I posted a “rebuke” of sorts regarding the program of my birth-church and it brought comments from both sides of the table. Now, let me say this, whenever I have written something which I believe is directly from God, an inspirational piece, there is seldom, if any, any conflicting view from others. However, if I take it upon myself to write something because it has disturbed me, albeit, I am not given an inspirational thought, a “rhema” word, this is when I see challenges and conflict.
What is particularly disturbing and yet sad, too, is when both sides use either the Scriptures or Mrs. White’s writings as their ammunition! Nominal Christians do not have the benefit of Mrs. White, and generally stick to using the Bible against each other, but we as Adventist who “should have” the benefit of clarity—don’t! It typifies Paul’s word of caution when he stated some would say they are of “Apollos”, or of Paul, himself; then there are those who spoke they were of “Christ”, and still others of “Cephas”. He goes on to describe what was taking place “then” which is taking place “now” but his main emphasis was found in these words,
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1 Cor 1:10 (KJV)
My friends, while we are warned against the spirit of ecumenism, being a “peculiar” people and knowingly cannot ever find unity with those who are not of the same belief, there SHOULD BE unity amongst ourselves! I think many opposing views are often held and exhorted because there has not been a complete contextual reading of either the Bible and/or Spirit of Prophecy writings. Secondly, there is a strong mixture of personal ideology which conflicts with our understanding and later defense of beliefs. Thirdly, opinions rule for many regardless of being right or wrong. Fourthly, some are just contentious no matter the topic and will seek to find something they can use to cause dissension. Fifthly, many like to see themselves as being the wiser and more knowledgeable, and, Sixthly, the Holy Spirit is not in it at all!
Perhaps I should stay with receiving and writing “rhema” messages is a consideration but how does one see what is apparently wrong and not speak? We KNOW there is a pure word and TRUE principles so why is it so difficult to know it? This “Laodicean” attitude which we are experiencing we think of it being in others and not ourselves has fueled many into thinking we “have” when in fact we “have not”. However, again, I do not think the answer is silence. I do believe there is yet an “upper room” experience to be had and while many will not accept because of any one of the six mentioned views, there will be a unity of true believers who will find themselves adjoined simply because it is the way it is supposed to be.
So, the real action begins with me. Examining myself. Perhaps saying less and learning/praying more because it is certain I’m not the One. Yesterday, I rode in a taxi and the driver shared his religious belief about how “I”, me, Bro. Roy, is “god”! I told him quite emphatically, “you better hope I am not God because you would be in trouble!” The guy attempted to connive and get an extra fifty pesos for the fare and surely if I was god he’d already be hopping over hot coals!
While we may believe we have something to say, in the “name of the Lord” to help someone, perhaps many of those words should be directed to ourselves, to find and understand the motive, intent and benefit, if there is such; otherwise, in the “name of the Lord” we should be silent to wonder if not the message we wish to give to someone is not a message the Lord wants us to receive, for ourselves!
November 4, 2015