I am with you, Dalfie. I finally got to listen to that sermon. If it wouldn't wake one up, I don't know what it would take, and no, it did not seem like sensationaliism to me. From what the Bible and Ellen White describe, he did not tell the half of it. I hope other churches are not like ours, but I am fearful that they are. The only message we have heard in 6 years, (since our older pastor left) that mentioned the 3 angels' message was given by one of our lay preachers, who is a SS teacher. He even came out of a Catholic church, too. All our present pastor gives us is pablum, and yesterday, he brought us a message adapted from a sermon from Rick Warren. He even gave out papers with it, and it had Warren's name at the top. The sad thing is that very few cared, maybe some did not even know.
Greetings to everone from Australia where I have been invited for a few weeks of speaking appointments and also the wedding of our third daughter (yesterday). My wife and I are taking a few days of rest before hitting the road again, and while surfing I ran across your forum on David Gates. I read all nine pages with interest and deeply appreciated the spiritual balance and Christian tone demonstrated there. Thank you.I could say thanks and good bye, but I think I will take the chance to verify a few items, at least from my point of view, just for the record.1. I've dedicated my life to mission service, and my ministry to rescuing souls. It seems that the main development of my ministry has been to wake up God's people to the reality of the shortness of time and encourage them to make the vital spiritual and physical preparations necessary to survive the events coming upon the world and carry out the mission set out before them. It is painful to me to see that perhaps in my human frailty, I may not have gotten the same message across to everyone. I was totally surprised to see the tremendous response to those sermons on The Converging Crisis. I didn't expect it at all. It was just a sermon among hundreds of others. Though some have reacted in caution, the vast majority seem to have reacted with a revival and reformation, for which I am deeply grateful.2. As I speak across the world, I can see that there is a great awakening happening everywhere. This must surely make the enemy quite nervous. Thus we should not be surprised at seeing a polarization happening. It is painful but necessary. it is called a shaking and it immediately precedes the crisis that will reveal everyone's position. We should feel free to pray for each other, correct each other in the Lord, and keep each other balanced. This is what a body should be like. 3. It is absolutely necessary that God be placed at the center. When He is lifted up, he will draw all men unto Him. For the past 12 years, this has been what I have tried to do. Yet, when I clearly saw a storm coming, I acted like the captain of an airplane (which I am). "We are about to enter severe turbulence ahead. Please fasten your seat belt." It was not my intention to take the focus away from the Bible or the SOP. Rather simply to draw attention to the storm ahead as one of the signs of the times. I thought I was trying to say, get your spiritual and your physical life in order. Jesus is coming. However, in some ways it appears that I didn't get that message across like I wanted. God knows my heart however. But there is one thing that is certain. Those that don't wake up now, may never have another chance to do it. Once the crisis strikes as an "overwhelming surprise" it will be too late to prepare.4. Regarding Ernie Knolls, my early support came after people wrote and called me asking for an opinion. I and five other pastors could not find any heresy on the website so I came out in public support. That was a mistake. I should have kept my advice to individual advice and I should have waited. Later I discovered that behind the website is quite another story. Through this painful experience God taught me a lesson and kept me humble. God has blessed our ministry worldwide because we move immediately when we see an opportunity. Yet moving fast has its dangers. But I am encouraged to read"It is even more excusable to make a wrong decision sometimes than to be continually in a wavering position; to be hesitating, sometimes inclined in one direction, then in another. More perplexity and wretchedness result from thus hesitating and doubting than from sometimes moving too hastily." GW, p 135I close wishing God's blessing on each of you and your homes. See you on the front lines.Your brother in Christ,David Gates<firstname.lastname@example.org>"God has given me a message for His people. They must awake, spread their tents, and enlarge their borders." ChS, p. 110