SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Pandemonium erupted among the GC San Antonio booths in the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center this morning as an enraged man with a whip attacked a series of exhibitor stations, overturning tables and setting giant stacks of canned veggie meat tumbling.
The man caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage as he took a leather whip and a crudely fashioned wooden staff to ornate table displays and professionally produced booth stands advertising colleges, hospitals and, somewhat ironically, the entire Adventist Risk Management area.
Stampeding crowds caused enough of a diversion for the man to wreak his tornado-like devastation on the booths before being subdued by an Oakwood University Ambassadors mascot and an elderly woman with a wooden spoon, upset about a large tamale dish the man had sent crashing.
As he was led away, many in the crowd found the man to bear an uncanny resemblance to a freshly-deposed church executive with what a source close to the situation called “a messiah complex.” Many onlookers commented that a leader’s truest test of character lies in how he responds to losing a reelection bid.
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Well, well, well. This “report” has an uncanny resemblance to the time when Jesus drove out the money changers from the temple. Then the children and the sick flocked to Him. He healed the sick and blessed the children.
I can see the same happening in San Antonio. Christ would drive out the delegates, heal the sick, bless the children, and ordain the women.
I sometimes wonder if Jesus would be wecomed, or even recognized, in the Adventist church, or in any other church today?
It was Jesus who said, when the Rabbis accused his disciples of breaking the Sabbath laws by harvesting wheat with their hands to eat as they walked hungry through a wheatfield, “Man is not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath is made for man.”
This is why they had to crucify him. He was rattling all the cages, toppling all the applecarts, telling the clergy they were “whited sepulchres,” i.e., empty graves.
When asked what was the greatest commandment, he didn’t say anything about the Sabbath, or the State of the Dead, or the Non-Ordination of Women, or Vegetarianism . . . he said, “To love God with all your heart, and the second is the same as the first, to love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
He was teaching love, not doctrine, charity and compassion, not theology.
To the Rich Young Ruler who asked what he must do to be saved, Jesus said, “Keep the commandments.” “I have, since my youth,” said the Rich Young Ruler. “Then,” said Jesus, “Sell what you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” And the Rich Young Ruler went away sorrowing, for he was very rich, and Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “He has his reward already.”
Reading between the lines of the Gospels, I don’t think Jesus was very religious at all, I think he was a-religious, even anti-religious, and this was the great threat he posed to the religious establishment, the pastors, priests, rabbis, theologians.
And so he had to go.
“RELIGION” IS WHAT RUINED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOD AND ISRAEL.
Once upon a time I published an article pointing out that Jesus taught Salvation by Works, not salvation by faith. I should have been prepared for the tongue lashing I got from a herd and a horde of angry Christians, but I wasn’t.
The King will turn to those on his right, and say, “Enter into the Kingdom prepared for you! For I was hungry and you fed me. I was sick and you cared for me. I was homeless and you sheltered me.”
“When did we see you hungry, sick, homeless?” they will say. And the King will reply, “Whatever you have done for even the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you have done it for me.”
Then the King will turn to those on his left, and they will say, “Lord! Lord!”
And the King will say, “Get outa here! Go to hell! For I was hungry, and you did not feed me. I was sick, and you did not care for me. I was homeless, and you did not shelter me. Depart from me!”
“When did we see you hungry, or sick, or homeless?” they will ask. And the King will say, “Whatever you have not done for the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you did not do for me.”
Salvation by faith is so much EASIER than feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and housing the homeless, which is why it’s so popular . . . but good ol’ Martin Luther got it upside down and backwards.
This is a dangerous, radical new teaching, Ray. Please don’t upset the applecart, rattle the cages, or rock the boat. Okay? Thank you.
I HEAR YOU. JESUS OFTEN ROCKED THE BOAT WITH THE JEWS. HE NEEDED TO THAT BECAUSE THEY WERE SO INTO THE “RELIGION” AND SABBATH WAS AN IDOL TO THEM. JESUS SHOWED THEM THAT BEING HUMAN WITH A CARING HEART WAS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT. I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE BEEN THERE WHEN HE SAID, ITS NOT WHAT YOU EAT THAT MAKES YOU IMPURE……
HEY RAY, YOU HAVE A POINT. IT’S SAD IF ALL WE DO FOR THE NEEDY IS TO OFFER A PRAYER.
Thanks Jesus, for showing us that you are very near and dear, to heal all of our broken hearts. Thanks for opening our eyes through Ray to our real ordination in Jeremiah 1:5. It’s not about us, but it’s all about You Jesus. It’s about You expressing Yourself in our lives, in many different forms of service. It’s not about some of us feeling the need to be exclusively priestly and impeccably pure, but to be forgiving, loving, merciful, faithful, and compassionate, as we nurture those that are broken. Help us make the time for all that You Jesus bring for us to serve. Help us to be gracious and generous with all of the gifts You send us, to use in Your service. Please bless us with a double measure of Elisha’s Spirit, or more if you think we need it. We ask not for ourselves, but for those our hearts are aching for. Give us a passion to share the promise of the expected end of Jeremiah 29:11-13. Finally place words of encouragement in our mouths to Your other caregivers. It’s easy to feel discouraged, when we are exhausted from our labor, when we don’t see things happening fast enough, or the way we want things to happen. Often we don’t feel the warm fuzzies and support from our church families. Help us remember it’s Your footsteps we are using as footholds, and Your handholds as our handholds. Thanks for being so awesome. We sure love and miss You!! Please come real soon!!
Was this guy wearing a beard, long flowing hair, a black suit, shirt & tie? Was he quoting OT scripture? Is the Alamo dome a place of worship or a den of thievery & iniquity? Is anyplace the GC session meets, the Temple in Jerusalem. Don’t show up in Indianapolis 2020. Woe is me!