Secrets Unsealed Unity Symposium Slides 2017
Slides used by Pr. Kirkpatirck in August 2017 Scripture, Church Structure, and the Path to Unity Symposium in his presentation "Dissolution or Revolution."
1 The Most basic element in church structure:
2 The General Conference represents the worldwide expression of the Church:
3 SDA global Church structural organization in one panel:Read more...
- Refusal to surrender an idol to God (Ezekiel 14).
- Sin in the heart (Psalm 66:18).
- Unresolved conflict between brethren (Matthew 5:23; James 5:16).
- Because of unbelief (Matthew 13:58; Mark 5:40; Luke 8:54).
- Marital unrest (1 Peter 3:7).
- Asking with wrong motives (James 4:3 NASB).
Bible Versions Issue Summary
There is no perfect Bible translation; nor is there a one-to-one correspondence from one language to another.
Advances in our understanding of Hebrew which have come in just the past century, with fresh data from the Dead Sea Scrolls, have led to significant improvement in most translations of the Old Testament in the newer translations. Before the Dead Sea Scrolls (earliest dating 408 BC), the earliest complete copy of the Old Testament we have was the Leningrad Codex (about AD 1008).
- The main dispute over Bible translations has to do with the base text of the New Testament.
Q and A -- Divorce and Remarriage
QUESTION: Does a divorce decree from the state grant one the biblical right to remarry?
ANSWER: "There is only one sin, which is adultery which can place the husband or wife in a position where they can be free from the marriage vow in the sight of God. Although the laws of the land may grant a divorce, yet they are husband and wife still in the Bible light, according to the laws of God" (Adventist Home, p. 344).
QUESTION: Who is involved in a marriage covenant?
ANSWER: The husband, the wife, and God.
QUESTION: Does "removal from church membership" mean one is lost?
ANSWER: Seventh-day Adventists neither disfellowship nor excommunicate. Seventh-day Adventists simply "remove from membership," implying nothing concerning one's salvation status. To disfellowship or to...Read more...