Great Controversy Project – Can the Dead Speak to Us?

Chapter: Can Our Dead Speak to Us?

Favorite Quotation:

It is a law both of the intellectual and the spiritual nature that by beholding we become changed. The mind gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is allowed to dwell. It becomes assimilated to that which it is accustomed to love and reverence. Man will never rise higher than his standard of purity or goodness or truth. If self is his loftiest ideal, he will never attain to anything more exalted. Rather, he will constantly sink lower and lower. The grace of God alone has power to exalt man. Left to himself, his course must inevitably be downward.

Lessons I’ve Learned:

  1. Our desire to continue to stay in touch with our loved ones, even after death, does not go unnoticed by Satan. He, who studied them during life, now impersonates them perfectly in death.
  2. Temptations are tailor made according to our status, intellect and spiritual claim. Satan knows the sins that beset us individually and leaves no stone unturned to direct us on those paths.
  3. Even those who seek to do that which is lawful are not safe. The enemy works on our passions and, through intemperance, man is weakened until he succumbs to Satan who takes control of the carnally minded. Unfortunately, some of these victims are professed followers of Christ.
  4. Spiritualism is a real and serious issue facing us as individuals and as a church. Satan has increased his efforts to deceive and garner for his kingdom, all those who have a false security that they are safe because of their profession of faith. Satan and his angels have supernatural power. This is no pretense.
  5. Spiritualism is now more deceptive than before. Both Christ and the Bible, previously rejected, are now accepted under pretense. A one sided view of God is presented and the Word of Truth is diluted to meet the view and lifestyles of those who are not walking according to God’s word. Blatant and bold sinners are accepted as righteous.


No one has to fall prey to Satan and his agents. There are explicit truths in God’s word that inform and warn us about this old work of spiritualism which got started in the Garden of Eden. The enemy does not intend to retreat, but he can only ensnare us as we choose to yield to his temptations. It is our duty and urgent work to sever all connection with Satan rather than willfully cherish known sin. God will grant us that overcomer’s power if we earnestly pray, for our Merciful Father would empty all Heaven if necessary to save a soul who sincerely calls upon Him.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What happens to my spirit when I die?
  2. Where does the soul go at death?
  3. In Matthew 10:28 Jesus said, “And fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul.” Was Jesus saying that the soul never dies?
  4. How much of a man’s knowledge remain when he is in the grave?
  5. In Luke 16:19-31, a scene between two dead persons is portrayed. Please explain?

Family Worship Idea:

Find two texts pertaining to the state of the dead each day for a week. Read, discuss and memorize them. Meet again on Sabbath to talk about changed views after meditating on these specific texts.

Short Personal Biography:

I am Pam Williams, a native of Barbados. I was raised as an Anglican but was baptized a Seventh Day Adventist as an adult, and have thoroughly embraced what I know to be absolute truth. Since my baptism I’ve served in numerous positions in the church, both in Barbados and in the U.S. When I’m not working with school aged students, I can be found doing what I like to do most and that’s to read. I just love it.

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