Often it is thought Adventism or Sabbathkeepers are being exclusive by separating themselves from nominal, Sunday-worshipers, but the truth of the matter is, it is not that we don’t want to join you as much as it is you’re not wanting to join with us!
Christ came to save man. He came with a message of salvation but many would not, could not hear because it meant going against what they believed to be truth. They felt their long lived traditions trumped this message which He brought and as a result separated themselves “from” Christ, and in essence, their eternal salvation was lost.
The same occurred with Noah. He appeared to be foolish building this contraption, preaching about the “end of the world”, unless you got into the thing and something about “water” destroying the world, which had never occurred in any form before. Sounds silly, huh? AND to do so for 120 years only reinforced the ridiculousness of that message until one drop of rain fell and then there was a general echo of, “oh oh” among the people. Some would have thought Noah was practicing “exclusiveness” but the invitation was to all, but they “excluded” him and ridiculed him and wanted nothing to do with him. Their eternal salvation was lost.
Similarly today a message is going out to our world, one brought about by a group of Noahs called “Seventh Day Adventist”, who for 160 years have been preaching this message of the second coming of Christ, which will be given to those who “keep the Commandments of God” to a world which want nothing to do with those Commandments, never mind the church in general (Sunday worshipers) which interestingly enough wants nothing to do with them either and have explained, and justified themselves as being separate from them, making those who “do” keep the Commandments into a separate and small group almost seemingly “exclusive”, and we’re not!
Soon, time will tell, just as in Noah’s time and in Christ’s time, there will finally be a reckoning that this group who reached out to the whole entire world with this message was correct, but sadly, those who didn’t grasp onto the message, too, will have found their eternal salvation was lost.
It didn’t need to be.
September 15, 2014