Sunday September 23, 2012

Let’s have a conversation today.

One of the big topics on many SDA minds is the questions about the church. Is it going through? Is it Babylon? Should I leave the church? Where else is there to go? And I’m sure more.

The question about leaving the church, means, should I remove my membership?

If you were to ask me, “Should I leave the SDA church?”

I might answer by asking you a question like the following. “Well, let me ask you a question. What if I had membership in a witch’s coven? Would that be Ok with you?”

“Oh, Art! That has no relation to the question!” You might answer.

“Really!? What is it about my question that makes you uncomfortable?”

“Well…,” You say, “A membership in a witch’s coven is not a comparison to membership in a church. That is purely Satan’s crowd. Church is God’s people.”

Since it’s now time to prove things, I say, “Ok, let’s check out what The Day-Star has to say on this very point. I’ll quote it for you.”

    And I saw those who rose up with Jesus send up their faith to Jesus in the Holiest, and praying, Father give us thy spirit. Then Jesus would breathe on them the Holy Ghost. In the breath was light, power and much love, joy and peace. Then I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne. They did not know that Jesus had left it. Satan appeared to be by the throne trying to carry on the work of God. I saw them look up to the throne and pray, My Father give us thy spirit. Then Satan would breathe on them an unholy influence. In it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy and peace. Satan’s object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive God’s children. I saw one after another leave the company who were praying to Jesus in the Holiest, go and join those before the throne and they at once received the unholy influence of Satan. The Day-Star

Taking up the question, I ask, “So, the people spoken of here in The Day-Star, are they churched? or are they unchurched?”

“Yes, they are churched.” Is your answer.

“Well, if Satan is leading this group of people, right? he is ‘breathing on them’ his spirit,” I continue the point. “Then what is the difference between a deceived church and a witch’s coven?”

“Yes.” You say, “You have a point. I never thought of it that way before.”

“If we are going to make it to Heaven then we are going to have to think very seriously about these important questions. If Christ’s coming is at the door, time is getting rather short for the answer.”

“And I found a text for your consideration.”

    neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. 1 Timothy 5:22

“This text reads a lot like that of Revelation 18.”

    And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

I continue, “Membership gives support. By maintaining membership in any organization you  give sanction and support to everything that organization does. Here is God’s counsel.”

    Responsibility For Sins We Do Not Reprove.  
 
    If wrongs are apparent among his people, and if the servants of God pass on indifferent to them, they virtually sustain and justify the sinner, and are guilty alike with the sinner, and will receive the displeasure of God just as surely as the sinner; for they will be made responsible for the sins of the guilty. I have been in vision pointed to many instances where the displeasure of God has been incurred by a neglect on the part of his servants to deal with the wrongs and sins existing in their midst. Those men who have excused wrongs have been thought by the people to be very amiable, and of lovely disposition, simply because they shunned to discharge a plain and scriptural duty. The task was not agreeable to their feeling; therefore they avoided it. p. 21, Para. 2, [23OT].  
 
    The spirit of hatred which has existed with some because the wrongs among God’s people have been reproved, has brought blindness and a fearful deception upon their own souls, making it impossible for them to discriminate between right and wrong. They have put out their own spiritual eyesight. They may witness wrongs, but they do not feel as did Joshua, and humble their souls in humiliation because the danger of souls is felt by them. p. 21, Para. 3, [23OT].  
 
    The true people of God, who have the spirit of the work of the Lord and the salvation of souls at heart, will ever view sin in its real, sinful character. They will always be on the side of faithful and plain dealing with sins which easily beset the people of God. Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand, who are to stand without fault before the throne of God, will they feel most deeply the wrongs of God’s professed people. This is forcibly set forth by the prophet’s illustration of the last work under the figure of the men, each having a slaughter weapon in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side. p. 22, Para. 1, [23OT].  

Brothers and Sisters, there is no time to delay. Should the church be called Babylon, or not, makes no difference at all. The Jews are still called Jews to this very day, but no true Christian can become a Jew and remain a Christian. The General Conference SDA church is in a state of gross apostasy, and by maintaining membership in that organization, you are giving sanction and support for their wickedness in departing from God; you partake of their sins and you must also partake of their punishment.

Think about it… carefully.

God Bless your choice

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