Posted by: adventlife | July 31, 2015

Adventist Leaders Break the Silence on Abortion, by Nic Samojluk

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Believe it or not, but some Adventist leaders are beginning to break the silence on abortion, a silence that began some years following the adoption of a document entitled “Guidelines on Abortion” that sanctioned the killing of innocent unborn children in our Adventist hospitals under a variety of circumstances including when the unwanted pregnancy was the result of rape, incest, when there was evidence of malformation in the developing child, and even when pregnancy affected the mental health of the pregnant woman.

Between 1971 and 1996 I counted 95 Readers’ comments and articles dealing with abortion in the pages of our “Ministry” magazine. The readers’ interest in this controversial issue was so great that on July 1988 David Newman wrote the following:

“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.”

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

What happened? Why the sudden silence? Did the interest in abortion diminish, or was this the result of an intentional desire by the pro-choice elite and the liberal Adventist leadership to silence the pro-life opposition whose opinions were running, according to Newman, “10 to 1 in favor of the church adopting a stricter standard?” We cannot be 100 percent sure, but the timing of the comments on abortion blackout is rather suspicious! [1]

A Long Silence on Abortion is Broken

This long Adventist silence about the murder of the unborn that lasted for almost two decades was recently broken when Evangelist Steve Wohlberg, of the White Horse Media, decided to record a thirteen TV series on the topic of abortion and 3ABN decided to air the opening program to the public. The rest of the programs are available for purchase from the White Horse Media. [2] You can also order copies of the “Hidden Holocaust” booklet by the same author.

This unusual action by Pastor Wohlberg was followed by Shawn Boonstra, the Speaker/Director for the Voice of Prophecy who wrote an article dealing with this issue. Here are some excerpts from it:

“Expectant mother Michelle Wilkins answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes, and when she arrived at the seller’s home, she was viciously attacked. …

“Prosecutors, naturally, wanted to throw the book at Ms. Lane, but they were unable to bring murder charges against her. Why? Colorado state law does not recognize a fetus as a person unless the fetus can survive on its own. …

“Perhaps that story didn’t make it out of Colorado. The story that broke last week made it everywhere, because it has stirred the abortion debate in ways the nation hasn’t seen since the Kermit Gosnell incident. Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood was clandestinely recorded discussing the sale of fetal body parts. …

“Tragically, abortion has largely been used as a form of birth control in America, and in those cases, the question of personhood becomes all-important. If the unborn child is as much as person as I am–if she has the same moral worth that I do–then terminating the pregnancy amounts to murder. …” [3]

Comments by Martin Weber

On Jul 30, 2015, I received an email from Martin Weber from which I extracted the following comments:

“Wow, how great that Shawn has spoken out in the aftermath of Steve’s advocacy for life. I believe the Planned Parenthood scandal must speak to the conscience of all but the most hardened church official. (How different from when I worked for IIW, and they tried to force me to edit a “pro-choice” abortion script and I had to threaten to quit for them to back off.) For what it’s worth, I posted the news video on my Facebook, which has sparked quite some response. …

The following video message of integrity and conviction could and should be coming from Seventh-day Adventists. How could Revival and Reformation ever come to our church unless we take a stand against the slaughter of unborn babies? Two of the 10 Commandments are thus broken: obviously the 6th regarding killing of human life–but also the 4th, since the Sabbath memorializes Creation life. What good does it do to teach Creation as a doctrine in our classrooms if we are unwilling to protest its destruction in the womb? Elective abortion is the most blatant example of cultural accommodation and compromise, which those who resist women’s ordination claim to oppose. …

That Seventh-day Adventists should have no moral voice in this matter is the ultimate cultural compromise. Moreover, God has entrusted our church with the ministry of healing rather than the administration of death, which makes such permissiveness a betrayal of our life-giving message and mission. …”

If you are interested in this topic, I suggest you read the following comprehensive account of how our Adventist Church got entangled with the lucrative abortion business for the sake of profit. [4]

References

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

[2] file:///C:/Users/Nic/Desktop/White%20Horse%20Media%20-%20About%20Us%20%29%20Newsletter%20%29%20Abortion%20Resources%20NOW%20AVAILABLE%20from%20White%20Horse%20Media.%20Special%20Offer.htm#.Vbt-Lvka5Vc

[3] http://vopblog.com/2015/07/28/planned-parenthood/

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

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Responses

  1. PTL!! 20+ years of pretending the king was wearing clothes is starting to speak up. PTL! Now that WO is off the front burner maybe the church will rethink it’s “the Bible is silent and so are we” position? Good for Boonstra, vindication for Weber!

    • Yes, but he was not alone in this fight on behalf of the unborn. He had the support of George Gainer, David Newman, and even Jim Gilley as well. Here is a copy of an email I received from Martin Weber two years ago:

      “Nic, God bless you (and everybody else reading this) for your efforts regarding life. I’ve been fighting this battle for 30 years and it’s been kind of lonely, except for faithful friends like George Gainer and David Newman. We at Ministry magazine fought so hard in 1992 at the GC Annual Council, both by putting out a special pro-life issue of Ministry (Sept. 92) and on the floor as delegates–even confronting top GC leadership. It was a total smackdown, but at least we did our best for God. And now you younger warriors are fighting the good fight. …”

      Nic

      • You should send a copy of this letter to Boonstra and Wohlberg.

      • I did send a copy to Wohlberg. I will try to send it to Boonstra as well.

        Nic

      • I did follow your advice and sent a copy of the article to VOP Pastor Boonstra.

        Nic


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