by Glenn Woiler
Dear Reader….. Today we have an amazing reality (allegory) unfolding within
the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a sad “play” with real live actors…
some of whom you might know! A few of them are members of the church (Newport)
I regularly attend, and one is pastor of the Sandpoint, Idaho church close by. For the purposes of this Modern Day Allegory, I will refer to all of them by the name, Foolish-Faithless.
And the devil that serpent said, “did God say you could eat (believe) every fruit sitting on the 1843 and 1850 tables?”
Foolish-Faithless – Nay! He did not mean for us to eat everything on these tables. Some of the fruits are foreign to us. We have never seen them before. They make no sense to us. God did not really mean for us to believe everything He tells us.
Serpent – Thou hast spoken wisely. God knew you would question His authority. He put a few fruits on the table that you would think odd and not recognize… It is good for you to question God.
Foolish-Faithless – You seem to possess wisdom… Please tell us more!
Serpent – silently thinking… (If I were to tell you the truth, I would not tell you that the very fruit you question is most vital to your health.)
No No! You are on the correct path in tossing these fruits off the table!
[grinning] Removing 2 insignificant fruits could not have any consequences!
Foolish-Faithless – This makes good sense to us. We don’t think the Daily and 2520 should be eaten. We will toss them out. Now that we have done that, we are much happier! It makes no difference whether we believe them or not. Many theologians tell us to not worry about them. These theologians tell is about peace and safety. We like to hear that! We are happy!
The Serpent, folding his arms with a sly smile, thought to himself, just as he had gotten Eve to
distrust God, he has been successful in leading the remnant to discard a small portion of truth God had provided. He knew by doing this, the remnant would slowly loose their way and not have the protection God provided them to guard against falsehoods and fables yet to come. They did not have a love for the truth. He got them to distrust God.
…and so the clan represented by Foolish-Faithless, continued on their journey towards the Promise Land… God had lovingly provided 2 tables laden with all kinds of fruit to nourish them as they went. Each fruit supplied nutrients not found in the others. It was necessary to eat of all the fruit to reach their destination and inherit Eternal Life. The tables of fruit were mentioned by Habakkuk and by Ellen White.
As is the case, down through human history, there are men and women that are too intelligent and they think to reason among themselves (as did the Pharisees) to their peril. They think themselves to be smart and wise to choose their paths contrary to the narrow path God placed before them. Once they enter in to dialog with the enemy, they are beguiled and do not know it. It is a strange blindness that settles over them as a deep dark fog. God would have us be faithful as little children. He wants us to trust Him. He gave us 2 fences… a guard… one on each side of the narrow path to keep us from falling off in to the darkness below. These fences on each side of the path also give light to our feet so we will not stumble. There is no safety in discarding the very thing God gave to protect us.
How is it with you dear reader? Do you believe that God had the charts as He wanted them? Do you believe that God led William Miller in his studies to find the starting points of the great time prophecies? Or have you been beguiled by theologians (Laodiceans) of the day and believe that God was not able to produce 2 Prophecy charts accurately?
WeBelieveSDA.org believes that GOD is able to keep His word. We believe God is the ruler of all there is and ever was. He is more able to see the end from the beginning and not miss something along the way. If studied correctly, all of our precious Seventh-day Adventist history makes perfect sense and all the puzzle pieces fit perfectly. Time and place must be
considered. The charts came first, with their endorsements. This is unmovable. All later statements in the Spirit of Prophecy agree with the earlier statements and are to be understood in that context. If we read otherwise, we are adrift and guilty of our own private interpretation.
Epilog: As they continued in the way, some fell off the path here and some fell off the path there. The Foolish-Faithless had removed the guard rail that had been installed for their safety.
May God Bless all of you as we stay on the narrow path keeping our eyes on Jesus.