Comment on La Sierra schism widens by Lydian Belknap.
I completely agree. The time has come to DO SOMETHING instead of just hoping it will go away if we are “kind,considerate,loving Chistians.”
The devil is hard at work trying to take over our institutions and, unfortunately, it appears that the â€œpowers that beâ€ are simply turning the other way and pretending it isnâ€™t happening. Simply cut the tithe money going to institutions that are not teaching our true beliefs and the â€œratsâ€ on the ship will disappear in a hurry. It is high time we take a firm stand for truth. (Itâ€™s no wonder God doesnâ€™t have one single thing good to say about Laodicea!) Where are our Danielâ€™s, our Paulâ€™s, our heroic Reformers and our early pioneersâ€“all of whom stood for right regardless of whether or not it led to the lionâ€™s den, the firey furnace, the stakeâ€“or the loss of a paycheck?
Yes, we will probably end up in some legal, or other kind of messâ€“which we probably wouldnâ€™t have had to face if this evil had been dealt with when it first began–but God will see us through it if we are truly sincere in our desire to vindicate His truth. AND we need to also take a good, long look at ourselves individually to see if WE are not only teaching, but also LIVING what we claim to believe,
As I mentioned earlier, are we truly keeping the Sabbath holyâ€“and â€œguarding the edgesâ€ of it? Does our diet, our dress, our conversation, etc. truly reflect what God has outlined for US? Do we spend more time on the TV, e-mail, Facebook, etc. than we do on our Bibles? â€œNone but those who have fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand though the last great conflict. To every soul will come the searching test: shall I obey God rather than men? The decisive hour is even now at hand. Are OUR feet planted on the rock of Godâ€™s immutable word? Are WE prepared to stand firm in defense of the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus?
â€œBut God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms. The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science,
the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majorityâ€”not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain “Thus saith the Lord” in its support.
Satan is constantly endeavoring to attract attention to man in the place of God. He leads the people to look to bishops, to pastors, to professors of theology, as their guides, instead of searching the Scriptures to learn their duty for themselves. Then, by controlling the minds of these leaders, he can influence the multitudes according to his willâ€¦.
“God has given us His word that we may become acquainted with its teachings and know for ourselves what He requires of us. When the lawyer came to Jesus with the inquiry, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” the Saviour referred him to the Scriptures, saying: “What is written in the law? how readest thou?” Ignorance will not excuse young or old, nor release them from the punishment due for the transgression of God’s law; because there is in their hands a faithful presentation of that law and of its principles and claims. It is not enough to have good intentions; it is not enough to do what a man thinks is right or what the minister tells him is right. His soul’s salvation is at stake, and he should search the Scriptures for himself. However strong may be his convictions, however confident he may be that the minister knows what is truth, this is not his foundation. He has a chart pointing out every waymark on the heavenward journey, and he ought not to guess at anything.
It is the first and highest duty of every rational being to learn from the Scriptures what is truth, and then to walk in the light and encourage others to follow his example. We should day by day study the Bible diligently, weighing every thought and comparing scripture with scripture. With divine help we are to form our opinions for ourselves as we are to answer for ourselves before God. â€œ Darkness Before Dawn, pgs. 37, 38
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La Sierra schism widens
Somehow earlier this afternoon I found myself on a different discussion channel about the things going on at LSU. This, however, was obviously one that, for the most part, believed in and supported the teaching of evolution and poked fun at the folks who were â€œsimple minded enough to believe in a Creator God.â€ I wanted to respond but some how lost the site and have been unable to locate it again. So I shall respond briefly here in the hopes that at least some of the folks who wrote that way may find it and read it.
My response is simple. I believe that the Bibleâ€“from the first verse Genesis through the last verse in the book of Revelation is divinely inspired by God just as it is repeatedly said in this wonderful Book. I firmly believe that when He says He did it in six days and rested the seventh it is an indisputable fact. Humans who say otherwiseâ€“I donâ€™t care how many degrees they have following their namesâ€“are just thatâ€“poor, mortal humans who appear on the scene of action for a very brief period of time and then they are gone like grass in the field. Ironically, they usually havenâ€™t been â€œgoneâ€ long before someone else comes along and debunks some of their pet theories.
I may be oldâ€“and I am (85+) â€“but Iâ€™ve tried my God in many ways for many years and Heâ€™s never failed me yet–which is more than we can say about most humans (including ourselves) no matter how wonderful they are, how much we love them and they love us. We are all just poor, fallible, weak humans no matter how hard we try to be good and loving (and no matter how many â€œdegreesâ€ we may have following our names!). So, when it comes down to who we trust, Iâ€™ll â€œvoteâ€ 100% for my God and His Word every single time! Believe it, dear friends, the One who created us and who died on the cross for us can always be trusted!
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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.”  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.”  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.  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. 
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.” 
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.” 
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.