Posted by: adventlife | August 17, 2017

John Carter Why Are SDA Hospitals Performing Abortions by Nic Samojluk


In the event you don’t know who John Carter is, you may want to read the short description listed below before watching a short video clip in which he answers a question from one of his listeners. Make sure to read my comments at the bottom if this page!


“John Carter is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian evangelist known especially for his work in Russia. His presentation is known as the “Carter Report“, and he is a leading figure within the Adventist church. …”

A 1990 crusade was attended by thousands of people.[3] In 1991 a small mission was held in Moscow, the capital of the formerly Communist country of Russia. 100 people were baptized and joined the church. In 1992, 2500 were baptized in an outreach in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.[4][5]

Meetings there in the following year brought in 1200 people to the Adventist church.[6] Another series in 1994 saw 8000 conversions to Christianity.[7] Later, 1300 joined the Adventist church through his work.[8] In 1995, he ran meetings in Ukraine‘s capital Kiev.[9] 52,000 attended,[10] and 2819 joined the Adventist church.[11] There were city officials that harassed attenders at that evangelistic meeting.[12]


My Comments

To his credit, John Carter stated that he didn’t believe in abortions on demand, which is the first big mistake the Adventist church was guilty of when the leaders of the church permitted our Adventist hospitals to offer elective abortions to their patients back in 1970 in the State of Hawaii.

The second big mistake was for the General Conference Autumn Council to approve the notorious document known as the “Guidelines on Abortion,” that justified the killing of innocent unborn children under a variety of circumstances including when an unwanted pregnancy began to affect the mental health of the woman.

Think of this: The church leaders felt that a temporary mental depression—so common in cases of unwanted pregnancies—had priority over the permanent and irreversible death of the unborn child.

Some Adventists claim: “That is history; this happened decades ago; our Adventist medical institutions no longer perform abortions.” If this is true, then why on earth when our Adventist Health System [AHS] was competing with Catholics for the building of a new hospital in Montgomery County, our representatives argued that the permits should be granted to Adventists who offer abortions to their patients? Here is the evidence:

“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.”


John Carter’s Mistake

In his response to one of his listeners, Carter sounded pro-life, but he made an exception in the case of rape, incest, and the mental health of the pregnant woman. That is precisely the moral error contained in the Adventist “Guidelines on Abortion.”

Said document justifies the killing of a healthy unborn child if the father of the baby was a sinner, something forbidden in the Bible. Scripture forbids imposing the death penalty on an innocent victim for the sins of the parents.

In addition, the same Adventist document places the temporary mental depression of a pregnant woman over the permanent and irreversible deprivation of life of an innocent victim. This humanly created policy places human opinion over the murder prohibition contained in God’s holy Law.

John Carter would do well to read the new book authored by Danny Shelton, the president of 3ABN, entitled “Spiritual Vigilantes.” In it Shelton talks about the Ten Commandments and condemns the practice of abortion with the clearest language. He is probably the first Adventist leader to do this in this century. In this he deviates from the policy created by the church two decades ago.

It is high time for the Adventist church to get out of the abortion business 100 percent!


  1. Mr. Carter’s opposition to abortion on demand seems to be based on the Biblical revelation that before a person is born they are precious to God. What seems conflicting is that he appears to believe that if the unborn child is the result of rape or some other unwanted violation of the pregnant woman, the child is NOT precious to God and can therefore be destroyed without violating the sanctity of human life. This raises a very important question that Elder Carter doesn’t attempt to validate from Scripture; Where does God indicate that He values only the unborn child that is conceived in a consensual manner? And what is it about the act of rape that renders the unborn human being unworthy of life and God being unconcerned about it’s death?

    • Well said, my friend!


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