Posted by: adventlife | June 14, 2017

A $100,000 Pro-life Challenge, by Andrew Michell

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Would you risk loosing $100,000 on a challenge unless you were sure of your bet? Well, here is a man who is sure about what he is talking about.

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In the last couple of decades I have provided ample evidence that the Adventist Church is still behind the abortion of innocent unborn children. Unfortunately, many among us are not convinced. Most of these doubters rely on an assertion made by Pastor Ted Wilson, the president of the General Conference, back on February 2011 in the City of Redlands. This is why I would like to start by analyzing his statement on said occasion.

Ted Wilson’s “Down to almost zero” statement

Ted Wilson in RedlandsHere is a paragraph from Spectrum’s report of what Wilson said on said occasion. This statement of his was in response to a question I publicly asked. Following the meeting, several individuals lined up for a chance to talk to the president. I was one of them, and you can see me waiting for my turn. I am the person standing next to him on his right side

“A man, referencing articles in the Washington Post about Adventists and abortions, inquired about the article’s veracity and called on the president to speak out against abortion. Wilson answered using “sanctity of life” nomenclature, and noted that while Adventists have officially stated that abortions are sometimes permissible in cases of incest, rape or abuse, Adventists do not perform abortions on demand.”

Ref.: http://spectrummagazine.org/article/jared-wright/2011/02/23/ted-talks-wilsons-presidents-day-remarks

The words he used were slightly edited by the reporter. What I heard him saying I reconstructed to the best of my ability as: “Elective abortion in our Adventist hospitals are almost down to zero. Abortions are now performed inside abortion clinics.

The meaning of Wilson’s response

1.“Adventists have officially stated that abortions are sometimes permissible in cases of incest, rape or abuse”

This statement should convince any reasonable doubter that the Adventist leadership sees nothing wrong with allowing the physicians working in Adventist medical institutions to offer abortions when the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape

This is reminiscent of what we find in an Adventist document known as “Guidelines on Abortion.” Actually, said guidelines include two additional exceptions under which the killing of innocent unborn children is justifiable: physical malformations and when the pregnancy affects the mental health of the woman

This type of abortion policy would probably please Dianne Feinstein, the California Democratic U.S. Senator; Hillary Clinton, the former presidential candidate; and Cecile Richards, the Planned Parenthood CEO; all of them rabid defenders of abortion

Ref.: http://www.adventist.org/en/information/official-statements/guidelines/article/go/0/abortio

2. “Elective abortion in our Adventist hospitals are almost down to zero.

Is this assertion correct? The problem is that there are competing definitions for the “elective abortions” phrase: the pro-abortion and the pro-life one. The liberal definition excludes from elective abortions those connected with rape, incest, malformation, and the mental health exception.

3.Abortions are now performed inside abortion clinics.”

This affirmation by President Wilson might explain the mystery surrounding the abortions performed inside Adventist medical facilities. We know for a fact that our Shady Grove Hospital in Mayland does have such a clinic, and Adventist official representatives are on record admitting that abortions services are offered by Adventist medical facilities:

“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. [Emphasis supplied]

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

Ref.: http://ww2.gazette.net/stories/10142009/olnenew222839_32527.shtml

My personal conversation with Ted Wilson

At the conclusion of the Redlands, California, meeting with President Ted Wilson, I personally talked with him regarding the abortion issue. I told him that I was on the verge of publishing my second book on abortion, and I did not want to misrepresent the facts to the Adventist public.

I asked him whether he would be willing to provide me some statistics confirming his assertion that elective abortions inside Adventist hospitals are “almost down to zero.” He was very kind and told me to write to Dr. Allan R. Handysides General Conference office.

I did follow his directive and wrote a letter to Dr. Handysides. I waited a month or two and wrote to him again. In my desperation, I wrote directly to Pastor Wilson, hoping that he might be able to help; I got no response, and I followed this up with another letter, and as you can already guess I received zero answer from him or his secretary. [Remember, this took place back in 2011. This is 2017, and I am still waiting.]

My 2011 letter to Dr. Handysides at the General Conference

Here is the letter I wrote to Dr. Allan R. Handysides:

“Dr. Allan R. Handysides

I spoke with President Ted Wilson this morning following the meeting held at the Redlands Adventist Church and I shared with him my predicament, and he suggested that I contact you regarding my need.

I am about to publish a book about abortion as it relates to the Adventist Church and I need some current statistics about the elective abortions that are still provided by our medical institutions. The information I was able to secure from Adventist and other sources might be a little bit outdated, and I don’t want the potential readers of my book to be misinformed about this issue. Here is the summary of the information about elective abortions I was able to find so far:

Castle Memorial Hospital started offering elective abortions back in 1970, following the legalization of abortion by the State of Hawaii. [George Gainer, “Abortion: History of Adventist Guidelines” Ministry (Aug. 1991): 11-17; George Gainer, “The Wisdom of Solomon” Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989): 38-46.

Washington Adventist Hospital performed 1494 therapeutic and elective abortions in a seven year period. [George Gainer, “The Wisdom of Solomon” Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989): 38-46.]

A 1988 survey revealed that five of our Adventist hospitals were offering elective abortion services to their patients. [Gerald R. Winslow, “Abortion Policies in Adventist Hospitals” Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989)]

As you can see, these statistics and information are rather outdated. Can you provide me with current data? Am I to assume that our hospitals are still offering elective abortion services to their patients? Do you have access to current abortion statistics?

A lack of updated information will leave the impression that the situation has not changed. I have written to the Washington Adventist Hospital and to the Loma Linda University requesting current data but have received no response to my request.

Your brother in Christ,

Nic Samojluk

Abortion statistics from a non-Adventist, public repository source

As I patiently waited for a response from the General Conference office, I discovered providentially a neutral non-Adventist source of abortion statistics: the “Health Services Cost Review Commission,” [HSCRC] a State of Maryland agency charged with the responsibility of acting as a repository of hospital data and the services they provide to the public. From said source I was able to secure statistics for two Adventist hospitals, but I want to focus on one of them for which statistics are available from other sources.

Abortion Statistics for our Washington Adventist Hospital [WAH]

1992: 547
1993: 287 from January through June [half a year] which gives us an estimated 574/year
2006: 47
2007: 48
2008:36
2009: 27
2010: 29

Abortion statistics help unravel the mystery

The abortion statistics I secured from the HSCRC source tells an interesting story. Notice that between 1993 2006 there was a significant drop in the number of abortions performed at our Washington Adventist Hospital. The logical conclusion is that this drop is probably due to the fact that, as Wilson indicated, the provision of abortion shifted from our WAH to health clinics.

You must have noticed that the number of abortions did not drop to “almost zero,” as Wilson stated. How can we explain this? And bear in mind that these statistics represent the number of abortions performed at only one Adventist hospital [WAH] and that the number of Adventist hospitals in the North American Division are more than 60.

If we multiply those figures by the number of hospitals we own, the result would be way above the “almost zero” estimated by Pastor Wilson. Of course, some of our hospitals may have offered no abortion services to their patients. Nevertheless, listen to what a reliable source opined regarding this:

“The net result of all this led M. C. Midkiff to make the following declaration: “I believe if you do a bit of research you will find that the majority of Adventist hospitals permit abortion on request.”

Ref.: http://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1991/August/abortion-history-of-adventist-guidelines#at_pco=cft-1.0

How to understand Wilson’s enigmatic “almost zero” affirmation

If we want to unravel Wilson’s enigmatic “almost zero” affirmation, we are faced with several alternatives:

  1. He was misinformed.
  2. He misrepresented the actual facts.
  3. He used the most liberal definition of the “elective abortions” phrase described above.

My guess is that the most likely alternative explanation for his mysterious affirmation matches the third option listed above.

My reasonable conclusion

Based on the numerous lines of evidence submitted above and the open admission by an authorized spokesperson for the church who stated the following back in 2009, I conclude that at least some of our Adventist medical facilities are still killing innocent unborn children with impunity and without a word of condemnation by the General Conference leaders.

“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.”

Ref.: http://ww2.gazette.net/stories/10142009/olnenew222839_32527.shtml

The therapeutic abortions lame excuse

Some hard-to-convince Adventists who are determined to ignore the fact related to this life and death issue have suggested that possibly all or most of the abortions currently taking place in our Adventist medical facilities are of the “therapeutic” kind.

So what those therapeutic abortions include? They include abortions connected with rape, incest, malformations, and the women’s mental health exceptions. This understanding of therapeutic abortions fit nicely with the most liberal definition of “elective abortions.”

Does this explanation satisfy the concerns of pro-life Adventists? The answer is NO. In the case of abortion connected with rape, the guilty rapist is allowed to live, while the innocent unborn baby is mercilessly executed. This violates the biblical teaching found in Ezekiel 18:20.

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”The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child.” [Ezekiel 18:20]

And the mental health abortion exception violates the same principle and God’s dictum found in Exodus 20 where we find the following commandment: “You shall not murder.” Murder is defined in my dictionary as the intentional killing of an innocent human being. The unborn is definitely a human being and is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Another lame excuse: “Those facts are outdated”

Holy Cross HospitalWhat happened with the Holy Cross vs Adventist Health controversy at Germantown? The permit to build another hospital was granted to the Holy Cross Catholic organization d the Adventist petition was denied.

This took place in 2011, merely six years ago. And Adventists were planning to appeal the decision.

“We’re hopeful, through the efforts of Adventist and many others in the community, that decision may be reversed or modified.”

In addition, I secured a more recent update confirming the fact that our Adventist Health System was still adhering to the “guidelines on abortion” approved by the General Conference Autumn Council back in 1992. I received said confirmation in 2016, less than a year ago.

Do you need more evidence than this? I don’t! Nevertheless, some recalcitrant pro-abortion Adventist are still not satisfied. To them I say: Get your own statistics and contrary facts. I have invested a couple of decades of my time and plenty of my scarce financial resources into this issue. I am satisfied with the result.

Ref.: http://ww2.gazette.net/stories/01262011/damanew212352_32545.php

 

Posted by: adventlife | May 19, 2017

A New Pro-life Voice in Adventism, by Nic Samojluk

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You might be aware that there is a new pro-life voice in Adventism—a powerful voice reminiscent of the voice of the Old Testament prophets and the reformers of the past—calling Adventists to prayer, fasting, repentance and reformation before the great Day of the Lord.

This voice was not born in academia, but rather in a U.S. jail cell thanks to amazing transforming power of the Holy Spirit. If you have any doubts of what I am saying, please take the time to watch the following video in which the author–Andrew Michell–a convert of the ministry of Doug Batchelor, tells the incredible and miraculous story of his conversion as the result of reading the Bible for the first time in his life while incarcerated in a solitary cell in a U.S. prison.

The unusual transformation of this former prison inmate was so great that the governor of the state granted him–over the objection of state attorneys–a full pardon for his crimes—an action so rare that even the prison officials had a hard time believing what had transpired that 2005 memorable day in the history of this man of God.

Since that day, Michell has told the story of his conversion to spellbound Adventist audiences on a large number of occasions in different countries of the world– including Southern California, U.S.A. Here is a link to one of those occasions:

Convicted: the amazing conversion story of Andrew Michell

Link: https://youtu.be/E3JvJk-8js4

When Michell joined the Adventist Church twelve years ago, he was sure that the church he was joining was pro-life. He was shocked when, many years later, he discovered to his great surprise and disappointment that this was not so. This experience prompted him to embrace his current pro-life mission of warning fellow Adventist of this morally anomalous situation.

Allow me to share with you one of his recent pro-life videos that made a great impact on my thinking. In it he describes an Adventist Church located at the Los Alamitos Horse Race Course, built with blood money generated from the killing of 250,000 innocent unborn children and the gambling business. Please, watch it and let me know what is your reaction to this alarming discovery he made and documented so well:

Adventists build church at horse racing track honoring notorious abortionist. Unbelievable!

Link.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nemb0OE7XE

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My Comments: Jesus said that we cannot serve God and money at the same time, but it looks like we Adventist have found a way of doing this with apparent impunity. That Adventist church was built with blood money and money derived from gambling—a practice condemned by the General Conference

Judas returned the 30 pieces of silver to those who purchased the blood of Jesus Christ, should we Adventist follow his example and return all the financial contributions of this abortionist who deprived of life over 250,000 innocent unborn children

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“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.” [Matthew 6:24]

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My Comment: If you failed to figure out the lyrics, I posted them for you below:

She sat cold in a waiting room
Frightened and all alone
Watched the clock tick down
Knowing that her baby would soon be gone
Her head slung low, so embarrassed
She was 13 years old
She felt a kick inside as a reminder
Of a life she couldn’t show
Then she heard a voice inside say “Run away!
It was a mistake, but don’t throw your child away!”
Then she fell into a light sleep
Had a dream about a little girl
There was a birthday cake and three candles
She was living in another world
She saw the little girl become a woman
Living in a happy home
Then she was suddenly awakened
By a voice that called her name
They said, “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine
You’re still young, we see this all the time.”
Right then the Lord began to speak:
“You’re not taking this one! She’s Mine!
She’ll grow up and seek My name
You’re not taking her! She’s Mine!
And you’re not taking her this time
No, you’re not taking her this time.”
She laid flat on the table
She asked “Please, can I talk to someone?”
But a headstrong woman with a blank stare
Said “We’ve gotta get this done.”
Then she cried out, “Lord, please help me!
I’ve got to get to a phone!
I need to call my momma
To help me find my baby a home!”
They said, “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine
You’re still young, we see this all the time.”
Right then the Lord began to speak:
“You’re not taking this one! She’s Mine!
She’ll grow up to seek My name
You’re not taking her this time
I decided before time began
Her name is written in the Book
They didn’t have the power to take her life
They’re not taking her – she’s Mine!
You’re not taking her this time
No, you’re not taking her this time.”
This time
No, you’re not taking her this time

Posted by: adventlife | April 25, 2017

Walla Walla General Hospital Sold for $14 Million

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“In repeating nearly the same path followed by Adventist Health System in Colorado just over 20 years ago, in which three SDA hospitals were given to the Catholic Church, Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH), a health-care facility wholly owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Walla Walla, Washington, is being sold to the Catholic-owned Providence Health & Services for $14 million dollars payable in installments over 24 years.

So, this sale is even worse than the process as was done in Colorado when our hospitals were given away to the Catholic church’s Centura Health, with little to show for it except they let us keep the name “Adventist” on the front of the hospitals.

One thinks back to the entreating words of Ellen White, “You are not to unite with unbelievers in medical work” (Medical Ministry, p. 45). …

My Comment: This article published by Fulcrum 7 generated over 400 comments in a short time. One of those comments suggested that it was God’s way to bring the number of abortions down to zero—Catholics do not offer abortion services to their patients. Another blogger added that if Adventist were to transfer all their hospitals to Catholics, the number of abortion victims would disappear in the medical institutions formerly owned by the Adventist Church.

More: http://www.fulcrum7.com/news/2017/4/7/walla-walla-general-hospital-sold-for-14-million

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOerfRUEFEY&feature=em-share_video_user

Posted by: adventlife | April 25, 2017

Advent Life News Stories you Might Have Missed

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In this report, I would like to highlight three outstanding stories:

No Barking Dogs In Loma Linda

Link: http://www.fulcrum7.com/blog/2017/4/13/no-barking-dogs-in-loma-linda

This story, published by “Fulcrum 7,” generated 451 comments in merely 12 days

Walla Walla General Hospital Sold for $14 Million

Link: http://www.fulcrum7.com/news/2017/4/7/walla-walla-general-hospital-sold-for-14-million

This story generated 429 comments so far, and in one of them one blogger suggested that if all the Adventist hospitals were sold to the Catholic Church, like WWGH, the lives of many victims of abortions would drop to zero.

“Parody on Stealing,” by Doug Yowell

Link: https://adventlifenews.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/parody-on-stealing-by-doug-yowell-introduction-comments-by-nic-samojluk/

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If you are familiar with our Adventist “Guidelines on Abortion” you will probably realize the irony of trying to justify the violation of one of God’s Commandments on the basis of the freedom God has granted us to disobey his basic rules of decency, integrity and honesty.

In the event you have never read our Adventist Guidelines on Abortion, I would suggest you do so before reading Yowell’s parody on stealing. Here is a link:

Link: http://www.adventist.org/en/information/official-statements/guidelines/article/go/0/abortion/

Parody on Stealing a Human Being’s Life

1)Private property is a magnificent gift of God. God’s ideal for human beings affirms private stewardship and requires respect for those things accumulated. However, decisions about private property must be made in the context of a fallen world. Stealing is never an action of little moral consequence. Thus, private property must not be thoughtlessly taken. Stealing should be performed only for the most serious reasons.

2) Stealing is one of the tragic dilemmas of human fallenness. The church should offer gracious support to those who personally face the decision concerning theft. Attitudes of condemnation are inappropriate in those who have accepted the gospel. Christians are commissioned to become a loving, caring community of faith that assists those in crisis as alternatives are considered.

3) In practical, tangible ways the church as a supportive community should express it’s commitment to the value of privately owned property. These ways should include: (a)strengthening family relationships, (b)educating every person concerning Christian principles of property management, (c)emphasizing responsibility of all for family budgeting, (d)calling all to be responsible for the consequences of spending behaviors that are inconsistent with Christian principles, (e)creating a safe climate for ongoing discussion of the moral questions associated with stealing, (f)offering support and assistance to those who choose to steal in order to feed their families, and (g)encouraging and assisting both parents to participate responsibly in insuring the financial and dietary needs of their children. The church also should commit itself to assist in alleviating the unfortunate social, economic, and psychological factors that may lead to stealing and to care for those suffering the consequences of individual decisions on this issue.

4)The church does not serve as conscience for individuals; however, it should provide moral guidance. Stealing for reasons of economic stability, product selection, or personal gain is not condoned by the church. People, at times, however, may face exceptional circumstances that present moral dilemmas, such as significant health threats to the lives of the family providers, excessive tax liabilities, employer fraud, loss of financial investments, rejection of unemployment or disability benefits, future budgetary capability carefully diagnosed by a certified accountant, loss of total assets from actions of other’s criminal behavior. The final decision whether or not to steal should be made by the individual family provider after appropriate consultation.

5)Christians acknowledge as first and foremost their accountability to God. They seek balance between the exercise of individual liberty and their accountability to the faith community and the larger society and it’s laws. They make their choices according to Scripture and the laws of God rather than the norms of society. Therefore, any attempts to coerce people to steal or not to steal should be rejected as infringements of personal freedom.

6)Church institutions should be provided with guidelines for developing their own institutional policies in harmony with this statement. Persons having a religious or ethical objection to stealing should not be required to participate in the process or encouragement of stealing.

7) Church members should be encouraged to participate in the ongoing consideration of their moral responsibilities with regard to stealing in the light of Scripture.

Doug Yowell

My Comments: After reading the above parody on stealing, you will probably agree with me that it would be ridiculous for the church to approve a document with guidance to the proper attitude towards stealing.

If this is the case, how did the church dare to create a document designed to provide guidance on the killing of innocent unborn human beings? Is killing a lesser crime than stealing, rape, or the sexual abuse of children?

If stealing, if rape, if the sexual abuse of children are wrong, how in the world do we justify the creation of a document designed to justify killing under a variety of circumstances such as rape, incest, malformation and the mental health of a pregnant woman?

If we let the rapist live, how come we condemn to death the innocent victim of rape? In the case of mental health, there is hope for recovery for the woman. The victim of abortion has no such hope!

Nic Samojluk

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Pastor Ted Wilson, the president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, has been reminding us that we are “the people of the Book.” If this is the case, how come we can’t get an answer dealing with abortion from “the Book?

I and other Adventist prolifers have written to the General Conference more than once asking for the reason our church decided to “lean towards abortion” back in 1970, and why we allowed our Adventist hospitals to offer elective abortions to their patients beginning on that date. The answer I and others received in response to our query was: “Read our Guidelines on Abortion.”

Is the document known as guidelines on abortion in the Bible? The answer is “NO.” It was created by Adventist theologians who were given the task of finding a justification for what the Law given by God to humanity forbids: “You shall not murder.”

Compare this answer with the response we get when someone askes: “Why do we keep the Sabbath as the sacred day of rest?” The answer we get is from the Book: “Read Exodus 20.”

Why can’t we get a similar response from “the Book” when we inquire for the reason our church abandoned the pro-life policy on human life and embraced the pro-choice/pro-abortion position on this life and death issue? Why can’t we get an answer from “the Book” on this question?

Do you see a problem here? Why can’t our church show some consistency when dealing with the right to life of the unborn? Why when asked about the Sabbath we are directed to the Bible, but when dealing with killing—something that the Book forbids—we are led to a tradition established in 1970 by mere fallible men?

I suggest that you watch a video created by a young evangelist named Andrew Michell, and then tell me what you think regarding this anomalous situation in the church:

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxMGxGw9oGY&feature=youtu.be

Posted by: adventlife | February 23, 2017

Teaching Versus Practice, by Nic Samojluk

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You are probably aware that the story of Desmond T Doss is being widely viewed thanks to the publication of the “Hacksaw Ridge” film which has captivated the attention of the entire world.

The hero of this dramatic artistic production did faithfully follow the pro-life teachings of the Adventist Church, and he did so under the most trying circumstances. He refused to carry a gun even in self defense, and he managed to save the life of 75 American soldiers.

His actions contrasts with the behavior of the General Conference that authorized in 1970 the offering of elective abortions to their hospital patients. Please, click on the following link and post your comments there:

Link: https://disqus.com/home/channel/adventismabortion/discussion/channel-adventismabortion/teaching_versus_practice/

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