Sorry, but I can’t see that this really reflects a …

Comment on LSU promotes acceptance of homosexuality but not creation by Lydian Belknap.

Sorry, but I can’t see that this really reflects a genuine change of heart at LSU or of the people who run it–all the way up the ladder to the Board of Trustees (and beyond?) who are, as I understand it, supposed to be the “Watch Dogs” who are mandated to see that this sort of thing does not happen in the first place.

Where have they been during all these years? It appears the “engineers,” have been sleeping at the wheel for decades. I think a clean sweep all the way up to the top needs to take place starting with the upcoming GC in Atlanta. We simply cannot tolerate this trashing of the Bible if we expect to be the church that, with God’s help, ushers in the “Loud Cry” which will bring Jesus back to end all of this mess. We are called the Laodicean church for a good reason!

“The Bible and the Bible alone” is to be our guide. And “science so called” should be discarded if it calls into question one iota of what the Bible says. Yes, these false theories should be discussed. We are not to remain ignorant of what the enemy of souls spews out BUT these things should ALWAYS be put in the proper framework of a “thus saith the Word of God” and NOT the other way around! And notions such as homosexuality should also be judged by a “thus saith the Lord!” I wonder that God has not “spued us out of his mouth” decades ago.

Thankfully, we do still have some stalwarts among us who are willing to stand up for the truth in spite of the cost and God will bless them for it. Unfortunately these seem to be among the humble laity. WHERE ARE THE LEADERS in all of this??? However I guess we really shouldn’t be surprised. After all, it was David, a humble shepherd who slew the giant, Daniel and his three friends who shook up the mighty Babylon and humble fishermen chosen by Christ to spread His message around the world. The “leaders” of the Jews were totally rejected by Him. (Is this what will happen again in “Modern Israel?”) God will again raise up humble, dedicated people who come from obscurity to stand up for truth “though the heavens fall” that will usher in the final movements. (And, we are told, these “final movements” will be rapid ones!)

As far as I can tell our independent ministries are doing a great job sounding the alarm across the world and I am sure we have many dedicated ministers, teachers and laypersons among us who are quietly doing what they can to spread God’s message where they are. God sees and will bless their work and we need to uphold and help them to the best of our abilities. But open heresy such as going on at LSU–and seems to be gaining a foothold in some of our other institutions –should be dealt with swiftly and thoroughly!

May it happen soon!

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A New Endowment Program for Adventist Education
So here I sit–a “very old lady”–totally confused and not having a clue as to whether to donate or not–or where to donate if I should.

As things stand now I think I will just continue putting my own little amount to my current “missionary out reach” of buying “Steps to Christ” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” and passing them on to the clerks in the stores where I shop or other people I meet that I think would like them.

If and when you folks decide on what, how and where to help in this very worthy project let me know and I’ll do what I can then.

A New Endowment Program for Adventist Education
I just noticed that there is such a program in place in northern California but I would want one that is nation wide. After all, if our kids aren’t already in danger here in the southern union also (as well the rest of the US) it’s most likely only a short matter of time till they will be.

A New Endowment Program for Adventist Education
I am far from a wealthy person who could and gladly would donate large sums of money to such a program but I could and would gladly donate some if such assurances were solidly in place. I’m sure there are many “old folks” like me “out there” who feel the same way. (Is there already such a program in place? If so please post all needed information.)

The God of the Gaps
While browsing my rather voluminous file of articles to “save” I ran across this jewel—I think it is worth saving and thinking about–especially the last statement by Darwin himself:
Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

While Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is a relatively young archetype, the evolutionary worldview itself is as old as antiquity. Ancient Greek philosophers such as Anaximander postulated the development of life from non-life and the evolutionary descent of man from animal. Charles Darwin simply brought something new to the old philosophy — a plausible mechanism called “natural selection.” Natural selection acts to preserve and accumulate minor advantageous genetic mutations. Suppose a member of a species developed a functional advantage (it grew wings and learned to fly). Its offspring would inherit that advantage and pass it on to their offspring. The inferior (disadvantaged) members of the same species would gradually die out, leaving only the superior (advantaged) members of the species. Natural selection is the preservation of a functional advantage that enables a species to compete better in the wild. Natural selection is the naturalistic equivalent to domestic breeding. Over the centuries, human breeders have produced dramatic changes in domestic animal populations by selecting individuals to breed. Breeders eliminate undesirable traits gradually over time. Similarly, natural selection eliminates inferior species gradually over time.
Darwin’s Theory of Evolution – Slowly But Surely…

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is a slow gradual process. Darwin wrote, “…Natural selection acts only by taking advantage of slight successive variations; she can never take a great and sudden leap, but must advance by short and sure, though slow steps.” [1] Thus, Darwin conceded that, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” [2] Such a complex organ would be known as an “irreducibly complex system”. An irreducibly complex system is one composed of multiple parts, all of which are necessary for the system to function. If even one part is missing, the entire system will fail to function. Every individual part is integral. [3] Thus, such a system could not have evolved slowly, piece by piece. The common mousetrap is an everyday non-biological example of irreducible complexity. It is composed of five basic parts: a catch (to hold the bait), a powerful spring, a thin rod called “the hammer,” a holding bar to secure the hammer in place, and a platform to mount the trap. If any one of these parts is missing, the mechanism will not work. Each individual part is integral. The mousetrap is irreducibly complex. [4]

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is a theory in crisis in light of the tremendous advances we’ve made in molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics over the past fifty years. We now know that there are in fact tens of thousands of irreducibly complex systems on the cellular level. Specified complexity pervades the microscopic biological world. Molecular biologist

Michael Denton wrote, “Although the tiniest bacterial cells are incredibly small, weighing less than 10-12 grams, each is in effect a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machinery built by man and absolutely without parallel in the non-living world.” [5]

And we don’t need a microscope to observe irreducible complexity. The eye, the ear and the heart are all examples of irreducible complexity, though they were not recognized as such in Darwin’s day. Nevertheless, Darwin confessed, “To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.” [6]

1. Charles Darwin, “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life,” 1859, p. 162.
2. Ibid. p. 158.
3. Michael Behe, “Darwin’s Black Box,” 1996.
4. “Unlocking the Mystery of Life,” documentary by Illustra Media, 2002.
5. Michael Denton, “Evolution: A Theory in Crisis,” 1986, p. 250.
6. Charles Darwin, “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life,” 1859, p. 155.

I don’t think Sean could have said it better himself!

Walla Walla University: The Collegian Debates Evolution vs. Creation
Sean, I guess I “bit off more than I can chew” when I subscribed to some of your other options.
All I can handle is the ^way it used to be”–like this column still is. Please put me back to this mode of information and I will be very happy. Thanks.