The Spirit of Prejudice

Down through the ages, prejudice in all it’s many forms, has  hampered the good will of man, and exposed the foolishness of man. The dictionary describes the word as follows “An unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.” (source dictionary.com) It also can be described as “prejudging”, with a certain closed  mindedness toward someone or something. When prejudice is allowed to come into our Christian walk, it can be deadly (spiritually speaking). Let us remember that the spirit of prejudice will not come from the Spirit of Truth.

 One of the clearest cases of prejudice,  Biblically speaking, was that of the Jews in Christ’s day. The Jews rejected the Lord because not all of what the prophets taught and wrote was found in the teaching of Moses. “We know”, they said “that God spake unto Moses:as for this fellow, we know not from where He is from” (John 9:29). They were prejudging our Lord because of His humble appearance and lack of aspiration to establish the kingdom during their time.

Today there is a strong spirit of prejudice among us, the Laodiceans, and it is prevalent within our church. Our Lord described us as thinking we are full and satisfied spiritually , knowing all we need to know (Rev.3:17). If a message comes to us that has been rejected by our “leaders” we shut it down with  prejudice. We care not to investigate the matter on our own. Our leaders  are our infallible guides,  without error, so we think.

Let us now look at some powerful words from our prophetess concerning this prejudice, and it’s error. “Men, women, and youth, God requires you to possess moral courage, steadiness of purpose, fortitude and perseverance, minds that cannot take the assertions of another, but which investigate for themselves before receiving or rejecting, that will study and weigh evidence , and take it to the Lord in prayer.” (Test. for the Church, vol. 2, p.130)

A  Christian brother told me a while back “Rob , the best testimony you can give, is that of your own testimony.” So with that counsel in mind, let me relate my experience recently that hopefully will drive home some clear points.

As a SDA member for about 3 and a half years. I soon became somewhat of a leader within our local church. The Lord had me up there speaking in front of the people , right after I arrived (due to my unique story of becoming a Sabbath keeper). One thing led to another, and soon I was asked to be a Sabbath school superintendent and deacon. I would speak maybe 20 or 30 minutes from the pulpit, prior to the Sabbath school lesson before services.

My messages were mostly based on this blog. I would take one of the posts and use it as a basis for the speech. As many of you are aware, I do not mince words, I tell the straight truth as the Lord guides me. Popular or not, I serve Him, and as such the speeches were not lukewarm, rather they were the straight testimony.

As I progressed in my walk and drew closer to Him, the Lord began to reveal things that stood out from the normal teachings of the SDA. Being guided by the Spirit of Truth, I had no choice, but to teach that which became so clear to me. I could not conceal and pretend. Sadly, soon the “leaders” within our church could not accept the teachings I was guided to make. Even though I had spoken about 5 or 6 times, and received many heartfelt thanks by our members after speaking.

For example, I received comments such as ‘I was blessed all week by what you said”, “Thank you so much, that was excellent”, and “I would like to hear you again very soon”. Despite many of the  people  accepting the testimonies, the higher ups were going to put a halt to the testimonies and they did.

This following quote from EGW really nails my experience and situation, as regards to the leadership taking the position it took. ” Those who allow prejudice to bar the mind against the reception of truth can not receive the divine enlightenment. Yet, when a view of Scripture is presented, many do not ask, Is it true-in harmony with God’s word? but, By whom is it advocated? and unless it comes through the very channel that pleases them, they do not accept it. So thoroughly satisfied are they with their own ideas, that they will not examine the Scripture evidence, with a desire to learn, but refuse to be interested, merely because of their prejudices.”(Test. to Ministers, p.105-106)

Let me make something clear, if someone was to come to me and say “Rob, listen to this, I have been shown from the Lord, the following …such and such.” I would never close him down.I would hear him out. Why? Because I take our prophetess counsel —  “..Suppose a brother held a view that differed from yours, and he should come to you, proposing that you sit down with him and make an investigation of that point in the Scriptures; should you rise up, filled with prejudice and condemn his ideas, while refusing to give him a candid hearing? The only right way would be to sit down as Christians and investigate the position presented in the light of God’s word, which will reveal truth and unmask error.” (Test. to Ministers, p.107). Additionally, being a lover of the truth, I just might learn new truth.

Let me explain why the above approach is correct. If a pastor or brother or sister, comes to me and says “brother you are wrong to believe that, or this, here’s why” and they point out clear Scripture or SOP countering my position, I will be very attentive and search this out. Why? Because I do not want to be in error. In Scripture we read ” My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgement” (James 3:1). As a teacher of His word, I am held accountable, therefore I take very seriously what I teach. If I am found in error, I am very thankful to God for being shown this, and profess to my brethren my heartfelt thanks for being straightened out. This is the attitude we all must have.

 The truth will lose nothing upon close investigation. Those who blindly reject what a brother has to offer mustproduce from Scripture or SOP, why he is in error. Otherwise if the corrector bases it on “what I have been taught” or “heard” he shuts down the Spirit of Truth, and as such cannot receive God’s truth.It’s like a blind man riding in a car, and he wants to grab the steering wheel and says “let me take over, I’ll guide you.”  Should we allow ourselves to be guided by blind men or women?

Sadly, the great throng in our church are holding onto blind leaders, who are approaching the edge of the cliff. Now is the time to awake, and hear His voice.

As we are aware , the last message to us, His church,  is the Elijah message (Mal. 4:5). Unfortunately many of us, as members of His church (the SDA) are not taught what this message  is. However, there are some who, being converted and guided by the Holy Spirit,  perfectly understand what this message is. Unfortunately, Satan and His angels also understand what it is.

Because he knows what it is all about and has been waiting for the promised Elijah to appear, do you think he will sit idly by and twiddle his fingers, as the Elijah message goes out? He must gather all his minions and plan a counter attack. On the right and on the left, don’t let up, muzzle and stop all those who proclaim the last message. His survival is at stake! Can he hinder the spreading of this message? Yes, definitely, just look at our history and how brother Houteff was received and those today who are spreading the message. We are in good company, did they not (His own people) throw out our Lord from church?

We are told in Scripture “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ will be persecuted.” (2 Tim. 3:12)  Notice it doesn’t say “may” be persecuted  it said –will be persecuted. Make no mistake the devils will not pursue you or counter you if you are not taking a firm truthful stand for Christ and His word. We made a post before that stated that those who truly live for Christ, have their light shine amidst the dark world, and as such the devils spot those and target those.

“We need never expect that when the Lord has light for His people, Satan will stand calmly by and make no effort to prevent them from receiving it.” (Test. for the Church , vol. 5,p.728)  Our Lord will not allow it to linger anymore, for it is going out now in a powerful way. What is this message and by whom has it been advocated?  It is the  Lord’s final Shepherd’s Rod message, began by brother Victor Houteff. Also known as the Elijah message. It’s the one where “leaders” within our church have fought, just like they did to the 1888 message to the church. Except this one is the Lord’s final message.

 The message that has stirred up our people since 1930 and has been gaining momentum in this late hour of  our church history. Facebook, emails,DVD’s and CD’s,  private studies, are all spreading it.  But the “leaders” are stillfighting it. This is the sad part.  They have not investigated by themselves.  Their  prejudices have guided them. Almost each and everyone of the leaders are parroting what they have heard. To prove the point,  ask one of them   —-   “Excuse me pastor….., can you tell me the error in brother Houteff’s interpretation of the Hosea prophecy?” (Hosea chapter 1 and 2). Or ” What is the error in brother Houteff’s interpretation of Matt.20?” (The parable of the 11th hour workers)  Most likely they will  be dumbfounded and speechless about these interpretations. Most will ignore your inquiry and then speak of a diversionary sidetrack issue, again based on their prejudices. Because they have not even listened to, or read, his interpretations of that Scripture. How can they be a fair impartial guide if they refuse to hear or read things out, to weigh the evidence? Does   the 1888 message ring a bell?  Again, can prejudice  guide us into all truth?  Of course not.

“Now as in former ages, the presentation of a truth that reproves the sins and errors of the times will excite opposition..as men see they cannot maintain their position by Scriptures, many determine to maintain it at all hazards, and with a malicious spirit they assail the character and motives of those who stand in defense of unpopular truth…Elijah was declared to be a troubler in Israel…” ( The Great Controversy, p.458)

Just as the original Elijah was accused of troubling his own people (not the world), the Elijah to come was also similarly accused, and his messengers today are also being labeled as “troublers”, people with a un-needed and useless message. Prejudice raises it’s ignorant head and declares them to be unsound,  “…those who have not been in the habit of searching the Bible for themselves, or weighing evidence, have confidence in the leading men and accept the decisions they make; thus many will reject the very messages God sends to His people, if these leading brethren do not accept them.” (Test. to Ministers, p.105)  Sadly, this is exactly what is taking place through out our church.

If we reject our Lord’s very last message to us, are we not rejecting His  final word? It’s a dangerous position of false security. The Elijah message  is , as we who have studied it know, where our Lord gives us specific instructions to survive His upcoming church judgment ( the beginning phase of the judgment of the living).  Most importantly,  it shows us how we can be sealed (marked) by the sealing angel prior to His great and dreadful day.

Right now we are fulfilling the prophecy Jeremiah 23:20 ” The anger of the Lord shall not return, until He has executed, and till He has performed the thoughts of His heart: in the latter days you shall consider it perfectly.” Yes, we now understand that His held back anger will  soon break forth, are we prepared and able to stand in the day of His retribution?

“But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like a launderers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness”  (Mal.3:2-3).

Can He accept a church with a mixture of righteous and unrighteous? We only need to look to His history to find the answer. Not once in all the OT did he ever accept such a people. One Achan was enough to shut down His power( Test. for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 157). Can He change for us today? No, our Lord does  not change “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Mal.3:6). This is why this last  Elijah message is warning us to come clean, convert, and repent, before His judgments start. He is at the door!

 In closing, we must be  careful not to fall into the prejudice trap, nor let others snare us. If we do, we may  find someday  very soon, we have pre-judged ourselves right out of God’s sealing.

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4 Responses to “The Spirit of Prejudice”

  1. Felix Says:

    Very true its that time that as EGW puts it in Education that we need to have a mind of our own and stop relying on others to think for us as it were, thanks Rob.

  2. godsloveandlaw Says:

    You’re right on bro. Keep up the good fight.

  3. BG Says:

    Amen, bro. Blessings to you.

  4. godsloveandlaw Says:

    Blessings to you as well bro, God will win out for all those who hold fast to the truth despite prejudice .

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