“The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God” (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 211).
There is a fine line between sighing and crying & criticism and condemnation. The difference always depends on what our motive is. What is your concern based upon? Why are you doing this? Is it because you truly love the Lord? Do you love the messages of God? Do you want to see souls avoid dangers so that they can be in heaven? Do we really care about the honor of God and the salvation of others?
Or are we trying to get even with someone else? Are we seeking revenge? Do we purposely want to cause pain and embarrassment? The true children of God will certainly mourn over their own sins and over the wickedness which they see being committed almost daily. However, this burden is something that God has placed upon the hearts of His faithful servants and this will help check the ever-growing, wide-spread worldliness among His people.
“Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.” Ps. 199:53.
“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.” Ps. 119:136
“But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD’s flock is carried away captive.” Jeremiah 13:17.
“Thus saith the Lord GOD; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel!” Ezekiel 6:11.
God longs to see His people revived and reformed. Many other faithful Seventh-day Adventists have also desired to see our people revived and reformed. But how can we revive and reform our people when we have leaders embracing and promoting ecumenism, Pentecostalism (music), the Evangelical gospel, Romanism, radical environmentalism, feminism and other liberal philosophies? All these are distractions so that we are not proclaiming the true final warning message to the world.
The reason why Seventh-day Adventists are still in this earth is because we have not been preaching the Evangelical Gospel in context to Revelation 14:6-12. Instead many have been engaging in interfaith worship services which is causing us to loose our peculiarity. The Evangelicals and Roman Catholics are determined to destroy the three angels’ messages, destroy the sanctuary message, destroy the 2300 day prophecies, and destroy our opportunity to be the Remnant people.
Our work will never be accomplished as long as these encounters with the Evangelicals and Catholics continue. What we need is a powerful encounter with God and His Holy Spirit so that with boldness we can live up to the high and holy standard of God’s Word. The special light given us is to “repair the breach” and “restore the paths to dwell in.” Are we living up to this light and are we communicating this light to the world?
God’s people are in need of a thorough shakeup because we are not anywhere close to where we need to be. A radical transformation, revival and reformation must takes place in our churches. Are you seeking and asking God to change your life into His life? Are you seeking for purity and holiness? Are we seeking and preparing to receive the seal of God? Are you looking forward to receiving the Latter Rain so that we can give the Loud Cry to the 7.5 billion people upon this earth so that they can get ready for the soon coming of our Savior?
May God bless you if this is your desire. Keep praying and keep seeking to serve our precious Savior. We must live by the principle that Christ has set before us with His own precious life. We must be clean vessels waiting to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Only then will our public witness be effective, relevant and powerful. Only then will we have something to offer others. Who today will feel grieved and cry openly for the sins being done in the land and in the church? And most importantly, who today will work to help turn things around?
“Will the churches heed the Laodicean message? Will they repent, or will they, notwithstanding that the most solemn message of truth—the third angel’s message—is being proclaimed to the world, go on in sin? … Those who have had opportunities to hear and receive the truth and who have united with the Seventh-day Adventist church, calling themselves the commandment-keeping people of God, and yet possess no more vitality and consecration to God than do the nominal churches, will receive of the plagues of God just as verily as the churches who oppose the law of God. Only those that are sanctified through the truth will compose the royal family in the heavenly mansions Christ has gone to prepare for those that love Him and keep His commandments” (Manuscript Release, Vol. 19, p. 176).