Chapter 2: The reasoning of the Pharisees
It is clear having known Ron Wyatt, and having sat down with him in his home, and traveled with him to the Middle East, that he was an approachable individual. He was attempting to piece together as well, all that God was presenting to him, and if there was one quality that he processed, it was a teachable spirit.
This statement here struck me as unusual; “Since we first learned of these claims, we have held reservations; reservations which have not been modified by the revelation of further claims. While we have frequently spoken to questioning individuals on this matter, we have never previous to February 1999, written on these subjects, nor addressed them in public forums. Initially, the reason for this reluctance on our part to meet publicly these claims was based upon no motivation other than our failure to see them as very significant.” What struck me was that as questions were apparently being raised, the authors did not follow biblical counsel from Matthew 18 and contact Ron Wyatt directly. I wish they had. Now they are trying to work from a tremendous disadvantage.
Apart from noticing sections and thought from Standishes’ other books, this spirit struck me with a haunting uneasiness. It reflected the same attitude possessed by the Pharisees when they heard the report of the shepherds about the birth of the Messiah. Something miraculous was taking place in our world then, and yet the dismissivness of the priests brought tragedy; from the book Desire of Ages p.63 we read:
The priests and elders of Jerusalem were not as ignorant concerning the birth of Christ as they pretended. The report of the angels’ visit to the shepherds had been brought to Jerusalem, but the rabbis had treated it as unworthy of their notice. They themselves might have found Jesus, and might have been ready to lead the magi to His birthplace; but instead of this, the wise men came to call their attention to the birth of the Messiah. “Where is He that is born King of the Jews?” they said; “for we have seen His star in the East, and are come to worship Him.”
Now pride and envy closed the door against the light. If the reports brought by the shepherds and the wise men were credited, they would place the priests and rabbis in a most unenviable position, disproving their claim to be the exponents of the truth of God. These learned teachers would not stoop to be instructed by those whom they termed heathen. It could not be, they said, that God had passed them by, to communicate with ignorant shepherds or uncircumcised Gentiles. They determined to show their contempt for the reports that were exciting King Herod and all Jerusalem. They would not even go to Bethlehem to see whether these things were so. And they led the people to regard the interest in Jesus as a fanatical excitement. Here began the rejection of Christ by the priests and rabbis. From this point their pride and stubbornness grew into a settled hatred of the Saviour. While God was opening the door to the Gentiles, the Jewish leaders were closing the door to themselves.”
Could the same thing be happening today?
This next statement seemed to be the focus of the Holy Relics book, chapter 2: “It is too near the end of earth’s history for any of us to risk the grave consequences of deception. Today we need to determine whether we will establish our faith upon revelation, as presented in God’s Word, or return to the medieval practice of building faith upon the platform of holy relics.” Whereas I agree totally with the statement above, the inference is that the statement applies to the Discovery research, and then I couldn’t disagree more.
I’m looking for Ron Wyatt’s quote that says His Christian faith was built on the things He was seeing or presenting. That’s right, the Standishes can’t find it either (because it doesn’t exist)! As far as I could tell Ron Wyatt’s faith was in the only true God, who would consent to use a rough, timid, self-educated sinner as himself, one who was saved by amazing grace, through faith. I’m no judge, but Ron seemed to possess more faith than most anyone I have ever met. How can the Standishes, or anyone play the role of Holy Spirit, and suggest they could read his heart, that Wyatt was building His faith on the things and places God was revealing? I have to ask how they could discern these elements of his character when their face-to-face time was but a few hours. This is the most dangerous ground to be on, playing the role of anti-Christ (possessing omniscience).
Here again, misunderstanding of what is taking place is the culprit. God never provided the discoveries to replace faith, though it is an amazing confirmation of such, but He provided the discoveries as an asset, a tool, a testimony of the validity of His Word, a witness to the last generation, His own show and tell. The discoveries are ingenious revelations to not only get the attention of the world, but to confront the world with the validity of God’s Word, and the everlasting Gospel. And He asks us to unite our voices and lives with the rocks that are crying out.