Authority in God's Church

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 This is a discussion of the overall chain of command or authority in a Christian church. It discuses the relationship between God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy, human leaders, and the believer. It discuses the problems that arise when the proper chain is not maintained, and the consequences of such disruptions.  
Chapter Titles: 
Christ’s Representative on Earth  
The Need for Organization  
Leadership’s Relation to Authority 
How Leaders Are to Do Their Work  
Unity In the Church 
Working Against the Church 
Church Discipline 
God on the Throne—He Guides  
God’s Direct Guidance Will Increase  
Independence From Authority  
Counsel Together  
Obedience to God’s Authority  
The Results of Obedience to God’s Authority  
Usurpation of God’s Authority  
The Results of Usurping God’s Authority  
God’s Reproof of His Church  
The Response to Reproof  
Examples of Relationship to Authority 
Appendix A 
Appendix B
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 Over the years, my primary interests have shifted from physical health to spiritual health. Both areas are extremely important, however, of the two, the latter is primary. In the spiritual area, my interest is focused on the natural-to-fallen-man tendency to not measure up in experience to the spiritual knowledge available. My desire is to make available publications and truths that tend to be neglected, forgotten, or misunderstood.

Published Works:

·         Some ten books personally authored or compiled, available in print and electronic versions;

·         Numerous articles on religious and health topics, available free in pdf format at:

·         Some 32 different, unique, hard-to-find volumes of Ellen White and other SDA Pioneer material available through in print and electronic form. They may all be viewed together at:

Birth: July 19, 1935, Phoenix, Arizona.

Baptized: 1947, Phoenix Southside SDA Church.


Grade School—1950, Arizona Academy Elementary School, Phoenix, Arizona.

High School—1954, Ozark Academy, Gentry, Arkansas.

College—1958, Southern Missionary College, Collegedale, Tennessee. B.A. degree, Major in Chemistry, Minors in Math and Religion.

Postgraduate—1962, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, M.D. degree.

Ministry Experience:

Staff Physician—1963-1973, Hospital Adventista de Nicaragua, La Trinidad, Nicaragua, Central America.

Medical Director—1969-1973, Same.

Health Director—1969-1973, Central American Union of Seventh-day Adventists, Central America.

Ordained—January 1973 in Nicaragua by Elder Alfredo Aeschlimann.

Health Director—1973-1976, Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Miami, Florida.

Staff Physician—1976-1987, Several Hospital Emergency Rooms and Emergency Clinics in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.

Contributing/Associate Editor—1987-1997, Our Firm Foundation, Hope International, Eatonville, Washington.

Desktop Publishing—1997 to present.

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 This book is about the human nature of Christ. Specifically about the moral or spiritual inheritance through His mother Mary—whether He took man’s nature like that of Adam before the Fall (prelapsarian) or like after the Fall (postlapsarian). These two seemingly, mutually-exclusive, versions of Christ have been a very controversial subject in Adventism for some sixty plus years (May 2015). Many have grown weary of the subject, and some have concluded that “it doesn’t really matter.”  
It is the purpose of this present book to develop more fully the concept of our new birth experience as a springboard to provide a framework of Christ’s nature that embraces all of the Scripture and Spirit of Prophecy statements on His humanity—the one true Christ. It will be found that both positions—pre-Fall and post-Fall—contain essential components to the complete picture. 
Spiritual truth is arrived at by harmonizing all of the inspired statements on a given subject. Through that method we have arrived at our commonly held beliefs—Saturday sacredness, state of the dead, second coming of Christ, etc. This can also be true regarding Christ’s humanity—regarding the true Christ. Knowing the complete attributes of the true Christ will add strength and credibility to the true gospel. We can then lay down our disputes among us and unite in promoting the “one Lord, one faith, and one baptism” so essential to the finishing of the Lord’s work in our hearts and on the earth. 
Why another book about the human nature of Christ? Haven't we covered every aspect of His nature that is necessary for us to know? Well, perhaps not. This book endeavors to tie together some loose threads that have not really been solved yet. 
First, this subject is never just about the nature of Christ. The issue is much larger. It is about the whole plan of salvation, the gospel, righteousness by faith, and the great controversy between Christ and Satan. Differing views about Christ's human nature radically change our conclusions about how God is solving the problem of sin and rebellion in the universe.hy another book about the human nature of Christ? Haven't we covered every aspect of His nature that is necessary for us to know? Well, perhaps not. This book endeavors to tie together some loose threads that have not really been solved yet. 
Second, this book addresses the underlying issue in the ongoing debate—the nature of man. When Adam and Eve sinned, everything changed. Suffering and death began, man's nature changed so that rebellion was as natural as breathing, condemnation and annihilation were man's only future, and earth was cut off from heaven. Except for one thing—Christ stepped into the picture. And everything changed again. Mankind received a second chance, annihilation was not inevitable, and most importantly, God placed “enmity” toward Satan in man's nature. Man would not be a helpless slave of Satan, but would have an innate desire to resist him. 
Third, this book pulls together statements by Ellen White that seem to support opposite conclusions, and shows how they fit together perfectly if loose ends are properly tied off. Inspired statements have a way of harmonizing if we dig down beneath the surface. 
Fourth, the appendix collection of pioneer writings are valuable resources in this study. 
This is a significant contribution to a better understanding of God's great plan of salvation. 
Dennis Priebe 
Amazing Facts Revivalist
 There are important Biblical truths overlooked by much of Christianity. The Devil would have it so, and, unfortunately, our naturally sinful hearts find it attractively so. We prefer to be saved in our sins rather than from our sins. The term Gospel is in reference to the salvation of fallen mankind in Christ’s future, eternal kingdom of peace. Tragically, great differences in understanding of the Gospel is a major reason for the multitude of differing Christian faiths.   
The Bible speaks of “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Ephesians 4:5). Jesus Christ made the claim: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). Thus, the Scriptures teach that there is only One True Way to the heavenly Father, only One True Gospel—the Man Christ Jesus.  
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden—embedding the trait of selfishness in humanity’s heart—Christ promised them that He would come to earth to take their punishment, and to crush their deceiver Satan’s head. As a perpetual reminder, Christ gave them the sacrificial system. They were to confess their sins over the head of an innocent lamb and then to slay it; symbolizing Christ’s future death on the cross for the sins of man. 
When the children of Israel were delivered from slavery in Egypt, Christ gave them a much more complete explanation of the various steps in the salvation process. In the earthly sanctuary and its services—a pattern of the true sanctuary in heaven—He gave a much clearer explanation of the salvation process as to how, when, and where the various steps occur in reality. For some 1500 years Christ worked with the children of Israel in an attempt to lead them, in their tabernacle/temple services to depict to the world the gospel of salvation through the coming Messiah.  
Unfortunately, Satan succeeded in blinding their eyes to the truths of their own religious services, to the degree, that they rejected and nailed to a Roman cross the long-looked-for perfect Lamb of God. Unfortunately still today, many of Christ’s followers are failing to appreciate the important truths of the gospel as depicted for so many centuries in the priestly services of the earthly tabernacle and temples of Israel. We are tending to ignore the New Testament teachings regarding Christ’s High Priestly ministry in the true tabernacle of heaven (see Hebrews chapters 3-10). We tend to not appreciate the important prophecy of Daniel 8:14: “And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” (Daniel 8:14). The dominant Christian faith of the Dark Ages has side-tracked our attention to a still earthly priesthood with the claim to forgive sin. For these and other reasons, Satan is again succeeding to a great degree in blinding Christ’s followers to the great truths of the sanctuary services, now going on in heaven. Through failure to understand as to the how, when, and where Christ is working to save repentant men and women from sin, rather than in sin, many will fail to be benefitted by His death on the cross so many years ago. 
It is the purpose of this publication to search for clarity as to what is the One True Gospel. It has found that a comprehension of Christ’s role as Surety, as the Lamb of God, and as the Mediator-High Priest of the human race goes far in achieving that goal. 
“We need . . . much more knowledge in regard to the plan of salvation. There is not one in one hundred who understands for himself the Bible truth on this subject that is so necessary to our present and eternal welfare. When light begins to shine forth to make clear the plan of redemption to the people, the enemy works with all diligence that the light may be shut away from the hearts of men. If we come to the Word of God with a teachable, humble spirit, the rubbish of error will be swept away, and gems of truth, long hidden from our eyes, will be discovered.”  Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 1, 359, 360.
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