It’s good this is addressed to the right individuals. …

Comment on Open letter to General Conference by Robert Montague.

It’s good this is addressed to the right individuals. The issue does not center on Bradley et al. The issue centers on governance of SDA institutions.

Recent Comments by Robert Montague

Dr. Ervin Taylor: ‘A truly heroic crusade’
I’m not so much interested in what professional arguers say, but rather in what the truth is. And there’s only one option here for a Seventh-day Adventist. That option is that the Bible is accurate. Ellen White dealt directly with the types of ideas that Dr. Taylor likes to promote. The issue is already settled. The early chapters of Patriarchs and Prophets, along with other references, make clear that one either rejects the divinity of Ellen White’s writings (and the obvious reading of the Bible), or the person believes in divine Creation just as it sounds like it happened in the book of Genesis. So while Dr. Taylor may find it entertaining, interesting, or satisfying to suggest that one can be a Seventh-day Adventist and also make up his/her theology on the fly, it just isn’t so. And the fact that many members in good-standing may be willing to support Dr. Taylor’s position has exactly no substantive value.

So as Bob Pickle has recommended, let’s move beyond giving any space, thought, or respect to these frivolous comments. Dr. Taylor may or may not have points to raise if he is addressing a group of people who don’t know better, but we do, or should.

“Don’t go backwards to interpret Genesis as allegorical or symbolic”

Sometimes it’s appropriate to hit-the-nail on the head. Take for example Jesus’ statement to the Samaritan woman, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” That might seem inappropriately direct, but it wasn’t. It was just what she needed.

The scattered servants of Christ needed to hear the president of the world church express a clear understanding of where the church needs to go. And my own experience with non-Christians is that they respond much more vigorously and appreciatively to a meaningful presentation of the Bible than they do to a generalistic and generic appeal to their feelings. I’m sure you aren’t advocating a meaningless presentation, but I’m all for exactly the type of message President Wilson gave.

I suspect those outside the church who care enough to listen to his message appreciate the frankness with which this leader expressed the direction he intends to go. I think many of them know he wasn’t targeting them – he was talking to us.

“Don’t go backwards to interpret Genesis as allegorical or symbolic”
What we needed was a clear message that drove a wedge between Progressive Adventism and authentic Adventism. That’s what we got.

Phinehas threw a javelin through the belly of progressivism.

May the Lord bless Elder Wilson as he moves ahead.

Michigan Conference takes substantial action in LSU conflict
This action fairly takes my breath away!

My son-in-law pastors in Michigan. We learned, even before he took up his pastoral duties, that the best annual campmeetings in North America are the Michigan meetings. This action is in keeping with the Conference’s habit of providing substantive guidance and meaningful protection to their flock. This action is courageous, and don’t miss it – recorded in the books of heaven. Thank you, Michigan leadership for this example of boldness and faith!