Few theological topics evoke such passion as the question of the assurance of salvation. In many ways this is understandable, as human beings naturally crave security. Insurance companies know this, which is why they are among the richest and most powerful organizations in our society.
What role does the church have upon the government and what role does the government have in the church? Should the church be involved in legislating morality? In this episode, Pastor Lemuel Sapian shares his thoughts on the recent culture wars between secularists and Christians, the Johnson Amendment, and the principles of the Separation of Church and State, and why Seventh-day Adventists break from evangelical Christians in regards to partisan politics.
To honor and exalt Jesus is the foundational commitment of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and undergirds its prophetic message expressed in the 28 Fundamental Beliefs. Salvation by Faith alone leading to a life of discipleship to Jesus is the goal of our mission. As we proclaim the three angels’ messages let us make sure that Christ stands at the center of all our activities and initiatives.
On March 24, 2018, hundreds of thousands of high school students, in America and throughout the world, marched in memory, solidarity, and protest as they honored their peers and mentors slain a scant five weeks earlier in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In certain places, like Wisconsin, the march would continue into the days to follow.
I was raised a Seventh-day Adventist, and in my early teens accepted the Anti-trinitarian view of God. But years later I experienced some unease with these teachings, and chose to search out more thoroughly the Truth for myself.
Episode 7 of Healing the Nations with Dr. Eric Walsh is now uploaded. Find out from Dr. Walsh what happened when sermons he preached was used against him to terminate his employment. The great personal cost he suffered and yet remained steadfast in his faith.
Like the Communist label during the 1920s “Red Scare,” and during the Joe McCarthy era thirty years later, the word “legalist” has become a popular though undefined epithet in a great deal of theological dialogue within Western Adventism. Like similar labels, whether in the secular political world or the world of theology, the “legalist” moniker often has the effect of closing minds and shutting down conversation before substantive evidence is considered.
It was August 1950. The Korean War had been going on for more than a month now. Communist North Korean forces, like a juggernaut, steamrolled through South Korean defenses and seemed on the verge of a decisive victory. A mere five years after the end of World War II, Americans were weary of war, but the alarming growth of communism proved too threatening.
In the wake of the most recent school shooting in the United States, in Parkland, Florida, survivors have voiced a sentiment that more and more has been heard in the aftermath of these tragedies—that thoughts and prayers are not enough.
God is love (1 John 4:8, King James Version). He is also all-powerful (Genesis 18:14; Luke 18:27; Revelation 19:6) and all-knowing (Psalm 139:2-6; Isaiah 40:13-14). Love inherently depends upon the presence of others and cannot be rightly revealed by one being alone. Love, when expressed in the presence of one, can only be directed to the self and would only produce pride, or self-love. Therefore, a God of love cannot exist alone.
This spring will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the siege and destruction of the Mount Carmel Center (sometimes called Ranch Apocalypse) in Waco, Texas, headquarters of the so-called Branch Davidians and their leader, one David Koresh. For those who aren’t aware or may not remember, the Branch Davidians were a splinter sect of the Shepherd’s Rod (or Davidian Seventh-day Adventist) movement, an offshoot of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1930.