In Landmark Sermon, Chris Oberg Discusses Science of Sex and Gender

Spectrum Masgazine

In a watershed sermon on gender and sexuality, La Sierra University Church Senior Pastor Chris Oberg explored reproductive discontinuity and gender dysphoria with her husband Kerby Oberg, a scientist and professor at Loma Linda University. The sermon came during a series titled “The Skin We’re In” in which the La Sierra Church pastoral staff wove conversations with congregants and community members into their sermons.

Chris Oberg delivered her sermon “Make It Pink! Make It Blue!” on Saturday, March 11. The sermon pushed into territory the Seventh-day Adventist Church has avoided, certainly from the pulpit. She addressed transgender people and gender and reproductive discontinuity from both a scientific perspective and the perspespetive of the faith community. Continue reading

Thousands of Adventist Young People Participate in Global Youth Day

Adventist News Network via Spectrum Magazine

Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists impacted their communities in more than 100 countries on Saturday, March 18 during the annual Global Youth Day event.

As pictures and videos were shared on social media with the hashtag #GYD17, the campaign generated an impact of more than 137 million impressions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This sets a new Seventh-day Adventist social media record. Continue reading

John McLarty: Portions Of The Bible Should Be Rejected To Accommodate LGBTQ

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I’m sad today.  And disgusted.  And indignant (Ezekiel 9:4).

Two Sabbaths ago, John McLarty, pastor of the Green Lake Church in Seattle, preached a sermon titled “What to do with real people.”

Before the sermon, he interviewed the producer of  the “Seventh-gay Adventist” movie, to set the stage for a sermon dedicated to acceptance of LGBTQ in the Bride of Christ.

That the sermon deals with the topic of homosexuality, and advocates for full acceptance of homosexuals in the church is not terribly surprising, giving the trajectory of licentious liberal Adventism.  These progressives—having had their say in ordaining women—have moved on to the next low-hanging fruit on the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  What is most startling is the easy way in which John McLarty dismisses the Bible as a reliable source of truth on these matters.  In this sermon he fulfills a prophecy that I made in 2012–that if progressives get their way on WO, they will quickly adopt the role of editors of the rest of the Bible, carving it up to suit their modern worldview, and their lower desires.

You know that the Word of God is plain on the matter of homosexuality, because you have either read it or had it quoted to you (I’m sure you have read it).  To get past these plain texts, McLarty launches into two stories that prove–to him–that the Bible is more of a collection of ancient words than a reliable guide to sexuality.  He uses the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15, and the story of Namaan being healed of leprosy to demonstrate–and I quote–that “It is time for us as a denomination to let go of the ancient texts that we have used to exclude people that God has clearly included.”  More quotes:

“If we are going to be faithful to God, there are times when we must push back against the ancient words.”

“Sometimes, the law needs to be bent to accommodate reality.  Jesus and the apostles showed a similar flexibility (Mt. 5: 38-39, Mark 7:19, John 8, Acts 15:10).  Laws, even ancient biblical laws that had been regarded as eternal, were not the last word.  The holy ones—prophets, Messiah, apostles—adapted and bent laws as necessary to provide care.  Human well-being was a higher virtue, a more trustworthy guide than even the plain reading of Scripture.  The most reliable test of religious claims is the question: How does this impact people, especially those who are less privileged than I am?”

“Of course, this is almost the exact same case with the role of women in the church. And one of our goals with the film is that homosexuality can be much like women’s ordination: we don’t all agree and we interpret the Genesis stories and Pauline writings a bit differently at times, but we still agree to stay in fellowship with each other while we keep dialoging. Nobody is going to disfellowship me because I advocate for women’s ordination” (Daneen Akers, ‘Who Cares?’ Newsletter).

Summary

  • At the root of this LGBTQ movement is a perverted gospel.  It is all based on the lie that we cannot have victory over sin.  And there is more.
  • The LGBTQ movement shares an ontological infrastructure with feminist theology (WO).  They are undeniably joined.
  • As the Word of God prepares to guide the good ship Remnant through the (LGBTQ) super-current, the Word of God will be thrown overboard by ministerial mutineers in the church.  We respectfully urge President Douglas Bing of the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to terminate Pastor John McLarty, as a faithful surgeon cuts away a cancer.

I close with this excerpt from John McLarty’s 3-11-2017 sermon “Faithfulness to God does not always mean obedience to His Word.” 

Sad?  Disgusted?  I need a stronger word.  Maybe you can help me find one.

Adieu,

ChurchMouse

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).

Loma Linda To Host Catholic Drama At Damazo Amphitheater

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Mass Appeal is a comedy-drama that focuses on the conflict between a complacent pastor and an idealistic young intern exploring the nature of friendship, courage, and love.  This play by Ken Wright and Brady Huffman will be staged in Damazo Amphitheater, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.,-March 25-26 and April 1-2.  Sponsored by the School of Religion Humanities Program.

Review from Curtain Up:

Mass Appeal presents a struggle between right and wrong, as heavy-handedly personified by its two characters, Father Farley and a young priest-in-training, Mark Dolson (Paul McGrane).  The central religious discussions — should women and celibate gay men be priests — seem less controversial today than then, not because they have been resolved but simply because there seems so little light emanating from such discussions.  The central moral issues are also from well-worn paths: Is it OK to lie?  Do the ends justify the means?  Is comfortable complacency such a bad thing — as long as collection plate revenues don’t drop off?

Straddling this heavy debate is a fairly funny two-man play that manages to keep the audience entertained.  This entertainment is not without cost, however, since it relies on the full catalog of Catholic priest stereotypes to deliver a good part of its humor.  (Farley is a burgundy-drinking, Mercedes-driving, golf-loving, racing form-reading Irishman of the cloth.  The priesthood seems to be the confluence of men with homosexual tendencies and those with homophobic ones — perhaps not with mutual exclusion.)

All hell breaks loose, no pun intended, when a witch hunt against two seminarians suspected of homosexual behavior commences.  When he speaks out in their defense, Dolson is forced to acknowledge his own experimentation on both sides of the fence.

After reading the review above, one wonders what such a play could possibly add to the people of the Loma Linda community.  And perhaps more importantly, what is the spiritual cost of such drama?

Another reviewer put it this way:

This play is Catholic, secular, and exposes the community to topics of gay, WO, makes people SDA laugh at sin, and presents the viewpoint of the political correct culture on these topics of sin.  Therefore, desensitizing SDA to sin and politically correct culture — can create/promote a lust in some audience members to seek out other sin-watching such as on the internet?

The entire congregation of LLUC and the community is invited to this play via the church bulletin — no age limit.  The play is considered PG — but I think the topics should be rated R — and parents warned about what the topics really are  rather than the innocent sounding blurb in the church bulletin.

Church bulletin:  “exploring the nature of friendship, courage, and love.”

Reality:  ‘comedy exploring WO and homosexuality, and sexual experimentation, from Catholic priests.’  Put that in the church bulletin!

The LLU money could be spent on enrichment, exploring healthy religious topics, and being an event that SDA members could invite their non-SDA friends to.  I would be embarrassed to invite my friends to this event, and I am embarrassed to see it in the bulletin for non-SDAs to see.

Always presenting campus and community events of enrichment of the faith is the goal of other universities such as Azusa Pacific and Biola.  You will never see such “sinful” events presented by these other southern California religious colleges — for their own people and for the community.  What are we doing?  You decide, friend.

“If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:3).

Religious Freedom Advocate Honored by International Law Society

Ganoune Diop says his award acknowledges the church advocacy of religious liberty

Bettina Krause
Adventist Review

leading Seventh-day Adventist religious freedom advocate was honored last month for his commitment to promoting religious liberty as a fundamental human right. Ganoune Diop, director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the Adventist world church, received the 2017 Thomas L. Kane Religious Freedom Award on February 17 at the annual three-day conference of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

In accepting the award, Diop told conference attendees that religious freedom is not a narrow legal right, but is a foundational human freedom that supports a whole range of other fundamental rights. He pledged to continue working “on the side of life, promoting a culture of freedom, the dignity of difference, and the sacredness of all human beings created in the image of God.” Continue reading

Central Jamaica Conference Employs First Female Pastor

Alisa Williams
Spectrum Magazine

The Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) of Seventh-day Adventists announced on February 28, 2017, that it has employed its first female pastor, Latoya Smythe-Forbes.

According to the announcement, “Mrs. Smythe-Forbes graduated from West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Theology. Since then she had been involved in various areas of ministry, including being a missionary to South Korea, and as a Bible Instructor with CJC in 2014 and 2016. She has, however, never been employed as a Pastor.”

The CJC’s decision to employ its first female pastor in its 66 years of operation brings to fruition the hopes of Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica. In April 2016, Brown said, “[The Adventist denomination has] female pastors … and one of my goals, and it’s time I am going public with this … is to employ the first female pastor in the church in Jamaica.”

The Inter-American Division (IAD), parent organization of the Jamaica Union Conference, had previously reported during a January 2014 meeting of the General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) that nothing in Scripture prevents women from being ordained.

Proposed News Measures Granted To Ofsted: Effect On Seventh-day Adventist Activities, Children, And Churches

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Following on from the Government’s consultation on extremism, the definition of out-of-school education settings now appears to include the Sabbath School division of our Church ‒ children and youth: 19-years-old and under including Pathfinders, clubs, and home schooling etc. The Government intends to register them and thus be subject to risk-based inspection by Ofsted. This approach among other reasons is to tackle extremism ‘in all its forms’ and seek to curb undesirable teaching which undermine fundamental British values.

Dr Brighton Kavaloh, in response to this consultation is inviting all interested members to attend a seminar geared towards how we as a Church approach this and get our voice heard. The seminar will be held on Sunday 5 March 2017, 10:00 am at The Advent Centre, 37 Brendon St, London W1H 5JE. Continue reading

Married Lesbian Couple Baptised Into Chico Seventh-day Adventist Church

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Alice Silva and Amber Machado were ‘married’ in Glenn County, California on 7-19-2014.  Their new name is Amber and Alice Machado.  Amber was raised Seventh-day Adventist and baptized many years ago.

On June 4, 2016, Alice Machado was baptized into the Chico Seventh-day Adventist church in north central California where her ‘husband’ (Amber Machado) was already a baptized member.

The Fruitage of the Women’s Ordination Agenda

Alice was baptized at the Chico Church by Ginger Hanks Harwood, a former associate professor at the La Sierra University theology department.  Ginger Hanks Harwood is a pro-choice advocate for Women’s Issues, and Women’s ordination.  In 2009 she was a speaker at the Adventist Women & the Earth Conference to promote environmentalism and gender justice.  Some of you may recall that on February 2, 2013, Ginger Harwood and Kendra Valentine (formally Haloviak) were both ordained as Seventh-day Adventist ministers, even though the action was out of harmony with the expressed will of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Fast forward three years, and Ginger Harwood is baptizing a married homosexual into the Seventh-day Adventist church in Northern California.  If anyone still doubts the ideological connection between liberalism, feminism, women’s ordination, and the oncoming homosexual tsunami, I respectfully invite you to open your eyes, wake up, and seek the Lord while he may be found (Isaiah 55:6).

The Story

Fulcrum7 vetted this story thoroughly.  I would prefer that we did not have to write articles like this, but as the Church moves deeper into confusion, rebellion, and love of the world, we will see more of this kind of thing.

One of our staff had an email exchange with Pastor Dan Wysong of the Chico Adventist Church (who now omits the words Seventh-day) from their website and church references.  The pastor stated in his email that “decisions on church membership” are appropriated to the “local church” and “Our local church elders take the theology of church membership and the care of our church members very seriously.”  Beyond that he declined to comment.

We also interviewed the aunt of Amber Machado, Rose Durant.  Rose shared two concerns:

  • That her niece was being misled about the ability of the gospel to change our lives, and the ability of grace to lead us to repentance and freedom.  By baptizing a married lesbian couple into the church, we deceive them into believing that the Biblical teachings on morality and sexuality are not important.  She was informed by her niece that the Chico Pastor knew about Alice’s lifestyle and homosexual marriage prior to baptism.
  •  That church leaders at the NAD, PUC, and NCC turned a blind eye to this egregious departure from our Church’s biblical position on membership and marriage.  Notice this pallid statement to Rose Durant from Jim Pedersen, when she asked him to help resolve this unbiblical situation:

The SDA Church continues to call all people to a saving relationship with Jesus, including baptism.  There is also an understanding that members are not yet perfect, including those who get baptized – but there is a growth experience as we become more like Christ.  The LGBT discussion continues to expand and be defined by the church, upholding the biblical foundation of marriage (November 8, 2016).

We also spoke with a former member of the Chico church, who told us that he opposed this unbiblical action to no avail, and eventually relocated to another church with more standards.

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Our Concern

These two women, without knowing it, are spiritually wounding each other’s heart and bringing dishonor to the name of God.  And the church, Conference and Union are allowing it.  Where is the call to repentance and freedom in Jesus Christ?  The same God who shut the lions’ mouths is well able to deliver us from the lions of sin, gender confusion and moral destruction (Daniel 6:21-22).  This is the church’s task, to lovingly lead people like this (and all of us) to freedom, peace and repentance.  We do this dying world no virtue by acting as if rebellion and sin are no big deal.  That is not love, it is the tyranny of apathy.

What is needed?  We need consecrated laymen and to stand up and speak out against these departures from God’s Word.  Speak the truth in love, read the Word and trust the Lord who gave it.  God needs you.  Pray for our church, our witness and these two women.