THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR FALSELY ACCUSED CHURCH MEMBER:

TO THE CHURCH LEADERSHIP AND MEMBERSHIP,
“The purpose of this letter is to inform you that serious problems have developed in our Kerrville, Texas SDA Church. This conflict is the result of the implementation of the Risk Management Verified Volunteers Program (VVP) by the Texas Conference in our church. We are hoping that you will be able to assist us in finding a solution to these problems.

I. The Verified Volunteer Program and its goals:
1. The primary concern of the program is to screen and prepare volunteers for church service.
2. This includes a very thorough background investigation of an individual’s past history, employment, police and FBI records, with emphasis on sex offenses.
3. Anyone who does not summit to the background check is marginalized and can only sit and listen to the church programs.
4. If a previous sex offender is discovered, the person is required to submit to a very severe contract that greatly restricts his participation in the church regardless his level of risk.
5. If the offender refuses to sign the contract he cannot attend church. In essence, he is banished from the church.

II) PROBLEM: THE TEXAS CONFERENCE AND VVP BANISHMENT OF A FAITHFUL CHURCH MEMBER:
When the (VVP) background checks were applied to our church it identified a member with a previous sex offense. 35 years ago he was found guilty and he paid his dues to society. He has faithfully met all his registry requirements and hasn’t had any further legal issues. And he also has been an outstanding, very spiritual and loving church member.

Apparently, a factor compounding the problems of our church member, came about when a church visitor who is the mother of one of our church members and who has an excellent background as an administrative secretary was asked by our church member to proofread a book he was writing about his life experiences. She was given a partial copy of that book for that purpose. In this book he tells about what happened to him 35 years ago, (this having taken place prior to his conversion). There are told his worldly experiences, his legal problems, and how he paid His dues to society thereafter. He also describes the requirements he was submitted by law, such as the following therapy sessions and multiple tests which were rather embarrassing to him and very difficult for him to bear, but by the grace of God was able to go through them successfully. But most important of all, in this same book he tells the story of how he became a new born christian in the blood of Christ, testifying about the transforming power of God in his life and how God has shown His love for him in multiple instances. This visiting lady, not knowing our church member and therefore not understanding the background of what she was reading in his book, became agitated and apparently let the Conference leaders know of her concerns about what he had written in his book. The Conference leaders have apparently used this misinformation to misrepresent the character of our church member(we suspect that given the nature of the present accusations against our brother by the Texas Conference leaders, it is likely that this lady shared her incomplete copy of our church member’s book with them).

As the result of the background check and described associated problems, our church member was then asked to sign the CHURCH ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT, which declares, “without limiting the foregoing I specifically authorize the church to notify the church leaders that I am a sex offender.”

1. In signing the above statement/contract he would declare himself to currently be a sex offender. He is no longer a sex offender and has been transformed by the blood of Christ. During the past 30 years he has been a faithful member and a pillar in the church, as an elder, sabbath school teacher and an active missionary worker, always limiting his church ministries to adults.

2. He has been very transparent by always informing pastors and church leaders of his past history.

3. The Verified Volunteers contract he was offered has an extremely severe list of regulations and chaperon supervision requirements, which takes away all the liberties he found in Christ.

4. Our brother did not sign that contract because in so doing he would have been admitting to presently being a sex offender. This contract would also place him in legal jeopardy, because it would open himself to baseless accusations.

5. The Texas Conference banished him from attending church, unless he signs it.

6. This created a major split in the church which has resulted in a very low church attendance.

III. PROBLEMS WITH THE VERIFIED VOLUNTEERS PROGRAM:
1.  The VVP was administered to too many people.
2.  The VVP is very expensive.  If we are looking for sex offenders there is a Federal and State Sex Offenders Registry, which is free and readily available to anyone interested.
3.  The VVP is very invasive. Background checks should be applied mainly to individuals working with children, youth, finances, and church employees.
4.  Disagreement with the Conference mandate to banished our church member because of a crime committed 35 years ago.
5. Disagreement with the policy that members who do not accept and sign the VVP background checks are marginalize and can not participate in any church activities, even in the church choir or prayer. They can only sit and listen, plus they loose all their voting privileges.
6.  Disagreement because the Conference is not following the SDA Church Manual on how to deal with disciplinary issues. These issues have always been decided by the church members, because they know the history and character of the individual. The conference is usurping the local church’s authority. How can the Conference judge a person they do not know?
7.  Disagreements because the Conference VVP policies do not follow biblical principles as described in detail below:
     a) denies forgiveness, grace, mercy and sanctification.
     b) weakens baptism by making man made laws/policies becoming the
         major test of fellowship.
     c) places INSURANCE AGENCY LAWS above God’s law.
     d) using same contract for all offenders is wrong. Because it
         denies the different levels of spiritual and psychological
         growth of a person on the road to wholeness.
     e) denies our brother the possibility of using the Risk
         Management’s Flexibility Clause, which favors taking into
         consideration the spiritual status of the individual in
         deciding a more benevolent course to follow.

IV. THE TEXAS CONFERENCE AND ITS VV PROGRAM AGAINST BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES AND NOT FOLLOWING CHURCH POLICIES:
1.The VVP weakens the concept of baptism, fails to understand that by the baptism of the Holy Spirit the person becomes a member of the body of Christ/His Church, a God given right. Therefore baptism of the Holy Spirit is the only test of fellowship and therefore the only requirement for church participation and church membership. This means that only the Holy Spirit via the body He has chosen(the local Church) can administer penalties related to church participation and church membership!

1Co 12:12-13  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.


2. The VV program establishes ANOTHER TEST OF FELLOWSHIP for church attendance and participation. In essence, baptism is no longer sufficient. This program adds background checks and contracts as certification that a person is sufficiently justified to attend and participate in the church’s ministries (accepting a CERTIFIED MEMBER rather than a BAPTIZED MEMBER). This program goes against church establishes laws which say:

“No Additional Tests of Fellowship—No minister, congregation, or conference has authority to establish tests of fellowship. This authority rests with the General Conference Session. Anyone seeking to apply tests other than those herein set forth does not, therefore, properly represent the Church. (See 1T 207.)” SDA Church Manual: page 64

3.  The Texas Conference and VVP fails to take into consideration that the presence of a member in our church, and his gifts and personal ministries are given by the Holy Spirit, and therefore their removal can only be done by the Holy Spirit which delegates such responsibility to the local church, not the conference: 1Co 12:12-14

4) It denies the local church its right as being the sole entity entitle to deal with its members disciplinary issues(censorship and disfellowship) as established by the scriptures and SDA Church Manual policies: Instead, currently a new man made disciplinary action by the Conference (kingly mandate) has been added which prohibits a member to attend church without even taking the required vote from the local church. 1 Co 6:1-3 and SDA Church Manual:

1Co 6:1-3  Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 

“Members may be disciplined for sufficient cause, but only at a properly called business meeting…”pg 64.

Members may be removed from membership or otherwise disciplined only by a majority vote of members present and voting at a duly called meeting. The majority of the church is a power which should control its individual members.”—5T 107″ SDA Church Manual, pg. 65 

5.  The Texas Conference has forgotten that there has to be a reason/SIN for imposing discipline (SUCH AS BANISHING A CHURCH MEMBER). In our case the individual in question, for the last 35 years has had no further legal problems, nor has he been accused of any offense, therefore he should not be under condemnation. He is now innocent through Christ!

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which
are in Christ Jesus, who walk “not after the flesh”, but “after the Spirit”.

6. The VVP fails to understand that the Holy Spirit is the one that gives the church member his personal gifts and particular ministries in the church. This is the person’s entrance into the New Covenant with Christ, becoming part of the church/His body. Therefore only the Church through the Holy Spirit can take away that ministry from him. 1Co 12: 1-8

1Co 12:1-8 
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, …
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

7. The Church Participation/Attendance Agreement (contract) and background checks, are oppressive by denying the individual’s God given personal rights.

8. The VP program excludes certain types of sinners from the church.

V.  OTHER REASONS FOR REJECTING THE VVP.
1.  It is an unnecessary expense, because the same information is found free online from
the States and Federal Sex Offenders Registries.
2. Disregards other less invasive options.
3. If the VV program if not signed, the member cannot participate in church.
4. Potential members mistrust background checks because this invades their personal
rights and may lead to their rejection of our church.
5. Creates an environment of mistrust.
6. Will cause serious attrition of Hispanic members and other minority groups.
7. Opens door for more restrictions for those with a history of other crimes, despite
their having been paid their dues to society and being converted and baptized.
8. Contracts do not prevent crimes.

VI THE TRANSFER OF LIABILITIES TO THE LOCAL CHURCH.
The Conference and North American Division are trying to stop lawsuits from hitting them. In essence, they want to keep the blame at the local church level, by using contracts which hold churches responsible for their actions and supervision of previous sex offenders. The purpose of having the church sign a contract with a sex offender is to divert expensive lawsuits related to sex abuse from the Division to the local churches. The requirements to comply with having a former sex offender in the particular church, are so harsh and complicated that no one can fulfill such requirements. If a case of abuse occurs in the church and a lawsuit develops, the powers above the church will ask did you comply with requirements A through Z (there are many), and if you miss one, then the local church will be found responsible for paying the lawsuit because of their negligence.

Among their policies in that contract, the church has to provide a chaperon for the previous sex offender, which certainly will be a dreadful and demanding duty for that chosen church member who takes over that duty. If this church member “chaperone” fails in his duty of policing the sex offender, and because of his negligence it opened the door for this sex offender to commit a crime in the local church premises, then this church member (or chaperone) could also be liable(may have to pay of his own money) for any law suits that many arise in that case.

Explained in the url below is how upper tier institutions, such as the Conference or Division, use contracts to transfer liabilities to the lower ones, such as to the local church:
Contractual Risk Transfer: The Basics
https://www.insurancejournal.com/blogs/academy-journal/2015/03/16/360274.htm

VII  OUR CHURCH’S PETITION TO THE TEXAS CONFERENCE:

A)
  OUR CHURCH SENT THE TEXAS CONFERENCE A FORMAL PETITION ASKING THEM TO REINSTATE OUR MEMBER BACK INTO THE CHURCH FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

1.  Because the bible identifies this individual as a new creature in Christ, washed in Jesus’ blood, his past sins are nonexistent.

2Co 5:17-21  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2.  Because no biblical reasons can be found for his banishment, 35 years ago he sinned and paid his dues to society, that sin was washed away by the blood of Christ.  He has kept the requirements of the law of the land and no one is currently accusing him of sin. He is innocent!

3.  Because his banishment by the Conference was ordered disregarding established church policies. The Church Manual states that it is the local church’s responsibility to discipline a member. This makes it clear that the Conference does not have that power, and therefore was wrong in what they did.

VIII. THE PETITION TO THE TEXAS CONFERENCE:
1.  Our petition asked them to be merciful with our banished brother by letting him return to the church and to continue his adult ministries.   We asked the Conference to apply the “Flexibility Clause” in their own policies that permits us, the church, to mold the agreement to fit the needs of the individual, because we are witnesses for 30 years to his conversion and high level of spirituality (This as suggested by their own recommendations as specified in their document, SEX OFFENDERS IN THE CHURCH A LEGAL GUIDE, listed below): 

SEX OFFENDERS IN THE CHURCH A LEGAL GUIDE, FLEXIBILITY CLAUSE #6 “Within your policies, allow some flexibility and discretion. Whatever guidelines or policies to adopt, make sure you have sufficient discretion to address individuals situations… How to determine who is and is not truly repentant is a huge challenge, but the attempt must be made… ” https://adventistrisk.org/Adventist_Risk/media/ARM/Resource%20Page/PDFs/English/GUIDE_SexOffendersInChurch_NADENG.pdf?ext=.pdf
2. That our local church is the primary witness to this person’s conversion and high level of spirituality as the clause requires.  Therefore the local church is able to judge his level of risk. The confidence of the church in this person’s level of spirituality and their clear knowledge of his low risk, became even more evident when around 80% of the church voted in his favor, and even the other 20% could not bring an accusation against him, since he had a clean legal record for the last 35 years. Also nobody within the church was accusing him of a present crime. This 20% were concerned mostly about a possible “precrime.” and or had other personal reasons. Certainly, neither the church board or the church in general participated in the banishment of this member from our church, instead this came about as a result of orders given by the Texas Conference President and the Conference Secretary.

3. Also at the same meeting, it was voted by the church that this petition was to be sent to the Union, Division and General Conference if necessary.

IX.  THE RESPONSE OF THE TEXAS CONFERENCE TO OUR PETITION/FORMAL LETTER: WAS JUST AN INDIRECT…..NO!
1. They did not respond formally with a letter to our church, neither did they come personally to the church to resolve the issues. Their response was an email to our Brother banishing him from our church, with threats of church closure and legal action if he was to return without signing the letter.

2.  Also, they made a threatening phone call to our head elder demanding that our Brother must not attend our church ( you can hear this conversation here: https://www.bitchute.com/video/i381z2EpSYyj/ ). This mandate was never given formally to the church; The way it was handled speaks volumes of the Conference’s low esteem of our church, the one they are suppose to serve.

3. The Conference President, Pastor Carlos Craig and Secretary, Richard White showed a total lack of Christian values and a total lack of respect for our church by conducting business in such an unprofessional manner. This is made evident by the demands they enforced upon our church listed below:

i.  if that person comes back to the Kerrville SDA Church, the Texas Conference would send local law enforcement to serve him papers and remove him by force from the church premises (the Conference said this in spite of the fact that the letter we sent to them stated that this person was voted to return to our church until we could properly resolve the issues with the Conference).

ii.  they continue telling us, that if the local church was not to comply with the Texas Conference decisions, persisting in admitting this banned member in our church, then the Texas Conference would permanently close our Kerrville Texas SDA Church and lock us out. (Perhaps they do have a legal power to banish us from our church premises, even to lock the whole church out, but certainly this is not their God given right!)

4)  Our petition on behalf of our church brother for the use of flexibility in his case, therefore was denied by the Texas Conference in spite of this individual’s very low level of risk.

5) Our letter/petition was to go through with the purpose of reaching all the levels of the church to find a solution to our problems (which ultimately are the problems of many churches, especially in the state of Texas, as recent history has shown).   This letter was not only sent to the Texas Conference but also to the Southwestern  Union.  And now it is time to send this letter to the Division and General Conference for them to review.

X. END RESULT: CHURCH IN OUR HOMES
As a result, a group of concerned members from the Kerrville Texas SDA Church, have provided our banished brother a “church” at our homes.  We are holding “Home Church” on the Sabbath in the hope that these issues will promptly resolve.

XI  OTHER RESULTS:
1.  We lost our Church Pastor, Pastor Logan Schultz, a man of integrity and great spiritual might, who saw the need to accept a call to serve in another conference rather than being fired.
2.  Then the Texas Conference selected and assigned us a new pastor without the inclusion or consideration of the Kerrville Texas SDA Church in his selection. The new pastor was assigned from the Texas Conference without any vote from the local church to come in and clean up the mess.
3. To make matters worst, the new assigned pastor has told us that he will not send this letter (our petition) to the Division and General Conference because they will not solve our problems.  He is, in doing so, blocking our church’s voted mandate of sending the letter to the upper levels of the church if a solution to our problems is not found at the lower levels.

XII.   THIS PETITION IS TO GO TO THE NORTH-AMERICAN DIVISION AND GENERAL CONFERENCE, FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
1.  Because the Kerrville Texas SDA Church board and its church members, at a properly called Church Business Meeting, previously voted upon and approved to send the letter to the upper church levels, including the Division and General Conference if necessary, therefore fulfilling our church’s mandate that letter is being send to them.

XIII. PROTECTION OF THE VICTIM OF A SEX OFFENSE IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE
We realize that the protection of the victim of a sex offense is of paramount importance, and that the identification of previous sex offenders needs to be done. The State and National Sex Offenders Registries, is the more logical choice. It is a free and less invasive option that needs to be explored. Only individuals working with children, youth, finances, and paid employees should participate in more extensive background checks. Also there are other more effective means of sex abuse prevention that need to be explored, especially surveillance systems.

XIV.  VVP FORGETS THAT “THE END DOES NOT JUSTIFIES ITS MEANS”:
The Verified Volunteers Program’s excellent goal of protecting victims of sex offenders, is marred by its lack of a sound foundation because it invades biblical principles. Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” The purpose of the Church is to bring sinners to Christ, not to reject them and only accept the righteous. The VV program is secular and lacks biblical principles, but our church is spiritual. Therefore, it is inappropriate to indiscriminately apply these background checks and contracts on the church members. 

XV.  DICTATORIAL FORCE IS CONTRARY TO THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST.
It has become evident that the church member’s attendance and participation has been taken over and control from above by the church leaders. 
1. This centralization of “kingly” government ruling from above does not comes from God, nor was the intended purpose of Christ for his disciples and apostles, in fact in Matthew 20:25-28 Christ defines the role of a church leader as a servant, not as a ruler.

Mat 20: 25-28  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;  And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. 

2. EGW MESSAGE CONCERNING THE USE OF FORCE IN THE CHURCH:
“All the compelling power is found only under Satan’s government. The Lord’s principles are not of this order. He would not work on this line. He would not give the slightest encouragement for any human being to set himself up as God over another human being, feeling at liberty to cause him physical or mental suffering. This principle is wholly of Satan’s creation. {par. 7}  RH, September 7, 1897 TGC

CONCLUSION:
The basic problem with the RISK MANAGEMENT VERIFIED VOLUNTEER PROGRAM is that despite their high goal of protection against sex offenders, the means that this program uses to accomplish its goals are not biblically sound or humane.  This has become evident in the actions of its sponsors the Texas Conference President Carlos Craig and Secretary Richard White, with their use of threats, force, and their use of church membership and church participation as punishment tools for noncompliant church members. In the case of another SDA church with similar problems, those threats became a reality – the Fort Worth SDA Church was closed see here: http://www.fulcrum7.com/blog/2019/4/3/the-closing-of-a-texas-church .

It has become evident that the VVP program and its newly introduced policies being used by some church administrators as a tool for establishing a centralize governance that it is alien to our principles. This Insurance take over and rejection of well established church policies is a “MONSTER HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT”. It is the number one problem in our church; all the other conflicts now can be described as distracting tools that do not have a present solution unless God interferes, and He will. THE INSURANCE COMPANY NEEDS TO BE UNDER THE GUIDANCE AND CONTROL OF THE CHURCH, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND! Biblical principles should dominate not insurance company policies and man made laws. The church is being distracted so that she may not be prepared for the soon coming of the Lord and preceding persecution. This preparation entails, prayer and confession, reading the scriptures, fasting when necessary, and sharing the biblical warnings to a world that is not ready to meet the Lord and His judgments!

We are being victims of tactics well understood within the context of the Hegelian Principle, an action causing a reaction which instead brings about the wrong solution, something similar to divide and conquer from within!!!

The spiritual problems in our church are rooted in the leadership favoring man made laws instead of following the already established biblically based policies and in their rejection of the warnings of the Spirit of Prophecy, which no longer are presented from the pulpit to the members as it should be.

And although all that is true, the statement by EGW is a source of hope when she said that despite the church appears to be falling, it will not fall!!! And to that I say, AMEN!! We also need to remember that there are church leaders who have not bowed before Baal, just as in the days of Elijah, and we need to pray for them so that God gives them strength to stand against the tide of evil besieging our church. Yes, continue your great work on behalf of God’s church!!! Christ already won the battle on behalf of truth, justice, mercy and love!!!

We also need to remember that the banishment of our brother from his church by the Texas Conference goes against his legal rights.

One may rightly say that in the case of THE VERIFIED VOLUNTEERS PROGRAM  “ITS GOAL DOES NOT JUSTIFY ITS MEANS”, which speaks volumes of its origin.

For these reasons and many others mentioned above, this VERIFIED VOLUNTEERS PROGRAM and its policies needs to be changed for another program, less invasive and a respecter of spiritual issues and individuals spiritual rights.

It is within the context of his God given rights, that we are recommending the return of our banished brother to our SDA fold.  

May the Holy Spirit lead and guide you in serving our church.

Sincerely,
“concerned members of the Kerrville Texas SDA Church.”

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3 thoughts on “THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR FALSELY ACCUSED CHURCH MEMBER:

  1. I think it needs to be made very clear that the man in question did not take part in an act of pedophilia, the woman in question was not a young child, she was 15. I’m not writing this to down play what happened, but there is a huge difference between a 15 year old girl and a child half that age. The conference is painting this man as a drug addict and a pedophile, and nothing could be further from the truth. They are spinning things to make it look like they were somehow justified in their actions – closing churches – banning good brothers from ministry, etc.

    The issue here is not this case though but the fact that the church is taking its direction from an organization with strong ties to Rome – our insurance company. It’s all connected back to A. J. Gallagher & Co. The philosophy driving these policies is one of collectivism/communism – protect the group and not individual liberty. The real problem I have with this policy is that it denies the Gospel message and that Christ Jesus has the power to heal and change a man. Their policy is completely satanic and usurps the authority that the local church has to deal with these issues. By their fruits you shall know them Christ said.

    Another point that I wanted to bring up, that Fulcrum 7 totally ignored in their article of the church closing in Fort Worth, was that the main reason they closed was that they had a bible worker that was a registered sex offender – who was paid by the conference. The pastor defended him – that’s why the church closed.

    The Texas Conference leaders Carlos Craig and Richard White could care less for individual cases or why you are on the sex offender registry. If you did something 30 or 40 years ago before you came to Christ, then you are not eligible to lead out in an SDA ministry in any way shape or form period, and you may only attend church if you sign a document admitting that you are currently a sex offender and then you must have an escort the entire time you are on church property, or you will go to jail. This policy is complete tyranny and tramples individual liberty and the gospel message. Can only righteous people attend the SDA church? I thought Christ came to save the sinners. How can that happen if they can’t take part in our church? Mary Magdalene could not be a Seventh Day Adventist today!!!

    Folks, this is only one issue, but I believe this is very indicative of the type of leadership we have in our conference and that we can expect more of the same to come.

    And to those folks who are not speaking up…“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

    Pray for our Church and it’s leaders!!!

    Video link:
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/i381z2EpSYyj/

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  2. THE KERRVILLE PROTEST
    = is defined as movement within the SDA Church, of concerned church members which protest against the introduction in our church of man made laws(example insurance laws and others) which override God’s law and ignores or tries to change the established scripturally based church policies as recorded in our SDA Church Manual.

    This movement(KERRVILLE PROTEST) protest the growing trend in the church in which certain individuals try to establish these man made laws within the church while using the ill advice principle that ” THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS”, same that speaks volumes of its origin. This means that they defend worthy and good causes but use the wrong means to implement them, this leading to a confusion within the church in which a great number of church members are led into a path of error.

    Its sponsors (certain church leaders) used these man made laws to developed within the church a centralize church governance which is alien to the what the SDA church is all about. This group of “protestors” (etiqueted as “dissidents” by ill advised church leaders in their quest to keep the church ignorant of their own actions) protest the growing trend within the SDA church to forget or not take into consideration basic biblical truth and their rejection of the warnings of the Spirit of Prophecy.

    This movement calls for SDA church members to remain rooted in the Scriptures and heed the warnings of the Spirit of Prophecy, that is to anchor their faith in the knowledge of the truth as there revealed. Doing so by calling SDAS to remain cognizant of the fact that we are living during the DAY OF ATONEMENT, and that we need to be prepared to face the judgment of God, doing so by=
    1) continuing in deep prayer and study of the Word of God,
    2) in deep confession of our sins,
    3) in deep sharing God’s Word and these warnings with others.
    4) and heeding the warnings of the Spirit of Prophecy which is a gift to our church.

    May God be with you as you prepare for the soon coming of our Lord!!!

    Please share this with others. It is not fair that our plight be misrepresented by some church leaders while they only get their side of the story known, meanwhile blocking the defense of our church member. The Kerrville SDA Church voted a formal letter on behalf of our unjustly accused church member, which initially did reached the Texas Conference and our Southwestern Union, but neither of them answered if formally and neither have tried to resolve the issues involved !!! As voted by the local church, this letter was to go to the Division and General Conference if necessary to find a solution to our problems, which has not being possible because our newly assigned Pastor, selected by the Texas Conference, is presently blocking our letter from formally reaching the North American Division and General Conference as voted by our church. It is this blockage of our formal communication which explains why the need arose for us to use Facebook as our only recourse for reaching the upper SDA church leadership and other church members! An attempt is being made of reaching this upper levels by other means.

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  3. Wow just Wow. O am a newish SDA. However my Lord says you will become new in Christ. The issue here the word conference and church.
    I am torn. Not against the church but to the conference. When Jesus was was walking here he converted all people he even said many times go an sin no more. I. Rambling as I want to get my points made.
    Pure an simple the Lord needs to clean the storehouse again. An toss out the gamblers (conference leaders)

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