Thursday, October 12, 2006

Hope you're in good standing, or spiff up the resume

The SDA Church recently voted a measure that is suggests a policy to legally allow them to prune dissenters. Reminds me of Richard Tinker's story as told in the July/Aug issue of Proclamation magazine. The Adventist church has a long history of discrediting and pruning leaders that are not in step with the organization, and unfortunately this is another example of positioning their power in order to defend their cause.

On the one hand some would suggest that the Church has every right to do this since it is an organization with a charter and a mission. However, I am ever mindful of what happened to teachers and pastors during the Ford controversy and know that this "inquisition" style of defense can and will happen again. Dissenters beware - the tanks are rolling your way :)

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