“Inasmuch as these people refused
The waters of Shiloah that flow softly,
And rejoice in Rezin and in Remaliah’s son;
Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them
The waters of the River, strong and mighty—
The king of Assyria and all his glory;
He will go up over all his channels
And go over all his banks.
He will pass through Judah,
He will overflow and pass over,
He will reach up to the neck;
And the stretching out of his wings
Will fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel." Isaiah 8:6-8 NKJV
(Notice that it was the ‘king of Assyria’ that had ‘God with us’, not Judah.
Judah had ‘refused’ ‘Shiloah’, rejected ‘God with us’.)
SDAs were intended to be leaders in education, religion and healthcare. ‘Shepherds’ not ‘sheep’.
But strangely we began bowing to non-SDA ‘accrediting’ organizations like the ‘AMA’ . . . . Now, the ‘New Age’-‘Holistic’-‘Co-op’- ‘CSA’- . . . ‘scene’ is enjoying the life-style and profit$ that the SDA GC might have led out in, and reaped rewards from, decades sooner than when non-SDAs finally caught on.
Just how does an ‘SDA’ educational institution remain ‘SDA’ after complying with non-SDA accrediting organizations ? How ? Knocking off at noon on Fridays ?
The boozers in the labor union I was once a member of did that.
So, hopefully, the rest of the non-SDA accredited ‘SDA’ educational and healthcare institutions will soon unburden the SDA GC, too. Then, like King Hezekiah, we can spend an extra penny per member on the every-fifth-year extravaganzas to show off our world-wide SDA ‘wealth’ to our ‘accreditors’. . . OR, we could save that $7 million or so, and simply invite a few un-ordained Chinese women missionaries to show us all how to be self-supporting and operate on less than a $hoe$tring.
When will we SDAs admit we’ve ‘lost it’ and beg the Good Shepherd for help ?
I found the money to save Atlantic Union College on the following web page:
“HOW MUCH MONEY DOES IT COST THE CHURCH? COULDN’T THEY FIND AN ALTERNATE WAY TO CARRY ON THE BUSINESS OF THE CHURCH THAT WOULD SAVE MONEY, TRAVEL, AND TIME?”
“The General Conference World Budget each year sets aside $1.4 million for the direct cost of the Session venue. That’s $7 million, which is less than 8 cents a year per member. Including indirect costs, such as air travel, lodging and programs of local administrative units, the total cost for Session is approximately $20 million, which is approximately one dollar per member.”
“No other denomination comes together on a worldwide basis to elect leaders, to hear reports, and to receive offerings from everywhere to be distributed everywhere. In order to maintain worldwide unity of the Church, it could cost 10 times this amount to replicate the type of infrastructure needed to gather and communicate.”
So, how did a few days ‘together’ ‘maintain worldwide unity of the Church’ in the city of ‘Remember the Alamo’ defeat, in 2015 ? ! ?
The truth is, the SDA GC does not really want to save SDA educational institutions or hospitals or to “hear reports” from all missionaries . . . we simply want to gather together every 5 years and brag about what we have not yet lost.
Furthermore, if SDA universities insist on preparing their students for jobs in the world’s ‘corporate model’ – instead of for mere ‘gospel missionary work’ – then I suggest that they teach that ‘model’ by example, and fire 75 % of their credentialed professors, replacing them with lower cost ‘apprentices’ to teach students. That’s what the corporate powers that run my home state have done, with our Governor’s blessing. Yep, since July 4, 2016 any electrical construction project needs only 1 licensed electrician for up to 3 apprentices . . . and THAT IS THE CORPORATE MONEY $AVING MODEL at work – ‘licenses’ and ‘credentials’ always bow to ‘profit$’. So, SDA university professors that want to keep their high-paying positions in corporation-pleasing SDA universities can expect to have to join ‘conspiracies’ – aka ‘unions’ – if they wish their ‘credentials’ to mean anything, financially-speaking. . . .
In the future, we SDAs must always sit on the trunk side of the limb we’re lopping off.
“O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.
I will be thy king: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities?
and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes?” Hosea 13:9
Or, maybe some wealthy West Coast ASI corporate media mogul will buy up AUC’s facilities at a bargain and start a women’s ‘college of evangelism’ there, on the East Coast . . . ?