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IS IT IMPERATIVE TO READ EGW WRITINGS (LESSER LIGHT) LIKE THE BIBLE?

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It's just real helpful:

Acts 8:30    And Philip ran thither to [him], and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?  
 8:31    And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.  

Helpful for some, but not all would agree imperative.

imperative

[im-per-uh-tiv]  

adjective

1.  absolutely necessary or required; unavoidable: It is imperative that we leave.
2.  of the nature of or expressing a command; commanding.

Sarah

I got your point.

Some people over-studied it and do their own interpretation like why happened to my church.. 1/3 of the members went out and have their home-church.

That's awful! =(

rus4hire

yea, I think they used the scroll before... Thanks:)

We have had this discussion many times....It has caused much controversy.  The answer is found in scripture:

"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."--2 Timothy 3:15-17.

Sarah

Obvious not EGW writings...:)

BIBLE & BIBLE alone

ps. I'm not aware there was a same post before...:):):)

"1/3 of the members went out and have their home-church."

They don't go to church anymore?  Or do they have their home church after church?

What happened?

rush4hire

sad to note they isolated their selves from us. Not part of us anymore. They have so called home-church every sabbath...:) I think they were overdosed of what they say "Present Truth"

Ferdz

We need to be carefull that we do not climb up into the judgement seat on this issue of home churches.  Oh, yes, I am aware of a whole spectrum of issues that will cause a group to move away. 

  1. In some cases, a rogue pastor forces those who want to be spritually feed to seek a communion in which one can stay with the Bible and the Bible only.   Or a pastor who believes that it "His Church" and anyone who does not agree with him can go peddle their papers.
  2. One of, if not the main point of a split is interpresonnel conflict.  The last survey I saw,  more people leave the church over interpersonnel conflicts in the church then over doctrines, but a large margin. 
  3. And there are those who get so hung up on some aspect of Ellen White that they do not mainatain a balance, that is true.  Only God knows their hearts.
  4. Then there are those who have fixated on returning to a celebration of the feast days, nor realizing that in so doing they are denying the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary.
  5. In some cases a wealthy person, or very influential person will come to believe that the church belongs to them and anyone who does not agree with them is a heritic.  This drives people who know God and truth out.  (See quote at the end.)

And this list only touches on a few of the issues that cause a split and the felt need for a home church.  However, if I could guess at one common denominator for all the splits, it is because that someone or ones are too independent to submit to God's plain teachings.   And this can be on the part of the pastor, or on the part of some highly educted person who trusts in their own wisdom, or a very uneducated person who has not learned to submit their opinions to what is presented in inspiration.  I  have seen people run out of churches and the fault is to be laid at the feet of the church as much, if not more, then the individual. 

Since no one can know the heart of another, we must seek for ourselves to do what seems right and allow the Lord to guide us in the way we should go.  There is more then enough blame to go around to all involved.

Note the following quote.

Maranatha :)
Ray

     "There is one thing upon which I am settled. It is not the duty of the Lord's children to remain in an objectionable climate, and be continually failing in health. Many of our brethren have done this and have lost their lives. When in a place where the atmosphere is filled with friction, when the work of a laborer is made exceeding hard by those who are continually counterworking his efforts and scheming to obtain advantage, then let the laborer go to some place where the atmosphere is more healthful spiritually, and where he can have more hope of success. . . .  {TDG 54.2}  
     "We must remember that in every place in which we work on the Lord's side, we counterwork the efforts of Satanic agencies. You have passed through trials; and you will have trials to meet to a greater or less degree, wherever you may be. Satan will watch every weak point of character, and will strive for the mastery; but we cannot afford to lose our chance of gaining a victory for the Lord's side. Constantly we encounter foes, and unless we are on guard, we shall lose precious opportunities of obtaining victories. . . .  {TDG 54.3} 
     "The troubles of this present time are diversified in form, but Christ has passed over the ground, and we need not be in uncertainty. He has invited us, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30). The promise is, "I will be with him in trouble" (Psalm 91:15).  {TDG 54.4}

 

Ray

Thanks.

Home-church is what they called their assembly... :)

I wonder why any christian would shy away from learning as much as they can from both the Bible and SOP?  Anyway, after reading as much as I have to date, which is not that much by the way; it should follow...that you read/use SOP especially when you link it to end time .... prophecy and e.g. Rev 19:10.

I love SOP and enjoy working towards living the life style it teaches.  God bless.

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