Adventist Health System

Martin Weber Agnosticism about abortion among many top SDA leaders goes back to GC President Robert Pierson. After he retired, we met on the camp meeting trail in the mid-1980s when we were both speakers at Dakota Academy.

In the cafeteria I expressed deep concern about abortions being allowed in Adventist hospitals and entreated him to take a stand against it. Elder Pierson responded dismissively, “Well brother Weber, you can’t expect the Adventist Church to take a stand on everything!”

I was stunned. This was the leader whose powerful calls for revival and reformation denounced breaking God’s commandments and compromises of every kind, including improper health habits. And yet he was unwilling to take a stand on the most blatant violation of health and life. Apparently he too strained at gnats while swallowing that camel of inconsistency.

Martin Weber At the time of that camp meeting conversation with Elder Pierson about abortion, I was assistant to the director/speaker of It Is Written and scriptwriter for George Vandeman. He introduced a “pro-choice” script to the IIW script committee. I protested and brought photos of aborted babies to show fellow committee members what they were about to approve. Nevertheless Elder Vandeman prevailed and the script was approved.

After the vote was taken, I announced to the committee that I could no longer work for that ministry because it approved the abortion of human life and wanted me to support a script that approved pre-natal killing. I had no other job available, with a wife and two small children to support, but I could no longer work for them. Elder Vandeman took me out to lunch at a Mexican Restaurant and pleaded me to reconsider my “hasty decision.”

He needed my services–at the time I was writing every word in his telecasts and books on doctrinal and prophetic themes. I told him I had prayed much about it, and I couldn’t keep writing for him if he expected me to edit a pro-choice abortion script. He backed off and offered to let me edit the script according to my convictions. That script was thus transformed into pro-life. A battle was won, but the war was lost when several years later the GC Executive Committee voted its so-called sanctity of human life policy allowing abortions.

Martin Weber At that fatal 1992 Annual Council, I held up a copy of “Life & Health” (maybe by then we were calling it “Abundant Life”) and showed fellow delegates an article about pre-natal care of infants. Standing at the mic I read a sentence in that article saying that pregnant mothers shouldn’t drink coffee because it causes the fetal heart to race–which our official health journal described as unborn child abuse.

I then asked those global representatives of our church: “If it’s unborn child abuse to cause the fetal heart to beat faster for a few minutes, what kind of abuse is it when you take that same fetal heart and destroy it?” World church delegates were unmoved and proceeded to endorse the pro-choice policy by an overwhelming majority. I had counted on conservative delegates from developing nations to help us, but they followed the leader and voted the existing death-friendly policy.

Martin Weber That “sanctity of human life” statement acknowledges that prenatal “life is a magnificent gift from God.” That being so, what right do we have to abort God’s great gift and make ourselves the lords of life and death. God is neither deceived nor mocked.

Martin Weber @Cindy, some of this is the difficulty of a committee-driven, institutionalized administrative system to step outside of church tradition. Another huge factor is that many SDA leaders require an explicit and specific statement on Ellen White about abolishing abortion before they would ever take a stand on the subject.

They use her to interpret Scripture. I can’t tell you how many times the lack of an explicit and specific statement from Ellen White against abortion has been used as an excuse not to take a stand. I have no question that our GC president would take a stand on abortion if EGW spoke as clearly against abortion as some other church leaders in the late 19th century

Martin Weber P.S. Obviously I’m not blaming EGW for not specifically denouncing the act of abortion as clearly as others in her day did. I do believe that God is testing SDAs of our generation about whether the Bible and the Bible only is enough for us to take a stand on this great moral issue of our time.

Martin Weber @Erik, I would be interested in seeing a statement from EGW in which she demands the abolition of abortion explicitly and specifically, as clearly as some other church leaders and physicians of her day denounced abortion–and as clearly and specifically that she continually condemned other sins such as drinking and adornment.

Martin Weber @Erik, you and I look for principles, not proof texts or proof quotes. The problem as I see it is that many administrators, who must chair their committees according to strictly stipulated policies, instinctively rely upon specified proof texts and quotations when making spiritual decisions. Thus if our leaders (such as our world president) ever saw an explicit quotation from EGW demanding that abortion be abolished, you can be sure that inspired stipulation would become the top agenda item to implement at the next committee meeting.

But when principles themselves aren’t good enough, unprincipled behavior is the result. So like the Pharisees, we fancy ourselves as fully compliant with God’s policies–not violating an iota of His commandments as we scrupulously tithe our mint leaves–while we stray way out of line on some real issues of God’s law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. May God have mercy on our church.

Martin Weber What I’m dealing with personally right now is the wrenching story of Gianna Jessen, who as we all know survived an abortion attempt and suffers lifelong disability from her injuries. Nevertheless she courageously and eloquently speaks to global audiences, confronting the fallacy of “pro choice” by pointing out that she didn’t get to choose, and it was her own life they wanted to kill. I confess that today as I watched the movie about her life (October Baby, via Netflix), that I wept a lot.

Ironically, it was SDA abortionist Dr. Allred who signed her birth certificate. And this is the man being celebrated by the institution where I got my MA degree for his “innovative and financially successful medical practice.” Financially successful? Indeed, considering his own testimony of performing abortions on “planeloads” of pregnant women transported to his “clinics” by buses from the airport.

Innovative? Yes, he boasted about establishing “efficiencies” so that he had to spend just 5 minutes with each “patient.” (For heaven’s sake, even Planned Parenthood at least purports to care about the feelings of ex-mothers.) I wouldn’t call Allred’s abortion factory (that Gianna by God’s grace survived) a “medical practice” any more than Hitler’s death camps were hospitals.

All this is a devastating critique of our church for honoring a man who killed hundred of thousands of babies. Yet we have the audacity to brand ourselves as the final remnant who keep the commandments of God.

Martin Weber @Bonnie, yes this Facebook page is “preaching to the choir,” so to speak. But we are also “wresting with reality” about how to advocate and agitate for change in our current situation. BTW, “Wrestling with Reality” is the title of a 1994 book that the GC president at that time, Robert Folkenberg, reviewed personally and cleared before I had it published by Pacific Press. It has two chapters on abortion in which I attempt to undermine the church’s abortion policy voted two years previously.

Even though Elder Folkenberg presided over that “human life” vote in 1992, he did not try to block the publication of that now out-of-print book. Other church administrators were less accommodating of my convictions (and that’s all I should say right now). My point, Bonnie, is that there has been a lot more than “choir singing” going on by us in this forum. I value your convictions as well, even though we may disagree on substance, you remain as affirming of us as you can be–and I for one appreciate that.

My comment: It is true that Ellen White never used the word abortion in her writings, but let’s not forget that she used a much stronger term for the killing of the unborn: “murder.”

“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.” [14] 2SM 429-430]

If she condemned the almost murder of an unborn child, can we imagine what she would have said about the actual murder of unborn children?” Do you think that she would say: “I was against the almost murder of the unborn, but I am not against the actual murder?

More: https://www.facebook.com/groups/individualadventistsdiscuss/permalink/379651125539758/

Posted by: adventlife | February 26, 2015

Therapeutic & Elective Abortions In the SDA Church

Baby Unborn 12

A reader of the “Adventist Today”blog wrote: “He gave this new commandment: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Kind of eliminates the dumpster diving of holy men seeking judgmental trash to dump over the heads of hapless humans transgressors of the feminine kind.”

My answer was: “If you read with care what I have written, you will discover that the emphasis is on the sin of the church—not so much the sin of women. I joined a pro-life Adventist Church seven decades ago. Now I am a member of a church that four decades ago embraced the pro-choice/pro-abortion crowd and allowed our own medical institutions to profit from killing with impunity in addition to healing. Should I remain silent?

My church is guilty of two sins: The so called therapeutic and also the elective abortion. My church has justified lifestyle over the value of life. Thousands of innocent unborn babies were sacrificed for the sake of profit, and our La Sierra University did honor the man who perfected the most successful killing machine in the history of abortion, a former owner of over twenty abortion clinics in California.

My church needs to repent of these two great sins before the Lord vomits us as his chosen Remnant from his mouth. How can I sing the praises of what our leaders have done when I see our mission compromised by our departure from the right path? Perhaps we need to read the messages of the biblical prophets and the message of Jesus Christ who condemned the leaders of his generation in Matthew 23.”

More: http://atoday.org/ultimate-form-child-abuse.html

Posted by: adventlife | February 26, 2015

Thomas Jefferson on Government

Thomas Jefferson

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe .”–

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“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”–
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”–

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“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

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“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”–
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”–

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“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”–

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“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”–

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“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and
abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” —

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“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

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Note: The author claims that Jefferson could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other.

Compiler: Unknown

Posted by: adventlife | February 18, 2015

Advent Life News Stories you Might Have Missed

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Here is a list of news items you might have missed if you are not following “Advent Life News”:

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https://adventlifenews.wordpress.com/2015/02/page/2/

https://adventlifenews.wordpress.com/2015/02/page/3/

https://adventlifenews.wordpress.com/2015/01/

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antichrist

In the video listed below, Pastor Doug Batchelor identifies the biblical antichrist and the Beast of the book of Revelation with Rome based on what the Catholic Church has done in the past and what prophecy predicts it will do in the future, perhaps ignoring what recent Popes have been doing in the present. Is this the manner God judges us? Does the Lord judge us on the basis of what our ancestors have done in the past or what our children might do in the future? I encourage you to watch the video and then read the rest of this article:

How to identify the biblical antichrist

What is the safest manner of identifying the biblical antichrist? Batchelor did not provide a biblical reference in support of his conclusion that Pope Francis and his predecessors do in fact match the description of the biblical antichrist. He simply referred to the fact that the great Reformers believed that Rome did play said role in the past.

Following the example of the noble Bereans, I did some checking and discovered that there are only four references to the antichrist in the Bible, and they all declare that the antichrist denies that Jesus is the Christ. If you have access to a computer or a Bible Concordance, you can check this out. My question is: Has Pope Francis or his immediate predecessors ever denied that Jesus is the Christ?

How to identify the “beast” described in the book of Revelation

Next we need to ask ourselves: What did prompt the great Reformers to identify the Catholic Popes with the “beast” of the book of Revelation. The answer is quite simple. Because of the historical Inquisition orchestrated by the Catholic Church during the Middle ages.

The Catholic Church did persecute and did exterminate hundreds of innocent Christians with the excuse that certain groups of dissenters were actually heretics and had no right to live. The beast image found in the last book of the Bible is reasonable; isn’t this what beasts of prey do? They prey on the weak members of the animal kingdom.

My question is: Does this apply to Pope Francis? How many innocent victims did he persecute and kill so far? None. On the contrary, the best evidence Batchelor has documented indicates that he is the most respected leader for peace in the world. Did not Jesus say “blessed are the peacemakers”?

The role of current behavior

Does current behavior play a role in God’s judgment? Does the Lord ignore our present attitude and behavior? Is the current Pope responsible for the past sins of the church? Is Pope Francis guilty of the crimes committed during the Inquisition centuries ago? Is he responsible for the crimes Popes may commit in the future? Should we overlook the good behavior of the recent and the present rulers in Rome?

The shifting application of the beast imagery

When John wrote the book of Revelation, the role of the biblical “beast” was played by the pagan emperors of Rome. They persecuted and killed Christians by the thousands. This role ceased when the empire collapsed and was eventually replaced by the Catholic Popes, who in turn began persecuting heretics. This means that the beastly role shifted from pagan Rome to its Christian counterpart, and Protestants were not excluded from participating in playing said role.

The big question

The big question is: Who is playing this biblical role today? If the current occupier of the Holy See is busy searching for peace in the world instead of persecuting and killing innocent human beings, who is behaving today as pagan and Christian Rome did during the Inquisition? Is someone playing said role today?

Some likely candidates

Here are some likely candidates for the role of the antichrist: ISIS and Boko Haran, who are killing innocent people by the thousands and beheading innocent children; the United States who has legalized the mass slaughter of 58,000 unborn children; and the Adventist Church, who has participated in the profit from this genocide.

The conditionality of prophetical predictions

We Adventists delight in quoting the predictions found in the Bible and in the writings of Ellen White that describe the final victory of God’s chosen people forgetting that God’s promises are conditional. Notice what happened to the promise the Lord made concerning the future of the house of Priest Eli:

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“Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. [1 Sam 2:30]

The fall of Babylon

The book of Revelation describes the moral fall of Babylon and Adventists have followed the tradition inherited from Protestants of applying this prediction to the Catholic Church. What we prefer to ignore is statements from Mrs. White where she warns that we can become a “sister” to Babylon:

“We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree; and ministers who are handling sacred things are guilty of sin in this respect. They are coveting their neighbors’ wives, and the seventh commandment is broken. We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil?” {21MR 380.1}
If the sin of adultery among Adventists prompted her to warn us that we were in danger of becoming “a sister of Babylon,” I wonder what she would say today knowing that thousand of innocent babies were killed in the medical institutions she help found.

The predicted control of world commerce

Pastor Batchelor applies the following prediction found in Rev. 13 to Rome:

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It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. [Rev. 13: 16-17]

The problem I see is that this seems to apply to the second beast of Revelations which points to the United States. In fact this prophecy probably refers to the trade embargo imposed by the U.S. and the United Nations on Cuba, Iraq, North Korea, and Iran. Why faulting the Pope for this?

The predicted control of fire from heaven

The same reasoning could be used for the following prediction:

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And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. [Rev. 13:13] Don’t forget Hiroshima and the Iraq wars! Did not the U.S. cause fire to come down from heaven on its enemies?

Final Remarks

There is no doubt that centuries ago the Catholic Church did play the persecuting role symbolized by wild beasts. It is also a fact that biblical predictions seem to point to Rome as participating in similar activities in the future.

Nevertheless, I am of the opinion that we need to credit the current popes with the good actions they have been performing in the present, especially the search for world peace and the protection of the unborn’s right to life. In this, their action seem to shame my own Adventist Church for its participation in the lucrative abortion business.

Posted by: adventlife | January 26, 2015

Advent Life News Stories you Might Have Missed

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Here is a list of news items you might have missed if you are not following “Advent Life News”:

To see the list, click on the following Internet Links:

https://adventlifenews.wordpress.com/2015/01/

https://adventlifenews.wordpress.com/2015/01/page/2/

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Posted by: adventlife | January 20, 2015

Ted Wilson’s Silence, by Nic Samojluk

Ted Wilson in Redlands

Below is a copy of some comments I received from a concerned pro-life reader of this forum followed by my response:

“All of our Adventist churches should be made aware of what I happening. It is shocking and makes me very sad. I personally feel that if your letters are not being answered that there must be something to hide. Lets make people aware and put an end to this.”

Try this: Write to Ted Wilson asking for an explanation why we Adventists are neutral on the murder of the unborn. Your letter will be either ignored, or else you will receive the following answer: “Read our ‘Guidelines on Abortion.’”

Well, those guidelines were invented by fallible men, and were designed to void the Sixth Commandment which forbids murder. They are based on tradition instead of a “Thus says the Lord.”

Compare this with the answer we get when someone asks our leaders why we worship God on the Seventh Day of the Week. The answer is “Read Exodus 20.” Why can’t we give the same answer to the abortion question?

Should we resort to tradition when answering a doctrinal question? Compare God’s dictum–“You shall not murder”—with the 1314 words we used in order to justify what the Lord has forbidden: the shedding of innocent blood.

We must repent of this great sin!

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” [2 Chron. 7:14]

Posted by: adventlife | January 11, 2015

My Response to an Adventist leader, by Nic Samojluk

Ministry Magazine

Dear Pastor …,

Thanks for your response to my email! Here is a rather small sample of the evidence that led me to the conviction that our church did profit from elective abortions starting back in 1970. The full evidence is in my two books dealing with abortion.

Evidence from an article published by Ministry Magazine entitled “Abortion: history of Adventist guidelines,” authored by George Gainer.

“Because of its unique position of being a general hospital that provided ob-gyn services, CMH, upon repeal of Hawaii’s abortion laws, received numerous requests for elective abortions. [Emphasis supplied] Requests for abortion were not new, and CMH had permitted what were termed therapeutic abortions [Emphasis supplied] —those done to save the life of the mother, or in the case of rape or incest, or even for severe mental anxiety in the mother. [Emphasis supplied] 12 But the repeal of all state abortion laws had created a situation for which the hospital was unprepared. …

The pressure on CMH to be a “full-service hospital” by providing abortion on demand [Emphasis supplied] began to grow. Midkiff called W. J. Blacker, president of the Pacific Union Conference, and asked for guidance from the church on how to proceed. According to Midkiff, Blacker informed the General Conference (GC) of the situation and then called to tell him that “no one knows of any position the church has taken on it [abortion].” 14 …

On March 17, 1970, Neal C. Wilson, president of the North American Division, made a statement on abortion that was carried by the Religious News Service. He predicted that when the denomination met at Atlantic City in June it would steer a middle-of-the-road course. He said that while the church would steer away from anything that would encourage promiscuousness, the church “would not feel it our responsibility to promote laws to legalize abortion . . . nor oppose them.  . .

“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.” 16 … [Emphasis supplied]

So what is the truth about Adventism and abortion? Is abortion on demand the norm for Adventist health institutions? On this question M. C. Midkiff said, “I believe if you do a bit of research you will find that the majority of Adventist hospitals permit abortion on request.” 54 … [Emphasis supplied]

“The administration, therefore, in good faith, leaves the responsibility of deciding for or against abortion to the physician and the patient, [Emphasis supplied] who really are the only individuals who know the full medical situation and consequences of the case.” 55 …

My comments: Notice the repeated references to elective abortions and to abortions on demand and the decisions of the church to remain neutral on abortion. Read more comments of mine below!

More:

https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1991/08/abortion-history-of-adventist-guidelines

Evidence from a report provided by Gerald Winslow to Spectrum

“Winslow reported the result of a 1988 survey analyzing the practices of SDA hospitals located within the United States when dealing with abortion. Most of those that responded indicated that that their rules permit therapeutic abortions only–meaning when pregnancies are the result of rape, incest, malformations, or serious threats to the life or health of the pregnant woman. If other abortions are performed, they are done contrary to the official hospital policies. Five of those hospitals indicated that elective abortions are permitted.” [Emphasis supplied] [Gerald R. Winslow, “Abortion Policies in Adventist Hospitals” Specttum 19/4 (May 1989): 47-50.

Evidence from an article published by the Washington Post:
The following article was published by the Washington Post magazine on the 38h anniversary of Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized the killing of the unborn in all the states of the Union. As far as I know, the Adventist Church has not done anything to negate the facts alluded to in said report.

“Christians of all denominations are gathering on the National Mall today to protest the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. But one denomination that may be sparsely represented is Seventh-day Adventists whose large worldwide network of 170 hospitals allows elective abortions. “ Under God: Seventh-Day Adventists and abortion” by Julia Duin http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2011/01/adventists_and_abortion.html

My Question: Can a Church be Neutral on Moral Issues?

Recent events in the African country of Kenya forced out Adventist Church to make a moral decision, and our leadership decided to declare its neutrality on the issue of abortion, which is definitely a moral issue.

“The church’s statement reiterated local Adventist leaders’ wishes to remain neutral  [Emphasis supplied] on the law …The Adventist world church has never released an official statement on abortion, but it does offer guidelines on the issue.”

Source: http://news.adventist.org/en/archive/articles/2010/05/07/in-kenya-adventist-leadership-distancing-itself-from-proposed-abortion-law

So my question is: How can a church be neutral on a moral issue? If we are neutral on killing—which is forbidden by the Decalogue—should we also be neutral on rape, theft, and the sexual abuse of children that harm but do not deprive human beings of life?

Related Questions of Mine

It is true that under current law, the woman must make the final decision, but why must the church do the actual killing and profit from the shedding of innocent human blood? And why must the innocent baby pay for the sins of its parents? If we let the rapist live, how can we justify the killing of the unborn baby?

The Lord used four words to forbid the killing of innocent human beings: “You shall not murder.” We used 1314 words to allow what God forbade. Our “Guidelines on Abortion” exempt from God’s prohibition even in case of mental health.

A woman says: “This pregnancy worries me to death; I cannot sleep, concentrate on my work and studies” and another innocent child is sacrificed on the altar of convenience. Is lifestyle more sacred than life itself? Pregnancy is temporary; abortion is permanent! There is healing for rape, incest, and mental depression; there is no healing for death!

The Coming General Conference

It is true that the issue of abortion is not on the GC agenda; nevertheless, one leading Adventist publicly stated that it should be and that he will request this to be included.

God bless!

Posted by: adventlife | January 11, 2015

The Ant and the Grasshopper

The Ant & ...

”The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper
calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving..

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green …’

Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We shall overcome.

Then Rev Al Sharpton’s assistant has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper while he damns the ants. The Reverend Al can not attend as he has contractual commitments to appear on his MSNBC show for which he is paid over two million dollars a year to complain that rich people do not care.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight…

.Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview on The View that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper .
The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be careful how you vote in 2016!

Author: Unknown

Posted by: adventlife | January 8, 2015

My Letter to Ted Wilson, by Nic Samojluk

Ted Wilson in Redlands

Elder Ted Wilson, President
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Springs, MD.20904

Dear Elder Wilson:

This is a follow up letter to the conversation I had with you back three years ago in the City of Redlands. On said occasion I asked you for help with abortion statistics in our Adventist medical institutions and you advised me to write to Dr. Handysides at the G.C.

This I did, but never got a reply. I followed this with a letter to you, but got no reply either. I do realize that you are extremely busy and have heavy responsibilities, one of which is your deep concern for a revival and reformation of the Adventist faith. I want you to know that said revival has been the focus of my prayers from day one when you were elected as our president.

We certainly need this spiritual revival, but I believe that it must be expanded to include the protection of human life. The Sabbath is very important, and so is the doctrine of creation, but human life is at the center of God’s creation. This is where the Jewish nation departed from the Truth. They killed the most innocent human being who ever lived and rushed home to keep the Sabbath holy.

I believe that our church must get out of the abortion business and do away with our “Guidelines on Abortion.” Recently our church publicly declared in the country of Kenya that we are neutral on the topic of abortion. How can our church be neutral on a moral issue? Were the Bible prophets neutral on morality? Was John the Baptist and Jesus neutral on moral issues?

Our mission is healing—not killing! The Lord used four words to prohibit the killing of innocent human beings: “You shall not murder;” but we used 1314 words to justify what God forbade. We have replaced God’s Word with our Adventist tradition regarding abortion, and we have profited from the shedding of human blood with total impunity. We must repent of this great evil and seek God’s forgiveness.

In this we repeated the mistake made by those who placed their own tradition above God’s Word. When someone asks us why we keep the Sabbath, we normally respond with: “Read Exodus 20!” But when those who have asked the General Conference for the reason we have been profiting from abortion, the answer has been: “Read the Guidelines on Abortion.” This is evidence that for us those guidelines have replaced the sixth commandment of the Decalogue.

We rejoice in God’s promises and we believe that our church will triumph at the end, forgetting that God’s promises and threatening are contingent on our behavior. Here is what Ellen White said about this:

“But has the word of the Lord failed? Never! It should be remembered that the promises and threatenings of God are alike conditional.” [Selected Messages Book 1, p. 67]

We must not repeat the mistake made by Priest Eli. The Lord promised that Eli’s posterity would serve him forever, but this promise was cancelled when he failed in his sacred duties to discipline his children.

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“Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.” [1 Sam 2:30]

I wonder sometimes what Ellen White would say today if she discovered that some of the medical institutions she worked so hard to guide in the ministry of healing had added killing to their program. Consider the warning she issued to the Adventist community when moral depravity began to infiltrate into the church:

“We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree; and ministers who are handling sacred things are guilty of sin in this respect. They are coveting their neighbors’ wives, and the seventh commandment is broken. We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil?” {21MR 380.1}

If the sin of adultery among Adventists prompted her to warn us that we were in danger of becoming “a sister of Babylon,” I wonder what she would say today knowing that thousands of innocent babies were killed in the medical institutions she helped establish.

A few years ago I ordered a copy of my first book dealing with abortion for you. Did you receive it? I wrote to you before sending it, but got no response. The title of the book is “From Pro-life to Pro-choice,” and it contains the result of my investigation of our Adventist literature dealing with abortion covering the following years: 1970 through 2006.

Recently I published my second book on abortion and I have already ordered two copies for you. Please let me know whether you have received them. The title is: “Murder in Paradise.” If you are extremely busy, please ask your secretary to notify me regarding the receipt of said book. My email address is nic1@inbox.com.

Thank you and may the good Lord continue to bless your sacred ministry!

Nic Samojluk
nic1@inbox.com

Note: Look at the date of this letter I wrote to Elder Wilson. Four months have gone by and I am still waiting for a answer. Evidently, the problem of abortion is rather low on his personal agenda!

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