Posted by: adventlife | November 29, 2016

A Missionary Kid Remembers Hacksaw Ridge and Desmond Doss

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Nic Samojluk4 minutes ago

What a contrast between this man of God who kept asking God “give me just one more. Just one more” wounded American soldier and those who since 1973 have been engaged in the killing of American unborn children, and what is worse is the fact that thousands of them perished at the hands of physicians employed by Adventist hospitals.

What a great opportunity to remember this amazing Adventist soldier by emulating his dedication to saving human lives from a sure death instead of profiting from the killing of the unborn. Desmond Doss dodged enemy bullets in his desperate effort to save those perishing; we profited from the genocide of the “least of these.” It is high time for our church leaders to do the following:

  1. Publicly acknowledge that it was wrong for our church to side with the enemy on this life and death issue.
  2. Ask God to forgive this terrible sin of our church.
  3. Get our medical facilities completely out of the abortion business.
  4. Void and discard a document known as “Guidelines on Abortion” which is still used by our Adventist Health System to justify the killing of innocent unborn babies under a variety of circumstances, including when an unwanted pregnancy affects the mental health of a woman. Mental depression is a temporary condition—abortion is permanent and irreversible.

It we do this, it will honor the memory of a great and valiant American Adventist soldier who got the Medal of Honor from President Trumann.

Link: http://advindicate.com/articles/2016/11/23/a-missionary-kid-remembers-hacksaw-ridge-and-desmond-doss

Posted by: adventlife | November 28, 2016

Honoring the Memory of Desmond T Doss, by Nic Samojluk

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How should we honor the memory of a valiant Adventist soldier who saved the life of 75 wounded American soldiers at Hacksaw Ridge? Mel Gibson did so with a film that is viewed by thousands right now.

The film is full of violence, but it shows the bravery of one man for whom the life of others was worth more than his own. He dodged enemy bullets while rescuing the lives of his comrades. Here are a couple of paragraphs from an article dealing this incredible story, followed by my own comments:

“Freedom of Conscience on Hacksaw Ridge: A Story for Our Times

And now there’s an amazing, powerful film about one man who was willing to give his life, but whose conscience and deeply held religious beliefs would not allow him to take the lives of others.

Mel Gibson’s new movie, “Hacksaw Ridge,” tells the story of Desmond Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist from the hills of Virginia, who enlisted in the Army with the understanding he could serve as a medic—and therefore not violate his firm belief in “thou shalt not kill.” …”

More: http://savingourfuture.com/2016/11/freedom-conscience-hacksaw-ridge-story-times/

How can Adventist honor the Memory of this American Hero?

In those days, men who served in the army as conscientious objectors were held in rather low esteem, were often ridiculed by their comrades, and mistreated by their superiors. Some of them were abused, imprisoned, assigned to menial tasks, kicked and beaten, and even “dunked headfirst into latrines.”

During the war, 162 members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church were court-martialed because of their religious convictions, and when the war ended, thirty-five of these men were serving terms of from five to twenty years at hard labor.

His first day in the army did not go well. When it was bedtime, Doss knelt beside his bunk bed in order to say his prayers, and all of a sudden he became the object of ridicule. A heavy army shoe sailed above his head. He didn’t want to get hit by a shoe, but he didn’t want to cut short his prayers. He realized he would need the Lord like never before.

A sergeant who watched the daring rescue stated: “Doss, I expected to see you killed any minute. We could all see it from up on the hill. You were crawling right toward that sniper.”

Adventists later learned from the Japanese soldier that he was the sniper, and that he was determined to shoot as Doss crawled towards him. He attempted to pull the trigger, but couldn’t.

When Doss’ 77th Infantry Division approached the Island of Okinawa, the American soldiers learned that the Japanese had warned the native population that Americans would torture and slaughter them. To their horror, Doss and his comrades witnessed native women cutting their children’s throats and then their own as the American forces approached.

This risky mission did not go well, and the hill was covered with the bodies of wounded and dead American soldiers. Doss was the only one standing there alone. After lowering the first wounded man, Doss realized that the task was moving too slowly, so he improvised a double knot rope sling, which he used to lower the rest of the wounded men.

There was no time to count the wounded. His superior estimated the number at 100, but Doss thought it must have been no more than fifty, consequently they split the difference and the official number was reported as 75.

Then President Truman stated the following: “I am proud of you. You really deserve this. I consider this a greater honor than being President.”

The story of this soldier illustrates the attitude of SDA’s towards the sacredness of human life at that time. The best way to honor the memory of this valiant Adventist soldier who dodged enemy bullets while rescuing the lives of wounded American soldiers is to emulate what he did. Are we doing this?

This week I took the time to visit the Loma Linda University campus and read some of the names the school honored with plaques for their contributions to their Alma Matter. I noticed that among those honored was the name of the greatest abortionist in the history of California: Dr. Edward Allred.

Not to be outdone, La Sierra University honored the same man with his name on one of their newest buildings on their campus. What happened? Desmond T Doss was definitely pro-life. He did care for the wounded soldiers whose lives he saved. Should we not follow Doss example of fidelity to God and Country?

Should we not honor those dedicated to save the lives of others instead of honoring with plaques and buildings the memory of the greatest unborn child killer in the history of California?

More: Booton Herndon. The Unlikeliest Hero (Mountain View, California: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1967)

Posted by: adventlife | November 24, 2016

Free Book Online for the Readers of Advent Life, by Nic Samojluk

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Recently I had the chance to read several books online; excellent books with a high meaningful content that I would have missed if I had no other alternative than to order  them through Amazon.com, pay for them, wait for them to arrive by mail, and then read them.

I published recently two books on the issue of abortion. They are the result of careful research, and a huge investment of time and effort. I believe that these two books of mine contain valuable information that would benefit those interested in this topic.  And I realize that many people will never get the benefit of reading them if they have to go through the task of ordering them and paying for them.

I wrote these books because I have a strong conviction that the unborn have the God-given right to life. This means that the profit from the sale of my books is almost irrelevant when compared with the value of life of those waiting to take the first breath. This is why I have decided to place these books of mine online and make them available to everybody at no cost.

The best things in life are free: air and water–in most cases. If you are thirsty, you can always find a place where you can get a drink at no monetary cost to you. The same is true about spiritual blessings. You can always walk into a church to get spiritual advice or to pray.

For this reason, I did upload one of them online for your benefit. The title is “Murder in Paradise,” and you can read it free of charge by clicking on the link listed below. I may be tempted to upload the other one as well in the future.

I have also posted a list of links to numerous articles–most of them dealing with the value of life–for you to browse and read at your convenience. May the Lord add his blessing to this project on behalf of those are mercilessly deprived of their most valuable asset—life!

Nic Samojluk

Link: https://wordpress.com/stats/month/adventlifebooks.wordpress.com

Posted by: adventlife | November 24, 2016

The Life at Conception Act

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I want to share with you, the readers of Advent Life, the following message I received from Martin Fox, who is the president of the National Pro-Life Alliance

“Thanks to you and other National Pro-Life Alliance members, support for the Life at Conception Act has grown tremendously.

In fact, the Life at Conception Act has reached an all-time record number of cosponsors in this Congress.

Yet even with our steadily growing support, our battle to pass a Life at Conception Act and end abortion-on-demand isn’t going to be easy or happen overnight.

But I find confidence and strength as I reflect on the fact that past generations have struggled — and prevailed — against similarly grave evils, such as William Wilberforce’s battle against slavery over a century and a half ago.

You may already be familiar with his story, which was recently depicted in the film “Amazing Grace.”

William Wilberforce was a British Member of Parliament who fought for over forty years to put an end to slavery.

He doggedly re-introduced his bill to abolish the international slave trade every year. At first, his efforts were overwhelmingly defeated.

Conventional wisdom believed that slavery was a permanent staple of British life, essential to the British Empire’s economy — much like activist judges want the people to believe that the “right” to abortion is “settled law.”

But Wilberforce kept his determination, and ultimately he was victorious.

Twenty years after he began, Parliament abolished the slave trade. And another twenty years after that, they ended slavery itself.

And like Wilberforce in his battle to end slavery, I am confident that we will ultimately emerge victorious as well, as long as you and I keep up the fight.

In fact, I am certain that William Wilberforce would be in the trenches with you and me, fighting to protect the unborn, if he were alive today.

Indeed, his great-great-grandson, Fr. Gerald Wilberforce, recently noted that “with the passage of time we look back in horror at how we devalued human life [through slavery]. I truly believe we will look back in years to come, repent and ask forgiveness for what we let happen to the unborn child.”

Whenever great moral sicknesses infect a society, the road to recovery is usually long and rough. But together there is no doubt you and I will ultimately prevail.

For Life,

Martin Fox, President
National Pro-Life Alliance”

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Following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, some of the ardent defenders of abortion are bringing back to life one of the main arguments used in favor of the legalization of abortion prior to the 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court ruling : “Abortion must be legal because women will otherwise have no option but to resort to the back alley alternative.”

One of the Advent Life readers included this type of reasoning in a posting he submitted to this forum recently. Here is what he wrote:

The Pro-Abortion Argument

“From my understanding our church has allowed abortion in extreme situations, because they have a concern for the women involved they know they will go to a backyard butcher nothing will stop a woman from having an abortion…so by not banning it outright, it gives the opportunity to counsel and try to prevent the woman from doing it….not saying I agree with that stance, but that’s just what I’ve understood in this whole issue in other countries women and babies are dying because of underground abortion it’s all very secretive”

Another reader of this forum named Peter Soteria responded to said comments with the following posting which I thought worth repeating here for the benefit of all the readers of this forum:

The Pro-life Response

“It is being done freely in our hospitals and clinics as birth control! 1000’s of them. It should not even be considered regardless circumstances. Let them go to facilities that don’t have a problem assassinating the most innocent!

The reasoning you give above is the exact same as saying, “We should commit murder because some will commit murder no matter what we do, but because of our disapproval of murder, even if we actually participate in it, some might change their mind and not commit murder.”!!

Or the same as saying, “We should keep Sunday holy too, because no matter what we do or say some will keep it, but by our keeping Sunday holy, even though we sort of believe we should keep the 7th day holy, some might change their minds and keep the true Sabbath.”!!!”

This type of reasoning Peter Soteria thought to be foolish, dangerous, a lie, evil, deceptive, etc.!”

What do you think?

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For several decades now Adventists have been engaged in the controversial issue of women’s ordination. The church has invested millions of dollars and three General Conference sessions in an effort to unite the worldwide church on this topic without success. Several Unions and one Division seem determined to follow their own conviction instead of aligning their policies with the rest of the Adventist world.

There have been a long list of never ending studies and discussions in the Adventist media and a plethora of Adventist forums articles followed by hundreds of comments posted by readers interested in solving this doctrinal dilemma. What follows is a short list of comments I posted in those forums. I thought that some of you might be interested in reading them. I am including some links in case you want to read what others have posted as well.

You will probably discover that there are a number of arguments that I have repeated under a variety of circumstances. If this annoys you, I apologize. I have edited some of these comments of mine for the sake of clarity.

Women’s Ordination & Abortion

It is evident that we are determined to risk a split over a minor issue like women’s ordination while allowing diversity over a major one like abortion.

Where are the victims of women’s ordination? Are you aware of any? None that I can see! Why should we worry if women’s ministry brings sinners to Jesus Christ? Does this harm the church somehow? Which of the Ten Commandments is violated when we ordain a woman to the Gospel ministry?

Contrast this with the thousands of innocent unborn babies whose lives were cut short inside some of our Adventist medical facilities since 1970 when our SDA Church adopted the pro-choice position on this issue, but our church has chosen to be silent on this topic!

Likewise, which of God’s commandments is violated when we kill an unborn child? The sixth–the one designed by a loving God to protect the right to life. Here is what Jesus said regarding the value of human life:

“It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” [Luke 17:2]

According to Jesus, death is preferable than offending the little ones, but our Adventist leaders believe that killing said little ones is morally acceptable and morally neutral under a variety of circumstances, including when the father of the unborn child is a sinner.

I thought that the sinner deserves to be punished–not the innocent victim. Do we punish the rapist? No! So why do we justify the killing of the innocent?

Our “Guidelines on Abortion” also justify abortion when the pregnancy affects the mental health of the woman. My question is: Is the temporary inconvenience of a pregnancy worse than the permanent and irreversible decision to either dismember of poison the body of the unborn?

The founders of the Adventist movement were pro-life–not pro-choice/pro-abortion! What happened? Why did we abandon the pro-life original position of the founders of Adventism? The answer is profit. Is profit a safe policy to follow? What did Jesus say about this?

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” [Luke 16:13]

I believe that it is high time for our church leaders to repent of this insult against the Creator of human life.

Our church has invested millions of dollars and three General Conference sessions into the women’s ordination issue–zero dollars for the protection of the right to life.

We are majoring in minor issues and minoring in major ones. It is time to alter this erroneous course of action.

Link: http://advindicate.com/articles/2016/10/12/annual-council-2016-reflections-and-analysis

Women’s Ordination & Discrimination

Some decades ago when I was employed by the church as a teacher, a female counterpart of mine asked me and other male employees: “How come you get 100 percent of the salary and I get only 60 percent?” She complained to management.

The school treasurer replied: “Because you are a woman. Males must support their families and need more pay.”

“That is exactly my situation,” she replied, “I am the only worker in my family. I support my husband, who is a student, and my two children.”

The treasurer answered: “I am sorry, but I cannot deviate from church policy.”

Some years later a Pacific Press female submitted the same complaint, and the result was that the church was forced to alter an unjust and discriminatory practice.

Sooner or later the church will have to cease discrimination when dealing with women’s ordination.

Women’s Ordination & Reformation

I agree, women’s ordination is not a fundamental issue. It is neither forbidden nor defended in Scripture. This is why I think that we are attempting to major in minors and to minor in majors.

Where is the harm done to the church by the ordination of women? In China thousands are led to Christ by the pastoral ministry of females. Why are we so scared about the fact that God is using women in order to advance the Gospel? Did not God use women to announce the good news about Jesus’ resurrection?

The church has invested a fortune and three General Conference sessions aimed at imposing a discriminatory policy on women who feel they are called to the Gospel ministry. We have been focusing our attention on a minor issue while neglecting a major one like abortion.

Why can’t we focus our attention on a worthy cause like the right to life of the unborn? This is where true reformation is sorely needed in our church! Thousands of unborn babies are either poisoned or subjected to dismemberment on a daily basis in America, and our Adventist institutions have profited from this nefarious business with impunity.

Many Adventists have attempted without success to do for our church what Martin Luther did for Christianity some centuries ago. When our 1992 Autumn Council approved what is known as “Guidelines on Abortion”–a morally flawed document that justifies the killing of innocent human beings under a variety of circumstances–many gifted Adventists left the church, while others remained. Here is the testimony of one of those who did remain:

“Nic, God bless you (and everybody else reading this) for your efforts regarding life. I’ve been fighting this battle for 30 years and it’s been kind of lonely, except for faithful friends like George Gainer and David Newman. We at Ministry magazine fought so hard in 1992 at the GC Annual Council, both by putting out a special pro-life issue of Ministry (Sept. 92) and on the floor as delegates. Our efforts utterly failed, but at least we did our best for God.” [Received from Martin Weber by email]

Why can’t we focus our attention off a minor issue like women’s ordination and concentrate on something really worth our effort like the killing of unborn children?

Women’s Ordination & Sin

If ordaining women to the ministry is a sin, then how about the sin of elective abortions that stained the hands of the church for decades starting back in 1970? Did the church ever confess and repent of this sin against the Creator? Repentance is easier secured by modeling than by demand. Should not the church demonstrate by example the benefits of repentance and forgiveness?

Where is the harm done by allowing women to be ordained for the work they feel they have been called to? Why should women repent for bringing sinners to Christ? If ordaining women is a sin, then depriving innocent children of life is a much greater sin. This is where true revival must take place.

The contrast between women’s ordination and our participation in the abortion business is significant. In one case sinners are lead to eternal life, while in the other case unborn children are deprived of life. The contrast could not be greater. Let the General Conference model repentance for other to follow their lead.

Didn’t Jesus suggest that it is advisable to remove a beam out one own eye if we want to remove a speck out somebody else’s eye?

Women’s Ordination and Abortion

There is more Scriptural evidence against Christians killing innocent human beings than against women’s ordination, yet we embraced the pro-choice/pro-abortion evil policy back in 1970 and even today still hold to the document known as “Guidelines on Abortion.”

In theory, we defend the permanence and validity of the Ten Commandments, but in practice we ignore the Sixth Commandment of the Lord. We allowed many of our medical institutions to profit from abortion with impunity. Our hands are stained with the blood of innocent unborn babies.

Our La Sierra University did dedicate a portion of its latest buildings in honor of the most proficient killer of unborn children. Said building bears the name of Dr. Edward Allred, a graduate of Loma Linda who became a millionaire by killing unborn children. Our Loma Linda University did also honor this man with several plaques for his donations to this institution.

Did the General Conference ever reprimand these institutions for honoring this former owner of over 20 abortion clinics in California? Not a chance! Yet when a young Adventist decided to speak on behalf of the right to life of the unborn, the GC lawyers sent him a letter warning him to cease and desist from using the name of his web site “Adventist for Life.”

Our “Washington Adventist Hospital” killed thousands of innocent unborn children and was never reprimanded for the use of the Adventist name, but the moment this young pro-life Adventist man began speaking of behalf of the unborn, the church shut his web site voice out of cyber space.

We invested tons of ink, millions of dollars, and three General Conference sessions in an attempt to silence thee voice of women preachers—a minor issue that harms no one—but will not raise our voice against a massive genocide taking place in our country and the entire world.

We should be ashamed of defending our right to bear the name “Remnant of God.” We should pay attention to a major issue that is decimating the lives of thousands and let women preach the Gospel without interference with their calling. A large number of women in China are being used by God to advance God’s cause on earth. Do not they deserve credit for their work.

God used women who played the role assigned to prophets. He used the willing service of Ellen White. Her authority on spiritual matters surpasses that of many Adventist preachers, yet we have a problem with ordaining women? Something is wrong with our spiritual vision.

We need to repent and seek God’s forgiveness that the Holy Spirit may fall on our church without any impediment.

Women’s Ordination, Uniformity, & Abortion

Controversial issues grounded on moral convictions should take precedence over policy considerations. It is wrong to force the conscience of church members to abandon their honestly held beliefs.

The church has already wasted millions of dollars of sacred funds and devoted three General Conference sessions in an attempt to impose an artificial uniformity on the issue of women’s ordination.

All this effort could have been used to achieve uniformity over a much more relevant issue like abortion. In North America Adventist leaders favor the pro-choice position on this issue while outside the North American Division most Adventists hold the pro-life belief.

In one case the controversy is regarding credit for bringing sinners to Christ; in the other case the disagreement is pivoted about the right to take the life of innocent unborn babies under a variety of circumstances. Where is the harm to the Gospel if we grant freedom to those women who feel called to the ministry?

How does this compare with those who are convinced that depriving a large segment of human beings of life is a noble work? In one case we lead people to life, while in the other one we participate in the extermination of those who are waiting for the chance to be see the light of day for the first time.

Women’s Ordination & Unity

This reminds me of the following incident. John and James complained that someone who was not a disciple was performing miracles in Jesus’ name. Notice how Jesus responded to this departure from accepted policy:

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us. But Jesus said, “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me.” [Mark 9:38-39]

Some unions have slightly departed from the traditional manner in carrying the Gospel forward, and the church has reacted by producing a plethora of documents and wasted millions of dollars in order to forbid what is nowhere forbidden in Scripture. We would be wise, I believe, to stop this nonsense.

Women’s Ordination & Tithing

I have now two strong reasons to send my tithe to independent ministries: The General Conference opposition to women’s ordination and the 1992 Autumn Council approval of a document known as “Guidelines on Abortion” that justify the killing of innocent unborn babies under a variety of circumstances, including when an unwanted pregnancy begins to affect the mental health of a woman. This means that the life of a healthy unborn baby is sacrificed on the altar of personal convenience. Bear in mind that pregnancy is a temporary condition; abortion is permanent and irreversible.

Link: http://conversation.spectrummagazine.org/t/three-takeaways-from-the-annual-council-unity-vote/12113/56

Posted by: adventlife | November 21, 2016

Trouble at the UAP/Problemas an la UAP

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Introduction

Most of the material included in this report is in Spanish. If you are not fluent in this language, you can still learn quite a bit by reading the report listed below. I had a hard time deciding whether to publish this, since the UAP [Universidad Adventista del Plata] is my Alma Mater. Of course, at that time it was known as CAP [Colegio Adventista del Plata, AKA River Plate College.]

Some Adventists may ask: Why publishing the mistakes of our Adventist leaders. My answer is: If we sanitize the story of Adventism, why not also sanitize the Bible? Why not hide the crimes detailed in God’s book such as the story of Adam’s fall, the sins of Moses, King David, Judas and Peter? The answer is clear. We need to learn from the mistakes of others. This is why the inspired Bible writers included those stories.

Adventist Leaders in Argentina Detained for Allegedly Smuggling Millions in Electronic Goods

http://spectrummagazine.org/article/2016/09/22/breaking-adventist-leaders-argentina-detained-allegedly-smuggling-millions-electr

II Comunicado Oficial de la Iglesia Adventista en Argentina

A través de este nuevo comunicado, queremos brindar información sobre algunos aspectos importantes relacionados con los asuntos de conocimiento público y que nos competen:

Un funcionario de la Universidad Adventista del Plata fue llevado a declarar ante la justicia. Las demás autoridades de la Iglesia que fueron citadas están a derecho. En el momento de los allanamientos no se encontraban en sus oficinas por estar participando de actividades eclesiásticas en diversos lugares.

En relación al contenido de las donaciones, se recibieron materiales médicos descartables que no fueron utilizados previamente en el país de origen. Algunos llegaron vencidos. El destino que tenían estos elementos, era el Centro Interdisciplinario de Simulación en Salud, dependiente de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, de la Universidad Adventista del Plata. Allí sus estudiantes desarrollan conocimientos y prácticas con muñecos. Nunca con pacientes. Es con este fin que iban a ser empleados los materiales descartables, de los cuales solo algunos estaban vencidos. Nuestro Sanatorio y nuestra Clínica no tenían relación con estos productos. También hay otros elementos que están bajo investigación.

En cuanto al aspecto fiscal y aduanero, se realizaron todos los trámites necesarios para recibir las cosas, según la carta de donación que está en poder de la justicia. Teníamos el aval para recibir las donaciones que constaban en dicha carta, pero nos enteramos que había cosas que excedían lo esperado, al llegar el envío al país. Como Iglesia somos los primeros interesados en colaborar con la justicia para esclarecer esta situación.

Para establecer las responsabilidades, la Iglesia está trabajando de dos maneras: Colaborando estrechamente con la justicia e investigando internamente el caso. Siguiendo el proceso legal, se pondrá todo el énfasis en identificar como ocurrieron las supuestas irregularidades o cualquier acción contraria a nuestras normas. La Iglesia y sus instituciones no trabajan con procesos irregulares de ningún tipo.

Lamentamos profundamente esta situación. Entendemos el dolor y la preocupación de nuestros fieles, amigos y la sociedad en general. Pero confiamos en que el Señor Jesús va al frente, nos aferramos a Él en oración pidiendo que esto pueda resolverse pronto. Rogamos por las autoridades competentes y por la iglesia. Invitamos a todos a unirse elevando su plegaria a Dios.

Departamento de comunicación

prensa.ua@adventistas.org.ar

www.adventistas.org.ar

More:

Jorge De Sousa Matías Imprisoned for Alleged Involvement In Smuggling Enterprise

http://spectrummagazine.org/article/2016/09/25/jorge-de-sousa-mat%C3%ADas-imprisoned-alleged-involvement-smuggling-enterprise

Líderes adventistas en Argentina son arrestados por supuesto contrabando millonario de bienes electrónicos

http://spectrummagazine.org/article/2016/09/22/l%C3%ADderes-adventistas-en-argentina-son-arrestados-por-supuesto-contrabando-millonar

Contrabando: acusan a centro adventista al que iban Maradona, Duhalde y Chano

http://www.bigbangnews.com/actualidad/Acusan-de-contrabando-al-centro-adventista-al-que-fueron-Maradona-Duhalde-y-Chano-20160922-0040.html

Ordenan detener a seis sospechosos por el millonario contrabando que simulaba ser una donación

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1940307-ordenan-detener-a-seis-sospechosos-por-el-millonario-contrabando-que-simulaba-ser-una-donacion

Se suponía que era una donación a hospitales, pero era contrabando

http://www.larazon.com.ar/policia/suponia-donacion-hospitales-contrabando_0_810600078.html

La Iglesia Adventista dio explicaciones sobre el allanamiento por presunto contrabando

http://www.unoentrerios.com.ar/la-iglesia-adventista-dio-explicaciones-el-allanamiento-presunto-contrabando-n1249189.html

Posted by: adventlife | November 1, 2016

My Response to a Pro-choice Blogger, by Nic Samojluk

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I want to share with you a short exchange of comments between myself and a pro-choice blogger. The blogger’s comments are highlighted.

“Nowhere does Scripture state that a woman must bear the child resulting from a rape. You are, in my view, much too obsessed with the subject and as a male you have no idea of the trauma a rape victim endures.”

You are correct. I have no idea about the suffering a rape victim goes through. Nevertheless, the harm caused by rape can be softened with time and the grace of God. A woman who has been raped can eventually recover from the terrible ordeal. The victim of abortion does not have such hope.

You are also right in stating that I am obsessed with the genocide of the unborn in which our church did participate starting back in 1970 for the sake of profit. So is God. Being obsessed with a serious topic is not wrong when the harm to the cause of Jesus Christ is so great.

We Adventists have been obsessed with the sacredness of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is sacred, but so is the sacredness of human life; and let’s not forget that “the Sabbath was made for man,” and not the reverse.

For several decades now our SDA leaders have been obsessed with protecting the headship of men. We invested millions of dollars and three General Conference sessions in our fight against women’s ordination; and zero dollars for the protection of the right to life.

Our priorities are as twisted as that of those who killed Jesus and rushed home to keep the Sabbath Holy.

More: https://disqus.com/home/discussion/fulcrum7/nad_excom_ignores_gc_votes_presses_for_recognition_of_sandra_roberts/#comment-2976930805

Posted by: adventlife | October 27, 2016

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I want to share with you, the readers of Advent Life, an exchange of views with a blogger named Beverly who seemed to defend the pro-choice view of abortion:

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Beverly Wrote: “An absolutely FALSE analogy, and I should know, because I was on the committee that prepared the statement that was voted by the church, which would eliminate 95% or more of abortions if followed ion(you do realize that the hospitals can be advised but not coerced by the church?)”

I Answered: Eliminating 95 percent of abortions performed in Adventist hospitals is great, but not good enough. Suppose that instead of killing innocent human beings we were dealing with raping in church owned facilities. Would your objective be a 95 percent reduction in the number of rapes? Isn’t killing a greater offense than rape? A woman who has been raped can with God’s grace recover from the terrible ordeal. The victims of abortion can never have such privilege!

The idea that the church can only advice but not require is false. This is evident by the fact that the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists [GC] is considering doing away with Unions that are not following the decision of the church.

Think about this: For several decades our Washington Adventist Hospital offered elective abortions to their patients with impunity. Did the church ever warned this institution to stop this or forfeit the use of the “Adventist” name?

Compare this with what happened to the “Adventists for Life” organization whose objective was to protect the life of the unborn. GC lawyers complained to Facebook and this pro-life web page disappeared from cyber space overnight.

The message Adventists sent to the world was: If you are engaged in killing unborn babies you are protected by the church, but if you want to save those babies from a sure death, the church will take swift action against you.

Don’t tell me that the church has no power to control over its Adventist institutions!

Link: https://www.facebook.com/david.r.larson.9/posts/10154592594222774?comment_id=10154594178142774

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Beverly,

You wrote: See Glenn’s comments …”

I did, but my view slightly differs from Glen’s. I do agree with Ted Wilson’s desire that a revival and reformation takes place in our church, but said reformation must include a confession of past sins.

In 1970, Ted’s dad, Neal Wilson, made a big mistake by opening the door for elective abortions to take place in some of our medical institutions when he made the following public announcement:

“Though we walk the fence, Adventists lean toward abortion rather than against it. Because we realize we are confronted by big problems of hunger and overpopulation, we do not oppose family planning and appropriate endeavors to control population.”

Ref.: George Gainer, The Wisdom of Solomon? Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989): 38-46.

You said: “The church has a good statement, …”

A document that justifies the violation of the commandment designed by the Creator for the protection of every human being’s right to life cannot be rightly labeled as “good.” It can only be describes as wrong, sinful, and rebellious.

Those guidelines were created by human beings and were designed to alter what God had written with his own finger on tablets of stone. These guidelines represent human tradition. We used to blame the Catholic Church for replacing God’s Word with tradition and we have done the same. Rome altered the Fourth Commandment, while we did the same with the Sixth.

You added:which went through a long discussion period and approval by the divisions; …”

If the abortion guidelines were approved by the Divisions, why were they never submitted to a vote by the General Conference in session? The issue of women’s ordination, which does not pose a threat to human life, was voted three times by the world representatives in GC session, how come a life and death issue like abortion was never included? It seems to me that we are majoring in minor issues and minoring in major ones.

You then wrote: “you’ll know it’s vastly tightened up as to when the procedure is allowed over a previous statement, and does not approve of “elective abortions”

Yes, recently the church attempted to distance itself from abortion on demand, but our guidelines on abortion are still the guiding principle for many of our medical institutions and innocent and healthy unborn children’s lives are still cut short at the request of pregnant women in Adventist institutions.

Some years ago, when our church was competing with Catholics for the privilege of building a new hospital in Maryland, the main argument of our hospital reps was that Catholic should be denied said right because they do not offer abortion services to their patients.

You added the following: “But every statement produced by church commissions, as far as I have been able to determine, are only “advisory” for its healthcare organizations; there is no power of enforcement attached.”

True, but the church has control of the “Adventist” trade name, which means that it could require entities offering abortion services to cut its connection to the church. There are several health corporations using the Adventist name with impunity, and they control the majority of Adventist hospitals.

The church needs to repent of this serious violation of God’s holy Law.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/david.r.larson.9/posts/10154592594222774?comment_id=10154600301362774

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Beverly,

You wrote: Many years ago, the church dissasociated itself from its hospitals legally (at least in developed countries), because of ascending liability. So no, it can’t have it both ways–no financial liability, and still control policies.”

It looks like the church does have it both ways, because an Internet search revealed the following corporations using the “Adventist” trade mark name:

Adventist Health System/US, Adventist Health System [Florida], Adventist Health System of the Indian Ocean, Adventist Health System/West, PorterCare Adventist Health

It these health organizations are really free and independent from the Adventist church, they should drop he “Adventist” name; and if the church wants to be free from the moral responsibility of the thousands of abortions performed in some of the hospitals under their care, the church should demand that these medical organizations stop using the “Adventist” trade name.

The church should also do away with the Adventist “Guidelines on Abortion” document that justifies the killing of innocent unborn babies under a variety of circumstances. How can we claim that we no longer profit from abortion if we have those guidelines on our books?

BTW, I recently wrote to the Adventist Health System and asked them what their policy was regarding abortion. The official answer I received clearly stated that said guidelines on abortion are used by the hospitals under their care.

You also wrote: “Most Adventist hospitals do very few elective abortions.”

This is morally equivalent to saying: “We kill only a few innocent human beings,” or “We are guilty of only a few rapes.” I do have some abortion statistics for some of the Adventist hospitals; they are in the thousands.

You wrote: “What part of “to save the life/health of the mother” don’t you understand?”

My view is this: The role of physicians is to save as many lives as they can. If they can save only one life instead of two, this is still pro-life. The question that must be asked is: “Was the physicians objective to save the lives of both the mother and her baby or to kill the baby?”

You wrote: “Read the work of a number of theologians to understand the differences of opinion on the subject–most are more conservative than the Bible, which considers life to begin when the child takes its first breath.”

I have done that! I am the author of two books on abortion and my doctoral dissertation dealt with this topic. Your suggestion goes directly against what is taught in biology 101. The life of every human being begins at conception. The only difference between the creation of Adam and the rest of us is the manner oxygen is supplied to the new human being.

Finally, you said: “The church’s policies are based on the overall principle that God gives freedom of choice to individuals, and it is not up to the state to either mandate or forbid”

Yes, I am free to shoot at the president, but if I do I may probably end in jail or the electric chair. Eve was free to eat of the forbidden tree, but look at what price—a price you and I are still paying. The church cannot forbid abortion to individuals, but if killing of innocent human beings is taking place in the facilities under the church care, it has the power and the duty to request that said organizations drop the “Adventist” name and act independently from the church.

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