When Satan convinced Adam and Eve that "You shall not surely die" their perception of God and themselves was completely changed. Humanity lost its true identity and lost its connection with God.
The resulting curse included a sense of worthlessness and a need to find value in achievement.
A comparison of Patrick's confession of faith, the Nicene Creed, and Early Christian Baptism follows the begotten belief into the fifth century.
Presented by Gary Hullquist
Session 1 on the subject of the Character of God as Agape as opposed to Eros
The central theme of the 1893 series of sermons is that we are accepted in the Beloved. Ellen White expressed a deep reality to this truth when she stated
And the word that was spoken to Jesus at the Jordan, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased," embraces humanity. God spoke to Jesus as our representative. With all our sins and weaknesses, we are not cast aside as worthless. "He hath made us accepted in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:6. DA 113.
The thought that God spoke to us through Christ to tell us that we are His Sons and Daughters forms the central theme of the Identity Wars message.
The first Identity Wars message was presented Sept 29, 2001 which was a seventh-day Sabbath on Yom Kippur during a Shemitah (Seventh Sabbath year).
A sermon that will challenge your understanding of the three angels messages. Learn how the message Babylon is fallen is a powerful exaltation of the cross.
The reading of Daniel 7 led Adventists to see a movement by the Son of Man towards the Ancient of Days in the Most Holy Place. Why have Protestants not been able to see this movement and see the Biblical teaching of the Investigative Judgement? Why do many Adventists now deny this doctrine through either a denial of victory over sin in this life or an outright denial of the doctrtine completely.
In our meetings the steps were carefully laid out.
The material from the book Identity Wars establishes the relational value system where we do not glory in things but in our family and friends relationships. This opened the way for the understanding of the Divine Pattern which gives to us the key to knowing how the fountain of blessing is established. When once Christ is free to take the position of submission to the Father as described in the Divine Pattern then the channel of blessing as described in the book Life Matters will open up.
Imagine being compelled by a desire to be close to every single person you know. Maybe if you had lots of money and showered people with gifts you could certainly get people’s attention. Yet would they be close to you? Would they not be further away from you because the gifts you give become a replacement for yourself and your friends would desire your gifts more than they would desire you and your company. Such was the experience of the prodigal son when his money ran out.
Many people have puzzled over Ellen White’s letter to her daughter in-law Mary White in 1882
Mary, if you can get me a good box of herrings, fresh ones, please do so. These last ones that Willie got are bitter and old. If you can buy cans, say a half dozen cans of good tomatoes, please do so. We shall need them. If you can get a few cans of good oysters, get them. (Letter 16, 1882, dated May 31, 1882, from Healdsburg, California).
It’s a simple question that invites you to fulfil the command of Paul.
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 2 Cor 13:5
The question is an invitation to see if we have found hope in the gospel of Christ. Not a false hope that promises all of heaven while we continue our evil deeds against others without a sense of accountability because we assure ourselves that we are forgiven. Instead it speaks to a hope that enables us to believe that the creative Spirit of God through Christ can transform us to be like Christ.
I have never seen this kind of presentation in over thirty years by an SDA mininster. Wow! Video @ 48:10 says Uriah Smith could not be baptized in the SDA church today. @68:40 the presenter says basically; believe whatever you want if you don't make waves and pass out literature.
By the providence of my heavenly Father I have been given a day for reflection this Sabbath. As I look outside my window the rain is streaming down in torrents; a fitting symbol to mark the fourth year since I was removed from my beloved church for my love for the begotten Son.
Have you ever read a book that you could not put it down until you finished?