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01. Kingly Power, Alliance, and the Way Forward

Ron Kelly
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What is "kingly power"? Pastor Kelly examines this concept found in the Spirit of Prophecy.


Ron Kelly

Senior Pastor, Village SDA Church, Berrien Springs, Michigan



  • December 1, 2018
    11:30 AM
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Let's pray Father thank You for the home music instrumental music discipline teamwork and training now and I pray as we open our hearts may your spirit speak to us may we be susceptible to the divine impress. In Jesus name I pray Amen. And begin a series on Christian leadership that have entailed this message kingly power alliance and the way forward. Edward Friedman was a Jewish rabbi a family therapist and a leadership. Consultant in his book a failure of nerves he says quoting another author The great thing to remember is that the mind of man cannot be enlightened permanently by merely teaching him to reject some particular set of superstition there is an infinite supply of other superstitions always at hand in the mind that desires such things that is the mind that is not trained itself to the hard disciplines of reasonableness and honesty Well as soon as its devils are cast out proceed to fill itself with their relations now I want to ask everybody at the beginning of this message. How are you approaching the pursuit of truth in your life. For I fear that inside Adventism there is a terrible pressure on to become idia logs on one side or another of a theological divide in other words there is an amazing power of division that the devil is seeking to bring into our church to keep us from giving to the world that undeniable witness that the spirit is in our presence the sweetness of brother and dwelling and sister and drawing together in unity the reason I'm asking this morning is that if you have not disciplined your mind to reasonable ness and honesty you can make anything say anything you wanted to say especially the Bible so there is a spiritual guide his name is Jesus there is a spiritual presence His name is the Holy Spirit there is a spiritual architect to our journey his name is the father where on a journey where God is looking to lead us into all truth knowing truth will set us free but there are minds that have not been disciplined for reasonableness and honesty. Now this sermon won't be good for you if you have no desire for reasonable nicer honesty because in this message I'm likely to make people on one side of the fence happy with me and people on the other unhappy with me but that's OK My job is not to make people happy with me. Our church is in a little struggle right now and I don't mean the village church I mean the larger 7th Day Adventist Church and unfortunately throughout the history of Adventism there have been these struggles and unfortunately sometimes they've been public and right now that's kind of where we're at now I don't really relish making this kind of journey but after much prayer I am compelled to make it. Friedman talks about a well differentiated leader in essence what he's saying is that a leader must separate his or her own her own emotional being from that of his or her followers while still remaining connected now if you're a parent I hope you readily put your mind around this phrase you have to care and understand your fiduciary responsibility to the ones God has given you to raise up you have to be connected but not be overly connected you have to have an emotional firewall that allows you to do what you know is right and you need a large heart to do it in the right way vision he will go on to say is basically an emotional rather than a cerebral phenomena depending more on a leader's capacity to deal with anxiety than his or her professional training or degree this should be wonderfully encouraging statement here's a man who has his doctorate in psychology and what he's really saying is the person who is best suited to lead is the one that can hold up to the emotional rigors of displeasing people sometimes he has to be able to or she to separate themselves from needing to please everyone and from needing to be affirmed by everyone I mean someone who can separate while still remaining connected and therefore can maintain a modify not anxious and sometimes challenging presence I mean someone who can manages their own reactivity to the automatic reactivity of others and therefore be able to take stands and the risk of displeasing Well welcome to Adventism probably some of you as you made your journey here to Adventism ended up paying a high price to make that journey. He says as he reflects on his life of family therapy with families I stopped creating encyclopedias of data about all their issues and I began to search instead for the member with the greatest capacity to be a leader as I have defined it soon I found that the rest of the family was in therapy whether they came into my office or not in other words his approach was to see who was the healthiest and could be discipled into a healthier dynamic family interacting I stopped pulling the workers this is now his leadership canceled I stopped calling the workers are going around to the different divisions instead I concentrated on working with only one or 2 leaders at the top soon I found that for organizations to by focusing on and supporting the strengths in the system rather than letting the pathology or the pathogens troublemakers determine my focus the rest of the network was in therapy whether or not they came into my office and whether or not I'd join them on a retreat. He builds this his dynamic of leadership off the metaphor of the mune system and in the immune system e says the one thing that it is designed to do is to recognize what belongs and what doesn't belong and he said when you get a cell in your body that is not self regulated it multiplies out of control because it has no nucleus it has no membrane these cells tend to be the cells that destroy the human being self-regulation a sense of who we are His metaphor is the immune system you Ryan Smith wrote of James white some of thought that he was deficient in social qualities and sometimes Ridge harsh and I'm just even towards his best friends and I'm here this morning to suggest to you that James White was God's well differentiated leader prepared to get this prophetic movement up and on to solid footing but these feelings we are persuaded come from a failure to comprehend one of the strongest traits in his character which was his preeminent love for the cause in which he was engaged to that he subordinated all else for that he was willing to renounce home and friends now James in a white made tremendous sacrifices they were in God's order today I think it might behoove us to consider such a commitment to the apple of God's eye the bride his body this cause the church no man would have been more glad than he to enjoy continuously the pleasures of domestic and social life and the company of friends had he not thought that integrity to the cause called to take a different course but when this was the case the voice of duty was 1st and all else was secondary Now I want to really think about this paragraph some in whose nature this principle is lacking. In your riotous Miss mind this kind of commitment to God and His cause is valuable this kind of commitment to God and His cause is significant. And he say that if you don't have that kind of commitment it truth doesn't matter more than anything else if pleasing people is what you're after if deciding who which group the larger group of the little group is the one you're going to please you would never be a good friend of James white but if you have this principle you can comprehend the actions of a man who's governed by such motives but how would a man be fitted without such an element as this in his character to be the conservator of the interest of any cause whatsoever now I'm talking to a number of dads and moms and I'm going to assure you to take your children from the cradle to their adult footings is a difficult journey it is one that requires the deep well rooted love of God the wisdom of the word hopefully the teamwork of 2 but along the way Friedman has his phrase from parents to presidents a man or a woman who is not well differentiated who doesn't know who they are and what their duty is will be a poor excuse as a leader leaders do what's right because it is right leaders do what's right in his best a way is they know how to do it Leadership is not about politicking leadership is about moving forward understanding what the people who are depending on you need. Kingly power now this phrase has been thrown around a lot in 7 Day Adventists I'm over the last year or 2 maybe longer. Kingly power is a phrase that is used by Allied over 130 times about 136 but there are some variations some of the some of the database has quotes that are very very close it looks like a secretary changed a word of 2 and I try to look at all $130.00 plus of these quotes this week so that I can understand what kingly power is because it is an awful slur to say you're certain you're grasping for kingly power but it's been thrown around inside the circles of Evan to some to the hurt of our own organization I mean what good would it do a child if a wife said to the husband you know you're just after kingly power. What good would it be for those whose lives are working underneath the shadow of this tree of marriage of 2 people they're supposed to love each other and be united in the raising of children but this phrase has been used in a very haphazard manner to wound and to discredit and I'd like to just take a few moments with you and help you understand what kingly power is what it is not when it was used when it wasn't and what it means today kingly power $130.00 plus times well kingly power is used one tied to describe unsanctified humanity to Piers that in all of us we'd like to make a good run for a kingly power we want to be in charge but that isn't how it works kingship a chef you remember he was the son of saw he was attempted Lee put in place to be a leader and by Abner and Abner tried to give him all the kingly power he could to time sell a white references to it and then there's the componentry of choice when Adam and Eve lost their estate as the overseers of this earth Jesus came down in the garden and he said wait a minute Lucifer they are not slaves they have the choice they can choose to be sons. And Daughters of God choice is a form of kingly power it's mentioned 5 times by a white I think you should know and then we come to the hawks in the expectations of the Jews and the disciples 10 times she references to the idea of them hoping that the Messiah would have kingly power and then Jesus' 1st Advent is something she references to where he left behind kingly power he came as a baby in a manger and then we have Jesus' 2nd coming for 10 times she mentions it where he will come with kingly power and then there's one prominent 7th Day Adventists in history whom she has 10 references to name. Who did figure out who it is let your admin is history run for a moment who did she say or relate to and it is recorded there in the white estate 10 different times you can read about this person making a grassroot kingly power you've got your name here it is Dr John Harvey Kellog 10 times there's references to this now this leaves us with the other 60 plus times to look at here this morning where kingly power is an overreach it's an attempt to control by a few the missional and the administrative movements in the financial dynamics of the church there was a small group you need to understand before I go into this it used to be the church was exceptionally little and it grew as it grew it got beyond itself and white found herself in Australia decisions were having to be made in Australia by the people in Battle Creek and then the folks in Battle Creek got to the place to where they were actually trying to control way too much the General Conference had no such thing as unions it was the General Conference with different segments and finally when we get to the turn of the 20th century in 1901 there is a general conference session where the church is reorganized like you know it today you're a member of the Lake Union unions are what the General Conference is Bill. Tahn you put enough of those unions together you can call them a division where in the North American division in 1000 no one this is what Ellen White had to say in the General Conference bulletin this was before the session that reorganize the church began Now I want to say God's not put any kingly power in our ranks to control this or that branch of the work the work has been greatly restricted by the efforts to control it in every line don't miss the emphasis this was what was the problem is that the church was growing faster than it could be administrative from Battle Creek and they were reluctant to release their hold on power there must be a renovation a reorganization of power and a strike must be brought into the committees that are necessary the division of the General Conference which was written 2 years later into district union conferences like the Lake Union was God's arrangement in the work of the Lord in these last days there should be no Jerusalem centers no kingly power all of God's servants have a work to do on this vineyard in the Church of God No one is to set himself up as kingly power and authority all your brother be very courteous in speech very kindly in action these last words are the theme of the way so let's be careful how we throw accusations or what I call pejorative terms around pejorative as a word that means touched with negativity it's pejorative if someone were to come up to you as a boss as a manager even as the owner of a company he said you know you just grasping for kingly power be quite an insult. And it ought not to be said casually a carelessly today especially in regards to people who are leading our church the Lord would work mightily for his people today if they place themselves holy under his guidance all of these quotes are extracted from places where she mentions kingly power the great need of the common the great need the constant abiding of the Holy Spirit mightily is what she says if there were more prayer in the councils of those bearing large responsibilities more humbling of their hearts before God we should see abundant evidence of divine leadership and greater advancement in our work do you sit on a committee do you have leadership somewhere is prayer just one of those things you hurry up and get out of the way so you can do the work God forbid you should be a pastor or an administrator a business owner somebody who really needs wisdom by the way if you're a business owner your business partner according to The Book of education is Jesus he designed to prosper you if it won't ruin you how much time do you spend pray is it a waste of time to praise the Lord or read the Bible or those parts of a committee action actually the places where Divine Wisdom comes and unity is built and where God himself might manifest in regards to a request I write this that all may know there is no controversy among 7th Day Adventist over the question of leadership the Lord God of heaven as our leader can say man he's a leader whom we can safely follow for he never makes a mistake that's why prayer matters those who walk in the fear of God meditating upon his character with daily become more and more like Christ those who choose not to know God. Could be a 7th Day Adventist on the books could be the leader of an organization those who choose not to know God will be ostentatious and boastful there are character differences that separate those filled with the spirit versus those who are not it's absolutely imperative for you understand that God could accomplish a lot without us but He gives us a role so that we could depend on him and be transformed by the doing of it so our fate could grow there is a dynamic of change that comes into our lives when he uses us and if we think we can do it on our own and we don't seek Him we can be ruined in the process is a great work to be done my heart aches as I think of the many who are unready to me their lord this is written to Brother and bear in responsibilities don't miss what's at the bottom this is written the leaders conference presents all right this is written to union presidents this is in 1904 so this is after the reorganization my heart aches as I think of the many who are unready to meet their Lord in the ways in time is passed into internally Oh God have mercy on my on that people as my prayer and then this next phrase has to really grip you grown up men and women leaders are acting like little children there is not a particle it skews for the strike and the alienation that exists among us do you think she was bothered you think this was educated or it wasn't pleasing to be a prophet you had to be a well differentiated person to have to rebuke and exhort and reprove with all authority. But if visions of the General Conference in the district Union conference is was God's arrangement and the work of the Lord for these last days there should be no Jerusalem centers no kingly powers you can see these thoughts can repeat themselves and the work in different countries is not to be tied up by contracts to the working work centering a Baloch Rick this is not God's plan these 2 people had a feud going on Haskell and Frank I know how pleased the enemy is she writes when he can keep the hearts of those in the service of God filled with distrust and suspicion. Listen if you have distrust and suspicion towards a leader whether it's your local pastor or your local conference President or your local union president or your division president or your general conference President get on your knees and pray you could be ruined by the evil thinking that's fomented by some of the things you can read on social media God forbid been turn the computers off. And find a way to engage your time for the sake of Jesus that would actually edify you and edify the work and more than this unity existing among the followers of God is an evidence that the Father sent His Son to save sinners Let's send any group of people can get together and be fractured and splintered and divided but only God's presence unifies a group of people is there any wonder that the devil is working so hard to make sure we're talking evil of our leaders in the process etc. So witness to his power for nothing short of the miraculous power of God can bring human beings with a different temperaments together and harmonious action their one aim being to speak the truth in love God has given me a word to speak to you in New York strive earnestly for unity pray for it WORK for it will bring spiritual help elevation of thought nobility heavenly mindedness you will overcome selfishness last I checked all of us were trying some harder than others. You will overcome selfishness and evil surmising and will be more than conquerors praise the Lord through him that loved you and gave Himself for you crucify self esteem others better than yourself you think you're going to minister aid. You think you're good preacher you think you're a good parent just be who you're called to be and encourage the others who are trying to do the same thing you're not in competition with the parent next door you're not a competition with the preacher around the corner not competition with the school down the road to God called you to do be a well differentiated leader know who you are fulfill the role in the places given your do it your best before they have in the universe and before the church in the world you will bear unmistakable evidence that your god sons and daughters got to be glorified in the example that you said and let us be careful how we press our opinions upon those this was written to a general conference President. If any of you lack with him let him ask of God She she didn't want the leaders in this case the highest level of leadership brother Agee Daniels our com Our general conference President God would not have you suppose that you can exercise a kingly power on your brother and then I'm not going to read all this but I'm going to tell you about it what happened was was that around this period of time and why I was renegotiating royalties for her books she used the money to pay for her secretaries and to advance God's cost back in the day she got $0.20 for every great count of arson patriarchs and profit that was soul she was unfortunately dealing with publishing houses that had leaders who were coverages and greedy and they were striving for kingly power so they said to her over Mrs White Let us sell your book for $0.15 royalty and we will make sure we encourage the call porters to sell it but they didn't do it. And White was convinced that she was supposed to take and develop a book relationship with another publisher like came to me that I was to take the publication my books into my own hands for by working on cryptic principles men were greatly dishonoring God this is not a good chapter for 7th Day Adventists I'm kind of too bad but it's like the Bible the good in the bad is there my children think Willie and Edson discourage me from making this move and you know what she listen to God or did she listen to her children. She listened to her kids they did not think that I was in a position to carry the work force against the strong influence of post made political winds were blowing she knew things were quite how they ought to be an organization like the 7 damage church to stay fresh has to have leaders that stay fresh with God and I did not venture I did not urge the matter as I should have done for 2 to 3 years the kingly power the rule of close the door against the light God sent to the world in the great Conover's and patriarchs and prophets and while I was in Australia the matter was again laid out before me I was shown that I had followed if I had followed the light that was given. Working according to the Lord's plan not withstanding the objectionable features that appear in human authority you would not have become so bold you didn't know and White made this kind of mistake that you or she was as human as you and me and she got advice sometimes good advice sometimes bad this time it was her kids and it was bad advice if she would have taken her stand and followed the Lord she would have helped mitigate the kingly power that was operating in the publishing places God would have worked to purify the publishing houses from selfishness cover chestnuts and unfair dealing God would not have despised the day of small things which would have been her many souls would have been one of the truth and would have been to have been swept away by the undercurrent of the strong mind to grasp authority which did not belong to them. Wrongs would have been traced to their true source the savior restorer would have wrought to have of this cause and work but she didn't do it and this is what she says about herself Let me ask you Is she a woman that's well differentiated does she have a responsible and honest mind can she say of herself this hesitation I'm venturing for was unbelief think about when we lose that ability to say self this is what you did it wasn't good now it's hard to do that without a safety net I want to tell you friends you've got a safety net the safety net is the love of God He knows you're human he knows you have feet of clay he knows you don't do it right all the time he knows how he Major he didn't make you to compare yourself to everybody else he made you to look into his face and follow is play and to hear his voice and do his bidding. God is calling you and me to have nothing between and yet along the way we've got a little challenge because God does have authority God does give authority God does invest with power it's not the power of self it's wrong it's Kingley power it's power that's overreaching it's power that's out of bounds it's power that's over controlling. James White I won't read this to you as well I will the Lord bless the work that James Edson white the sun he was the one who who developed the morning star the boat that went up and down the rivers in the south. God grant that the voices which have been so quickly raised to say that all the money invested in the work must go through the appointed channels of battlecry shall not be heard in other words back in Battle Creek they were saying Hey Ed since you can't do that on your own send the money up to us and of course once they had it there be control and we'll take care of giving it back to you as we see best and this is why I said no way the people whom God has given his means are amenable to him alone they're privileged to give direct aid and assistance to missions it's because of the misappropriation of means that the Southern feel there's no better show in it has a day she takes 7 Day Adventist and detests and she says you're going to have to answer to God for neglecting this field God help in his church the circle of kings who dared to take such great responsibilities shall never again exercise their unsanctified power in so called regular lives are I take your Bibles and open them up to the book of 1st Samuel 1st Samuel Chapter 24th kingly power everybody in America would know what to do with kingly power we have such a rich heritage of democratic government but I need to remind your friends heaven will not be a democratic government heaven will be a place where the beneficence love of God and the all knowing heart of God will exercise his omnipotent power. But in ages past kings and kingdoms has been the order of the day now I'm going to shorten this a little bit you remember that David took on just the life anyone that set up a new set of problems for David David was a well differentiated person out there on the hillsides he learned to hear hear God's voice out there on the hillside he took the next step 1st it was the bear then it was the line then it was the uncircumcised philistine but David got himself into problems because he got linked up very closely with a not very well differentiated leader his name was saw so needed to be popular saw a need to be affirmed Saul no longer had the imprimatur of the affirmation of God and Saul needed the affirmation of others he was bigger and better looking than everybody else and after a while that became in his identity too bad David found himself clean as a fugitive from the presence of the king whom he sought to allay his mental illness with his music once on the run David found himself 2 times in a position to take solace life I want to look at the boat the 1st was in a cave for Samuel Chapter 24 says verse one now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines he was told that in the old David's in the wilderness of Getty and Saul took 3000 chosen men verse 3 he came to the sheepfolds on the way where there was a cave and Sol went in to relieve himself now David his men were sitting in the inner recesses and the men of David said to him Behold this is the day of which the Lord said to you I'm about to give your enemy into your hands and you shall do to him as it seems good to you then David arose and cut off the edge of saws robes secretly he crawled back to where the men were and he felt guilty when he came out of the Kate. He did make a little statement a saw and he basically said you need to know something I'm not like you I could have taken your life I've got a piece you wrote in my hands check it out but David thought about that for a long time and it's a good thing he did because he found himself in the same situation again and that's the one I want to look a little more at turn over a chapter 26 chapter 26 is a similar story so all has 3000 chosen Med This is his number and when he's going to take out David he has them both times this time he is pursuing David again for Samuel 26 verse one and as if I had came to solid Gibeah saying is not David hiding in the hills of Hackler which is before Jessamine tattletale tattletale So Sol rose and went down to the wilderness of Ziff having with him 3000 chosen men of Israel to search for David in the wilderness now David had spies the Bible says he knew were saw in his company were going to spend the night that night and when they found him David says in verse 7 We'll start with verse 6 Then David said to him elect the Hittite and Abishai the son of Zariah jailer Joab brother saint who will go down with me to saw in the camp and Hamish I said I will go down with you. Now and generously I have got to see this Abishai is David's nephew not his cousin Abishai and Joab and Asahel 3 brothers they are actually going to go into the camp as if there were no sentinels and no watchman they're going to step over hundreds of sleeping people. And they're going to go right up to the middle of the camp which is supposedly the most secure place I want to tell you something friends God has the ability if he wants to set things up and take kings down or to set people with kingly power up and take people would kingly power down you don't have to take it into your own hands God is going to show us in the story he's got it all under control now the truth of the matter is David may come to a period in his life some years later where he regrets this for David's fugitive journey lasts a lot longer than he thought it was going to Dave it ends up being on the lam on the run. For years and there are probably some of those years when his faith is not as strong as it is as eventers right into the middle of the camp 2 against 3000 isn't very good odds but there he is down in the middle of the camp and David's faith is strong he knows he's anointing he know he's been called to be the king and he knows God has protected him thus far he goes right down into the middle of the camp with his nephew and this is what happens then Abishai said David today God verse 8 has delivered your enemy India hand true or false statement friends I want you think about this because I want you to see what a thin line defines God's will from something that sounds reasonable today God has delivered your enemy into your hand just think about it and answer your question true false. Now therefore please let me strike in with the spirit of the ground with one stroke and on the strike in the 2nd time you need to remember Abishai is quite a warrior he's the one that saves David from one of Goliath relatives later on Abishai has got it going on he knows how to fight and when he says I can do this it'll be over quick and easy he means it but David said that was shy. Do not destroy him for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord's anointed and be without guilt. And David also said as the Lord lives surely the Lord will strike him or his day will come that he dies. Or he will go down into battle and perish the Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord's anointed but now please take the spear that is at its head and a jug of water it's time to go now I want you to ask yourself a question and I want something to be emblazoned on your hearts is David the only one that's ever been anointed for service to God in the scope of God's covenant relationship with his people yes or no clearly no. Some of you listening to me right now have come up onto this platform as elders and people have laid their hands on you. In the 7th Day Adventist Church used to be commonly understood practice that what David said about an enemy who actually had kingly power and was seeking to use it to snuff him out that we ought not to in our diminished degrees of duress Tom like a pastor don't like that conference President. Some of us have been taught through the years that wounding the influence and the leadership ability of someone who has been anointed by the Lord is another type of grievance to God for which we will not be held guiltless. I want you to think about this you don't like your boss. You don't like the president of an institution or conference. Or union or a division. You need to understand something we don't believe that that's the real leader we don't believe that this is the real leader we believe is in life said to Jesus Christ as the leader of this enterprise and the reason she tells us to pray is because Divine administration can come into the ranks of our committees and we can have the added We can have the encouragement of the results of walking in the way that he's leading in you've got something that's Russell around in your mind you need to understand something there's a shaking coming and that which is chaff is going to be blown away in the wind but that character which has been made into the likeness of Christ because of a living relationship that's built on trust in God If David could cross God While one who is trying to literally take his life perhaps you and I could trust God with a bad boss or a bad leader. Why don't you pray for him there's a story. But the idea that we would sling slurs about people like kingly power are is absolutely incompatible with our Christian profession it is wrong it is baseness of the lowest order and I should surely hope that none of my brothers and sisters would find themselves polarizing like ideologues in the camps of Adventism are we not like James White committed to the cause and what truth is and could we not in humility pray and find our way into it and if we found ourselves on the wrong side for a while might we not find ourselves on the right side later if God in his patient should correct this is airing children. You've got opinions welcome to the world of Adventism I've never met a good ad minister didn't have a view you didn't fall out of another denomination into this church and you shouldn't fall out of this church into another one because this is true prophetic purpose for identity now in my journey I discovered one last category of kingly power and this is the one I want all of you to have. As a matter of fact if you don't have this kind of kingly power you won't make it to heaven and this is the biggest surprise of my journey as I sat there scrolling and looking through quote after quote about kingly power thought we don't know what this is and I came upon this place 20 times she references to this can easily power My guess is 99.9 percent of most evidence done under have never heard of this so what is it pastor has God's purpose that the kingly power of what friends. Sanctified reason maybe we would be a more united church if we all had it. The kingly power of sanctified reason. Controlled by divine what Grace. Shall bear sway in the lives of human beings He who rules in spirit in possession of this power God's laws been placed around human beings as a bulwark to protect them body soul and spirit from defilement the kingly power of sanctified reason controlled by the grace of Christ is to bear sway in the hearts of the Lord's worker and look what she says they should spend much time in secret prayer and in close communion with God Thus only can they gain the victory you know why there's so much ugly slaphappy on acceptable dialogue in Evan tism is because it doesn't matter to me whether you're the General Conference president or whether you're sitting in a pew lesson in May here this morning we're all children in God's eyes but when you don't go for much time in secret pair prayer you won't have this. Your opinion will be pompous or you'll be without the ability to really dig deep into the depths of your own soul in the Bible and you'll just mirror the thoughts of somebody else you look up to God forbid. So this is what Abishai said today God delivered your hand your enemy in your hand what was that he had a reason. Who would want to argue against their case and this is exactly where Adventism is 2 groups with 2 different reasons but what did David say who can stretch out his hand against the Lord's anointed and be without guilt and what was there he had sanctified reason. Which trumps reason every time. But I want you to see what a thin line divides them and if you're not claiming James 15 he who lacks wisdom let him ask of God you could be deceived as easily as Eve was deceived at the tree of evil. You see what David Henn was kingly power. And that's what I want and that's what you need and this is what every administrator and every teacher and every parent and every pastor needs we need the kingly power of sanctified reason I just love this. I would love to see this term get totally turned around inside of Evan tism and quite instead of flinging verbal darts at people farther up the administrative pie chart. Flow chart we actually started praying that God would give us a heart like David's so that we wouldn't unless they're alone anybody let alone the people that are paying a higher emotional price tag to lead people in an age in which every form of authority that's moral is hated you need to understand something we have a crisis our crisis is that we have very few people choosing the teaching ministry and very few people and tell middle of life choosing the pastoral ministry you know why. Because sometimes we're conducting ourselves just like those grown men and women who Mrs White called Little kids and what Millennial wants to wander into that morass go for millennial just like you know what should of you've got to follow God or you'll be weak in afraid and very well differentiated if we have the Spirit of God we will think right thoughts utter right words and keep the heart with all diligence left by one unwise impulse we shall grieve and distress one of the Lord's chosen message touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm. I'd like to ask and commitment of every single person here today. That you would seek the restraining power of the Holy Spirit through the gifts of the spirit the fruits of the Spirit one of which is self-control that you would not participate in conversations that only fuel fertilize and wound the administrate of structures of this church so you don't like this leader or you don't like that leader what does that have to do with anything come back to James White what's right what's wrong and how would we graciously communicate in prayer for God to intervene could we like David say Lord and later on he was suffering at the hands torn reach in hear me deliver us deliver me I'm asking every single person here today to make a commitment that in this community in our homes in our workplaces we will not speak words that wound the Lord's anointed Once we don't need to be dragging people down if you have a point to make pray and go make it in person don't be cowardly love. But in the meantime should you elect to think that your opinion is better than everybody else's You might have the wrong kind of kingly power. So we're almost done I just want to tie this thing off or skip this one there were 2 or 3 men in Battle Creek making decisions for the whole world this wasn't right they tried to control all the dollars and they were attempting to make all missional and administrative decisions this was a problem in our church that was kingly power and you just need to know especially in this community where there are $7000.00 plus 7 day evidence I want you to know what kingly power was by the definition of historic Evan to some. And I want to contrast it with something else. In 2015 thousands of people gather they voted and this is what the vote look like 1381 people said no to the most kind of personal initiative 977 wanted it to go that means that 2358 people were present to make a decision not quite like the 2 or 3 that were controlling in Battle Creek this fall there was another difficult decision to be made the world church executive committee approved steps recommended by unity Oversight Committee and what was the vote it was 185224 that means 309 people voted what you need to know is is that that process is not kingly power it's called due process and I want every single person here this morning to know you could never take 309 people which is what was the restructuring that led to the recent vote back in 1001 you could never take 23 almost 2400 people if you listen to any of the debate when people stood in line to talk for hours free thinking men and women got to speak their mind and then free thinking men and women in secret got to vote that is not kingly power. And everybody here today needs to know that because if you call it that. What you're showing us is that you lack the reasonable honesty of a person who can look at a subject not as an idiom log. And without bias Listen friends I've worked for this church for 3 decades you think I've liked every vote No there are things that have been decided about me that were wrong. But I got to decide should I use the method of David. Or should I use the method of Absalom. And my choice has been to use David's method and you know what David's method will take me all the way to the kingdom which is where I am planning to go. And I'm appealing to you to go with me I am asking you today to make a commitment that you will not feed fuel or fertilize the ugly discussions whether they're in this community or on the social media that wound our church but that you will point people to praying for that Kingley power which is sanctified reason empowered by divine grace and that we might give to this world a sense that we are one in the spirit we are one in the Lord and they all know we are Christians by our love for each other if you'd like to make that decision I invite you to stand right now. I just want testify before I go I woke up in the middle of the night and didn't know I had a fever I was cold and when I got up I started shaking uncontrollably I took my temperature and I tried to go back to sleep but I couldn't I woke up around 5 something again and when I said Lord if you don't want me to preach this message you just make my temperature go up not down. And I'd study and I'd work and I'd take my temperature again stay the same finally somewhere later in the morning he started knowing their. Pastor Joe didn't know how close he was to me calling up and saying you get to preach today. God give me the strength to give this message. I won't be shaking your hand at the door you don't want me to breathe on you and you don't want me to touch you. I left it up to the Lord. And now he's leaving it up to you. The men and women of Christian integrity let's start praying more I put Ted Wilson's name on my lips I put their Jackson's name on my lips I put Marie's Valentine's name on my lips I put Jim midges name on my lips regularly That's General Conference division Union in conference I don't have to like every decision they make and I don't like the after like every decision committees make but this is my church. And they need me and I need them and we all need each other. To think about what I've said and if you have pride of opinion I'm challenging you take it to the Lord and may we be beautiful as Jesus says let's pray Lord. You're very good. To give us a choice in the garden so we weren't slaves This is a form of kingly power and to as many as believed I knew to them you gave power to become the sons and daughters of God. And Lord. In spite of all the misunderstandings through the ages disciples who thought that you were going to set up a literal kingdom and Miller I too thought you were coming in a literal kingdom in 844 you labored long with your people in spite of their mistakes so may we labor along with each other in prayer. Bind up our wounds drastic together make us one. I'm a the nobility of Christ who made himself subject to His creatures. Live in nobility of our lives thank You Lord in Jesus Amen. 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