Are You A Protestant? Part-1

Are You A Protestant-1This presentation delivered on Sabbath, April 15, presents the truth that God did not “crucify” His law when Christ hung upon the cross nearly 2,000 years ago.

This weekend (April 16, 2017) marks the culmination of what is considered in Catholic circles, Holy Week, the time which represents the last week of Christ’s earthly life, during which he also died.  It opens with Palm Sunday, and closes with Easter Sunday. You will recall that on last Sunday (April 8), ISIS operatives in Egypt exploded ordinances in two Coptic churches, slaying over 46 worshipers and wounding over 100.  For these heinous acts of terror and destruction, we lament and deplore in the strongest terms.  But the challenge for this presentation is to contemplate whether or not Christians are called to keeping Easter in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Messiah?  In this study I present compelling evidence that if you are a Protestant you will observe God’s Statutes, judgments, and commandments, while dispensing with Rome’s teachings of Babylon.

 Said my Guide, “There is much light yet to shine forth from the law of God and the gospel of righteousness. This message, understood in its true character, and proclaimed in the Spirit, will lighten the earth with its glory. The great decisive question is to be brought before all nations, tongues, and peoples. The closing work of the third angel’s message will be attended with a power that will send the rays of the Sun of Righteousness into all the highways and byways of life, and decisions will be made for God.” –Ms 15, 1888, p. 5. (To “Dear Brethren Assembled at General Conference,” Nov. 1, 1888.) Released July, 1958.  {2MR 58.2}

In light of this fact, that the Loud Cry Message will deal largely with the new light that is yet to shine forth from the Torah, Here is Rome’s $1000 challenge to Adventists and nominal Protestants alike.

Your note was forwarded to me here where I reside at present… I still offer $1,000 to any one who can prove to me, from the Bible alone, that I am bound under pain of grievous sin to keep Sunday holy. We keep Sunday in obedience to the law of the Catholic Church. The Church made this law long after the Bible was written; hence the law is not in the Bible. The Catholic Church abolished not only the Sabbath, but all the Jewish Festivals. Those who deny the authority of the Catholic Church and obey only the Bible must answer correctly the following:…

1. Where does the Bible teach that we must keep Sunday holy; 2. Where does it teach that we must keep Sunday once a week and not once a year like Christmas; 3. Where does it teach that we must keep Easter always on the 1st Sunday after the full moon of the Vernal Equinox; 4. In Lev 23 you find 7 holy days binding as strictly as the Sabbath. Where does the Bible say that they are abolished?Here also you obey the Catholic Church and not the Bible.” T. Enright, CSSR. The Mission Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Detroit, Michigan, Letter, April 26, 1902. [Italics and emphasis added.]   http://www.adventistlaymen.com/wwn%20articles/wwn10%2800%29.pdf

As a Protestant, are you equipped and qualified with the holy Bible as your guide, and sacred history as witnesses, to “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 1: 3), which was handed down to us by the holy Apostles, and prove meet the Roman Catholic challenge, demonstrating to them from Scripture and history that the “holy days” of Lev. 23 were “abolished” in the Christian dispensation?  Can your current views on thest solemnities (if you hold that they were nailed to the Cross), be sustained by the Apostles’ teachings and early church fathers whom they also brought to the faith?  If you cannot, then I urge you to watch the below presentation to be informed and strengthned in “the Apostles’ doctrine.”

Here is the Bible study in real-time mode, uncut and unedited (please see erratum below): https://fccdl.in/VYeft08vT 

The surest way to determine if you are a Protestant or not, is to evaluate your augments for the Roman Catholic imposition of Sunday as the Sabbath day of rest, and your attitude and stand toward their institution of the Eucharist, turned  “holy communion,” as a commemorative of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Just as Jesus taught that “by their fruits ye shall know them,” (Matt. 7:20), the parallel thought “by their doctrines ye shall know them,” is equally defining.  In this regard, then, I now share with you the updated Roman Catholic Catechism, preserved in the Vatican Archives in Rome:

The Sunday obligation

2181 The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor.119 Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.

2182 Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to his Church. The faithful give witness by this to their communion in faith and charity. Together they testify to God’s holiness and their hope of salvation. They strengthen one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

2183“If because of lack of a sacred minister or for other grave cause participation in the celebration of the Eucharist is impossible, it is specially recommended that the faithful take part in the Liturgy of the Word if it is celebrated in the parish church or in another sacred place according to the prescriptions of the diocesan bishop, or engage in prayer for an appropriate amount of time personally or in a family or, as occasion offers, in groups of families.”120http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c1a3.htm; Published in: Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part Three, Life In Christ, Section Two, The Ten Commandments; Chapter One, Article 3, The Third Commandment.

In their own words, the Roman Catholic Church teaches that to be counted among “the faithful,” one must, at the consequence of committing a “grave sin,” give obesiance to the sanctity of Sunday, as well as the sanctity of the Eucharist, known among Protestants as “Holy Communion.” 

Within Seventh-day Adventism, the “communion” service that is closest to Easter is the most appealing, for it comports more closely with the actual anniversary of the Crucifixion.  So churches will adjust their 13th Sabbath “communion service” to hedge the Easter Sunday, then on Sunday morning they now hold “Easter Sun-rise Son worship.” All of these practices are the doctrines of Roman Catholicism, and the sooner we know it the better prepared we are to seek out our Heavenly Father’s “statutes, judgments, and commandments,” and do them.

 

ERRATUM: During the Presentation as well as in Q&A  (time marker 1′:51″) , reference was made to Brother Errol Stanford, VP of the Mountaindale Association, as having published articles on WhatsApp amounting to a confession that the Passover is still applicable to Christians today.  While it is true that such statements were published by a Davidian brother, they were incorrectly attributed to Brother Stanford, for which we sincerely apologize.  We have confirmation that those statements were published by Brother Houston, and not Stanford.

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