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The Gospel and the Judgment 7. The Gift of Prophecy Since that time, have learned so much more that has strengthened my belief, not only in the validity of our pre- Advent teaching but in its importance as well. Many things have brought me to this point, one of them being that opponents of the doctrine not only have failed to come up with any- thing new to oppose it, they won't even confront our best defenses of it.
One would think that, after so much time, they would have some- thing original—something fresh—to level against what they so boldly disdain. Yet all they do is hurl the same arthritic arguments against the pre-Advent judgment: What about the context problem of Daniel 8?
Antiochus Epiphanes as the little horn, Of course, they claim that these arguments have never been answered I disagree. In the s and s, the church, using its best theologians, published the Daniel and Revelation Committee Series—seven volumes of scholarly chapters that dealt with many of these challenges. Instead, they simply utter blanket condemnations of the series, and then move on. Take the year-day principle, one of the bogeymen cited by those op- posed to But instead of mocking the Daniel and Revelation Commit- tee Series which he has done , why has he never confronted the two chapters in the series that defend the year-day principle?
Despite the usual snorting and fuming against the series, why haven't critics tackled, point by point, its refutation of the Antiochus Epiphanes interpretation of Daniel 8? Or its refutation of the supposed context problem of Daniel 8? Or its powerful chapter on the pagan and papal aspects of the little horn? Or its defense of our position on Hebrews?
With so many voices promoting the Antiochus interpretation for Daniel 8, one would think that at least one of these voices would challenge or at least try to challenge the church's best refutation of that interpretation.
But, of course, even more affirming than their silence has been the Word of God itself. While some of these folks are trying to decide which parts of the Bible are correct and which aren't, my study of the Bible has continued to affirm my belief in the sanctuary message.
Especially helpful has been my greater understanding and appreciation of the gos- pel in the context of the sanctuary and the judgment. This, with more study on Daniel, Revelation, and the Cross, has enhanced my belief in and the pre-Advent judgment.
Over the years, as learned more, kept thinking that needed to get what have learned in print—to update and fill out Made Simple. After years of procrastinating, finally did so, but only after being spurred on by something else. Our goal is to become the source for accurate information on Adventist doctrine and practice for the Evangelical world.
My interest here is not Brother Ratzlaff, his mo- tives, sincerity, or integrity. In fact, to give admittedly faint praise, Brother Ratzlaff has tackled some issues with a frank, even refreshing, bluntness. Unlike others, who—while either subtly or overtly condemning key teachings— still claim to be Adventists, Brother Ratzlaff has taken his premises to their logical conclusions. And had rejected the judgment as he has done, would have left the Seventh-day Adventist Church as he did.
Nevertheless, those seeking to judge Brother Ratzlaff less generously could, if so inclined, find reasons to do so. Now, assume that you like me reject fourteen of those proofs, while you like me believe that one, the one derived from Daniel , is valid.
It is of great importance to our study to realize that she unequivocally states that Miller was guided by God in his meth- ods, his conclusions, and his message. Examine his use of Scripture and his resulting conclusions. Without a thorough understanding of this chapter, it will be impos- sible to grasp the arguments and conclusions of this book.
This chapter locks in—or out—many of the unique aspects of Adventist theology, hermeneutics and the prophetic ministry of Ellen White emphasis in the original. Ellen White, therefore, can hardly be a prophet—because what prophet could endorse such blatant error? How did Brother Ratzlaff allow such an egregious contradiction into his book? Perhaps, as often happens to me, you get so close to what you write you miss some problems in it that is, until the day you see it in print.
What Bibles is he referring to which show that we are tampering with God's Word? For starters, The Clear Word. The Clear Word? Because Penguin Books prints the Koran, is that company now Muslim? Anyone who knows anything about Seventh-day Adventists knows how unfair and inaccurate the claim is that The Clear World is some sort of official Adventist version of the Bible. It is not intended for in-depth study or for public reading in churches. Jack Blanco, the author, holds the copyright.
The Review and Herald merely prints and distributes it; the book is not a Review and Herald publication. When first published it was called The Clear Word Bible; in later editions, to try to avoid misunderstanding, the title was changed to The Clear Word, an act that hardly bodes well for those who assert that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has its own Bible version. The what Bible? Most Adventists, imagine, have never heard of it.
In fact, when the school first approached the Ellen G. White Estate said in response: The fact that this study Bible has been provided to the Research Cen- ter should not be considered as an endorsement either of this publica- tion or of any other that places the writings of Ellen G. White within the two covers of a Bible. Though we believe that Mrs. White was inspired by the same Spirit that inspired the Bible writers, we also believe that the canon of Scripture is closed, and that it is a disservice to Mrs.
White and the church to blur the difference between her writings and those of the Bible. Any publication, however innocently conceived and produced, that makes it appear that the church considers Mrs. White's writings as part of the canon, opens the church to the charge of being a cult. His lack of knowledge is, therefore, understandable. His main charge, as presented in The Cultic Doctrine of Seventh-day Adventists, can be pared down to one sentence: The doctrine of the investigative judgment is not biblical, and therefore Ellen White, who promoted that doctrine, is a false prophet.
Here, in twenty-one simple words, is his attack. And here, in your hands, is my response. Only by understanding the structure of his attack can one understand my response to it.
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In books, on the Internet, and through his own publication, an outspoken former Adventist minister is attaching our church, especially the Investigative Judgment. These shots take aim at the heart of Adventism, extending to Ellen White, who is being called a "false prophet" because she supported the sanctuary doctrine. How can we respond? Can and the investigative judgment be supported biblically?
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Clifford Goldstein. In books, on the Internet, and through his own publication, an outspoken former adventist minister is attacking our church, especially the Investigative Judgment. These shots take aim at the heart of Adventism, extending to Ellen White, who is being called a "false prophet" because she supported the sanctuary doctrine. How can we respond? Can and the investigative judgment be supported biblically? Is this teaching contrary to the gospel, as this ex-Adventist minister claims, or are these challenges misguided efforts to blemish one of the most important revelations of God's character?