||Re: Linda Shelton Demands the Evidence Be Made Public
||Thu, 22 Feb 2007 08:24:05 -0500
Thank you for writing ******.
Re: 3ABN, I think there are way too many unanswered questions
for any of us to have any clue what really happened there. But
quickie divorces in Vegas or Guam, suggested or enacted, are
things dirty politicians do, not Christian leaders of multitudes.
So I am not impressed with how 3ABN has handled this situation.
And while I'm glad there are those ... who have reserved
judgment and are helping save 3ABN, I don't think in a million
years 3ABN will honor Linda's request. But because some Adventists
I know are demonizing her, I forwarded "her side."
I think we have to be Christian first, which includes not
only total compassion but total honesty. In my opinion, 3ABN
would survive anything because they have experienced too many
miracles for them not to trust that God could bring them through
another. Should they both, like David, be completely transparent
with God and the countless people that, because of the nature
of the ministry they do, look up to them. And while one of them
is apparently willing to do so, the other is obviously not. So
what are we to conclude? Would it be ugly? Yes. Would it benefit
one or the other? I don't know. Would it hurt the ministry and
the church? Probably. But not nearly as much as I think it does
when we who are supposedly lifting up truth hide behind it. I
don't like the pretense. That everything is okay. When it's not.
If it were, Linda wouldn't be banished writing the things she's
Ellen White wrote in Counsels to Writers and Editors page
35, "There is no excuse for anyone in taking the position that
there is no more truth to be revealed, and that all our expositions
of Scripture are without error. The fact that certain doctrines
have been held as truth for many years by our people, is not
a proof that our ideas are infallible. Age will not make error
into truth, and truth can afford to be fair. No true doctrine
will lose anything by close investigation."
And if that's true of doctrines, how much more is it true
of those who teach and preach them? I will never be convinced
that hiding truth and using the tools of the devil to start or
sustain the Lord's work is acceptable whatever the fallout.
But maybe that's just me. God bless. ...