In Christ There Are No Labels
In “In Christ There is neither Conservative nor Liberal” (Jan. 16, 2014)Chris Blake hit the nail squarely when he wrote, “we must repent and change our ways.”
We have delayed Christ's return long enough! The phrase “repentance and reformation” is cited 49 times on the Ellen White CD Rom, whereas “revival and reformation” is cited eight times. We have to repent and change in several areas, such as diet, dress, entertainment, and worship. The standards have to be raised so we may indeed be the peculiar people the Lord must have before He can return. . . .
“Repent” was the message of John the Baptist, and it has to be called for today. When we truly repent we will also reform and have a genuine revival that will be manifested in the latter rain. As Ellen White wrote, “When we reach the standard that the Lord would have us reach, worldlings will regard Seventh-day Adventists as odd, singular, strait-laced extremists” (Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 289). Love for God will motivate, self will be lost sight of.
Berrien Springs, Michigan
Regarding the article “In Christ There Is Neither Conservative Nor Liberal”:
Blake makes a number of good points, but the fact remains: no matter how one labels them, some things are non-negotiable. Many of our doctrines, some of the original “pillars of our faith” are being attacked from within the church. There can be no compromise on these issues. If it was “present truth” 100 years ago, it can’t be false today.
Some things may have been more relevant at different times in our history, but new truth does not negate or contradict old truth. There may indeed be neither Jew nor Greek, . . . neither bond nor free, . . . neither male nor female, neither Black nor White, but there is still truth and error. There can never be compromise between the two, whether or not one wants to label any particular issue “conservative” or “liberal.”
I appreciate Chris Blake’s expressing our need to be loving and Christ-like in being tolerant of other peoples view. That is a must. We lose instead of gaining when we are intolerant and critical.
However, Blake missed the real point. He is trying to compare bananas to marbles. What we have is two opposing theologies. Both of which cannot be correct. Revelation 3 makes clear that a large portion of the Church of Laodecia has a theology that gives it a false assurance of salvation. Its theology in regard to salvation is flawed, fatally flawed (Isa. 30:1). It’s a theology that has to be given up in exchange for the remedy.
May God help us to make our calling and election sure.
Jesus, Only Jesus
The January 16, 2014 Adventist Review was another winner. Hyveth Williams’ article, “A Few Words About Jesus,” was a masterpiece, a message worth sharing. Thank you.
Alone on the Sabbath
Regarding “Married but Alone on the Sabbath (Nov. 21, 2013): After marrying a person who is not a Seventh-day Adventist, I had similar experiences about being alone on Sabbath. But our loving Father is so good and impressed me early on that if I did not show that the Sabbath was important to me, it would never be important so him.
For five years I tried to live by that conviction. Praise the Lord, it worked. My husband was baptized five years later, and this year he will have been a faithful, believing member for 50 years!
The moral of the story: Live your convictions and let the Holy Spirit do His work.