In Search of the One True Christ: Resolving Adventism's Gordian Knot

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 This book is about the human nature of Christ. Specifically about the moral or spiritual inheritance through His mother Mary—whether He took man’s nature like that of Adam before the Fall (prelapsarian) or like after the Fall (postlapsarian). These two seemingly, mutually-exclusive, versions of Christ have been a very controversial subject in Adventism for some sixty plus years (May 2015). Many have grown weary of the subject, and some have concluded that “it doesn’t really matter.”  
It is the purpose of this present book to develop more fully the concept of our new birth experience as a springboard to provide a framework of Christ’s nature that embraces all of the Scripture and Spirit of Prophecy statements on His humanity—the one true Christ. It will be found that both positions—pre-Fall and post-Fall—contain essential components to the complete picture. 
 
Spiritual truth is arrived at by harmonizing all of the inspired statements on a given subject. Through that method we have arrived at our commonly held beliefs—Saturday sacredness, state of the dead, second coming of Christ, etc. This can also be true regarding Christ’s humanity—regarding the true Christ. Knowing the complete attributes of the true Christ will add strength and credibility to the true gospel. We can then lay down our disputes among us and unite in promoting the “one Lord, one faith, and one baptism” so essential to the finishing of the Lord’s work in our hearts and on the earth. 
 
Preface 
Why another book about the human nature of Christ? Haven't we covered every aspect of His nature that is necessary for us to know? Well, perhaps not. This book endeavors to tie together some loose threads that have not really been solved yet. 
 
First, this subject is never just about the nature of Christ. The issue is much larger. It is about the whole plan of salvation, the gospel, righteousness by faith, and the great controversy between Christ and Satan. Differing views about Christ's human nature radically change our conclusions about how God is solving the problem of sin and rebellion in the universe.hy another book about the human nature of Christ? Haven't we covered every aspect of His nature that is necessary for us to know? Well, perhaps not. This book endeavors to tie together some loose threads that have not really been solved yet. 
 
Second, this book addresses the underlying issue in the ongoing debate—the nature of man. When Adam and Eve sinned, everything changed. Suffering and death began, man's nature changed so that rebellion was as natural as breathing, condemnation and annihilation were man's only future, and earth was cut off from heaven. Except for one thing—Christ stepped into the picture. And everything changed again. Mankind received a second chance, annihilation was not inevitable, and most importantly, God placed “enmity” toward Satan in man's nature. Man would not be a helpless slave of Satan, but would have an innate desire to resist him. 
 
Third, this book pulls together statements by Ellen White that seem to support opposite conclusions, and shows how they fit together perfectly if loose ends are properly tied off. Inspired statements have a way of harmonizing if we dig down beneath the surface. 
 
Fourth, the appendix collection of pioneer writings are valuable resources in this study. 
This is a significant contribution to a better understanding of God's great plan of salvation. 
 
Dennis Priebe 
Amazing Facts Revivalist
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Digital Inspiration
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Aug 6, 2015
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138
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9781514282731
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 There are important Biblical truths overlooked by much of Christianity. The Devil would have it so, and, unfortunately, our naturally sinful hearts find it attractively so. We prefer to be saved in our sins rather than from our sins. The term Gospel is in reference to the salvation of fallen mankind in Christ’s future, eternal kingdom of peace. Tragically, great differences in understanding of the Gospel is a major reason for the multitude of differing Christian faiths.   
The Bible speaks of “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Ephesians 4:5). Jesus Christ made the claim: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). Thus, the Scriptures teach that there is only One True Way to the heavenly Father, only One True Gospel—the Man Christ Jesus.  
 
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden—embedding the trait of selfishness in humanity’s heart—Christ promised them that He would come to earth to take their punishment, and to crush their deceiver Satan’s head. As a perpetual reminder, Christ gave them the sacrificial system. They were to confess their sins over the head of an innocent lamb and then to slay it; symbolizing Christ’s future death on the cross for the sins of man. 
 
When the children of Israel were delivered from slavery in Egypt, Christ gave them a much more complete explanation of the various steps in the salvation process. In the earthly sanctuary and its services—a pattern of the true sanctuary in heaven—He gave a much clearer explanation of the salvation process as to how, when, and where the various steps occur in reality. For some 1500 years Christ worked with the children of Israel in an attempt to lead them, in their tabernacle/temple services to depict to the world the gospel of salvation through the coming Messiah.  
 
Unfortunately, Satan succeeded in blinding their eyes to the truths of their own religious services, to the degree, that they rejected and nailed to a Roman cross the long-looked-for perfect Lamb of God. Unfortunately still today, many of Christ’s followers are failing to appreciate the important truths of the gospel as depicted for so many centuries in the priestly services of the earthly tabernacle and temples of Israel. We are tending to ignore the New Testament teachings regarding Christ’s High Priestly ministry in the true tabernacle of heaven (see Hebrews chapters 3-10). We tend to not appreciate the important prophecy of Daniel 8:14: “And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” (Daniel 8:14). The dominant Christian faith of the Dark Ages has side-tracked our attention to a still earthly priesthood with the claim to forgive sin. For these and other reasons, Satan is again succeeding to a great degree in blinding Christ’s followers to the great truths of the sanctuary services, now going on in heaven. Through failure to understand as to the how, when, and where Christ is working to save repentant men and women from sin, rather than in sin, many will fail to be benefitted by His death on the cross so many years ago. 
 
It is the purpose of this publication to search for clarity as to what is the One True Gospel. It has found that a comprehension of Christ’s role as Surety, as the Lamb of God, and as the Mediator-High Priest of the human race goes far in achieving that goal. 
 
“We need . . . much more knowledge in regard to the plan of salvation. There is not one in one hundred who understands for himself the Bible truth on this subject that is so necessary to our present and eternal welfare. When light begins to shine forth to make clear the plan of redemption to the people, the enemy works with all diligence that the light may be shut away from the hearts of men. If we come to the Word of God with a teachable, humble spirit, the rubbish of error will be swept away, and gems of truth, long hidden from our eyes, will be discovered.”  Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 1, 359, 360.
 The sub-title of this book is "Spiritual Dangers in Health Care." Guide lines are given for distinguishing between health care methods acceptable for Christians to be treated with, or to treat with. Many of God's in-harmony-with-nature remedies are counterfeited by Satan and can be used of him to lead even Christians into great spiritual danger. A number of popular methods of disease treatment are exposed for what they are.  Contents: 
1. End-Time Methods of Healing: 
False Healing as a Test 
Agents of Satan 
False Science of the Mind 
Natural or Supernatural 
Rules to Detect Error 
Faith Miracles 
Mind Healing Itself 
Mind Healing Mind 
 
2. “Miracles” Masquerading as Science: 
Biofeedback 
Homeopathy 
Reflexology and Iridology 
Kinesiology 
Acupuncture 
Spine Manipulation for Organ Disease 
Energy Force Healing 
Conflicting With Natural Law 
 
3. Magnetism, Electricity, and Health Reform: 
The Building Blocks of Matter 
Cellular Energy 
Ion Currents of the Body 
Physical Electricity 
Electricity and the Body 
Magnetic Energy 
Human Magnetic Energy 
Magnetic Imaging 
Magnetic and Electric Testing 
Magnets for “Health” 
Magnetic Deficiencies? 
Purifying the Air 
Ellen White’s Use of Electricity 
Electricity, Magnetism, and Mysticism 
Sorting Fact From Fiction 
Where Disease Begins 
Health Fads and Magnets 
The Roots of Hypnosis 
Areas of Concern 
Conclusions 
 
4. God's Plan of Rational Remedies: 
Experience Not Reliable 
Divine Guidance 
Emphasize Rational Remedies 
Unsafe Health Care 
A False Latter Rain
 This is a discussion laced with divinely inspired solutions to the disease problem. It discusses not only types of healthcare institutions, services, and locations but also the role that each of us is to play in bringing success to God's inspired plan. Emphasis is placed on prevention, simple remedies readily available, and ministry motivated workers and institutions rather than for profit.  
CONTENTS: 
 
THE PROBLEM: A HEALTHCARE CRISIS 
The Ills of Mankind 
The Source of the Solutions 
Who Man Is 
Natural Law 
Disobedience 
A Devil to Fight 
The Problem of Sin 
 
THE SOLUTION: HEAVEN’S PLAN 
Knowledge Essential to Success 
Health Reform 
Three Main Purposes 
Anatomy and Physiology 
Knowledge That Motivates 
Will Power That Is Effective 
Readily Available Remedies 
The Source of Healing 
Remedy Relationships 
A Wholistic Work 
Heaven’s Healthcare Workers 
Medical-Missionary Training 
Christian Philanthropists 
Heaven’s Financial Methods 
Volunteer Work 
Heaven’s Health Institutions 
Institutional Workers 
Institutional Location 
City Centers 
Size and Number of Institutions 
The Benefits of Right Doing 
Satan’s Interference 
The Effectiveness of Heaven’s Plan 
The Impact on the Workers 
Relations Between Prevention and Acute Care 
 
THE ROLE AND RESPONSE OF CHRIST’S FOLLOWERS 
A Special Task 
Concentrated Effort 
The Spirit of Reformers 
The Lord’s Methods 
God’s Instructions Unchanged 
Instructions Not Outdated by Science 
Our Obligation 
Success Assured
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