June 6, 2011

1516 Web Letters

Being Ready
The article “Pack Your Survival Kit Now” by Gina Wahlen (May 19, 2011) was extremely timely.

Harold Camping says he made an error of five months and the date of Judgment Day has now been postponed to October 21! Prophecy has been fulfilled again as we see people making exact predictions about the Day of Judgment. Another false prophet! It is lamentable that even Seventh-day Adventists get trapped in these predictions. We mustn’t forget our own Great Disappointment.

In my days at the world headquarters I heard these forecasts about the end of the world many times. First they said that after 120 years of preaching by the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1844 it would be as in the days of Noah and Jesus would come. Another member of our church overseas went around saying that 1994 would be the time of Jubilee. The year 2000 was worse. After 6,000 years, some said, it was time for Jesus to come! I received many calls and letters about that date. These are just a few predictions.

I hope that as Seventh-day Adventists we follow the counsel of Wahlen and get the essentials to be ready for His coming! The message must be sent loud and clear that we are living in the last days. Signs are evident in nature and society. We must continue to do our part and let the Lord come as the Father says!

I hear often from the pulpit that Jesus is coming soon, or that we long for heaven. Do we really mean it? Paul says that Jesus will come to those “who love His coming.” In other words, for those who are passionate and intent about His return. Let’s be ready today and not worry about tomorrow.

--Leo Ranzolin, Sr.
Estero, Florida

About Those Teeth

Regarding “A Lesson of Hope” (May 12, 2011): Deborah Fish may know this, but a horse such as she described has to be seen by an equine dentist as soon as possible, if she hasn’t done so already.

A wry face means the horse’s jaws are misaligned, which will result in abnormal tooth wear and growth and lead to lots of pain for this animal. Some horses with wry faces need to be seen by an equine dentist as often as four times a year to keep their tooth problems from becoming too severe to successfully correct.

For a certified equine dentist near her, Fish can ask other horse owners for recommendations. She can also check out the Web site www.ohorse.com/services/equine-dentists/ or search other such sites.
Thank you for an inspirational story.

--Katherine Koudele
Berrien Springs, Michigan

Fully Focused
The editorial by Sandra Blackmer, “The Courage of Our Convictions” (May 19, 2011), seems to speak to our day. Given recent events in light of the inspired writings, there is no question but that the majority of earth’s inhabitants now alive will live to see the Sunday law.

There is also now a great need of keeping eternal realities in view, so that, as the song goes, “the things of earth will grow strangely dim.”

--Howard Loewen
Berrien Springs, Michigan

A Modest Proposal
The on-line article “The Allure of Modesty” (www.adventistreview.org/article.php?id=2862) is a great piece about the common misconceptions of modesty, and what it really looks like.

I remember being in high school, and being drawn to one such girl as described in this article; a regal, stunning beauty who didn’t have to reveal what God meant only for the marriage bed. Young people have to know more about such things. Keep them coming!

--Filip Milosavljevic
Berrien Springs, Michigan

Thanks for “The Allure of Modesty.” I hope it’s going to appear in the print edition of Adventist Review too. It needs wide distribution.

--Carla Baker
Silver Spring, Maryland

Safety in the Truth
God Bless Clifford Goldstein for his column “A Safe Place” (Apr. 21, 2011), and presenting the issue of Adventism and evolution in a direct but sensitive way.

Evolution has no place in Adventism. It’s the devil’s way of adulterating our image. Creation gives us our Creator, our seven days, and thus our Sabbath.

As for why anyone would want to remain in the church and believe in evolution, it is often because it is their way of life, a social club, connections (much like a fraternity), and, unfortunately, because the church provides their employment. These people have to be weeded out so our church can be a safe haven, not only for our students but also for our new members.

If someone is “struggling” regarding the issue they should be removed from prominent positions. Support and guidance should be offered to them.

Please support Goldstein and others who want to make our church a “safe place.”

--Marilyn MacDonald
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Word about Confrontation
The article “Caring Enough to Confront” (May 12, 2011) could be, or perhaps, should be one of the most important ones the Review has published for many years.

It is a given that an army or a family cannot function properly without discipline. So how about a church? Steve Jencks is writing about a type of discipline. In the April 7, 1988 Adventist Review, Neal C. Wilson, then General Conference president wrote, “Redemptive discipline, or for that matter, any type of discipline, seems to be passé.”

There are two broad categories of sins. Sins of commission--things we do, and sins of omission--things we don’t do that God expects us to do. One of the latter is failing to confront or discipline. Most of our members know about the injunction “Love thy neighbor as thyself” (Lev.19:18), but appear to ignore the verse immediately preceding that states, “rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him.” The New International Version translates that passage as “Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt” (Lev. 19:17).

A major problem is that many people do not know how to go about rebuking.

Ellen White wrote how it should be done: “The human agent, imbued with the Spirit of Christ, will watch for souls as they that must give an account. The claims of Christ are upon us, and we must understand our duty, and do it in the fear of God, with an eye single to His glory, and not prove unfaithful. Let no thought of self or of natural feelings be cherished to keep the lips silent. Speak, and be not afraid. With the heart full of tenderness and love for souls, warn, exhort, and entreat” (This Day With God, p. 21).

--Donald E. Casebolt
College Place, Washington