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The June 1976 issue of Ministry Magazine, the official publication for Seventh-day Adventist ministers has a rather enlightening article. The title of the article, beginning on page 7, is “What It Means to Be Part of — The Highest Authority That God Has Upon Earth”. (http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/MIN/MIN1976-06/index.djvu?djvuopts&page=7)

At a General Conference worship, Jan. 9, 1976, General Conference President Robert H. Pierson said:

When you and I joined the General Conference family something special happened to us. When we begin work in the General Conference office we become part of what inspiration describes as God’s highest authority on earth. … All of us are something special in God’s sight. Our relationship to our church, to the world field, to one another, and to the work entrusted to us is unique. We are part of ‘the highest authority that God has on earth.’… This office is the headquarters of our Commanding Officer — the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. These three buildings are not ordinary buildings…. These buildings constitute a consecrated place where God, through His appointed servants —you, me — directs His worldwide work. … As those of us here on the General Conference staff continue our unique service for Him, let us remember that we are daily, hourly, momentarily a part of a group of leaders that constitute the highest authority of God upon earth…

I guess the Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Evangelicals and others are not part of the Body of Christ? And what about the great reformers and preachers of the past that we studied about in our Bible classes?

A triumphalistic church and a triumphalistic leadership will not be quick to repent and to openly acknowledge mistakes. Unqualified admission that mistakes have been made are rare in Adventism. A thoughtful observer could not but see that this Rome-like ecclesiology springs from a soteriology of the same character.

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Stan Ermshar - Posted on July 24th, 2006 at 10:39 am:

That statement is really remarkable. I doubt anything has changed since 1976. That statement is also in Geoffrey Paxton’s book “Shaking of Adventism”, which is a book I highly recommend that everyone read.

Stan Ermshar

Jeremy - Posted on July 24th, 2006 at 2:30 pm:

That EGW quote that Pierson referred to comes from “Testimonies for the Church,” Volume Three, page 492, paragraph 2:

“I have been shown that no man’s judgment should be surrendered to the judgment of any one man. But when the judgment of the General Conference, which is the highest authority that God has upon the earth, is exercised, private independence and private judgment must not be maintained, but be surrendered. Your error was in persistently maintaining your private judgment of your duty against the voice of the highest authority the Lord has upon the earth. After you had taken your own time, and after the work had been much hindered by your delay, you came to Battle Creek in answer to the repeated and urgent calls of the General Conference. You firmly maintained that you had done right in following your own convictions of duty. You considered it a virtue in you to persistently maintain your position of independence. You did not seem to have a true sense of the power that God has given to His church in the voice of the General Conference. You thought that in responding to the call made to you by the General Conference you were submitting to the judgment and mind of one man. You accordingly manifested an independence, a set, willful spirit, which was all wrong.”

If the General Conference is the highest authority God has upon the earth, and Ellen’s authority is higher than the GC, then what does that make Ellen?


Gail - Posted on July 24th, 2006 at 8:07 pm:

I had not realized that 1976 was in the Dark Ages. That statement sounds very much like what another church (over in Italy) says about their highest authority. Hmmmmm!

Jeff Barron - Posted on September 24th, 2006 at 1:18 am:

I missed this! I am so thankful that I read it! The quotes that Gilbert shares, along his analysis, and the comment from Jeremy as well, show ample evidence that the Seventh-day Adventist church is a cult!! Ellen White is their Joseph Smith, or with this particular language, the POPE! Everyone ministering to current EGW supporters need to remember these quotes in this blog, and the absolute importance of its content!

Jeff Barron
Editor; http://www.ellenwhiteexposed.com/

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