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  • Ruth Paris

    For a few months a my husband and I are studying The Shepperd Rod, and we born adventists and studied in Adventist Academy and eventually in adventist college. We believe that is the duty of every adventist church member have to do missionary work and evangelism in our neighborhood. But a few members of Shepperd Rod told us that is usesless because our SDA church’s are been losing the standard of the church and if not wise bring new people. That’s subject, we, husband and me strongly believe goes against Gospel Worker and Evangelism and Testimonies for ministers. BTW in a series of evangelim in Puerto Rico my in laws, devoted catholics, learn the gospel and today the fourth generation of their family and the third part of their family got to learn the gospel and the majority are active members of church. So that’s is how important is the work of evangelism door to door.

  • Davin Campbell

    Hello Ruth,

    I hear your concern. It is a legitimate concern, but the Shepherd’s Rod does not teach that there should be no evangelism in by the SDA church but it simply brings light to this statement: “The Lord does not now work to bring many souls into the truth, because of the church members who have never been converted, and those who were once converted but who have backslidden.”—Testimonies For The Church 6:371 (1900). {Ev 110.2}. Therefore, the Lord’s primary concern right now is not to bring many people into the church but have them receive the increased light that has been sent to us: This is essential for proper evangelism: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1,2). The Lord also wants the church to be prepared for the Judgement that is to begin in the House of God (1 Peter 4:17, Ezekiel 9:2,5,6).

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