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Holy Days and Sabbaths in Colossians and Galatians

Posted in Uncategorized by victorchristensen on April 26, 2014

In his letters Paul warned Gentile believers against the observance of false sabbaths. To the Galatians he wrote, “You keep special days and months and seasons and years. You make me fear that all the pains I spent on you may prove to be labour lost.”1 To the Colossians he declared, “allow no one therefore to take you to task about what you eat or drink, or over a festival, new moon or sabbath. These are no more than a shadow of what was to come; the solid reality is Christ’s.”2 (1Galatians 4:10, 2Collosians 2:16)

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Goodbye America (Revised)

Posted in Uncategorized by victorchristensen on April 26, 2014

 

Joseph Stalin was the worst mass murderer in human history. Even before the Second World War began he was responsible for the death of fifty million Russians. By the time he died he had the blood of up to eighty million on his hands. Under Stalin’s dictatorship one man owned as a personal possession every human being, every piece of real estate, every tractor, water bucket and straw broom in the Soviet Union. Stalin should be of interest to us because his despotic government is the proto type for the New World Order.

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The Testimony of Jesus and Pontiff Maximus

Posted in Uncategorized by victorchristensen on March 4, 2014

Amos 4:1 says God “reveals His thoughts to man” and prophecy is declared to be “the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”1 The function of prophecy is to demonstrate to believers that God is in control. “Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass.”2 Jesus says; “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it.”3 (1Revelation 1:2, 22Kings 19:25, 3Revelation 1:2-3)

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Yahweh Jesus and the “Begotten” Logos Thesis

Posted in Uncategorized by victorchristensen on December 20, 2013

A true disciple is someone who listens to what Scripture says and agrees with Scripture even when God speaking to us through Scripture transcends our cognitive boundaries. If we are not there yet we are not yet true believers.

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Jesus the Second Yahweh – Part one

Posted in Uncategorized by victorchristensen on November 8, 2013

In this article the New Testament Greek terms for deity are given their Hebrew meanings of “Yahweh” and “elohiym” which are the consistent names for deity. “Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord (Yahweh) God (elohiym) had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground.” (Genesis 2:5)

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The Unfinished Reformation

Posted in Uncategorized by victorchristensen on October 25, 2013

Avery Dulles, Jesuit scholar and Cardinal of the Catholic Church, described Vatican II as “Luther’s Unfinished Reformation.” We are happy to announce that Dulles will not be making any contributions to this article.

The Bible derives its authority from the fact when God speaks through human prophets what is written remains God speaking. Whatever the short comings of the human agent, and they always existed, God intends what is written be received as if He Himself wrote it. In the history of religion the Bible has hardly ever been accepted in terms of what it represents. For much of its existence the church has conducted its business in ignorance of the biblical gospel.

Part 1part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5.

Paul is regarded as the greatest missionary of the Christian era

Posted in Uncategorized by victorchristensen on August 5, 2013

Paul is regarded as the greatest missionary of the Christian era yet after preaching the gospel fervently for over thirty years he wrote the following words to Timothy; “You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me” (2Timothy 1:15 )

If Paul’s congregations could become indifferent to his passion for Jesus and his preaching of the gospel it has to be asked what does it take to get people of religion to remain focused on Jesus. Those who rejected Paul continued to worship God and they maintained their enthusiasm for a “Jesus” religion but somehow were disconnected from the Jesus Paul was preaching. It was not that for them Christianity was out of favour, it was just that they had their own version of it.

If you read the writings of Tertullian who was a fervent preacher of the gospel, and I would say a man of honour, you will find that within sixty years of the death of John mainstream Christianity no longer believe in the eternal pre-existence of Jesus. And after that things only went from bad to worse before there was an attempt to restore the gospel in the sixteenth century. We cannot say that the reformation was a failure but there is compelling evidence that both Calvin and Luther at some point abandoned sola scriptura and became preoccupied with defending their own traditions.

For many today the sixteen century reformation has become a parking lot and the irreducible standard for orthodoxy. The faithful are those who agree with the reformers and the heretics are those who do not. In the Adventist version of traditionalism the pioneers have all the say and even Paul must conform to the twenty eight Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Having often listen to Adventist fundamentalists I am happy to announce my heretical status.

The hope is that one day we will discover the Jesus many of us have never known. I am not being arrogant, I was an Adventist for many years before I learnt who Jesus really is. I am a fanatic at doing research but I have come to know that our cognitive potential does not get us to where we need to be. The knowledge that saves comes only by a heavenly disclosure that requires a disposition of entire submission before it is given. Jesus is waiting to give you a disclosure of Himself, you should make it your business to receive it.

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on Me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” (Zechariah

12:10) 

Justification Apart From the Law in Paul

Posted in Uncategorized by victorchristensen on May 1, 2013

According to Paul righteousness by faith is “witnessed by the law and the prophets.”1 Reginal Fuller says; “the New Testament is the reassertion of the authentic Old Testament tradition…”2 If this is true terms such as “justification” and the “righteousness of God” need to be interpreted against the background of the Old Testament.

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The Unbegotten Yahweh Jesus

Posted in Uncategorized by victorchristensen on March 25, 2013

Jesus identity is clearly revealed in Scripture; “And this is His name by which He [Jesus] will be called, ‘Yahweh tsidqenuw.’” (Jeremiah 23:6)

The biblical teaching concerning the Godhead was identified by Jesus as the most important teaching in the entire Bible. “One of the scribes came, and heard them questioning [Jesus], and knowing that He had answered them well, asked Him, What commandment is the first of all? Jesus answered; the first is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”1 This oneness connected to deity, according to Jesus’ baptismal formula, is a unity of plurality consisting of three heavenly persona.2 What is known as the “Trinity” doctrine is actually God’s revelation of Himself and the foundation on which the entire gospel is based. (1Mark 12:28-29, 2Matthew 28:19)

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Adventism and Creation – Crossing the Rubicon

Posted in Uncategorized by victorchristensen on January 17, 2013

The biblical creation doctrine provides both the basis for worship and the means of identifying who we worship. All worship requires, at least cognitively, a focus on something outside and greater than ourselves. And the purer this objectivity in worship the purer will be our connection to the Absolute.

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