Posted by: adventlife | May 1, 2016

Evangelist Kevin Paulson’s Cherished Errors, by Nic Samojluk


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.


“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:

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?”


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.



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