Evangelicals and Mary

G. Edward Reid has a review (in the Adventist Review) of Tim Perry, Toward an Understanding of the Mother of Our Lord.

In language sure to chill many Protestant hearts, Perry concludes: “As a result of this history, talking about Mary’s intercession, mediation, and coredemption is fraught with difficulty. But it is not impossible [emphasis supplied]. There is sufficient groundwork in place to offer a biblically sound, theologically constructive, and ecumenically sensitive understanding of each of these issues, which while certainly not undoing Protestant reservations, can at least move us beyond the recitation of polemics” (p. 299).

What meaning does this new volume have for Bible-believing Christians such as Seventh-day Adventists? There are several serious problems that cannot be overlooked, even in the name of respectful relationships with persons of other faiths.

First, we must remember that all “Mariology” is based on nonscriptural sources and is based on unbiblical teachings such as the natural immortality of the soul. In fact, Seventh-day Adventists will be quick to note that the two primary constituent elements of spiritualism—the natural immortality of the soul and communication with the spirits of the dead (Mary and “the saints”)—are both present in Mariology and in Marian theology. The ever-adapting nature of the spiritualist challenge to biblical Christianity requires that we pay special attention when these two elements combine in the heart of a powerful and widespread teaching of another Christian denomination.