Archive for the ‘legalism’ Category

The Jerusalem Council disproves sabbatarianism

June 20, 2011

An even bigger problem for those who teach one regulated sabbath observance which is more or less ‘set in stone’ for all time, is Acts 15 where, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and dating to about AD49 or 50, the Apostles discussed which elements of Old Covenant law needed to be taught to those Gentiles who were coming to Christ. The Sabbath is highly conspicuous by its absence! Since the topic was, apparently, not even raised, this tends to confirm that the Apostle s fully understood that the Sabbath was given to Israel alone.




September 5, 2009

Christians ought not to adorn themselves with jewellery. We understand this to mean the wearing of rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, and showy tie tacks, cuff links and pins–and any other type of jewelry that has as its main function display–is unnecessary and not in harmony with the simplicity and adornment urged by Scripture.

7th Day Adventists Believe, p.287

Due to the influence of Ellen G. White, Adventists refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and narcotics. They must not eat certain foods prohibited in the Old Testament, such as pork, ham, and shellfish. Most Adventists follow a vegetarian diet, the rest eat meat sparingly.

Beyond the dietary restrictions, White told Adventists to avoid gambling, card playing, dancing, and attendance at theaters.


And only certain music styles are good:

Debased music…destroys the rhythm of the soul and breaks down morality. Great care should be exercised in the choice of music. Any melody partaking of the nature of jazz, rock, or related hybrid forms, or any language expressing foolish or trivial sentiments, will be shunned by persons of true culture. Let us use only good music in the home, in the social gathering, in the school, and in the church.

Adventist Church Manual, quote from this source

The above quote appears to be an adaptation of 7th Day Adventists Believe, 1988, p.284


September 5, 2009

Sir James Stephen, the son of a member of the Clapham Sect, who became a prominent civil servant in the 1830s, once smoke a cigar and found it so delicious that he never smoked again.

Ian Bradley, The Call to Seriousness, p.28

Adding to Scripture

September 4, 2009

Joseph Fielding Smith (Mormon President 1970-72) said that a cup of tea can keep a member out of heaven:

…but my brethren if you drink coffee or tea, or take tobacco, are you letting a cup of tea or a little tobacco stand in the road and bar you from the Celestial Kingdom of God, where you might otherwise have received a fulness of glory?

“Oh, it is such a little thing, and the Lord will forgive us.” Well, there is not anything that is little in the way of sinning. There is not anything that is little in the world in the aggregate. One cup of tea, then it is another cup of tea and another cup of tea, and when you get them all together, they are not so little.

Joseph Smith, Mormon founder, drank tea, beer, wine and possibly smoked too.

The Law is Powerless to Change us

September 4, 2009

Benjamin Franklin made 13 virtues for himself, including: Silence (‘speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation’), frugality, industry (‘lose not time; be always employed in something useful’) and tranquility (‘be not disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable’).

He set up a book with a page for each virtue, lining a column in which to record “defects.” Choosing a different virtue to work on each week, he daily noted every mistake, starting over every 13 weeks in order to cycle through the list four times a year.

For many decades Franklin carried his little book with him, striving for a clean thirteen-week cycle. As he made progress, he found himself struggling with yet another defect. “There is perhaps no one of natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it. Struggle with it. Stifle it. Mortify it as much as one pleases. It is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself….even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.

Phillip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace, Zondervan, 1997, p. 35

…These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. Col.2.23