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Burden of Leadership ( 7 )
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Quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White with the phrase . . .
 
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In the appointment of the seventy elders Miriam and Aaron had not been consulted, and their jealousy was excited against Moses. At the time of Jethro's visit, while the Israelites were on the way to Sinai, the ready acceptance by Moses of the counsel of his father-in-law had aroused in Aaron and Miriam a fear that his influence with the great leader exceeded theirs. In the organization of the council of elders they felt that their position and authority had been ignored. Miriam and Aaron had never known the weight of care and responsibility which had rested upon Moses; yet because they had been chosen to aid him they regarded themselves as sharing equally with him the burden of leadership, and they regarded the appointment of further assistants as uncalled for.  Patriarchs and Prophets, page 382.4
 
 
In the appointment of the seventy elders Miriam and Aaron had not been consulted, and their jealousy was excited against Moses. . . . Miriam and Aaron had never known the weight of care and responsibility which had rested upon Moses; yet because they had been chosen to aid him they regarded themselves as sharing equally with him the burden of leadership, and they regarded the appointment of further assistants as uncalled for. . . .  {CC 104.4}
 
 
God has a special work for the men of experience to do. They are to guard the cause of God. [NOTICE HOW FULLY THE GENERAL INTERESTS OF THE CAUSE ARE SAFEGUARDED IN THE PARAGRAPHS THAT FOLLOW. NOTICE, ALSO, THAT UPON THE MEN IN RESPONSIBILITY IS PLACED THE BURDEN OF LEADERSHIP AND HELPFUL GUIDANCE.] They are to see that the work of God is not committed to men who feel it their privilege to move out on their own independent judgment, to preach whatever they please, and to be responsible to no one for their instructions or work. Let this spirit of self-sufficiency once rule in our midst, and there will be no harmony of action, no unity of spirit, no safety for the work, and no healthful growth in the cause. There will be false teachers, evil workers, who will, by insinuating error, draw away souls from the truth. Christ prayed that His followers might be one as He and the Father were one. Those who desire to see this prayer answered, should seek to discourage the slightest tendency to division, and try to keep the spirit of unity and love among brethren.  {PH078 24.3}
 
Although James White was theoretically in agreement with the idea that he should step aside and let others carry the burden of leadership in the church, it was not easy for him to stand back and have no say in what should be done and how. He was distressed when he saw moves made in administrative lines that he felt could result in failure or would injure the cause.  {3BIO 154.1}
 
 
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God has not set any kingly power in the Seventh-day Adventist Church to control the whole body or to control any branch of the work. He has not provided that the burden of leadership shall rest upon a few men. Responsibilities are distributed among a large number of competent men.  {8T 236.3}
 
 
God has not set any kingly power in the Seventh-day Adventist Church to control the whole body, or to control any branch of the work.  He has not provided that the burden of leadership shall rest upon a few men.  Responsibilities are distributed among a large number of competent men. -- Testimonies, Vol. 8, p. 236. {ChL 49.3}
 
 
God has not set any kingly power in the Seventh-day Adventist Church to control the whole body or to control any branch of the work. He has not provided that the burden of leadership shall rest upon a few men. Responsibilities are distributed among a large number of competent men.-- 8T 236.  {PM 130.3}
 
 
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