During the past decade there has developed, particularly among charismatic
Christian bodies in various places, a movement that has come to be known as
“deliverance ministry” in which evil spirits—believed to control human beings
who exhibit bizarre forms of human behavior—are “exorcised” or “cast out.”
What harmonizes or conflicts with the biblical teaching? Developments in medical technology have led to a number of interventions designed to assist human procreation. Procedures such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, embryo transfer, and cloning increasingly provide new options in human reproduction. Such interventions raise serious ethical questions for Christians seeking God's will on these issues.
The situation prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to reduce the risk of infection as expressed through physical distancing and other safety precautions has posed new challenges to the church, not only in regard to conducting religious services but also certain ceremonies of the church, such as the ordinances of baptism and communion, as well as weddings.
Does the Spirit of Prophecy support a day-for-a-day futurist application of the apocalyptic prophecies? The study of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation is important to the spiritual dynamics of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It has always been so. "Ministers should present the sure word of prophecy as the foundation of the faith of Seventh-day Adventists," declared Ellen White. "The prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation should be carefully studied, and in connection with them the words, 'Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.'"-Gospel Workers, p. 148.
The name Michael is used five times in the Bible to designate a celestial being (Dan. 10:13, 21; 12:1; Jude 9; Rev. 12:7). He is nowhere explicitly identified with Jesus, but some Christian writers have equated the two by carefully comparing the role played by Michael with that of Jesus.
James 2:14-26 has often been understood as a corrective to Paul’s one-sided emphasis on justification by faith alone. Fortunately most scholars today disagree with that assessment, as do I. In seeking to understand James’ argument we need to keep in mind the general context and purpose of his letter.
The land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael) lies on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It extends for 260 miles (418 km) from north to south, and between 12 and 72 miles (19 and 115 km) from east to west. With 8,020 square miles (20,771 km2 ) it is about half the size of Switzerland.