Prior to the era of “Cancel Culture,” Adventists have practiced their own version of this “silencing” of those with whom they have reason to believe are not in harmony with established church doctrines, even if those doctrines are not necessarily denounced by the Scriptures! This heavy-handed approach to Church governance has never been endorsed by the Christ of Calvary as even He too was “Canceled” by the Church leaders of His days!
Note: After collaboration with a reader from the Florida Conference (FC) using the moniker ALBj, I thought s/he made a valid point, and today (October 2nd, 2020) I have changed the title of this article to be more consistent with the totality of facts that have been made available since the Conference back-pedaled on the “ban” on Pastor Doug and allowed him to return and do the sermon series he had been previous “canceled” from hosting! The contention was that I had said the FC had “banned” Pastor Doug, but I did not use that word, but have also agreed to remove the phrase “Gag Order” from the original headline as well. Below is the original article modified based on the above-mentioned concerns.
Last March (2015) the local Stafford Seventh-day Adventist Church debarred me by legal means from ever attending that church worship services again, without risking being escorted away by the Police. Why? Because I host this website which warns the church and the world that God “has a controversy with His people.” (Micah 6: 1). https://sdaprophecies.wordpress.com/
My friends, the internationally famed voice of Pastor Doug Bachelor was censured last October (2015), from speaking at a Florida Conference Church of Seventh-day Adventists, on account of his being a “polarizing” figure. This on the heels of the General Conference Session’s “No” vote against women’s ordination to the pastorate. It is remarkable that the church leader would cite Doug for being polarizing, yet not looking inside to see that he was in violation of the voice of the Church in Session! Who really was polarizing, Bachelor, for teaching on topics that the world church in general session approved, or the Florida Conference President for his rank disapproval of the international voice of the church? Let’s take a read so all may judge fairly the issue at hand:
“Recently Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists recommended a change in programming to one of our local churches. Doug Batchelor, Speaker for Amazing Facts, had been scheduled for a one-week meeting this fall at Spring Meadows church.
“However, the Florida Conference Administration views Pastor Batchelor as a polarizing influence in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This concern revolves around the subject of women’s involvement in ministry, both as local elders and pastors, and that the position that he has taught openly for several years is not in harmony with the policy of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
“Florida Conference continued to support the 25- to 30-year old position of the General Conference of encouraging women to use the gifts God has given them for ministry, both as local elders and in pastoral leadership and ministry. Therefore, we discouraged Spring Meadows church from following through with the invitation of Pastor Batchelor.
“[Signed] Mike Cauley Florida Conference President”
If they can do this to Doug, what will they to do to me and you? Well, I told you my story in the last King’s Journal, and now there are two Virginia Adventist churches I can no longer attend! I share this with you because you must at one point or another take a stand. You can no longer stand on the sidelines of the issues of our times, or stick your head in the proverbial sand, for to do nothing is to allow everything or anything.
“Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.” Judges 5:23.
“If God abhors one sin above another, of which His people are guilty, it is doing nothing in case of an emergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God.”–E.G. White, Test. Vol. 3, p. 281.
In the light of this verse, I will share this World War II story:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” Martin Niemöller, a Concentration Camp survivor and Pastor.
Soon, those who speak out against same-gender marriages within the Seventh-day Adventist Churches, will be called “polarizing agents,” and thus be censored from speaking in the pulpit or even attending conference-owned churches! Already it is a known fact that in some Adventist circles, to even denounce the papacy as “the man of sin,” can cause one to be censured from preaching in the churches. But when they came and threw out the Shepherd’s Rod believers, no one stood up, because, in their heart, they said, “I am not a Shepherd’s Rod believer.” When they came after the “feast keepers,” no one stood up, for the attitude was, “I am not a feast keeper.” When they come for those who preach and speak out against the attitude of acceptance to homosexuality, no one will have stood up, for they are convinced that as long as two consenting adults love each other, and most of all love the Lord and the Church, then they are free to marry whomsoever they will. Soon they will come for the Sabbath-keeper in your church, and where will you stand? Rather who will stand up for and with you?
I can only encourage you, my friend, that we are verily in the latter days, the days when Heaven is about to bring judgment in the house of God (Read Ezekiel 9: 1-7, and I Pet. 4: 17), the days of the resurrection of primitive godliness, the days when a spiritual revival and reformation will take place in our midst under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. We are also living in the days of the great shaking of the olive tree, and everything that can be shaken will be shaken, and those things that cannot be shaken will remain.
What a great shame to see the church of prophecy wallowing in the mires of apostasy, with hardly a voice of stern rebuke to the contrary! But the deeper the church entrenches herself into the arms of the world-loving, the more tyrannical she becomes in her dogma. Said the poet: “The church is fallen, the beautiful church, and her fall was her shame and her pride.”
“11 He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? 12 The watchman said, the morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.” Isa. 21: 11, 12.
Here’s Amazing Facts in their own words on this issue:
Statement on Venue Change
Posted on August 19, 2015
Amazing Facts has been receiving a number of inquiries regarding why our venue was changed from Sanford, Florida, to Lansing, Michigan, for the upcoming Heroes of Faith meetings beginning October 2.
On July, 4, 2014, Pastor Doug Batchelor spoke to a packed sanctuary at the Spring Meadow Church in Sanford, Florida, at which time the pastors and members there invited Amazing Facts to return in October 2015 for a 10-day evangelistic program.
In good faith of that invitation, the following year Amazing Facts invested significant time and resources toward planning and preparing for the success of the Heroes of Faith series.
However, following the General Conference session, we were contacted by the Spring Meadow pastor who told us that he was sorry to inform us that the Florida Conference leadership had advised his church to cancel these meetings.
Having not heard from the conference directly, Pastor Batchelor called and had a friendly conversation and prayer with the Florida Conference president, Mike Cauley, who said he felt that Pastor Batchelor’s position on women’s ordination was too polarizing and not in harmony with General Conference policy.
(Amazing Facts and Pastor Batchelor fully support the voted General Conference position regarding ordination, and the ministry has never traveled to other conferences to speak publicly on this subject.)
Naturally, this was very disappointing as we had invested considerable funds in advertising material and broadcast time in the Orlando area.
However, Amazing Facts is very thankful for the invitation from the Michigan Conference to relocate the meetings to Lansing, where Pastor Batchelor and our media crew will be working with Pastor Wes Peppers, a former Amazing Facts evangelist and AFCOE leader. We are now moving ahead in faith, trusting that the Lord will work all of this together for good. We deeply appreciate your continued prayers, support, and encouragement!
Now, “forgetting those things which are behind” (Philippians 3:13), Amazing Facts intends to focus our full energies on preaching the three angels’ messages and bringing people into a saving relationship with Jesus.
For any other specifics regarding this matter, please contact the Florida Conference.
Finally, we encourage all our friends in Florida and around the world to participate in Heroes of Faith: Stories of Salvation for the Whole Family on 3ABN and AFTV beginning October 2. Please visit www.theheroesoffaith.comfor more details about the program and how you can get involved!
In the Blessed Hope,
Pastor Jëan Ross
Vice President of Evangelism
The original article is linked below; be sure to read as many of the comments as you can, too: http://www.amazingfacts.org/news-and-features/news/item/id/12021/t/statement-on-venue-change
The night is almost gone, the day is coming on, O, it must be the breaking of the day!
Shalom in Messiah,
February 2, 2016