Until it is demonstrated, we tend to forget the tremendous gap that lies between true biblical leadership and agenda-driven absolutism.
That gap was on vivid display in a letter by Mark Woodson to the Sacramento Central Church this past Sunday.
The Sacramento Central Church Board submitted two motions (with supporting documents) for the upcoming Northern California Conference (NCC) Constituency Session on September 30, 2018 to the NCC Executive Committee. Several other churches in northern California have also called upon the NCC to ameliorate the Chico apostasy. The two motions are:
These motions are supported by the Church Manual, the General Conference in formal Session and especially by the Word of God which “Liveth and abideth forever” (1 Peter 1:23). In short, these are legitimate, well-thought-out motions to help their Conference align itself with biblical truth (1 Corinthians 5:7). And they should be accepted immediately. This is what good leadership does.
Bad leadership, on the other hand, does not look to the Word of God and to truth for its animating principle; it looks to liberal agendas and political correctness for direction. In its pride it is a self-licking ice cream cone, planted squarely in front of the distortion mirror of self-importance. It is the shepherds of Ezekiel 34 in 21st century technicolor. Here’s the NCC letter from Marc Woodson:
This letter from Woodson is unbelievable. He states that these issues are not of concern to the Conference constituents, thus speaking for every constituent member. He further states that baptizing an openly homosexual ‘married’ couple into the Seventh-day Adventist Church “does not affect the Conference as a whole.” Encapsulated in this jarring response are four elements:
An elevated, unsanctified pride (Proverbs 16:18; Jeremiah 13:15-16).
A belief that leaders are not accountable to the people (Mark 10:42-45; Ezekiel 34:7-10).
A belief the leaders are smarter than the people (John 9:34).
The revelation that he (and a complicit Executive Committee which woodenly rubber stamps liberal agendas from the President) doesn’t understand the nature of the enemy that they are playing with (Proverbs 14:16; Ephesians 5:11; 1 Peter 5:8).
It is exceedingly dangerous for a leader to risk injuring the hearts of the flock in this manner, arrogating to themselves the authority to define sin and righteousness. Let us remember that God issues His harshest rebukes to shepherds who destroy the flock (Ezekiel 34:1-10; Jeremiah 23:1). These motions should have been readily accepted as necessary corrections to bring the Church into closer harmony with biblical righteousness and safeguard our Movement for the children who come after us. But they weren’t.
I believe what we are seeing is a new moral code, conceived in political ambience, and bequeathed to the church as the enrichment and transformation of Adventism. Transformed, yes. Enriched, no. Following the lead of their tumescent Division, most of the NAD Conference & Union leaders are now ambassadors for this new moral paradigm and are willingly dismantling the Adventist foundations of truth in order to rebuild Adventism in their own image. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Or is there?
What is needed?
A return to the Word of God
The joy of obedience
It’s time for these leaders and Committees to be held accountable by the people of the NCC, in whose hands lies the real power of change in our Church. It’s time to close the gap.
At the Northern California Conference (NCC) Constituency Session on September 30, 2018.
The rest of the World Church is watching.
”I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).