Ignorance and Shirking of Responsibility to Expose Abominations
Some SDA’s will go to any length and breadth in an attempt to relieve themselves of any responsibility for Isaiah 58:1 and sighing and crying for All the Abominations:
Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
If you have been a true Reformer for very long, you have probably been advised by those who rationalize the above instruction, that sighing and crying should be done in the closet and/or only by prophets such as Ellen White and Ezekiel. Let’s see if such sentiments are true.
A letter by Ellen White, the Ballarat letter, is being used by some SDA’s to excuse any duty to get involved by way of sighing and crying for all the abominations and protesting gross apostasy sin in and of the SDA church. Here is a link to that letter.
An excerpt from the Ballarat letter reads:
"Every Christian should beware of picking flaws in others, and thus destroying the influence which God would have them retain, that they may be a blessing to His people. In every one of our schools, all are either receiving an education in straight, perfect lines, forming the character according to the character of Christ, or they are receiving an education in the opposite direction. In every camp meeting there is opportunity for close, critical self-examination. If individuals will seek to rid themselves of every thought and action that is not of a Christlike order, they will, if worked by the Holy Spirit, see the necessity of washing their own robes of character and making them white in the blood of the Lamb, and their minds will become as the mind of Christ."
It is positively amazing to me to what length professing SDA's will go to misinterpret the Bible and Ellen White in order to maintain the status quo in the church, and absolve themselves of their duty to "meet" apostasy and skirt the CONDITIONAL SEAL to salvation of sighing and crying for the abominations (Ezekiel 9), because these duties are most unpopular. This course is regarded as a grievous crime and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God:
Indifference and Neutrality in a Crisis: "If God abhors one sin above another, of which HIS PEOPLE are guilty, it is of doing nothing in a case of emergency. Indifference or neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God." E.G. White, Review and Herald, vol. 1, p. 136. Also, Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 281.
There is a lot of crime be perpetrated on this forum by the lurkers who sit back in a neutral stance. Then there are those who apparently do not even know that the apostasy exists. That is ignorance of the highest order. There is no excuse for such ignorance. We are to dig as for hidden treasure and when we fulfill that duty of digging in the Word of God, we will see the inconsistencies and apostasy of the church.
"For evils that we might have checked, we are just as responsible as if we were guilty." Desire of Ages, p. 44.
Corporate responsibility based on the Bible: -- "When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity but thou hast delivered thy soul." Ezekiel 3:18-19.
Obviously, from the above statement, sighing and crying for all the abominations is not to be confined ONLY to the closet. We are to warn one another of the evils that we will not die in iniquity and corporate guilt for such.
Corporate responsibility: "The plain straight testimony must live in the church, or the curse of God will rest upon His people as surely as it did upon ancient Israel because of their sins. God holds His people, as a body [corporately], responsible for the sins existing in individuals among them." Testimonies, vol. 3, p. 269.
"Most startling messages will be borne by men of God's appointment, messages of a character to WARN the people, to AROUSE them. And while some will be PROVOKED by the warning, and led to RESIST LIGHT AND EVIDENCE, we are to see from this that we are giving the TESTING MESSAGE FOR THIS TIME. Messages will be given OUT OF THE USUAL ORDER." Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 136.
Messages of warning will be given out of the usual order. And what is the "usual order?" From the pulpit by so called credentialed minister leaders. Why? Because those men will NEVER AGAIN show the House of Jacob their gross sins of apostasy.
Weak Erring Men--"Enoch, Noah, Moses, Daniel, and the long roll of patriarchs and prophets,--these were ministers of righteousness. They were not infallible they were weak, erring men but the Lord wrought through them as they gave themselves to His service." E. G. White, Gospel Workers, 13.
"Many will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled from the hellish torch of Satan. If doubts and unbelief are cherished, the faithful ministers will be removed from the people who think they know so much. 'If thou hadst known,' said Christ, 'even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes." E.G. White, Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 409, 410.
The words: 'If thou hadst known,' said Christ, 'even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes' appear in the first chapter of The Great Controversy, in application to the typical "PREFIGURE" destruction of the Jews in AD 70.
"My message to you is: No longer consent to listen without protest to the perversion of truth. Unmask the pretentious sophistries which, if received, will lead ministers and physicians and medical missionary workers to ignore truth. Every one now is to stand on his guard. God call upon men and women to take their stand under the blood-stained banner of Prince Emmanuel. I have been instructed to warn our people for many are in danger of receiving theories and sophistries that undermine the foundation pillars or the faith." Ellen G. White, Series B, No. 2: 29.
When we fulfill our duty to reprove and instruct in righteousness, we experience much calumny and hate. But in so doing, we partake in a miniscule degree a draught from the cup that Christ drank for us. We must be willing to partake of His sufferings in some degree and we will if we fulfill our duty to our brothers and sisters. In so doing, we will better appreciate what He withstood for us.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: