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101 Questions on the Sanctuary and on Ellen White

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    D—The Glacier View Questionnaire

    42. Where Adventist Theologians and Administrators Stand

    According to the South Bend Tribune of December 1, 1980, “Ford said in an interview last week that his argument is not so much with Adventist theologians, but with church administrators. Ford said he knew of no New Testament theologians and only one Old Testament theologian who disagrees with his views.” What do Adventist theologians believe about the topics which were discussed at the Glacier View meeting?QSEW 32.1

    Of the 115 delegates who were present at the Glacier View (Colorado) Sanctuary Review Committee in August, 1980, at least 59 had served the church at one time, or were still serving, as college, university, or seminary professors in religion or theology. Obviously these individuals had attained some degree of competence in Biblical studies. On August 11 a questionnaire was filled out anonymously by the delegates. Four days later, on August 15, the same questionnaire was repeated, to see what shifts in opinions might have occurred. The 21 questions with delegates’ responses are given below. The reader can decide as to whether Ford’s claim to almost total support from Adventist theologians is justified.QSEW 32.2

    It should be understood, of course, that even the best Biblical scholars can sometimes draw erroneous conclusions. Luther and Calvin were brilliant, dedicated, and highly educated, but this did not guarantee the correctness of all their theological positions. It would not be wise to assume that the Scriptures can be understood only by professional theologians.QSEW 32.3

    Aug. 11 Aug.15
    For each numbered item, circle the letter before the phrase which most nearly expresses your present understanding
    1. Time prophecies in the Old Testament.
    21 22 a. were all intended to be fulfilled in Israel’s experience by approximately the time of the first-century church
    75 70 b. were intended, in certain instances, to reach nearly 1900 years into the Christian era
    6 2 c. not sure
    2. The time prophecies of Daniel
    42 22 a. are conditional
    50 67 b. are unconditional
    8 2 c. not sure
    3. In the prophecies of Daniel
    36 50 a. each prophecy has a single fulfillment
    53 36 b. each prophecy has more than one fulfillment
    6 4 c. not sure
    4. The application of the year-day principle to interpret symbolic prophecies in the Bible
    15 10 a. is not supported by the Scriptures
    75 83 b. is supported by the Scriptures
    12 1 c. not sure
    5. The words of Jesus lead us to believe that He expected the second advent to occur during the lifetime of His contemporaries
    42 38 a. agree
    53 55 b. disagree
    4 2 c. not sure
    6. A long span of time between two advents
    41 60 a. is set forth in the Old Testament
    49 33 b. is not set forth in the Old Testament
    10 1 c. not sure
    7. The terminus of the 2300-day prophecy
    68 75 a. relates to 1844 as the sole application
    27 18 b. relates to 1844 as a secondary application
    7 2 c. not sure
    8. “Then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” (KJV) refers to cleansing the heavenly sanctuary from defilement caused
    22 18 a. by the little horn
    22 9 b. by the sins of the saints
    49 65 c. by both the little horn and the sins of the saints
    5 2 d. not sure
    9. Sacrificial blood in the daily sanctuary service
    67 55 a. transferred sin from the sinner to the sanctuary
    24 35 b. cleansed sin, but did not transfer it
    9 8 c. not sure
    10. The cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary, antitype of the ritual day of atonement, began in 1844
    80 78 a. agree
    10 8 b. disagree
    9 9 c. not sure
    11. The investigative judgment is a concept that is
    75 81 a. supported by Scripture
    14 10 b. without support in Scripture
    9 4 c. not sure
    12. The first apartment ministry in the earthly sanctuary represented
    27 17 a. the Mosaic dispensation
    65 72 b. the ministry of Jesus from His ascension to 1844
    5 6 c. not sure
    13. The heavenly sanctuary
    63 64 a. must be cleansed of confessed sins
    17 17 b. needs no cleansing
    11 9 c. not sure
    14. “The hour of His judgment” (Revelation 14:7)
    73 80 a. includes an investigative judgment of those who accepted Jesus as Savior
    17 17 b. refers only to God’s judgment on the wicked
    6 1 c. not sure
    15. The second apartment ministry in the earthly sanctuary represented the ministry of Jesus
    31 27 a. beginning with His ascension
    65 64 b. beginning in 1844
    6 6 c. not sure
    [Paragraph 23, “Christ’s Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary,” from the 1980 Statement of Fundamental Beliefs was quoted. For the text, see above, question 3.]
    16. With the above statement I
    60 71 a.agree strongly
    27 17 b. agree somewhat
    3 0 c. not sure
    14 7 d. disagree somewhat
    0 1 e. disagree strongly
    [When this quiz was given on August 11 a number of the delegates did not see questions 17-21, which were on the last page of the questionnaire.]
    17. The inspiration of Ellen G. White is
    68 83 a. equal to that of the Biblical prophets
    12 11 b. less than that of the Biblical prophets
    2 1 c. not sure
    18. The writings of Ellen G. White
    12 8 a. all of her teachings must be specifically stated in the Bible
    68 85 b. none of her teachings will actually contradict the Bible
    0 0 c. not sure
    19. The writings of Ellen G. White
    11 8 a. are pastoral and devotional, but have no doctrinal authority
    6888 b. have a doctrinal authority
    3 0 c. not sure
    20. The writings of Ellen G. White are
    33 35 a. equally authoritative with the Bible
    44 56 b. less authoritative than the Bible
    3 3 c. not sure
    [Paragraph 17, “The Gift of Prophecy,” from the 1980 Statement of Fundamental Beliefs was quoted. For the text, see below, question 43.]
    21. With the above statement I
    7287 a. agree strongly
    11 6 b. agree somewhat
    0 0 c. not sure
    1 1 d. disagree somewhat
    0 0 e. disagree strongly
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