Written by Michael W. Pursley
The prophets prophesy falsely,
the priests rule at their sides,
and my people love it this way!
But what will you do when the end comes?
[I have been a parent-spectator in the fortunes of war. But now, I am a parent-combatant in the realms of spiritual and theological warfare.
When my daughter as a young Marine was badly wounded during the battle of Fallujah, our whole lives changed. Gone were the rosy expectations of a normal life for our daughter and family. Gone was the peaceful equilibrium of family balance. Gone were the days when we could wake up with expectations of a day’s quiet contentment and harmony. The new normal? Pain was the new normal! Medications were the new normal. Visits to the V.A. Hospital were the new normal. Prayers for healing were the new normal. Nothing was or is the same.
Why? Because, when a family member is hurt, the whole family is wounded… And only people who have had loved ones wounded or hurt, in one way or another, can ever truly understand this.
When I walked away from Seventh-day Adventism roughly 30 years ago, over the numerous theological errors I knew then, –the same, well-documented, fundamental, doctrinal errors of faith, recognized by denominational leaders since early days of Adventism, I felt as one who had climbed out of a long dark tunnel, as one who had been slimed, perhaps from the inside out; I was very happy to walk away, and I did; not just from the denomination, not just from the theology, but also from the people. –I say this to my shame and condemnation. Therefore, for me, this post is an act of repentance; it is a turning away from the sin of faithlessness. And it is a turning back to that task which God had given me to faithfully proclaim, His Gospel, in whatever circumstances I may find myself, both when it is convenient and when it is not. To faithfully do this; I must paint truth in its whitest white, error in its blackest black and to make sure there is no compromise between the two. “…Consider well Michael, do you not know from where you come? Do you remember whose message you were given? Even the great and mighty God! Who is all present! And who beholds all your ways! Do you not remember, that He is able to cast your soul into hell? Therefore, take care that you deliver your message faithfully!” May I do so faithfully with God’s grace. –MWP]
A few posts ago, we saw how those who have rejected God’s terms of grace were eternally damned.
There is no equivocation on this. As we saw earlier, the quaker, William Penn thunderously pronounces doom against the false pietistic churchmen, “There is no flying from his final justice, for those that reject the terms of his mercy.” Further, as we saw how Penn goes on to sorrowfully pronounce the reason for God’s righteousness judgment against them, “Their vain hope silences their convictions, and overlays all tender motions to repentance: so that their mistake about their duty to God, is as mischievous as their rebellion against him.”
How utterly sad. How utterly forlorn of divine help are those leaders and teachers in Seventh-day Adventism, who have knowingly lead their people down “false paths” and have not repented for doing so. As false shepherds they have led their sheep down false avenues of faith to their own damnation. Why? Simply because they feared what man would say, more than what they feared God would say in that final day.
Though these false religious leaders have had no qualms of having converts giving up their employment on Saturday, yet they fear to give up their own jobs, their own security, their own prestige, and their own power, for the sake of truth and for Jesus. They were, and are, posers and hypocrites of true Christianity. Their false piety was, and is, nothing more than a false compliment to the Son of God. “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn that person into twice the child of hell you yourselves are!” Matt. 23:15.
And when that day does come; that day of the Second Coming of Christ, that day which the leaders of Seventh-day Adventism claim they look for with their entire being, that day when they look up to Jesus, and Jesus says to them, “I never knew you,” they will then abandon all pretense, as they will abandon all hope. The weeping and gnashing of teeth will begin and it will not end, for they will be cast into that Lake of Fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.
How should you take this writing if you are a Seventh-day Adventist, or a leader in Seventh-day Adventism?
It should make you think, and think deeply, at the very least.
If you have read some of these earlier posts regarding Adventism, you are already beginning to know of just some of Adventism’s grossest errors. They are just a beginning; indeed, they are not very conclusive at all. They are not but a feeble few of the errors to be found in Adventism. But, if you already know that these errors are wrong, and have decided not to act Biblically upon your knowledge, if you have not come to Jesus and asked for forgiveness and turned from your erroneous teaching, then your attitude, your lack of true repentance, you lack of making Jesus the Lord of your life, may already be enough to damn you for all eternity, for you have already willfully rejected Christ –just as the Jews did. If Jesus is not Lord of all your life, then he is Lord of none of your life!
Think about that. Look inside yourself, do you not feel a knot of fear residing there? Is this not that fear which is a pang of conscience? Do you not realize that your conscience maybe the work of the Holy Spirit which is begging you, imploring you, to make things right with God? Do you not realize that your belonging to Seventh-day Adventism, is nothing more than a false compliment to God; that “Sabbath keeping” is a work counted against you if you are not “within the terms of God’s grace?” “Sabbath keeping” is not going to save you! It did not save the Jews! When A.D. 70 came along, they thought to themselves … just as you are doing now, “peace and Safety,” we are part of “God’s Remnant Church!” How utterly wrong they were! There was no flying from his final justice, for those that rejected the terms of his mercy. Not one stone was left on top of another.
Luther once related that, “Latomus (Jacobus Latomus) was the best among all my adversaries: his point was this: ‘What is received of the Church, ought not to be rejected.’ As the Jews said: ‘We are God’s people;’ so the Papists cry: ‘The Church cannot err.’ This was the argument against which the prophets and apostles fought; Moses says, ‘They moved me to jealousy with that which was not God, and I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation’ And St Paul: ‘That he is a Jew which is one inwardly;’ and Isaiah: ‘In Him shall the Gentiles trust.’ ‘It is impossible,’ say they, ‘that God should forsake His Church,’ for He declares, ‘I am with you always, unto the end of the world,’ etc. The question is, to whom do these words, refer? Which is the true Church whereof Christ spake? The perplexed, broken and contrite in heart, or the Romish courtesans and knaves?'” –I would add, “does this not also include the Adventist Leadership who insist that they have the “Sabbath” and Ellen White, and are therefore the true remnant church…even though they have rejected God’s “Plan of Salvation” as inscribed in Holy Scripture and who have also added the profane writings of Ellen White to his Holy Word to support their position?”
You can neither keep the Law nor the Sabbath perfectly, and you never will, and it is that absolute perfection which is all that matters with God. Perfection of keeping the law, including the Sabbath, was something that Christ did for you. In your heart you have broken all the commandments, including loving God with all your heart, mind and strength, or soul… Which is what God said was most important. IT was not the Sabbath. Neither is the Sabbath the means of Salvation, though Ellen White says… “It means eternal salvation to keep the Sabbath holy unto the Lord….” –Ellen White, 6T 356.4. (NOTE: Many references regarding the relationship and linking of salvation to the Sabbath were written by Ellen White. Though these visions and the theology were known to be false by the leadership of Seventh-day Adventism then… and now.
Dear Adventist, do not believe that there are not many, many Adventist professors and pastors, old and young, who do not know their error, they do! But like Nicodemus, they are afraid, …they will only meet with their Savior under the cover of darkness, and like Judas they will sell their Lord for 30 pieces of silver!
Worse, if you are a church leader, and you are knowingly teaching a lie, a lie which you know changes or adds to God’s Holy, Inspired and Inerrant Word, the Bible, what can you expect from God? Should you not expect “a certain fearful looking for a judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries”? Do you not feel this fear in your heart right now?
I implore you now, look deeply, do you at least even remember that nagging feeling you had when you realized you were teaching that which was not right? But you washed it away…. Repent! Repent! Repent, before it is too late!