A God Called Re---And a Parable

The ancient Egyptians worshiped a god called RE. They have long since abandoned this form of idolatry. But RE still has worshipers in many of our churches today. RE-frigerator that is!

SEVERAL interesting documents have been delivered to me, two of which I want to share with our readers. Both deal with a person's appetite. Whether we wish to admit it or not, there is a moral issue involved in what a man eats and when he eats. It seems to me that the struggle against the carnal nature includes the struggle against wrong appetite. The question "Do you mean the Lord will keep me out of heaven if I indulge my appetite a little?" is not valid. Rather we should ask, "If I indulge my appetite is the Spirit of God truly controlling my life?" More objectivity in this area is most helpful. How does God view us? Is God pleased with what, when, and how much we eat? Will God permit gluttons in His kingdom?

So with these few remarks, I shall put on record Lorenzo H. Grant's document "A God Called RE.

"RE-frigerator"

The ancient Egyptians worshiped a god called RE. They have long since abandoned this form of idolatry. But RE still has worshipers in many of our churches today. RE-frigerator that is!

"Yes, there are many among us who pay him daily homage, and not only during the day but some throughout the night seasons rise up to bow down to King RE.

"Their stewardship to God and His cause does not begin to compare with their faithful offerings to RE usually more than a double tithe (20 percent of earnings). It was as if RE instead of Jehovah had inspired the words of Malachi: 'Bring ye ALL the tithes into the storehouse.' They want to make sure that in any eventuality there will be 'meat in mine house.' Each compartment religiously receives its commitment frozen foods, fresh produce, dairy products, and even some unmentionable items!

"Throughout the week they continuously draw water et al. from the 'well of their salvation.' In fact, if they would open their Bibles as often as they opened their refrigerators they would ere long be ready for translation. But alas their preparation tends more toward the tomb. They know not the God of self-denial.

"Now we would not here suggest that there is anything wrong with a well-provided home or refrigerator, but merely point out with the apostle the insidious danger of misplaced emphasis: ' (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things)' (Phil. 3:18, 19)."

The next item is a parable I did not write. It was passed along to me for publication. I want to make it clear that by no means is this parable applicable to all our leaders, or even to a majority. I'm proud to be acquainted with a number of our godly leaders who are setting us an excellent example.

A Parable

"It was in the springtime of the year that the men of God in Washington called a meeting of the leaders of men throughout the large North American territory to assemble themselves together to study, to plan, to pray for the furtherance of the work of God. These men chose a majestically beautiful city for this holy convocation.

"These men planned well. Comfortable accommodations could be had in this gem city before the tourists came in with bulging pocketbooks and insatiable appetites. The prices were reasonable, the scenery unexcelled, peace and quiet reigned in these surroundings endowed by God with exquisite beauty.

"These men thought of food and the necessity to provide nourishment for these leaders of men in a manner befitting sons of God. They talked to the chefs in the hotel, who are skilled in the art of cookery and palate-tingling gourmet dishes, and besought them to prepare succulent and artistic foods from the vegetable kingdom. In wonderment the culinary experts conceded to the request but were bewildered in the field of proteins and entrees. Those who were planning called in a man experienced in vegetarian cookery to introduce the art of cooking without meat.

"The hotel chefs accepted the suggestions and brought forth a beautifully prepared buffet each mealtime and our people partook, and were satisfied and grateful. But not all! As the meetings progressed there were those who yearned for their accustomed flesh pots. These drifted into the eating houses of the city and partook, yea, stuffed themselves with the cooked and partially cooked carcasses of two- and four-footed animals. Some of the carcasses had been ground and made into round cakes and broiled over coals. Some had been placed in a rotisserie, some had been boiled. "It so happened those who wore the tall white chef's hats at the hotel where the meeting was held and where vacant chairs were increasingly conspicuous, were friends with the chefs who were broiling, frying, and boiling the carcasses of beasts in the village and from them they discovered the reason for their decline in business. As they spotted these men, ordained to a high calling, wearing black suits, black shoes, black hose, and black ties, 'men of the cloth,' they raised their eyebrows and their voices in the word, 'Hypocrites.'

"These men, these leaders, these shepherds of the flock, may not have remembered the words, 'How can we have confidence in our ministers who, when meat is served, partake of it?'

"And I seem to hear a voice coming down through the ages calling, calling, 'How long halt ye between two opinions?' "

Advertisement - Digital Discipleship (300x250)

Ministry reserves the right to approve, disapprove, and delete comments at our discretion and will not be able to respond to inquiries about these comments. Please ensure that your words are respectful, courteous, and relevant.

comments powered by Disqus

March 1970

Download PDF
Ministry Cover

More Articles In This Issue

Peter Standing Up With the Eleven

The decision that has always been called forth by Spirit-filled preaching has determined the eternal destiny of the hearers. The apostle Paul pictures preachers of the gospel as "captives of Christ's triumphal procession" spreading "abroad the fragrance of the knowledge of himself!

Across the Table: Pointers for Successful Personal Work

No danger is greater than that the minister will rely on methods or gimmicks to replace the time-consuming but vital personal contact. Literature, Bible correspondence courses, self-marking Bible guides, cannot do the work of the personal worker in the home or in the church office. The sermon will not do this work. True, some decisions are made as a result of preaching or reading or listening; but only personal work cements these decisions. . .

The Lord's Day and the Lord of the Sabbath

Some Bible students have supposed that the expression "the Lord's day" in Revelation 1:10 means the judgment day the great day of the Lord, in which He will judge the world and reward every man according to his works. During the period from the eighth to the fifth centuries before Christ, the prophets Amos, Isaiah, Joel, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah, and Malachi spoke of the coming of "the day of the Lord" as a time of judgment and the visitation of His wrath upon the impenitent.

The Story of 4DK and Its Evangelism Potential

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS often present too negative a picture to the public on alcohol-related subjects. We have the "don't do this," and "don't do that" approach often with very limited or short-term effect, without having a definite, positive, counter proposal. . .

New Approach to Alcoholism

TRADITIONAL alcoholism programs have been one-sided. They dealt with either alcohol alone, or with man, the user alone---not both.

Restorers---That He Might Be Glorified

Seventh-day Adventists are more restorers, as was Elijah, than we are initiators, as was Moses. "Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things" (Matt. 17:11). The work of the Elijah message in a sense is a message that calls men and women to restore truths that have long been neglected, ignored, or forgotten. . .

The Offering of the Pastoral Prayer

O COME, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God" (Ps. 95:6, 7). Prayer is the high point of the church service. At this time the congregation is in direct communion with the Eternal. The reading of Scripture, the singing of hymns, and the preaching of the sermon must be secondary as these functions only speak about God; but when we pray, we are in direct conversation with the Almighty. . .

Leadership

I WISH to spend a few minutes talking to the leaders about our most important work. We are all leaders in God's cause. Leadership in this day and time demands something different from anything we have given before. First, leadership demands intrinsic value. . .

Overuse of Sugar Worse Than Meat Eating!

How is it possible that the use of sugar "affects the brain very directly," could "clog the system," and "when largely used, is more injurious than meat"? For nearly a hundred years Adventists have been puzzled by these early statements by Ellen G. White (Counsels on Health, p. 150).

Worship Him Who Made (Concluded)

IN ORDER to present harmony between the data obtained through scientific endeavor and the testimony given through inspiration, one must have models that relate the two. Such models involve an interpretation of data obtained through a scientific study of nature, and also an interpretation of statements given by prophets who have been inspired by God. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has taken a position of assurance that successful models of this type exist, that a "correct understanding of both [science and the word of God] will always prove them to be in harmony" (Testimonies, vol. 8, p. 258).

Health Reform--A Balanced Program

WHEN King Solomon built his magnificent temple in Jerusalem, a variety of building materials such as cedar, marble, brass, gold, and silver was used. Each had its place in the creation of a perfect edifice of strength and beauty for the worship and glory of God. Similarly, in the development and care of the body temple a variety of health factors is necessary. Neglect of even one of these requirements can mar the full stature of the perfect man. Some of these essentials to buoyant health are physical, others are mental, and still others are spiritual.

Color and Design in Your Home

WITH a little extra planning, that home of yours can bring added pleasure to your family and the visitors who drop by. All it takes is the application of a few simple principles in the element of design. This more gracious living can be yours whether you are building a new home or refurbishing an old one. . .

View All Issue Contents

Digital delivery

If you're a print subscriber, we'll complement your print copy of Ministry with an electronic version.

Sign up
Advertisement - Southern Adv Univ 180x150 - Animated

Trending

Recent issues

See All
Advertisement - NAD Stewardship (160x600)