Sorry, I haven’t been doing very well lately at posting blogs other than my twice-weekly vlogs … nor have I been keeping up with my vlog conversations with Ed about Genesis. What can I say — it’s just a busy time, and I do the best I can. Anyway, I do have a vlog for this week despite the increasing difficulties that YouTube is throwing into my path (or maybe it’s my home computer, because I can upload fine from work).
I think this week’s topic, “the Remnant,” is one of the most alienating for Seventh-day Adventists when it comes to dialogue with other Christians. When our friends in other denominations find out that we believe that at the end of time there will be a small group of people who remain faithful to God — well, there’s nothing too controversial about that. But when they discover that we think the membership of that group, while not synonymous with the membership of the SDA church, will be made up of people who just happen to subscribe to the same doctrines SDAs do … that can be problematic.
Not that it being problematic is a reason to reject a doctrine. Lots of true things make people uneasy. But is this a true thing? I don’t really get into this in the above vlog — it’s more of a reflection on the implications of holding a remnant-type theology — but I think there are significant problems with supporting this doctrine — in the way that it’s currently understood and taught in the SDA church — from Scripture alone. And that makes me uneasy.
That said, I have no problem with the belief that’s God’s true followers are always a minority, and will be until Jesus comes again, or that those who are faithful are often persecuted for their faith, and will be till Jesus comes again. It’s (once again, something that seems to be becoming a persistent theme for me in this series) where we draw the boundary lines, how we define who’s “in” and who’s “out” (of the remnant? Perhaps) that can be troubling.
I also like the fact that the word “remnant” basically means “leftovers.” Maybe saying that we aspire to be part of God’s Leftover People would do a lot to curb spiritual arrogance.