Notice of constituency meeting of La Sierra University

Source: Pacific Union Recorder


The biennial Constituent Membership meeting of La Sierra University will convene at the La Sierra University Alumni Center, 11500 Pierce Street, Riverside, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is (1) to receive reports from the University and its auditor, (2) to amend the Bylaws, (3) to appoint Trustees as specified by the Bylaws, and (4) to transact such other business as may be submitted by the Board of Trustees.

Ricardo Graham, Chair

Randal Wisbey, Secretary

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5 thoughts on “Notice of constituency meeting of La Sierra University

  1. May this meeting be led by God. If the by-laws have been amended to remove the power of the church from the decision making process, then it is too late. The faculty senate has gone on record supporting the biology professors who are teaching evolution. If the school now has the majority vote in the constituency meeting, the school is lost to the church and God. We will soon see where the power is in earthly terms. But, God is in control and who knows what He will do. He may let us reap what we have sown, or He may intervene. May we see our sin and turn from it, that He may bless our churches and schools.

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  2. @Richard Myers:

    But, God is in control and who knows what He will do. He may let us reap what we have sown, or He may intervene. May we see our sin and turn from it, that He may bless our churches and schools.

    You raise an interesting point — here is the way Ellen White says that “Achan” and “sin in the camp” principle goes. We all suffer for their sin – but especially do adminstrators get held accountable.

    I have been shown that God here illustrates how He regards sin among those who profess to be His commandment-keeping people. Those whom He has specially honored with witnessing the remarkable exhibitions of His power, as did ancient Israel, and who will even then venture to disregard His express directions, will be subjects of His wrath. He would teach His people that disobedience and sin are exceedingly offensive to Him and are not to be lightly regarded. He shows us that when His people are found in sin they should at once take decided measures to put that sin from them, that His frown may not rest upon them all. But if the sins of the people are passed over by those in responsible positions, His frown will be upon them, and the people of God, as a body, will be held responsible for those sins. In His dealings with His people in the past the Lord shows the necessity of purifying the church from wrongs. One sinner may diffuse darkness that will exclude the light of God from the entire congregation. When the people realize that darkness is settling upon them, and they do not know the cause, they should seek God earnestly, in great humility and self-abasement, until the wrongs which grieve His Spirit are searched out and put away. {3T 265.1}

    The prejudice which has arisen against us because we have reproved the wrongs that God has shown me existed, and the cry that has been raised of harshness and severity, are unjust. God bids us speak, and we will not be silent. 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 alike guilty and will just as surely receive the displeasure of God; for they will be made responsible for the sins of the guilty. In vision I have been 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 among them. Those who have excused these wrongs have been thought by the people to be very amiable and lovely in disposition, simply because they shunned to discharge a plain Scriptural duty. The task was not agreeable to their feelings; therefore they avoided it. {3T 265.2}

    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 themselves because the danger of souls is felt by them. {3T 266.1}

    in Christ,


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  3. It seems to me that if the biennial Constituent Membership meeting of La Sierra University decides to continue on its same path the time has come that the church should cut all ties with the institution and leave it to continue on its own. The results of such a course will no doubt send a real “shockwave” throughout the whole denomination–especially where other of our schools (as I have been told) are starting to go down that same path. (I am NOT a lawyer, but it seems to me that if this should happen LSU should send any and all credits of any student, without any cost,to the student or their families, who wishes to transfer to another of our schools.)

    Could this be the start of the “shaking” which we have been told would happen before Jesus returns? And there is a sobering question we should ask ourselves–Are we “reaping what we have sown” by refusing to follow the “blueprint” on how our schools should be run? God has promised that if we follow HIS instructions on how ALL of our institutions should be run we would be the “head and not the tails” in this world. But, it seems to me, we have, like ancient Israel, chosen to follow “other voices” rather than God’s.

    God did not raise us up as a people to “blend in” with the world around us but to “stand out” as an example that our God is the true God. If you look at all the Bible “greats”–Moses, Joseph, Daniel and his three friends, Esther, all the prophets of the OT, the prophets and apostles of the NT as well as the reformers and our early pioneers were courageous individuals who definitely “stood out” in the world. It usually brought with it many trials and problems but in all cases it kept the true believers faithful to their God-given message to everyone around–and they changed the world! Israel as a nation usually chose to “blend in” and we see the results today. And, I fear, we as a denomination, have in many ways followed in Israel’s footsteps. Have we “sown to the wind” and are we beginning to “reap the whirlwind?”

    This is not to say that we have not had–and continue to have–many wonderful Christian “Daniels” and “Esthers” among us for we have–and we praise God for them, but, in general, are we as a people sending the world a wrong message by many of the ways in which we live–including the way we educate our children?

    May God lead us at this perilous time to make the right decision in this ever-widening crisis that we now face!

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  4. I pray that the faithful will organize and gather at this meeting, and let their voices be heard for a thorough revival and reformation. Unless this happens, the institution could be lost forever to the cause of God and to His church.

    Pastor Kevin Paulson

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  5. Lydia, I totally appreciate your candor and honesty in addressing this issue. You have hit the nail on the head in almost every way. God Bless you, sister.

    However, in the quote below I must disagree with you.

    It seems to me that if the biennial Constituent Membership meeting of La Sierra University decides to continue on its same path the time has come that the church should cut all ties with the institution and leave it to continue on its own.

    My question is: why should we give up the institution that was built with the tithes and offerings of the SDA church? I might just be ornery, (I heard all those amens–)but I don’t have any intention of letting such a facility pass into the hands of the heretics if I can do anything to prevent it. I don’t see this as a viable solution to this problem at all. Clean out the nest of vipers and get rid of all of them. They should be the ones in full retreat, not us!

    As I see it, that’s like saying if a guest comes into your home and starts renovating it without your permission, you just pack your bags and leave it to him…I don’t think so! There has to be some authority in the church to oust those who are being unfaithful to their commission–whether it be the president, the chairman of the board, the lowest professor, or the head of any department. The guilty ones need to be invited to leave in no uncertain terms and the curriculum needs to be overhauled to reflect the teachings of the Bible and SOP. That is my solution to the problem. We need to make this institution work for us, not throw our hands up in defeat and let the heretics have it.

    I hope I haven’t offended you, Lydia, as this is the farthest thing from my purpose in writing. I have great respect for you and your viewpoint in the main. I simply can’t agree with you and those who support this action as the solution to the situation.

    God Bless,


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