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  1. I absolutely agree with this article, I live in Peru, and I see a lot of Adventism brothers that put first their feelings, emotions, and overall their customs instead of the Bible said. One example of this is when they talk about discipline in our kids, they always interpret this topic in the Bible related to punish them, but this punishment is not only raising the voice, the thing, as in they were raised, kids need to be punished with a little hurt, in that point I always think, what are new people (visits) thinking when they heard that? If I were them, I quickly would leave the church and go to my home to hug my kids.
    Furthermore, I have never heard some pastor in Peru talking about that point, I do not know why, maybe it is because they were raised in that way as well, or they have fear to talk with the congregation and do not lose one of them, I do not know, but the main idea here, and according to this article, that I totally agreed "Hurting people will hurt people" and we need to think always that God is a God of love, and it is true that we should never read the Bible at the foot of the letter, we have to interpret their texts with love and if it is possible to compare it with other translations, that could bring us the big picture the people needs to hear as well.

  2. Thank you brother William,,,Meanwhile as we pray for and love people who have been hurt by legalistic and abusive adventists, let us as well pray for the legalistic adventists to accept Jesus as their personal saviour,,Iam a victim of circumstance and i have a long story to tell for i was raised by a legalistic father,
    And about the translations,,one of our church elders made people to fear opening their bibles for he always commented negatively about them..
    Thanks for highligting on the new teachings in the church,,A certain prayer band came up with a new ideas, Though they were wrong,,In trying to protect church members from being led astray,the the church leaders taught us there's no new idea in SDA church, and this has made me not to say something for fear it might be a new idea

  3. William, the post was more lengthy than usual. Being brought up a SDA some 80+ years ago, I have never had any inclinations to leave this church. Many discussions over doctrinal procedures have occurred over the years, often agreeing to disagree. I have also witnessed church going members leave a particular church because of personal conflicts. A question might be, is it necessary to attend a church at all?

  4. "Is it necessary to attend church at all?"

    Hebrews 10:24-25 "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
    Jesus said, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Matthew 18:20

    We are all human , with different temperaments and things can get somewhat tense when we get close to other people's lives. So it requires effort and commitment and grace from God to do life together, even as believers. It may threaten our pride, and our wish to do things our way, it may threaten even our ideas. But it also helps build humility, and strength and expands our way of thinking and encourages us to study out things that we thought we knew.

    Gathering regularly with other believers becomes a refining process in which we help each other, pray for each other and encourage each other to desire to follow Christ more wholeheartedly. It is something the Lord has asked us not to forsake.


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