2020-01-10 Make Friends II


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Dear Brothers and Sisters in IAUA (ee-ah-oo-ah) our Father,

Greetings on this day of preparation for the weekly Sabbath. I pray this newsletter finds you in good health and happiness in the service of IAUA. This is day 14 of month 11 of the year 1988 Anno Crucis of the Biblical Calendar.

God's New Years Day is in 12 weeks and six days, day 15 of month 1 (Thursday, April 9 of the 2020, Gregorian Calendar, beginning sunset Friday, April 10).

On God's Calendar, the Biblical month begins on the global day after lunar conjunction. The Biblical year begins with God's New Year's Day (Passover) after the spring equinox (Spring Passover Rule). The Millerite Calendar (Spring New Moon Rule) is the same in the Gregorian 2020 calendar year. The Calculated Rabbinical Calendar is also the same.


A reader sent this comment about last weeks blog:

Not sure how you justify not sharing Biblical truth in the church you attend, but criticize friendship evangelism and not sharing doctrine with others. You seem to be doing the same thing--not sharing Biblical truth so that you will be accepted.

Reread the Bible verse you quoted in light of what you are doing. (speck and beam?)

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I responded:

I believe you are comparing apples and oranges. I see a big difference between public evangelism outside the church to individuals who know little compared to personal evangelism inside the church to a group with a large amount of knowledge. The SDAs are a highly studied group who are set in their beliefs. I follow Ellen's guidance against being divisive and controversial. I do work with individuals in a careful way to lead them to a greater truth. My purpose is not to be accepted but to be effective in reaching my brethren. Even Jesus spoke of the truth being withheld until the correct time. Look at other SDA splinter groups. Did they achieve anything?

The Bible describes how God will provide a new prophet in His time to create a radical change that I believe will shake the church.

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I do not agree with any of the previous SDA splinter groups. However, the previous SDA splinter groups have hardened the position of the denomination, pastors, and congregations against any new truth or Biblical new light. The primary idea I am sharing is that we must balance friendship evangelism and doctrinal evangelism to different situations and circumstances.

Another reader comments:

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I am glad to hear you are now taking a more active part in the church. Don't forget the lost sheep in the house of Israel. Yes, people know we are not going along with SDA tradition just because it is tradition, but we need to cause people to ask questions, and then to direct them to the inspired writings to find solutions. The same in our sermons. I don't downplay truth when speaking for our Lord in church. That is not His will.

I also feel we need to have a balance in our ways of evangelism. Yes, we need to do our best to make friends, but Our Lord made a lot of enemies as He spoke the "doctrinal truth." We need to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. We should not provoke unnecessary opposition but we should take every opportunity to uphold the truth. That is the way I see it and practice it. You get a reputation by people who fail to study and who brand you, but you must keep going.

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Different people have different ideas about what they feel their duty to God should be. There is nothing wrong with this. Each person is responsible to follow God's leading the best that they understand it. It is good for us to discuss this issue and many others without making anyone feel criticized. God demonstrates in all His Creation that He believes in a wide variety.

Do you seek to follow God wherever He leads you?

I pray we may all continue to seek love, peace, and unity in truth preparing for the soon coming of IAUShUO (ee-ah-oo-shoo-oh) Messiah, the Son of God.

Frank T. Clark
Eliau@IAUA.name
www.IAUA.name

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