Unity In the Midst of Many Winds

We have reached a time when every wind of doctrine is blowing, both inside and outside the church.

 As Adventists, we are told that unity must precede the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but can there be hope of unity in this chaos?  At one point in my walk, I thought unity came by way of the Spirit, but now I see this other aspect.  While the Spirit indeed works to bring about unity, the full outpouring of the Spirit will come only as unity is attained. 

“Notice that it was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out. They were of one accord. All differences had been put away. And the testimony borne of them after the Spirit had been given is the same . . . The disciples did not ask for a blessing for themselves. They were weighted with the burden of souls. The gospel was to be carried to the ends of the earth, and they claimed the endowment of power that Christ had promised. Then it was that the Holy Spirit was poured out, and thousands were converted in a day.” {CCh 98.5}

Notice at what point the disciples came into unity.  It was when they became weighted with a burden for lost souls.  It is on this principle that the first-ever Daniel 11 Symposium and Daniel 2 Outreach will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada: May 13-15, 2019. 

Our church has not finalized a position on the last verses of Daniel 11.  At this point, every wind of doctrine is blowing around the topic, yet many desire and are willing to labor together in a respectful, Godly manner to come into unity.  Ready to put differences aside, we will focus on what we do agree on, that is, on saving souls.  This principle of unity by way of seeking lost souls is the foundation for the Daniel 2 Prophecy Seminar.

In the middle of Sin City, a 4-story-tall statue of Daniel 2 will direct the people not only to the event, but also to the Word of God.  In conjunction with this prophecy seminar, a health expo will be going on at the same time. We live in a time and place where hearts and minds are pulled in all directions.  We need to be bold in our evangelism, while not compromising the principles of our faith. 

This sort of evangelism has been endorsed by Ellen White when speaking of Elder Simpson, who used large images to depict Biblical events.  She even said that such methods will be used in the last days. (EV 205.3; Letter 349, 1906).  Combining this method with the entering wedge of health is an old, yet new way of doing urban evangelism.  

  • To see the Daniel 2 statue that will make its debut in Las Vegas, visit this website

  • If you would like more information on the Daniel 11 Symposium, where Seventh-day Adventist pastors, evangelists, and laymen will be dialoging, visit this site.

This project is still in need of funds for the Las Vegas endeavor.  If you are moved to give a little it will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor. 

Please pray that all who attend will “put away all dissension and give themselves to God for the saving of the lost. Let them ask in faith for the promised blessing, and it will come.” {CCh 98.6}. 

For Him,

Ida Stiles-Brown

Ida is a wife, mom, teacher, dental hygienist, but most of all a daughter of the Most High who is in love with, “The truths that made us what we are, Seventh-Day Adventists.” (MR760 30.2)