November 4, 2019
FROM YOUR PASTOR’S DESK:
“Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know them, and are established in the present truth.” 2 Pet. 1:13 (see verses 1-12).
What constitutes Present Truth for the last days? These are made up of vital “essentials, “foundational truths,” or “pillars.” The integrity of any structure is determined by the soundness of its foundation and the adequacy and strength of its pillars.
Everything else is just the superstructure. The Five essential pillars of Present Truth are: 1) The second advent of Jesus 2) the binding claims of the Decalogue, including the 7th day Sabbath and the perpetuity and immutability if God”s law 3) the 3rd angel’s message in its fullness, in correct relationship to the 1st and 2nd angels’ messages.
4) the ministry of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, which ministry would cease shortly before His second coming- with emphasis on His closing work that began on the 10th day of the 7th month- the investigative judgment coming at the end of the 2300-day prophecy of Daniel. 5) the non-immortality of the soul (and the state of the dead).
“Precious light has come, appropriate for this time. It is Bible truth, showing the perils that are right upon us. This light should lead us to a diligent study of the Scriptures and a most critical examinations of the positions which we hold. God would have all the bearings and positions of truth thoroughly and perseveringly searched, with prayer and fasting.
Believers are not to rest in suppositions and ill-defined ideas of what constitutes truth. Their faith must be firmly founded upon the word of God. When God’s people are at ease and satisfied with their present enlightenment, we may be sure that He will not favor them. It is His will that they should be ever moving forward to receive the increased and ever-increasing light which is shining for them.” 5T 707-9.
Store your minds with the present, testing sealing truths for the rapidly approaching spiritual winter and the final fiery test of our professions of faith. God will teach us if we ask Him to.
Have a blessed week. NMF