A FIELD OF TARES


Speaking of Jesus, ‘John said, ‘In Him is life and that life is the light of all human beings.’ Life and truth (light) go together. We see the opposite is the case where error and death go together. The father of lies was a murderer from the beginning. Falsehood suffocates life. Gospels that are ‘other’ than the gospel of Jesus and Paul leech out life because they cause separation from God and more. They are accompanied by a spirit of death.

The truth of the gospel of the Kingdom is stark in its effect. ‘In Him is life and that life is the light of men.’ Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He Himself is your life and the eyes with which you see. Sincerity and Bible study are no substitute for the lens of life that is Jesus. It appals me that in so many cases people leave the gospel for Adventism because they ‘did Bible studies.’ You can make the Bible say almost anything and William Miller did. Ellen White endorsed his teaching and made a cult following out if it that became Adventism.

Miller’s hermeneutic had little to do with the person of Jesus. In no way can his thoughts be seen as a revelation of Jesus Christ. Far from being a chain of truth Miller linked together a liquorice all sorts of scriptures having no regard to their context or the relevance of the supporting texts. He utilised allegorical methods of interpretation that had no relation to the topic and that were not inherent in the passage. As a result, the text was capable of being bent to any meaning that was desired, namely his own assumptions.

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People like my great grandmother became Adventists as a result of ‘Bible studies.’ In this twisted hermeneutic the scriptures are made to say what the writers never intended – like ‘the dead know not anything.’ This scripture is not about the state of the dead at all. It’s about the need to make the best of your life as a living person! It’s safe to say that no person reading the Bible without an Ellen White/Adventist lens would ever come up with Adventism’s distortion of the plan of salvation.

The year-day principle has no validity in scripture or in Christian theology, yet is the foundation of the Investigative Judgment which is Adventism’s reason for being. Sadly the year/day principles is nonsense. The fabric of Miller’s work must be seen as specious reasoning under-girded by deceptive proof-texting - a series of invalid assumptions joined together and disguised as truth. Miller had no understanding of the difference between the old and new covenants and neither do Adventists today. Although some understand instinctively that if the new covenant is what it says is then this covenant is the foundation of the new testament church and Adventism as a denomination has no reason to exist whatsoever.

The delusion that one is caught in as an Adventist is this: That in living to its tenets one is following the Bible. Unfortunately one is captured by a bent version of the Bible and a distorted version of Christ. The issue of the ages is the loving character of our Father and our glory in Christ as God’s sons. Nothing of the law here. It is sonship that is key – sonship flowing from the union with our Father that Jesus secured. Jesus never lived from the law. To Him it was never an issue. His issue was to reveal His Father and be one with His Father as a son. Today this is our issue because Christ is our life.

Some have attempted to save Adventism through introduction to the Holy Spirit and the charismatic gifts. This would be possible if all that Adventism lacked was the Holy Spirit. But the situation is more dire. Living in old covenant religion, Adventism separates people from God. The cross appears negated. The at-one-ment appears not complete and you are left to work at it yourself! Adventism and the Father are not one.

‘Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied’ Matt 13.24-28 NIV.

The at-one-ment is not accomplished because the cross has been neutralised by the resurrection of the law. By raising the law from the dead Adventism buries itself, and makes a virtue out of hawking around ‘this body of death.’ Sadly ‘The Sabbath’ is made to suffice as a false grace and false Messiah – a cover all item incapable of producing self-control, holiness or sonship. But it does induce an uneasy conformity yet with it a fearful looking forward to judgment. Adventism substitutes the health message for the spirit and life of Jesus incarnated in the person and the church. The solution remains what it was when Paul exclaimed ‘Who shall deliver us from this body of death?’ Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ!’

‘The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one’ Matt 13.38 NIV.

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