Author: Janet Lundeen Neumann
Across 155 years, Seventh-day Adventists have seen many efforts to weaken the pillars of our faith — a foundation built upon the Holy Scriptures and affirmed in the writings of Ellen G. White.
Adventist theology is the flowering of Protestant theology. But today, our commonality with the descendants of Protestantism is less. Many have conceded the protest is over. Adventists say, “No, it’s not!”
Go ahead; call us a peculiar people. We are! We should be open and kindly explanatory about all our beliefs. Our distinctive doctrines, like the Sabbath, the investigative judgment (sanctuary), the unconscious state of the dead, are vital and necessary to enable a clear understanding of Christ’s message to the world. No hidden doctrines!
Yet today, closely aligned with the Advent movement and even in its midst, are those attempting to introduce significant and substantial change. Change through:
· addition (e.g. 2520 prophecies)
· subtraction (e.g. anti-Trinitarian beliefs)
· division (e.g. women’s ordination)
· multiplication (e.g. feast keeping)
The erosion of our foundation via this “strange math” is dangerous. The beliefs of our founding fathers, based on the Scriptures and the Spirit of Prophecy, must continue to be studied, reaffirmed, and shared.
World Church Affirmation Sabbath (WCAS) exists because our church’s historical and Biblical foundation is under attack. WCAS participants are like-minded laity who encourage every member to stand, despite the shaking, in solidarity with our world church and its mission. Our very name and mission statement openly states our intention—an affirmation of our world-wide church, an upholding of its established doctrines, and a sharing of Heaven’s Bible-based message. (Check out our mission statement and 10 principles of action at AffirmationSabbath.org!)
Some have attempted to “classify” WCAS with those who add, subtract, multiply and divide the SDA beliefs. Please understand, we do not wish to revise, re-adjust or re-calibrate. We uphold the simple, unashamed and open goal of affirming the Seventh-day Adventist world church and re-affirmation of Adventist foundational beliefs. No hidden agenda.
As we pray for the awakening of our laity across the country and beyond, we ask your prayers for the members of the WCAS Planning Committee (listed on our website). We are making the plans, selecting the messages, scheduling the events and earnestly praying for laity around the world to join with us in support of God’s beloved church. Contact us through the website; we can help you create an active WCAS in your area.
WCAS has no plan to add, subtract, multiply or divide beliefs – no strange-math, no hidden agenda.comments powered by Disqus