Media & Adventist Benefits- Willow Creek’s Confession

“We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between services…” says Bill Hybels, Founder and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in the book Reveal: Where are You? 

Do these newly-discovered conclusions sound anything like this statement, written originally in 1888? “It is the first and highest duty of every rational being to learn from the Scriptures what is truth, and then to walk in the light and encourage others to follow his example. We should day by day study the Bible diligently, weighing every thought and comparing scripture with scripture. With divine help we are to form our opinions for ourselves as we are to answer for ourselves before God.” {The Great Controversy p. 598.2 from Chapter 37 “The Scriptures a Safeguard”}

This was re-emphasized in 1898 in The Desire of Ages (on p. 390.4 from Chapter 41 “The Crisis in Galilee”) “As we must eat for ourselves in order to receive nourishment, so we must receive the word for ourselves. We are not to obtain it merely through the medium of another’s mind. We should carefully study the Bible, asking God for the aid of the Holy Spirit, that we may understand His word. We should take one verse, and concentrate the mind on the task of ascertaining the thought which God has put in that verse for us. We should dwell upon the thought until it becomes our own, and we know “what saith the Lord.”

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