Have Confidence in Your Church and Its Leadership

In recent times, there have been several emails circulating claiming that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is being sued by the Roman Catholic Church over the Great Controversy Project; the General Conference president, Elder Ted Wilson, is a Jesuit; the Mark of the Beast is embedded in the Great Controversy Project, and also promoting a new conference dedicated to proclaiming “the historic doctrines held by God's true people in all ages.” Accordingly, I seek to address these charges.
General Conference not Being Sued
The Union’s Communication Director, Pastor Andrew Burrows, as well as Pastor Barrington Brennen, a local pastor of South Bahamas Conference, each sent out information refuting any claim that the Seventh-day Adventist Church was being sued by the Roman Catholic Church over the Great Controversy Project. In fact, I personally spoke with one of the general vice presidents of the General Conference, Elder Lowell Cooper, who was in Nassau last week to lead out in the leadership development training. He assured me that no such thing had occurred. For further information see the following article. THE RUMORS ARE JUST THAT. HERE IS THE OFFICAL INFO FROM THE REVIEW CAME OUT on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

http://www.adventistreview.org/article/5515/archives/issue-2012-1519/29-cn-book-distribution-response-exceed-early-goals

General Conference President Called a Jesuit
It is so unfortunate that because the church communicates with leaders of other religious denominations and their members that some members would construe this to mean that the Adventist Church is watering down its doctrines or biblical stance. Nothing could be farther than the truth. Because leaders relate with others outside our faith is no way a move to subtly introduce heresy or strange doctrines and practices. Truth be told, it is necessary to relate to all persons if we are serious about advancing the gospel, the prophetic message and assisting members who may have issues. For the record, Elder Ted Wilson is certainly not a Jesuit. A Jesuit is “a member of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic order of priests founded by St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, and others in 1534, to do missionary work. The order was zealous in opposing the Reformation. Despite periodic persecution it has retained an important influence in Catholic thought and education.” The attempt to smear his character is so unfortunate. There needs to be more prayers in behalf of leaders as opposed to nit picking at non-essentials.

A New Conference Is Dedicated

You can be sure that when a new conference is established, it will be through the regular channels of the church. In the case of the new conference in question, it was established, as noted by an email, “to uphold the historic doctrines espoused by the Seventh-day Adventist pioneers in the nineteenth century.” Furthermore, this association that is not associated with the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Maryland claims, “We wish only to unite God's remnant people to press together, holding high the banner on which is inscribed ‘the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.’"

Quite frankly, isn’t that what your church is doing- seeking to uphold the standards of God? Fellow leaders, it is misleading to say that there is no work to be done in the church. However, remember that the church is made up of people, and people have issues. On the other hand, it is dangerous to assume that everyone else has it wrong, and you are the only one who has it together. Just thinking that way is presumptuous. Now that is not to say that we must not seek reformation and revival. We need to be engaged in praying for one another. This week I have been praying for all fields within ACUM, but especially for the Living Faith and Message of Hope churches in South Bahamas Conference. They are the focus of our prayer initiative. Next week will be Maranatha and the Philadelphia churches.

Finally, I can assure you that the Mark of the Beast is not embedded in the Great Controversy Project. The proof of the pudding is in the reading of the book itself. From experience, this is proving a blessing morning after morning. Currently, I am on the chapter dealing the Sabbath, following a few chapters on the great disappointment. Do not be a conduit for those negative emails. Discourage them and be a purveyor of the positive as there is much good to share. I would rather light a candle in the dark as opposed to cursing the darkness.