Seventh-day Adventist Church Kicked Out Santa Claus On His Birthday

Recently a very interesting, yet disturbing e-mail came across my desk.  It containedSDA Santa Claus 20141225_080413-1 a letter from a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Northern Virginia, handing down a permanent ban against another Adventist from church attendance, all because this brother went to church in a silent protest, dressed as Santa Claus!  This “Santa” happens to be a member of our telephone Conference Bible fellowship, and I am very acquainted with both the church and the pastor who ejected him from future attendance at this local church. In that letter, which I will share in full content below, the pastor and entire church leadership threatened to call the Police and have the Santa-cross dresser physically removed from the church’s premises, arrested and be charged for trespassing, and be otherwise punished to the fullest extent of the law!

What is also bothersome too, is that this “Santa” has young children who attends this church, and are active in the various church ministries.  Only he is banned from attending that church, however.

Here is the letter from the Church (click on this link): Stafford SDA Letter To TeRay J. Bingham

Following his convictions, Mr. Bingham has responded to this letter.  Read his response here (click on this link): TeRay J. Bingham Reply To Stafford SDA Letter

This is a jaw dropper for me, because I have worked for this church institution, and have been a member for over 30 years, and know how much we value “Religious Liberty.”  Through its public forum the Adventist church pays lip service to religious tolerance, but in her midst is the most flagrant abuse of religious liberty, and the enforcement of draconian laws akin to the Spanish Inquisition.  In a Web broadcast entitled Freedom To Believe, the church makes clear her commitment to religious freedom:

“The Seventh-day Adventist church strongly believes in religious freedom for all people. A person’s conscience, not government, should dictate his or her choice to worship—or not.

“We have advocated for these goals for more than 100 years, through our department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL), to governments and religious and international organizations.

“This advocacy takes many forms—fighting against laws that would inhibit an individual’s religious freedoms, working to obtain the release of individuals imprisoned for religious reasons and supporting the rights of individuals fired from their jobs for following their conscience, to name a few.” http://www.adventist.org/service/religious-liberty/

So from this official statement, you’d think that a church member, or visitor, for that matter, could come to church at Christmas dressed up in a Santa Claus outfit.  Not so, says the Church, and you could be criminally fined for trespassing should you attempt to disgrace their worship services with your unsavory attire.  This though is really a parody, for the church will speak from both sides of her mouth with two diametrically opposite messages.  After weeding through the details, and upon closer analysis, one comes to a very frightening conclusion: for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, religious intolerance is to be shunned from political “governments, and religious and international organizations.” What is largely missing is shown below in brackets:

“A person’s conscience, not government [or religious institution–church or denomination], should dictate his or her choice to worship—or not.”  Did you notice how skillfully they made provision for their own brand of religious abuses?  They simply hold that  the church, “not government,” is responsible for dictating what others ought to believe.  So for over 100 years the Adventist Denomination has championed Religious Liberty, but she has at the same time placed herself in a trade mark protection status and privatized her name, in a sort of religious branding, so that anyone who uses that hallowed name “Seventh-day Adventist” can be charged for trade mark/ trade name infringement!  Can you imagine Jesus Christ (Y’shuah) taking out a trade mark on his Name, and forbidding others from using it?  I stand amazed that the world’s leader on Religious Liberty, is now on the verge of becoming the world’s leader of religious intolerance in her midst!

I challenge the reader to conduct an Internet search, on say Google, with words like “trademark infringement cases and the Adventist church.”  You’ll be shocked to see how many former church members have been imprisoned for “illegally” using the Adventist trade name.  What is also frightening, is that church members, in general, when made aware of these abuses of religious freedom within the umbrella of the denomination, are very accepting to this enforcement of religion by the Denomination’s leaders, and sides with their “legal right” to “protect the name of the church.”

I am lead to think that had Martin Luther lived in our days, his act of defiance in opening the “protest” of the Protestant Reformation, would have been rebuffed to the fullest extent of the law, were that to have occurred in a modern Seventh-day Adventist Church!  Firstly, he’d be charged with vandalism and destruction of church property, defacing of a place of worship, insulting to a religious institution, a terrorist, a threat to public worship and order, an insurrectionist,  among an host of other contrived charges in order to permanently silence him.

What a pity Tammuz did not place a patent on the Cross (Tau) and steeple which today graces almost every church calling itself “Christian;” If only King David had had the presence of mind to make a trade name of the word “Zion;” what if the Catholics had trade-marked their “Christmas,” “Trinity,” “Millennium,” “Ceremonial Law,” and other religious terminologies, what would the proud Adventists do today?  My point is simply this, the move to trade-mark a church name is the first step toward persecuting dissenters.  And because I know just a little about our church doctrines, I believe I can speak as an authority in this regard.

Seventh-day Adventists have for years taught the time of “Jacob’s Trouble,”–a time of fierce persecution when all the Roman Catholics and other apostate protestants will seek to destroy us from off the face of the earth, and the true “remnant” will have to run to the mountains, and there hide, till Jesus comes!  Ask any church member including pastors, who have been in the faith from the early years, or who are familiar with the church’s doctrines, and they will assure you that “the time of trouble is coming”–a time of great religious distress especially engendered against Adventists!  So, knowing this much, you would think that the Adventists would not lift an arm to persecute others, in fear of hastening their own demise.  But no, the church leaders are bent on forming an alliance with Rome and restore the principles of the Inquisition even in our days.

Now watch this double speak:

“Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders and others who support religious liberty will participate in marking Monday, October 27 as International Religious Freedom Day (IRFD).

“The Adventist Church has promoted religious freedom since its founding and continues to highlight the freedom of conscience.

“The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a long and great history promoting religious freedom,” said John Graz, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty director for the Church.

“Graz said Adventist leaders in 1889 chartered the National Religious Liberty Association, which today is the International Religious Liberty Association, the world’s largest forum solely dedicated to religious liberty. The Adventist Church remains a key sponsor of the organization.”  http://news.adventist.org/all-news/news/go/2014-10-21/adventist-church-to-mark-international-religious-freedom-day-october-27/

Friends, it is a true saying, we shall have more to fear from within than from without. But we must have a strategy here, and allow the church to really show her true colors to the world. Upon receiving this letter, I remembered visiting the General Conference both last Christmas and this past one, and publicly enshrined for the world to see is a very large Christmas Tree–an institution borrowed from Baal worship, now erected in the Headquarters of a place dedicated to  True worship, and none dare call it apostasy!

Some readers may never believe, so Let me insert a few shots from the GC in its full Christmas toppings and trimmings:

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This Santa paraphernalia, “stocking,” is displayed at each cash register at the Book and nutrition store operated by the Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (only one mile from the General Conference)
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This fully decorated “Christmas Tree” is in the vestibule of the World Headquarters of Seventh-day Adventists. This picture was taken during the “Christmas holidays”, December 2014, in North America. Zoom and you’ll see the SDA inscriptions on the notice board.
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This is a picture of the World Headquarters of Seventh-day Adventists, and conspicuously placed on either end of this signage, are two “Christmas wreaths”

I am calling on Adventists everywhere to start from now, and purchase a Santa Claus outfit for church next Christmas.  Your doing so will be an act of silent protest against religious tyranny within Seventh-day Adventism. The world needs to know that God has a controversy with His people.

“(1) Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice. (2) Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD’S controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.” Micah 6: 1, 2.

Here is a little help with this passage:  The Mountains and hills are symbolized by churches and religious organizations; the “strong foundations” of earth are the civil and political institutions of our world–the government.  So in plain language we see that YHWH wants the rest of the world to know that HE “has a controversy” with His Church, and invites the world to look on and also take notice, because that which he does in His church (1 Pet. 4: 17), will also be done in the world.

The “voice” of love here pleading, that the mountains and hills may hear, is recorded in the ninth verse:

“9 The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable? 11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? 12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. 13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins. 14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword. 15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.” Micah 6: 9-15

Do you notice the deceitfulness against which heaven protests?  If you are “wise” then you will be obedient to the “voice” of love which now calls to the city set on a hill–the church–and heed the call of the Good Shepherd with His “Rod,” for only therein shall you find “comfort” to your soul.  David also realized this when he sang, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Ps. 23: 4.  God’s Rod and Staff are not pieces of sticks, rather they represent his revealed Word, read Isa. 55; 1-7.

God will give to the sword, all the hypocrites who have taken on the glorious name of Christ, but have not been careful in walking in obedience to that call.  The work which He will do has its beginning in the Church, and will culminate in the world: “(17) For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (18) And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” 1 Peter 4: 17, 18.

Therefore, our calling the attention of the whole world to these things going on in the Church, at this time, evidences the lateness of the hour, as both the church and the world must be warned of the impending cleansing that Heaven is about to do; and so if we today would be “wise”, we will not wag our heads at his merciful plea, but follow the Good Shepherd with His Rod wherever He leads, even to Zion’s summit (Rev. 14: 1).

The Lord (YHWH) through His prophet Micah also instructed us accordingly: “Shepherd your people with your shepherd’s rod, the flock that belongs to you, the one that lives alone in a thicket, in the midst of a pastureland. Allow them to graze in Bashan and Gilead, as they did in the old days.” Micah 7: 14, NET Bible

The mention to feed “as they did in the old days,”  is indicative that they are not today living in days of old, but to reflect on those times.  In fullness therefore, we see that there must be a Revival and Reformation, such that primitive Messianic Christianity, as in the days of old, must be restored, and only the “wile” will be foolish enough to believe and follow its precepts.  May heaven help us to gain that unearthly wisdom before it’s forever too late.

Soon the fires of persecution will be kindled, but It won’t be ignited by the Roman Catholics, instead this fuse will be lit by the apostate protestants who are making an image to the beast system of papal Rome. “How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.” Isa. 1: 21.

The church and the world once walked far apart on the distant shores of time, but today they are bosom buddies, and yes, the SDA Church and Rome once walked far apart, on the distant shores of time, but today…, well the church has become so oppressive and distant in her Bible standards, you can hardly tell the two apart.  Well, the Pope will be here in the USA in the Fall of this year, let’s see where the Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders will be in his mass.  Watch ye saints, with eyelids waking….Are we seeing the closing days of religious liberty in Seventh-day Adventism?

“Now is the time for God’s people to show themselves true to principle. When the religion of Christ is most held in contempt, when His law is most despised, then should our zeal be the warmest and our courage and firmness the most unflinching. To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few —this will be our test. At this time we must gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardice, and loyalty from their treason. The nation will be on the side of the great rebel leader.” {5T 136.2}

“Let those who would follow Christ fully come up to the work, even if it be over the heads of ministers and president. Those who in such a work as this will say, “I pray thee have me excused,” should beware lest they receive their discharge for time and for eternity.” 5 T, p. 369

“The greatest want of the world is the want of men—men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.” {Ed 57.3}

Question:  Whose job is it to separate the wheat from the tares?  Is it

  • A) The Pastor
  • B) The General Conference
  • C) The Church Board
  • B) The First Elder
  • D) Board of Deacons/ Deaconesses
  • E) The Treasurer
  • F) The Angels
  • H) None of these

Answer Clue:  Read Matt. 13: 24-30.

I believe the General Conference, with its abusive Trade Mark status, believes it has the “keys of the Kingdom,” such that whomever they shut out of the Seventh-day Adventist church is also shut out of Heaven.

Shalom in Messiah.

Garrick Augustus

January 2, 2015

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6 thoughts on “Seventh-day Adventist Church Kicked Out Santa Claus On His Birthday

    1. HI Tersia:

      Here’s my read of the Bible on who gathers the angels that separate the “wheat from the tares”:
      “41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
      42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Matt. 13: 41, 42
      Short answer: “the Son of Man”.

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    2. Hi Tersia,

      Upon a second read of your question, I realize I was not answering you appropriately. I understood you to be asking “who gathers the angels,” but your intent was “who does the gathering and separating of the wheat from the tares?” To this you’re correct, it is the “angels”, as also shown in the verses I shared earlier. Blessings to you.

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  1. I see in my adventist church a christmas tree, all my life in Argentina. and everybody know is pagan tree symbol cult, that representing pagan god. that no have relationship with Christ and her birthday , this things have more common with nimrod tamuz mithras god, sun adoration. I don’t know what happens ¿ the jesuits are inside of adventist church?

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    1. The SDA church has been called to teach “the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ,” yet today she is teaching for doctrines, in many respects, the commandment so men. Yes, there are Jesuits in our midst, but more than that, “the church has turned back from following Christ her leader, and is steadily retreating towards Egypt [the world]”. 5T. p. 217

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