Posted by: adventlife | September 21, 2015

The Vanishing Eternal Gospel, by Nic Samojluk

Gospel


Is Any Church Preaching the Eternal Gospel Today?

Before we attempt to answer the questions contained in the subtitle listed above, we need to make sure we are focused on the correct and full meaning of the question! The answer must identify a religious entity currently proclaiming the eternal gospel to the world. In order to provide the correct answer to the question, it may be wise to identify said gospel. A good description is found in the last book of the Bible:

The Eternal Gospel

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”Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth–to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” [1]

Most Christians equate the gospel with good news, and there is a lot of truth in this, but notice that the above quoted passage contains a reference to “judgment,” which forces us to admit that the gospel is more inclusive than simply good news—it also entails bad news for those who refuse the good news being offered.

In addition, we are told that these good news are everlasting in nature, implying that they were in existence since the beginning. So let’s go to the beginning. Do we find such good and bad news in the book that contains a record of what took place at the beginning?

Good & Bad News for Adam & Eve

The answer is “Yes.” The first two chapters of Genesis contain plenty of good news. Adam and Eve were provided with everything needed for their happiness and contentment. They lacked nothing necessary for a fulfilling life. Nevertheless, as we read chapter three, we find some bad news.

They were warned not to eat of the forbidden fruit. Said warning was accompanied by the tragic results of disobedience. Unfortunately, they dared to ignore the serious warning and forfeited the right to an unending life in paradise.

Good and Bad News to the Pre-flood Generation

The same eternal gospel was preached to the pre-flood generation. For 120 years, while building the arch, Noah preached the good and bad news to his generation. They were given the chance to survive the coming flood by simply following the monkeys, lions, and giraffes into the arch. They refused salvation from a sure death and perished.

The Eternal Gospel Offered to the Ninevites

The evil inhabitants of the ancient city of Nineveh were given the same opportunity of avoiding destruction. They were granted forty days to make a decision between life and death, and unlike the Noachian generation, they made the right choice, and were granted life instead of destruction.

What a contrast between the preaching of Jonah and that of Noah. Noah was able to save the lives of 8 people—the immediate members of his family–as a result of 120 years of evangelism; while Jonah, succeeded to save the entire population of a city following three days of itinerary preaching.

The Eternal Gospel is Offered to Us

The same gospel is offered to us, the members of the last generation of humanity, but the question is: Is any church organization preaching the full gospel that includes the good and the bad news contained therein?

Most church denominations are more than happy to preach the good news contained in said gospel, but neglect the bad news. We have already seen that the bad news includes a reference to judgment. We will be judged, but on the basis of what universally recognized criteria?

A Universal Norm for Human Behavior

Adam and Eve were judged on the basis of obedience! The same is true about the pre-flood generation, and the inhabitants of the ancient city of Nineveh; and the same is true about us. The question is: Is there a universal norm established by the Creator for his creatures? The answer is “Yes.” Here is the evidence:

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”This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.” [2]

According to this passage what God requires from us is obedience to his commandments and our faithfulness to Jesus Christ. This represents the heaven ordained criteria for salvation from eternal extinction.

What Religious Denomination is Preaching this Gospel?

Thus we have come back full circle to our original question: Is there a church denomination currently preaching this eternal gospel that includes—not only the good news of forgiveness and salvation—but also the bad news of judgment and obedience to all Ten of God’s Commandments?

This may surprise you, but My answer is “No.” If you belong to the “Remnant Church” of God, you may insist that the Adventist denomination does fulfill this requirement. But a short analysis will reveal that this is not the case.

Are we Preaching the Full Version of the Eternal Gospel?

You will probably agree with me that none of the Christian churches are preaching the full version of the eternal gospel. They are preaching the good news of Jesus Christ, but they are ignoring at least one of God’s Commandments. They are preaching only Nine of the Ten Rules for human behavior.

What about us, Adventists? You might be surprised to hear me saying that we have the same problem. We are teaching only Nine of those Ten Rules for human behavior. Rome has altered one of God’s sacred Rules, and we have done the same. Rome altered the Fourth Commandments, and we have modified the Sixth One.

A few years ago a friend of mine asked the former pastor of our local Adventist church how come he never preached about abortion. “If I did that,” the pastor replied, “some of my members might be offended.” This Adventist leader was smarter than John the Baptist who preached about sin and repentance and lost his head as a result. The same thing happened to Jesus and all of his disciples. They all died as martyrs for preaching the eternal gospel.

We Are Guilty of Modifying the Sixth Commandment

Where is the evidence? You may ask. Read the Adventists document known as “Guidelines on Abortion.” [3] It represents a human attempt of replacing one of God’s Commandment with human tradition. The Lord employed four words in order to protect the sacredness of human life: “You shall not murder.” [4]

We used 1314 words to replace and negate what God has ordained. We justify the killing of innocent unborn human beings under a variety of circumstances: When the pregnancy is the result of rape, when there is malformation in the unborn, and even when the unwanted pregnancy affects the mental health of the woman.

The woman says to her physician: “This pregnancy worries me; I cannot sleep nor take care of my studies and work; I am mentally depressed;” and bingo: Another innocent unborn baby is deprived of life. We don’t punish the rapist—we punish the baby.

The Moral Value of Human Life

I ask: Is nine months of mental depression more sacred than human life? Mental depression is a temporary condition, while abortion is a permanent one. Recovery from mental depression is usually over once the baby is born; while recovery from abortion is impossible. Recovery from a mental depression following abortion is illusory and may mar the peace of the woman for life.

Why did our SDA Church Water Down God’s Law?

You might ask: Why did we water down one of God’s commandments? The answer is profit. The State of Hawaii legalized the killing of the unborn in 1970. Our Castle Memorial Hospital received a request for an abortion, and the non-Adventist physicians employed there threatened to take their patients elsewhere in the event they were denied the right to offer abortion services for their patients. [5]

Our church leaders yielded to the pressure, the fear of men replaced the fear of the Lord, and some of our church-owned hospitals began offering abortions on demand. This practice became so bad that one of our leaders made the following observation about our Washington Adventist Hospital: “It has become an abortion mill now.”

Can the Church Undo this Shameful Detour from Moral Duty?

I ask: Is it too late to undo the damage that resulted from this horrendous compromise with evil? The answer is “No.” We have no power to undo the damage done to the thousands of unborn children who lost their life inside our Adventist medical facilities, but we can protect future generations of innocent unborn children from an unjust execution. The Bible says:

New International Version
”When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood! Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” [6]


What Would Ellen White Say to us Today?

We don’t know what Ellen White would say today knowing that some of the medical institutions she helped establish have been killing unborn babies for the sake of filthy profit, but we can make an intelligent guess on the basis of what she said about another sin closely associated with abortion in her day:

“We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree; and ministers who are handling sacred things are guilty of sin in this respect. They are coveting their neighbors’ wives, and the seventh commandment is broken. We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil?” [7]

If the sin of adultery among Adventists prompted her to warn us that we were in danger of becoming “a sister of Babylon,” would she compromise with evil on this issue as we have done?

The Role of Contrition, Confession, and Forgiveness

There is hope for our church. There is no forgiveness without confession and repentance. We need to repent of this detour from moral duty and start preaching the full version of the eternal gospel. The gospel should be good news to the unborn no less than to those who were lucky to be allowed to be born and bad news to those who love sin more than heaven and eternal life.

References

[1] Revelation 14:6-7

[2] Rev. 14:12

[3] https://www.adventist.org/en/information/official-statements/guidelines/article/go/0/abortion/

[4] Exodus 20:13

[5] https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1991/08/abortion-history-of-adventist-guidelines

[6] Isaiah 1: 15-18

[7] 21MR 380.1

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Responses

  1. This is a very well thought out indictment of a smug, presumptuous church which is in dire need of eyesalve. Nine commandments observed are not enough, and our disregard for the Sixth has drained the strength and vitality right out of our movement. As a result, the sense of purpose which once characterized the SDA is gone- replaced with the garbage theology now so prevalent in our churches. Instead of confronting the sin in our camp, and pursuing our God-given mission to spread the Three Angels Messages, we have opted for meaningless church growth programs and irreverent celebration-style worship.
    Anyway, you have stated the case very well. The hypocritical church has to repent or at last be spued out. And there is such a short time left…

    • Charles,

      Thanks for your timely comments. I wish we had a thousand individuals making similar comment encouraging pro-life Adventists in their work.

      Nic

  2. Abortions should be banned in our clinics as well as our hospitals, No exceptions.

    • I agree 100 percent!

      Nic


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