The Line of Authority
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 12 Sunday
Read first paragraph,
“Peter warned his readers about the kind of dangerous teachings the church would face. He cautioned against those who, while promising liberty, would lead people back into the bondage of sin, the opposite of the freedom that we have been promised in Christ.”
Can you recall what we discussed last week about those who bring a false gospel/remedy promising freedom but that actually enslaves?
What is sin in your mind?—deeds or a condition of heart that leads to destructive deeds?
So could one be a slave to sin because they are in a religion that teaches sin is a legal problem of bad deeds, that must be accounted for, so they confess bad deeds, seeking to get legal pardon, erasure from heavenly records etc, but never actually experience a change of heart?
In this situation they live in fear, fear of the judgment, fear of unconfessed sin, fear of people finding out what they have done etc.
This is not the freedom Christ promised but the false gospel of the originator of lies.
It is this false picture of God which has defiled the Spirit Temple—or as Paul said to the Thessalonians the man of sin has set himself up in God’s temple proclaiming himself to be god. This is why we have a message that the sanctuary is to be cleansed—but that message has also been corrupted by Satan’s lies and instead of teaching the truth, which cleanses hearts and minds, the false law construct has resulted in a false sanctuary message, with heavenly legalism, in which legal accounting is going on in books in heaven.
We must come back to the truth about God, which will result in the minds of people being cleansed from lies, hearts being transformed and the final message of mercy going to the world—the cleansing of the sanctuary!
Read the bottom pink section,
“Why must the Word of God, and not culture or our own judgment or reason, be the ultimate authority in our lives? (After all, why else would we keep the Seventh-day Sabbath other than because of the Word of God?)”
Any questions come to mind?
For instance, how many Christians group are out there quoting the Bible as their source of authority yet arguing among themselves what it means?
How can we understand the Bible if we don’t reason and think?
Why did God give us reasoning powers if He doesn’t want us to use them?
Why did God say, “Come let us reason together…” if we are not to think for ourselves?
What does God want from us—blind unthinking behavioral obedience, or our love and trust?
Can love and trust be obtained without a person being fully persuaded in their own mind of the trustworthiness of the other?
Romans 14:5 “every person must be fully persuaded in their own mind”, why? What does this require?
Did those who put Christ on the cross claim to believe the Scripture and also the Sabbath? Did that protect them from being God’s enemies?
What do you understand is the purpose of the Sabbath?
Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath—what does this mean?
If I said, ABC company built their fitness center for their employees, the employees were not built for the fitness center, what would you think this statement means?
Does this give any insight to what Christ was saying about the Sabbath?
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