TROUBLERS OF ISRAEL
OF PUBLICATION: MAY 2002
did not want to write about the ____ situation. I still don't. Some
things you do not want to touch, for even getting near them makes you feel
live in a time when everything is right. Anything goes, especially
standards. Do anything you want. The only thing wrong is to say that
something is. There are no rules, no standards. Eat, drink, and be merry;
for tomorrow well do it again, and there's no one to stop us. At
least, they better not try. Besides, nearly everyone's doing it anyway.
Don't risk being different; and, above all, don't say that something
might not be right.
the babies and protest if the government tries to eliminate the wanton
murderers. Be sure to reelect the politicians and protect the big
corporations. States should guard the rights of the homosexuals and accept
payoffs from the pornographers and gambling industry. Congress had better
remember on which side its bread is buttered. Money and friendships count;
morality no longer does. That, in a nutshell, is life today in our secular
churches—including our ownare not doing much better. Think not that
the Catholic bishops are the only ones moving problem pastors instead of
firing them. We have been doing it for years.
the 1980s, the late John Adam (a finance attorney based in Memphis who was
the first to uncover the Davenport scandal before the bankruptcy occurred
in our Davenport Syndrome; see our Financial Tractbook)
learned that, after a church officer in the Alabama-Mississippi Conference
had led a young Adventist girl into sin, the conference was planning to
transfer him out-of-state so he could carry on his practices elsewhere.
When Adam threatened them with full exposure, the conference buckled and
discharged the vile minister.
was the Adventist minister in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California
who led his associate pastor, a woman, into sin. In order to hold onto her
job, for a time she felt she dared not refuse him. But eventually, under
pressure from her own conscience and her husband who knew what was
happening, she went to the conference office in the hope of getting the
senior pastor fired.
conference president listened to what she had to sayand then fired
went to court over the matter. We have the complete papers here. Fully
backing him, the Central California Conference paid all the adulterous
senior pastors legal expenses, which included a costly, but persuasive
judge ruled that, because both sides acknowledged that the adulterous
relation had continued for a time, she could not collect damages for being
fired because of what her supervising pastor did.
that ruling meant that the conference fully acknowledged that he was a
practicing adulterer, with a track record of over a year!
soon as the trial ended, the man was transferred to the Southern
California Conference, where he is today senior pastor of a major church,
the one with the largest number of (active) homosexuals. They do well
together, and the conference is happy because the cozy arrangement
increases the number of offerings brought into church coffers.
it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou
he that troubleth Israel (1 Kings 18:17)?
was the troubler? The one who blew the whistle or the one actively
involved in the sordid lowering of standards? Which one was destroying the
nation of Israels moral fabric? Which one was trying to save it?
I started typesetting tracts in the late summer of 1979, as explained in
my autobiography (Story of My Life), I only intended to print
missionary tracts. But after typesetting sixteen Great Controversy
extracts as tracts, five summary ones (now in our Shelter in the Storm,
Mark of the Beast, and Final Crisis Foretold) and several other
tracts (Out of the Cities, You Can Overcome, etc.), I learned about
the Desmond Ford crisis. Aside from discharging him, church leaders were
careful to say little in refutation of his errors or in defense of our
historic positions. They feared to rock the boat, lest the liberals among
us become uncomfortable.
five years before Firm Foundation magazine was established, I
prepared and sent out over thirty tracts in, what I called, my Firm
Foundation Series; all of it was against Fordite errors (see our
320-page New Theology Tractbook).
the years passed, there were other matters to be discussed, including:
college administrators were protecting new theology teachers. And, in
October 1984, the General Conference got the Annual Council to pass an
academic freedom ruling, permitting our teachers to do pretty much
as they pleased (Theological Freedom, WM110).
conferences were protecting the new theology pastors who were graduating
from our colleges while the North American Division was busy, hailing
faithful believers into court in order to destroy their small
congregations (see our various Trademark books).
General Conference was busily sending personal representatives to
the World Council of Churches headquarters, in Geneva (see our Seventh-day
Adventist/Vatican Ecumenical Involvement: Book 1: History, 80-pages, and
Book 2: Documents), and working out secret agreements.
notorious secret agreement over keeping quiet about the Sabbath
proclamation, which occurred in the late 1990s, was one of the worst (Secret
Interchurch Planning Agreement [WM906] and Update on the Secret
Interchurch Planning Agreement [WM914]). We are now living with it,
and are only beginning to feel the full brunt of its effects. That
agreement was one of the causes of the current revolt among our laity in
South America (see our explosion tracts). Leadership had carried out
so many compromises with Catholicismthat our laymen decided to begin
the open evangelism and proclaiming our historic beliefs to the world,
teachings which church leaders wanted hidden.
levels of our denomination have changed because our mores have changed.
The Word of God is no longer the authority in the church. We had entered
an era of no rules, no morals, no standards. Anything can be done as long
as nothing negative is said about leadership. (See pages 3 and 4 for
did not ask for the job I now have, but I was willing to accept it. Am I
now to be quiet? Does not the world need more whistle-blowers rather than
is no one in our nation able to stop the gambling interests. The moral
foundations are gone. As far as the legislators are concerned, it is just
a matter of who offers the biggest bribe. Nothing can stop the homos. They
have the money on their side.
White predicted that the civilized world would be brought to its knees
because Protestantism had thrown out the Ten Commandments. And so it has
happened. A terrible condition of things has set in.
are no longer moral standards, and whistle-blowers are treated like dirt.
A similar condition exists in our own denomination. Those of you who have
dared to speak up about the growing liberalism in your local church
well-know what I am talking about.
you are a church worker, do as you want; well protect you. And woe be
to those who protest. We have a word for them: They are troublemakers
and will be dealt with.
organization knows that whistle-blowers are a danger to their security and
authority. And no organization will blow the whistle on another one. They
want to live together in peace. Don't tell what I'm doing wrong,
and I wont tell what you're doing wrong.
it is the whistle-blowers who alone are able to slow the crumbling state
of affairs in our nation and in our denomination. And even if they do not
succeed, at least they did what they should do. It is better to do right
and suffer and die for it than to go down to the grave in self-preserving
our culture today, it takes a crazy man to cry standards when things
are sliding downward. Yet that is exactly what is needed. In past ages,
people were burned at the stake for doing it. Do not expect roses and
back-patting today for telling the truth about what is going on.
he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy fathers
house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou
hast followed Baalim (1 Kings 18:18).
Who are the troublers in our church? Those who are keeping the commandments or those who are forsaking them? Those who obey the standards laid down in the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy or those who flaunt them and, by their example, lead still others into sin?