Posted by: adventlife | March 11, 2018

Death Penalty for not Blowing the Trumpet in Zion? by Nic Samojluk

Watchmen

A Lesson for our Adventist Family

I believe that there is a serious warning contained in the experience of Prophet Ezekiel for our Adventist evangelists, our Adventist leaders, and even our Adventist lay members as well.

The Lord warned Ezekiel that he had been assigned the role of spiritual watchmen for the people of Israel. His duty was similar to the duty of the sentry guarding the safety of a city. Those watchmen were expected to stay awake at night while the rest of the city dwellers were asleep and were ordered to sound the trumpet at the sight of approaching danger.

Our evangelists and leaders have a similar duty today. They are expected to be spiritually awake and sound the trumpet in the event of danger to the spiritual safety of people. Are our Adventist evangelists, our leaders and lay members fulfilling this sacred duty?

Ezekiel’s Sacred Assignment

“1The word of the LORD came to me: 2“Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’
7“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die fora their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.” [Ezekiel 33:1-7]

The Duty to Blow the Trumpet

“Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand”—[Joel 2:1]

“Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.” [Isaiah 58:1]

The Penalty for Failure to Blow the Trumpet

What was the penalty for those who were responsible to sound the trumpet at the sight of enemies coming to attack a city? The penalty was DEATH.

Was this penalty unfair? The safety of an entire city was at risk. In this case the safety and lives of thousands of innocent unborn children was at risk, and our sentinels remained silent instead of sounding the alarm.

Will the Lord commend the Adventist leaders, pastors, evangelists and lay members for being silent at the sight of danger? Let’s take a look at what happened almost five decades ago:

What Happened in 1970?

What happened in 1970? The state of Hawaii legalized the killing of innocent unborn children. This was a clear sign of danger, a sign that the one who has been described in the Bible as “a murderer from the beginning,” the one who induced King Herod to order the genocide of children in the Jewish city of Bethlehem, was preparing for the mass slaughter of children again.

How did our church respond to this emergency? Did the church decide to stand firm on the side of moral duty “though the heavens fall”? Did our leaders choose to be faithful to God’s Law “as the compass is to the North Pole?” Did the president of the General Conference respond with an “over my dead body”? Unfortunately, we must admit that this was not the case.

What Was at Stake?

What was so crucial that let the General Conference president to compromise with evil? What happened is that half of the medical staff at our Castle Memorial Hospital– who happened to be non-Adventists—demanded the right to offer elective abortions to their patients and threatened to take their patients to other hospitals in the event their request was denied.

This meant that the financial future of this medical facility would be in danger of collapse. The choice was between the needed revenue and the lives of thousands of unborn children. The fear of bankruptcy prevailed and the fear of the Lord evaporated at the sight of this emergency.

The Church Takes a Moral Detour

The decision of the Adventist Church became evident when Pastor Neal Wilson made the following incredible announcement:

“Though we walk the fence, Adventists lean toward abortion rather than against it. Because we realize we are confronted by big problems of hunger and overpopulation, we do not oppose family planning and appropriate endeavors to control population.”

Ref.: George Gainer, The Wisdom of Solomon? Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989): 38-46.

A Shameful Document is Born

In order to accommodate the provision of elective abortions in our Adventist hospitals and clinics a document was created known as “Guidelines on Abortion.” It is a cleverly designed paper containing lofty prolife elements with a list of exceptions to the “You shall not murder” prohibition inscribed by God himself on tablets of stone.

The current version of said document was approved by the Annual Council of the General Conference in 1992. It is still followed by our Adventist Health System, and it is responsible for the death of thousands of unborn children in our hospitals and clinics.

Those guidelines on abortion are a relic and a monument to the tragic decision of the church to follow tradition instead of God’s Holy Law. It is high time for us to abandon this moral detour and return to the prolife example set by our Adventist pioneers who were not afraid to label the practice of abortion as plain MURDER.

The Biblical Solution to this Moral Anomaly

The Biblical solution to moral problems is repentance. Someone may ask: Who must repent of this great moral detour? Is it the General Conference, is it the leadership of the church, is it our evangelists and pastors, is it the members of the church. The right answer is “Yes” to all those questions.

1. The General Conference must repent for approving the abortion guidelines.
2. The entire church leadership must repent for their failure to sound the alarm.
3. The pastors must repent for their failure to speak in defense of the unborn.
4. The evangelists must repent of their silence regarding this major issue
5. The members of the church for their failure to protest this corporate sin.

God’s Punishment if We Fail to Repent

Nearly five decades have gone by since our Adventist Church departed from the original prolife Adventist position on abortion. The Lord is patient and merciful, but his patience has a limit. Sooner of later, he may take drastic action to stop this great evil among his people. In Old Testament times, the penalty for a watchmen’s failure to sound the trumpet was death.

We failed the test in 1970 and we still persist in a state of dereliction of duty. All Adventists are responsible for this shameful state of affairs. We preach the validity and permanence of God’s Commandments, we claim to be God’s Remnants, but we are currently keeping only Nine of them. This cannot continue. If you think that we are innocent of this moral indictment, please watch the following videos created by our Adventist researchers Andrew Michell and Roy Farr:

“ALL Seventh-day Adventists Support Abortion – Official Documents”
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzWgG4VIui8&feature=em-subs_digest

Is It Just A Choice? Murder in the “REMNANT Church”?? Is SOP Silent on The Issue??
Link: https://youtu.be/VwQ73d9bVME

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