Posted by: adventlife | June 28, 2015

The Great Commandment in the Law, by Nic Samojluk

Greatest Commandment

Matthew records in chapter 22 the following exchange between Jesus and an expert in Jewish law:

36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38“This is the great and foremost commandment. 39“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

The Jewish lawyer’s question suggests, in my opinion, that he had a great commandment in mind that differed from the one contained in Jesus response. Given the fact that the Jewish leaders at that time had given such prominence to the fourth commandment of the Decalogue, my guess is that he expected Jesus to identify the Sabbath as the great commandment.

In his response to the Jewish lawyer, Jesus provided a summary of the Ten rules he himself had given to the human race. Thus, the first four commandments itemized our love towards God, and the last six our love towards our fellow men.

The Great Commandment in the Second Section of the Decalogue

If Jesus were physically present among us today, here is the question I would probably ask him: “Master, which is the great commandment in the second section of the Decalogue?” I recognize that each one of the six commandments is very important, and I am cognizant of the fact that, whoever breaks one of them is guilty of breaking God’s entire Law.

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For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it [James 2:10]

Nevertheless, since Jesus did give more importance to our duty to love God, I am assuming that the violation of one of the six might have more deleterious consequences than the violation of the other five, and my assumption is that the sixth commandment would be the greatest of those six.

My reason is quite simple: If I dishonor my father or my mother, I can repent later on and partially undo the damage done to my parents. The same can be said about the other five, except the sixth one. Once I take the life of a human being, there is no way to undo the damage; the deed is final and irreversible. This is why, in my opinion, the sixth commandment is more offensive to the Lord than the other five.

The Great Commandment Among the Ten

There is no doubt in my mind that our duty towards God is supreme. Nevertheless, I wonder what Jesus would say about the greatest commandment among the ten. Most Adventist would probably suggest that the greatest one among the ten would be the Sabbath commandment. In one sense, this is true; nevertheless, from another point of view, the greatest among the ten, I dare to submit, is not the Sabbath but rather the one that forbids the shedding of innocent blood.

The True Nature of the Sabbath

This seems to be evident from Jesus response to the Jews who had the wrong view of the Sabbath.

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Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. [Mark 2:27]

From this statement made by Jesus, I conclude that human life is more sacred than even the Sabbath. If I worship the Lord on the wrong day of the week, no one looses his life. But when I take the life of an innocent person a murder has taken place and innocent blood has been shed, which is evil in the sight of the Lord.

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Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end–besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the LORD. [2 Kings 21:16]

The Jewish Leader’s Fatal Mistake

This is where the Jewish leaders made a fatal mistake, I believe. They elevated the sacredness of the Sabbath way above the sacredness of life—even the life of their own Messiah and rightful King. They killed the Son of God and rushed home to keep the Sabbath holy. We Adventists need to learn from their fateful error and avoid repeating what they did. We need to hold the right to life to its pristine biblical position.

Those Jewish leaders felt that the Sabbath was so sacred that the keeping of a single Sabbath day properly would result in the advent of the promised Messiah.
“Shabbat: If Israel will keep just one Shabbat properly, Mashiach will come immediately.” [http://beta.moshiach.com/index.php/item/special-mitzvot-that-can-bring-moshiach ]

Ellen White’s View About the Sacredness of Human Life

It is true that Ellen White had an elevated view of the sacredness of Sabbath, but she also had a high view of the sacredness of human life; and her view did not exclude
those waiting to be born.

“If the father would become acquainted with physical law, he might better understand his obligations and responsibilities. He would see that he had been guilty of almost murdering his children, by suffering so many burdens to come upon the mother, compelling her to labor beyond her strength before their birth, in order to obtain means to leave for them.” [White. Selected Messages, Vol. 2 (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1958), 429-430.]

Jesus View About the Moral Value of Children

On one occasion women brought their children to Jesus to be blessed by him. The disciples felt that this would be a useless distraction from the sacred mission of their master. When Jesus realized what was taking place, he reacted as follows:

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But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. [Luke 18:16]

We tend to value human beings on the basis of their stage of development, age, and position, but Jesus did not recognize those distinctions. On the contrary, he felt that children had some advantages over grown-up men and women.

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And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 18:3]

Jesus’ view of the high value of children was so pronounced that he made the following strong condemnation against those who dared to harm them.

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“If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. [Matthew 18:6]

Jesus Eschatology and Children

In fact Jesus eschatology was based on the way we treat “the least of these.”

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“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. [Matthew 25:31]

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“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ [Matthew 25:40]

Can you imagine the deep implication of the above passages: Our eternal destiny will hinge on the manner we have treated “the least of these.” Considering this, can we dare to ignore or even harm any of these human beings the Lord values so highly?

More: For more on this issue, read the following:

“The ultimate form of child abuse”

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Posted by: adventlife | June 25, 2015

Advent Life News Stories you Might Have Missed

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Posted by: adventlife | June 19, 2015

6-19-2015 GC Petition Update

Adventist church 6

The number of individuals who have signed this petition to the GC is growing. As of this morning, we have 218 signatures. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please do so! Click on the link and sign it. Thanks for your support, and let’s praise the Lord!

BTW, did you watch the videos and read the articles included in the petition? You can also read the story of the amazing healing and forgiveness experienced by Dianne Wagner following her abortion.

And do no forget to share this petition with those on your mailing list and your Facebook friends. Sharing this petition with others is rather easy. Here is the link:

https://www.causes.com/campaigns/90465-convince-the-sda-church-to-get-out-of-the-abortion-business

Thank you!

Nic Samojluk

Posted by: adventlife | June 8, 2015

06-08-2015 Advent Life News Mailing

Advent Life News Stories you Might Have Missedmissed the boat

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Posted by: adventlife | May 26, 2015

Do Adventist Doctors Continue Offering Abortion Services?

Washingon Adventist Hospital

It is well documented in Adventist literature the fact that some Adventist hospitals began offering abortions on demand back in 1970 with the blessings of the leadership of the church. Nevertheless, many Adventists believe that this is no longer the case, and that our medical institutions are now prop-life and are no longer involved with the abortion business. Here is a copy of a question I received a few days ago from an Adventist pro-lifer:

“I have had people tell me that we are really pro-life and that Adventist doctors are not doing abortions as a regular procedure. How do we actually find out?”

You can ask them the following questions:

A. Suppose a serial rapist would defend himself in front of the judge with the following argument: “I do not kill my victims as a regular procedure. I do it only under special circumstances.” Would such approach keep him from jail?

B. If we are pro-life, then why did our Washington Adventist Hospital’s spokeswoman Lydia Parris argue a few years ago that the permission to build a new hospital in Germantown, Maryland, should be granted to Adventists instead of the Catholic organization?

“Adventist HealthCare is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which has no religious policies governing health care. Adventist hospitals perform abortions [emphasis supplied] and provide a full range of reproductive care, Parris said.

“We understand that these are decisions made between a woman and her physician, and we do not interfere with that individual decision,” she said. …” [1]

C. If we are pro-life indeed, why did we adopt the document known as “Guidelines on Aborton,” [2] that justifies killing innocent unborn children under a variety of circumstance such as rape, incest, malformation, and when the unwanted pregnancy affects the mental health of the woman? A pregnant woman’s depression lasts no more than nine months, while the death of the innocent baby is permanent and irreversible.

D. If we are pro-life, why did our Loma Linda University replace the Hippocratic Oath abortion prohibition with the “The Loma Linda University Physician’s Oath “ that contains the following statement: “I will respect the rights and decision of my patient”? [3] So what happens when a woman decides that she needs an abortion? Another innocent human being is deprived of life!

Conclusion

If an authorized representative of our Adventist Health System publicly admits that “Adventist hospitals perform abortions,” why should we doubt the accuracy of said assertion?

References

[1] http://ww2.gadzette.net/stories/10142009/olnenew222839_32527.shtml

[2] http://www.adventist.org/information/official-statements/guidelines/article/go/0/abortion/6/

[3] http://www.susqneuro.com/publications/oaths/index.html#The%20Loma%20Linda%20University%20Physician%27s%20Oath

Posted by: adventlife | May 22, 2015

Advent Life News Stories you Might Have Missed

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https://adventlifenews.wordpress.com/2015/05/page/2/

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General Conference of SDA

In my many conversations with Adventist leaders and laypersons, I have often been confronted with the following question: “Do you believe that the GC has the power to stop abortions in our Adventist medical facilities?” Here is a question I received yesterday from one of my pro-life friends.

“I wonder how much control the church can exercise over the hospitals, even if church leaders were truly pro-life. My understanding is that the church has little control over the health wing of the denomination.”

How Much Power does the GC Have Over our Medical Institutions?

I do agree that the General Conference of the Adventist Church has rather limited power to control the services offered by our medical institutions to their patients for the simple reason that our healthcare is owned by independent corporations such as the Adventist Health System/US located in Silver Spring, MD; the Adventist Health System with headquarters in Florida; the Adventist Health System of the Indian Ocean; and the Adventist Health System/West in Roseville, CA.

Does this mean that the GC has no say in this matter? At first sight the answer seems to be “yes,” but a closer examination indicates that this is not so. Actually, the Adventist Church has all the power it needs to solve this situation. The secret resides in the “Adventist” name.

The Ownership of the Adventist Name

It is true that the power to control our healthcare system resides in each of the Adventist Health System corporations, but those individual legal entities do not own the “Adventist” name. The name Adventist belongs exclusively to the General Conference of the Adventist Church.

This means that if the GC wants to get out of the abortion business, all it needs to do is to notify each one of those corporations that if they want to continue using the Adventist name, they need to stop offering abortion services to their patients.

The Legal Power to Control the Use of the “Adventist” Name

The Adventist Church has shown plenty of evidence of their legal power to control the use of their name. It has used said power more than once. A few years ago, for example, when the General Conference lawyers became aware that a pro-life group named “Adventists for Life” was using the Adventist name “The SDA headquarters, based in Silver Spring, Md., reacted quickly, asking Facebook to remove the offending page.” [1]

What was the stated mission of the “Adventist for Life” organization? Saving the lives of unborn children. Instead of embracing such a lofty and humanitarian mission, the church took quick action to blot the program out of cyber space.

Contrast this with the church’s attitude towards the “Adventist Health System” which has used the Adventist name with impunity for years in spite of the fact that several Adventist medical facilities were profiting from the killing of innocent unborn human beings.

Is the Adventist Church Willing to do What is Right?

The main question is not, does the GC have the power to control what is taking place in our medical institutions, but rather is the church willing to do what is right. This leads us to ask the following: Why would our church want to continue violating the moral code that forbids the killing of innocent unborn human beings? The answer seems to be the profit from the lucrative abortion business.

My theory is that the reason that prompted our church to compromise with evil in the first place back in 1970 is the same that keeps us interested in continuing this sinful tradition. You may ask: What happened back in 1970?

How Profit and the Fear of Revenue Loss Led us on the Wrong Path

Forty-five years ago the State of Hawaii legalized abortion. Our “Castle Memorial Hospital” [CMH] received a demand from one of the donors for an elective abortion for his daughter, and the non-Adventist physicians of said institutions supported this petition adding that if the request were denied, they would take their patients to other medical facilities.

This was contrary to the policies of Adventist institutions at that time but a denial might jeopardize the financial solvency of CMH. The hospital management contacted the church for advice regarding this unusual matter, and the answer came back from the North American Division [NAD] of the church that opened the door for elective abortions in our Adventist hospitals.

A Major Shift in our Church Policy Regarding Abortions

This major shift regarding the offering of abortion services by our Adventist medical institutions became evident when Neal Wilson, the NAD president, made the following incredible 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.” [2]

The result of this incredible change in policy was that elective abortions was added to the services offered by several Adventist hospitals to their patients.

Is Profit Still a Factor?

Someone may suggest that after four decades of profiting from abortion, the profit factor might have evaporated. Evidently this is not so. You might be aware that the Adventist Health System does share a portion of its revenue with some of the Adventist institutions, and that the man who built a fortune from killing innocent unborn children has been sharing some of his blood money with his alma mater.

Recent examples are the endowment gift to Union College and the large donations to La Sierra University by Edward C. Allred, a former LSU graduate, who shared a significant portion of financial gain from its multi-million-dollar abortion and gambling businesses.

Adventist Health System Makes $2 Million Endowment Gift to Union College

“At the Union College Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 9, Rich Reiner, Executive Vice President of Adventist Health System (AHS) and President/CEO Multi-State Division, announced Union College will be receiving a $2 million gift from AHS. Adventist Health System, a Florida based health care provider that operates 45 hospitals in 10 states including Colorado and Kansas, has given Union College $2 million to create a permanent endowed chair for a professor in the Division of Business and Computer Science. …”
[3]

La Sierra University’s Edward C. Allred Center Honors Notorious Abortionist


“In 2010, La Sierra University founded the “Edward C. Allred Center for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship” in his honor. It hardly seems possible that La Sierra University, which still purports to be a Seventh-day Adventist school, would name anything after a man who has left such a trail of wreckage in his wake, a man who made his fortune eliminating two generations of humanity, and now spends his days devising ways to separate gamblers from their money. …”
[4]

Do you think that it is proper for an Adventist institution to accept blood money from a man who enriched himself by killing innocent unborn human beings? Should not LSU return this tainted monetary contribution? Even Judas felt constrained to separate himself from the 30 pieces of silver given him as a price for the life of an innocent man.

Should the Adventist Church Get Out of the Abortion Business?

Considering the fact that our church began offering abortion services in our medical institutions for the wrong reason, that technological advances have revealed that the unborn are in fact human beings, and that killing innocent individuals is prohibited in Scripture, would you agree with Adventist pro-lifers that it is high time for us to get out of the abortion business? If you do, then please, sign the petition that is being circulated for said purpose. The link is listed below. [5]

Two Books Dealing Abortion by an Adventist Author

If this topic is of interest to you, I suggest that you read two books published by the only Adventist investigator who wrote his doctoral dissertation on abortion and the Adventist Church. You can secure your copy of said books through Amazon, but you can save some money by ordering them directly from the printer. The author is offering a sixty percent discount on them from the original price suggested by the printer. They include an exhaustive list of material published by the Adventist media about abortion covering the years 1970 through 2006. The link is listed below. [6]

References

[1] Julia Duin, “’Who owns the word ‘Adventist,’” http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfait…rer=emaillinkpg

[2] George B. Gainer, “Abortion: history of Adventist guidelines,” https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1991/08/abortion-history-of-adventist-guidelines

[3] https://www.ucollege.edu/news/2015/02/24/adventist-health-system-makes-2-million-endowment-gift-union-college

[4] http://advindicate.com/articles/2560

[5] Nic Samojluk, “Convince the SDA Church to get out of the abortion business”
https://www.causes.com/campaigns/90465-convince-the-sda-church-to-get-out-of-the-abortion-business

[6] Nic Samojluk, “From Pro-life to Pro-choice: The Dramatic Shift in Seventh-day Attitudes Towards Abortion.” and “Murder in Paradise”
http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=Nic+Samojluk&type=

Posted by: adventlife | May 10, 2015

Adventists & Abortion: Progress Report, by Nic Samojluk

Adventist Health

Historical Background

Most Adventists are aware that our pioneers were diametrically opposed to abortion, considered it to be a flagrant violation of one of God’s commandments of the Decalogue, and labeled it as plain murder. They were definitely pro-life.

Many Adventists are also aware that this pro-life stance of the Adventist Church was seriously compromised back in 1970 when Neal Wilson, the president of the North American Division [NAD] of the church, publicly announced that our church was leaning toward abortion because there were too many people and too much hunger in the world. [1]

The Catalyst for this Unfortunate Moral Detour

Some may ask: What motivated the NAD leader to make such a drastic change in our attitude towards the killing of innocent unborn children? Politicians would say: “Follow the money.”

What happened is that the State of Hawaii decided to legalize abortion, and the non-Adventist physicians at our Castle Memorial Hospital [CMH] demanded the right to offer abortion services to their patients and made it clear that in the event their request was denied, they would take their patients elsewhere.

This unusual situation was elevated to the corporate leadership of the church, our leaders panicked for fear of loss of revenue, the fear of the Lord went out the window, and it was replaced with the fear of men.

The New Mission of the Church: Healing & Killing

The result was that killing was added to the healing mission of some of our medical institutions. At least 12 of our hospitals decided to participate in the profitable abortion business, [2] and at least five of them were reported as offering both the so-called “therapeutic” and “elective” abortions to the public. [3]

This new attitude towards the value of human life created a strong opposition by numerous pro-life Adventists who protested this deviation from moral duty, but their voices eventually died down following the approval by the General Conference Autumn Council of a document known as “Guidelines on Abortion,” [4] which enshrined the new pro-choice/pro-abortion as the normative attitude towards the taking of human life.

The Day Ministry Magazine Went Silent on Abortion

The adoption of the guidelines document was followed by the loss of interest by our Adventist media in the issue of abortion. Prior to 1992, the date our guidelines were voted, the controversy about this topic was so prevalent that the editor of our “Ministry” magazine made the following observation:

“Our articles on abortion have touched a sensitive nerve. We are receiving more email on this subject than on any other recently published article. The letters are running 10 to 1 in favor of the church adopting a stricter standard.” [5]

Then suddenly, a few years following the publication of our current Adventist Guidelines on Abortion a long silence followed on the pages of this periodical.

A New Pro-life Movement is Born

The deadly blow to the Adventist pro-life movement lasted until the end of the millennium and into the beginning of the new one; the old pro-life Adventists were disbanded with many of them leaving the church; some started new independent ministries, some joined non-SDA denominations, and others converted to the Catholic faith because of its strong stand against abortion.

The author of this report made many unsuccessful attempts to get his opposition to abortion published by the Adventist media, and he wrote many letters to Adventist leaders that fell on deaf ears. He and several others wrote to the General Conference and all they got in response was: “Read the Guidelines on Abortion.”

Two Books on Abortion and the SDA Church

In his desperation, this writer published two books dealing about this controversial topic [6] following his doctoral dissertation on the same subject, and he started the publication of his views on a couple of blogs [7] and in Facebook. This time his efforts yielded better results and both “Adventist Today” [8] and “Advindicate” [9] published some of his writings.

Some Valiant Adventist Pro-lifers

Other valiant Adventist pro-lifers sounded the alarm as well. I have a long list of individuals who participated in this effort. I will highlight only a few of them:

· George Gainer, documented the heavy involvement in abortion by our Castle Memorial Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, and at least ten additional medical facilities. [11]
· Dan Rotthoff, a retired pro-life businessman, purchased 3,000 copies of a pro-life book and mailed them to leading Adventists.
· Michael Peabody, a Los Angeles lawyer, founder of “ReligiousLiberty.TV” [12] published several articles in support of the unborn’s right to life.
· Steve Wohlberg, the director/speaker of “The White Horse Media,” author of 30 books, with an incredible experience in Adventist evangelism, began taping a 13 television series dealing with the topic of abortion. [13]
· Martin Weber, who had fought very hard in 1992 at the GC Annual Council in order to derail the adoption of the Guidelines on Abortion, continued his fight for the right to life for many decades.
· 3ABN featured two pro-life women who experienced peace and forgiveness following their abortions, and has been including Pastor Steve Wohlberg’s Television series on the abortion controversy in their regular programming.
· Shane Hilde, director and founder of “Advindicate,” published several articles critical of the Adventist position on abortion. [15]

The Impact of the Adventist Pro-life Efforts

We have no way of accurately assessing the influence of the efforts of these Adventist pro-lifers on the minds of Adventist leadership and membership; nevertheless, I was able to verify from public records, for example, a dramatic drop in the number of abortions reported for our Washington Adventist Hospital for the 2006-2010 years: [14]

2006: 47
2007: 48
2008: 36
2009: 27
2010: 29

This represents a significant reduction in the number of abortions in said Adventist medical institution when compared with the report I secured for this institution a decade earlier:

According to the “Health Services Cost Review Commission,” [HSCRC] a State of Maryland agency charged with the responsibility of acting as a repository of hospital data, the number of abortions performed at our “Washington Adventist Hospital” for the stated years was:

1992: 547
1993: 287 from January through June [half a year] which gives us an estimated 574/year

A Public Claim Made by the General Conference President

In 2011, Ted Wilson, the president of the General Conference, publicly
Claimed in the City of Redlands, that the number of elective abortions in Adventist hospitals had dropped to “almost zero.” If this claim could be independently verified, it would mean a great step towards the eradication of abortion in our Adventist medical facilities.

Unfortunately, he added that abortions now are performed inside abortion clinics. My question is: If the dramatic reduction in the number of reported abortions performed in our Adventist hospitals is due to the fact that those abortions are now done inside our clinics, then we may have made no progress towards our goal of reducing the number of deaths due to abortion.

The Shady Grove Hospital Clinic

“Adventist HealthCare also runs a primary-care clinic for the uninsured in Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s Germantown emergency center. The clinic now has a pre- and post-natal department for uninsured patients that provides family planning, according to Washington Adventist Hospital’s spokeswoman Lydia Parris. …

Adventist HealthCare is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which has no religious policies governing health care. Adventist hospitals perform abortions and provide a full range of reproductive care, Parris said. …” [16]

Our Shady Grove Hospital in Maryland does have such a clinic, according to this newspaper report. My understanding is that other hospitals simply rent office space to abortionists

Renting Office Space to Abortionists

Elizabeth Iskander, M.D. offered the following explanation regarding a clever arrangement by one medical facility:

“My husband is OB/GYN at Glendale Adventist Medical Center X 38 years. He has seen abortions become more and more restrictive to where only about 1 is done per year.The problem is that GAMC leases physician space in the adjacent building. There is no provision in the leases restricting abortion, which can be done as an office procedure.” [17]

This type of arrangement is a very clever one: We rent out space to abortionists who do the dirty work, which allows us to say: We no longer perform abortions inside our Adventist hospitals; they are done by physicians who rent space from us over whom we have neither control nor authority.

Progress Report: Elective Abortions

What can we conclude regarding our progress report as far as elective abortions are concerned? Has the church made any progress towards a pro-life position on this issue? The answer is “yes.” As far as attitude towards the sacredness of human life is concerned, the progress is evident when we compare what Neal Wilson said in 1970—“the church is leaning towards abortion”—and what his son, Ted Wilson, stated in 2011 in the City of Redlands—“elective abortions in Adventist hospitals are almost down to zero.”

Of course, we have no way of confirming this through an independent source. The public entity that provided me with statistics related to our hospitals in the State of Maryland, does not discriminate between elective and therapeutic abortions. In addition, what Wilson said about health clinics seems to suggest that all we have accomplished is diverting abortion cases to health clinics.

Progress Report: Therapeutic Abortions

What about the so-called “therapeutic” abortions? The right answer is probably, to borrow Wilson’s phrase, the progress is “almost zero.” Most Adventist medical institutions adhere to the “Guidelines on Abortion” approved by the church’s Autumn Council in 1992—a document that was never submitted to the worldwide church in general session.

My hope was that there was one exception to this rule in the case of the “Adventist Health System” with headquarters in the State of Florida that controls the business of 48 Adventist hospitals associated with the SDA Church. This hope was dissipated when I received the following statement by email from a spokesperson of said entity:

“Adventist Health System is dedicated to the preservation of life and the welfare of every human being that is cared for in our hospitals. When a situation requires the termination of pregnancy be considered, we follow the guidelines set forth by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.”

What is Wrong with Those Guidelines?

Perhaps you might wonder: “What is Wrong with Those Guidelines?” The answer is: They justify the killing of totally innocent human beings prior to birth under a variety of circumstances such as rape, incest, and when the unwanted pregnancy affects the mental health of the woman.

This means that while we let, for example, the rapist enjoy life, we condemn the unborn to death. We assign a higher moral value to the temporal effect of the mental health of the pregnant woman than the permanent deprivation of life of the unborn baby.

A woman says to her doctor: “I am mentally depressed, I cannot concentrate on my studies or work, I cannot sleep,” and bingo, another innocent human being is sacrificed on the altar of convenience.

My Humble Suggestion to this Moral Dilemma

Given the current moral dilemma, what should our church do? I strongly believe that our church would do well to disconnect itself from the abortion business, except when both the life of the unborn and the pregnant woman are doomed to a certain death. Saving one life, instead of loosing two, is still pro-life. Our president has been calling church members for a revival and reformation. A true reformation must include the protection of the unborn.

Not long ago I had the opportunity of dialoguing with a leading Adventist professor who said: “Do not forget that therapeutic abortions represent only two percent of abortion cases.” My answer was: “If I am guilty of the murder of only two percent of the human beings in my city, I still go to jail.”

Does the Church have the Power to Implement my Proposal?

Can the church divorce itself from the abortion business? I believe that it can! But this will be the topic of my next article. The secret lies in the ownership of the “Adventist” trade name. This is why I started a petition that is currently circulating among Adventists. If you agree with me on this controversial topic, please sign it! [18]

References

[1] . George Gainer, “The Wisdom of Solomon?” Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989): 38-46); “Abortion: history of Adventist guidelines,” https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1991/08/abortion-history-of-adventist-guidelines

[2] Ibid

[3] Gerald R. Winslow, “Abortion Policies in Adventist Hospitals” Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989): 47-50.

[4] http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/guidelines/main-guide1.html

[5] https://adventlife.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/hello-world/

[6] Nic Samojluk, “From Pro-life to Pro-choice,” and “Murder in Paradise” http://www.lulu.com/shop/nic-samojluk/murder-in-paradise/paperback/product-21623695.html

[7] https://adventlife.wordpress.com, and http://adventlifenews.wordpress.com

[8] Nic Samojluk. Adventist Today, “The Puzzling SDA Apathy Towards the Plight of the Unborn” (Jan/Feb 2007).

[9] Nic Samojluk “The ultimate form of child abuse” http://advindicate.com/articles/3008

[10] Nic Samojluk, “The Ultimate Form of Child Abuse”
https://atoday.org/ultimate-form-child-abuse.html

[11] George Gainer, “Abortion: history of Adventist guidelines” https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1991/08/abortion-history-of-adventist-guidelines

[12] http://religiousliberty.tv

[13] http://whitehorsemedia.com/

[14] https://adventlife.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/the-long-journey-towards-the-eradication-of-abortion-in-adventism-by-nic-samojluk/

[15] “The ultimate form of child abuse” http://advindicate.com/articles/3008, “La Sierra University’s Edward C. Allred Center honors notorious abortionist,” http://advindicate.com/articles/2560, and “Adventists confused about church’s position on abortion,”
http://advindicate.com/articles/2013/12/6/adventists-confused-about-churchs-position-on-abortion?utm_source=ADvindicate+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3759032199-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_1e02e3be82-3759032199-69438737

[16] “Women’s groups: Holy Cross falls short with health services,”
http://ww2.gazette.net/stories/10142009/damanew221347_32524.shtml

[17] “Adventists confused about church’s position on abortion,”
http://advindicate.com/articles/2013/12/6/adventists-confused-about-churchs-position-on-abortion?utm_source=ADvindicate+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3759032199-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_1e02e3be82-3759032199-69438737

[18] “Convince the SDA Church to get out of the abortion business,”
https://www.causes.com/campaigns/90465-convince-the-sda-church-to-get-out-of-the-abortion-business

Posted by: adventlife | April 30, 2015

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