Please express your views on this.
That is a little weird I don't understand the problem with dreadlocks. The bible says Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,
This is for woman but Samson wore locks would he have been refused baptism . Culture should define the church only the bible should.
Roland guess what, we as SDA Christians do not know or understand our role and identity. Neither do we study or practice God's mission and for these reasons we do a lot of foolish things. Let us be reminded of Jesus word in Luke 5:31-32 (KJV) 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Everyone is to be given salvation because we are all sinners. We must stop judging people and blocking the door on those who do not appeal to us. We have blurred vision and need eye salve. We are just not seeing right- we better realize this.
I feel it's a bit unfortunate. I don't know how long this crusade was, or what topics were discussed. However this shows a problem with speedy calls to baptism. Personally I don't see any problem with Dreadlocks, but I understand that many might be it as an association to a certain movement. I'm assuming that this SDA church viewed his dreadlocks as him being a rastafarian, and for that reason chose not to continue with the baptism. Now I do not know this man, he may or may not be a rastafarian. And if he isn't, it makes the story all the more heartbreaking. Crusades are often done with a certain "the time to be baptized is now and not tomorrow. Do not delay!" mentality. This man saw the need to accept Christ, but he wasn't ready to part with his hair just yet. And this is the problem with speedy calls to baptism. At the end of crusades, the people are ready to accept Jesus, but not ready to part with their old life. But the call to baptism was nonetheless made. So he accepted, they told him the conditions, but he wasn't spiritually mature to understand just yet why his hair mattered, (again I'm not so sure it matters myself). He denies, and is rejected, and now he has an unsavory memory of our church.
My dear it is more than unfortunate and we must stop in our tracks and stop making these foolish mistakes. We are we to judge. If Jesus should come among us today as He was when He walked the earth we would refuse Him baptism too because we judge people according to their genealogy, their life history, their appearance as so and so we bar some of them from Jesus and Salvation. Remember this-
I wear locks for physical reasons and also because of my religious conviction- no cream or make up. I do not believe in Rastafarianism I am a staunch SDA Christian who strive to be more and more perfect everyday. I am also a naturalist- take no artificial foods and avoid prescription drugs, I take herbal medicine. I dress modestly trendy and queenly, not fashionably. I am a lover of God and ask Jesus everyday to be my best friend but from time to time people judge me by my hair style and call me Rasta.
Salvation is a death and life affair and anyone who seeks salvation should be encouraged and allowed..
He should cut the hair.
Is this a prerequisite for baptism or Salvation or to come to Jesus Jason. In time the Holy Spirit will convict and convince.
Come on now. What did Jesus do for our salvation? EGW Says this:
It's not the fact that giving up the dreadlocks is small sacrifice. It's that crusades put a big emphasis on getting baptized as soon as possible and coming to Jesus just as you are. So someone who may have dreadlocks may hear this and answer the public call to baptism without fully understanding the christian walk of sacrifice to self. After accepting the call to baptism, they walk up to the altar, most likely crying, and in front of the whole church audience they proclaim to accept Jesus, everyone cheers, and now our dreadlocked friend feels part of a greater mission. And Yet, he still doesn't understand the christian walk of sacrifice to self. All the candidates are brought back to private room to get them ready for baptism, yet only our dreadlocked friend is singled out, only he is asked to give up something else. While the rest of our candidates, who have as little understanding as he, are not required to give up anything at that moment in time. Are the dreadlocks small compared to heavenly gain? Yes, but for a man who had dreadlocks his whole life, and just recently made a decision for baptism, to him its a big thing. One that he is not ready at that moment in time to give up. I'm sure that as time goes by he could learn and understand why they need to go, but at that particular moment in time, it is just too soon.
I do get what you are saying, You do describe it very well indeed. But we are just humans and can not look in to this mans soul can we? Hence it comes down to physical evidence does it not?
But top marks for the way you explain it my friend. Sadly the Church does rush these tings at times as the numbers of baptisms are seen as a measure of the effectiveness of the evangelist. this is also wrong I believe.
Exactly. Baptisms have become more about reaching a quota than about the candidate's actual salvation. We try to place a fast lane in a subject matter that clearly requires some time to fully understand. And yet we expect these people to act as if they have taken the necessary time. I feel the greater problem lies in our church culture. We need to change our approach to baptism and evangelism so that everyone attending the crusades can clearly understand the Gospel.
I do agree Grey
It seems like they have been speeding up the assembly line for that sake of getting more numbers on the tally sheet. I wonder who is behind this approach?