Posted by: adventlife | August 12, 2019

My Letter to Gerald Winslow, Director of the Center for Christian Bioethics at Loma Linda University Health

I am assuming that you are aware that the Adventist Church is planning to revisit a document created five decades ago and approved by the General Conference Autumn Council in 1992 known as “Guidelines on Abortion.”

This move by the leaders of the church is probably in response to the growing number of Adventists who consider that when the church embraced elective abortions back in 1970, this unbiblical action was in a direct violation of the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue and a violation of the Scriptural prohibition of “shedding innocent blood.”

When I learned that Gerald Winslow, the alleged architect of said abortion document, was offering his office for the collection of suggestions for the planned revision of those guidelines, I decided to write to him. Here is a copy of the email I sent for his consideration on July 28, 2019:

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“Dear Gerald Winslow,

From reading the article published by Spectrum titled “Decisions and their Stories” I learned that you offered to collect information regarding the General Conference [GC] plan to revisit the Adventist Guidelines on Abortion.

Ref.: https://spectrummagazine.org/news/2019/decisions-and-their-stories

After many years of Bible study and prayer I have concluded that said guidelines on abortion should be abolished for the following reasons:

1. They allow what the Bible prohibits: the shedding of “innocent blood.”

2. They justify the killing of certain babies with abnormalities

3. They permit the killing of innocent babies for the sin of their fathers which is condemned in Scripture.

4. They justify the killing of healthy babies when the pregnancy affects the mental health of the pregnant woman. You will probably agree with me that mental health is a temporary condition while abortion is final and irreversible.

My question to you is: Where is the Scriptural justification for all these killings of totally innocent human beings?

And let me remind you that the Bible makes no moral distinction between a fetus and a born baby. It uses the same Greek word “Brephos” both for the baby in Mary’s womb and the baby in the manger.

I believe that we Adventists should be in the forefront in the defense of the Ten Commandments instead of voiding one of them with our abortion guidelines.

When I and others wrote to the GC asking why the church justified abortion, the answer we received was: “Read the Guidelines on Abortion.” This surprised us, because when someone asks why we keep the Sabbath, the usual response is: “Read Exodus 20:13.”

This illustrates the fact that our abortion tradition is not based on the Bible but rather on a document created by fallible human beings.

May the Lord use you to correct what went wrong when our church deviated from a “Thus said the Lord.”

 Have a Happy Sabbath!”

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I you are concerned about this moral detour by our SDA church five decades ago, I encourage you to talk or write to Gerald Winslow and express your opinion regarding the right to life of the unborn.

The Lord will bless you if you do this.

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Responses

  1. Who are you, and why can’t I find a name associated with this page? Are you hiding? And why do you imagine yourself to be the authority for biblical truth on this subject?

    • Good question! My name is Nic Samojluk. You can Google my name and find out who I am. The omission of my name is an oversight. You are the first person who has asked me this question. Perhaps I should be more careful in the future.

      BTW, is my identity more important than my message? If what I am saying is true, will you reject it because you don’t know who I am?


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