Is Ted Wilson afraid?. I really don’t see it. I see some fear in Erv Taylor’s remarks–and a lot of fear in those by Chuck Scriven. In Ted Wilson’s remarks I see confidence, and hope, and joy, and love of the Adventist message. I see rootedness in Bible teaching, and the history of the Advent movement, and a longing to be faithful to that heritage. And I wonder why Scriven and Taylor are so afraid of that?

2 thoughts on “Fear?

  1. I saw a focus on externals’, extrinsic religion, rather than one one´s internal relationship with Christ. A fear of anything nonAdventist, a curious position to take given Adventism´s (and White´s) liberal adaptation of elements from the rest of Protestantism. Wilson called for a return to historical Adventism, but there´s very little in Adventism´s practices that´s wholly original. We stand on the shoulders of giants.

    Interestingly, in his laundry list of things to avoid, he made no mention of one of today´s most controversial topics, women´s ordination. I was glad to see that the church has voted to actually study ordination per se, ¨to survey the biblical motivation behind and model of ordination.¨ See http://news.adventist.org/2010/07/adventist-church-adm.html

    • I guess we heard/read two completely different sermons. He talks about the hope of the Adventist message, and the surety of our calling, and the need to go forward despite the fears people have. He emphasizes the positive message we have about creation, about redemption, about grace. He says the Bible can be trusted. He says Ellen White remains relevant. What he says about other churches is qualified:

      “Don’t reach out to movements or megachurch centers outside the Seventh-day Adventist Church which promise
      you spiritual success based on faulty theology
      .” That latter phrase clearly qualifies which movements or megachurch centers to stay away from.

      “Stay away from non-biblical spiritual disciplines or methods of spiritual formation that are rooted in mysticism such as contemplative prayer, centering prayer, and the emerging church movement in which they are promoted.” Again, which spiritual disciplines or methods of spiritual formation do we stay away from? Those that are non-biblical, those that are rooted in mysticism, and those movements in which non-biblical or mystical methods are promoted.

      So, I think people are reading into this a lot that isn’t necessarily there.

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