The Trumpet Herald
Giving the trumpet a certain sound
This issue of the Trumpet Herald is the third part of Spiritual Formation within Adventism.
Spiritual Formation In Adventism
In part 1 we looked at what Inspiration identifies as being the alpha of apostasy - the book Living Temple, and its mystical teaching of pantheism. The omega of apostasy, which would follow, would have similar characteristics. This is being fulfilled in the Emerging Church movement, which has entered into God's remnant church. We saw that this movement has begun to be taught in the Seventh-day Adventist educational institutions.
In part 2 we looked into a book titled Hunger, and saw that its author, Jon L. Dybdahl, records in this book how he was spiritually influenced by mystics and spiritualists. This book and its author support the Emerging Church movement in the SDA church.
There are many who shrink with horror from the thought of consulting spirit mediums, but who are attracted by more pleasing forms of spiritism, such as the Emmanuel movement [a psychologically-based approach to religious healing introduced in 1906]. Still others are led astray by the teachings of Christian Science, and by the mysticism of theosophy and other Oriental religions (Evangelism, p. 606). Emphasis added.
Omega Emerging video series
In a video series called Omega Emerging, which exposes the danger of the Emerging Church movement, 4 aspects of this movement are brought to light:
- 1 - Weak on the importance to maintain sound doctrine.
- 2 - Very ecumenical, willing to compromise to be accepted by other denominations and faiths, leading away from
Scripture towards a one-world church.
- 3 - Stresses the importance of experiencing God through 'spiritual disciplines' - mystical spiritual disciplines teach that one must empty thoughts to be open to hear God.
- 4 - Ignore, neglect or reject the importance of Bible prophecy.
The One Project
A new ministry within Adventism, which is promoting this movement, is called The One Project. Is this ministry led by God, or of another power? The picture on the left, taken from The One Project website, in addition with the Babylonian inspiration received by Dr. Jon Dybdahl as documented in the previous Trumpet Herald, should help us with the answer to this question.
The One Project, targeting God's youth, was recently founded by 5 men, all Adventists: Japhet De Oliveira; Sam Leonor - senior chaplain at La Sierra University; Alex Bryan - pastor of Walla Walla University Church; Tim Gillespie - young adult pastor at Loma Linda Church; and Terry Swenson - senior chaplain at Loma Linda University. One of these men, Tim Gillespie, stated at The One Project 2014 Present Truth meetings in Seattle, WA, in February of 2014 that present truth means perpetuating, changing theology, and that this could be accomplished by "remaining fresh, we must be fed from many streams", and the "streams must flow both ways." "Others must feed our truth, [and] we must go beyond our denomination." In other words, it is better to strive towards one faith that is based, not solely on Scripture, but mingled with the wine of Babylon. This is the Emerging Church's theology and principles.
God's true prophet wrote in Selected Messages, v. 2, p. 371:
There is to be no compromise with those who make void the law of God. It is not safe to rely upon them as counselors. Our testimony is not to be less decided now than formerly; our real position is not to be cloaked in order to please the world's great men. They may desire us to unite with them and accept their plans, and may make propositions in regard to our course of action, which may give the enemy an advantage over us. 'Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy' (Isaiah 8:12). While we should not seek for controversy, and should not needlessly offend, we must present the truth clearly and decidedly, and stand firm to what God has taught us in His Word. You are not to look to the world in order to learn what you shall write and publish or what you shall speak. Let all your words and works testify, "We have not followed cunningly devised fables" (2 Peter 1:16). "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place" (2 Peter 1:19).
The closing appeal in The One Project 2014 Present Truth meetings was to go home and change your church.
Alex Brian, author of The Green Cord Dream
Another of the founders of The One Project, Alex Bryan, left Walla Walla University Church to become president of Kettering College, but left Kettering College after 6 months and returned to establish the headquarters of The One Project at Walla Walla. Bryan wrote a book called The Green Cord Dream, referencing the dream of Ellen White, clearly for credibility above principle.
On pages 11 and 12, Bryan writes, "The Advent movement was born in failure rather than success, error rather than truth, darkness rather than light, and sorrow rather than joy." This is Alex Bryan's foundational understanding of who the Advent movement is. Yes, there was a great disappointment at the beginning of this movement. But what Bryan seems to either forgotten or ignore is God led in this disappointment, and God's purpose and will concerning this bitter/sweet experience was 100% fulfilled. That's not failure. It's God's will being done. "Thy will be done, in earth..." Matt. 6:10.
This Advent movement actually began with a blessing, as prophesied by Daniel the prophet: "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days." Daniel 12:12.
All the messages given from 1840-1844 are to be made forcible now, for there are many people who have lost their bearings. The messages are to go to all the churches.
Christ said, 'Blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them' [Matthew 13:16, 17]. Blessed are the eyes which saw the things that were seen in 1843 and 1844 (Manuscript Releases, v. 21, p.437). Emphasis added.
Concerning those that were tested by this bitter/sweet experience:
God had led them along step by step, until He had placed them upon a solid, immovable platform. I saw individuals approach the platform and examine the foundation. Some with rejoicing immediately stepped upon it. Others commenced to find fault with the foundation. They wished improvements made, and then the platform would be more perfect, and the people much happier. Some stepped off the platform to examine it and declared it to be laid wrong. But I saw that nearly all stood firm upon the platform and exhorted those who had stepped off to cease their complaints; for God was the Master Builder, and they were fighting against Him (Early Writings, p.258.
This finding fault with the birth of this movement continues today.
On page 18 Bryan states that "Adventism was born because of a wrong calculation about the Second Coming..." Proper understanding of the birth of this movement known as the Seventh-day Adventist church reveals this movement was born, not because of wrong math (there was a wrong calculation), but because God was preparing a people through tests and trials to entrust them with the last messages for a dying world - the three angel's messages. It's as if Bryan is questioning God's methods.
Bryan continues on page 18: "Adventism isn't peculiar or special because of our Sabbath keeping, vegetarian cuisine, or remnant claims. Adventism's uniqueness is found at it's historical root: Jesus." Make no mistake - Jesus is the foundation. Jesus is also the foundation of all Protestant churches. That's faith IN Jesus. God's Sabbath-keeping people are to have the faith OF Jesus, which is a whole different level. "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14). Emphasis added.
When a person believes he can, and strives to, overcome sin in His power, it is this that makes a person peculiar, biblically - keeping all 10 Commandments - including Sabbath keeping. Doing these things does not make a person or church better than others, but it does make them peculiar and unique among other nations: "And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken" (Deuteronomy 26:18, 19). Emphasis added.
Biblically, to be a peculiar people is to be a holy people. Maybe Alex Bryan doesn't have this understanding. Or maybe he just doesn't believe a person can attain holiness and overcome sin in this life. One thing is clear - Alex Bryan is teaching contrary to Scripture. What does this make him? A false teacher. What did Jesus say about false teachers? "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits..." (Matthew 7:15, 16).
Knowing these books (Hunger, The Green Cord Dream, among others not mentioned) and their authors support the emerging church movement in Adventism, and are teaching contrary to Scripture and history, what counsel does God give?
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them (Romans 16:17).
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them (Isaiah 8:20).
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" (Testimonies, v. 5, p.707).
May God encourage and strengthen us all to stand in truth and principle during this time of the shaking.