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@Steve and Bill, I agree with you guys that Sean has taken a rather “kingly” attitude regarding his so-called “Royal Law of Love.” The idea that Geraty doesn’t understand what Genesis “really” says is so ridiculous that I don’t know many who would “fall” for Sean’s rationale.
Geraty has REJECTED Genesis in favor or a more “enlightened” philosophy, which is secular humanistic version of “creation” better known as Darwinian Evolution. Sean says he hasn’t “rejected” it but just doesn’t “understand” it well enough to believe it.
People choose to believe what they want to believe, no matter what the “evidence.” A prime example is Christopher Hitchens, the atheist, anti-Christian who is now dying of esophageal cancer. Hitchens has admitted his responsibility in this matter, as he has been a heavy smoker and alcohol drinker for many years.
However, when questioned on whether he would have “changed” anything, knowing what has happened, he stated “no.” His mother was a heavy smoker, and his father an alcoholic. Hitchens stated he “hated” both those habits as a boy, but grew to like them as an adult. He say he got “more” out of his bad habits during life than he would have lost NOT doing them.
My point is Hitchens KNEW what was right, healthy, or “best” for him, but he CHOSE to do otherwise. He doesnt’ claim “ignorance” or any other rationale for his idiotic behaviors.
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In this regard, you simply donâ€™t know what a person really does consciously understand â€“ to include a well-educated atheist. Sean Pitman
Well, Sean, atheists have written books explaining what, why, and how they have rejected God’s Truth. Those at LSU have explained what they believe and why they have accepted Man’s word and rejected God’s Truth. You say we can never know anything about this, and they must not really “understand” what they are doing.
Not only would I and others here disagree with you, but I believe the atheists would disagree. The idea that church members cannot be “judged” by their words and actions is simply not biblical.
Adventist Review: Pastors Who Don’t Believe
Steve, Sean has his own Gospel according to Sean, which he will stick to forever, no matter who says what or what the bible actually says. Sean says Moses and the Prophets are “empirical” evidence then says they are not!
I agree with you about taking him seriously on certain points, but he is doing a great job on some other things. So, I guess we have to take the true with the erroneous.
Besides, what Sean preaches as “gospel” is not the real issue here. The problems at LSU ARE.
As an Adventist whose offerings go to pay for the institutions that are supposed to be promoting our beliefs, I think I have a right to know which professors or hierarchy are consciously teaching, not just other than our beliefs, but actually counter to our beliefs… could these people be considered the â€œvery electâ€ that have been deceived by false prophets,(Mk.13:22) and I add false professors and institutions, that are going on to deceive our kids.And we pay them to do it!We honor them with high titles and praise.Shame on us when we hear of the problem and donâ€™t do anything about it!Paula Nixon
One of the major problems with our colleges is that the control is so “far away” from the constituency. I have tried to contact Board members at PUC, but I was not allowed to obtain any information regarding how to contact them.
With local academies, if you have a problem (I’ve had several sending 3 kids through them) you can go directly to the principal or even school board and speak to someone directly.
With our colleges, no such freedom!
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The reason the LaSierra situation has gone uncorrected so long is that most of our administrators have exactly the sort of political instincts that Dan Jackson has. They are politicians and consensus builders; they want to keep the peace and make the trains run on time. But the circumstances call for men of principle, hard men who are willing to stand for the right â€œthough the heavens fall,â€ i.e., regardless who is offended and loudly complains.
Dave, I agree with you. Jackson’s trying to play on “both teams” is not going to go well for him.
Unfortunately, politics is the “SOP” of many of our SDA officials, Jackson being just one. “Political instincts” are the rule, instead of actually doing what is “right” according to what we know in God’s Word.
Shane Hilde: Think big fish: LSU or the Seventh-day Adventist Church.Graham might not have followed procedure with these men, but I donâ€™t know what the procedure is. Iâ€™ve read what the process is in the faculty handbook, but I donâ€™t know if that applies to administrative positions which are at will employees. If it does apply to them, then it appears the process was not followed.
Trustees book says, in 6,9,F, that the Trustes may “discontinue” virtually anyone working at the university.
Does that mean to “fire” or to “force their resignation? Seems like it does.
GMF: If what has been reported about Jackson is correct it is very troubling. Also, one can only wonder why he was selected as the NAD President.Iâ€™ve seen a thing or two which made me wonder about Jackson but this report, if true, has to be the worst. May the Good Lord help us!
Jackson was selected to replace Don Schneider, who was also very “passive” in his approach to this problem.
Besides telling Wisbey to “love Jesus” Jackson did virtually nothing.
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Sean, Great summary and analysis of the current situation. Another good review of this matter is in the Jan-March 2011 Elders Journal. It also goes into the 2004 evaluation and recommendations, as you have quoted.
Bradley, Beach and Kaatz retain attorney
How about a “class action” suit against anyone and everyone who has heard the tape or has heard OF the tape?