Issues of Authority and Unity

The issues of unity and authority, especially in the NAD, have been simmering for some years. It was brought to the surface -again - by the decision of the General Conference in the 2015 session  regarding the ordination of women.  The other issues facing the SDA church, as noted on the previous webpage, are also a part of the growing tensions  that many see in God’s Remnant church. It appears we are absorbed in our cultural agendas and not God’s agenda of proclaiming the three angels messagwsof Revelation 12. We are losing our focus on God’s Word.

Open rebellion has moved the NAD to disregard the authority of the World Church as represented by the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists. 

The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place.--2SM 380 (1886).  {LDE 180.5} 


"God has invested His church with special authority and power which no one can be justified in disregarding and despising, for in so doing he despises the voice of God."—Testimonies for the Church 3:417 (1875). { LDE 47.4}


In the current times, it is becoming fashionable to find faults with our leaders. Yes, sometimes out leaders do make wrong choices but we should earnestly pray for them - not find faulting with them.

Is it the decisions of our leaders - or is it our personal decisions we should be concerned about?

We need to be watchmen, but not to the point of losing our focus on Jesus and only searching the faults of leadership.


Remember:Revelation 12:17 

And the dragon [satan] was wroth [angry] with the woman [God’s last day church], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.





NAD President Proposes de Facto WO

The Church has been split since the day the pro-women's ordination faction decided that it would disregard voted General Conference Session decisions. 



Special Edition Webcast: Highlights of Annual Council 2019

AC 2019 Lowlights-Highlights Reel with Commentary

God has invested His church with special authority and power which no one can be justified in disregarding and despising, for he who does this despises the voice of God.—The Acts of the Apostles, 164 (1911). LDE 56.2




ANNUAL COUNCIL 2019 FROM A DELEGATE'S VIEWPOINT

I think there were only two individuals from North America and/or Europe, both lay members by the way, that spoke in favor of warning/reprimand. I was one of them. 



Where Is Our Divided Church Heading?  

This easily applies to both, so-called liberals or conservatives, and anyone in between.. None of us can take comfort in how right we believe we are.




An Unwashed Thumb In The Eye Of The Entire Church

Silver Spring SDA Church Ordains Woman

June 30, 2019




Unity In The Spirit

There is Hope! 



After The Vote . . .

April 2019


Elder Ted Wilson Holds Q&A Session At Pioneer Memorial Church

March 2019



The Panama Union Mission, the Inter-American Division and the General Conference Publicly Attack Stephen Bohr

February, 2019




          The Days of Wine And Roses 

Featured as the Grand Marshall is Women’s Ordination costumed

 as a goddess tossing rose petals and blessings to the grandstand 

on which most of the crowd are standing and applauding. 



God's Remnant Church Divided 

To view the  link Steve mentions at the end of this video, go to https://www.GodsRemnantChurchDivided.net



Doing the Will of Him Who Sent Me




Said the angel, “Rebellion will occur up to the time of the closing up of the work of the third angel’s message. Marvel not, neither be discouraged. He who conquered the leader in rebellion stands at the head of this great work. Although Satan may exult and seem for a time to triumph, the first great Conqueror has His eyes upon him, and he can go no further than He permits. He is permitted to have power for a time to reveal the truehearted, to prove the faithful, to develop the spurious and separate them from the pure in heart. Rebels will be purged out from among the loyal and true in due time, for the truth has gathered of every kind” Manuscript Releases, vol. 5, p. 297


UNITY

This video was created by lay members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and was produced in partnership with the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.



NAD Vote Rejects World Church Plan

NAD Vote Rejects World Church Plan




Rebellion Analyzed by a Medical Doctor

November 2018, Phil Mills, MD      

The good news is that rebellion can be cured. Praise God. As we humble ourselves before God and renounce rebellion in our lives, God cleanses our heart from the consequences of rebellion.




An Open Letter to Non-Compliant Church Leaders

October 26, 2018 Steve Wohlberg



Harmony With The World Church



2018 Fall Council of the SDA Church


    124 Against      185 in Favor

…of the document of how to deal and address

 the differences in compliance.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).


Posted  from NADministrial.com 10/15/2018

STATEMENT FROM THE NAD MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION ON THE GC ANNUALCOUNCIL VOTE ON COMPLIANCE


Pastors, it is no doubt these are challenging times to be a spiritual leader, and even though it appears we are at a crossroad in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, I’m still encouraged that we can stand on the promises of the Author and Finisher of our Faith.  I’m encouraged because we can act as Micah declared, “to do justly, to love mercy and walk humbly with our God.”  I’m also encouraged by your faithful witness to stand for the right though the heavens fall.  If you are not encouraged, I just want you to know you do not walk alone.  We stand with you and more importantly the Creator God of the Universe will empty heaven just for you.      –  Ivan Williams

 

Women Clergy, I know we all are feeling the after effects of yesterday’s meeting in Battle Creek. You are not alone - we are in this boxing ring together! Even though we may have been punched in the stomach yesterday, we are a resilient group – WE LOOK UP and find strength to get up!  “In God I have put my trust; I will not fear what man can do unto me.” “I will cast my burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain me.  He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.” We have important work to do, and by God’s grace we can confidently move forward knowing that we have been chosen and called by God. Continue to share your “girl power” with a younger daughter of the King and be intentional about mentoring and increasing our numbers – We will expand the Kingdom!    --  Brenda Billingy

 

Pastors, There are millions of people in our cities, towns, and neighborhoods who need to experience the gospel through our lifestyle of compassion and our message of deliverance that sets them free today and offers them the hope of the second advent and the resurrection.  This is not the time to walk away, we owe it to God who called us to ministry and to the people in desperate need of a Savior, to gather our courage and continue to share the transforming love of God and the compassion of Jesus in practical ways.  Our unprecedented church planting movement and our missional awakening across our territory cannot be quenched.  More than ever before, this is a time for all hands, feet, and hearts on deck, male and female, young and old, together sharing Jesus with actions and words in North America.                      – Jose Cortes Jr. 

 

Husbands and Children of Women Clergy, I can only imagine what you as a husband or child of a woman who has dedicated her life to God’s service, must be feeling the day after the General Conference Annual Council confirmed such a grievous document.  Though I believe that most Adventists within our division are deeply troubled by it, only God can understand the injury that has been afflicted on you by it and only He can heal the wounds that this may be causing you.  Please know that you are being held up to God continually at this time in prayer. Dear friends, I believe that when “the church organization” appears to fail us, God will not. May the God of all comfort, comfort you in this present time.     – Donna Jackson

Pastors, after yesterday’s GC council vote we don’t know what the future holds for the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.  I’ve heard a variety of speculations.  But in any future scenario, your pastoral leadership is needed now more than ever.  Your people need a pastor.  Your people need hope in Jesus. Your community needs to experience the grace of God. Don’t bolt. Instead, double down on your faith in Jesus.                   Dave Gemmell (Dave Gemmell is heavily involved with http://www.ifollowdiscipleship.org. Check it out HERE)


Everyone, even though we the women clergy, who are affected the most by this decision, have largely been left out of the conversation, I thank God for the men of principle who continue to be our voice. I thank God for the hundreds of Holy Spirit empowered women clergy, who against all odds, are having an ever-widening circle of pastoral impact. We at NAD Ministerial are committed to equipping and supporting them as our numbers grow.    – Esther Knott

This is a very challenging time for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. Actions taken at the 2018 General Conference Annual Council meeting in Battle Creek, Michigan, did not have the outcome for the church that we had strived toward. Many of us are dealing with fear, disappointment, and even anger. This voted document, which outlines a system of governance to address church entities perceived not in compliance with church policy, does not follow the biblical values proclaimed by the Protestant reformers and the founders of the Adventist Church. This document, as voted, has made centralized power possible, and seeks to create a hierarchical system of governance.
— North American Division Officers; updated 17:28, Oct. 15, 2018.


Webmaster note: Is it not ironic that the current leadership is simply attempting to support the vote the majority of Seventh Day Adventist members cast at the 2015 General Conference Session. It has nothing to do with “centralized  power" but with support of the majority vote, as they should be doing!- for the third time brought to the GC for consideration, and a vote. Three times!  Remember Korah and Miriam in their rebellions, my church family! 






Comment to the Columbia Union Oct 16, 2018: With all due respect to the leadership of the Columbia Union and NAD there are many, many faithful SDA's who prayed earnestly for our church leadership and believe it was God's leading with the vote on Sunday.  Our church, like our country, is a democracy, and as the people vote so goes the church.  If all the church entities had followed the vote of the world church there would have been no need for all the time and funds spent on this follow-up to the WO issue.  I am the daughter of one of the early 'credentialed' female pastors and was very proud of what she accomplished as a female that male pastors would have difficulty doing. Her not being ordained did not hinder her in the least in working for God, and neither does it stand in the way of me or any other female who wants to work for Him. Please, humbly turn from your desire to work against the church, and put your focus and energy on how to best serve God and our churches/members/communities in a united and Christ-like manner. 

The above comment submitted to the Columbia Union VISITOR magazine October 16, 2018 but still being held for review and evaluation before being published.



Twitter statement: We know many in the  are disappointed in the vote at Annual Council to implement a new system of compliance over church entities around the world. We are too.  (A Message From the Executive Officers of the Columbia Union Conference) 


A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE COLUMBIA UNION CONFERENCE

We know many in our union are disappointed in the vote at Annual Council to implement a new system of compliance over church entities around the world. We are too. And while we are a faithful and loyal part of God’s Church, we struggle to see His hand in this decision. Our concerns continue about the increasing centralization of authority at the General Conference and the resulting administrative overreach.

Many are asking what happens next. In two weeks, the Executive Committee of the North American Division will discuss and decide how to address this unfortunate development. In turn, the Columbia Union Executive Committee will meet mid-November to assess how we will approach this new reality.

Please be assured that this vote in no way changes the status or calling of women in ministry as pastors, elders or in any other leadership role. We greatly respect the partnership and contributions of the women serving on our unionwide ministry team.

Our union’s mission, values and priorities are clear and will continue to guide our decisions.

Please continue to pray for God’s guidance through these turbulent days.

Dave Weigley, President
Rob Vandeman, Executive Secretary
Emmanuel Asiedu, Treasurer


                          Common Sense

                              

Some thought it was a big win for conservatives. Actually, it was a big win for common sense. What we Seventh-day Adventists request of the rebels—who are losing the sense of mission that was entrusted us—is to respect what was voted in GC Session, or resign from their administrative leadership. It’s unsustainable for a segment of an organization to defy decisions of the group and still remain part of the organization. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a right to expect its adherents, who choose of their own free will to be members, to comply with the teachings and policies of the church family. People who can’t do that are free to start a new organization somewhere else that implements their beliefs. 

______________________________________________________________________


 


So it begins.

 The Annual Council 2018 decision to continue to hold constituent elements of the church accountable has, through no fault of the church, has been a massive trigger for non-compliant entities and their sponsors. In its new video, the Pacific Union openly affirms its defiance toward the world body. 

On October 18, four days after the Seventh-day Adventist Church's voted decision, the Pacific Union released a video asserting its right to self-determination regarding ordination. Much of what the Pacific Union asserts about itself in the video is contra-factual (or untrue, as we say in the country).

First off, facts don't care about your feelings. Facts don't bend to your desires or mine.

The Pacific Union has not been "drawn into the discussion" (00:00:49), but by its voted non-Adventist practice they have actively created disunity. Their actions have created the discussion. "Drawn into" makes it sound as if the Union only accidentally became involved (“Yeah, we were just going down life’s merry road, and Boom, we were hogtied and forced into a Discussion Room!”).

Second, the world church never granted to the Pacific Union the authority to make a decision about whether or not to ordain women to the gospel ministry. The claim that women's ordination is "a practice that we may choose to validate as the local governing organization" (00:00:57) is not an authority which the Seventh-day Adventist Church has, at any time, granted the Union.

Third, the Pacific Union video also claims that it has the right to ordain women "Because of our Fundamental Belief #14, Unity in the Body of Christ, which includes the phrase, 'differences between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all equal in Christ..." (00:01:06).

If this were so, why hasn't the church been ordaining women to the pastoral ministry since that fundamental belief nomenclature was added in 1980? Fundamental belief #14 actually states, "In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us."

The Pacific Union and its enablers are acting in contradiction to this fundamental belief. Its unilateral decision to ordain women is dividing the church. By its voted actions, it is clear that the Pacific Union does not adhere to fundamental belief #14.

 Fourth, Union president Ricardo Graham stated that the Compliance process lacked a process for accountability to the world church. But the committees are merely advisory; the General Conference Executive Committee itself determines which recommendations it acts upon.

Ironically, Graham's complaint that the compliance process concentrates power into the hands of a few and prevents accountability is exactly opposite the anticipated outcome! The different levels of church structure (conference, union, division) have been misused by administrators who are culturally captive to women's ordination theology. By means of the insulation resulting from the different levels of structure, non-compliant entities have prevented themselves from being kept accountable to the church. 

Thankfully, the action voted on October 14, 2018, helps the members of the church keep rogue leaders accountable. Leaders are responsible to the world church through their duty to implement the vote of the delegates in General Conference Session. The compliance process just voted, takes away that insulation which has resulted from the failure of leaders to act at intervening levels—by enabling the church to address situations in other levels. It strengthens transparency and accountability.

Graham complains that the Compliance process "empowers and provides a platform for individuals who have any issues with the church to bring accusations against leaders of the church at any level." We are thankful that the process voted will hold leaders accountable to the members of the world church, which they so desperately seek to avoid.

Fifth, Graham desired the motion not to pass, he said, because "If this is voted, no one is safe; if they come for me today they will come for you tomorrow." But the church wants accountability for the Pacific Union and others. The church is not going to seek out extra work. Everyone has plenty to do. But the church needs to put its house in order. It will be shown that the entities that "will not be safe" are those entities which are standing in unfaithful disregard toward decisions they are duty-bound to uphold.

 Sixth, Graham's quotation from The Desire of Ages page 22 is stripped from its context and its meaning misrepresented. Graham quotes: 

"The exercise of force is contrary to the principle of God's government; He desires only the service of love; and love cannot be commanded; it cannot be won by force or authority. Only by love is love awakened" (00:02:58).

In its context the statement is actually addressing how God will break Satan's deceptive power. It is outlining the reasons for the incarnation, telling why Jesus came. Ellen White is not encouraging a principle that says everyone can do what they think is right in their own eyes, and that God's government has no recourse. Indeed, at the end, when Satan attacks the holy city to murder all those who have aligned eternally with Jesus, God DOES use force and Satan is destroyed. The same inspired author writes that the General Conference has authority. Thus, Graham's use of cherry-picked Ellen G. White quotations does nothing for Pacific Union's credibility.

Seventh, the Pacific Union video claims that representatives from several sections of the church did not participate in the debate, naming India and Asia. And yet, seven delegates who spoke in favor of the document were from the SID, the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division. Two delegates from the SSD, Southern Asia-Pacific Division also spoke in favor of the document. Representatives from those parts of the world field did participate. Is Pacific Union trying to insinuate some kind of plot? There is no evidence for this. Again, facts don't care about your feelings.

 Eighth, Bradford Newton, Pacific Union secretary stated "I think the best thing we all could do right now is have faith in God's guidance and protection. To live honestly, to be fully committed to our faith, to conscientiously object to those things that go against what we believe and know to be true" (00:06:49).

And who decides what we know to be true? The church, collectively guided by its world leadership through the Word of God. It is not a regional church but a world church. Those leaders include the those representing the grassroots, the delegates to the General Conference in session itself--who voted NOT to permit Divisions to set their own qualifications for ordination.

Newton continued, saying, "I love the words 'I will be true.' All of us, every member, can demonstrate that we care deeply about the integrity and the moral certainty of a church that reflects those words, I will be true, to our very highest values and beliefs." (00:07:50).

What is the very highest belief of present Pacific Union leadership? They are willing to divide the church over women's ordination. They are willing to nullify Fundamental Belief #14. The fact is that no Conference or Union or even division-level entity has the authority to determine what it believes apart from the consensus of the global body. Truth is not regional--even in California.

There are a variety of other points that we might take space to clarify or correct. But, let us conclude by simply noting that the Pacific Union's contra-factual October 2018 rebellion video is meant to tell the story the way they want it to be told. Entities including the Pacific Union are actively, presently fracking God's church.

They admit they are following their highest values and beliefs. Alas, those values and beliefs, by demonstration, are no longer the same as the values and beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Church that has been known as “People of the Book.”

The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place.--2SM 380 (1886).  {LDE 180.5} 






Parallels of Peril

After the Sunday decision on Compliance at Annual Council, several Church entities demonstrated just why the Compliance Document was needed in the first place.




NCC 'Leaders' Rebuff Two Constituency Motions From Sac Central Church  September 2018 



An Invitation to Uplift Jesus

By: General Conference Executive Leadership and Division Presidents


"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psalms 133:1).









The following articles (some are also found on other webpages) present the events and concerns on the issues of unity and authority. 


Unity Oversight Committee Survey Results are In 



Good news!!


Netherlands Union Votes To Adopt GC Constitution & Bylaws




Daniel Cho’s Comments and Motion at NAD Year-end Meetings, Regarding the General Conference vote of 2015



STOP THE VOICES!WCAS



Elder Wilson Delivers  Speech on Unity

 at Leadership Summit Feb 2018 


They Crept In Unawares



“Be not conformed to the world” is a repetitive warning in the Scriptures, in both Old and New Testaments. 




"Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam.” Deuteronomy 24:8

WCAS  Newsletter



NAD Sympathizers Shut Down Motion From Young Adult At Year End Meeting



  

A Surgeon Must Cut To Heal

To debate those who wish to rewrite Scripture—with policy alone—is abandoning the outer courtyard defenses of biblical truth and withdrawing to an inner citadel only to discover that the enemy has pursued and infiltrated us there.



Ron Duffield Presentations



  

Kicking the Can of Division Down the Road 

October 9, 2017   The worn out delegates seemed not to care and by a vote of 184 to 113 kicked the can down the road, allowing for non-compliance (or some might say rebellion) to continue at least another year.



True Before and After

No action was taken against units of the Church which are presently, openly, acting in rebellion toward voted 2015 General Conference Session action. 



A Heartfelt Cry For My Church

October 6, 2017 Ingrid Wijngaarde    

Dear General Conference Church leaders…



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THE BLEATING OF SHEEP AND THE LOWING OF OXEN





Would-Be Luther Attacks GC

One cannot take a case to the Supreme Court three times, receive the same answer each time, and then say, "We don't accept the authority of the Supreme Court.” 


George Knight's Conspiracy Theories Parts 1 & 2


Part 1 - NCC Progressives Triggered After 

New Youth Leader Nominated     September 20, 2018

Part 2  -   Adding A Motions to The 2018 NCC 

Constituency Agenda? Make Sure It's Not 

Conservative!     September 28, 2018



Part 3     -       Fleecing the Sheep,    

                  the NCC Constituency Session  October 3, 2018 

 




“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.”    1 Corinthians 1:10




Open Letter to Dr. Angel Rodriquez - and more.

Your paper illustrates why inspired sources must never be altered.



    

Seeds of Distress In The Church July 2017  Jay Gallimore

"Satan hates this church.  He will develop every chance to hit it from within and without.  His goal is to destroy the church by either infecting it with false teaching or destroying its structure and unity."



President's Perceptive

Unity, Diversity, and Oneness — Jay Gallimore Conference President

 "When 'unity in diversity' is applied to the disciples of Jesus, it cannot mean diversity regarding the teachings of the Word of God. Here the church must stand united. Take away the unity of doctrine, and you really have no mission.” 

 



Light From Korah's Night October 7, 2016 Steve Wohlberg  



Archived articles on Authority and Unity.