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03. Kingly Power: Bright Lights, Dark Nights and The Morning Star

Ron Kelly
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There is danger in clinging to our private independence in opposition to the rightful authority that God has placed over us. This message takes a look at the risks of bright lights going out.

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Ron Kelly

Senior Pastor, Village SDA Church, Berrien Springs, Michigan

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  • December 15, 2018
    11:30 AM
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Lord open hearts and open ears free lips. And the Spirit flowing freely is what we seek the truth be what we desire and may follow in it give us the freedom and the joy that only can give us in Jesus name I pray Amen. This morning I'd like to Cal it's what I'm going to say against the backdrop of the larger picture of this sermon series if you've not been here for the other sermons you can find them online. Our church occasionally will go through cycles of trauma I'm not talking about this local church I'm talking about the larger church we found this to be the case in actually before the church was formally constituted in 1963 there was a period of time the church went through trauma in regards to. A lack of order and some really kind of out of balance experiences with people and the spirit of problems see in the leaders of the 3 Advent church had to face off with a number of fanatical elements the church later went through another serious trauma when the work of Jones and Wagner was being promoted by L. and Y. and there was some insecurity and stress between the young upstart preachers and the denominational leadership L M Y I stood in the gap to give support to them but some of the stress between the leaders and Ella white spilled out into the general public. There was another point time not long after that when Ellen White having been some would say exiled to Australia where she willingly served as a missionary for Jesus and started the work there found herself battling against the administrative process that was over controlled by the testimony of our own writings by 2 or 3 people in Battle Creek something she came to call kingly power and in the reorganization of the church we found that some of the trauma that was more at the upper levels of the administration actually came to be understood by the general populace of the church it would just so happen that in 2018 the church has found itself in another realm where what may be ought not to be the fodder of the mind is part of what's understood by the local churches in that there has been stress between different levels of administrators and decision making in our world church it's against that backdrop that I've been presenting these messages on Christian leadership which I've been titled kingly power and into small and it's keenly power bright lights dark nights and the morning star in the 1st sermon I talked about the phrase kingly power and how many places it's used and repeated and what it means and what it doesn't mean in the 2nd sermon I talked about authority the proper exercise of authority and the improper use. I also was dealing with the dynamic of accountability and I want to remind everybody that we are living in an age in which as a result of the past 8 Protestantism partially and our own carnal heart secondarily are primarily however you want to look at it we're living in an age in which in collection with the general sense of the culture and its focus on liberty and freedom that we want assurance that what we're doing is right no matter what it is the problem is is that assurance and accountability can be the opposite ends of the spectrum or they can be bound up together in the same thing if you want to surance outside of the truth then you are living in a very dangerous place and you don't want to hear anybody tell you anything you don't want to hear but if you'd like true assurance the best place to get it is in the truth which means as we harken back to Edwin Friedman's book called A failure of nerve that we need to be both responsible and honest about ourselves now that goes for the preacher as well as all that might be listening to him that goes for the conference President Union division in General Conference present and this morning I'm going to broach the topic that has to do with the keeping of our own hearts no matter what our role is there is one thing you are responsible for in the end and that is your own actions and your own attitudes and when you allow those things to go awry in the name of somebody else's mistake or even worse in the name of religious. In the name of religious high horse then you're especially on dangerous ground deceived by the arch deceiver who has practiced his arts through the years with an amazing amount of success I had intended maybe to put up on the screen a list of some of those names that were bright lights in our denomination that went out I think of Jay and can write I think of Desmond Ford. I think of Jones and Wagner's themself and if you go back through the annals of history you can find others people who once walked in the way but as Paul would write in a distressed fashion I hate to tell you they're no longer walking that way it's not beyond me or you to lose our way if we take our eyes off the shepherd if we're not willing to listen to him speak whether it's words of assurance or accountability or authority lordship as well as Savior we could find ourselves in a very dangerous place and I fear that is where we are so this morning I'm going to lay before the people of God an invitation to follow Jesus and then tear away no matter where you're at at the very upper levels of decision making or if you think you're at the bottom when I stood before you back in September of 2013 I quoted from Thomas Jefferson's 1st inaugural address which I'll quote from here again towards the end this is what he said I shall often go wrong through defective judgment I shall often go wrong through defective judgment I want you to realize as good as your judgment may be it could still be defective you're prepared to do a certain work if you're holding a position or a place that is in a religious institution hopefully somebody laid hands on you and prayed for the Spirit to guide you but you can still go wrong through defective judgment I've done it anybody else that's honest will bail them it they've done it and some could be wrong through defective attitude even listening at this very moment when right he went on to say I shall often be thought wrong by those whose position will not command a view of the whole ground I can't emphasize this enough there are many times when what we would call from the Monday morning quarterback position we think we've got it figured out. But if we were to have a broader spectrum we would understand that there is a reason for caution and there is a reason for patience and there is a reason for going carefully from point A to Point B. I ask your indulgence for my own errors which will never be intentional What is he saying here what he's saying is I'm going to try my best to do a good job and your support against the errors of others who may condemn what they would not have seen in all of its parts. There is a humility that undergirds the life of a true Christian which is careful not to judge too quickly and careful to judge graciously when it must when thinking about the story of great works I'm led to the journey of Luther Martin Luther who for a period of time himself away in the Wartburg while he was hidden away in the Warburg Professor Carl Stott who had some ideas when it weren't particularly balance aided and abetted the people in exercising unrestrained revolutionary spirit it was partially this that actually brought Luther out of the war Berg to make sure that the work he had begun was not ruined by being associated with the wrong things every work that's good the devil is going to try to do something to sideline the centerpiece of its noble this there are very many videos that I would encourage people to watch but one that I have watched multiple times for its power of inspiration is the. Film Amazing Grace about the life of William Wilberforce and there are different points in the narrative as put together by the producers most of which I trust are relatively close to the truth in which the man who is responsible for bringing Wilberforce this is fact where they didn't come from the movie The man who is responsible mainly for bringing Wilberforce into the fight against the abolition of slavery has had enough his name is Thomas Clarkson he was a man who dedicated himself to the abolition of slavery and 7905 as a matter of fact there was a monument erected in Wade Smith England it's there today and it says on this spot where stands this monument in the month of June 17th 85 Thomas Clarkson resolved to devote his life to bringing about the abolition of the slave trade now most of us I trust all of us would agree this was a noble act 5 years later he convinced Wilberforce to join him. For 18 years. 18 long years every fall every spring whichever time of the year it was Wilberforce would bring before the House of Commons he would bring a bill for the abolition of the slave trade if you've seen the film film before you know it one point time he's no longer quite the man he was depending on the modern narcotic of the day laudanum and his the nascent relationship he has the new relationship that he has with his what would become fiance and wife challenges him. And in the midst of one of those conversations he kind of loses it and it's the passion that's all pent up from the frustration of a long process is spilling out and finally when he's all done because he didn't want to talk about it. She finally says we've now found something we can agree upon and he keeps going but in one of those chapters when the vote is come up the wrong way again Clarkson finds him in his study now Clarkson precedes him by 5 years in this fight says in effect I hear that there imbibing the wine of revolution in Paris. And I'm going to go down there to have a drink a little and he invites Wilberforce to come with it and it's one of the most solemn somber lines of the film when Wilberforce leaning over his desk looks straight into the eyes of Clarkson and he says. You must never speak to me of these things again in my case. Wilberforce was unwilling to take the shortcut to victory by allowing the on ruled mentality of the masses to overturn the order of the day now from 79180718 years of legislative space cycling Wilberforce waited for that to be approved when it was approved it did not set all the slaves free in England that wouldn't happen until 833 I just want you to put your arms around the painfully slow process of change if a cause is right our patience in the process can be sustained by our knowledge of its nobleness and its truthfulness. Take your Bibles a Smorgon turn to the book of 1st Timothy 1st into the chapter 5 at the end of the day there's one scripture to remember from this message it's this one. First Timothy. Paul with his last advice the last 2 books that he'll pen of the New Testament. 1st Timothy Chapter one verses 5 to 7. The goal of our instruction the purpose of the commandments some of your scripture say is love. Love From a pure heart. Now he's not done but I want to pause there when I find in the current stress and strain of our church across its 13 World divisions. Is that some of long the way I think have lost the practicality of what this is they have reasons they have purpose woven into the fabric that keeps us all one and family are threads of doubt threads of resentment friends of animosity threads of evil thinking they can be woven into a local church family can be woven anywhere I used to think it was only churches that could be sick but I'm convinced now that it could be larger bodies it could be a conference it could be a union it could be a division it could be a general conference all you need is enough people who forget that the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart and you're on the slippery slope to what divides a body that's bonded in the love of Christ the goal of our instruction is love love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith this tree add or triad of Christian character is essential to staying on the narrow road Timothy's going to get some strong counsels some painful direction not the least of which is to stay in a church that he might wish to leave. But at the end of the day when he deals with the flock he needs to have a pure heart when he deals with the flock he needs to have a good conscience he might not do it right all the time and when he deals with the flock he'll have to move past what looks doable and challenge him to be faithful and remember there's a god on the throne love from a pure heart a good conscience and a sincere faith take your Bibles and turn to the Book of Proverbs Chapter 4 Proverbs Chapter 4. Looking at verse 23 Solomon's direction. For each of us. Proverbs Chapter 4 verse 23. It says in The New American Standard watch over your heart. With all diligence for from the flows the springs of life keep your heart with all diligence for out of it is the springs of life Paul in writing to one of his young preachers in the New Testament will write take heed and to yourself stop and check yourself you're not a Christian because you're a pastor. You're not a Christian because you're a president or you're not a Christian because you're an elder or a deacon or 7 school teacher you're not a Christian because your name is written on the rolls of 7th Day Adventists and you're not a Christian unless you are in Christ and your actions not just your words legitimated. I don't have the privilege and neither do you of failing to forgo the pangs or the plucking of conscience when the Lord says the may run you are allowing yourself an emotional journey of dislike toward someone that is something the conscience is designed to do Ron you didn't speak properly to that person Rod you did that wrong out of fear and insecurity. The truth of the matter is is that we can start in the light but end up in the darkness take your Bibles and turn over to 1st John Chapter 2 verse 11 and it doesn't matter what position you hold in the denomination your humanity is my humanity and mine is yours 1st John Chapter 2 looking at verse 11 Jesus made it clear. In John 13 that by this all men should know that you're my disciples if you have love for one another easy to say hard to live especially when we work in close proximity to each other 1st John Chapter 2 verse 11. This is the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness and does not know where he's going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. Writing in a letter and 856 and the white made a very interesting statement she said every honest one this is when dealing with some of the different challenges of that fanaticism period of time every honest one that may be deceived by this people will have the light in regard to them. If every angel has to leave the glory to visit and enlighten their minds we have nothing to fear in this matter as we near the judgment all will manifest their true character and it will be made plain to what company they belong I don't have to hear every negative sentiment and evil thought that flows through the differing ranks of Evan to some including this church I don't live on the verge of conspiracy theories and I don't want to know all the dirt somebody has on somebody else the truth of the matter is what I want is an honest heart a sincere love and I have the assurance that if I'm sincere seeking the Lord every angel in heaven if necessary will be empty. From the ranks of the faithful to make sure I can know where the truth lies and what the narrowed looks like. I want to look at 3 illustrations this morning that are very important for the age in which we are living 3 individuals who have the potential to know the light and walk in the light but refused to take your Bibles and turn to Luke Chapter 15 Luke Chapter 15 is the last parable of the lost in this we know that at least one boy is really lost what we discover is that it was 2 and then by God's grace it goes back to only one but it's the different one then we thought. Luke Chapter 15 looking at verse 11 he said a man had 2 sons the younger of them said to his father Father give me the share of the estate the balls to me so he divided his wealth between them and not many days later the younger son gathered everything together went on a journey into a distant country and there he squandered as a state with loose that's quite a bit of the story and one verse he got what he thought he wanted he wasted it and now he's got trouble. It's the storyline of the whole world at the end of the age who in their pursuit for freedom and pleasure and self exultation find themselves dysfunctional and broken down you can see it written as a sub script beyond just beneath the story line of our modern culture get what you want nobody stand in your way have as much fun as you can have and when the pieces need to be picked up hopefully there's somewhere to go he's in the pig pen reflecting on life and the Scripture says when he came to himself There is no more potent and powerful line that's the result of parental prayer we should keep praying we don't know what it's going to take for some to wake up and say you know what. I've looked through the wrong lens at my father there are children who have never known their parents even though they've grown up with them their hearts are locked by self interest their hearts are shriveled and in case by self and they couldn't understand the best efforts of their parents if they wanted to when we listen to the unregenerate hard to get counsel for how to redirect our parental efforts we are getting bad advice. I'm sure there are some pastors out there that mismanaged their life but I know for a fact after doing this for 3 decades there are a number of the following generation Piquet's behind them that have never embraced the cross and can appreciate the burdens their parents carried and the sacrifices their parents made and never entered into sharing in the sacrifice of their parents ministry some of those locked hearts ought not to be given the credibility of the Republic cation of their sentiments. Now when white will write that there are people that will leave their farms and their fortunes and their families and the call will be answered she says that call in little bitty bits and pieces goes on throughout the generations and is going on yet today if my children so desired they could probably write their own book on how they were an cared for neglected by their daddy except for one thing they were an cared for and on the gutted by or neglected by their daddy and when they when they find themselves locked in those moments they get to run into 2 things the power of the Holy Spirit and the true history of sincere people who have laid down their lives not only for them but for others. This younger boy couldn't see his dad in the right light this is a truce change of frame it's a paradigm shift this boy goes from sane dads the problem to say and I'm the problem and he says Dad is the problem but now dad is the solution and in the midst of the pig pen where the Holy Spirit is able to speak to him and in brokenness he can say I'm the broken one he says I'm going whole praise God I'm not going to live in the arena of my own definitions and my own resentments I'm not going to live with self at the center and he's on his way home and his father sees them and there's a beautiful encounter what we find in the rest of the story is that the older brother doesn't feel much different Here's 25 the older son was in the field and when he comes and approaches the house he hears music and dancing and he summons one of the servants and he begins inquire what's going on verse 27 and he said to him your brothers come home and your father's killed the fat and cap because he's received him safe and sound but he became angry he wasn't willing to go in and his father came out and began pleading with him but he answered he said to his father look for so many years I've been serving you and I've never neglected a command of yours and you've never given me a young go so that I might celebrate with my friends I'm telling you this poor dad whose heart is anguished over wondering about where his son is in the prefabs book pre internet pre cell phone pre landline phone life pre postal service days can't even have a moment of rejoicing he goes from being stabbed every day as he's thought about his younger son and whether he did the right thing he walks right into the bushes and right into the face of his older son who basically says you know you've never really cared about me. Yes I tell you an unconverted a heart is a dangerous thing and one of conscientious parents allows themselves to be directed in dictated to or even a done denomination in in following the general tendency of society to say every feeling is a legitimate which it is not we don't live that we don't believe it the Bible doesn't teach it it's not true some of your feelings are to be jettisoned as soon as they find their way into your cranium. Anybody who's not aware of this truth is not prepared to fight the 1st battle with themselves but this young man can't even allow is father to enjoy a brief moment of celebration and he has to in effect say you've been a bad dad to me too. But the dad is quite a good dad. And he's not going to let it be framed that way. Verse 30 and his son said to him Son I can see him kind of squaring his shoulders and looking straight into the highs of this book me. You've always been with me and all that is mine is yours. But in parentheses if I was doing the Eugene Peterson version of the Bible my own paraphrase I'd probably put but you're wrong. We had to celebrate and rejoice this brother of yours was dead and he's alive or is this version says he's begun to live and he was lost and he's been found. Why do we stop and look the teen on a morning. About authority and and submission and leadership and kingly power why are we here. We're here because. Some of the things you think are fact are not fact. We're here because. If the younger brother could get it wrong and on his way out of town say to his buddies here I'm finally leaving the old man behind lives going to get good. And if the older brother could say to his father you know dad you never really looked out for me either if 2 boys could grow up with a good dad who in this parable represents the father and neither one of them understand his motivations and his actions it's really plausible that some of the information you've gotten from your inside source. Is twisted by the same self interest. It's wrong if I was a reporter doing a story about the product of Father I'd have to come to a kind of a quick conclusion and my conclusion would never be either have to be that he was a stall Mark stalwart man with a brave heart that was willing to go up against both boys in the hope of helping him get over the threshold of spiritual adolescent thinking or else he was the worst authoritarian in the world because neither one of his boys liked him and one only came home so he could he but you'd be hard pressed to say that one or 2 of the boys didn't have the inside track on the dad there are some kids who don't even know their parents even though they've lived with their parents their whole life. Taken by balloons or over the Gospel of John chapter 12 bright lights that go out. John Chapter 12. Is probably one of the most telling moments in Jesus' interaction with Judas except for our scripture reading. Jesus was trying to reach Judas up to the very end Jesus knew Judas is hard Jesus understood Judas is experience his choices his private actions and Jesus even if he's getting a hug from Judas will appeal to Judas please don't do this. But in the days preceding that moment as a matter of fact 5 days. In front of that encounter is this one Jesus therefore 6 days before the Passover came to Bethany where Lazarus was from Judas whom Jesus had raised from the dead and they made him a supper there Martha was serving Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with him Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure Nart anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with their hair and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume but Judas Iscariot this is what Matthew Mark and Luke don't tell us one of his disciples who was intending to betray him said. Now Matthew and Mark are really clear depending on where your Bibles divide the narratives Matthew in my Bible has a subtitle in between Judas is action and this event marked in this version a New American Standard doesn't have that it's all tied real tight together what's about to happen right here will be the final shove to Judas to go betray Jesus. Matthew Mark and Luke don't tell us it was Judas. But Judas said and John's not willing to let him off the hook Judas said and he was a preeminent disciple in the minds of the unconverted 12 Why was this perfume not sold for 300 dinero given to the poor people now he didn't say this because he was concerned about the pour although it sounded like a really high minded critique. But because he was a thief and he had the money box and he used to pilfer what was in it therefore Jesus said I could only imagine but directly to him as the originator but to all let her alone. That she may keep it for the day of my burial you always have the poor with you but you don't always have me think about how embarrassing it must have been for Mary whom the desire of ages tells us she didn't really think it all through she didn't really think about the fact that it's going to overpower the smell of the meal that's about to be put on the table and she won't be able to do it secretly and and she's going to be the center of attention for a few moments and when it happened she couldn't imagine that she'd be critiqued for doing in a negative way for doing something for Jesus but that's what happened Jesus had never openly confronted rebuked Judas in all of their 3 plus years of interacting but today is the day Judas is not Peter Peter has a deeper purer love his heart has not been shut down by avarice and greed and coverage isness and self-centered us Peter's heart can endure the loving point and counterpoint of a disciple or of a mentor who is not willing to let him March off on his wrong ideas but Judas on the other hand his heart while he was in the presence of Jesus knew not Jesus and Judas is the light has been slowly going now and is about to go out forever if you wanted to make a case that somebody knew Jesus talk to Judas but what he'd tell you is that Jesus is too slow he's not a man of action he can't really get this kingdom thing going on and beside that he makes people mad sometimes and what kind of kingdom to establish on the backs of confronting people. Yes Judas was a man who could have known Jesus but didn't Judas was in the midst of the brightest light ever walking in the face of the globe but his heart was darkened it needed the direction of Paul keep your love pure of pure sincere love for your worst enemy Jesus would say bless it are you when men persecute you undervalue they might even be your boss. They might be somebody you've heard something bad about that's the rumor mill is making its way across Facebook and every other Internet forum where a Christian family but Judas chose his own leadership over the leadership of Jesus now is equal $28.00 the brightest light that whatever was aside from Christ that went out Lucifer and self. Is equal Chapter 28. The one who knew God but didn't. Now before I read this. No I wrote you can find this in the 4th Bible Commentary She says Our ask our people to study the 28 chapters of easy kill so the Prophet has said study this the representation here made while it refers primary Lucifer the fallen angel has a broader significance now these next words I never ever recall reading but they are sobering it says not one being this is the broader significance not one being but a general movement is described and one that we shall witness. In other words the problem with Lucifer is not just an issue of a bright angelic been gone bad it's the tendency of the human heart and more than that she says some form of organization of movement it says here it is equal 28 verse 11. Son of Man verse 12 take up a lamb in Taishan over the King of Tire and say to him that says the Lord God you have the seal of perfection full of wisdom and perfect and beauty you were in Eden the garden of God every precious stone was your covering the Ruby the topaz and the diamond the barrel the Onyx in the Jasper the lapsus lazuli the turquoise in the Emerald and the gold in the workmanship of your settings and sockets was in you on the day that you were created the day they were prepared you were the anointed cherub who covers and I placed you there you were on the holy mountain you walked in the midst of the stones of fire you were blameless in your ways from the day you were created an tell until unrighteousness was found here now I'm going to spend the last little bit of this message showing you how the brightest light of the Angelic Host went dark I want you to understand something when we read in your bullets in there if you care to look at it with me under reflecting Christ wouldn't get it out there's a reason I'm preaching the sermon because it doesn't matter if you're the covering chair or the General Conference this or that or the division this or that testimony is for the church volume 5 page 800 $81.00 The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul doesn't matter if you're a pastor or not in this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church true godliness will be clearly distinguished from the appearance and the tinsel of it. Many a star that we have admired for its brilliancy will then go out in darkness. She wrote it for me she wrote it for you we all need leaders people to give direction people to inspire with example people to teach people to pray but beyond those people above those people is the living Christ the shepherd of his flock. But if we fix and focus our mindset our mentalities maybe even our arguments over any given subject matter on the shoulders of any one person watch out you might be in trouble because theological expression and conciseness of thought your ability to explain yourself and state your argument well is not proof that you're a Christian. Chaffed like a cloud will be borne away on the wind even from places where we see only floors of rich we all who assume the are meant for the sanctuary but are not clothed in Christ's righteousness will appear in the shame of their own nakedness. So what was Lucifer is Chubb all those brilliant stones that adorned him Lucifer had a job Lucifer's job was to stand in the presence of God as a buffer from the glorious light that was flowing that was just the essence of who God was and the light will write that a special light beamed in his countenance and shown around him brighter and more beautiful than around other angels. But something went wrong Lucifer was given a special position she writes that everything of nature comes from God Yet Satan can inspire his agents with thoughts that appear noble and elevating she goes on to say Lucifer did not see where he was drifts Dean taking advantage of the loving loyal response trust reposed in him by the holy angels under his command he so artfully instilled into their minds his own distrust and discontent that agency was not discerned Lucifer had presented the purposes of God in a false light give me a better witness. Get somebody who is more authoritative than lose never please but you can't he doesn't exists. He is in the presence of the eternal God Himself and what he says carries an authority and a weight and a credibility because of his place because of his position because of his person but he was misconstruing she goes on to say in patriarchs and prophets and distorting them the purposes of God to exist descent and dissatisfaction and the light will tell us that Luther was slowly creeping into the presence of the Parag it is of Jesus himself and Jesus must have been slowly just backing up Lucifer thought that God's forbearance was weakness and he goes to the agencies of heaven and he tells them that for the sake of the stability of the government he needs to be the one God's mercy she writes was misinterpreted Lucifer pointed to the long suffering of God as evidence of his own superiority. And indication that the king of the universe would yet a seed to his terms if the angels would stand firmly with him they could yet gain all they desired rejecting with distain the arguments and treaties of the oil angels he didn't he denounced them as deluded slaves by the way friends whenever you have a disagreement with somebody and they have to go to ad hominum logic in other words they have to abandon the subject matter and run down the individual associated with it you are talking to a polluted well. The Bible is clear that the sweetness and beauty of Jesus can flow from the brackish waters of a dark heart. So when some of the oil angel said you're wrong Lucifer he told them they were deluded slaves make them feel small make them feel ignorant make them feel like they don't know anything these arguments have existed for years. No angel could successfully oppose the love of God which was sacred as himself some of these good angel said and they warned all to close their ears against Lucifer's deceptive reasoning and urged him and his followers to seek the presence of God without delay and confess the error of questioning his wisdom and authority when you're around somebody who spewing forth gushing for 30 even insidiously just eking out little bits of negativity about somebody that God has established as a leader you probably need to plug your ears and walk away. It's not your duty to mash in a to work through and deal with the dynamics of secondhand negative potential truth and potentially twisted supposed to true. Satan when farther he came to a place when it appeared the final separation was going to happen between the angel off and you know that the loyal angels and God himself was appealing. Picture action prophets page 40 he goes to a new level of deception the mighty revolt or now declare that the angels who had united with him had gone too far to return and how does he know that he takes full advantage of the credibility of his position and he states that he is acquainted with the divine law and he knew that God would not forgive if how do you go from being the covering cherub to being the black hole of the sinkhole in the whole universe how does this happen. Satan have been Lucifer the light bear she writes the share of God's glory in heaven and 2nd to Jesus in power and majesty the words of inspiration describe him as the one who seal us up the SOB full of wisdom imperfect and beauty but lose the very perverted the beauty and the power with which he was in doubt by the Creator and his light had become darkness she goes on to write and Manuscript number 22 he practiced the work of accusing him of fraud and of deception and sell he was himself his own dupe people leave his own lies his darkness was to him light and that light was darkness to Satan this was his ruin and then and for then writing later she says when the Spirit of God ceases to impress the truth upon the heart of men all hearing his vain and all preaching is also vain. Till the conflict is ended she goes on to say there will always be a departing from God and the saved guards of our purity Feb $22.00 review and herald $1906.00 the safeguards of our purity must be in watchfulness and in prayer. Has a surprise happen to me the other night. By the way I love this church but I had a surprise happen to me the other night I was sitting in the board meeting wasn't on the agenda and I'm pretty careful about what's on the agenda because of I want to be prepared I know I want to know what we're going to talk about we don't just throw things on the agenda things get on the agenda ahead of time this wasn't on the agenda it was kind of one of those anecdotal moments you know just a little something that squeezes out that you don't in to subpoena. But I'm sitting there in the meeting and we got off on a conversation and pretty soon my treasure speaks up our treasure and she says yeah I had somebody tell me they were going to quit paying tithes here. It was directly related not to anything we had done here but to the idea that somehow the organization farther up the line wasn't worthy of receiving it. And white addressed this some have been dissatisfied and said I'll no longer pay my ties for I have no confidence in the way things are managed at the heart of the work but when you rob God because you think the managing the works not right and then listen to this advice friends it summarizes what you have to do if you don't like what a leader is done. You've got 3 options. One is cut the leader a little bit of slack because you may not see it from the full vantage point associated with number one and cutting the leader a little slack is cut the leader a little slack also because the leader may be airy in judgment it may be that their judgment is defective but they're a human being just like you Option number 2. Forgive the leader for what they've done and it may not be worthy of dialogue an option number 3 do what so few Christians are slow to do or resistant to do have enough love for the leader to actually write them a kind prayed over a letter or go talk to them with the prayed over spirit here's what she says make your complaint plainly and openly in the right spirit to the proper once. Send in your petition for things to be adjusted and set in an order but do not withdraw from the work of God in proven faithful I would put parent that a clean yourself because others are not doing right now listen. My wonderful mother who left the denomination as soon as she left the academy. And who would probably love Jesus behind before that but who Jesus is reaching today praise God. When she found her oldest of 4. Doing wrong. And maybe all the for doing wrong and maybe I as spokes person or maybe i just trying to vindicate myself would say but so and so was doing it she would say to me so if they told you to jump off a bridge would you do it. She taught me early personal responsibility it with their own form of integrity minus some of the dynamics of attitude and spirit that only Jesus can bring in. Lucifer went from light to darkness from knowing God to not knowing God because he was not responsible and honest with his thinking. Now I'm going to tell you in 5 plus years of being here I have never entered the fray of whether women's ordination is right or wrong and I'm not entering it today. But I'm going to tell you something Ellen White is clear. You'll find 2 references to when the General Conference is not the voice of God. They all predate the reorganization at least what she's referencing to predates them. And she makes it very clear that when she wrote those sentiments she was talking about a period in time when 2 or 3 men had charge over everything but she goes on to say. I'm just going to read it to you. She goes on to say but this is not saying that the decisions of a general conference composed of an assembly of duly appointed representative men from all parts of the field should not be respected. Now it doesn't matter to me what kind of inside information you have about somebody who might be twisting and churning and manipulating at any level when we were talking for 4 years about the theology of when of ordination Study Committee we gave our our journey time if Wilberforce had to wait 17 or 18 years and then another 15 or so years beyond that he died 3 days later after slavery was abolished in all of England the vote in 1907 was to stop them slave trade but the vote against abolition of slavery completely came 3 days before he died we might have to just have enough nobility of purpose and patience because we moved from of theological discussion and what we're in right now is an issue of governance. And our denomination has not taken a stand that we no longer believe that a duly appointed decision composed of an assembly of representative men from all parts of the field is no longer to be respected. So. I am entering the fray for the sake of the unity of this church and I do believe whether you're the General Conference president or the division president or the union or the conference or the senior pastor of the church you should guard your heart with all diligence because out of it flows the springs of life and a lot of people are taking cues from how you act and what you do. And until we're willing to say we don't do business this way this is how we do business that is consistent with our theology of governance and it remains our understanding of how it works and to twist and turn until we can rearrange in another way is not keeping our heart pure. Now I know there's people listen to me that are favorable for one thing and faith not the other I know there's people this in me that are favorable for this but they are for this. I have friends who stand on different sides of the dividing line but you know what my position is the line shall not divide us we shall wait patiently for due process and trust the Lord in the meantime. This is our journey this is who we are as a people. My heart must be kept you or I cannot afford to dislike this person or that person has power over me I've lived in the arena where I have not been treated right and while I don't know that it would edify you to go through all of the chapters I can assure you that I've thought about going through one of them today putting it up on the screen so you could see it. I know what it's like to work for somebody who is not really looking out for the people that they're supposed to be serving it is exercising their power in a wrong way I don't stand before you as a novice in serving this church. Because loves us. Is defective as we may be where his children. I had a man once who want to transfer into my church when he didn't realize as he couldn't leave his past totally behind as a matter of fact the floors transfer made it to his church the wife when he was cheating on found my phone number and called me up. Her name is right there I was a younger man without a lot of experience but I knew this was wrong I was going to rush to condemn the man I was going to give him an attempt maybe there was mitigating circumstances maybe something was off maybe this lady yourself had problems I don't know I've learned not to rush in the Bible says Be careful because everybody sounds right until you hear the other side. But after a period time it came clear to me that not only was he a repeating Philander but his father who had been an elder in the church was a philanderer as well. Eventually I remember sitting in a room in the church explaining to him that I understood the situation and that it was really not in any way shape or form OK with God or acceptable to this church or myself personally he appeared to be undeterred although I think he sense that I genuinely cared for him. But he could not come to an understanding that I did not want him of leading the praise time while he was living like this for most of you that will be hard to understand in his UN surrendered mental posture to the 10 commandments he found one of the elders wives and began complaining by the way France the worst lie is a twist on the truth and this lady is dead now. And the reason I know the story is because she told it to me but she looked at the man and she said that is not the run Kelly I know. Now I'm going to tell you something some of the sweetest talk in salesmanship the people in the world are living some of the most debauch lives behind the scenes and they're good at trying to divide the body and make the leader look like he's the problem nobody gets a free pass in this denomination whether you're the jails in the General Conference president when I had to write some of those things in the 1880s about kingly power or whether you're a G. Daniels in the early 1900. A few weeks ago month or 2 ago actually on the Sabbath that autumn Council was taking place we had elder Pacheco here union president of El Salvador and we had Pastor Aggie on the secretary and we had Brother Martinez the Treasurer they all stood right here and I handed them to pieces of paper each piece of paper had a one with 4 zeroes and then a dot with 2 more so they took $20000.00 away to build churches down in El Salvador those 2 churches have been built and I've been there to dedicate I'm one of them is one of the off the the baby churches from the Fords to other day I was at a district superintendents meeting in Michigan and sitting kitty corner from me across the table was an older man with white hair who has a in American background and we got talking after the meeting said Pacheco he said I had him as a student at Alloway at the college in Coasta Rica. When I got an e-mail on Thursday from one of the pastors and went down to El Salvador with. They've already got $10000.00 for one church this is a smaller district by the way they've already got $9000.00 for another one so they're almost there and then there's a member I don't even think he's an Adventist who says I need to rearrange some funds and I'll have money for another 13 churches from a little church history well I forwarded that e-mail on to a friend of mine which brought him great encouragement I told him on Friday morning I sent him a text I said check your e-mail it'll encourage you. And he sent me back. An e-mail and I want to read it to you. Because it gets the point of what I'm saying I wrote one of the older ministers of Michigan knows the union president he was a student of the pastor years ago in the school and Coast Rica and this is what my friend wrote back. Speaking about 7 the evanescence said even though there's millions of us we're still a family so that includes Ted and Dan Emma Reese and Jim do you cannibalize your own family some of you do. But most of us don't you do any MT friends but if you avoid your duty just remember this the light that's in you can become darkness. God forbid and I don't care where your source of information comes from it could be the elder brother or the younger brother it could be one of the 12 someone who works in that division. Or it could be the covering cherub himself when the well is polluted. You have a hard time telling it 1st but especially if your heart is prone to believe evil you could be glad to get substantiation of your suspicions I am appealing to all of you. No matter where you stand on any theological topic it is time to be practical Christians. And have love from a pure heart with a good conscience and a faith that can be seen and oppressed together for a lost world and we must we must be real Christians as we process issues of the kingdom of god forbid we should do any other and Mayor our own hearts be honest enough to let the Spirit speak in this message however he needs to speak God bless you. Father. None of us could imagine for a moment that it would be our own light that would go out. But perhaps Lord the same one who drifted without knowing it would seek to sever the chords that bind our heart to pure love a good conscience and faith on Fain. Lord when those winds of STRIVE blow and the chaff is removed from the threshing floor and the tensile from the gold. I pray Lord May we have understood all along the way it's Jesus it's leading us on a narrow road that checks our own thinking checks the condition of our heart trust in the patience of a process tested by time I pray for every leader of this General Conference this division the world divisions our union in the world unions I pray for our own conference President for the leadership of this local church and I'm praying Lord give us hearts that are large mines that are broad by experience and slow. To think. I'm praying now bind up the wounds heal us and we will be healed save us and we will be safe. I don't know how I. Walk in the light as you're in the fellowship one with another knowing that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sins. Do at this messages you would. Save us. From the blinding influences of pride. Arrogance. And superiority of opinion. May there be a sweet humility that makes us whine. And patient. And strong when we need to be strong not about theological posturing but about attitude. Christian charity in Jesus name I pray. This media was brought to you by Audioboo a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio. You would like to listen to more sermon leave W.W.W. audio verse or.

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