BLOOD MAKES POOR MORTAR! 4 Questions Every Constituent Should Answer Before September!

WHAT DID HESTON MEAN WHEN HE SAID: “BLOOD MAKES POOR MORTAR?”

blood 2These words were spoken by Charlton Heston playing the part of Moses in Cecille B. DeMille’s epic film, “The Ten Commandments.” Truer words have ever been spoken. This is exactly what happened last year when nearly a score of ministers were pink-slipped, had their stipends revoked, or given a retirement option of taking a meager $20,000.00 payout that would make them ineligible for full Social Security benefits or Medicare health coverage. Those who balked at this plan were given a veiled threat that included being reassigned to another district or having more churches added to their pastorates.

It appears that very little consideration was given to what the repercussions of their actions could cause to those who were thus affected. Some who pride themselves on using the corporate model to solve our financial dilemma fail to realize that God has not called us to emulate corporate America, but to seek His wisdom and counsel. A former conference president in our union wisely advised: “In times of financial disaster, cut programs, not people.”

detI wonder if we truly appreciate the skills many of our conference’s ministers have acquired over the decades managing churches mired in red ink and safely navigating them safely through the turbulent waters of fiscal collapse. We can safely aver that if one of these men or women were placed as the C. E. O. of a fortune 500 company; they could do a commendable job. Imagine their having these kinds of resources at their disposal when they have been accustomed to accomplishing so much with so little for so long. The first question you should demand an answer to is:

#1: Did Demand for Blood Blind The Administrators From The Past?@ettubrut2

THE MOST DISTRESSING PART OF THIS WHOLE SCENARIO is that we were not called together so that we could devise a strategy that would not have necessitated our cutting or ousting anyone. Solomon states: “. . . . in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Prov. 11:14) The Lord’s Messenger observes: It is seldom wise for decisions to be made by a few.” This is certainly not the first time our conference has faced a financial challenge. We have been here before. What did we do in the past that prevented us from the kind of carnage we are presently experiencing? At one time one of our sister conference in this union solved their financial crisis by assigning a Pastor to visit all of the churches and explains what the consequences of failing to act would entail. In one year that conference paid off a debt of over $1,000,000.00. In Life Sketches, Ellen G. White writes: “We need fear nothing for the future except we forget the Lord’s leading in our past history.”

What could we have done to prevent the slaughter of the innocents: those who had nothing to do with the present fiscal quagmire? A second question that needs an answer should be:

_67305166_bloodcontract01#2: Does Materialism and Blood Create Bad Decisions?

WE COULD SELL THE PROPERTY that we own throughout the conference. It could be sold more easily if buyers could make monthly payments. I have been in meetings where union officials have informed us that over $300,000.00 in reversion funds would not be received because we had overspent that much on the campground. We must painfully acknowledge that we cannot continue to mortgage debtsink millions of dollars into a facility that we use, primarily; once a year. We are like someone who owns a Rolls Royce but can’t afford fuel for our luxurious automobile. The camp meeting concept was conceived in the nineteenth century as an evangelistic tool. (According to Volume VI of Testimonies of the Church) The Lord’s Messenger never envisioned its being at one locale decade after decade. The exorbitant amounts of money we have poured into our campground could have been used to retain workers to continue the progress of the gospel message and to hasten the return of our Savior.

The attitude of many appears to be cut away the subcutaneous fat from the money sink holeconference budget by ousting older workers. However, the greatest sin of which God ‘s people are guilty is ingratitude.” Who are those workers who made the sacrifices that enabled this conference to reach its present status? Who were these Black and unknown bards of long ago who went to the post office expecting to receive a check and found a box of Message magazines instead? Who were these people who received unsigned checks, or worse; ones that bounced? Who were My Shoesthese men who had to build churches themselves if they desired to have a new one? Who were those older workers who had as many as six churches and if the treasurer’s report of even one of these churches was not in the office would not receive a check, literally living out of the ingathering can until the 6th or 7th of the following month. These workers learned the secrets of constructing churches without financial assistance from any higher church organization, when the revolving fund did not even exist. Ask some of our older workers and members how debilitating it was to be told year after year: “send in your ingathering overflow and we will assist you to build a shareholderchurch.” This vow though often repeated, was almost never fulfilled. How many workers had to leave this conference to receive salaries that coincided with union scale wages and saw a policy book for the first time in their lives when they arrived in their new areas of service? Older workers here have persevered through numerous salary freezes but because we never believed in retroactive pay like Lee Iaccocca of Chrysler fame, the salary loss sustained could never be recouped.

If the first and second questions are answered truthfully then the third question is a no brainer:

#3: Does Demand For Blood Inflict Sickness?sick blackman

MANY CLAIMED that older workers are often more sickly than younger ones and therefore can be cut from the roster for tremendous savings. No one ever pauses to ask, why are they so sickly? We have traveled the vast highways and byways of a conference that is larger than many of the world’s nations, deprived of proper rest, long board and business meetings that lasted into the wee hours of the following day. An ancient warrior of the cross wrote that one of the stressors he fated was: “the care of all the churches.” (2 Cor. 11: 28) The lyrics of a Christian song intone: “Sometimes living takes the life out of me.” Now here’s the final question that concerns workers and pastors:

th33S0E291#4: Does Demand For Blood Accelerate Aging?

THE A. A. R. P. MAGAZINE warns that stressors shorten the life span, and one should not have to commute more than twenty miles daily to maintain optimal health. What minister could meet this criterion? Now that we know why older workers are sickly, we must remember that none are immune to disease or illness. We should remember also that our church does not require any ministerial candidate to pass a physical before being hired. Think about what our ministerial workforce was called upon to do in the past: such as erecting tents in one hundred degree heat for camp pitch. This required vigorous fitness. One worker confessed that he left camp meeting every year to spend a week in the hospital. The Brethren were often reminded of the possibility of losing the life of one of our ministers during camp pitch, and if each man had to pass a physical before camp pitch; not ten men in our entire conference could pass.

 

These Four Questions Lead To A Final Conclusion:

Youre-Fired-300x199IN THE CORPORATE world if there are to be layoffs or plant closures those who are to be affected usually are given advanced warning so they can adjust to missing a significant portion of their income. Most of those who were given the old heave-ho in April of last year were not even given a full month of severance payments before receiving their final checks. In this republic that we call the United States of America, the founding fathers produced a flag. The background was white, with a serpent portrayed on its face with a simple caption that read: “Don’t tread on me.” We will one day have to stand ddf9b5848c73d35f3bbd61e78e150780before the Judge of all the earth after “treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered.” As Moses faced the Master Builder, he eloquently stated to him in the Hollywood film the Ten Commandments: “Blood makes poor mortar.” — C. C. Rider

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11 Responses to BLOOD MAKES POOR MORTAR! 4 Questions Every Constituent Should Answer Before September!

  1. ay Pastor Kennedy - three angels SDA company Marrero, La 70072 says:

    how do we clean house? why shld we go to regional meetings and select nominating members when all is said and done? The idea of a peaceful constituent rebellion is the ay to go. Once it gets rolling many will join for those in office to step aside, then a list of new names must be ready. Why no out cry for no conf. elections in May? Union shld have stepped in. Why shld nominating members go to union headquarters when all has already been concluded?

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  2. TELL ME YOU CAN SEE says:

    Johny…..

    I feel your frustration. Too bad the rest of ministry has fallen asleep. Already the same selfish political idiots are bunkering down in their war room trying to figure out who would best fit their mold for President. Their mold comes carved out with selfish greed, and self preservation.

    Their is not a hint of the Second Coming, the only hope we really have worth living for. This is my frustration that the men we we have known for so many years could actually be lost by fighting against other ministers and still plotting retribution of some kind against them.

    Meanwhile, the President sits with some more insane slop which will never bring people together. How did this man ever get to be President?

    The three people that should never be considered for the Presidency of the SWRC are: Green, McCoy, N. Jones, G. Jones, S. Brooks. These officers killed ministers with a smile and shipwrecked the SWRC.

    AND PLEASE DON’T PUT FOSTER BACK IN THE OFFICE, THE MASTER OF DISASTER! Right now he’s a killer dog on the prowl and he is running the yards at will. He carries pink slips in his his jaws endorsed by Lucky, and ordered by Big Dawg. Beware of dog; Foster has marked his spots for a grand finally come September.

    Beware of the Maud Squad: Frank, Dino and Jerry. They are already at work. The same old school crap for the last 30 years. But they are buried in a septic tank and you know what that means: MORE CRAP.

    DON’T GIVE UP. THEIR IS A RISING SUN.

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  3. JOHNNY COCHRAN says:

    Now we get to the crux of the whole matter!How can the treasurer be voted VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND SOME OF THESE OTHER GLORY SEEKING TITLES WHEN THEY HAVEN’T DONE THE WORK COMMENSURATE TO THE TITLE?WHAT MEETING HAS THE CONFERENCE TREASURER EVER BEEN ABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS WITHOUT HAVING TO BE PREPPED AND COACHED FOR?HOW DO YOU GET PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT AFTER MISSPENDING MILLIONS ON CAMPGROUND WITHOUT APPROVAL BY CONSTITUENTS NOR ACCOUNTABILITY?WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE HERE?WHAT ACCOUNTABILITY DO THE BIG THREE SHOW FOR THE HELTER SKELTER WAY THIS CONFERENCE HAS TRAVERSED THESE LAST FOUR YEARS?
    DO YOU REALLY THINK THIS ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE RETURNED TO OFFICE?THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN LESS VISIBLE SINCE BECOMING PRESIDENT THAN WHEN HE WAS AT THE UNION OFFICE.WE THOUGHT HE HAD CHANGED AND HE HAS HE HAS GOTTEN WORSE!WHEN HE TELLS YOU SOMETHING, YOU BETTER CHECK OUT THE FACTS BEFORE YOU BUY WHATEVER HE HAS FOR SALE!I BELIEVE THE UNION SENT HIM HERE TO SABOTAGE THE RETIREMENT PROGRAM AND KEEP EVERYBODY IN BONDAGE AND SLAVERY!THE SECRETARY IS NOT VERY SKILLED IN RECORD KEEPING SO HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO PUT HIM BACK IN MUCH LESS PROMOTE HIM TO PRESIDENT!
    PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THE DOCTOR G JONES MINISTERIAL MAN!THE MASTERMIND BEHIND THE REALIGNMENT PLAN!WHAT A JOKE !WHAT A TRAVESTY OF INJUSTICE !WE WOULD DO BETTER HAVING THE ROMAN RULER CALIGULA TO BE MINISTERIAL MAN.I WOULD RESPECT HIM IF HE JUST CAME OUT AND SAID” I WILL DO ANYTHING TO BECOME PRESIDENT HERE AND DO NOT CARE WHO GETS HURT IN THE PROCESS”!HE IS A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHES.WHERE DID HE COME FROM AND WHY DID HE HAVE TO LEAVE?
    WHAT ABOUT THE BELOVED BROTHER FOSTER?DID NOT HE MASTERMIND THE FIRING OF THE MANY TO SAVE A SELECT FEW?HIS IS THE WAY OF THE WORLD!THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ARE MAINLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAD CONDITION OF THIS CONFERENCE WERE ALL ADDRESSED OR MENTIONED IN THE EVANGELISM LACK OF FUNDS LETTER!POETIC JUSTICE INDEED!
    FINALLY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WE CANNOT GIVE A PASS TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE!FIRST THEY VOTE A NO CONFIDENCE VOTE FOR ADMINISTRATION AFTER CAMPGROUND FUNDS WERE OVERSPENT BY AT LEAST 1 MILLION DOLLARS,AND THEN THEY CHANGE THEIR MINDS AND GIVE THEM A CONFIDENCE VOTE AND BLAME SENIOR WORKERS FOR THEIR FINANCIAL THIEVERY!WE NEED LEADERS WHO CANNOT BE BOUGHT NOR SOLD!

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  4. TELL ME YOU CAN SEE says:

    YOU SEE!

    A PROTEST AT THE UPCOMING CONSTITUENCY IS NEEDED. I AM ONE OF THE 100 WHO WILL SHOW UP AND COME DOWN TO REGISTER A PEACEFUL PROTEST AGAINST THE ATROCITIES OF THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION!

    How can they make positions for themselves, increase their salary by promotion when you pastors have had no raise in years.

    How many of you will stand for something that will help everyone.

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  5. UMMM says:

    I noticed in the letter below concerning pastors evanglelism allocations for 2015. My question is brother stanley is…..how can the administrators vote themselves titles that are not in the Constitution and bylaws of the SWRGC?????????????????

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  6. Messenger says:

    All I have to say the this administration is this: “a..let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”. because Judgment Day is coming, you’d better mind!

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  7. ANONYMOUS says:

    AINT’T THIS JUST REDICULOUS! AN EXAMPLE OF BAD MANAGEMENT. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY PEOPLE!

    May 18, 2015

    Pastors
    Southwest Region Conference

    Dear Pastors:
    We wish to thank you for what you are doing to take the message of a Soon Coming Savior in the Southwest Region Conference.

    Due to the Conference commitments for 2015 and related cash flow restraints, we are unable to fund the full amount of your evangelism request at this time. We hope to fund the remainder of your request later this year.

    We ask that you continue to pray for our conference as we endeavor to support our ministries and finish the gospel.

    Thank you again for your dedicated service.
    Sincerely,
    Nancy Jones
    Nancy Jones, VP for Finance

    cc Samuel Green, President
    Terrell McCoy, VP for Administration
    Kircio Mota, VP for Hispanic Ministries
    Terry Foster, Under Treasurer
    Gordon Jones, Ministerial Director

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    • STAND FOR SOMETHNG (SFS) says:

      Dear Editor:

      It seems wrong to me that there are no other potential candidates for the Presidency who would make some noise over this letter above. Their silence indicates a vacuum in leadership within the SWRGC.

      But why would we elect a leaders who will not show any leadership by addressing this issue and others like it? Why are you playing soft ball when members and pastors want hard ball? Don’t wait until election time to sell your self because it will be too late.

      Honorable Mentions FOR THE BIG JOB are: Doggette, Thompson, McCoy, G. Jones, Polite, Watkins, T Brown and Byrd, Two of these listed above are a part of the current ongoing financial problems we are now experienceing. Do the others who are pastors have a clue about what they will do for us? Will they bring more Incentive exits? Will they be less transparent?

      I CERTAINLY COULD NOT SUPPORT MCCOY OR G. JONES WHÒ WERE THE ARCHITECTS OF 4 YEARS OF BAD MANAGEMENT. YOU CAN SCREAM ALL YOU WANT BUT THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE AND YOU CLOSED YOUR EYES. SEND THESE TWO PACKING FOR SURE!

      Most likey the Administration is telling ministers and churches that the money for evangelism for 2015 will be completely exhausted after the General Conference Session; all spent in San Antonio, Texas or used for other purposes to keep the Conferene running.

      It seems that the three are running as if this is their last stand. So, spend all the $300,000 on San Antonio for the purpose of being able to tell us that a church was planted in that town. This leads me with the conclusion that the President is saying, Goodbye.

      ….because NO MORE MONEY WILL BE LEFT BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATORS ROBBED PETER TO PAY PAUL.

      For you pastors who will sit and take this, demonstrates why you are in the situation you find yourselves in now.

      STAND FOR SOME!

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  8. Dear Editor,
    I heartily agree and believe that if you have to convince Chritians to be “Christlike ” why waste your time?I have enjoyed the time spent on this blog but something more is needed! The Master said”If you know these things happy are you if you do them”.Our financial situation is not a financial one,it is a spiritual one!The problem must be dealt with from the top! The Pastors received a letter telling them that all evangelism funds have been used and this is only May!Ironically this is the month that we could have and should have voted in a brand new administration.COINCIDENTLY, the very people who need to be replaced were all forwarded a copy of the letter from the Treasurer to the pastors!I believe THE LORD is trying to tell us something!Can you see it?Can you hear it?”Touch not My anointed and do My prophets no harm “!

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  9. ICE says:

    SUPERB ARTICLE!

    Tell it like it is!
    It’s warming up in the freezer!

    Chill!

    Ice

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