Sunday, May 26, 2019
There is a myth that is told over and over. It sounds good, so people keep repeating it. Problem is, when you actually read The Bible, it falls apart.
You are waiting for the myth...but wait. Does it matter? Yes. If you give a sermon, and parts are not true, it most assuredly matters. It means you yourself have not read The Bible. One should never take the pulpit or teach, without a full study of what The Bible actually says. So now, the myth.
That God spoke everything into existence, but man is special. He formed him with His bare hands out of the ground.
Yes, that is a myth. It's not there. It might come as a shock to many of you, but God did not speak things into existence and only form man.
Go back and read the entire first chapter of The Bible. We dare you. Very few instances are related where God calls things into existence. The chapter is full of words like, made and create.
In fact, think about it. What would a creator do? Buy a model of an airplane, or, build one? If you bought one pre-made, you would not be much of a creator, would you?
But we call God the "creator" of all things. We never say He's a magician that just speaks things into existence. Sure, He could. And we have no doubt he has. But creation is just that. Creation.
Do you think God just made the trees and plants appear? Have you read The Bible? There were no plants or trees until God watered the seed to produce.
Okay, you say. But we know God only formed man out of the ground...Nope. Sorry. Not true.
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals."
Wait! What was that? God actually formed the animals out of the ground as well? Yes, and birds, too!
Amazing how one can learn quite a bit by reading The Bible.
God breathed into man and made him a living soul. THAT makes us different than the animals.
Man was not the only living creature formed out the ground.
But think about this. Isn't there something special about certain animals? After all, they were sacrificed first for the sin of man. God obviously has a special relationship with animals.
Wouldn't it be fantastic if we saw new animals, and old ones, in Heaven, and we called them their original names?
It might surprise you also that God did not just call or create trees and plants into existence. Did you know that? God apparently, according to The Bible, created seeds. Yes, seeds. Then watered them and they sprung to life. No, this is not a fairy tale. This is in The Bible. Read it!
Makes you wonder about the old question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" Maybe the egg came first after all.
Seventh-day Adventist had better read their Bibles before making any statements. Make sure what you are saying is Biblical.
Related: Will your pet be in heaven?
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Or does it?
Somehow we never say the Ninth Commandment in it's entirety. Maybe because we don't read The Bible. Maybe because we don't want to. Have YOU ever actually read the Ninth Commandment? Some people are so quick to tell people not to lie because, doggone it! They just know The Bible says thou shalt not lie.
Well, we at The UnderCover Adventist are here to tell you the truth.
Ex 20:16 "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."
Did you actually read it? It points out one, yes, one lie. Not lies. One lie.
That's what The Bible says.
Now you are asking yourself, why are we even talking about this? Two reasons.
1. We of all people, should know The Bible.
2. Not all lies are condemning lies, and we need to know that.
Have you ever kept a secret? Something held back to not inform people at such and such a time? Letting them believe something for a while, then telling them the truth? You are a deceiver.
Do you tell your spouse they look beautiful? Even in the morning...even when they know they don't?
Do you ever tell a child who has drawn an unrecognizable picture for you....that it's great?
A child messes up at a piano recital. Are you going to tell the kid, "sorry...you did not do so great. Oh well, better luck next time!" Doubtful.
Your son hits another kid on purpose and makes them cry. Have you ever demanded the child immediately go and apologize, even though they are NOT sorry? Well, you have forced your kid to lie.
Kids are serious problems when it comes to lies. So is family. You have to pretend to get along. You have to act like you are glad to see them.
You smile at someone, even though it pains you.
Can you imagine a world where everyone tells everyone else how lousy they are? How ugly they are? How terrible they are? How you hate being here?
Each and every time you go somewhere out of need or duty, and you do not want to be there, then pretend you are happy....you are a deceiver. And we certainly know you can think of many, many other examples.
How about Anne Frank's family and the other holocaust victims who were hid...due to deception?
Christians have risked their lives smuggling Bibles behind the iron curtain.
Do you know that people were rescued from East Berlin....
....all of these due to deceptions and lies?
We do not...and we need to reiterate this loud and clear,
We do not serve a loving and just God that would condemn anyone for doing the above acts.
Maybe, just maybe, that's why there is no version of the Ninth Commandment that says thou shalt not lie.
The sin in lying, lies with deceit for ill-gotten gain, to do harm to others, for hate and spitefulness. Not for acts of kindness.
Do you want more proof? Let's actually read The Bible.
God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Do we really believe God wanted Abraham to kill his son? Certainly not. We don't even teach that.
Jesus told the parable about the rich man and Lazarus. Was that the truth? According to Adventists, hardly any of that is true.
Elijah ran away and hid.
Many, many stories in The Bible are about deceit.
Paul heard about a plot to kill him in Jerusalem, and they helped him escape by lowering him in a basket.
Jael killed Sisera, the story of Deborah. She lured him in under a false sense of security....then drove a tent peg through his skull.
Joseph toyed with his brothers, even making them steal something.
But let's look at two very telling ones.
The first, is about a prophet who disguises himself. Read the account very, very carefully. He is being deceitful.
1 Kings 20:35-43
35And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbour in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused to smite him. 36Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him. 37Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him. 38So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face. 39And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver. 40And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it. 41And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets. 42And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people. 43And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.
The account of Rahab
3And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country. 4And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were: 5And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. 6But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. 7And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.
Rahab lied and deceived. What does The Bible say about it?
Look at James 2
25Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Not very condemning, is it?
In fact, let's look at what the Adventist Bible Commentary says about this.
Vol 7, page 523-524
"Rahab cast her lot with the people of God and demonstrated her faith in Israel's God by jeopardizing her life to save the spies. James implies that if she had professed faith in the God of Israel and yet had not hidden the spies, her faith would have been barren and dead."
Did you catch that? Her deception put her life in danger, but proved her faith.
Be very, very careful as you talk to people and call them sinners.
Be extra careful when talking about The Ten Commandments. If you don't know them, what will people say of you?
Bearing false witness against a neighbor, is a sin. Not telling the whole truth and deception, not always wrong.
Monday, January 21, 2019
But Adventists are being fooled by some of the slickest people on this planet. We have a complete religious liberty department, complete with lawyers and loud mouths. Declaring that they will make the United States cower under religious liberty. No matter who or what you are, we will defend your right to worship how you please.
And that, friends, is the crux of the problem.
For every new religious freedom given to false religions, it's one more religious freedom taken away.
We should have the right as Americans to display a cross where ever we please. For every cross taken down, that's one more score for false religions.
For every Ten Commandment display taken down, one more win for false religion.
Every time we stand up for the rights of muslims, hindus, taoists, whatever, we give them a boost up. For what? Religious liberty?
Sure, in some cases we don't have to remove a nativity scene, but we must allow a satanists display next to it.
Do you really, really want to live in a country that does that? And go to a church that supports that satanist's display?
Think long and hard when you answer that.
No man can serve two masters. You cannot support all religions. In fact, it is the duty of Christians to spread....(wait for it)....Christianity. It is not our job or responsibility to help other religions. Not in any way, shape, or form.
If you are a lawyer, and go to court to help a muslim have the right to wear a religious symbol covering your head....you are indeed helping to propagate a false religion.
Did Elijah support baal worshipers? Remember Paul and the idol makers in Athens? Did he commend them? Did he respect them? Did he support them? Hardly. In fact, they rioted at his deeds.
Anytime anyone in The Bible tried to serve God and man, it was a disaster.
You want to be nice? Be nice. You want to be polite? be polite. You want to respect them as a PERSON? Respect them as a person.
You want to respect their religion? Be very, very careful.
Any propping up, helping, aiding, abetting, their religious practice, and you are dancing where you shouldn't be.
Your dollars just might be aiding and abetting muslims.
One example: https://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/%E2%80%8Badventist-church-sides-with-muslim-in-religious-freedom-case
Jesus did not support other religions. He supported people.
In fact, He told them all to follow Him....not anything else.
Who are you telling people to follow? What religion are you supporting? All of them? Or the true one?
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Now in the history of the Jews, they did settle in the land of Egypt. But they were invited there when Joseph was in charge. Then what happened? Within 400 years, they were slaves. None of this would ever make one a refugee.
After leaving, they plundered the Egyptians, raided the land of Canaan, and took it over as God promised. Nothing there would even remotely be refugee status. The aliens they allowed to live there, were required to embrace the Jewish culture and be ruled by God.
But people seem to think that Joseph and Mary fleeing to Egypt made them refugees when threatened by Herod. Not quite.
They simply moved from one region of the Roman Empire to another. The area we call Egypt was completely Roman. As a side note, the Romans named the capital city, Babylon.
So in reality, Jesus was not a refugee. No more than someone who is poor in Oklahoma, going to Texas to work in the oil fields. Or someone who does not like all the taxes and regulations in California, and moving a business or family to Arizona. Perhaps even a Mormon leaving NYC for more friendly confines of Utah. Or an Adventist moving to Loma Linda. You are NOT a refugee.
Too many people today are trying to use The Bible against a certain president and make political theater. From building walls, to aliens. But the arguments crumble under the weight of reality. The wall, for example. The Jews were commanded to build a wall around Jerusalem. Lets' stop the insanity of using The Bible for or against our political foes.
Now Jesus being rejected by the Jews is a different matter altogether.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Oh sure, we toss around phrases like, "more truth," "best there is," closest to perfect," "best doctrines." Complete foolishness.
No matter how short a church is, it's still short. Way short.
After the William Miller debacle, (and yes it was a major error so where is our truth?), Ellen White and others got together. They thought they were not going to start a new church. But al true believers coming out of other churches and being the one true church. It did not happen.
When people claim Ellen G. White said something about how this church will stand until the end, she could not have been talking about the Adventist church as we know it. Not anywhere close.
First of all, this church has issues. As many issues as any other church we claim is weaker than us. So where is our perfection? Just sitting in a pew of an Adventist church doesn't do anything for anybody. Get a grip on reality.
The true church at the end will be a coming out of all churches. And once and for all, being a group that is indeed the faithful church at the end.
It might sound shocking to some, but the Adventist church will not even be around at the end. It can't be. It's an organization. It owns property. It pays bills. It employs people. It is a business, like it or not. You think that somehow you will sneak around the mark of the beast and own property? Pay people to work, like doctors and nurses? Little chance of that happening. The Adventist church will not own anything. They can't. To do so would be to take the mark of the beast.
Our colleges, hospitals, boarding schools are entirely wrapped up in finances, including the government. We have turned our colleges and hospitals over to government financing.
You think you can own property and not take the mark? You think schools and hospitals can pay for goods and services without buying and selling?
We own publishing houses, camps, academies, colleges, universities, conference buildings, and more. If you think we can just keep on doing business as usual during the last days, you are a fool.
How will you get electricity? Gas? Telephone service? Do banking? Every dime any Adventist church has in a bank or any financial institution, will be lost. Gone.
With the church's infrastructure gone, and the ability to buy supplies for these businesses, the whole organization will be obliterated.
Forget about being scared of the government tracking you on a cellphone. Those who choose to not take the mark will not even have them. You can't pay the monthly service charge. The ones here at the Undercover Adventist, will simply be tossed in the river.
Forget about being safe in an Adventist church. Your membership will be meaningless.
But God's true church will indeed stand. Where will you be?
Friday, November 30, 2018
You see them on youtube. You see them on the Hope Channel. You see them on 3ABN. Yes, they show up everywhere, including your local church.
Why? Why do Adventists relish falsehoods?
Maybe it's in our DNA....after all, we came out of a false prophet. Any way you slice it, Miller was a false prophet.
We won't name names, but the continuing onslaught of predictions of this, and a prophecy of that, just seem to flow forth in present day.
Maybe it's the evil of the internet. Maybe people are just not as smart as before.
Any time you hear anyone say something that you know is NOT Biblically correct, tune them out and turn them off.
Like it or not, our founding members did not have everything right. They debated lots of things. They changed on many points. They even told us to be searching, always, for more light. More truth.
But not from snake oil salesmen who peddle nonsense.
Wake up. Read. Watch what is happening in the world. If you have your head stuck in 3ABN all day and night, you will be a mess. You will hear things that are just not true.
Adventists need to wake up and smell the coffee...and pork. Get a grip on reality.
Remember that these false prophets always have a way out. They will say that God changed, or we did not do what we were supposed to do, or other such rot. As if we, as mere humans, can simply get God to do (or not do) anything. If only we had that power.
William Miller and his followers found this out the hard way. Miller never recovered and led many to give up their faith.
So false prophets will come, false prophets will go. What remains is, what will you do? Will you actually read The Bible? Will you look around you and see if things shape up the way they say?
And the last thing, is that false prophets keep coming. Some just go on deceiving more people, even after they fail.
Don't fall for it. 1844 is not a disappointment. It's a deception. A great deception.
Pray there will never be another great deception again.
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Since when are Adventist church workers just employees? They are demanding their rights. Not Christian rights, but worldly rights.
Pastors it seems have more time off, less work hours, more pay, and it seems to have become just another job.
So if young people going into the ministry are choosing a career instead of a calling, darn straight they will want the perks of a career.
Does your pastor turn off his or her phone? Do they visit less? Do they lead church activities less? Do they seem to take more vacation time? Hmmmmm. Something behind the scenes is going on. Perhaps our pastors are now getting comp time. Or feel that if it's not a paid part of the job, then they won't do it. Perhaps they think that after 40 hours of "church" time, they cannot (shouldn't?) Work any more. After all, they are demanding what the world gets.
Some pastors even will not preach on the fifth Sabbath of the month. What other job does that? Anything special about working weekends? We at the Undercover Adventist have never heard of anyone getting the last days of the month off because they have worked their allotment of Mondays, or Tuesdays, or Wednesdays....
If you don't like the struggles that come with being a pastor....DON'T BECOME ONE! Simple! Don't become a pastor and then....
DEMAND YOUR RIGHTS!
Christians give up their "worldly" rights anyway. You are not heirs to the world so stop acting like it!
It looks as though pastors will one day demand comp time. After all, how can they spend hours on a sermon, then do many hours a week on visiting, research, counseling, teaching, leading, praying...
We can see it now. Cutting a prayer meeting short because one has already prayed a certain number of hours.
And women....please stop demanding equal rights. (Notice we did not say you don't deserve them?) Demanding this and demanding that are NOT Christian attributes. In fact, just the opposite. You are to be humble. You are to serve. You are to sacrifice. You are not of the world. So why act like the world owes you? You don't work for the world. You work for God. You do service for Jesus.
There are a lot of lay people in the church who are the backbone. They do more work than many pastors do with their whole bodies. And they don't ask for recognition. They don't demand something. They are supporting you. They are making YOUR job easier.
You look foolish when you start treating your pastoral duties as if it was a job, complete with a benefit package, vacation, union contract, etc.
We suspect pastors will start a union some day.
After all, the Adventist hospitals have had to accept unions...of course we won't comment here on the extremely high salaries of hospital leaders.... But we have no trouble debating whether EGW would accept hospital CEOs being paid millions.... We suspect she would not.
Speaking of debate...why is the debate about women being ordained never done in the light of Christ? It's always done from a world point of view: We demand our rights!
As the Adventist church gets filled more and more by young people who just make a career choice, the more demands will be made to be more like the world.