The Executive Committee of the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC), in its February 27 meeting, voted a resolution that is favorable to World Church Affirmation Sabbath (WCAS).
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Principle #2: Participants Seek Unity on the Basis of Inspired Truth Rather than Cultural Compromise
I wish there wasn’t a need to call attention to and urge acceptance of the above highlighted principle of World Church Affirmation Sabbath (WCAS). That there is a compelling need to do this is illustrated by the following excerpts from an article published in the Adventist Review, 4/2015, entitled “Am I an Adventist?”
“In one and the same community of faith are men and women holding highly different beliefs and practices.”
“Theistic evolution which carries at its core a belief that Genesis 1-3 can’t actually be referring to the creation of the world in six 24-hour days, is now the refuge of some Adventists uncomfortable with both the Bible text and cold Darwinism.”
“One and the same Adventist can be adamant about the validity of the 2300-day prophecy of Daniel 8 while studying it over a steaming Starbucks cappuccino.”
“Some who publicly doubt the historicity of the Exodus and Sinai can’t imagine consuming a hamburger or drinking a diet Coke.”
To the article’s credit it confronts the reader with this needful question: “Should I morally continue to describe myself as a Seventh-day Adventist or give lip service to beliefs and lifestyle implications that I actually reject or no longer practice?”
The above excerpts direct us to the need for dedicated Seventh-day Adventists to seek unity on the basis of inspired truth rather than cultural compromise. We do this in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible and the writings that were gifted to us in the writings of Ellen G. White. Note the following words of inspiration that Principle #2 calls to mind:
Colossians 2:6-8 NASB “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed and overflowing with gratitude. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”
Romans 12:1, 2 NASB “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
The Great Controversy, p. 598 “It is the first and highest duty of every rational being to learn from the Scriptures what is truth, and then to walk in the light and encourage others to follow his example. We should day by day study the Bible diligently, weighing every thought and comparing scripture with scripture.”
The Great Controversy, p. 608 “…as the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angels’ message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition.”
I conclude by redirecting our attention to Principle #2 and the need to seek unity on the basis of inspired truth. One inspired truth that is foundational to our mutuality in the matter of what constitutes the “faith of Jesus” in belief and practice is our individual position on the Genesis account of creation.
Within our general U.S. population only a small percentage of young people have a biblical worldview; only 4 percent of 18 to 30 year-olds and 7 percent of 30 to 49-year-olds. This crisis is impacting the Adventist Church, including our youth (as a footnote to this crisis, WCAS calls for more true science in the sanctuaries of our homes, churches, and schools).
Not only from without but from within: “There is a constant supplanting of God’s truth by the theories and false doctrines of human origin. Movements are being set on foot to enslave the consciences of those who would be loyal to God. The lawmaking powers will be against God’s people. Every soul will be tested. Oh, that we would, as a people, be wise for ourselves, and by precept and example impart that wisdom to our children! Every position of our faith will be searched into; and if we are not thorough Bible students, established, strengthened, and settled, the wisdom of the world’s great men will lead us astray.” Testimonies for the Church, Volume 5, p. 546.
World Church Affirmation Sabbath exists by God’s Spirit to rally our parents, children, teachers, pastors and church leaders to seek unity on the basis of inspired truth rather than cultural compromise.