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The Value of Heresy

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Crockett Hospital, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • November 3, 2018
    11:00 AM
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Our Father in heaven we thank you for the Sabbath day that we can worship you and I pray that as we go through the message today that you would speak through me in that the words would be clear and that we would each gain what we need to learn from the ministers should pray this in Jesus' name the title for the message today is the value of heresy and you may wonder how could heresy have any value especially when you look at our scripture reading and I want to go through this again delicious chapter 5 verses 1921 which is interesting this immediately precedes the more well known passage of the fruits of the spirit that we all know of love joy peace longsuffering gentleness goodness faith meekness temperance against such there is no why but the contrast is seen in the verses just before which are the works of the flesh now when we look at the works of the fluffs works of the flesh which are identified in these 3 verses most of these we aren't surprised to see listed under the category of the works of the flush adultery fornication uncleanness lasciviousness these are things that are clearly condemned throughout Scripture. And then we get to verse 20 idolatry witchcraft hatred variance emulations around strife seditions heresies Now this is where things get a little bit more interesting obviously we know idolatry is an issue and we talk about how the children of Israel back in Bible times worshiped idols we may not be bowing down to Golden on Idols per se but there is modern idolatry that many in the church struggle with the modern fashions and cultures and entertainment of this world which craft there is not as much of that in the modern era all though when we lived in Trinidad there was some of that going on among some of the people and there's other places where that takes place but there's a well known Bible verse that says rebellion is the sin of witchcraft and rebellion which is witchcraft is just as much in evidence of the works of the flush as some of the other things that are mentioned we go on down and this is where I want to get to verse 20 and that's this word heresies this is something of the some times I have seen something to struggle with and it's amazing to me how many well meaning Bible believing 7th Day Adventists are taken away or carried away by the latest and greatest heresy that will come into the church now heresy can take on many different guises or forms we think for example of some of the heresies that have come into adding to miss them through the years such as when Dr doesn't Ford in their late 1970 than there in the early 1980 S. challenge the teaching of the sanctuary message and of the investigative judgment and that heresy was very well and adequately handled by the church. And was dealt with and there's been other hurt sees that have come in since then and a lot of times those of us here tend to be from the more conservative way of thinking and so we think about so-called liberal heresies that come into the church that watered down the clear teachings of the Sabbath sacredness or the same Shorey message or or other heresies that attack the very core foundation of our beliefs but sometimes we don't realize that sometimes on the right side of the church we can be just the susceptible to hear or see as the people on the left side and scripture so is that Heresy is a manifestation of the work of the flesh and other words heresy is a product of the carnal mind did you realize that. Now let me tell you something I have seen some of the best well crafted heresy within the realms of Adventism is under the guise of being supported by the Bible in the writings of L. N. Y. and there are reams and reams of Bible verses and Ellen White statements and you get to the end of the study and it's honestly just as unclear as it was at the beginning but there's assertions that go with the statements to make the point but we aren't as willing to admit that the the mindset that is promoting this idea is coming from a carnal mind that is going against the clear teaching of Scripture and we need to be willing to call sin by its right name. When a heresy comes into the church whether it's from the far left that attacks the validity of the Word of God or if it's using the word of God as a cover to bring in heresy from the other side we need to be able to call certain by its right name heresy is heresy Now you may be wondering what do you mean then with the sermon title the value of heresy What should there be to the value of heresy Why does God allow heresy to come into the church why doesn't he just protect us and keep us from false teachings so that we won't be spoiled or defiled by such things want to review a few statements this is to us the money's volume 5 page 7 and. I have been shown that many who profess to have a knowledge of present truth have not or 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 the last such that they knew not their great ignorance you know a lot of times we take for granted what we think we know but then went past that want to heresy comes into the church we realize that we didn't really understand why we believe what we believe. Going on as is and there are many in the church you take it for granted that they understand what they believe but until controversy arises they do not know their own weakness when separated from those of like faith and compelled to stand singly and alone to explain their belief they will be surprised to see how confused are their ideas of what they had accepted as truth certain it is that there has been among us a departure from the living God in the turning them and putting human wisdom in place of divine So in other words there are some among us who rely on what the preacher says and what they hear in Sabbath school class and just take for granted that they kind of understand what the truth is but if they are separated from the preacher or the elder or the pastor or whoever that has been able to explain the message they quickly realize that they don't understand why they believe what they believe now this next paragraph comes to the title and the idea behind the message this is to some of these well in 5 minutes of God will arouse his people and look we need to be around as we need to be awake and there is this stupor the spiritual left in the church that the statement says God will arouse those people how is he going to arouse those people not as well as if other means fail heresies will come in among them which will sift them separating the chaff from the We saw other words God allows heresy to come end of the church to identify who the true followers of Jesus are versus those who are just chaff who are along for the ride and who don't know what they believe and why they believe it now let me hasten to add on I am not advocating that any one of us brings heresy knowingly into the church to see how it will separate the church one way or the other NO NO NO. Heresy is a manifestation of the work of a flash in the bible reading goes on to say Paul says I as I have also told you in time past that they would do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God So let me be very clear to you teachers of heresy will not inherit the kingdom of God unless they repent it is not OK to be a teacher of heresy but God allows teachers of heresy to come into the midst of the church because the church is in a state of less 3rd G. and when the heresy comes and it leads to an awakening among some so that we will study to know what we believe and why we believe what we believe so the core goes on to say the Lord calls upon all who believe his word to awake out of sleep precious light has come appropriate for this time it is Bible truth showing the perils that are right upon us this why it should lead us to a diligent study of the Scriptures and a most critical examination of the positions which we hold now I'm just going to mention. In general terms some recent heresies that have come in and I'm going to invite you to come back to our 130 meeting this afternoon where I'm going to deal with a specific area see that has just popped up recently so you want to come back this afternoon we're going to go through what the allegation that's being made towards the church why there's a problem with this allegation how it's a heresy and how we need to be aware of it so that we can know what really is correct. But here's some general things I'm not going to get into a lot of detail per se but in recent times there's been a revival of the so-called anti Trinitarian movement or the one true god movement who claims that the father is the one true God I'm not that's not really what I'm addressing directly today but it is a heresy because if you say that Jesus is not gone. That's the same allegation that Lucifer was making in heaven when Christ assumed the form of the angels and he was the archangel and Lucifer was going around saying well how is he really any different than me if I'm the covering cherub What's the difference between me and him and why can't I enter into the councils of heaven and so those who would make claim today that Jesus isn't really God he's the vine but not God or buying into a similar line of reasoning from all the way back in the. Ages past and heaven when Lucifer brought such charges and I got to give all the detail of that today there's also insubordination among wide swaths of Western Adventism over votes that have taken place whether in the General Conference and social or annual Council and people say that they're going to follow their conscience no matter what and the consciences can be seared and people are calling right wrong and wrong right and how can I trust your constants if you're not willing to follow with us say at the Lord the church has taken its positions on certain things based on what the Bible says so people will say well we're just fighting over policy Well the reason there is a policy is because we believe that policy is based on what the Word of God says and that's why the majority of the church has voted the way it's voted. And we're told that we can have confidence that the voice of God has spoken when you have a representative group of worldwide delegates who take a vote so I'm not going to get into the detail of that but here's what I want to 0 in on today I'm going to start to talk about this a little bit now and we're going to get into the greater detail this afternoon but within the last few weeks a well known speaker and conservative out in the circles is claiming new and fresh light in which he is just doing a time period of a couple of them of months where the national Sunday law is going to be passed nearly 100000 people have seen this video in just the last few weeks it's using a reapplication of prophecies that have already come to an end to set a day and in fact there are some people somehow there's a pastor out in California who of a similar mind so that has a specific date for the Sunday law which is connected to what they claim to be a close a probation for 7th day of unless there's also leaders of another movement called the 2520 movement who have set a date for the close of probation in November of 2019 so there's a lot of stuff that's going on right now which tells me that we're living in some very interesting times that I'm here today to say I want to affirm the idea that we need to be in a state of readiness and we need to have a state of preparation but there is something dangerous about setting dates especially when you say you're not time setting when your time sir. And I'm going to read you a statement this is review in Herald October 994 God has not revealed to us the time when this message will close or when probation will have an end those things that are revealed we shal except for ourselves and for our children but let us not seek to know that which has been kept secret in the counsels of the Almighty It is our duty to watch and work in way to labor every moment for the souls of men that are ready to perish we are to keep walking continually in the footsteps of Jesus working in his lines dispensing his gifts as good stewards of the manifold grace of God Satan will be ready to give to anyone who is not learning every day of Jesus a special message of his own creating in order to make of no effect the wonderful truth of this time that that you hear that let me just reemphasize a couple of important things God has not revealed to us the time when this message will close or when probation will have and that's the 1st thing that's worth mentioning Secondly she says Satan will be ready to give to anyone who is not learning every day of Jesus a special message of his own creating that now some of you may say but this person is so consecrated and has done so many wonderful works in the name of the Lord and it reminds me of what the Bible says many will come to me saying Lord Lord have we not done all of these wonderful works in your name but as Scripture says to the law and of the testimony if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no lie in them please don't tell me that your favorite speaker must be OK He even though there are days setting when the law in the testimony say don't do them so if your favorite speakers date setting they're going against the law on this earth I'm on and I'm going to go with along the testimony of your favorite speaker every time now the quote continues review and herald October 9. Each 194 letters of come to me asking me if I have any special as to the time when probation will close and I answer that I have only this message to bear that it is now time to work while the day lasts for the night cometh in which no man can work now just now it is time for us to be watching working and waiting the word of the Lord reveals the fact that the end of all things as a hand and its testimony is most the sided that it is necessary for every soul to have the truth planted in the heart so that it will control the life and sanctify the character the spirit of the Lord is working to take the truth of the inspired Word and stamp upon the soul so that professed followers of Christ will have a holy sacred joy that they will be able to impart to others the opportune time for us to work is now just now while the day was now listen to this there is no command for anyone to search the scripture in order to ascertain if possible when probation will close God has no such message for any mortal lips that you hear that. God has no such message for any mortal lips so if your favorite pastor now has a message for when probation will close the law on the testimony says God has no such message for any mortal lips he would have no mortal tongue declare that which he has hidden in his secret councils and despite the fact that we have such clear instruction on the ironic thing is that the speaker is saying that the worldwide church has rejected the testimony of Jesus and I have to ask the question who is rejecting the testimony of Jesus the Worldwide Church of the speaker. Because the testimony of Jesus saying we are there is no command for anyone to search the scripture in order to ascertain if possible when probation will close God has no such message for any mortal lips so please don't tell me that you're uplifting the testimony of Jesus when you're speaking against the very thing that it's is now let me read you another statement this is a review and Herald August 2881 the shortness of time is urged as an incentive for us to seek righteousness and to make Christ our friend this is not the great motive it's savors of selfishness is it necessary that the terrors of the day of God be held before us to compel us through fear to right action this ought not to be Jesus is attractive he is full of love mercy and compassion he proposes to be our friend to walk with us through all the rough pathways of life he says to you I am the Lord thy God Walk with me and I will fill the i path with the light you know listen we do have a message of urgency that calls the people to be ready for the coming of Jesus but if your primary motivation to be ready for the coming of Jesus is because you're hearing of the terrors of the last day and how the time of trouble is coming and Here Comes the Sun They were on Jacob Saima trouble and the 7 last place so you better get your life right with the Lord right now or else you're savoring of selfishness rather than ahead of having a close connection with Jesus now I'm well aware of the other statements early writing $64.00 which says get ready get ready get ready you will have to die a greater death of the world than you have every died I saw that there was a great work to do for them but little time in which to do it so we do have a message of readiness and preparation and this. Preparation enough shortness of time but we don't have a message of time setting the 3rd angel's message can stand on its own without time attached to. The 3rd angel's message which is connected to the everlasting Gospel is a message of character preparation but I see these elements coming into the church that are claiming that the Sunday law is about to pass the probations about to close on adding to this so you better get ready and here's my frustration I agree with the element that we need to get ready and to be ready I agree with that but I can't agree or promote any teaching that sets time for Sunday laws or closer probation or the 2nd coming or so forth that is going against the clear admonition of inspiration and let me read to you another statement this is from manuscript releases Volume 9 page 27 This is from Letter 20 in 1904 and why it says here God is raising up a class to give the loud cry of the 13 joules message and she quotes Acts 2030 which those of your own selves show men a Rice speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them it is Satan's object now to get a new theories to divert the mind from the true work and genuine message for this time he stirs up minds to give false interpretation of Scripture a spurious loud cry that the real message may not have its effect when it does come this is one of the greatest of it and says that the loud cry will soon be heard and the earth will be alight and with the glory of God. You hear a lot. When there are false interpretation of Scripture that are saying this is the message that's going to prepare God's people for the last days and we're being told now that we've been living in the judgment of the living since September of 2015 by this of latest idea that's come along if that's what they're claiming then they're basically saying we're living under the time of the loud cry now because that's when the judgment of the living starts to take place and so there is these claims that are being made that are false interpretations of scripture and the challenging thing for many people as they say well why look at that speaker and I look at their past record I see someone who's dedicated to the church and they've done so much for the war so certainly they couldn't be led by Satan to be making such claims and yet the testimony of Jesus is that Satan will work on the minds of men to give false interpretation of scripture in he will be ready to give to anyone who is not learning a every day of Jesus a special message of his own creation were another way of saying it is the men will arise speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them with us and we do not follow. Any one person and I've seen this happen through the years where people have a chin and see to say well I believe and I'll just sees a generic example. From years past when H.M.S. Richards was speaker voice or prophecy people might have said I believe whatever H.M.'s Richards believes and whatever if the most Richards believe what I believe and then it's like well tell me how you believe what you believe for your own sake and then H.M.S. riches was a godly man so what he happened to believe was good but let's just bring it down into modern day times people have a tendency to follow charismatic leaders and speakers. And so when I charismatic person comes along who they have been following for so long and then they kind of take it just a little bit farther and they start setting dates they're more inclined to keep following along with that teaching because they're used the following manner rather than following Christ and we should be following Christ's not people people who are teaching questionable things now I think it's worth mentioning that one of these and I'm going to get into this this afternoon as well it's worth mentioning that this is a search and was made that the world church has rejected the the Spirit of Prophecy and. Her writings are not considered inspired anymore that's the exact language that was used but let me read to you the statement that was voted by the World Church at the latest General Conference Ocean about the writings of Ellen White and I'm quoting now the Scriptures testify that one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and we believe it was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White her writing speak with prophetic authority and provide comfort guidance instruction and correction to the church they also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be testimony asking how it is that a rejection of the writings of Ellen G. why it affirms the fact that God's remnant church has the gift of prophecy and that this gift was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. Y. and that her writing speak with prophetic authority and I for writings have professed authority that means they have authority for doctrine and truth. Please don't tell me that this is a rejection of her writings and I might add that the video that was shared did not show the statement I just made an assertion that her writings have been rejected by the church but didn't give a quote a back up the assertion that they are responsible I'm sorry the World Church is not rejected the writings of Ellen G. White there may be individuals in the church who have but the world church has not and then when the same speaker comes along and start setting dates one the testimony of Jesus as adults dates you again have to ask the question who really is that rejecting the testimony of Jesus as a source of truth when I read a couple of other statements here and this is from councils to writers and editors page 46 in the heading that which I don't think feel and White wrote is submit a new light to experience for them and now I'm going to quote the statement There are thousands intuitions in disguise prepared for those who have the light of truth and the only safety for any of us in receiving no new JOHNSON No new interpretation of the Scriptures without for submitting it to a brother and of experience lay it before them in a humble teachable spirit with earnest prayer in if they see know why and yields of their judgment for in the mall to cheat of counselors there is safety you know a lot of fanaticism and heresy could be averted if individual speakers were willing to come and sit down with a group of experienced brother and who believe in the 3rd angels message and say here's an idea that I have what do you think about it but a lot of times we see these trailblazers that just come ahead and put something out there in the next thing you know 100000 people have watched it and there wasn't really any vetting of the muscles before it went out. And that's unfortunate it leads to confusion among the people and here is the danger that we have when such assertions are made there is a real loud cry a message that God is going to give to this church. There is the latter rain that is going to be poured out upon God's people there really is going to be a Sunday law that will lead to the end of all things before Jesus comes back but when you cry wolf too many times eventually people stop listening and people start to say oh here comes another times that or here comes another fearmonger or here comes someone who's going to scare us about the coming of Jesus and in reality if Jesus is 1st and foremost in our lives we will have a desire to see Jesus come soon and it will be a moment of personal triumph and glory based on that what Jesus has done in our lives based on His grace and faiths faithfulness to us but what ends up happening is that our message of preparation loses its punch when we attach to it false assertions Rini applying prophecies that have already been fulfilled into the future as not prophetic days but as literal days and then people start to really question if what we're preaching really. It is true I mean the reality is we've been preaching the soon coming of Jesus and Satan 44 so we're well into the preaching of that message we're 174 years into the preaching of the seen coming of Jesus and some people are getting the rests with us and so what ends up happening is we start setting dates and you can look back down through time I mean I'm only 41 years old but I can tell you that I have been around enough to this to have heard someone somewhere say about every single U.S. president that's been in my lifetime going back to Ronald Reagan he's the 1st one I remember in my lifetime ever since Ronald Reagan he was the last president before Jesus was going to come and then it was going to be George H.W. Bush because he would have been the director of the CIA and then I was going to be Bill Clinton because of stuff I don't know about him and then I was going to be George W. Bush because he said something about the pope and then it was going to be Barack Obama because he had something going on with the pope when he visited him and then the next thing you know it's well it's has to be dollars because of you know you know it's just on and on and on and so we make these predictions and I've even heard Speaker say that the Robert Pierce and you go back to the 1970 S. that Robert Pearson was the last righteous General Conference president and then went to Wilson came along they had to adjust their interpretation of like oh no Ted Wells in the last righteous General Conference for them and we just we lose credibility when we make these kind of predictions that's not our message. God has not given it to to us to understand when probation will close now we can know the times and the seasons that we're living in we can be aware of the signs around us but we're never going to know with certainty when probation will close until the time is upon us that's why it's going to come as an overwhelming surprise so I just want to remind you that it's not OK to teach heresy date setting is heresy setting false expectations that go against the teaching of Scripture in the spirit of prophecy for the timing of the coming of Jesus that is false teaching and that is heresy and heresy is identified in Scripture as a work of the flourish in Scripture says I'll read it again in verse 21 of the which I tell you before as I have also told you in time past that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God It was a lot of care if you have a packet of Bible verses and Spirit of Prophecy statements to back up the heresy that you're teaching because you're just taking those statements out of context against the clearest statements that say we don't know the time and that there is no time prophecy between 844 in the 2nd coming please don't tell me that you can take 3 and a half years from September of 2015 and go into March or April of 2019 and not say that you're doing a time prophecy between 844 in the 2nd coming when we've been told there is no time prophecy between 844 in the 2nd coming that's heresy and what it does is that it has the tendency to put. The unconverted in the church back to sleep because they say here just comes another dates that are in the March and April come and go and nothing happens and if you want my honest opinion I don't think that the Lord would allow March or April to be the time that it would happen because he's not going to allow a heretical teaching to be affirmed with a fulfillment that would validate here acy now maybe it'll be before then I don't know maybe you'll be after I'm not here to predict what I am saying is that we do need to have a state of readiness and we need to be prepared but we shouldn't be setting dates because yes there is heresy on the other side of the church work where people say I'm not going to believe the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy and we're not going to believe in the sacredness of the Sabbath or 844 the sanctuary message and all of that and that's heresy but it's just as much heresy to start setting dates when we've been told not to do so so I want to encourage you and challenge you today keep looking to Jesus and remember that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the life and that Jesus has spoken to his last H. search through the testimony of Jesus and to the law and of the testimony of people are not speaking according to this word it's because there is not just some light in them that's because there is no why in. Now is not the time to be attracted to those who have no why in them now is the time to be standing up as a faithful 7th Day Adventists for the Charu light for this time and to be proclaiming the 3rd angel's message the faith of Jesus the commandments of God in the patience of the Saints a muscle of character preparation that causes people in this church to be looking with great earnestness and longing for the true character of Jesus that a seen in the lives of the members who are living in preparation for the coming of Jesus that is the message that is going to prepare people for the coming of the Lord we need to be ready we need to be sharing with others we need to be sharing the 3 angels most of us with the lost and dying world but as we do so may we do so not in a way that is heretical that mixes heresy with truth may we share this message and its pure unvarnished form the truth as it is in Jesus so that someday soon we will see Jesus come in the clouds and we can say this is our God we have waited for him and he will save us a man. 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