Maybe my SDA ‘president(s)’ will read this, most likely they won’t.
But before I give my opinion on these 6 questions here, let me protest that the SDA church, in my experience, has been run far too much according to the mere ‘legal’ opinions of its merely human leaders, at the expense of the Gospel ‘opinions’-- desires – of the Divine-human Christ.
I see no “Comfort you. Comfort you my people, says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1) coming from the GC, but a whole lot of, “Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exact all your laborers.” (Isaiah 58:3). I can appreciate this gesture of stooping to consider what us ‘laborers’ in the pews think, but we might all think a lot more clearly if the GC would drop their legal whips, altogether, and follow Jesus . . . or would we ? Sometimes we forget to ‘take out the trash’ until it stinks. So, let us thank God for the warning stench, again, and again . . . and again.
We SDAs are a Gospel ‘religion’ NOT a merely legal ‘state’.
But the appointed team must act as equals – not patrons – willing to also accept ‘sensitivity’ and ‘counsel’ and God’s own answers to ‘prayers’. Counsel based upon Christ’s own stated and clearly-published – not merely ‘voted’ – desires and actions for His own SDA church. Desires and actions which have been known, but neglected and/or rejected – in heart, if not in mind – for at least 130 years, now, by the assembled General Conferences over which Christ’s Spirit has evidently NOT been allowed to ‘preside’. If He had been, then today His Spirit, alone, would now be allowed and encouraged by the GC to ‘govern’ all SDAs, as if we are conscientious adults, not clueless, misbehaving children needing to be patronized: The Spirit of, “Christ in you, the hope of glory . . . for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. . . therefore let no mere man judge you . . . .” (Paul to the Colossians)
Not until the GC, as a body of free, conscientious adults unanimously agrees – from the heart – to comply with Christ’s own stated and well-documented desires for His own SDA ‘body’ of which He, alone, is the ‘Head’. A ‘Head’ well connected to, and therefore well able to deal with, each individual part of that body, as well as solely able to the coordinate the actions of those many parts. When the parts of my body no longer respond to my ‘head’, I will look for a doctor, a healer, not for another person’s mind to forcefully preside over my body parts . . . ‘or else !’.
That would be an open, ‘legal’ act of treason against the government of ‘President’-Christ, especially as things stand right now in the GC, seen from Heaven’s perspective. Christ governs the individual through the Heaven-trained ‘conscience’ of their ‘heart’. When the GC legally ‘votes’ to attempt to enslave (‘train’) individual consciences, they are not only ‘condemning God to justify themselves’, but they are robbing Christ of his free conscientious subjects which He ‘trains’ and gains through His Gospel. Like the Kings and Priests of Israel and Judah, the ‘GC’ is merely a ‘steward’, or an ‘ambassador’, of God’s authority and Gospel, with no independent authority of its own to oppose that ‘Gospel of the Kingdom’. To pledge ‘legal’ allegiance to such a mere ‘steward’ or ‘ambassador’ –
especially if they are in Gospel rebellion – is the first step toward open rebellion against Heaven.
To the extent that they speak for Christ as informed students of His – not merely their – desires for action in His SDA church-kingdom.
To the extent that they vote according to Christ’s stated desires for heart-‘action’, regardless of any mis-informed or openly-rebellious GC Session’s merely ‘legal’, voted, form-al-‘action’.
The SDA GC has proven in the past that it will seek to ‘legally’ – by vote – rebel against Heaven’s heart-Kingdom Gospel . . . will seek to be ‘Gospel Rebels’, even while apparently upholding the ‘Law if God’ ( just not in the invisible, free, individual, conscientious ‘heart’ ). At the 1888 GC Session a substantial portion of the delegates were ready to vote into a mere ‘legal’ creed just what SDAs were to ‘believe’ and ‘obey’, whether hypocritically, or not. This was in direct opposition to what the Holy Spirit – sent by Jesus from Heaven – was trying to teach SDAs at that conference through Waggoner and Jones regarding the Heavenly Gift of Gospel-belief – the Faith of Jesus – that works to keep God’s law, not through fear, but through affectionate love, and as a result purifies the ‘soul temple’, enabling our lips to pray ‘clean’ right prayers from the heart where Christ’s Holy Spirit reigns by free choice. That Gospel-purification – or ‘righting’ of ‘the holy’ – was made available beginning in 1844, after 2300 years of the reign of mere ‘form’-al hypocrisy in the heart-kingdoms of far, far too many of God’s people.
Later, Jones reminded the 1893 General Conference Session (The Third Angel’s Message, #12, 1893 GCDB) – as clearly, publicly recorded in the General Conference Daily Bulletin of 1893 – “Were we not told at that time (1888) that the angel of God said, ‘Do not take that step; you do not know what is in that.’ ? 'I can’t take time to tell you what is in that, but the angel has said,‘Do not do it.’ The papacy was in it. That was what the Lord was trying to tell us, get us to understand.” You see, as Ellen wrote in DA 615, “It is the motive that gives character to our acts, stamping them with ignominy or with high moral worth.”, and pure ‘motives’ reside only in the individual human ‘heart’, and perhaps in Godly unanimous votes, but never in mere ‘majority votes’, such as those the GC seeks to enforce upon all SDAs in a form of ‘spiritual rape’.
We SDAs have been repeatedly warned in our historical records, so that any ‘voted action’ taken by GC Sessions – and especially since 1888’s near-disaster – must be scrutinized and compared to that 2300-year-old anti-Christian, mere ‘form’-al, ‘law-enforced’ anti-Gospel hypocrisy which the ‘papacy’ so successfully exploits. Now, should an SDA GC Session ‘vote’ to do the same, or similar, and then be obeyed ? ! And, if those who have ‘eyes that see’ the GC’s ‘voted action’ error(s) are not allowed to speak up against, or to vote down errors, who will warn us of our danger(s) ?
To the extent that they refuse to waver from following Christ, and refuse to become, or to follow, mere ‘bully’ committee members who prefer to follow themselves – and are not afraid to lead others into their personal ‘cult’.
. . . In other words, only those who comprehend and appreciate the long-neglected gifts given to the SDA church by Heaven 130 years ago – and even before there was a ‘GC’, 174 years ago – have a clue as to how Christ still desires to lead His SDA church, today, and will not get in His way . . . those are the ‘stewards’ and ‘ambassadors’ who are helping Heaven to point our way Home, and out of this ‘Groundhog Day’ ‘legal’ mess, NOT ill-informed GC Sessions or bullied Committees.
Ellen, writing to P.T. Magan (founder of ‘Andrews University’ in Berrien Springs, Mi ) from South Lancaster, Mass., Dec. 7, 1901, just as she was heading into exile in Australia:
"How can finite man carry the burdens of responsibility for this time? His people have been far behind. Human agencies under the divine planning may recover something of what is lost because the people who had great light did not have corresponding piety, sanctification, and zeal in working out God’s specified plans. They have lost to their own disadvantage what they might have gained to the advancement of the truth if they had carried out the plans and will of God. Man can not possibly stretch over that gulf that has been made by the workers who have not been following the divine Leader. We may have to remain here in this world because of insubordination many more years, as did the children of Israel, but for Christ’s sake, His people should not add sin to sin by charging God with the consequence of their own wrong course of action. Now, have men who claim to believe the Word of God learned their lesson that obedience is better than sacrifice? “He hath showed thee (this rebellious people) O man, what is good, and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God”? "
When we claim ‘It’s God’s will.’ as a defense for our own wrong, ‘insubordinate’ ‘actions’, we ‘charge God’. And God’s will for His ‘patient saints’ has been clearly-expressed in the free gift of the Gospel of ‘the Faith of Jesus’ no less than in ‘the Commandments of God’. (Rev.14:12) Therefore those who rebel against that Gospel of just how God puts His Law into human hearts – motivating them to freely subordinate their wills to His own desires – are just as guilty of insubordination against God as if they had ‘crucified’, had ‘humiliated’ His Law. Mere ‘forms’ and ‘legal actions’ cannot ‘hide’ their guilt from Heaven’s eyes. The Jewish leaders who tried to cover up their mistakes in humiliating their Messiah learned that fact.
So, what d’ya say ? Does it sound reasonable, that before any ‘delegate’ or ‘GC committee member’ shows up at the next GC Session, or committee meeting, they should be expected to study up on the mistakes made in past sessions in order to learn why we are still here, on Earth – 130 years later – holding GC sessions at all . . . and then try to ‘vote’ our ‘Way’ Home ?