The Dreadful Ignoritis

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NOTE: As a reminder we always color code our writings as follows :ORANGE is the Lord speaking, BLUE is Scripture/Spirit of Prophecy, BROWN is the Elijah message as brought by brother Victor Houteff.

 

In this week’s post we’d like to go into what we term “Ignoritis”. This disease is subtle and often those who have it don’t even know it. They blissfully look up to God as the picture shows yet often have their ears plugged (or eyes closed as the case may be). The Lord has placed this issue upon our heart to hopefully awake some of those who unfortunately have this malady.

The Lord says–
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matt. 7:12)

How simple yet profound are these words! This great principle should be the guiding principle in our Christian walk. In other words in the case of those with Ignoritis, if you want to be ignored when you reach out to your brothers and sisters in Christ (as you surely have)–then ignore the brethren. Of course the Ignoritis folk would not admit that they do this therefore a certain blindness is at work.

We have posted before on this topic yet time and again it rears its ugly head and the Spirit guides us to remind all that the idea that we are “servants” and not to be the served ones, is a Christian rule we cannot break with immunity. The Pharisees in Christ’s day were guilty of ignoring the humble masses and looked at themselves as superior or above the need to “serve” the people as Christ would have them.

They were also of the opinion that they were holier or above the people, and God said this was “smoke in His nostrils”.

“Who say, ‘Keep to yourself, do not come near me, For I am holier than you!’ These are smoke in My nostrils, A fire that burns all the day.” (Isaiah 65:5)

Along with the above reference we can read this as well–
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.” (Eph. 6:7-8)

The idea that we are servants not only to the Lord but to one another is again brought forth from our King–
“..whoever desires to become great among you will be your servant, and whoever desires to become first among you will be slave of all.(Mark 10:43-44)

None of us who are serious Christians would deny that we would want to be called “great” by Jesus, would we? Yet the turf that comes with this is the mentality of being subservient to others, especially in the faith. The least of those who reach out to us should be the top priority.

I am reminded of a successful businessman who once said , ” To be successful you will have to deal with people you don’t click with or even dis like.”  This is also true in our “business” of saving souls. Sometimes there may be a brother or sister who you know or have heard that they are “too talkative”, “too pushy” or “too whatever” yet it is those who can possibly be helped instead of ignored.

For example, I met sister V, about a year ago, She got my number from a mutual brother. She called and we discussed many topics. As we talked I was a little taken aback because she just would not stop talking. But the Spirit told me to bear with her. Fast forward to today, she is one of my closest sisters in the faith. Her insight and ability to grasp the Lord’s Truth is quite a pleasure to behold.

Let us give some recent examples of those with Ignoritis.

Sister V attempted to call one of the leading “present truth” organizations in trying to receive some material. Both times she was promised someone would get back to her and no one did. This is uncalled for. As representatives of the Lord’s Elijah message, we of all people must set the example. Again the Word counsels us–

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Gal.6:10)

So we ask, is it “doing good” to ignore a believer who is reaching out? Absolutely not. This is Satan’s trick, “You are too busy, don’t waste your time on this sister.”

Another example was a recent one that I was involved in. The Lord led me to put together a report on the 144,000. I complied a study to be given via phone conference. It was made specifically for my local SDA church. We passed out approximately 10 cards with the phone conference time and other info. Almost all of the church members said it sounded good and would try to attend. At the designated hour–NO ONE SHOWED.

We can understand that people’s schedules change or something happens that they cannot attend. However, what we cannot agree with is the discourteous ignorance in not letting us know what happened or even any update. Ignoritis in mass.  This all shows that SOP was entirely right–

“Men and women are in the last hours of probation, and yet are careless and stupid,..” (Testimonies, vol.2, p.337)

The time is about up and our church is full and satisfied, “rich and increased with goods”(Rev. 3:17) with no need to study to attain His final instruction message to us, a message that gets us sealed in the forehead to stand in the great and dreadful day (Mal. 4:5).

To be clear, we are not saying that all of us in the faith must respond back at all times. For example we had a series of email studies with a brother a while back and after a while it became evident that his questions were not to learn or share but rather to try to disprove anything  he disagreed with. Finally after our warning and his continued emails of more of the same, we had to quit responding.

The Scriptures expound more about righteous shunning–

“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one do not eat.”(1 Cor. 5:11)

“Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.” (Titus 3:10)

So yes we need discernment and in some cases our ignoring is justified. But the vast majority are not guilty of the above and deserve our undivided attention when applicable.

In closing, let us remember that we are called to “do good” especially to those of the household of faith. If any brother and sister reaches out to us, let us think as we are counselled–

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Phil 2:3-4)

 

 

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