Scared to Be Adventist
Why do we have a Seventh-day Adventist denomination? What is it that we offer that other denominations of Christianity do not have? Church membership has not been growing like it used to. The youth seem to be more excited about evangelical Christianity as opposed to anything “Adventist”. Many youth have fallen into the, “What does it matter?” mindset. Is there any longer a real need to be an Adventist as opposed to just Christian?
The modern-day idea of relativism has sucked many Adventists in, especially younger ones, to believe that it’s nice to be Adventist but it’s not much different from the beliefs of other Christians. Is that true? Do the only differences between us and other denominations have to do with the state of the dead and the Sabbath? If that’s the case, we might as well not have a denomination! There are others who already know these things.
In the beginnings of the Adventist church, which came out of the Millerite movement, people were in deep Bible study before and after the Great Disappointment. Soon they realized that they had a message to give to the world – a unique message. A message for the last days! They were preaching this newfound truth everywhere. Prophecy was being taught in ways that were not known previously. God unlocked the book of Daniel and Revelation and revealed it to man. The end-time message of Jesus’ soon return was preached and taught by young and old. There was a fire, a passion.
We have lost some, if not most, of that fire and passion. We have gone astray from the true teachings of the Bible. We are so afraid of sounding legalistic and arrogant that we just preach the same sermons the Evangelical world preaches and teaches. We are so afraid of saying words like, “judgment”, “investigative”, “Sabbath”, “last days” that we have become another common denomination who just wants to be separate for the sake of being separate. I am not saying that preaching and teaching the world about the love of Jesus is useless. Far be it from the TRUTH. But we have convinced ourselves that that’s all that matters. We fail to realize that the love of Jesus is in judgment, the Sabbath and prophecy! It is not, and never should be, separate.
Unfortunately, society has made it so. You see the modern world is trying to paint God into Santa Claus when He’s not. He is the Almighty who is to be feared and revered. He is not just the Mediator, He is also the Judge. He builds up and He takes down. The same God that showed mercy to Nineveh is the same God that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. The same God, who died on the cross for our sins, will destroy those who choose not to be on His side when Judgment Day comes. That’s the facts. You see, He is the Lion of Judah, but also the Lamb of God that was slaughtered. He is merciful, but He is just. We cannot give the world half a Gospel. The Gospel is not just the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Good News is found in the entire Bible! The Sabbath is Good News, prophecy is Good News, and judgment is Good News. Why? It is because Jesus is the center of all those things and more. He is the center of the entire Bible! He is not contained in just the first four books of the New Testament.
Now, there is a danger of becoming so “Adventist” that we are no longer Christians. You know what I mean? We get so engulfed in the doctrine of the Adventist church that we don’t show the love of Jesus. We become Bible-thumpers instead of Bible-revealers. Some people become so engulfed in Judgment that they walk around telling everyone they are going to Hell. All of our Adventist teaching must be connected to the root, which is Jesus. The center of all of our teachings must be Jesus. However, we must not shy away from teaching others the truths that have been revealed to our church for this day! We have a message no one else has and we must share it with the love of Jesus in our hearts!
Friend, why are you an Adventist? Do you truly know what that means or have you just accepted it since childhood? Some truths in the books of Daniel and Revelation were sealed up for time, but they have been unsealed. Do you know these truths? I’ll be the first to admit that the Adventist church is not perfect nor are its members. However, the Biblical truths that the Adventist church has cannot be refuted when thoroughly studied. I encourage you to learn them so that you may draw closer to Jesus. You will be astonished. The best thing the Devil could have done is to make us believe that we are not a Church with a message to be preached. That way no message would be given to the world and he would destroy more souls.
Let us not let that happen! Study the prophecies – 2300 day prophecy, 1260 day/42 month prophecy. Study the investigative judgment and the 3 Angels’ Message. Study it all not to be “more” Adventist, but to learn more about Jesus. Keep Him at the center of your study and you will see that this is not separate from the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is part of it. Learn what this last day message is all about. Then don’t just sit and study, spread it. Don’t be scared to be a Seventh-day Adventist!
*For more on this topic read “The Apocalyptic Vision and the Neutering of Adventism” by George Knight