Posted by: adventlife | May 26, 2016

My Interview with the General Conference president, by Nic Samojluk*

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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!

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Responses

  1. Spiritual blindness …if we can’t (or will not ) see ALL of God’s Law, we see none of it clearly. Willing ignorance leaves us without excuse before the Righteous Judge. Our sin remains. And our silence makes us complicit in the corporate guilt…
    Charles Cleveland

    • The Lord is willing and eager to forgive our worst sins, but there is a non-negotiable requirement: Confession and a willingness to abandon our evil behavior.


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