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  1. This seems like a defense of "hiding" behavior. Does the Salvation Army ever engage in such ? Hiding who you are does not mesh with the values of "openness" and "revelation" in today's world. I don't doubt that some are subtly deceived by such methods, but it smacks of sectarianism. Not even the Hare Krishnas engage in this kind of behavior.

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    • Well, Jordan, some years back I had the same attitude as you. But now I agree with William 100%.

      Consider this:

      a) Can you lie without saying a word?

      b) Can you lie by saying correct words when you know your listeners have an incorrect understanding of the words? (In other words, your listeners will believe a lie even when you use the correct words, because their undersanding of the words is different than your meaning.)

      Does everyone have a correct understanding of what "Seventh-day Adventist" means? If not, could we, in effect, be telling a lie by identifying as Seventh-day Adventists without first giving them an understanding of what the designation means?

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  2. Thank you Pastor Williams and you are so right about how there are times in which it is right to conceal info so it does not interfere with planting seeds of truth.
    As a past LE there were two times I had the person tell me when I was canvassing them, in which I would show them a list of denominations that excepted these books, that the SDAs were a cult, and both of them bought the books.
    Also as a Bible worker in training I am finding it’s just as important to do so now, in order to not loose your subject and have a chance to plant the seed of truth.
    So these words of Jesus come to mind on this subject, in which when you think of a serpent what did he do to Eve? Only it was for evil.
    ”“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.“
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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