the issue so important that His Word says all who do not believe the correct doctrine on it are antichrist, and Jan Paulsen, in essence, says that the issue does not matter and that there are other realities that are more important!

 

Jan Paulsen, the current General Conference President (2010) of the professing Seventh-day Adventist Church, said there are more important concerns than the nature and flesh that Christ took: “The realities of the world in which we live have other concerns which occupy us.” This is most interesting in light of the Bible’s injunction that whoever takes the wrong position on this all important issues is antichrist!

 

Ellen White on the Human Nature of Christ

 

Sinful Flesh – AntiChrist

 

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

 

1Jo 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

 

2Jo 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

 

Ellen White and her “As the Storm Approaches” Statement

 

The following statement is oft misinterpreted by SDA leaders and their sheeple followers, to imply that all the bad leave the church as the storm of persecution approaches. This is a clever device of Satan to deflect from the living fact that Satan has come in and formed a new movement that has changed pillar doctrines to an antichrist position.

 

Though many are even now “going out” from apostate Adventism as a natural result of the errors taught, yet this does not mean that those who remain in the new movement are not apostate as well. Let me explain what I mean by the words “as a natural result:” If the distinctives of true, pioneer Adventism regarding the nature of Christ and His flesh were errant [the were not errant!], and the new movement church has taken the antichrist position of Babylon on these issues, which it most certainly has, then why remain in the SDA church? There is better entertainment in some of the other fallen churches that teach only believe as well. And “only believe” is all that apostate new movement Adventism can now teach, if it is impossible to overcome as Christ did—which is the only logical conclusion to the SDA position on the human nature of Christ. So both groups are errant: those who remain and those who leave. 1 John 2:19 applies to both group.

 

In this series of studies, we will see exactly who Ellen White refers to when she applies 1 John 2:19, and what she means when she says some will go out and they will be replaced by others coming in to fill the ranks.

 

"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." The Great Controversy, p. 608.

 

Ellen White quoted 1 John 2:19 eight times. Those eight statements are without a doubt amongst the most distorted and misrepresented of her statements about the SDA church, next to her statements about the church becoming any part of Babylon. SDA leaders and laity alike, use the following statements to make it appear that no member of the SDA church militant will ever be justified in “going out from us” meaning that church. It behoves us to study those statements to see how they applied in the case of the Jews to whom John first addressed them, and indeed, to discover the true context of Ellen White’s application of them to the SDA church.

 

We will now investigate the context of each of the use of 1 John 2:19 in each of the eight statements below found at the White Estate:

 

 

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http://egwdatabase.whiteestate.org/nxt/gateway.dll?f=images$fn=toc-leaf.gif$3.0PERIODICALS/ST - The Signs of the Times /July 4, 1895 Continue in the Son and in the Father. - By Mrs. E. G. White. -

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http://egwdatabase.whiteestate.org/nxt/gateway.dll?f=images$fn=toc-leaf.gif$3.0PERIODICALS/YI - The Youth's Instructor /September 27, 1894 Continue in the Son and in the Father.

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http://egwdatabase.whiteestate.org/nxt/gateway.dll?f=images$fn=toc-leaf.gif$3.0PERIODICALS/RH - The Review and Herald/July 20, 1905 Lessons From the First Epistle of John [A TALK AT THE GENERAL CONFERENCE BY MRS. E. G. WHITE, MAY 25, 1905.] (Concluded)

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http://egwdatabase.whiteestate.org/nxt/gateway.dll?f=images$fn=toc-leaf.gif$3.0PERIODICALS/RH - The Review and Herald/December 20, 1898 Words of Warning.--No. 2. - Mrs. E. G. White. -

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http://egwdatabase.whiteestate.org/nxt/gateway.dll?f=images$fn=toc-leaf.gif$3.0PERIODICALS/RH - The Review and Herald/March 8, 1906 A God of Knowledge, by Whom Actions Are Weighed Mrs. E. G. White

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http://egwdatabase.whiteestate.org/nxt/gateway.dll?f=images$fn=toc-leaf.gif$3.0MANUSCRIPT RELEASES/11MR - Manuscript Releases Volume Eleven [Nos. 851-920] (1990)/MR No. 873 - Christian Integrity in the Ministry

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http://egwdatabase.whiteestate.org/nxt/gateway.dll?f=images$fn=toc-leaf.gif$3.0MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTIONS/KC - The Kress Collection (1985)

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http://egwdatabase.whiteestate.org/nxt/gateway.dll?f=images$fn=toc-leaf.gif$3.0MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTIONS/PC - The Paulson Collection of Ellen G. White Letters (1985)

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Statement #1:

 

“July 4, 1895 Continue in the Son and in the Father.

 

By Mrs. E. G. White.

 

     "Little children, it is the last time; and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." Jesus has left us a warning upon this very point. He said, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." "For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before." John continues, "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us; but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us." {ST, July 4, 1895 par. 1}

 

Note by Ron: The late Fred T. Wright, in his book Destiny of a Movement, (Downloadable at the bottom of the Main Menu on my Website) proves beyond a particle of a doubt that the new movement SDA church (1SM 204-5), embraced antichrist doctrine on the human nature of Christ and His flesh in 1941 and since. It will not fare the members of that new movement well in the judgment, when it is discovered to them that they were too indolent to discover this fact of antichrist, unpardonable sin apostasy. Thousands of copies of LeRoy E. Froom’s book Movement of Destiny and Answers to Questions on Doctrine, were sent to Babylonian ministers and libraries of the world as a testament to the fact that SDA’s believed like Babylon that the human nature and flesh of Christ was like the sinless nature and flesh of Adam before the fall.

 

The implications of this lie as taught by Babylon and the new movement SDA church, is that we cannot overcome because we have sinful flesh and nature which Christ did not have. Thus, we cannot overcome sin as He did. This runs counter to the very commission to the church, the Everlasting Gospel of the three angel’s messages, which are cap stoned in Revelation 14:1-12, with instruction that the saints will be found keeping the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus. So there goes the gospel and the Christian economy in one fell swoop! And thus, another accursed gospel, the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, has replaced the true gospel in the new movement church. This fulfills Ellen White’s prophecy in Selected Messages, Bk. 1, 204-205, that pillar doctrines would be removed. Here is what Ellen White said about the nature and flesh of Christ:

 

“In His humanity Christ partook of our sinful fallen nature.” Bible Readings for the Home Circle, p. 115. 1914 edition.

 

Since LeRoy Froom’s book Movement of Destiny, 1971, and Answers to Questions on Doctrine, 1957, informed Babylon that we believe the way they do on the human nature of Christ, which makes commandment-keeping absolutely impossible, none of the SDA distinctives mean anything! The Sabbath means nothing because you can’t keep it according to the logical conclusion of the new movement’s teaching that Christ had the nature of Adam before the fall. You can’t do anything but have faith (belief only) in Jesus, so go to any church you please! That is what I would do if I believed the teachings of new movement Adventism, and many members are doing that very thing! The stance in those two books (cited above), which were sent to thousands of Babylonian ministers and libraries of the world, would have to be totally repented of and changed.

 

And the latest version in the new Fundamental’s book, is no better because it is not yea or nay. It waffles on the issue in an attempt to appease Babylonian onlookers, and SDA members. God says whatever is not yea or nay (not yea and nay) is of the devil. And that is the state of the current position by the SDA new movement on the human nature of Christ.

 

But proof absolute that the church still holds to the teachings of Movement of Destiny and Answers to Questions on Doctrine, is the fact that it maintains that there will be no final generation of overcomers! This flies in the face of Revelation 14:1-4. The new movement mocks what pioneer SDA’s refer to as Final Generation Theology—the belief that at least 144,000 will keep the commandments of God and be found blameless before Christ comes the second time. So don’t let anyone fool you on this issue. The proof is in the church’s mockery of Final Generation Theology which mockery directly contradicts Rev. 14:1-5.

 

Not long ago SDA new movement leaders met in a 50th Anniversay Questions on Doctrines Conference between some of its highest leaders in meeting with some Babylonian leaders, and denounced Last Generation Theology. A summarization of that conference is at this link. But don’t let the double speak fool you! You can take it to the bank that if SDA leaders EVER, EVER admit to Ellen White’s statements that Jesus took our sinful flesh that is “identical” to ours, Ms. 94, they would denounce Adventists as a cult! Never forget this! And the fact that they do not, is proof perfect that new movement Adventism teaches that Christ took the nature of Adam BEFORE the fall. That is Babylon’s understanding of what the new movement SDA church teaches TODAY! http://www.atoday.com/node/3068

 

End Ron’s note. Back to Ellen White’s article:

    

“These deceivers will come, and, while claiming to be doing a special work for God, while professing to have advanced piety, to be sanctified, to see visions, and to have dreams, they will be doing the work of the enemy, and be found breaking the commandments of God. We should be on our guard, and bring these pretenders to the test; "to the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Shall we take heed to the solemn warnings of Christ, of Paul, and of John upon this point, and not be deceived by the subtle devices of the enemy, for Christ has said that the signs and wonders wrought by these deceivers will be so great that if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect. {ST, July 4, 1895 par. 2}

 

     Of the elect, John writes: "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things." "And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers." Those who have heard the voice of God proclaiming his holy law on Mount Sinai, in the hearing of the people, know his voice, and when men claiming to be led by Christ, and professing to be entirely sanctified, assert that the law of God is abolished, and ridicule and make light of the great moral standard, and set at naught the testimony of prophets and apostles, we can confidently say that we hear not in their teachings the voice of the true Shepherd. The true Shepherd's voice has been heard, bearing a different testimony. Jesus says: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in nowise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." The voice that magnifies the law of God we recognize as the voice of the true Shepherd; but we know that those who would make of no effect the commandments of God, are false shepherds, who would exalt tradition above the commandments of Jehovah. {ST, July 4, 1895 par. 3}

 

Note by Ron: According to the doctrine of the new movement SDA church on the human nature and flesh of Christ, we cannot overcome, so they may as well “...assert that the law of God is abolished, and ridicule and make light of the great moral standard, and set at naught the testimony of prophets and apostles...” That is the only logical conclusion to their false teaching. End Ron’s note.

 

     “John writes: "I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son." There are those who claim to have great light, who say that they have communication with the spirits of the dead, who deny the divinity of Christ, and in so doing deny the Father, whom Christ represented on earth. "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father; [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also." The class which denies the Father and the Son is rapidly increasing in the world, and the name given to this class by the Bible is antichrist. There are many who have their names upon the church records, who claims to possess superior piety, and yet should Christ appear among them, they would rebuke the Son of God. There are men who profess to be ministers of the Gospel who are teaching heresy, and deceiving many, and leading thousands in the way of apostasy. {ST, July 4, 1895 par. 4}

 

Note by Ron: This is exactly what new movement Adventism does when it teaches an antichrist view on the human nature and flesh of Christ. So it is the new movement that “has gone out from us because they were not of us.” LeRoy E. Froom was not of us. A Catholic woman identified Froom and Roy Allen Anderson as Catholic priests—See part II of this video series by Pastor Bill Hughes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5IPwibXkws End note.

 

     “But John writes to the true followers of Christ, saying: "Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life." We have here a most precious promise, which will be fulfilled to those who let the truth abide in them. Then hold fast to the truth, and be not beguiled from steadfast adherence to the truth by any of the arts of the deceiver. "These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him." Our character is to be moulded after the character of Christ. O what humiliation he endured in our behalf! While in this world he lived a life of obedience to the commandments of God, leaving us an example that we should follow in his steps. We must wait for God to reveal his plan, that our life may be the unveiling of the character of Christ. We can be sanctified only as we render obedience to the truth as it is unfolded to us. We cannot live in conscious disobedience of any precept of God, and not be on the losing side. We need to behold the character of Christ, and by beholding become changed into his image. {ST, July 4, 1895 par. 5}

 

Ron’s Note: It is our first love, the original pillar, landmark doctrines of pioneer Adventism that we are to abide in. All who do not abide in such are those who “....went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” End Ron’s Note:

 

     "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God; therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not." "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God; and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." {ST, July 4, 1895 par. 6}

 

     John cannot find adequate words wherein to describe the amazing love of God to sinful man; but he calls upon all to behold the love of God revealed in the gift of his only begotten Son. Through the perfection of the sacrifice given for the guilty race, those who believe in Christ, coming unto him, may be saved from eternal ruin. Christ was one with the Father, yet when sin entered our world through Adam's transgression, he was willing to step down from the exaltation of one who was equal with God, who dwelt in light unapproachable by humanity, so full of glory that no man could behold his face and live, and submit to insult, mockery, suffering, pain, and death in order to answer the claims of the immutable law of God, and make a way of escape for the transgressor by his death and righteousness. This was the work which his Father gave him to do, and those who accept Christ, relying wholly upon his merits, are made the adopted sons and daughters of God, are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." Let no one be so deluded by the enemy as to think that it is a condescension for any man, however talented or learned or honored, to accept of Christ. Every human being should look to heaven with reverence and gratitude, and exclaim with amazement, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." Ellen G. White, {ST, July 4, 1895 par. 7}

 

End Part I—Stay tuned for the coming other power-packed parts on this serious issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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