We Christians are told to honor our bodies as God's temple (1 Cor. 6:19-20), to present our bodies as living sacrifices (Rom. 12:1), and to glorify God in our eating and drinking (1 Cor. 10:31). We are not to make a god of our stomach. (Phil. 3:17-19) God is glorified by temperate eating of moderate amounts of wholesome food. God is dishonored when we indulge appetite, eating foods that we know are not the best.
But wait! Could there be another angle to the age-old works versus grace debate? While the Bible makes it abundantly clear that our good works, or obedience does not save us, (See Eph 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, 2 Tim 1:9, Gal 2:16, and many more) to conclude that no works, or no obedience saves us is to contradict the plainest of scriptures! Allow me to explain.
As much has already been said about the sermon, both pro and con, I would like to focus briefly upon the conclusion of the presentation and the appeal. Henderson’s appeal was that a safe place be established for “Adam and Steve,” at Pacific Union College. But more than that, it should not be a designated area on the campus, but rather that the college itself should be that safe place.
Unfortunately, the atmosphere [at PUC] is such that I feel I cannot, in good conscious, encourage my daughters to attend this school. Should they attend here, my concern would be that they would no longer abide by the guidance and principles I felt convicted to teach them. After listening to Pastor Henderson’s sermon, I felt the time had come to voice my disappointment and concerns and forward them to your office for your records.
The conservative Ted Wilson has set up a vote that, if the conservatives lose, will give the liberals what they asked for, but if the conservatives win, will merely reiterate the 1995 vote that the liberals have already ignored with impunity. I believe Elder Wilson's heart is in the right place, but he has been completely outmaneuvered on this issue.
INSTB’s can leave us with the feeling that our problems are a distinctive dark cloud designed to make our lives uniquely miserable. But unique experiences don’t have to be bad experiences — they can also be instructive and necessary. In fact each of these scenarios pale by comparison to three final “firsts” that lie directly ahead for our world.
Do you enjoy reading ADvindicate? Do you like having a forum in which to discuss the religious issues of the day? Is it important to you to have a fresh, unique perspective on Adventist news? Is it important for you to have a conservative Adventist perspective on church events that is not the bland, official propaganda, and certainly not the corrosive cynicism of those who would transform the church?
Jews, Muslims, and some African tribes practice circumcision as a matter of religion and sometimes culture. Most Jews circumcise their male babies on the eighth day, but in some other cultures circumcision is performed at puberty and functions as a rite of passage to adulthood. Christians also practice circumcision, but usually for health, rather than religious, reasons. In the United States, routine, preventative circumcision of neonates peaked in popularity in the 1960s, when over 80 percent of male babies were circumcised. Gradually since then, many have come to believe that circumcision is unnatural and even harmful, and the percentage of male newborns circumcised has fallen to just over 50 percent.
Satan is laying hold of multitudes, which brings me to the sad case of Jonathan Henderson. In his presentation, “Adam and Steve,” in front of impressionable students during Week of Prayer, he makes a number of declarations. It’s almost as though he’s in a fist fight with God’s Word insisting on a new and different “truth.” He mocks those who believe in God’s written Word, mocks God, and mocks the sanctity of marriage.
Pacific Union College chaplain and PUC Church associate pastor Jonathan Henderson was the featured speaker at PUC's Fall Revival last week, an annual fall quarter week of spiritual emphasis, focused on relationships. Monday began with Adam and God, and Tuesday followed with Adam and Eve, but on Wednesday, Henderson focused his attention on the issue of homosexuality in a sermon titled "Adam and Steve."