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The Ministry Of Heresies

  1. 3. <ul><li>Romans 8:28 </li></ul><ul><li>And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>All things </li></ul><ul><li>Good & Bad </li></ul><ul><li>Life-threatening & Tragic </li></ul><ul><li>Painful </li></ul>
  2. 4. Definition: Heresy <ul><li>Webster’s 1828 Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>HERESY, n. [Gr. to take, to hold; L. haeresis.] </li></ul><ul><li>1. A fundamental error in religion, or an error of opinion respecting some fundamental doctrine of religion. But in countries where there is an established church, an opinion is deemed heresy, when it differs from that of the church. </li></ul>
  3. 5. Webster Continues… <ul><li>The Scriptures being the standard of faith, any opinion that is repugnant to its doctrines, is heresy ; …In Scripture and primitive usage, heresy meant merely sect, party, or the doctrines of a sect, as we now use denomination or persuasion, implying no reproach. </li></ul>
  4. 6. <ul><li>2. Heresy, in law, is an offense against christianity, consisting in a denial of some of its essential doctrines , publicly avowed and obstinately maintained . </li></ul><ul><li>Example: “We are not perfect.” </li></ul><ul><li>What does the bible say about perfection or righteousness? </li></ul><ul><li>1 John 3:6, 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Ezekiel 3:21 </li></ul><ul><li>Revelation 22:11 </li></ul><ul><li>Job 1:1; Genesis 6:9 </li></ul><ul><li>2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Philippians 2:13 </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrews 13:20, 21 </li></ul>
  5. 7. <ul><li>THOUGHTS FROM THE MOUNT OF BLESSING </li></ul><ul><li>The conditions of eternal life, under grace, are just what they were in Eden—perfect righteousness, harmony with God, perfect conformity to the principles of His law. The standard of character presented in the Old Testament is the same that is presented in the New Testament . This standard is not one to which we cannot attain . In every command or injunction that God gives there is a promise, the most positive, underlying the command. God has made provision that we may become like unto Him , and He will accomplish this for all who do not interpose a perverse will and thus frustrate His grace. {MB 76.2} </li></ul>
  6. 8. Webster’s Definition: Who Is A Heretic? <ul><li>1. A person under any religion, but particularly the christian, who holds and teaches opinions repugnant to the established faith, or that which is made the standard of orthodoxy . In strictness, among christians, a person who holds and avows religious opinions contrary to the doctrines of Scripture , the only rule of faith and practice . </li></ul><ul><li>2. Any one who maintains erroneous opinions. </li></ul>
  7. 9. 2 Kings 9:1-20 <ul><li>God anoints Jehu As King </li></ul><ul><li>Jehu was a Driver: Baal </li></ul><ul><li>Jehu was full of zeal </li></ul><ul><li>2 Kings 10:15-17 </li></ul><ul><li>Except, Jehu had no love…How so? </li></ul><ul><li>N:B : Jehu was doing God’s work but not in God’s way. </li></ul>
  8. 10. TESTIMONIES TO MINISTERS AND GOSPEL WORKERS, p. 333. <ul><li>“ All who are longing for some engagement that will represent Jehu riding furiously will have opportunity enough to distinguish themselves .” </li></ul><ul><li>Jehu’s chariot still rides today! </li></ul><ul><li>“ Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart?” </li></ul><ul><li>Get in my chariot and ride with me… </li></ul><ul><li>We are going to destroy Baal worship in Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll show you my zeal for the Lord. </li></ul>
  9. 11. THE SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY. VOL. 2, p. 1038 <ul><li>Jehu Religion Unsafe </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is not safe for us to bind our interests with a Jehu religion.” </li></ul><ul><li>N:B : God has chosen Jehu—with a foreknowledge that Jehu would choose his own way. </li></ul><ul><li>Jehu: Fanatic not a fellowservant </li></ul><ul><li>Jehu: Firm in destruction not fervent in devotion </li></ul><ul><li>Jehu: God’s foreman not his forerunner </li></ul><ul><li>Jehu: Movement—to rid Israel of Baal worship, while harboring a monument dedicated to Baal worship. </li></ul>
  10. 12. Apostle Paul—Story Romans 10:2, 3 <ul><li>2 Corinthians 1:17-20 </li></ul><ul><li>When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay? But [as] God [is] true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, [even] by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea . For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. </li></ul>
  11. 13. Failing To Stand On, “Thus Sayeth The Lord…?” <ul><li>Mark 15:15 </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 23:25 </li></ul><ul><li>Galatians 1:10 </li></ul><ul><li>For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. </li></ul>
  12. 14. 1 John 2:18, 19 <ul><li>Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. </li></ul>
  13. 15. What Do Heresies Do? <ul><li>1. THE MINISTRY OF HERESIES: SIFTING </li></ul><ul><li>TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, VOL. 5, p. 707 </li></ul><ul><li>“ God will arouse His people; if other means fail, heresies will come in among them, which will sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat .” </li></ul>
  14. 16. 2 Kings 10:11, 28, 29, 31 <ul><li>N:B: Satan is not finished with the work of placing heresies among god’s people, and god is not finished allowing him to do so either. </li></ul><ul><li>Heresies: </li></ul><ul><li>Subtle </li></ul><ul><li>Seductive </li></ul><ul><li>Skeleton </li></ul><ul><li>Sight-Scent-Sound-Speech-Song-Senses </li></ul><ul><li>Security & Status </li></ul><ul><li>Satire </li></ul><ul><li>Semblance </li></ul>
  15. 17. SATAN’S DEFEAT, “ It Is Written ” LUKE 4:10 & JAMES 4:7, 8
  16. 18. <ul><li>2. THE MINISTRY OF HERESIES: SOFTENING </li></ul><ul><li>THE SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY. VOL. 2, p. 1038 </li></ul><ul><li>When the holy spirit is abiding in the heart, it will lead the human agent to see his own defects of character, to pity the weakness of others, to forgive as he wishes to be forgiven. </li></ul><ul><li>John 8:10, 11 </li></ul>What Do Heresies Do?
  17. 19. Dire Warning—Church <ul><li>TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, VOL. 6, p. 400 </li></ul><ul><li>As trials thicken around us, both separation and unity will be seen in our ranks. Some who are now ready to take up weapons of warfare will in times of real peril make it manifest that they have not built upon the solid rock; they will yield to temptation . Those who have had great light and precious privileges but have not improved them will, under one pretext or another, go out from us. </li></ul>
  18. 20. TWO EXITS STRATEGIES—SAME DESTINATION <ul><li>1. CHOOSE—KING AHAB’S </li></ul><ul><li>1 KINGS 22:34, 35 </li></ul><ul><li>2. CHOOSE—JEHU’S </li></ul><ul><li>2 KINGS 10:30, 31 </li></ul><ul><li>GOD KEEPS US FROM EITHER PERIL—BUT AT THE SAME TIME, HE USES IT TO ACCOMPLISH HIS DESIRED OUTCOME. </li></ul>
  19. 21. 3. THE MINISTRY OF HERESIES: SUPERFICIAL—STUDYING SCRIPTURE & SPIRIT OF PROPHECY <ul><li>Acts 17:11 </li></ul><ul><li>TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, VOL. 5, p. 707 </li></ul><ul><li>There are many in the church who take it for granted that they understand what they believe; but, until controversy arises, they do not know their own weakness. Precious light has come, appropriate for this time. It is Bible truth , showing the perils that are right upon us. This light should lead us to a diligent study of the Scriptures and a most critical examination of the positions which we hold. . . . </li></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><li>… The fact that there is no controversy or agitation among God's people, should not be regarded as conclusive evidence that they are holding fast to sound doctrine. There is reason to fear that they may not be clearly discriminating between truth and error. When no new questions are started by investigation of the Scriptures, when no difference of opinion arises which will set men to searching the Bible for themselves, to make sure that they have the truth, there will be many now, as in ancient times, who will hold to tradition, and worship they know not what. …many who profess to have a knowledge of present truth, know not what they believe. They do not understand the evidences of their faith. They have no just appreciation of the work for the present time. When the time of trial shall come, there are men now preaching to others, who will find, upon examining the positions they hold, that there are many things for which they can give no satisfactory reason. Until thus tested, they knew not their great ignorance. </li></ul>
  21. 23. God—Erroneous Theories Into His Church <ul><li>If God will allow erroneous theories of various kinds to come in the church in order to lead us to more of an in-depth study God’s Word, has not some good been accomplished? </li></ul><ul><li>Satan Quotes Scripture—Wilderness </li></ul><ul><li>Satan believes…and tremble—James 2:19 </li></ul><ul><li>Just because he quotes Scripture , does not mean he teaches truth. </li></ul><ul><li>Just because we get out leaflets, photocopied materials, and quotations of the Spirit of Prophecy, does not prove that we are angels of light. </li></ul>
  22. 24. TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, VOL. 8, p. 298 <ul><li>Perilous times are before us… The enemy is on our track…We must be wide awake, on our guard against him. We must put on the whole armor of God. We must follow the directions given through the spirit of prophecy. We must love and obey the truth for this time. This will save us from accepting strong delusions . God has spoken to us through His word. He has spoken to us through the testimonies to the church and through the books that have helped to make plain our present duty and the position that we should now occupy. God calls upon us to hold firmly to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority. </li></ul>
  23. 25. Superficial Knowledge—Not Sufficient <ul><li>STUDY—ORIGINAL SOURCES </li></ul><ul><li>JOHN 17:17 & 2 TIMOTHY 2:15 </li></ul><ul><li>WE NEED—THE LORD JESUS CHRIST </li></ul><ul><li>WE NEED—THE HOLY SPIRIT </li></ul><ul><li>WE NEED—HOLY SCRIPTURES </li></ul><ul><li>WE NEED TO STUDY—SPIRIT OF PROPHECY </li></ul><ul><li>WE NEED—SYSTEMATIC KNOWLEDGE AND PRINCIPLES OF BIBLE TRUTH </li></ul><ul><li>TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH VOL. 5, p. 273 </li></ul><ul><li>WE NEED OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS </li></ul>
  24. 26. Detection: Counterfeit Versus The Genuine <ul><li>Several years ago, the united states government conducted a school in various parts of the country to teach bank cashiers and others how to detect counterfeit money. The instruction lasted for fourteen weeks. How many pieces of counterfeit did they examine? Not one! The government instructor knew that what they needed was a thorough knowledge of the genuine. </li></ul>
  25. 27. Read Mark 13:32-37 What event is this text referring to? <ul><li>TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, VOL. 2, pp. 190-191 </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus has left us word: &quot;Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. What time is here referred to? Not to the revelation of Christ in the clouds of heaven to find a people asleep. No ; but to His return from His ministration in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, when He lays off His priestly attire and clothes Himself with garments of vengeance, and when the mandate goes forth:… </li></ul>
  26. 28. <ul><li>… To those who have neglected the preparation of purity and holiness, which fits them to be waiting ones to welcome their Lord, the sun sets in gloom and darkness, and rises not again. Probation closes ; Christ's intercessions cease in heaven. This time finally comes suddenly upon all, and those who have neglected to purify their souls by obeying the truth are found sleeping. If such had only known that the work of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary would close so soon, how differently would they have conducted themselves, how earnestly would they have watched ! </li></ul>
  27. 29. EVANGELISM, p. 138 <ul><li>The Word of God is our sanctification and righteousness, because it is spiritual food. To study it is to eat the leaves of the tree of life. </li></ul>