THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Sunday, June 2, 2019|
Cameron, Texas, USA
ur Lord and Savior Jesus Christ compared entering heaven by fallen human race to building a house in the Parable of the Wise and Foolish House Builder: "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law" (Matthew 7: 24-28 (See also Luke 6:48, 14:28). Because heaven, which the Lord also referred to as His Kingdom which He-Jesus Christ-created is the home of those of us who put our faith and future in His secured Hands; He was eminently qualified to know how each of us is contributing to that eternal dwelling.
But what did the Lord Jesus Christ mean by comparing the heavenly abode with building a house? Because heaven is the Lord God's House with many mansions and how you enter into it will be decided by the Builder Who is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, but finding your way to the heavenly mansion depends on you and me following His instructions here on earth. Ask any architect and you'll know there are seven vital areas needed to build a house that will last forever: the land itself where the structure will be built, the four corners, the cornerstone and the roofing. These seven areas constitute the Beliefs of the Christian Faith which the Holy Spirit revealed in this column last week. Like the physical house alluded to in the Lord's Parable, all other additions to a physical house: painting, ceiling, gadgets, etc constitute the doctrines of the Christian Faith. The land where you build a physical house is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and He is the Chief Cornerstone: "For through him -that is, the Lord Jesus Christ-we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit" (Ephesians 2:18- 20, See also Acts 4:10-12 1 Peter 2:4-8). Why is the land a house is built so important? Simple! Whoever owns the land owns the house. Many people have seen their houses demolished, because of litigation over the land itself and not the physical structure built on the land. This is why the land a house is built is vitally important than the dwelling itself. So is the Christian Journey and eternal life. It is not what you believe here on earth that will take you heaven; rather, whom you believe. As I have disclosed here legionary times through the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus Christ is not so much interested in what you're doing for Him here on earth as a worker, pastor, evangelist etc; rather, who is asking and has directed you to do what you're doing, period!
The Christian Journey is similar and that was the import of the Parable above by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Last week, we revealed the Seven Beliefs of the Christian Faith as disclosed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for any human being to enter into His Kingdom, which is also His House with many mansions. We applied these seven beliefs of faith to the Seventh Day Adventist Church and remarked that members of the church are saved. But it is possible to be a saved Christian and still not enter heaven. What? Yes, you read that right! Can a saved Christian be prevented from entering heaven? Salvation is the first step towards entering heaven just as our Lord Jesus Christ answered that young man who said in Mark 12:28-34. "One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." Do you read there that the Lord didn't tell this young man he would enter heaven, but he wasn't far from entering heaven?
I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1986 as an undergraduate at the University of Lagos, Nigeria; but, I didn't become a born-again Christian until Friday February 14, 1997 in Cotonou, Benin Republic, West Africa. In the 11-year span between salvation and born-again, assuming I died, would I have made it to heaven? No, I would have missed heaven going by what our Lord Jesus Christ said in John 3:3: "Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of heaven unless he (or she) is born again." Simply because you're issued a US Visa in your home country doesn't mean you'll be allowed to enter the United States of America. Simply because you have gained admission into a university to study Law doesn't mean you're a lawyer licensed to practice. Many Christians are saved by virtue of confessing the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but will not enter heaven unless they're born-again. Hear our Lord Jesus Christ repeat this salient, onerous and fundamental qualification once again in John 3:5-8 "Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
On this premise and combined with their doctrines will any member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church enter the kingdom of heaven? Please do not crucify and hurl insults at me, because I am saying it as the Lord Jesus Christ said it emphatically and truthfully in His Word; the Holy Bible. If you are a member of the SDA, since you're saved; I will pleadingly exhort and urge you to leave the organization and pray to our Lord Jesus Christ to open your spiritual eyes and illuminate your heart to direct you to a church where His (Holy) Spirit can use you for His Glory. Mrs. Ellen Gould White (1827--July 16, 1915) alongside her husband; Mr. James Springer White (1821-August 6, 1881) and Mr. Joseph Bates (1792-March 19, 1872) that founded what is today's Seventh Day Adventist Church Movement introduced fallacious doctrines antithetical to what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said in His Revealed Word: the Holy Bible. Thus, you may be an innocent, well-meaning, and diligent seeker of the truth as a member of this sect, but the foundation upon which this sect was built matters in your journey to eternity. Just as the land matters in the ownership of a house built on it, so also is the foundation of your eternal life. Apostle Paul warned on this vital truth in I Corinthians 3:9-11: "For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ."
The three founders of SDA mentioned above left certain heresies behind which formed part of the doctrines of the sect, just as Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916) led-and still leading-many innocent souls astray in The Jehovah Witnesses sect which we exposed in this column weeks ago. The SDA has also fallen into the traps of the Church of Latter-Day Saints a.k.a Mormons which Joseph Smith (1805-1844) founded, the Celestial Church of Christ which was demonically-put together by Samuel Bilewu Joseph Oshoffa (1909-1985) both of which we earlier exposed in this column and the Church of Scientology founded by Lafayette Hubbard (1911-1986), which we shall expose in this column next week. One of the most effective artifices of Satan, the father of lies and deception in this end times is purveying half-truth in the lives of innocently-na´ve souls. An outright lie and falsehood can easily be destroyed and refuted with the Truth, but it is often difficult to demolish half-truth and half-lies.
Observance of the Sabbath: - The SDA places much emphasis on observing the Sabbath thus urging members to adhere to the Law. Consequently, observing the Sabbath means observing the entire Codes of the Decalogue (Exodus 20:1-17). But as Apostle Paul berated the foolish Galatians: "(we) know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified "(Galatians 2:16), if SDA members set aside Grace for the Law, they cannot make it to heaven, period! No one shall be saved from observing the law and the reason the law was put in place in the first place was to show us how sinful and incapable of saving ourselves by the law, thus looking forward to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as Apostle Paul truthfully pointed out in Romans 10:4: "Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes." Any Christian organization, sect, denomination or movement that teaches contrary to this Holy Spirit-revealed Path to Eternal Life as recorded in the Book of Life; the Holy Bible put the eternal destiny of its adherents and worshippers in serious jeopardy.
Death As Sleep: There is no picayune Biblical reference to the doctrinal expression of non-feeling death experience as held among SDA. Nor should any prudent student of the Holy Bible and Holy Spirit-filled Christian allegorize our Lord Jesus Christ's story of the Rich Man and Poor Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. There is subsisting narrative evidence here; the Rich Man has memory; he remembers and he feels the terrible condition he is in upon death. Communication between him and Lazarus bears evidence of two-diametrically opposed locales of deceased souls. Similar evidence that deceased souls aren't lull to state of unconsciousness was the conversation between our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Thief on His Right Hand on Calvary as recorded in Luke 23:39-43.
It should be pointed out here that our Lord did not tell the Thief that he would be with him in heaven, but paradise. If we extrapolate the two accounts above, one can safely deduce that both Paradise and Hades are on earth. Those in Paradise can see those in Hades and the habituÚs can and do communicate, although there is a marked and rigid gulf separating them. (See Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27 and John 19:18-the Synoptic Gospels -all historicize the conversations between our Lord Jesus Christ and the Thief on His Right Hand, which solidify the Rich Man and Poor Lazarus Parable as real going by the real and actual names of Poor Lazarus which should not be confused with the other Lazarus our Lord Jesus Christ raised from the dead.
Hell and Hell Fire aren't the same just as Police Detention Cell which is for those awaiting trial is different from Prison which is for those serving prison sentences. Consequently, the SDA are in doctrinal error in their understanding of life after death as taught by their founders and noticeably emphasized by Ellen G. White in her writings.
The Origin of Sin and Satan's Pride: The fall of Lucifer from grace in heaven before the human race was created didn't occur, because Lucifer brought charges against God's Administration of justice and fairness. Lucifer fell for one and one reason: Pride (Isaiah 14:12-21). Also, in the Garden of Eden, the Holy Bible disclosed that Adam wasn't deceived by Satan to eat the forbidden fruit; rather, it was Eve that was deceived and who gave Adam to eat the fruit of sin. As I Timothy 2:14 revealed: "And Adam was not the one deceived, it was the woman-Eve-who was deceived and became a sinner." Mrs. E.G. White wrote and taught otherwise during her lifetime. In Evangelism; she wrote: "Satan, who is the father of lies, deceived Adam in a similar way, telling him that he need not obey God that he would not die if he transgressed the law" (page. 598).
Similarly, this woman wrote and taught that vicarious sins atonement can pass from parents to children, just as the Decalogue stated that; the Lord God Almighty will visit the iniquity of the fathers unto the children to the fourth generations ( Exodus 20: 5). In Selected Messages, Volume 3, page 313, White wrote: "I know that some questioned whether the little children of even believing parents should be saved, because they have had no test of character and all must be tested and their character determined by trial. The question is asked; 'How can little children have this test and trial?" I answer that the faith of the believing parents covers the children."
This is pure heresy and unbiblical. The faith of parents cannot be passed unto the children; every human soul must individually come to the full knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be born-again in order to enter heaven. Ezekiel made this absolutely clear: " The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them" (Ezekiel 18: 20; See also Jeremiah 31:30, Ezekiel 33:6).
The Second Coming of Christ: The Holy Bible told us plainly that no one knows the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Matthew 24:36-44 See Mark 13:32. On the contrary, in Early Writings, Mrs. White said God had shown her the day and hour of the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. According to her on pages 15, 34 & 285, she wrote: "As God has shown me in holy visionů we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus' coming." Any man, woman, prophet/prophetess, seer, pastor, general overseer, founder of any sect, religion, or domination that made this anti-Biblical claim is heretical. Those who follow and propagate the heretical teachings of such religious leader will ultimately share in the agonies and pains of such heretics. Come out of them now beloved!
The Millennium and the End of Sin: Another egregious and patently stupid doctrine left behind by Ellen White and subtly taught by SDA leaders in hushed tone is found in Early Writings, page 276 which supported racism in its naked form. To White, slave owners would be responsible for the salvation of their slaves. According to her tendentiously-fallacious writing: "God cannot take to heart the slave who has been kept in ignorance and degradation, knowing nothing of God or the Bible, fearing nothing but his master's lash, and holding a lower position than the brutes." As Apostle Paul noted in the wholesale freedom given won for the elect on Calvary by the Lord Jesus Christ: "Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all" (Colossians 3:11; See also Romans 10:12, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:28). The Book of Philemon epitomizes these abolitions of all social binaries and other categorizations in human relationships.
Veganism: - The lifestyle of SDA members abstaining from eating meat has been commended by nutritionists and the medical community alike, but it is not Biblical. Nowhere in the Holy Bible were we commanded to abstain from eating meat. In fact, when the Lord God Almighty visited His friend, Papa Abraham; he ate meat prepared for Him according to Genesis 18:1-10. It was after this meal of meat and milk which the Lord God ate that He pronounced blessing on Abraham and his wife, Sarah for the fruit of the womb. Apostle Paul warned genuine believers against this destructive heresy as part of the signs of the Last Days in I Timothy 4:1-5: "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people not to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer."
More Heresies: The divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is solid, irrefutable and incontrovertible. Jesus Christ is God Almighty in the flesh, period! The Holy Bible says it, Jesus Christ Himself said so and the Holy Spirit confirmed it in our spirit. I am currently putting together a spiritual expose on this truth which will be out soon and it is a book you will not love to miss, because even among some Christians, there are still arguing on the divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In Letter 32, 1999, Volume 5 on page 1129 of the Seventh Day Adventist Bible Commentary, Mrs. White wrote and the SDA upheld her submission that "The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty." As disclosed in this column last week, any religion, sect, denomination etc that disclaims the divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and teaches its adherents the same is not the True Christian sect or organization. If you're a member of SDA and you're reading this, your eternal destiny hangs precariously in the balance. Get out and look for a Christ-believing, Holy Spirit-directed and taught and Biblically-grounded Church so you can develop intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and carry out His earthly assignment for your life.
In Spiritual Gifts Volume 3 page 301, Mrs. White distorted the biblical account of the Tower of Babel thus: "This system was corrupt-referring to the Tower of Babel-before the flood by those who separated themselves from the faithful followers of God, and engaged in the building of the tower of Babel." We know that the Tower of Babel was not built by the Neolithic World before the Deluge, but after according to Genesis 10.
Total Atonement for Sins of the Human Race:- The Holy Bible taught us and the Holy Spirit confirmed experientially that the sins of the human race-past, present and future- had been fully paid on Calvary through Death by Crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No human being can add or subtract from this finished work on the Cross. In Early Writings , page 253, Mrs. Ellen White refuted and disclaimed this Bible Truth: "Jesus entered the most holy of the heavenly sanctuary, at the end of the 2,300 days of Daniel 8 in 1844, to make a final atonement for all who could be benefited from His mediation."
Analogous to the above heresy taught by the SDA was another faith-destroying lie and doctrinal fallacy of Mrs. White in Patriarchs & Prophets, page 357 thusy: "The blood of Christ, while it was to release the repentant sinner from the condemnation of the law, was not to cancel sinůit will stand in the sanctuary until the final atonement."
The most outrageous teaching of Mrs. White which lamentably and tragically being promoted by the SDA can be found in Great Controversy pages 422, 485 & 486 that Satan, rather than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bore the sins of the entire human race on the Cross. According to Mrs. White: "It was seen, also, that while the sin offering pointed to Christ as a sacrifice, and the high priest represented Christ as a mediator, the scapegoat typified Satan, the author of sin, upon whom the sins of the truly penitent will finally be placed." Ouch! Mrs. White continued her fallacy and error thus: "Christ will place all these sins upon Satanůso Satanů will at last suffer the full penalty of sin." Holy God! Only a twisted and demented soul would teach this fallacy and that was exactly what Mrs. White was-a false prophetess of Satan.
If you are a member of SDA, leave this sect and organization now and pray sincerely from the bottom of your heart that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ should open your spiritual eyes and direct you by the Holy Spirit to a church where the Truth is preached so you can develop in your relationship with the Lord of lords and make it to heaven. If you stubbornly cling to the teachings of this sect and stay put, you're risking your eternal destiny. I have discharged the assignment the Holy Spirit entrusted and committed into my hands. Praise the Lord, Hallelujah!
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NEXT WEEK: What does the Church of Scientology teach? Is this a Christ Church? Are members of this sect real Christians? Find out and more here in this column next week.