World Church Executives Move Statements, Manual Revisions
Creation, deaconessâ€™ ordination hot issues.
By Mark Kellner
World leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in a special Executive Council meeting June 23, voted to advance several statements on hot-button issues including the churchâ€™s belief in the biblical account of creation, and its commitment to religious liberty. The leaders also approved two dozen proposed changes to the Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual, due to come to a vote at the churchâ€™s 59th General Conference Session, opening here on June 24…
Equally galvanizing was the fourth of six statements to be issued by the Executive Committee. Titled â€œCreation: The Bibleâ€™s Worldview,â€ the statement reaffirmed Adventistsâ€™ belief in â€œthe biblical view of origins in contrast to an evolutionary explanation,â€ according to the draft text.
The statement said Adventists â€œbelieve that the biblical events recorded in Genesis [chapters] 1-11, including the special creation of human beings, are historical and recent, that the seven days of creation were literal[,] 24-hour days forming a literal week, and that the Flood was global in nature.â€ (Read more)