I watched the video.
The 500-year-old Luther/SDA ‘coincidence’ is tempting . . . until I remember that Luther failed to ‘see Christ’ in ALL of the Bible, even in ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ’, written out by the beloved disciple, John.
But, beyond that, I choose to be a Sabbath keeper. Luther was not. The gains of Luther and the other reformers essentially failed during the Council of Trent when the Archbishop of Reggio confronted them with either fully accepting the principle of ‘scripture alone’ – including its true Creation ‘Sabbath’ – or of continuing to submit to Catholic traditions, like the Sunday-keeping they refused to discard.
There are 2 versions of the 10 Commandments which contain different reasons for Sabbath memorial observance within the text of the 4th.
Exodus 20:11 stresses ‘Creation’:
“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
Deuteronomy 5:15 stresses ‘Redemption’:
“And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.”
This is a great irony, and a puzzle:
Protestant Religions still claim to follow that ‘Scripture only’ which begins with the idea, “In the beginning God Created . . . .”, just as the ‘1st Angel’s Message’ at the other end of the Bible reminds us Adventist Protestants. Yet, how many seminary-trained SDA pastors could, or would, preach Sabbath sermons from that Creation ‘Word’, the study of which we call ‘science’ ? All I have is a high school diploma, but I took chemistry and physics and graduated from Otsego High School in Michigan, USA . . . just down the road from where our SDA ‘prophet’ had her vision regarding ‘health’ science. Is not the SDA church rather unique among the Protestant Christian churches for including such true, Creation-embracing ‘science’ in its ‘Gospel Work’ ?
So, here I take a stand:
George Knight cannot continue to deny that the ‘1888 Message’ – which is now being proven by non-SDA scientists to be just as true as Ellen described it – has been ‘accepted’ by the same SDA GC hierarchy that now denies its very principles regarding ‘heart-religion’, alone, by refusing the free ordination of women. You can not have it both ways, Dr. Knight, any more than Luther and friends could support ‘sola scriptura’ while denying the Sabbath memorial, also, of Genesis ‘Creation’. Either the ‘1888 Message’ has consistently been rejected by the GC, or the GC is perfectly justified according to ‘sola Scriptura’ to deny women’s ordination, based merely upon their merely physical, genetically-transferred birth-sex, while disregarding their, ‘sex-less’, ‘new heart and right Spirit’ re-Birth, re-Demption, re-Creation . . . of that ‘heart’ of the mind which science is now unveiling for the first time in human history, a ‘heart’ of the human brain first described in a scientific journal in Europe by its namesake, Johann Christian Reil, not long before William Miller took up his Bible in America, and the Great Advent religious Movement began. . . .
God’s ‘Word’ was studied in ‘Creation’ by Adam, Eve and their children and many ‘Scipture’ writers, long before there was a written ‘Word’ to recite. So, let us SDAs continue to explore our own unique Protestant identity in ‘science’ that harmonizes with our ‘religion’, a ‘religion’ which has suffered tremendously in the absence of ‘common’ scientific ‘sense’. (Ellet Waggoner was BOTH a ‘religionist’ AND a ‘scientist’, just like Jesus.)
And, let us begin here:
When Paul told the Galatians that ‘in Christ there is neither male nor female’, and
when Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be ‘born again’, then
clearly, there are 2 different human ‘births’ possible, both are described in Scripture, and now both are able to be described by ‘science’, as of the last 20 years . . . But, where is the SDA religious scholar who dares in the face of long, wrong, SDA ‘tradition’ (especially since Kellogg’s panthentheism ‘alpha’) to compare God’s Word in ‘Scripture’ with God’s Word in ‘Creation’ as Ellen said Jesus did ? . . .‘text with text’, or ‘text’ with ‘abstract’ (of scientific publication):
“The question asked during the Saviour’s ministry, “How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?” does not indicate that Jesus was unable to read, but merely that He had not received a rabbinical education. John 7:15. Since He gained knowledge as we may do, His intimate acquaintance with the Scriptures shows how diligently His early years were given to the study of God’s word. And spread out before Him was the great library of God’s created works. He who had made all things studied the lessons which His own hand had written in earth and sea and sky. Apart from the unholy ways of the world, He gathered stores of scientific knowledge from nature. He studied the life of plants and animals, and the life of man. From His earliest years He was possessed of one purpose; He lived to bless others. For this He found resources in nature; new ideas of ways and means flashed into His mind as He studied plant life and animal life. Continually He was seeking to draw from things seen illustrations by which to present the living oracles of God. The parables by which, during His ministry, He loved to teach His lessons of truth show how open His spirit was to the influences of nature, and how He had gathered the spiritual teaching from the surroundings of His daily life.”
“Thus to Jesus the significance of the word and the works of God was unfolded, as He was trying to understand the reason of things. Heavenly beings were His attendants, and the culture of holy thoughts and communings was His. From the first dawning of intelligence He was constantly growing in spiritual grace and knowledge of truth.” DA 70
If we SDAs ever decide to believe our own woman-‘prophet’, we will be the first to discard the ‘Sola Scriptura’ heresy of the 500-year-old failing Protestant Reformers who denied the Sabbath of BOTH Redemption ( re-Creation, re-Birth) of the human sinner’s ‘heart’ of the mind AND of the Creation spoken into existence by our Redeemer, Jesus, the parable-speaker.
Creation science, alone, can balance out the partisan battles within the SDA church. And, that would seem to me to be just how the Creators intended it to be. . . but do we ?