I was just fellowshipping with a brother and we were discussing several aspects of the blessings that come from submitting ourselves to the leaders of our churches with the truth of the Son of God and continuing to pray in a spirit of submission and recognition that the Adventist Church is still God’s covenant church although in apostasy.
Many voices are now raised today calling God’s people out of the Adventist Church. We believe that when a person is thrust out of a church and told to leave that we are then free to congregate in home groups and meetings as required while we continue to pray for the leaders of the Adventist Church. Those who are able to continue to attend an Adventist Church without being molested and where the worship style is within Biblical guidelines then we should continue to try and be a witness in that place with a meek spirit.
The call to leave the Adventist Church before we are thrust out is a tool of Satan to leave the Adventist Church unprotected, so he can wreak havoc and destroy the church of God. Notice this story from Acts.
Act 27:22-25 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. (23) For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, (24) Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. (25) Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
Ellen White states:
For fourteen days they drifted under a sunless and starless heaven. The apostle, though himself suffering physically, had words of hope for the darkest hour, a helping hand in every emergency. He grasped by faith the arm of Infinite Power, and his heart was stayed upon God. He had no fears for himself; he knew that God would preserve him to witness at Rome for the truth of Christ. But his heart yearned with pity for the poor souls around him, sinful, degraded, and unprepared to die. As he earnestly pleaded with God to spare their lives, it was revealed to him that his prayer was granted. AA 443
Consider also this story
Gen 19:20-22 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. (21) And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. (22) Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
As Paul pleaded for the men on the ship with him, he secured their safety. If it was not for his presence, Satan would have been allowed to destroy them all. In the case of Lot, the destroying angels could not begin their work until he was gone.
Can we not read in these things that part of the reason we must cling to our Adventist brethren is for their protection, to give them time to see the barrenness coming into their soul from the worship of Baal. Satan has his agents beckoning God’s people to leave the Adventist communion in order that he might destroy them. If we love our brethren, will we not stay on the ship with our brethren until it makes shipwreck? Will not our confession of Jesus as the Son of God provide a layer of protection for those we love in the church?
There is a greater reason why we must pray for the leadership of the Adventist Church. At the present time there are leaders considering the issue of the Son of God. Our President has had a few opportunities to consider the doctrine of the Son of God. If he accepts this truth, then a great blessing will come to God’s people and a tremendous shaking will occur. If he rejects this blessing then the world itself will be exposed to Satan’s fury. One of the only reason’s the world has not been destroyed yet is because of the existence of the Adventist Church. For the last 30 years Satan’s power has grown significantly because the Adventist Church has sadly abandoned the Father and His Son. Many of our leaders are not truly aware of the switch even as I was not aware at all. We are in the twilight of this period of ignorance and soon decisions will be made one way or the other.
Churches that reject the Son of God in the persons appealing to that church will expose themselves to the god they serve and he will have greater control of these churches. Let us cling to our brethren where we are able and plead for their lives. Our presence in heart and body in Adventist Assemblies will shield our brethren from the fury of the wicked one. I plead with all the believers in the begotten Son to not listen to those voices calling us to forsake the Adventist Church, this is a deception that will bring tragedy and loss. If and when there is a time to completely leave then our Father will reveal it to his servants the prophets for surely the Lord will do nothing except He reveal it to His servants the prophets. Amos 3:7.
Once again I appeal to those who believe in the begotten Son to present yourselves to your leaders and present your confession of the begotten Son. It is not you on trial but your Saviour. This gives each church an opportunity to accept or reject the begotten Son. Let your spirit be submissive and gracious so that every advantage is taken to present the begotten Son without a spirit of criticism and self-righteousness. These attitudes will almost certainly blind a church to the truth. We must work with grace and patience in dealing with our brethren. I appeal do not go behind your leaders backs to gain adherents to the faith, this speaks ill of our message and shows a lack of respect for authority that our Father has established.
The more people that present themselves to their leaders for examination the more decisions for or against the Son of God will be made and this will hasten us towards the shaking, Latter Rain and Second Advent. Let us allow our brethren to choose Christ over Barabbas in our submitting to them our confession of faith. Once our trial is finished, if the church rejects you yet is not hostile, seek to remain in that place for as long as possible for their sheltering due to the fact they have rejected the Son of God. If you leave, they are exposed to Satan’s fury. If they compel you to leave and cast you out then, they bring these things upon themselves and there is nothing we can do.
Brethren, I pray that you see light in what has been laid upon my heart. Let us be like Paul and plead for those on the ship with us that their lives be saved. Let us remain with them to extend their protection from the wicked one to give them more time to consider their path and to choose life in the begotten Son.
He that hath the Son hath life.