It seems my focus, this week, has been on the “Unity of the Church” especially after I read someone’s post about those who have and are separating themselves because of what they are finding within the church. This morning, my devotions led to a particular chapter which contained these quotes:
“Some have advanced the thought that as we near the close of time, every child of God will act independently of any religious organization. But I have been instructed by the Lord that in this work there is no such thing as every man’s being independent. The stars of heaven are all under law, each influencing the other to do the will of God, yielding their common obedience to the law that controls their action. And in order that the Lord’s work may advance, healthfully and solidly, his people must draw together.”
As well as this one:
“God is teaching, leading, and guiding his people, that they may teach, lead, and guide others. There will be, among the remnant of these last days, as there were with ancient Israel, those who wish to move independently, who are not willing to submit to the teachings of the Spirit of God, and who will not listen to advice or counsel. Let such ever bear in mind that God has a church upon the earth, to which he has delegated power. Men will want to follow their own independent judgment, despising counsel and reproof; but just as surely as they do this they will depart from the faith, and disaster and ruin of souls will follow. Those who rally now to support and build up the truth of God are ranging themselves on one side, standing united in heart, mind, and voice in defense of the truth.”
When I study the history of Israel, I have come to this conclusion: (1) There were a whole lot of followers but not a whole lot of believers, (2) There were a few leaders who were accounted worthy of following, (3) The warning to separate themselves from those other nations with differing beliefs in relation to the true God was commanded and necessary, (4) Those not satisfied with how God was bringing His Church through the Wilderness, where else could they go?
This is not the time to separate from God’s Church due to what you may deem significant problems within the Church. God is still working to bring His people into perfection of unity by removing those elements which are problematic. Could it be, what you are doing, is evidence enough you are the problem therefore are being removed, whether by your inability to appreciate what God is doing or by your own desire of wanting to be different, self-righteous and need not the Church of God as it is today?
The same story with Israel is directly corresponding to the story of Adventism. (1) There are a whole lot of followers but there are not a whole lot of believers. (2) There are a few leaders worthy of following while there are many leaders who haven’t a clue of what they doing and leading in the wrong direction. (3) We’re not wanting to separate our interests and relationships with those of different beliefs and creating a type of ecumenism on a personal scale which results the same on a greater. (4) If you are not truly a member of this great Church of God, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, where can you go which is worthy of following God’s leading? God has a “church” not “churches”. He has a “seed” not “seeds”. He has a “remnant” not “remnants”. There is ONLY ONE. This is truly our “wilderness” experience.
Oh sure, there will be some who will quote the verse, “I have other sheep which are not of this fold…” However, Jesus never commanded those who were in the fold to leave the fold! He’s bringing them in, not sending them out to join those on the outside, so why is it your thinking to search outside?
A true solder in battle does not operate separately from the orders of the commander even when the individual soldier sees the battle being lost. He fights valiantly to the end. This is our task. This is not the time for traitors, those who think they can command better when you’re only wearing one stripe and not the bars and stars of command.
Know it is for a fact, there is a “shaking” coming upon the church and this is not the time to leave the church under pretence you know of a better way.
February 19, 2015