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Pope Calls for Sunday Rest

After the Vatican has called for national Sunday laws, the pope now calls it "freedom" to rest on the sun day.

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Nature Testifies of God

Upon all created things is seen the impress of the Deity

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Christ says, "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, . . . and have the keys of hell and of death."     Revelation 1:18.

Looking upon His disciples with divine love and with the tenderest sympathy, Christ said, "Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in Him." Judas had left the upper chamber, and Christ was alone with the eleven.

Justification by Faith

Signs of the Times

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Jesus said "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars....For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."



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In the great final conflict, Satan will employ the same policy, manifest the same spirit, and work for the same end as in all preceding ages. That which has been, will be. Satan's deceptions will be more subtle. If possible, even the very elect would be deceived.

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Nature God's Second Book

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Nature is an open book which reveals God. All who are attracted to nature may behold in it the God that created them.

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Church Offers Prayers for France After Terrorist Attack

“We express our solidarity with all French people,” says Mario Brito, president of the Adventist Church's Inter-European Division.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church and its members worldwide offered prayers and support for Paris after a series of shootings and explosions killed scores of people.

France declared a state of emergency and closed its borders after at least 100 people were reported killed in a concert hall and others died attacks on restaurants and near a stadium on Friday night.

Mario Brito, president of the Adventist Church’s Inter-European Division, whose territory includes France, voiced “deep consternation” over the events in Paris. “We express our solidarity with all French people,” he said in an e-mailed statement.

The Inter-European Division noted in the same statement that twin suicide bombings killed at least 43 people two days earlier in Beirut, Lebanon, a possible indication that “terrorism is growing more and more uncontrollable.”

The statement says: “Human life is precious in God's eyes. When people turn away from God's directions and wisdom, they become a threat to the freedom of those who unfortunately cross paths with these agents of Satan.”

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks.

Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Adventist world church, said that “our hearts go out to the people and families suffering in the tragedy unfolding in Paris.”

“Please pray for a return to safety and peace,” he said on his Facebook page, adding, “May dire situations like this awaken all to the need for God and His love to be supreme in our lives as we see prophetic events taking place which herald the Lord's soon return.”

Adventist believers around the world took to social media to express their sorrow and to lift up the people of Paris in prayer. The hashtag #PrayforParis was trending on social media.

“Prayer unites us in terrible moments!” the Newbold Church in Bracknell, Britain, said on Facebook. “Remember our friends and family in Paris. What a tragedy.”

The Adventist-owned college, located on the campus of the church’s Newbold College of Higher Education, posted a black-and-white photo of praying hands with the words, “Pray for Paris, pray for France!”

ADRA International, the church’s humanitarian and relief agency tweeted that “our prayers are in Paris tonight.” 
“Please join and pray for our brothers and sisters who are now victims, survivors, hostages, and their families,” it said.

“Let’s keep Paris and the families affected by the tragedies in prayer,” said the Allegheny East Conference, which oversees the work of 96 historically African-American churches with 31,000 members in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

John Bradshaw, speaker and director of It Is Written television, said he was saddened but not surprised by the events.
“For me, one very sad thing about the terrible tragedy in Paris is that I'm not surprised it happened. And that neither are you,” he said, adding in French, “Dieu ait pitié,” or “God have mercy.”

Some church members expressed concern about what impact the attacks might have on migrants. Europe is grappling with its biggest migrant crisis since World War II as hundreds of thousands of people fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan seek to resettle on the continent.

“[I’m] devastated just thinking of the effects this will have on refugees already facing a terrible winter and more,” said Ashley Eisele, senior content manager for ADRA International.

Christopher Holland, speaker and director of It Is Written Canada, said the attacks offered a reminder that Jesus’ return was near. “The Paris situation reminds us that Satan is the ultimate terrorist, seeking whom he can destroy because he knows his time is short,” he said.

The Inter-European Division statement also focused on the hope of Jesus’ Second Coming. “We pray that the Lord may comfort those who are experiencing this unexpected and incomprehensible pain. We pray our Lord may strengthen the faith and hope of those who are waiting for His return to establish a new world where peace and mutual respect will reign for ever.”


Inter-American Division Drops 690,000 Names

The Church's Inter-American Division drops 690,000 names in major membership audit

 Central Mexican Union church record book  [Image courtesy of Elie Henry/IAD]

Leaders say with 1 million people baptized over five years, the Church is steadily growing.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Inter-American Division surpassed its goal of baptizing at least 1 million new members over the five years, but it also removed more than 690,000 members during the first major audit of its books.

The two figures, presented in a report by division executive secretary Elie Henry at ongoing division year-end meetings, represent steady evangelistic growth across the region and an aggressive plan among leaders to keep the membership books more accurate.

The Inter-American Division baptized 1,046,766 new members from January 2010 through June 2015 and removed 690,366 names from its books during an ongoing audit that began in 2012, Henry said in his secretary’s report to 140 leaders attending the weeklong meetings at the division’s headquarters in Miami, Florida.

Membership now stands at 3,606,078, making the division the largest in the world church. Members worship in 21,179 congregations in 24 unions and 125 conferences and missions.

“We are dealing with more real figures of what membership looks like thanks to the hard work of most of church unions in keeping accurate numbers,” Henry said.

“This is about being honest with ourselves and realizing that we are responsible for those who have left the church,” he said. “We are learning who they are so we can proceed in reaching them.”

Reaching them means connecting with them in the best possible ways, said Edgar Redondo, president of the North Colombia Union, which was the first to audit its churches. The union saw membership drop to 92,000 from the previous 167,000, a removal of 75,000 names from the books of 1,410 congregations.

“This was the first time in more than 40 years that the books in our churches were checked thoroughly,” Redondo said.

The union has identified about 30,000 names as members who left the church. Others died, moved to other regions, or simply disappeared.

Redondo said the large reduction in membership caused some initial concern, but the findings have spurred local church leaders and laypeople to reach out to former members.

“We are determined to rescue our members who left,” he said.

The Inter-Oceanic Mexican Union lost about 12 percent of its membership, or 21,300 people, through the audit, but the remaining 198,000 members in 2,671 congregations are how able to befriend those who left, said the union’s executive secretary, Abraham Sandoval.

“Our local church leaders were trained properly and were clear that auditing church records was not about grabbing a large broom and cleaning out the books without investigating thoroughly,” he said. “Now we can have on-target rescue plans to reach members who have left the church because we are dealing with real numbers.”

Ten other unions are currently auditing its books in line with automated standards set by the Adventist world church, Henry said. The Guatemala Union has seen membership drop from 18,000 to 6,000 in one conference alone. The Dominican Union has audited 60 percent of its territory and plans to complete the process next year.

But the work has been slow in some places. The Haitian Union, which has the largest membership of in the division, with more than 433,000 members, hopes to complete the auditing of its books by 2020. The lack of computers in churches across its two conferences and two missions has slowed down the process, said Pierre Caporal, executive secretary for the church in Haiti. In addition, many church records were lost in a 2010 earthquake.

Caporal said Haiti’s final membership figures could be larger than the current numbers once the auditing is completed.

“Most of our 1,046 churches and congregations have two services every Sabbath, and some even three, and they are packed to the max,” he said. “So looking at the crowded churches tells us that there could be more members than what we have had in our figures.”

Gerson Santos, associate secretary of the Adventist world church, encouraged attendees not to be discouraged by a shortage of pastors and stressed that more church members should become actively involved in sharing the gospel in their communities.

He underscored that the audits were good for local churches.

“If more people are registered in the books than show up in church, then the church is dying,” he said. “But if you have more people in your pews, your church is growing.”




World Health Organization Equates Meat Eating With Cancer



The Seventh-day Adventist Church  has known for over a hundred years that eating the flesh of animals can cause cancer. And, we have known that more recently eating animal products such as milk and eggs transmit animal diseases to humans also. Today, the World Health  Organization has released a very controversial statement saying studies over the last 20 years provide evidence there is a relationship between eating meat and cancer in humans.

22 experts from 10 countries convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans. This association was observed mainly for colorectal cancer, but associations were also seen for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.

The conclusion considered more than 800 studies that investigated associations of more than a dozen types of cancer with the consumption of red meat or processed meat in many countries and populations with diverse diets. According to the statement released by the United Nations group, the most influential evidence came from large prospective cohort studies conducted over the past 20 years.


Elder Ted Wilson, Jesus, the Bible, and the Spirit of Prophecy

Why Adventist Church leader supports the Bible and Ellen White

Ellen White, front row, fifth left, attending a New York camp meeting [ Ellen G. White Estate]

Q&A: Ted N.C. Wilson shares the reasons for his deep convictions — and they start and end with Jesus.

The grandfather of Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, sat as a boy at the feet of church cofounder Ellen G. White and listened to her stories.

White, who lived close by, visited the Wilson home near Healdsburg, California, in the early 1900s

Wilson’s grandfather, Nathaniel C. Wilson, and his three brothers eagerly gathered around her chair every time.

“My grandfather remembered Ellen White coming to their ranch home when he was a boy and how she lovingly told stories to him and his brothers as they sat at her feet,” Ted Wilson said. 
But those visits are not the only reason that the Wilson family has fond memories of White, a prolific author and tireless evangelist whom Adventists believe had the gift of prophecy. The Wilson family owes its knowledge of the Advent message to the direct practical and prophetic evangelistic activity of White, Wilson said.

The story started when Wilson’s great-grandparents, William and Isabella, immigrated to the United States from Ireland around 1870, eventually becoming fruit and cattle ranchers and the owners of a country store in California. 

The couple had four sons, including Wilson’s grandfather. Isabella joined the Adventist Church, but William did not.

Then William attended an Adventist camp meeting at the invitation of his wife in 1905. The speaker was Ellen White, and she spoke about the need of all sinners to have a Savior and allow Him to change their lives. 

“She made an earnest appeal and, much to the surprise of Isabella, William stood up and went to the front, giving his heart to the Lord,” Wilson said. 

William studied the Advent message for a year. He closed his store on Sabbath. He was baptized and later became the first elder of the Healdsburg Seventh-day Adventist Church, the forerunner location of Pacific Union College. 

“Christ changed his life, and he became known as a generous man, helping people in need,” Wilson said.

The transformation in the life of great-grandfather William Wilson is among the reasons that Ted Wilson is a firm supporter of both the Bible and White’s writings, which Adventists commonly refer to as the Spirit of Prophecy. More significantly Wilson said, the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy came from the same source — God — and have the same message — pointing people to Jesus and preparing them for His soon coming. 

Wilson has spoken repeatedly about his deep convictions regarding the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy during his five years as president of the Adventist world church, and he indicated after being elected to a second five-year term last July that he would keep the matter in the spotlight. 

The reason, he said, is because the Spirit of Prophecy has been entrusted to the Seventh-day Adventist Church to share with the world in the last days of its history.

“The Spirit of Prophecy was given to nurture and assist God’s last-day movement with instruction from heaven,” he said. 

“He used the Spirit of Prophecy to guide in the establishment of His remnant church, the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” he said. “These people would love Him supremely and follow His commandments through His power. He is using the Spirit of Prophecy to prosper His last-day church into the growing Advent movement of millions of members around the world.”

The following Q&A is based on a Sabbath message that Ted Wilson gave during the Spirit of Prophecy Symposium at Andrews University on Oct. 17. 

Q: Was Ellen White’s calling biblical?

In the Seventh-day Adventist Church we accept Ellen G. White as a modern servant of the Lord and prophet. 

I personally believe and attest that the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy are believable and true because Ellen G. White and her prophetic ministry pass the four biblical tests of a prophet: 

1. Her writings agree with the Bible fulfilling Isaiah 8:20: “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” 

2. Her life and works testify of her connection with God fulfilling Matthew 7:20: “Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” 

3. Her prophecies have come to pass fulfilling Jeremiah 28:9: “As for the prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet comes to pass, the prophet will be known as one whom the Lord has truly sent.” 

4. Her writings lift up Christ and affirm Him as the Son of God who came to this Earth to save us fulfilling I John 4:2: “By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God.” 

In addition, her life and work is verified by physical manifestations during visions, the timeliness of her work at the end of time, the certainty and fearlessness of her pronouncements, the high spiritual plane of her work and the practical nature of her explanations about multiple aspects of the Christian life.

Q: Why do Adventists refer to Ellen White’s writings as the Spirit of Prophecy?

The spirit of prophecy is described by the Bible as one of the two characteristics of God’s last-day, remnant church. 

Revelation 12:17 says: “And the dragon [Satan] was enraged with the woman [God’s church], and he went to make war with the rest [or remnant] of her off-spring [or seed, God’s last-day people and church], who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” 

Revelation 19:10 goes on to explain that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
The two distinctive characteristics of God’s people are so plain: people who keep the commandments of God — including the vital fourth commandment, which identifies who God is and indicates our submission to our Creator who in six literal, consecutive days created this Earth recently by His word and then rested on the seventh-day Sabbath — and have the testimony of Jesus, which the Bible identifies as the “spirit of prophecy.” 

The commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus, or the Spirit of Prophecy, come from the same source: God Himself.

Q: Are Ellen White’s writings equal with the Bible?

Seventh-day Adventists do not portray the Spirit of Prophecy as part of the Bible or equal to the Bible. As Ellen White herself indicated, the Spirit of Prophecy is to lead to the Bible. 
However, I fully believe that the Spirit of Prophecy is inspired by the same heavenly inspiration as that of the Bible since it is the testimony of Jesus. 

Q: Is Ellen White relevant today?

We have seen and are seeing determined efforts on the part of people motivated by Satan to attack Ellen White’s writings and make it “of none effect.” The Word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy both are products of heavenly inspiration and are thus accurate accounts describing the great controversy between good and evil, between Christ and Satan. This is why the devil is determined to destroy the truth found in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. 

The testimony of Jesus, which is the Spirit of Prophecy, is integral to the Advent movement. I believe that the Spirit of Prophecy is one of God’s greatest gifts to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It focuses on Christ and His Word — His all-encompassing righteousness, His plan of salvation, His grace and His ministry in the Most Holy Place in the heavenly sanctuary. The Spirit of Prophecy portrays God’s plan for His people living at this end-time and waiting for Christ’s soon second coming. The final events of the great controversy are about to take place. I believe that Jesus is coming soon! 

The Spirit of Prophecy is as relevant today as it was when it was written. It is accurate, uplifting, instructive and powerful as it points to Christ and to the Holy Bible. It is truly the testimony of Jesus and that’s why I believe in the prophetic ministry of Ellen White.

Q: Do you have concerns about how church members treat the Bible and Ellen White’s writings?

As we face the last days of Earth’s history, we know there will be a determined effort by Satan to destroy the effectiveness of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. 
We see the neutralization of God’s authoritative Word all around us. The historical-critical method applied to the Word of God reduces its effectiveness as authoritative. It is Satan’s plan to undermine God’s plain “Thus saith the Lord.” 

One of the greatest threats against the Spirit of Prophecy is not necessarily animosity but rather the threat of indifference. Today many members are unacquainted with it, don’t read it or just plain ignore it. 

In Testimonies for the Church, Volume 4, pages 390-391 we read, “The volumes of the Spirit of Prophecy [forerunner of The Conflict of the Ages series], and also the Testimonies, should be introduced into every Sabbath-keeping family, and the brethren should know their value and be urged to read them. … They should be in the library of every family and read again and again. Let them be kept where they can be read by many, and let them be worn out in being read by all the neighbors.” 

Various projects, including “Connecting with Jesus,” have circulated millions of Spirit of Prophecy books to the public and to church members around the world. The rapid expansion of the Seventh-day Adventist Church demands that our members know in their own languages and dialects what Spirit of Prophecy counsel God has for His last-day church.

The devil is so intent on destroying the influence of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy because it contains the counsel needed to help finish God’s work on this Earth through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Q: What is the impact of Ellen White’s writings on the church and the world?

This church would not be where it is without the special guidance given it by God through Ellen White in the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy.

The counsel of the Spirit of Prophecy has been instrumental in establishing publishing, health, education, humanitarian and media institutions. The Spirit of Prophecy guides the pastoral, evangelistic, missionary and administrative expansion of the church. The Spirit of Prophecy provides instruction in almost every aspect of life, including theology, lifestyle, personal health, the family, the home, young people, interpersonal relationships, personal stewardship, and many others. The Spirit of Prophecy is guiding God’s people and always will until the Lord returns. This also is why I believe in Ellen G. White’s prophetic ministry. 

As a result of Spirit of Prophecy guidance, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is not just another denomination but a heaven-born Advent movement with a special destiny — a mission and message to proclaim found in Revelation 14:6-12 — the three angels’ messages.Testimonies, Volume 9, page 19, tells us: “In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the Word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import — the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention.”

Q: What would Ellen White say to people who express disappointment in the church?

The devil knows that if he can get God’s people to look to themselves and their own opinions instead of looking to Christ that he will be able to bring in dissension, disunity, and tension. It is one of his greatest tools against the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 
Another powerful reason I believe in the prophetic ministry of Ellen White through the Spirit of Prophecy is the emphasis on unity that is presented.

God has called us to be participants in the greatest proclamation of truth in history, the culmination of the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan. God entrusts us with the task of sharing Christ who lived a sinless life, died for us, rose again, who is now interceding on our behalf as our High Priest and who is to soon return to take us to heaven. We have been called to share the Word of God in all its power through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 
In this heavenly calling, we will be confronted with people who will disagree with our message and mission. We may be tempted to become discouraged with the apathy of others within the church. Whatever we may face, we should not be tempted to work independently and apart from the church. We are called to work within God’s last-day remnant church not apart from it.

Stay unified with your local church and with the worldwide church family. Stay close to the church regardless of its imperfections. Keep the Lord and His mission for His church always before you. 

Q: As a child, what did you think of Ellen White?

I grew up in a home that held the Spirit of Prophecy in great respect. My father always spoke so positively and passionately about it. My mother gave such unflinching loyalty to God’s Word and the Spirit of Prophecy. I never heard a scornful word or a disparaging remark from my parents about the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy. 

My wonderful wife, Nancy, grew up in a home with the same positive attitude. She loves to daily read the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy as do I. It has a tremendous influence in our home. I advanced from the early trust instilled in my heart by my parents to my own personal deep appreciation for the counsel, direction and clarification in the Spirit of Prophecy. Parents, instill in your children a love for and confidence in God’s Holy Word and the Spirit of Prophecy. As I read the Spirit of Prophecy I accept that its inspiration by God because it is the testimony of Jesus. 

Q: What has the Spirit of Prophecy done for you personally? 

It has pointed me to Christ and His plan of salvation. It has pointed me back to the Bible. It has amplified many aspects of Scripture. It has given me a strong belief in the leading of God in the lives of those who commit themselves into His hands as I have observed the work of our church’s pioneers. It has given me new insight to Christian living. It has drawn me closer to Christ. 

It has provided incredible understanding of how to accomplish our mission entrusted to us by the very One who inspired the Spirit of Prophecy. For instance, it has given me an unusual burden for “Revival and Reformation,” for “Mission to the Cities,” for “Comprehensive Health Ministry,” for Christ and His righteousness, for faithfulness to God, for “Total Member Involvement,” of which you will hear much more, for the use of publications and media in our evangelistic outreach, for an understanding of prophecy, for the sanctuary service, for the work of departments and on and on. It points us back to Christ and His work for us on the cross and His soon Second Coming. 

You read the Spirit of Prophecy, and you will be positively changed forever as it points us back to Christ, His ministry, and His work for us in preparing a world through the Holy Spirit’s leading for the new world to come after the Lord’s return. The Spirit of Prophecy has given me an inexhaustible resource for implementing heaven’s plans for the Advent movement. When I think about the Spirit of Prophecy, I just am thrilled with happiness that God would provide us with so much information to accomplish His will in our lives personally and for His church’s mission to the world. 

For me personally, I am so excited to have the written Word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy. There are no better sources of clear, understandable instruction from God. These two heavenly sources of God’s instruction have given me a very settled confidence in God Himself and His plans for you and me.



    Beware of becoming a Prefix Christian!  What exactly do I mean by coining the phrase “Prefix Christian?”

    “Prefix:” An affix placed before a word…to modify a term’s meaning.

    “Christian:” 1) of, pertaining to, or derived from Jesus Christ or His teachings.  2) exhibiting a spirit proper to a follower of Jesus Christ: Christlike. 3) a person who exemplifies in his life the teachings of Christ.

    The teachings of Christ are only made known by the study of the Word of God, and by being led by the Holy Spirit through that study, for “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

    In the early Christian movement, prefixes were not necessary, for to be a “Christian” meant simply and clearly to be a follower, a disciple of Jesus Christ, one who accepted Jesus as the Messiah, his Savior from sin, one who patterned his life after the Example, Jesus Christ.

    However, very early on the concept of “Prefix Christians” began to emerge upon the scene, and the apostle Paul addressed the issue thusly: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  It hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, …that there are contentions among you.  Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? …He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:10-13,31)

    During the Protestant Reformation prefixes began appearing as little windows of the light of truth were opened upon the dark world of religion.  As the great Reformers became popular and then died off, followers formed creeds around the established, yet incomplete, array of doctrines taught by their mentors.  Therefore, denominations began to form, such as Lutheran Christians, Baptist, Calvinist (Presbyterian), Methodist, etc.  Actually, the very fact that these “Prefixes” were used was a clear indication that the establishment of fundamental beliefs was an incomplete process.  We might say of the Lutherans, they were followers of the teachings of Martin Luther who was just beginning to understand the light of truth through his personal study.  Much, much more light was to flood the Christian world as the Reformation progressed.  But when the Reformer passed, the adherents to his teachings embraced what he had taught and closed the door, generally speaking, on more advancing light.

    Today, because so many “Prefixes” are used to identify the hundreds of Christian denominations now in existence, it is incumbent upon one to actually use a prefix to identify the form of Christianity to which he adheres.

    To add a prefix to the word “Christian” is to qualify the meaning of the word “Christian” by either attempting to clarify the meaning, or by altering, or modifying the meaning. 

Adding Clarity

    A “Methodist Christian” would therefore be an adherent to the teachings of Jesus Christ as spelled out through all the accepted doctrines, or statements of belief, of the Methodist denomination.  The same would be true of the “Baptist Christian” and the “Seventh-day Adventist Christian.”

    In all these and similar cases the prefix is adding clarity to the understanding of the meaning of “an adherent to the teachings of Jesus Christ.”  In other words, the prefix explains the understanding of what it means to be a “Christian” through the understanding of biblical doctrine.
Altering, or Modifying the Meaning

    Other prefixes used actually, though perhaps unintentionally, might even alter the very meaning of the word “Christian.”  For example:  “Social Christian,” “Non-denominational Christian,” “Contemporary Christian,” “Liberal Christian,” “Conservative Christian.” (Descriptions reserved for another day)

    The “professed Christian” is one who does take the name of Jesus Christ as his Lord, Master, and Savior, but may or may not actually incorporate the meanings of “Lord,” “Master,” and “Savior” into his daily life and behavior.

    Let me quickly state that although all Christians are “professed Christians,” the “true and faithful ones” are Christians known only to God, for He alone knows the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Jesus referred to Nathaniel as “an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile.” Obviously, Jesus makes a distinction between “professed Christians,” (in name only), and true ones. 

A Disturbing Trend

    The concern of this study is the ever-increasing use of these modifying prefixes in conjunction with Christianity today, actually altering the true meaning of this profession, especially regarding one particular issue that I find to be very disturbing. 

    Over the past few years, and in light of numerous judicial rulings around our country and the recent Supreme Court ruling, homosexuality is being embraced as an “acceptable alternative lifestyle.”  Many gays who have grown up in a Christian culture are wanting to remain within that culture, but without denouncing their homosexuality.  In other words, they wish to continue with their “profession” of being Christian, but also to identify as gay.  Hence the term “gay Christian.”  They may profess to be living celibate lives, suppressing their homosexuality, but by clinging to the prefix, do they truly have a change of heart?  Sins of the heart precede sins of overt behavior.

    When I became a Christian 24 years ago I chose to turn my back on a number of vices in addition to homosexuality: alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, dancing, lust, just to name a few.  As a Christian, from that time forward it never crossed my mind to attach those vices to my Christianity by self-identifying as a “lusting Christian,” a “pothead Christian,” a “smoking Christian,” and certainly not a “gay Christian!”  As a new child of God, accepting Jesus as my Savior from all those vices, renouncing those behaviors, entering into His school of discipleship, and patterning my new life after His life, I did not want to identify with the sins of my past from which I was turning, no matter how strong the temptations to indulge once more. I worked to starve and bury the old while feeding the new.

    Yet today there is an ever-increasing push to incorporate prefixes into Christian identity, especially when it comes to homosexuality.  But in all fairness, if we can accept the terms “gay Christian,” and “bi-sexual Christian,” then why not other oxy-morons?  Such as: “lusting Christian,” “adulterous Christian,” “polygamous Christian,” “pedophile Christian,” “masturbating Christian,” or “polyamorous Christian.”

    One outspoken “Prefix Christian,” a gay activist graduate from Andrews University claiming to be a bi-sexual Seventh-day Adventist Christian, has worked to organize straight/gay alliances on many Adventist university campuses, alliances that work aggressively to prevent the message of salvation from homosexuality from being presented on campus.  He has recently called upon Christians to stop using certain words and phrases in order to communicate with the LGBT community.  This call in and of itself implies that the Christian community and the LGBT community are two opposing and incompatible entities, therefore inadvertently conceding the term “gay Christian” to be an oxymoron.

    He attempts to muzzle Christians by suggesting as unacceptable such Christian phrases as, “Love the sinner but hate the sin,” “The Bible clearly says,” “Homosexuality is a sin,” “Jesus can change you,” and “Go, and sin no more.”  He is basically saying, “To communicate with us you must not disagree, but rather agree with us.  You must not offend us with your biblical difference of opinion, for we view that as rejection.  You must use our terms, for we find them preferable to the words of God.”

    It pains me to see Christians kowtowing to such demands of the gay agenda, when instead they should be offering a compassionate message of hope, of healing, of transformation into the image of Christ, of victory in Jesus.

    In a recent sermon from the Pioneer Memorial Church at Andrews University the following statements were made:

    “There are those among us who self-identify as gay or lesbian who follow Jesus with all their hearts, but struggle with the celibacy He is calling them to embrace. It can be a desperate struggle, which is why the church, community of Jesus, the family of God, must be a place of refuge, safety, healing for heterosexual and homosexual, a place of compassionate confidentiality.”

    Now, this “healing” seems to me to be a healing of hurts, but not necessarily a healing of hearts, not a healing that leads to transformation of mind as well as behavior, for the pastor goes on to quote from a newly voted statement from the Andrews University Seminary: 

    “…Non-practicing gay persons should be welcomed into membership and church office.  All should receive spiritual care from the church (Gal. 6:1).” 
    The pastor then inserts, “It doesn’t matter how you identify yourself.  You are welcome, in membership and in leadership…! That’s what they are saying.”

    He then continues with the Seminary statement, “We stand against any antipathy or hostility toward homosexuals as well as any cultural biases that fuel a lack of Christ-like love for them…   We strongly affirm that homosexual persons have a place in the Seventh-day Adventist church.”

    In spite of all the statements in the seminary document that suggest gay Christians must resist temptations just as any other Christian, when it goes on to state, “We strongly affirm that homosexual persons have a place in the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” I can assure you, having been there myself, this is an opening door to compromise with the gay agenda.  This statement allows for the “Prefix Christian” to assume membership and leadership alongside those who are accepting a new identity in Christ.  It offers them equal voice, equal vote, and equal opportunity. 

    At the same time, those who have dropped the identity of homosexuality and are walking in newness of life are often viewed as unrealistic, dogmatic, and presenting a damaging message.  But friends, the gospel of salvation from sin, in thought, word, and action is not a damaging message.  It testifies of our God as omnipotent, rather than impotent.

    This leads me to another line of questioning: If a gay Christian is practicing celibacy, then he must know that homosexuality is sin, right? And if he, as a Christian, is accepting Jesus as his Savior from sin, then why carry the label of that sin as an identity?  If homosexuals are not to enter the kingdom of God, according to 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, then why would one want to self-identify as a “gay Christian,” labeling himself as a Christian who will not enter the kingdom of God?  To be a celibate “gay Christian” is to suppress the homosexual behavior, but what about the lust of the heart?  What about starving the old, and feeding the new?  Can one truly overcome the sin with which he chooses to continue wearing as an identity?

    Let us not forget the warning of Jesus, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 7:21)

    Jesus also said, “If the Son, therefore set you free, ye are free indeed!” 

    Do we not believe these powerful words of Jesus? Himself our Savior from sin, even the sin of homosexuality?

    A true Christian is one who should “Bring every thought into captivity,” “presenting his body a living sacrifice,” “letting this mind be in him which was also in Christ Jesus,” “being transformed by the renewing of the mind,” so it can be said of him, “Such were some of you.” (2 Cor. 10:5; Ro. 12:1,2; Phil. 2:5; 1 Cor. 6:11) 

    For as a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) And this is where 2 Corinthians 5:17 comes into play: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [a new creation by the hand of the omnipotent Creator]: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  To which Ellen White comments, “The new birth consists in having new motives, new tastes, & new tendencies.” And, “A genuine conversion changes hereditary and cultivated tendencies to wrong.” (RH 04/12/1892; Letter 105, 1893)  Do we believe these words…?

Orientation & Re-orientation

    The new seminary statement goes on to say: “In this statement we differentiate between homosexuality as an orientation…and homosexual practice… Our nature is marred and corrupted by sin from birth; it is damaged with inherited and cultivated tendencies toward sexual (and other kinds of) lust in both either heterosexual or homosexual persons. Yet, because of the atoning blood of Christ, those redeemed are not condemned and can receive victory over those tendencies and inclinations…  While homosexuality is a distortion of the Edenic ideal, “there is no condemnation” for homosexually oriented persons as long as they “are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1) and do not harbor or act upon their orientation and propensities.  It should be emphasized, however, that the biblical materials condemn homosexual practice, but there is no castigation of innate homosexual orientation per se.”

    This statement treats homosexual orientation as though it were fixed when a dictionary definition speaks of orientation as a direction of choice.  As a former pilot, I never allowed the headwinds, crosswinds, tailwinds or the violent storm to determine my orientation.  On the contrary, I made every correction necessary to maintain the orientation of my choice in order to assure my safe arrival at my chosen destination.  For the past 24 years, having been gay myself, but having chosen a new orientation and destination for my life, and now being married for 23 years, I have practiced, by God’s grace, not allowing the crosswinds of Satan to determine my orientation, nor my destination.  Re-orientation is a viable choice every Christian can and must make.

    In closing, I contend that the “Prefix Christian” who attaches sin to his identity is not truly living up to his Christian potential, but is rather living with a “patchwork character.” And,

    “Christ gives man no encouragement to think that He will accept a patchwork character, made up mostly of self, with a little of Christ... Soon it is all of self and none of Christ… Christ looks with pitying tenderness on all who have combination characters… The patchwork religion is not of the least value with God.  He requires the whole heart.  No part of it is to be reserved for the development of hereditary or cultivated tendencies to evil.” (Letter 105, 1983; Letter 31aa, 1894)    

    The word “Christian” really needs no modifying prefix.  As a disciple of Christ one is either allowing Jesus to be Mentor, patterning his own life after the discipline of Christ, without reservation, or he is not really a disciple at all.

    “Through all ages and in every nation those that believe that Jesus can and will save them personally from sin, [in thought as well as in word and behavior], are the elect and chosen of God; they are his peculiar treasure.  They obey His call, and come out of the world and separate themselves from every unclean thought and unholy practice.” (RH 08/01/1893)



Seventh-day Adventist is President-elect of Fiji

An Adventist is named president-elect of Fiji

Major General Jioji Konousi Konrote [Photo by Fiji Government]

For the first time, a Seventh-day Adventist has been nominated president of the south pacific nation of Fiji. 

Major General Jioji Konusi Konrote has most recently been serving as Minister for Employment, Labour Relations and Productivity but will need to leave this position in order to take up the presidency, a mostly ceremonial role analogous to that of governor-general in other Commonwealth countries. 

In an official announcement of the nomination, Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama described Major General Konrote as “a paragon of loyalty, courage and devotion to duty in his performance as a military commander, honesty and dedication as a senior civil servant and minister, and tact and perseverance as a diplomat." 

President-elect Konrote’s nomination is historic not just because of his Adventist faith but also because of his minority Rotuman ethnicity and his lack of chiefly ancestry. His nomination is according to Fiji’s 2013 constitution, which, somewhat controversially, dispenses with the Council of Chiefs and opens the position of president up to non-chiefs. 

Given Fiji’s delicate political situation, Adventist Church leaders have been cautious in their public response. Major General Konrote is a church elder and a respected member of the Rotuman congregation in Suva. 

Major General Konrote’s appointment is a bit of a surprise but not entirely unexpected—right now there are Adventists in many key government positions—the Seventh-day Adventist Church is widely respected in Fiji.

President-elect Konrote is the only Fijian to be appointed a Force Commander of the United Nations interim force in Lebanon and a UN Assistant Secretary General. He has served as the Fijian High Commissioner to Australia and Ambassador Plenipotentiary to Singapore. In 2006, he was elected as a member of Parliament and has served as a local member and government Minister since that time.

The presidential inauguration ceremony will be held in early November.



Everyone a Sower Annual Council

Pastor Wilson's Sabbath sermon at 2015 Annual  Council.





Pacific Union Conference Confirms Rebellion

It comes as no surprise that the Pacific Union Conference at its September 9 meeting has voted to continue its rebellion against the world church and its own bylaws that do not allow for the ordination of women. In 2012 the union's constituency attempted to amend their bylaws but that vote failed.

Kept under wraps, the decision was announced through the PUC's magazine, The Recorder.  "The committee pledged its support for its female pastors and said it would continue to abide by the union constituency’s 2012 mandate to ‘approve ordinations to the gospel ministry without regard to gender.’ The committee also asked the union officers in collaboration with the union communication department, to craft a strong statement in support of women clergy and to create a comprehensive strategy for educating local church members about the practical implications of the 2012 Pacific Union and 2015 General Conference votes, as well as church structure and authority."

La Sierra University continues to be a leader in the rebellion against, God, the Bible, and His church. Its "senior pastor", Chris Oberg, a female, is worried about church members not understanding what the union has done. "The message isn't getting to the people in the pews."  Sonora pastor, Nathan Renner is concerned about the need for the leadership in the union to clearly communicate the reality that "women can be elders, pastors, etc." He expressed "the faster" this is done, "the better".

There are many church members in the PUC that do not agree with  the rebellion as indicated by the failure of the rebellious union to amend its bylaws in 2012. But, there are many church members in the union that support the  rebellion. There is a division in the church that was predicted many years ago. There is "a shaking" taking  place and it is good to understand that many will leave the organized church. It is a painful process, but the church will be purified.

Some will turn back, but many have set their feet in concrete, and that concrete is beginning to harden. La Sierra ought to have been cut loose from the church long ago. Ricardo Graham and the leaders of the PUC are responsible for allowing such an institution to degrade to where it is today. There is a great need in the church to  begin to stand with those who are standing on the gospel of grace. We must discover who it is that is teaching the truth and then let us "press together" as we near the end.


Food For Life

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.       2 Corinthians 3:18

Tell of His Grace

Testimonies of the power of grace to change lives......


I was born into a non Adventist home, well that is an understatement really. My father was and still is a heavily practicing Satanist and as such, myself being a female, made me a target for ridicule and I was most certainly placed way below my brothers in the family......Tamara's Testimony

Country Living

Mar10 Demo Image Too late to move?

Moving to the country is becoming very hard in some locations. Selling a home and financing a new one is difficult. Some government agencies want to move everyone into the cities. God's people need to take their families away from the cities, into the country, where they can raise their own provisions; for in the future the problem of buying and selling will be a very serious one. We should now begin to heed the instruction given us over and over again: Get out of the cities into rural districts, where the houses are not crowded closely together, and where you will be free from the interference of those who are opposed to the truth. Pray that God will open a way.

Religious Liberty

European Sunday Law?

The world will urge an outward compliance with the laws of the land, for the sake of peace and harmony. And there are some who will even urge such a course from the Scripture: "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. . . . The powers that be are ordained of God." But what has been the course of God's servants in ages past? When the disciples preached Christ and Him crucified, after His resurrection, the authorities commanded them not to speak any more nor to teach in the name of Jesus. "But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." Today, our liberty is being threatened.

European Sunday Law

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