«A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren» (Proverbs 6:18, 19).
Have you ever heard that there’s a conspiracy within the Seventh-day Adventist Church to destroy God’s people in these days? You might have heard there are infiltrated Jesuits within church leadership to promote a Catholic agenda among Adventists. That’s an indicator of loss of confidence in church leadership. There are many people who take advantage of that situation to accuse church authorities of all kinds of slander through videos, web pages and flyers. Why does that happen to us? Well, here are some ingredients that are part of the breeding ground:
The social context. We live in a world that tends to think in a conspiratorial way. The idea that no person in authority should be trusted also affects church members and generates a certain tendency to think that it could happen within God’s people.
Human errors. When a minister or administrator makes a mistake, it causes a lot of pain. There’s no way to justify something that’s wrong, but it’s very important to remember that those are isolated cases and don’t represent the way things are habitually done.
Lack of good communication. When a minister doesn’t communicate well with his church, he’s laying the foundation for all sorts of rumors, gossip and speculations regarding his ministerial service to arise.
Lack of pastoral attention. Many problems could be avoided among church members if there was timely, good pastoral attention.
Lack of serious Bible study. Many believers substitute good Bible study with pleasant Christian songs or an online video of a sermon that appeals to their emotions.
The Apostle Paul warns us about the danger of hearing what we want to hear, «For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths» (2 Timothy 4:3, 4, NRSV).
So I ask you, what do you want to hear? Do you want to hear about a conspiracy theory within the church? I’m sure there will always be someone who will talk to you about that. Or do you want to know the truth God’s revealed in His Word? Jesus also promised we would know the truth and the truth would set us free (John 8:32). The choice is yours.