"Peter foretold that “these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories” (2 Peter 2:3, NIV), which is why it is imperative to distinguish between truth and error."
"False teachers can also be recognized by their behavior. . . .The self-aggrandizing “fruit” . . . ."
"False teachers lurk within our families, churches, schools, and offices, and they routinely appear on television, radio, websites, and social media."
The 3 quotes above support what too many SDAs still wish not to believe. We wish that against all evidences to the contrary, we can safely trust even the glossier, higher, leadership and 'star' figures of SDA culture. But it was this very same fatal, mistaken wish that emptied Heaven of 1/3 of its brilliant, holy angels when they 'fell' for a bright 'Lucifer' whose 'office' was right next to the Throne of God.
Is it possible for any SDA to confirm the, 'I had a dream . . .', of the '3ABN Story' ?
“I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying,
I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies?
yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams
which they tell every man to his neighbour,
as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream;
and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully.
What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD;
and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:25-29
. . . Thankfully, about 20 years ago, now, I had just recently read this in Jeremiah before I received a surprise 'gift' from my mother, who has been infatuated with 3ABN since she discovered it. She sent me a VHS copy of 'The 3ABN Story', which instantly reminded me of 'Jeremiah's Truth' as I began watching it, and heard, 'I had a dream . . .', coming from the lips of a man whom, I am quite certain received a good portion of my widowed mother's inheritance from my non-SDA father. Was the timing of these events in my personal experience 'Providential' ? Where are such 'dreams' recorded, anyway ? Where can we find a 'second witness' to confirm a 'dream', if not in the very 'scriptures' that warn against false prophets ?
My personal experience certainly kept me wary enough of the 'spirit' behind 3ABN, until I saw the 3ABN 'Night Light' all-male, (same-sex, or 'homo-sex') 'panel discussion' on 'Women's Ordination' broadcast from the 2014 ASI convention. That 'panel' was 'manned' by at least 2 male SDA 'TV' personalities whom I have witnessed twisting 'scriptures' to suit their own teaching. One of them had even stopped short of completing a whole sentence of scripture in order to support his position, when simply finishing the sentence would have instantly condemned his actions . . . and all I heard from his 'star-struck' audience of SDA-'zombies' was a hearty, "AMEN !"
And, God meant just what Paul wrote to the Galatians, and not as a mere 'salvational issue' to be brushed aside from SDA church practice, as another 'manly' panel member has asserted:
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female:
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed,
and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3 : 26-29 KJV
I cannot 'put on' the DNA-protein-formed 'flesh' of Christ, and neither does the Bible record that Christ ever had 'sex', or successfully reproduced anything, except 'character' of 'motive'. 'By beholding' the character of Christ's motivations, which were confirmed by his unexpected, unworldly actions, I can indeed choose to 'reflect' such unselfish purity of character from a mental 'heart' 'clothed' by the pure motive of affectionate admiration for the character of the Father, which was perfectly reproduced 'in Christ', whom I can safely 'behold', without being 'consumed'.
I don't know about the rest of you, but ever since the 'credit-default swap' scandal and outrageous 'too-big- to-fail' bank-bailout of 2008, I find it very hard to 'admire', or even to 'trust', any public figure who speaks while wearing a 3-piece 'banker's suit', or even 'country club', casual, 'golf' clothes, for that matter. Ever since that some-people-can-never-lose-some-people-can-never-win atrocity, my 'life's test' has become a long string of 'trick questions', and the simultaneous 'weird' behaviors of 'too-big-to-fail' SDA public figures have done nothing to ease the anxiety in the 'test' of my religious life that has come into the 'test' of my 'economic', and 'political' life, recently. So, now, the crisis has come for me in choosing which 'trinity' I will serve, which 'family' I will 'dress' like:
As the world's self-absorbed economic, philosophical, and political hypocritical 'stars' ?
As the unselfishly-motivated 'Father, Spirit and Word' ?
. . . Perhaps there are, yet, one or two ‘star’ performers from the ‘folk’ world, who might be trusted to give good advice for handling the current crises. First, the ‘level-headed dancer’ of John Prine’s,
‘Spanish Pipedream’ :
“Blow up your TV, throw away your paper
Go to the country, build you a home
Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
Try an find Jesus on your own”
“There is nothing in the world like persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus.”
~ Mark Twain ~