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SDA APOSTASY  

GCSDA Corruption #24


CHURCH DISTANCES ITSELF FROM "DIVISIVE" ADVERTISEMENTS

Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia .... [Brenton Stacey/ANN Staff] The
Seventh-day Adventist Church has distanced itself from anti-Roman
Catholic advertisements that have appeared in New Zealand and Papua New
Guinea newspapers.

The advertisements attacking the Pope and the United States were placed
by lay members of the church and have prompted widespread negative
reactions. The advertisements appeared in Auckland and Waikato community
newspapers and in Papua New Guinea's Post-Courier.

These independent ministries "do not have [our] approval or support,"
reads a statement from the church in Papua New Guinea. The statement
appeared in the Post-Courier after the newspaper published the
advertisements, and apologized to "all of our brothers and sisters in
Christ" for any pain they may have experienced.

"We recognize Protestants have incited bigotry and prejudice at times,
but to blame past un-Christian acts on one denomination is not an
accurate representation of history or Bible prophecy. No one can call
>themselves authentic Christians if they fail to express love while
teaching from the Bible."

It is "unfortunate" the advertisements "misled" readers, wrote Gavin
Howie, associate secretary-treasurer for the church in North New Zealand,
in a letter to the editor of the Auckland newspapers. "[The church] does
not endorse the actions of the [lay groups]. ...[We] focus on enabling
the community to understand, accept and enjoy the Christian message of
God's love, which is freely offered to each individual through Jesus
Christ." The minister of the church in Waikato wrote a similar letter to
his newspapers.

Bob Howarth, managing director of South Pacific Post, publisher of the
Post-Courier, says he will not accept any advertising from the lay groups
in the future. "I apologize to you and your fellow Christians for the
upset this caused, and I thank you for your tolerance and understanding,"
he writes in a letter to the church in Papua New Guinea.

"Adventists regard all men and women as equal in the sight of God," reads
a statement released by the worldwide church in 1997. "We reject
bigotry against any person, regardless of race, nationality or religious
creed. ...Our primary task is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in the
context of Christ's soon return, not to point out flaws in other
denominations."  [Source: Adventist News Network]

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