multitude of Adventist related corporations have mushroomed in size and influence since the movement’s beginnings in the 19th century and, over the years, each outreach has taken on a personality of its own. In our time, the Amazing Facts (AF) group has come to personify the denomination.
he Bible tells us The Lord intended that doctrine is to be derived from the scriptures. The well known proof text for this statement is "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for instruction in righteousness..." (II Timothy 3:16). We completely concur, and in this section of the ProFiles on the Christian Media Research website, we seek to measure the doctrinal positions of others against the written revelation found in the scriptures.
The issue of subjectivity looms large as we pursue this aspect of our ministry. While the spirit of the age consistently leads many ministries to a peaceful co-existence, as they seek to emphasize their commonalities, we find the 'we can agree to disagree' approach to be fatally flawed - with the presumption that theological error is tolerable.
To make matters even more difficult, many of the doctrines espoused by various groups are shrouded in an absence of counter-point. For example, vast numbers of religious bodies never even mention there are other doctrinal perspectives that have an historical legitimacy. Young Christians are frequently indoctrinated in one theological view, and are not even aware that they are versed in a rather narrow stream of thought that they ignorantly consider to be the mainstream.
Because Christian Media comes to the arena with a specific and relatively well defined series of theological perspectives, we freely acknowledge that the subjectivity of doctrinal interpretation is just as pronounced here as it is in any rival organization. We believe that honest inquiry is crucial if anyone is to be led by the Spirit of the Lord to the truth - and pretending there are no opposing views is patently hypocritical.
While some people naturally gravitate to an intellectually dispassionate examination of doctrinal differences, we wish to emphasize that we believe God will hold us all accountable for the choices we make. We further believe that the strait and narrow gate of salvation in Christ is just that: narrow and strait. Thus, we urge all, in the most strenuous terms, to not take the issue of doctrine lightly.
God is not mocked, and if you fail to be led into the truth it won't be because the Holy Spirit chose to exclude you. It will be because you refused to hear the truth and respond to His leading. Scripture states that the failure to love the truth is the reason the Lord sends a "strong delusion" (II Thessalonians 2) on the world - and we believe this includes the professing "Christians." When it comes to doctrine, YOU must be seriously motivated with a powerful desire to really know the TRUTH.
Anything short of that noble goal will lead you to another Jesus, another gospel, or the broad way that leads to destruction. Rather, scripture instructs us to seek to enter in at the strait gate, where we find the living water that is freely given by Jesus Christ - who promises us that "...whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:14).
n the prophets, there may not be a topic more provocative than the mysterious names Gog and Magog and, after researching, writing, and speaking on the subject for about 40 years, I’ve come to see that much of my early work on the subject was relatively shallow.
The Machiavellian Machinations Of Chuck Missler
istorically closely associated with Calvary Chapel, former electronics executive Chuck Missler is one of the most talented public speakers we’ve ever seen. Gifted with lightning fast speech, an exemplary vocabulary, and the ability to paint compelling word-pictures which captivate audiences small and great, Missler has built a substantial empire – consisting of media outlets, educational institutions, and prophecy outreaches encircling the globe.
r. David Reagan is one of the pillars of the modern Rapture Cult in America, and his steadfast defense of the Antichrist doctrine is unlikely to cease until He stands in judgment for it on the last day. Further, like all deadly deceivers, he has demonstrated he is able to reproduce his leaven, so those who become ensnared in his orbit are strengthened in their apostasy.
n Greek mythology, Circe was a female enchantress, who lured men to her island abode. She was known for her sensuality, her mastery of magic and potions, and a notorious legend in which she turned men into swine. Similarly, the Sirens were irresistible women, infamous for mesmerizing sailors who, once hearing their intoxicating song, were helplessly drawn to their deaths on the rocks of the island where they lived.
he scriptures place a considerable emphasis on the concept of "bearing witness" (Romans 2:15). In the Gospels, Jesus said "There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true" (John 5:32). It is clear that Christ was referring to John the Baptist - "He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light" (John 1:8).
he doctrine of the Trinity, or the triune nature of God's existence, has been debated for many centuries. From the outset, I will note that many, many early heretical ideas came forth from those that addressed this issue, so we are on 'high alert' as we probe the subject. In this regard, we are fully aware that many modern heresies are only variations on ancient doctrinal issues that were related to the momentous battles waged over the truth in ancient times.
never cease to be surprised at the way the "love of money," as the root of all evil (I Timothy 6:10), still grips huge numbers of Christians in America. Furthermore, one of the strange ironies is the fact that it is frequently the poor that have yet to learn the truth about money.
he issue of theft of intellectual property is not at the top of the list for most remnant Christians, but in this arena Satan has managed to continue to retain a very old stronghold. For decades, in the "pop" Christian culture, the taping of Christian and secular music has been an extremely widespread practice that robs the artists, record labels, and other sectors of the industry of billions of dollars every year.
n our last issue of Currents, we looked at II Peter 3, where we found that the "scoffers" that are scheduled to arrive in what Peter refers to as "the last days" are the preterists - those that deny the literal scope of the various catastrophic episodes found in the Old Testament.