Larry Kirkpatrick

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Commitments

As God led me to Himself, He put a love for truth in my heart. Apart from Him, the only love that would there live would be love for self indulgence. Jesus denied Himself and died for me, even me. His life was given to give to me life. I didn't deserve it or earn it or aspire to it apart from Him. He came to me asking, "Larry, where are you?"

My first commitment is to my Lord Jesus who gave all for me. But He is also the way, the truth, and the life. He is Creator and I am creation. Then when He shows me truth, I must seek it. I must be propelled by it. I will have it at all costs. It is part of being a Christian.

But I live in a circus. People on every side are tossing plastic glitter into the air proclaiming what they claim is right. Christians too. But our values must have their source in more than our errant imaginations.

Nor does God leave His church to make up truth for itself. He is the source of truth. The church does not legislate truth or create truth. God's plan is for His church to seek Him and be drawn to His truth. We are to proclaim and live by truth.

Truth is not one option among many. Jesus reveals truth in His Word and as followers of Him we are obliged to discover and embrace it no matter where it leads. We will experience surprise.

I have served in the gospel ministry a quarter century. I believe the Bible-based Adventist message today very much as I believed it when Jesus first drew me to Himself. Bible truth is non-negotiable. It does not change with the season.

We must be courageous and resist the encroachments of fallen culture into God's church. We must be about the soul-winning work. We will never win hearts to Jesus via error. There is much to do. We must stand immovably for God's truth in God's church though the heavens fall.

NAD, Earned Trust, and Annual Council 2018