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Nic Samojluk: Given the current world situation, what is your message for the worldwide Adventist Church, Pastor Wilson?

Ted Wilson: “Seventh-day Adventists are a prophetic movement with an urgent prophetic calling. We’re not just merely another denomination on the landscape of religious movements. We are a divine end-time movement with an end-time purpose, an end-time message, and an end-time mission for the entire world. The church is God’s church. …”

N.S.: Yes, Pastor Wilson, and what is the evidence that we are fulfilling this “end-time mission for the entire world”?

T.W.: “In 1863, the year the Seventh-day Adventist Church was organized, there was one Seventh-day Adventist for every 356,000 people in the world. Today there is one Seventh-day Adventist for just under every 400 people in the world. It took this church 107 years to reach its first million members. …”

N.S.: Is growth all we need in order to fulfill our “prophetic calling”? How about your call for a revival and reformation on the day you were elected to the presidency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church?

T.W.: “Does the Seventh-day Adventist Church need a revival and reformation? Is all this emphasis on revival and reformation simply another denominational program? God’s messenger to the remnant, Ellen White, leaves no doubt in our minds when she declares, “A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. …”

N.S.: What is more important, Pastor Wilson, growth or revival of our commitment to the preaching of the third angel’s message to the world?

T.W.: “Revival is not only needed in the church today; It is our greatest and most urgent need in every aspect, and we are told to seek this first. …”

N.S.: How can we contribute to this call for revival and reformation?

T.W.: “Will you join me, and other Seventh-day Adventist leaders and members from around the world in humbling our hearts before God in earnest prayer, seeking for the mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit? …”

N.S.: Have you seen any evidence of this revival and reformation-taking place among Adventists?

T.W.: “One of our General Conference leaders was recently traveling in the country of Indonesia. He was being brought to an appointment by one of the local conference denominational drivers. It was 7 p.m. in the evening, and the alarm on the driver’s watch went off. The driver calmly said, “We’ll have to pull off the road now. It’s 7 p.m., and we must join Adventists all over the world who are now praying for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” …”

N.S.: Is this spiritual movement taking place around the world?

T.W.: “Revival is taking place in many places. The Holy Spirit is being poured out on groups of young people who are seeking God in prayer, studying His Word, and witnessing to the glory of His name. …”

N.S: What do you see as the greatest need of the church today?

T.W.: “Here are four great concerns for the church today, and we could add additional ones, but let’s examine and carefully look at these four:

  • A loss of Seventh-day Adventist identity among some of our pastors and church members.
  • The growing tide of worldliness in many of our churches.
  • The danger of disunity.
  • A spiritual complacency and apathy that leads to a lack of involvement in the mission of the church. …”

N.S: What is the root cause for this situation?

T.W.: “Too many of our pastors and members either have failed to recognize, or have forgotten, the divine prophetic calling God has given us as a church. There’s a growing tendency to minimize our differences with other denominations. In some Seventh-day Adventist churches, the messages from the pulpit are little different than the typical Protestant church. …”

N.S: Is this having an impact on our doctrinal unique beliefs?

T.W.: “The lack of Adventist identity has even led some to doubt the literal seven-day Creation week, denying a worldwide flood, and reducing the Sabbath to merely a rest from stress, rather than a last-day sign of connection with the Creator and Redeemer Himself. …

Much of this comes from the neutralization of the Bible as God’s Word. It is so important that we base our beliefs on the Word of God, using the historical, biblical method of studying the scriptures, and approaching prophetic understanding from the historicist perspective. …”

N.S: Why is this so vital for the success of our mission to the world?

T.W.: “You see, we have a life-and-death message to present to the world. Seventh-day Adventists have been raised up, like Noah, to prepare the world for its final hours. …”

N.S: Given this undesirable situation, can we be confident in the success of our sacred mission?

T.W.: “I am absolutely confident that, guided by Jesus Christ and faithful to our prophetic heritage, this Advent movement will triumph at last. …”

N.S: Is this confidence in the eventual triumph of the church supported by the writings of Ellen White? Didn’t Ellen White state that we might be in danger of becoming a “sister to fallen 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}

T.W.: “Standards that were once cherished by Seventh-day Adventists in the areas of diet and dress, recreation and amusement, and Sabbath-keeping, are fast becoming things of the past. …”

N.S: My question is: If the sin of adultery among Adventists prompted her to warn us that we were in danger of becoming “a sister to fallen Babylon,” I wonder what she would say today knowing that thousand of innocent babies were killed in the medical institutions she help found.

T.W.: “God has given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church a divinely inspired church organization, and mutual agreements called Church Policies, which under the guidance of the Holy Spirit are part of what helps to hold us together as a worldwide family. To discard or ignore these mutual agreements violates a sacred trust and creates unnecessary discord. …”

N.S: Are you aware that one of those church policies justifies what the Lord has forbidden in his divine Law? I am referring to what is known as “Guidelines on Abortion” that has led our church owned hospitals to profit from the killing of innocent unborn children.

Can God bless a church that is united on the evil practice of child killing? Does this bother you? Do you support your father’s decision to abandon the pro-life position of the Adventist pioneers and embrace the pro-choice attitude towards the unborn’s right to life?

T.W.: “And here is the last of my major concerns: The increased spiritual apathy and complacency prevalent in many leaders and church members’ lives, and I have to include my own. There seems to be a spiritual paralysis in many Adventist members’ lives. …”

N.S: Could this spiritual paralysis be due to our departure from the right path regarding the issue of abortion? …

T.W.: … [Absolute silence!]

N.S: Can you answer my question, Pastor Wilson? …

T.W.: … [No response!]

More: http://www.adventistreview.org/an-urgent-prophetic-calling

*Note: If you think that this interview never took place, you have guessed right. This imaginary account is merely an allegory!

Posted by: adventlife | May 18, 2016

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Posted by: adventlife | May 1, 2016

A few points to ponder

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If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal…

A whale swims all day, only eats fish & drinks water, but is still fat…

A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while a tortoise doesn’t run and does mostly nothing except eat, yet it lives for 150 years.

And they tell us to exercise? I don’t think so

Now that I’m older, here’s what I’ve discovered:

1. I started out with nothing,
and I still have most of it.

2. Funny, I don’t remember
being absent-minded

3 If all is not lost,
then where the heck is it?

4. It was a whole lot easier to get older
than it was to get wiser.

  1. I wish the buck really did stop here,
    I sure could use a few of them.

    6. Kids in the back seat
    cause accidents.

    7. Accidents in the back seat
    cause kids.

    8. It’s hard to make a comeback
    when you haven’t been anywhere.

    9. It’s not hard to meet expenses . . .
    They’re everywhere.

    10. The only difference between
    a rut and a grave is the depth.

    11. Have I sent this message to you before…
    or did I get it from you?

    Please be kind to the elderly

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Posted by: adventlife | May 1, 2016

Evangelist Kevin Paulson’s Cherished Errors

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Right now there is a lively discussion about a side topic of abortion in the ADVINDICATE Adventist forum founded by Shane Hilde. You may remember him from a few years ago when the Creation-Evolution was a hot topic among Adventists. Here is my response to Richard Thomas, a pro-life leader, who asked me a question regarding the abortion issue.

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“Richard, I don’t know what happened. Yesterday I could not locate my postings anywhere, except one. But today I did find them. I was either blind, or else those postings were restored. Here is the link for them:

http://advindicate.com/articles/2016/4/22/alleged-ellen-white-contradictions-exploding-the-urban-legends#comment-2645258851

I was responding to the following interesting comment posted by earlysda:

“Pr. Paulson frequently ignores what Ellen White wrote when it strikes at his cherished errors. Personally, I’ve not found Pr. Paulson correct on any major point under contention except for Women’s Ordination. But then, anyone who is not concerned enough to help the most innocent developing humans, surely isn’t too concerned to help big humans either.”

I am not an expert on Kevin Paulson’s theology, and I do not know what his position is on women’s ordination, but I do remember the first time I read an article he wrote dealing with evolution. I was greatly impressed with the clarity and power of his arguments in defense of creation.

The next article I read authored by Paulson dealt with the topic of abortion, and I was terribly disappointed. I wrote to him responding to his arguments in defense of the theory that the unborn have no right to life before birth. He promised to respond ASASP. This took place many years ago, and I am still waiting for his answer.

I agree with earlysda that “Pr. Paulson frequently ignores what Ellen White wrote when it strikes at his cherished errors.” [The emphasis is mine.]

Kevin Paulson claims that Ellen White was silent on abortion. Was she? Read the following statement.

Quote: “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.]

Notice that Ellen considered that the neglect of a pregnant woman’s health was equivalent to almost murdering the unborn. Can we conclude that the actual killing of the unborn is less than murder?

It is true that Ellen White never used the term “abortion.” She used a much stronger word for the killing of the unborn: “MURDER.

Pastor Paulson: Are you planning to respond to these serious allegations regarding your tendency to ignore certain quotations from Ellen White dealing with how she valued the right to life of the unborn.

We are dealing with a very serious issue that is if more import than women’s ordination or whether we inherit a sinful nature. Wouldn’t you agree?”

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If you care about the right to life of the unborn, this is your chance to post your comments on this thread. Discussions like these do not come very often in Adventist literature, and quite often the right to post comments is withdrawn without prior notice.

More: http://advindicate.com/articles/2016/4/22/alleged-ellen-white-contradictions-exploding-the-urban-legends#comment-2645258851

Posted by: adventlife | April 22, 2016

Day Four of Creation Week Dilemma Solved!

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Those who favor a literal reading of Genesis One have been plagued by the problem of what to do with the alleged creation of the stars on day four of creation week. How can we reconcile the recent creation recorded in Genesis One with the creation of the stars whose light takes millions of years to reach our planet earth?

Most Adventists believe that the stars have been in existence for millions and billions of years, yet the official position of the church is that the creation story recorded in the book of Genesis is rather of recent history. How can Adventists reconcile an old universe with a relatively recent creation of life on earth?

A possible solution seems to be in the proper understanding of two Hebrew words used in Genesis 1:1 and 1:16. Those two words are: “created” and “made” : In Gen. 1:1 the word used is “created” while in 1:16 the term “made” was used, and those two words are not exactly synonymous in the Hebrew language. Notice the following:

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary on Genesis 1:16

“Both these lights may be said to be “made” on the fourth day—not created, indeed, for it is a different word that is here used, but constituted, appointed to the important and necessary office of serving as luminaries to the world, and regulating by their motions and their influence the progress and divisions of time.”

Ref.: http://biblehub.com/genesis/1-16.htm

When I checked the interlinear version of the Bible for those words, I discovered a confirmation of what Bible commentator Jamieson affirmed above:

In fact in Gen. 1:1 the Hebrew term is “created” [בָּרָ֣א], while in verse 16 the word used is “made” [וַיַּ֣עַשׂ. This suggests that the sun, moon, and stars were not created in the fourth day, but rather assigned to act as luminaries for our planet. This seems to indicate that the sun, the moon, and the stars were probably already in existence when God assigned them the role of illuminating the sky for us.

The same is true about Exodus 20:11. Here, again, the word “made” is used in reference to the six days of creation. This might be interpreted as follows: Our planet earth was likely in existence when God decided to make it suitable for life during the creation week. Perhaps this is why in the reference to the creation act in the book of Exodus the term used is not “created” but rather “made.”

If this interpretation is correct, then the actual creative activity in genesis 1 began when the Lord said: “Let there be light.” in verse 3 of Gen. 1. This understanding of the story of creation may allow us to read the story of creation in a literal manner in spite of the reference to the creation of the stars in verse 16. What do you think?

Posted by: adventlife | April 17, 2016

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Posted by: adventlife | April 17, 2016

Dinosaurs Lived With Humans

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The Role of the United States in Prophecy

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“She began by noting that, “under our laws currently, that is not something that exists.“The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” she replied. …

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League said, “Hillary’s position is eerily reminiscent of what U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney said in his infamous 1857 Dred Scott ruling on slavery. He declared that blacks had ‘no rights which the white man was bound to respect.'” …

”The pro-life amici briefs in Roe v. Wade argued that the unborn child is protected by a host of constitutional rights, including the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee that the government not “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The Roe decision agreed that, if the Fourteenth Amendment applied to the unborn, the case for abortion “of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.” …”

My Comments: I noticed that when Donald Trump blundered with his comments about abortion, this was all over in the news; but when Hillary misspoke, no one bothered to criticize her awkwardness in defending abortion yet referring to the unborn as a “person,” which would call for the protection of the unborn under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

More: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hillary-the-unborn-person-does-not-have-constitutional-rights?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=b3d824af61-LifeSiteNews_com_US_Headlines_06_19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0caba610ac-b3d824af61-397582101

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Ervin Taylor commented on Should Ben Carson’s Church Get Out of the Abortion Business? By Nic Samojluk

“Should Dr. Ben Carson’s Church Get Out of the Abortion Business? That is a “Have you stopped beating your wife?” type question. The Adventist Church is not in the abortion business and never has been. Some Adventist physicians do abortions as part of their medical practice. The Adventist Church wisely does not tell them how to practice medicine. And that is a good thing.”

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Your comments raised several issues I would like to address:

“The Adventist Church is not in the abortion business and never has been.”

Your claim that the Adventist Church is not and has never been involved in the abortion business must be based on wishful thinking and or perhaps a willing ignorance of what the facts of the case are.

I suggest you read what Adventist historian George Gainer documented for posterity on the pages of Ministry some years ago, and the document known as Guidelines on Abortion approved by the General Conference Autumn Council back in 1992. You will discover that some of our hospitals began offering elective abortions to their patients back in 1970 with the full knowledge of the church leadership.

Between 1975 and 1982, for example, according to a Washington Post report, our Washington Adventist Hospital terminated the lives of 1494 unborn infants, and the church never apologized for this shameful departure from moral duty. Our medical work was founded with a healing ministry objective. Killing should have never been added to what we do as a church.

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

Ref.: Guidelines/Abortion

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

“Some Adventist physicians do abortions as part of their medical practice.

You seem determined to minimize the work of Adventist physicians performing abortions. It is true that the church cannot control the behavior of every Adventist doctor. They are free to engage in killing in addition to healing, but we should not rent office space to those who depart from the healing mission of the church.

What would we do if one day ISIS succeeds in defeating the U.S. and imposes its sharia law on our citizens? Would we then agree to rent rooms to rapists because it is legal? And do not forget that the victims of rape are in most cases allowed to survive and eventually recover from such a tragic ordeal. The victims of abortion are not granted such benefit. The action is final and irreversible.

May the Lord grant repentance and forgiveness to his children!

Nic Samojluk

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