Comment on The Full History of La Sierra University vs. Louie Bishop by Nic Bleeker.
@dalton: Hi Dalton
If something is entrenched, dealing with the root cause is the only way of solving the issue. Any other way will be equal to trying to kill a tree by plucking off its leaves. John the Baptist said that the axe is to be laid to the root in terms of the sin issue and conversion. In Malachi 4 we see the final steps God takes regarding the Great Controversy after having done all He could to save.
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I fully agree. Without the True and Living Christ of Creation at our side we will be overcome by Satan’s sophistries. I am not yet certain if what is being encountered in the ideas being presented here by some, particularly pauluc, is the Omega deception, but one thing I am certain about is that it is a manifestation of Christian Spiritualism which I encountered in the early 1980’s and which I battled against on my own. Were it not for the True Jesus standing by my side I would have been overcome. When Satan tried to overwhelm me with evolutionary ideas at an evolutionary university, Jesus lead me back to the Bible and showed me the truth that shows up the falsehoods of evolution. When Satan tried to overwhelm me with hopelessness associated with the fundamental philosophies of evolution, Jesus turned the valley of despair into a door of hope. When Satan tried to seduce me to believe in the immortality of the soul and that there is no need to resist temptation and overcome sinful ideas, habits and practices, Jesus pointed me back to the unfailing, reliable Word of God helping me to discern the eternal issues at stake. When Satan tried to push me into homosexuality, Jesus helped me to resist him through the Scripture weapons. When Satan mocked me in my bed in the middle of the night and said God will never accept me & my case was hopeless, Jesus drove out the enemy and spoke to me Psalm 23, giving me a peace beyond human description. When Satan tried to get me to reject the writings of Ellen White, along with my friends who followed Desmond Ford, Jesus drew near to me and said “Ellen White is dead and buried. You are not fighting against her. You are fighting against Me.” When Satan tried to get me to commit suicide, surrounding my soul with impenetrable darkness, Jesus took control of my car, challenged my thinking with the question after a vision of my mother weeping at the news of my death,”If this is how much your mother, with all her faults and failures loves you, think of how much I, your Creator, loves you.” When Satan would on countless occasions have taken my life, Jesus has stepped in and preserved me, warning me of danger, taking control of my car and removing me out of death’s path, etc. When Satan tried to get me to reject the validity of God’s eternal law, Jesus kept me anchored by the Scripture “Circumcision is nothing, uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.”
I had an encounter one day with the Real Jesus, not on the Damascus road, but on the premises of Alcatel Altech Telecoms, in Boksburg, South Africa. Psalm 39:11 aptly describes the human encounter with the Divine. “When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah”
The Christ of the New Age, of Christian Spiritualism and of Evolution can convert Christians into New Agers, Buddhists, Spiritiualists and Atheists. (I know. My friends that burnt EGW books went that way.) Satan has converted himself after a similitude of Christ, and shaped the ideas of Christians who are unguarded, twisting the Scriptures to teach a lie, so that when he appears as Christ, they will be prepared to receive him and deny the True Christ.
The True Christ converts people (sinners) into loving and lovable Bible believing intelligent Christians. He did it for me. I am not a perfect reflection of Jesus yet, but if I do not interpose a perverse will, when He comes I will be like Him. If I should die before then, when I awake I will be satisfied with His likeness.
The Full History of La Sierra University vs. Louie Bishop
I believe that when we go to the worldly judicial system as a church to judge an issue amongst us we are saying to the world that the wisdom of God is not sufficient in dealing with the issue and we put our trust in the judgment of men who possibly do not fear (love and respect) God, nor believe in or uphold the principles He has taught us. This is a statement of distrust in God and submission to worldly systems. I believe we can only invite disaster by following such a route.
With respect to this matter being discussed publicly on the internet, it is not something I like to see and am cautious because I would like to see a positive outcome and not put a stumbling block in the path of any party on either side. However, because of the nature of the issue being a public matter (anything stated in an audience, whether it be youthful students, mixed or senior people, is public), to which many can testify, the matter needs to be dealt with, (and not ignored, i.e. being left to fester so that it threatens the life of the body of Christ), in such a way that in the eyes of the public it may be seen that God’s ways are the best and kindness and truthfulness are the laws to be upon our lips at all times. It needs to be dealt with, with firmness and love, with respect for all parties and the principles of Truth being upheld. All harshness, criticism, pettiness, etc. is to have no place in our dealings, and an appeal made to all parties concerned to act according to the higher spiritual nature God has quickened within us and not according to the lower nature which we daily need to die to.
Am I making sense?