June's message from Pastor Jo
My message to you this month, my bros and sisters in Christ, is a more solemn one than I usually write but one I feel compelled to write.
Recently I viewed several videos attacking one of the ministers in our Upper Columbia Conference. There have also been meetings and many more internet pages written attacking him as well as several other SDA pastors. The people who are writing and producing these things feel they have a mission to save the integrity of the SDA church from these ministers, and save our "broken" church. We need to stop and think and pray about what is going on. We need to remember who it is that scripture calls "the accuser of the brethren.” We need to stop and think about the fact that the devil would like nothing better than to disrupt our missions, distract our minds, and disturb our fellowships until we are all at each other's throats..a truly divided SDA church. 1 Corinthians 3 speaks to divisions in the church and how some favored one preacher, Paul, over another preacher Apollos. In vs 10 and 11 we see that "to agree with one another having 'no divisions' and be perfectly united' does not require everyone to believe exactly the same. However, there is a difference between having opposite viewpoints and being divisive. A group of people will not completely agree on every issue, but they can work together harmoniously if they agree on what truly matters, Jesus Christ is Lord of all" NIV Bible Commentary on 1 Cor. Is all this clamor "saving" our church or is it actually what is dividing it? We sing, "Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face" and then at the same time some accuse those who are calling us to do so as deceiving our church?
All of our SDA doctrines are rooted and grounded in Jesus, and that is what we are called to and encouraged to preach and believe. No one is saying otherwise! Jesus is the" author and finisher of our faith". He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of it all! Ellen White says, in Testimonies 50, 58, 59, " God has a church who are lifting up the downtrodden and presenting to them the Lamb of God". It is He, the Lamb of God our church is to be presenting in everything we do! He is our hope and our peace and it is the Lamb of God who is the hope and peace for this entire world. He alone is our salvation. All our doctrines begin and end in Him! Can God take care of His church?
He did it in the beginning when arguing and fighting tried to destroy the fledgling church, He preserved it in The Dark Ages when Satan tried to wipe it out and He can take care of His church now too! The other night I was so disturbed in my spirit over all these accusations and sad for my church and not for the first time I was up in the middle of the night once again asking God to reaffirm to me where I needed to be loyal and what I needed to be believing in. As I was done praying the words of an old hymn came immediately to my mind, "Fear not I am with thee peace be still...always looking on His smiling face, that is why I shout and sing..Jesus, Jesus, Jesus sweetest name I know…fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go". Let us be determined to always look to the Lamb. Let us "be considerate to one another with the mind and love of Christ" as scripture tells us. Even those with differing viewpoints. But always love God with our whole hearts, minds and strength, our bros and sisters as ourselves and let us be serving God to share the message with the world the angels sang at His birth that Jesus brings peace on earth and good will to all men!
God's love to you all, Pastor Jo
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