“Who Are We and Why Are We Here”?  Part 2

“Who Are We and Why Are We Here”?  Part 2
 
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Continued from last week . . .

I am firmly convinced that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is God’s last-day church, the Remnant Church of Revelation 12:17. This does not mean that only Seventh-day Adventists will be saved. God has his people in all churches. In Revelation 18:2 the fourth angel proclaims, “Babylon is fallen” and in verse 4 he says, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. (Rev 18:4 NKJ). Yes, many of God’s people are still in Babylon. I have always told my students, “There will be many Catholics in heaven, many Protestants, and some Adventists.”

 
Nevertheless, God called this church into existence and has given us a special message, the three angel’s messages of Revelation 14, to proclaim to the world, to prepare it for the Second Advent. In order to do this, we need to understand these messages. And in order to proclaim them we need to be grounded in the Word of God. We need to study it and accept what it says as it reads, and not explain away its plain meaning. According to the Spirit of Prophecy, “If men would but take the Bible as it reads, . . . a work would be accomplished that would make angels glad and that would bring into the fold of Christ thousands upon thousands who are now wandering in error” (GC 598).
 
In other words, when Scripture says, “in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day” (Exod 20:11) it means he created the world in six days and not in six million years. And when God says, “`You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Lev 18:22), It means just that! It means that homosexual practice is a sin, whether it is a loving relationship or not. Friends, take the Bible as it reads, unless there are good reasons to understand it symbolically or metaphorically.
 
From time to time we need to be reminded that we serve a living God. We know from Scripture that Satan is angry with the Remnant Church. He has seen to it that worldliness and pluralism have entered the Seventh-day Adventist Church as never before. Theological pluralism presents a tremendous challenge to the unity of the church today.