Congregationalism Looming in Adventism

November 8, 2014 highwayadmin

The precedent has now been set by the NAD and the Columbia Union and most of its local Conferences by voting to move contrary to the World body of Seventh day Adventists.The NAD, without seeking the wise counsel of the world church, has entered headlong into “Congregationalsim”.Congregational government maintains that the local Conference or Church is answerable directly to God, not some man or organization. Congregational government is found in many Baptist and non-denominational churches.If Divisions, Union, and Conferences can vote to carry out their own philosophy apart from the World Church, the local Churches can do the same and develop guidelines and working policies different from those organizations. After all, the Local Church is the purse strings and therefore holds the most power.What is the faithful, Bible-believing Seventh-day Adventist is do as he/she is being confronted with this tragic reality in their church?Testimonies to Ministers, pp 69, 70“When is it not alright to obey the leaders of the Church? When those who were once the depositories of sacred truth become unfaithful to their sacred trust, they have no authority. Where there is no truth, there is no authority. Men in authority are not always to be obeyed though they may profess to be teachers of Bible doctrine.”ibid, 372-3“Whole conferences are becoming leavened with the same perverted principles. “For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.” The Lord will work to purify His church. I tell you in truth, the Lord is about to turn and overturn in the institutions called by His name.Just how soon this refining process will begin I cannot say, but it will not be long deferred. He whose fan is in His hand will cleanse His temple of its moral defilement. He will thoroughly purge His floor.”