First Things: Laying the Foundation for Biblical Analysis of the Emergent Church

After collecting data at various ONE Project sessions including, the Gathering, the Advance Conference, and the Create Conference, as well as two interviews with Pastors Sam Leonor and Terry Swenson, I felt I had a good amount of data to build a framework which I could use to analyze and interpret the results while I […]

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Relevance of the Investigative Judgment and Theological Pluralism

(Originally written for a group of Adventist ministers. by Mike Manea) I have over the years written many articles addressing the various objections raised against the doctrine of the Investigative Judgment(IJ) (http://bit.ly/IJcompilation). I’ve argued that we’re making a mistake debating critics on their exegesis when the real issue is their methodology. Significant work has been […]

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Christian Epistemic Models

The entirety of Christianity can be divided into several groups by epistemology; i.e. by how they build their knowledge beyond a basic concept of the existence of God. And, there are essentially three categories: High Certainty, Low Certainty or Arbitrary. When Jesus ascended to heaven He left behind three elements: the Church (Matt. 18:18), the […]

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Articles on the Investigative Judgment

Intro Arguments against the Adventist doctrines of the Sanctuary and the Investigative Judgement take several forms that can be organized in order of importance: 1) ‘The IJ conflicts with the gospel or with the assurance of salvation.’ This argument is the most damaging and should be addressed before anything else. See a & b below. […]

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QOD – A Way Forward Part 1

Background Some 60 years ago, the Adventist church was shaken up by the publication of a book called Questions on Doctrine (QOD). The book was intended to be a presentation of Adventist doctrine in language that the Evangelical world could better understand. And, while for the most part the book presented a typical exposition of […]

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QOD – A Way Forward Part 2

(Read Part 1) The Nature of Christ, The Nature of Sin and Perfection If the two sides of the QOD debate can come to an agreement regarding Andreasen’s three-part atonement, there is hope that further progress is possible. In fact, I would propose that progress will prove easier than most might think because both sides […]

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QOD – A Way Forward Part 3

(Read Part 2) Perfection, The Atonement and Everything Else In Andreasen’s Tag-Team Atonement theology, it was absolutely essential for the last generation to reach sinless perfection. The entire great controversy rested on this one factor. This created a major problem for Adventist understanding of salvation by grace through faith, since, such a mode of salvation […]

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The Close of Probation

The close of probation is a concept that tends to strike fear in most Adventists and causes other Christians to view us with suspicion. But, as usual, it is because the concept is misunderstood. All Christians believe there is a close of probation, even though they don’t use the phrase. This might be at the […]

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