Comment on Presbyterian church fires board members by Rich Constantinescu.
The events connected with the tree of knowledge of good and evil are inspired examples of so-called academic freedom which in reality is slavery to Satan leading from bondage to death. (Cf. Gen. 3:4; Prov. 14:12)
Jesus said, “Sanctify them by thy truth: thy Word is truth.” (Jn. 17:17.) Lies bring sin and death. Adam and Eve are the Bible’s primary examples of those who chose the father of lies who is very much active today. (Jn. 8:44.) The law of God is the true, “law of liberty.” (Jm. 2:12; Cf. Ex. 20:2, 8-9, 10, 11.)
Jesus educated against the errors of his day, saying, “Ye have heard that it hath been said.” In referring to the faults of reason in certain academic realms we may teach the truth, by saying, “but I say unto you.” (Matt. 5:43-45.)
There is no such thing as freedom of ideology in the Universe without consequences. This is Satan’s terrible lie who will be destroyed with all liars like him. (Rev. 21:8) We are free to choose for ourselves, but we will have to give account for every soul we mislead as a false witness bearing God’s name or a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
The Bible says,
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – Jn. 8:32
I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. – Rom. 16:19
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Presbyterian church fires board members
Sean Pitman says,
I wish that our own leadership would show a similar degree of courage to uphold the SDA fundamental ideals within our own institutions against the cries of those who would invoke â€œacademic freedomâ€ to undermine the stated ideals of the very Church that provides funding and the very name of these schools as â€œSDAâ€ institutions.
If a person really wants true academic freedom, that person should start his/her own school. Otherwise, there really is no such thingâ€¦ not even in public universities.
Steve Billiter says,
The professor, who is also a fantasy fiction writer, demanded I rewrite the piece without mentioning the Bible. I said no. I quoted him the schools academic freedom of speech policy and showed him how I was on topic according to his directions. So he backed off and I received an A.
It appears to me here that Sean refers to academic freedom of leaders (i.e. professors) being non-existent in even public universities to the extent it is claimed in some private institutions, while Steve refers to academic freedom for students being in place in one or some public universities.
We are dependent on the Bible for a knowledge of the early history of our world, of the creation of Adam and Eve, and of their fall. Remove the Word of God, and what can we expect other than to be left to fables and conjectures, and to that enfeebling of the intellect which is the sure result of entertaining error? We need the authentic history of the origin of the earth, of the fall of the covering cherub, and of the introduction of sin into our world. Without the Bible we should be bewildered by false theories. – CTr 351.4
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Intelligent Design – Science or Religion?
Thank you Sean. Very helpful information. Praise God.
The Reptile King
Kent debuted here at ET two years ago with proclamations that there was no evidence that the theory of evolution was taught at LSU but since has modified his evolution-free period to the last 1.5 years. He has threatened to leave time after time but never did. Nor has he stopped reminding us us he is persecuted and misunderstood.
Kent: â€œBob, youâ€™ve hardened your heart and gone mad. You wouldnâ€™t know â€œtruthâ€ if it smacked you between the eyes. Youâ€™ve proven to every reader here that you are not â€œin Christ.â€ Turn off your computer, throw your modem in garbage, and save your soul before it is consumed with hatred and falsehood.â€
Rich then noted that Kent shouldn’t be too upset about people not taking him as seriously as he would like because Kent came here pretending to not be an Adventist but it turned out he actually was an Adventist. The kind that doesn’t see much to worry about administration using vulgarity, drinking alcohol and evading authority albeit.
It is a little amusing that an observation that Kent tried to make readers think he wasn’t Adventist and the unacceptable tone of his ad hominem post towards Bob (not like the posts he harvested of Bob’s) is met by more ad hominem and – of all things – an accusation of ad hominem. I cannot think of many better text-book examples of projection.
However, credit where credit is due. Kent is persevering and he did let Bob keep his computer even though he made him throw away his modem. A nice scholar-to-scholar gesture or perhaps a typo yet short of the camaraderie we were waiting to see.
The Reptile King
Kent apparently does not realize he lost some of us when he stormed in to Educate Truth two years ago ranting and waving, “If I were an Adventist, I’d be ashamed to be one of you!” The fuss Kent put up made some here ask why an outsider was so upset about the Adventists not “representing”? When the shame game didn’t work Kent stormed out, stormed in, stormed out again (and again).
Some of us wondered, why is Kent so interested? Is he for lack of a better strategy trying to corner ET in any way he can in this case by shame and blame? Is he playing whatever side he can to get his advantage? Some of us asked directly if he was after all an Adventist, to which Kent irately responded, “as to the question of whether I’m an Adventist or not … it makes no difference.”
We have been for some time more than beginning to see the truth in that statement. Therefore Kent truly should not be upset when some people don’t take seriously his apology of, “I also am a Creationist.” Trust is built and the foundation is missing.
Here is recent gem towards a “fellow creationist”:
Kent says, “Bob, youâ€™ve hardened your heart and gone mad. You wouldnâ€™t know â€œtruthâ€ if it smacked you between the eyes. Youâ€™ve proven to every reader here that you are not â€œin Christ.â€ Turn off your computer, throw your modem in garbage, and save your soul before it is consumed with hatred and falsehood.”
Hatred indeed. Those who stand for what they believe are, understandably, a mystery and great cause of perplexity to Kent usually worth many hours of his insight and forethought on his computer and modem. That last post apparently is not the fruit of taking enough time to cover one’s tracks.
The Reptile King
Kent, I was not primarily quoting EGW as an authority. I only noted that if someone quotes one portion of EGW writings as authoritative about the supposed disvalue of the “deductions of science” being evidence for or against a point of faith, they should be free to accept other parts of her writings which make it clear that science is not opposed to God’s Word. I do agree that the conflict is not between science and faith but only with the deductions of science and the conclusions of the natural, rebellious, un-renewed heart. EGW never opposed science. She opposed as the Bible says, “science falsely so-called.”
Our colleges all have students from non-Adventist persuasions. The world is invited to and attends all our other schools. They have a right to know what we are teaching if we are bearing false witness.
The Reptile King
Kent, you either missed or ignored the point. The point was and is, if someone would take EGW as saying “deductions of science” means there is no false science, just one true science that is totally contradictory to the Bible and we must choose to live in blind faith without it that is wholly inconsistent with the other many statements by the same author who talks about true science revealing God whereas false science doesn’t.
Your knot is easily untied. An enemy has done this.