We have a wonderful reason to celebrate a great event in history of humanity.
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a German monk, nailed the 95 theses on a church door in the university town of Wittenberg. By doing this he set the Church Reformation in motion.
During the Reformation five Latin statements emerged that summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity:
Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, Mediator between God and man, and King.
Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.
The reformers formulated ethical principles and have set new models of behavior. Because of that positive social, educational, cultural, political and economic transformations became possible. Thus, Reformation not only transformed the Church, in many respects it shaped the world in which we live in.
“Sincere respect for the men of early times may be joined
with a clear perception of their weaknesses and errors; and
it becomes us to remember, that errors, which in them were
innocent, because inevitable, may deserve a harsher
appellation if perpetuated in their posterity.
WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING.
IN TWO PARTS.
PACIFIC PRESS: OAKLAND, CAL.,
REVIEW & HERALD: BATTLE CREEK, MICH. 1884.
PREFACE: — By all who have faith in the efficacy of the blood of Christ to cleanse from sin, the Atonement is confessed to be the great central doctrine of the gospel. On this they agree, however much they may differ on other
doctrines, or on the relations of this. And yet the number of books on this subject is not large, compared with the number on many others, not held to be as fundamental in the Christian system as this.
In developing the argument we have tried to follow the Scriptures in their plain, literal reading, without regard to the positions of others who have written before us. It would be a pleasure to us to agree with all who are considered evangelical, and we have differed with them only because our regard for the truths of the Bible compelled us to do so.
With those who consider it necessary to apologize for the Bible, the writer has little sympathy. It is a noticeable fact that of all the writers and speakers whose words are recorded in the Bible, no one ever undertook a defense of the sacred word. “The Scriptures” were appealed to as final authority by both Christ and his apostles; and if any denied their authority, they were considered beyond the reach of proof — they would not believe though one should rise from the dead. Luke 16:31. And when men of a certain class denied a Scripture truth, the Son of God did not meet them with philosophy or science, but settled the question by an appeal to the word itself, answering: “Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” Matt. 22:29.
The reader may then question why we have departed from the beaten track in laying the foundation of an atonement by an appeal to principles of reason and of law. It was because we believe that something is due to those who have received erroneous ideas of the doctrine from those who stood as religious teacher. Many have assailed the Atonement because of the unwise teachings of its professed advocates.
They affirm that it is a doctrine which leads to license and immorality; and they are confirmed in their opinion by the positions of learned theologians who deny that justice underlies the Atonement, virtually, and often openly,
declaring that the gospel does not establish and vindicate the law of God. We do not believe that outside of “theology” a soul could be found who would insist that pardon of a crime absolved the criminal from obligation to
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (Eph 6:13-14 KJV)
We need shield of righteousness to withstand the evil day. Do not let your heart be troubled, but embrace that day with confidence. Look at that terrible day not with trouble. The Lord gives you righteousness, the first things that allows you to withstand that day.
Righteousness is a quality and a state of being righteous and just, doing the right things with correct motive.
How do we get that righteousness? The answer is not to try harder.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (Rom 10:2-3 KJV)
The best things you can do is to submit yourself to the righteousness of God. All you need to do is to believe in the lord Jesus and receive His righteousness in your life. About Abraham it says,
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (Rom 4:21-22 KJV)
By faith in His righteousness He justifies us and makes us righteous.
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. (Gal 5:5 KJV)
Pharisees were righteous in their own eyes. Our righteousness has to exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Mat 7:21-23 KJV)
They were doing their own thing.
Ezekiel 33. If the righteous sins, his righteousness won’t be remembered.
The righteousness of God will deliver you in the evil day.
The passage in Ezekiel 14:12-20 started me on that topic. The good news in in verses 22-23,
22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.
23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD. (Eze 14:22-1 KJV)
The idea is to bring forth the remnant, and we will see it was not in vain what God was doing.
We need to have righteousness to be a part of that remnant.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. (Heb 11:7 KJV)
Vernon Stoltzfoos, evangelist
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How do you know you are saved? What must I do to be saved? And if I am saved, why am I in so much doubt? I will try to cover some of that territory now.
Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (Joh 12:32 KJV) Who lifts Hum up?
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 Jo 5:13 KJV)
People who say you do not know if you are saved or not do not know what they are talking about. The Bible says we can know that we are saved.
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (Joh 3:15-18 KJV)
The reason many people do not know they are saved because of they tongue, the way they are saying things and doing things.
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January 1, 2010
Preached at Beacon of Truth Church. Richmond, Kansas
Many people are sin conscious, because they do not know what the blood of Jesus does. It takes faith to believe that the blood cleanses you from all sin.
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Heb 9:11-12 KJV)
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. (Heb 10:1-2 KJV)
If God said He gave you eternal redemption, you have to believe it. “But I don’t feel like that!” It has nothing to do with reality. You need to get rid of the conscientiousness of sin (I’m just a sinner saved by grace) and start seeing yourself in victory.
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; (Heb 10:16 KJV)
I want you to notice: the law is in your heart and in your mind.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (Heb 10:19 KJV)
You are no longer hoping you prayers will be heard, but you have relationships with the Lord and have direct understanding. Men have tendency to go by feelings. But you are saved by His blood, not if you feel it or not. We need to walk by faith in the blood.
Today we will talk about understanding the communion service. What do we have communion for? What are we expecting to accomplish? We will never understand communion until we understand why Jesus wants us to eat Hid flesh and drink His blood.
We were born with sinful nature. There is no one righteous. It took something to get us broke loose from sin. I need to appeal my case before God. We are reconciled to God through the atonement.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (Rom 5:10-11 KJV)
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Apostle Daniel Rodes.
Grace and Truth Mission. Waynesboro, VA. Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
Некоторые думают, что всё дело в том, чтоб мы были благословенными. Нет, всё дело в том, чтобы мы были преображены. Если вы будете стремиться только к благословениям, и не будете видеть их, то тогда у Вас будет куча вопросов, и вы разочаруетесь. И вы будете использовать свою веру на то, тобы добиться прорыва и благословений, о которых думаете, что в них всё. Нет! Всё дело в том, чтобы вам иметь мир с Богом, сиять ярким светом, ходить в любви и милосердии, творить мир посреди бед и огненных испытаний.
От одного человека жена ушла к другому. Он 5 дней кричал в своей комнате: “Боже, почему Ты это допустил? Верни мою жену!” Через 5 дней ощутимое присутствие Божие появилось в его комнате. Он утихомирился. Бог ответил ему: “Почему ты молишься так 5 дней? У тебя нет проблемы”. Для большинства пасторов сказанное Богом непонятно. Этот человек закричал на Бога:”Что Ты имеешь в виду, что у меня нет проблемы? Это что – шутка? Мои дети остались без матери! Моя жена подала на развод! Она в объятиях другого мужчины!” Бог поворил: “Я тебе сказал точно. У тебя нет проблемы. Твоя жена в беде. А все 5 дней ты только то и делал, что плакал и молился за себя. А Я-то думал, что ты умер для себя. Ты не подумал о ней. Она погибла! А у тебя все хорошо. Я с тобой”.
RST Притчи 4:7 Главное– мудрость: приобретай мудрость, и всем имением твоим приобретай разум.
CRV Притчи 4:7 В чем начало мудрости? Обретай мудрость, что бы ты ни копил, накопи разумение.
NAS Proverbs 4:7 “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
Turn to Faith Avenue and it will take you to Victory Lane.
What the law cannot do, faith can. The law cannot make you holy. The law does not require substance, faith does. Jesus is the evidence you need against the evidence that is against you. Jesus in His hand has the receipt that you have been bought.
Faith is the portal (gateway) to immortal things. By the power of the Holy Spirit the Lord made you worthy.
If you are not abiding in the Word, you will feel condemnation.
KJV Acts 13:39: “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”
Fine line is between operating in the flesh and in the Spirit.
You are blessed. What will bring you in the days ahead it will be the things invisible. You can rely on them. When you don’t have anything to eat these invisible things can provide you food. You life is in the things Your Father says.
Today I want to talk about divine inheritance. To inherit something the one who gave it to you must die.
1 Peter 1. You are not forgotten, you are begotten.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1Pe 1:3-5 KJV)
You are kept by the power of God. Grace is power of God.
Testimonies come from tests.
Grace will come to you at revelation of Jesus Christ. The more you suffer the more you will understand what He went through to get you out of it. You have a way out of your suffering, He did not.
Don’t let anything in this world to take your inheritance from you. Lay hold of eternal life.
We are living in a time when it is normal for people to backslide. Many have the mentality they can do as they please and still expect God to bless them. They have lost the fear of God and are not afraid to sin. Yet, when God doesn’t answer their prayers, they can’t understand why.
We must recognize we cannot reach Heaven with sin in our lives. Sin separates from God. When we are separated from God, He desires that we return to Him through repentance. Most people, today, do not understand how to repent.
Repentance really means to change your thinking toward sin and acknowledge that your sin is separating you from God. As you recognize your sin as exceeding sinful, it will stir the fear of the Lord in your heart.
Sin is attractive and fun for a season, but in the end, it brings destruction. This reminds me of a sermon I once heard entitled, “All Satan’s Apples Have Worms.” The minister stressed the idea that sin is appealing but ends with trouble. This message left quite an impression on me.
Sin will take you further than you want to go. It will get you into more trouble than you expected. When I was a young man, my father told me, “You’ll never become an alcoholic if you don’t allow alcohol to touch your lips. Stay away from it.” I honored that request. I have never tasted alcohol and it has saved me from much heartache. I have heard people say they could control their use of alcohol. They thought they could drink in moderate amounts, but soon became addicted. If they had never taken the first sip, they wouldn’t have become alcoholics.
People are being trained that as long as they become a “Christian,” then it is OK for them to sin. They confess, “We all sin and come short of the glory of God.” John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, declared, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). That’s pretty self-explanatory. You will not enter into the Kingdom unless you repent.
Some may say, “Well, I quit sinning.” No. That won’t work either. There has to be a time
that sin is cut off. God promised us redemption through Jesus Christ for sins that are past; “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” (Romans 3:25). God only forgives the sins that are past. How do you know when that sin is cut off and finished? When it is no longer in operation. Sins that are past are no longer active, enjoyed or excused.
Some may ask, “What happens after repentance?” Repentance releases you from the guilt and condemnation that you had in the past. When you truly repent of the sin you committed, that sin does not exist anymore. It is removed. It may exist in the eyes of your brothers and sisters in the church. It may exist in the eyes of the heresy hunters and those who want to bring up your past. However, it will not exist in the eyes of God. Once you have repented, it is settled between you and the Most High God: “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). He has taken away all of our transgressions, sins and rebellion. He promised to remember them no more. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12). Why won’t God remember them? Because they don’t exist. A cry of repentance has been made. He will not remember sins and iniquities that have been forgiven and pardoned.
We get used to the idea that positive changes in a person can happen only as minor modifications, with defects remaining anyway. There are many concepts of personality development (on becoming a person). Almost nobody strives with psychological measures to modify a human being toward being completely good, perfect. However, the Bible suggests this as a valid possibility.
The Holy Scripture sees the process of development, of becoming a person as a restoration (reconstruction, recreation) of perfect human nature, which was lost after the Fall1 or the process of sanctification. For simplicity let us illustrate this process with the means, which Jesus Christ used a lot, a story. This is a theological allegory, “Good and bad news”.
Tom was a terrible criminal. He was proud of not having any conscience, that he had committed every possible crime. Eventually he was caught. He was in prison and was worrying about what would happen next. He was thinking about escaping, even about suicide. But both were impossible. He was too well guarded. He was rehearsing different speeches denying his evil deeds, but none of them sounded persuasive enough. His future seemed absolutely dark. He was aware that he had gotten himself into a desperate situation.
Whom does the Bible consider a law-breaker, a sinner? “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Romans 3:25. It means this message applies to every one of us.
The only thing that prevents reaching perfection and sanctification is sin. What is sin?
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6…Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more (John 8).
The panel was composed of scholars from La Sierra and Loma Linda Adventist Universities: Professor Fritz Guy and ProfessorKendra Haloviakfrom La Sierra University School of religion, Larry Christoffel, Pastor of the Loma Linda campus Hill church and ProfessorJon Paulien, Dean of the School of Religion at Loma Linda University, the moderator of the discussion.
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Jon Paulien, PhD:Let me introduce our members. We’ll be going a little less than an hour, and around 5 o’clock written questions will be delivered to me and by some magical system I will choose a few of those to share with the panel. …
We haveFritz Guywho is with us from La Sierra University – a systematic theologian, philosophical theologian, and one of my Professors at seminary, for which I will always be grateful.
We haveLarry Christoffel, who is one of the pastors here at the campus Hill church. He will bring us, I think, a bit of a perspective of practical pastoral theology.
To my right isKendra Haloviak, who I was deeply privileged to have as a student at the seminary. And sometimes your students go beyond you, and Kendra would be one of those who I’m very proud of. And she is at La Sierra University, and we share a specialty in the New Testament and in the book of Revelation in particular.
To my left of course in the man of the hour [Dr.Desmond Ford] and I’d like to open this discussion with a short testimony. We have hardly ever met, I think just in passing a couple of times. So this is really our closest acquaintance. And I would like to tell you that growing up as a Seventh Day Adventist I was one of those weird children who spent a lot of time in the Bible, and kind of knew the Bible back and forth. I was even in New York City on some Bible quizzes and came out very successfully over the radio as a small child. But there were two books of the Bible that always troubled me. They were not Daniel and Revelation, they were Romans and Galatians. And it just seemed to me, if somehow those could be left out of the Bible, the Adventism I knew could be perfectly defended [laughter in the audience].
If you have felt impatient in the last half hour, I know someone much more sinful in that respect. He is talking to you.
None the less, it is a joy to be here. As a matter of fact at my age, it is a joy to be anywhere [laughter].
I beg of you not to be put off by the title assigned me for this lecture. It could just as easily have been “What Is The Bible’s Chief Metaphor On How To Get Right With God Right Now Despite Sinfulness, Failures And Follies?”
The word “forensic” sounds so metallic impersonal, cold. But it just means “according to law”. And law is codified “love”. Law is not God’s creation, it’s God’s nature. Law is alive on God’s throne, sways His scepter, basks in His glory. Without it you and I could not survive 5 seconds. Law tells us, that the universe is not haphazard. Law tells us of the secret of lasting joy is obedience to law – physical, mental and spiritual.
Loma Linda’s Hill Church on Sabbath, September 6, 2008, hosted Dr. Desmond Ford, the most significant theologian produced by the Adventist church. The hot topic of the afternoon was his presentation on the Forensic Atonement Theory In Light Of the Christian Gospel.This was probably the first time D. Ford was given an opportunity to speak at an Adventist Church in North America since Glacier View.
Desmond Ford was introduced by the executive director of the Adventist Today Foundation, Dr. Ervin Taylor:
“On behalf of the Adventist Today Foundation who is the publisher of the journal “Adventist Today” I would like to welcome you to this 2008 Richard Hammill Memorial lecture. This lecture series honors the late Richard Hammill, the scholar, who had a long and distinguished carrier as a Seventh-day Adventist educator, University administrator and a senior churchman. In the early and mid 1990-s in active retirement at Loma Linda Dr. Hammill became involved in discussions, which contributed greatly to the advancement of progressive approaches to various traditional Adventist theological understandings. Today, we honor the memory of Dr. Hammill by seeking through open dialog a better understanding and appreciation of the range of views on important theological and other issues that are currently being discussed by scholars both within the Adventist faith and within a larger Christian community.
The problem is us. Since the fall of Adam, humans have demonstrated that they are prone to violate God’s design for themselves. The Bible is filled with the stories of God pursuing a relationship with humans like He had with Adam and Eve before sin entered this world.
The most elaborate explanation and demonstration of how God wants to keep us in an acceptable relation with Him is found in the Tabernacle services. If we are so prone to rebel, how can God tolerate staying anywhere near us?