Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 4 – Religious Liberty and the Final Conflict

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 4 – Religious Liberty and the Final Conflict

The Bible is clear, as Seventh-day Adventists have known since the start of our movement, that religious liberty lies at the heart of the final battle which will close the great controversy between Christ and Satan.  The book of Revelation depicts that conflict as a choice between the faith and practices of two women (Rev. 12,17), symbolizing respe

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 3 – The Secular Onslaught: Myth and Reality

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 3 – The Secular Onslaught: Myth and Reality

The notion of an America besieged by secularism has been around for some time. Despite the fact that even the most recent studies show at least 77 percent of Americans identifying with a particular religious faith[1], with the number claiming to believe in God slipping a scant 3 percent between 2007 and 2014—from 92 to 89 percent[2]—many religious

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 2 – The Ten Commandments and Civil-Government

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 2 – The Ten Commandments and Civil-Government

A central argument in current discussions on religious liberty and the separation of church and state concerns the two tables of the Ten Commandment law—the first, of course, addressing humanity’s duty to God, the second addressing our duty to each other.  There are those who insist that while non-theocratic civil government has no right to legisla

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 1 – Do Sinners Have Rights?

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 1 – Do Sinners Have Rights?

Religious liberty has become a popular phrase and cause celebre in America’s political culture just now. For Seventh-day Adventists, whose connection to this topic has deep roots in our history and theology, any interest in religious liberty and its attendant issues is a welcome development.   But as with any spiritual subject, Seventh-day Adv

Why Desmond Ford was Wrong About the Sanctuary, Part 3

Why Desmond Ford was Wrong About the Sanctuary, Part 3

The gospel according to Holy Scripture is not the gospel according to evangelical Christianity.  The latter so-called “gospel,” by which key Adventist doctrines are being faulted and condemned, is not found in the Bible.  The true gospel of Scripture is fully and completely in harmony with the Biblical doctrine of Christ’s ministry in the heavenly

Charlottesville, the Border Wall, and the Third Angels Message: Part 2

Charlottesville, the Border Wall, and the Third Angels Message: Part 2

Justice to the Stranger   The Old Testament, in particular, is filled with admonitions against oppressing and committing injustice against strangers—those who today we would call immigrants.  The law of Moses was exceedingly clear on this point, in such passages as the following:   Thou shalt neither vex a stranger nor oppress him: for ye

Charlottesville, the Border Wall, and the Third Angels Message: Part 1

Charlottesville, the Border Wall, and the Third Angels Message: Part 1

The late U.S. presidential historian Theodore White once wrote that America is “the only peaceful multi-racial civilization in the world”,[1] though exactly how “peaceful” is a question of considerable debate in light of both history and the continuing crisis of race in the United States of America.  But White is indisputably correct that the uniqu

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Final Thoughts

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Final Thoughts

First, I want to thank the staff of Compass magazine for allowing the publication of this series on this all-important topic.  It is fair to say that not many opportunities of this nature, in a setting such as this, have been available to proponents of Last Generation Theology in recent decades within the church.  The reasons why may be interesting