November 10, 2017
One would think, and even expect, that the official news organ of an established religious denomination would faithfully and consistently present newsworthy articles to its constituents in a way that upholds the standards of the church. And, ideally, these church standards would be faithful to the Word of God. But is this the case with the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s ANN (Adventist News Network)? Years of careful reading have caused this writer to doubt this very much, unfortunately.
The purpose of this article is to expose the direct contradiction of one recent ANN article to the Word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy, for as we are admonished in Isaiah 58:1, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgressions, and the house of Jacob their sins.” The article in question, written by Marcos Paseggi of Adventist Review and published on October 6, 2017, is titled “Annual Council Opens with Focus on World Mission.”
Mr. Paseggi informs his readers that “Global Mission Centers were created by the world church to ‘help Adventists to know how to build bridges of understanding and friendship with people from major world religions and philosophies,’ according to the centers’ website.” The Bible plainly teaches that believers are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14.
By reading such news articles from ANN, we either ignorantly (or willingly) accept fallacy, or, by the grace of God, our eyes are opened and we see that it is the regular lines of the denomination which have become thoroughly steeped in false teaching and preaching, and that we must speak out against it. In the instance mentioned above, we can see that the condition has metastasized, as the Global Mission Centers preach a false gospel while ANN regurgitates it through mass media.
Later, we learn that the Global Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations “advises members how to build friendship relations with respect and how to make sincere efforts to meet Muslims where they are,” while the Center for East Asian Religions asserts that “Buddhists don’t believe in a supreme god or a corrupt human nature,” and that “elements such as these can make spiritual conversations challenging.” Instead of advising us to rise to the challenge, we are simply told that “beneficial conversations begin with understanding the Buddhist mindset.” While it is true that Christ’s method of evangelism involved meeting the people where they were, and we are called to follow His example, we must not content ourselves with leaving the people where they are. God forbid! We must call the people “out of darkness into his marvellous light. 1 Peter 2:9. As Sister White counsels, “It is not safe for Christians to choose the society of those who have no connection with God, and whose course is displeasing to Him. . . . Many feel that they must make concessions to please their irreligious relatives and friends. As it is not always easy to draw the line, one concession prepares the way for another, until those who were once true followers of Christ are in life and character conformed to the customs of the world. The connection with God is broken.”