Embedded below is an appeal for unity made by Dan Jackson, President of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, as the church prepares for their General Conference Session (that takes place every five years). There is a major dispute taking place over the church’s refusal to ordain women as pastors. Just like so many other issues that divide the United States between “right wing” and “left wing”, this spirit of deep division has infected the church.
I just watched the video and it’s past midnight as I’m typing this. It could be that I didn’t hear every word spoken but I was struck by this message of love, passion, unity, and spirit/spirituality — not for what WAS said. Rather, it was what WASN’T.
Specifically, I speak of obedience. Since I was in diapers, I was made to understand that without obedience to The Will of God as revealed to us in His Word, all talk of “love” is just noise. There is balance in Scripture. When one chooses to only focus on certain statements from The Holy Bible and reject or simply ignore others that don’t fit comfortably into his/her agenda, he/she will fail to understand the “narrow path”. Worse, an opening is created for that first cunning ploy of the serpent — to make us question what God really said and, then, whether He really meant what He said.
There are too many examples of God’s children wandering off course trying to be like the world or doing what they think is right (like Uzzah) — even if God explicitly told them something contrary.
I don’t know Jackson well enough (yet) to have an opinion of him. I do, however, have an opinion of what he said in this video. I do not enjoy being lied to. He stated, “We are committed to our world church. We, as a division, that is, all of us, have demonstrated this faithful commitment to our church from the very beginning. By God’s Grace, we will remain faithful… The [NAD] has always demonstrated a spirit of cooperation with our world church. By God’s Grace, we will continue to cooperate.”
I watched this presentation (106 minutes long) last night that clearly shows the deadly spirit of rebellion, not “cooperation”, that is alive and possessing the NAD. President Jackson is either in denial or intentionally being “less than truthful” (as a politician might spin it).
- Like Cain, who decided that God should accept whatever sacrifice he was willing to make and then was enraged to the point of murder when his way was rejected, we have those who are ready to fight anyone who dares to challenge their will.
- Like the fools who built the Tower of Babel, we have those who’ve become too “smart” to be restrained by God’s Word.
- Like the children of Israel who demanded a king, they’re too focused on the ways that “seemeth right” to people — but those ways lead to death.
- Like Saul, who chose to disobey God and then wanted to offer the fruits of his disobedience to The One Whom he disobeyed, we have those who act as though their service to God is a favor they’re doing for Him (or as some of them say, “Her”).
- And, like Lucifer, the father of discontentment himself, they cry “unfair!”
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It is our choice to focus on self rather than God, on our will rather than God’s Will that made His sacrifice necessary.
Whatever happens next month, this church is ALREADY split and events like this aren’t new (please note the point of “equality” raised by Korah’s gang in Numbers 16 — and the result). I didn’t intend to type so much but this appeal from my heart only scratches the surface. I conclude by pointing to, as is my custom, Hananiah; Mishael, and Azariah.
Like we see with Noah’s family, and Lot’s family (most of it anyway), it is only a tiny fraction that remain loyal to God when the situation gets hot (or wet). The majority reveal that they were never really God’s. Of all the Hebrews taken to Babylon, only three would not bow to the symbol of man’s power to be defiant.
The same deadly, defiant spirit that had the Israelites build the golden calf — right after witnessing the awesome Power of God in Egypt and being shaken by His Voice at Sinai — that same rebellious spirit is working more aggressively than ever, right now, among God’s people.
Crisis? There is no crisis that can touch those who cling to The Master’s Hand. The crisis is just a storm that swirls around them. I say “them” rather than “us” because I look at what happened to Peter (when he denied Christ thrice) and, as much as I insist, as sure as I believe I am, I just can’t know what I’ll do until the heat is applied.
To Your Health and For His Glory!
Brother Tony O
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