July 7, 2006

Web Letters


Faithful to His Post

I’m writing to thank Gerald Colvin for his insightful article, “Habakkuk--Minor Prophet for Major Duty(May 18, 2006). I had not gone far into the article when I came across a verse that seemed somewhat familiar. I immediately got up and went for my Louis Segond:

“J’étais à mon poste,
Et je me tenais sur la tour;
Je veillais, pour voir ce que l’Eternel me dirait,
Et ce que je répliquerais après ma plainte.” (Hab. 2:1)
I had been searching for this text in French for years. I had virtually given up. Thanks again, Dr. Colvin.
Norman W. M. Thompson
Department of English & Modern Languages
Northern CaribbeanUniversity
Jamaica, West Indies

About Holiness
I devoured the May 18, 2006 Crosswalk edition in one sitting. All the articles were thought-provoking and inspiring--a real spiritual treat!

At the risk of diminishing Ben Maxson’s powerful and timely exposition on holiness, however, I wonder whether “the greatest challenge to holiness today is our failure to accept the reality of who we are in Christ,” as the author asserts.
Many Christians don’t have a problem “accepting who they are in Christ” intellectually. The crux, as I see it, is experiential. Like the disciples prior to Christ’s resurrection, we don’t accept; indeed we shrink from the suffering, the death to self that holiness calls for. Our modern culture, hard-wired for pleasure and comfort, makes us even more reluctant to submit to the sacrificial demands of holiness.
If true holiness always provokes the hostility of the world and produces persecution (2 Tim. 3:12), then Roy Adams’ rendition of the death of John was a fitting book-end to the cover article.
Elijah Mvundura
St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
The article “Living Holiness” (May 18, 2006) stated that temptation is sin. If this is true, Jesus would have been a sinner since He was “in all points tempted like as we are” (Heb. 4:15). We know from James 1 that temptation leads to sin if it is cherished. Ellen White wrote: “There is no sin in having temptations; but sin comes in when temptation is yielded to” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4 p. 358). Let’s not confuse the two or we are without a Savior.
Carlye Strever
Bravo! Ben Maxson gets it. Of course, many Adventists get it too. And if we read Ellen White’s writings we cannot help but get it. It’s too bad that it takes so many so long to get it.
I was raised in a legalistic Adventist home. By the time I graduated from an Adventist academy, I was glad to get away from those “crazy Adventists.”
When I came home from Viet Nam I was ready to rejoin the church; but I still didn’t get it. I had to be removed from Adventist influences and read Ellen White’s books to begin my journey toward getting it.
When I finally got it, it set me free. Today I am a “prisoner rendered innocent” on account of Christ.
Again, bravo, Ben Maxson! By faith, under grace, we obey.
Doug Fraser
Jackson, Michigan

Thought Provoking Pieces

Kimberly Maran’s editorial, “Questions” (May 11, 2006), is so true. The good news of the gospel has been lost in our misunderstanding/applications of law, and we have focused on externals/works instead of a relationship with Christ. Salvation is a gift and is not based on what we do or what we wear (though important). It is ours only by the grace of Christ alone and our acceptance of it.

Esther Oldham

Da Vinci Discussions

Thanks so much for David Marshall’s editorial, “The Da Vinci Code” (Apr. 13, 2006). I have wanted a concise review of the subject, and I so very much appreciated the article. It is always so helpful to have the appraisal of someone who has had the time and experience to make a truthful critique of the book.

Bonnie Evans
Deer Lodge, Tennessee
Connecting Jesus to The Da Vinci Code [through all the debates, pro and con] is blasphemy. The dark forces are working hard to tarnish Jesus. It is therefore important that more sermons, articles, and books should focus on Jesus, and Jesus alone, as Lord and Savior of the world.
Ted Gaban
Richardson, Texas

Thank You

Thank you for this ongoing publication, which is supporting evangelism worldwide. The Adventist Review is helping to make the gospel available in many un-reached areas. May the Lord continue to bless any efforts you make toward the spread of the gospel. It’s especially challenging to live in these last days, but the challenges bring with them the privilege of spreading God’s message, and helping people to meet Jesus in the clouds of heaven. Despite widely varied backgrounds, many Christians are fully united in Christ. Praise God!

E.M. Williams

Those Eyes Will See Again

In his article, “Those Eyes Will See Again!” (May 18, 2006), Roy Adams wrote, “We don’t know her name--that alluring damsel who danced before them.” True enough, the gospel accounts do not name the daughter of Herodias. However if we consult extrabiblical sources (Josephus, Britannica, Ellen White) we may learn that the girl’s name was Salome.

Thank you for an inspiring and thought-provoking piece.
Robert R. Wresch

Coming Out of Babylon

Re: “Adventists Join French Protestant Federation” (www. adventistreview.org): I thought we were supposed to be coming out of Babylon, not joining it. Why does the church think that it is doing the right thing by being part of these organizations? Joining the French Protestant Federation is a landmark the wrong way. When reading the Bible throughout history the chosen people of God on occasion looked toward Babylon. Today the church is doing the same thing. “Come out of her my people” (Rev. 18:4) is our call; not bringing Babylonian ideas into the church.

Nelson Haora
Editor’s Note: The Franco BelgiumUnion decided to join the French Protestant Federation after a long process, in which issues of independence and theological integrity were carefully studied. The decision was taken by a large support of members of the Union during their assembly and with the agreement of the Division. For more questions it is best to contact the Franco Belgium Union.--John Graz, director, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Vandalized Churches in Ireland

I know this sounds ironic but the fact that the church is being attacked in Ireland is a good thing. Its members must be making a lot of strong spiritual contacts to be attacked as they are. There is a spiritual war waging on earth that we can’t see, but it becomes very evident when the spiritual life of a church is strong.

Lavella Pinkney
Scappoose, Oregon