January 1997, Vol. 6, No. 1
to Speak Great Words (Part 2)
Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant. Psalm 25:14
The Little Horn Continues to Speak Great Words (Part 2)
Last month we began a study on some of the last day great words that the little horn power of Daniel 7 was to proclaim. Daniels prophecy presents a judgment setting with the books being opened. (Daniel 7: 10) Verse 11 states: I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake. The time frame is clearly 1844. The great words spoken by the little horn which concerns Daniel are enunciated after 1844!
Our study began with noting that the Catholic teachings of the Immaculate Conception (1854), Papal Infallibility (1870), and the Assumption of Mary (1950) all have been decreed since 1844. After that we began a discussion of Pope John Paul IIs latest teaching on evolution. Before continuing that phase of the study, we should note that the teaching of the Assumption of Mary is considered by Catholics the logical conclusion to the Immaculate Conception. Timothy F. Kauffman, a former Catholic and worshipper of Mary writes:
It was of great interest to me when I first started studying the doctrines to realize how intimately the first two were tied together. As it turns out, the doctrine of the Assumption found its basis in the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, and justifiably so. For if Mary truly had been conceived without sin, then it was incomprehensible to believe that she should ever suffer the consequences of original sinthat is, bodily decay in the gravefrom which, by the grace of God, she had been protected. The most noted Catholic theologians have found this to be the case, including G. Roschini, who spoke on this issue in a 1950 Vatican Radio address just prior to the declaration of the Assumption doctrine. He asserted that Marys Immaculate Conception and her Assumption were so unbreakably interdependent as to authorize us to say that she was assumed because she was immaculate.
This concept would be carried strongly into every pontificate from then on, even to that of John Paul II. In 1983, while on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, the sight of the 1858 apparitions he declared that the two mysteries of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Mary into heaven come together here and reveal their mutual complementarity. (Quite Contrary, pp. 36 - 38)
Naturally, belief in these doctrines make the apparitions of Mary extremely important to Roman Catholics. Kauffman clearly shows how these teachings directly led to the worship of Mary and her role as the mediatrix. However, there is one piece of the puzzle that Kauffman is missing which makes his otherwise good work incomplete: a correct understanding of the nature of man.
The Nature of the Soul
Both Pius XII and John Paul II made it clear that a form of evolution could only pass the Vaticans test if it allowed for the immediate divine creation of the human soul. Before even considering the concept of what a soul is, important questions beg to be asked. If God allowed the body to evolve over a long period of time, what was the criteria for deciding when He would create the soul of the creature? At what point did this creature walk upright enough and have mind enough to receive a soul? Could this creature have walked one day as a beast and the next as a man? If not, then at what point did this creature give birth to offspring that was worthy of a soul and so become a man? The difficulty in this matter seems to be worse than any creationist could ever encounter.
The true conception of the soul is easy to deal with if the Bible is taken for what it says. The Scriptures never state that God created a soul. The Scriptures never state that God put a soul in any creature, man nor beast. The first mention of soul in the Scriptures is Genesis 2:7 where we read, And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. The Scriptures teach that God modeled man from clay of the earth and breathed His breath or spirit into that clay. The result was a living soul. A mathematical equation of this would look something like this: Body+ Spirit = Soul (Living Creature). The Apostle James gives this formula in reverse when he writes: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26) This written as a mathematical equation would read: Body Spirit = Death (No Soul).
Man is Mortal
The Catholic Church and almost all the rest of the world teach that at death only the body dies. The rest of the being, the soul, goes on to live forever either in heaven or hell. However, the Bible does teach that souls can and do die. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. (Ezekiel 18:20) To be able to die is to be subject to death. This is referred to as being mortal. Not being subject to death is immortality. Out of more than 31,000 verses in the Bible, there is not a single statement that directly or indirectly teaches that man is immortal. It does, however, mention that man is mortal. Job 4:17 asks the question, Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? Paul, writing to the Hebrews, declared that we should seek immortality. To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life. (Romans 2:7)
God Only has Immortality
The term immortal is used only once in the King James Version of the Bible. It is found in 1 Timothy 1:17 and refers to God the Father: Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. Our heavenly Father is the only one mentioned in the Bible as having immortality. (See 1 Timothy 6:16) However, through Christ, the Father is willing to bestow immortality upon humanity. (See Romans 2:7, 1 Corinthians 15:53, 54; 2 Timothy 1:10) This immortality will be given at the second coming of Jesus and not at death.
The Immortal Soul Denies the Atonement!
Most Adventists know that the doctrine of the immortal soul opens the pathway for Satan and his agents to impersonate the dead with supposed messages from heaven. However, most do not know that it subverts the atonement. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) This means total death, not just the death of the body with a spirit or soul living on elsewhere. If Christ died as the substitutionary death for mans sins, then He must die the death that man would suffer. In other words, when Jesus died on the cross, it was more than just His human body that died. Paul, writing to the church at Corinth, stated: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3) No Scriptures more clearly teach that Jesus really died in totality than the 53rd chapter of Isaiah. There we read these gripping statements:
When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:10, 12)
Satan has, through the Papacy, sought to destroy the message of love taught at Calvary: that God loved us so much that there was no limit to the pain, suffering and personal inconvenience He was willing to bear in order to save us. Even allowing His only begotten Son to tread the winepress alone, and suffer the death of the cross that we might have eternal life. However, that love and sacrifice is hidden if we believe that the soul cannot die. We can understand and believe that the soul of man is mortal, but if we fail to understand that Christ took upon Himself mortality to be able to die for our sins, that His soul was the offering on the cross, we still miss seeing the larger picture God is trying to portray of His love to us.
Just as the doctrine of the Assumption of Mary was a natural result of believing in the Immaculate Conception, the belief that Christ had an immortal soul that could not die is the logical conclusion of believing the Papal Trinity doctrine. The Trinity teaches that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all co-equal and co-eternal. The Trinity doctrine teaches that Christ is not really the literal Son of God, but one who assumes the role of a son, that He is, in fact, as eternal in every respect as the Father and just as immortal. If this is true, then He could not have accepted mortality and truly died at Calvary. This leaves us with no sacrifice for our sins. No wonder the Papacy worships the Eucharist and Mary! Their Christ really didnt make any at-one-ment on the cross!
The Bible teaches that Jesus is the real, literal Son of God. His equality with God has been given to Him by His Father.
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. (Acts 2:33)
Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. (Acts 5:31)
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. (Philippians 2:9, 10)
All of His ability to give life has been bestowed by the Father. Jesus said:
For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself. (John 5:26)
The eighth chapter of Proverbs teaches that Jesus was brought forth before everlasting or eternity. Since Jesus received His life and power to give life from the Father (John 5:26), He could lay that aspect of His divinity aside in the incarnation, become mortal, and truly die for man. Without His death, there is no new covenant experience, there is no salvation!
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. (Hebrews 9:13-17)
If theres a new covenant (or testament) experience, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator [the one who makes the testament]. Verse 15 stated that by means of death Christ provided redemption. The Greek phrase literally says, death having occurred. Since the Trinity doctrine and the teaching of the immortal soul denies the death of Christ, the new covenant becomes merely a play on words with the substance and reality removed.
Conclusion: The recent papal pronouncement on evolution strikes on two of the foundational points of the plan of salvation. It destroys the creatorship of God, not only His ability to create matter, but to re-create a heart of flesh as well. It also strikes a serious blow at the death of Jesus, Gods Son, as the sacrifice for the sins of man. In its place it substitutes the worship of Mary for the worship of the one true God, and the sacrifice of the mass (the Eucharist) for the real death of Christ.