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Exposing Adventism - Another truly catholic organization, Adventism

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"The (ASI - Adventist Laymen's Services and Industries) convention concluded with a banquet in which Robert Muller, associate secretary of the United Nations, was the featured speaker. He is called the United Nations' "prophet of hope" and has a vibrant and optimistic philosophy of life. His wife, Margarita, accompanied him, and they discovered that there is another universal and truly catholic organization, the Seventh-day Adventist Church." (GC President Neal Wilson, From the President: Cooperation and Interaction, Adventist Review, March 5, 1981, page 3)

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"Structure. At the local conference level the Seventh-day Adventist Church has a representative form of government. Above that level the polity of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is hierarchical: Authority flows downward and members in local congregations have virtually no voice. Above that level, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is a closed, self-operating, and self-perpetuating system similar to the Roman Catholic Church, in which those in authority are not responsible to lower echelons. Above the local conference level, those in authority are not elected by, representative of, or administratively accountable to, local congregations or the membership at large." (Raymond Cottrell, associate editor of the SDA Bible Commentary, Spectrum, March 1984, page 42)

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"Next to the Roman Catholic Church, the Adventist church is the most centralized of all the major denominations in the country." (Judge William T. Hart, 1984, presiding over a court case involving the Harris Pine Mills, an asset owned by the SDA church)

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"Our work is not to denounce the Roman Catholic Church." (Neal Wilson, General Conference President, Pacific Union Recorder, February 18, 1985)

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"Although it is true that there was a period, in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, when the denomination took a distinctly anti-Roman Catholic viewpoint, and the term 'hierarchy' was used in a pejorative sense to refer to the papal form of church governance, that attitude on the church's part was nothing more than a manifestation of widespread anti-popery attitude among conservative Protestant denominations in the early part of this century and the latter part of the last, and which has now been consigned to the historical trash heap so far as the SDA Church is concerned." (Neal Wilson, General Conference President, EEOC vs PPPA and GC, Civil Case #74-2025 CBR, 1975)

 
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