Twelve clergy convened March 13-14, 2017, for an ACLC Biblical Principles seminar entitled “Jumping with Both Feet into the Will of God.” The ministers truly experienced two days of deep Biblical insight revealing God’s formula to redeem mankind. They were deeply moved and asked for more.
Archbishop George A. Stallings presented a combination of the Principle of Creation and the Fall of Man, impacting the group with the stark contrast of God’s hope for a true family, and the destruction of the first family.
Rev. Dan Stein taught a passionate history of restoration of the family, showing that all the elements of family dysfunction are involved in the chosen Biblical families that God attempted to restore. The ministers could see the relevance of the Biblical Principles formula even in today’s family, and the need to bring this understanding to their congregants.
All presentations led to the conclusion that the change of lineage through the Marriage Blessing is the answer for healing families today, and the Christian Church is in the position to make that happen. As Pastor Raymond Giddens of the Unity Baptist Church in Las Vegas, succinctly stated: Because of human failure of responsibility, restoration history was prolonged.
Rev. Grover Durham, Founder of Good Citizen Deeds Foundation and Chaplain on the Crisis Response Team in Los Angeles, remarked: The presenters were outstanding. This type of presentation on the Word of God truly causes you to leave different than when you came. The information is so very helpful, especially with reference to challenging our congregations in a new way to regenerate their interest!
Pastor, Rev. Dr. Yvonne C. M. Benson of Las Vegas stated We enjoyed receiving the wisdom and knowledge of Arch. Bishop George Augustus Stallings. Rev. Moon says in his book on page 731, this “The ability to teach is a gift from God, and teachers are in a sense partners with God the divine Teacher.” We truly felt God’s anointing in Arch. Bishop George Augustus Stallings as he shared the word of God.
Another participant, Sweet Alice Harris, Founder and Executive Director of “Parents of Watts” in Los Angeles, enthusiastically commented: By “jumping with both feet” we are heeding Jesus’ warning in Matthew 6:24. We cannot serve two masters! We have to jump in with “both feet”! God wants our all!
Dr. Nicholas Benson, Los Angeles ACLC Co-Chair and pastor of First Summit Evangelical Church commented: The seminar was well organized and the presenters did a superb job! The spirit was high and the moral was high! ACLC is displaying a deep sense of unity and clear focus on the message!
Chaplain Hudson W. Griffith of Las Vegas stated, Thanks for the invitation to the 2-day seminar after my absence of over a year. It was extremely refreshing and the speakers proved their knowledge on the subjects they spoke on. I was extremely impressed with the accommodations, which were superb, and the meals were quite appetizing. I am looking forward to the next occasion you are hosting a seminar; please do let me know early so I can plan to attend.
Rev. Dan Stein summed up his insights by sharing: The transformation to receiving the True Parents in one’s heart does not occur in an instant—for most people this happens over a period of years; over time they find their faith. In the same way, when the ministers hear the Biblical principles the first time, it’s interesting, the second time it goes deeper, the third time is transformative. Their reflections testify to transformation.
Submitted by Susan Munsell, ACLC Coordinator Los Angeles, Kay Yamaguchi, ACLC Coordinator Las Vegas