Spiritual Formation openly taught in Adventist Education

Clifford Goldstein's Sabbath School Quarterly is responsible for the spiritual formation of the rank-and-file Adventist members.  The SDA Theological Seminary, under leadership of Dr. Roy Gane, forms the spirituality of so many of our ministers.

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS THEIR MESSAGE FOR THE CHURCH?

"We should protect the rights of homosexual persons" (Roy Gane, Tuesday Choice: The Old Testament and Homosexuality, Andrews University, 5 Mar 2013, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6KGuJr7jLY, minute 22):

"I’m sure Jesus looks approvingly on ‘loving, monoganamous, and committed’ homosexual sodomy". (Clifford Goldstein, see screenshot below) 

Elder Goldstein is a member of the Executive Committee of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  http://www.adventistyearbook.org/ViewAdmField.aspx?AdmFieldID=GC 

ELDER GOLDSTEIN'S PERSONAL TESTIMONY

"I loved Leaves of Grass" (Clifford Goldstein, It is so, Adventist Review, 16 Jan 2014), "which celebrates the soul through the trope of fellatio: ‘Loafe with me on the grass, loose the stop from your throat, / … Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice’.  Leaves of Grass, the title Whitman gave his collected poems, pivots upon this dalliance with a young man in the grass." (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied Resource Office, Walt Whitman, University of Illinois Springfield, http://www.uis.edu/lgbtqa/WaltWhitman/"Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen". (John 3:11 NIV, Holy Bible)

MAKING DISCIPLES

These pride activists occupy key instructional positions in the Seventh-Day Adventist church, so, not surprisingly, "The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher" (Luke 6:40 NIV, Holy Bible):

Sister Alicia Johnston "grew up in the Adventist church, and she loves the church’s values and traditions, such as a commitment to the environment and weekly observance of the sabbath".  (Bisexual Adventist And Former Pastor Alicia Johnston Contemplates Ministry After Coming Out, 13 May 2017, https://epeak.info/2017/05/13/bisexual-adventist-and-former-pastor-alicia-johnston-contemplates-ministry-after-coming-out/)

WITH GAY TENDENCIES

"She had always known she was not straight but had long decided she would live her life as if she were heterosexual and never pursue dating or relationships with women."   (Bisexual Adventist And Former Pastor Alicia Johnston Contemplates Ministry After Coming Out, 13 May 2017, https://epeak.info/2017/05/13/bisexual-adventist-and-former-pastor-alicia-johnston-contemplates-ministry-after-coming-out/)

THE POWERFUL INFLUENCE OF DR. ROY GANE AND ELDER CLIFFORD GOLDSTEIN

But then she started reading the Sabbath School Quarterly, and "eventually went to seminary"  (Bisexual Adventist And Former Pastor Alicia Johnston Contemplates Ministry After Coming Out, 13 May 2017, https://epeak.info/2017/05/13/bisexual-adventist-and-former-pastor-alicia-johnston-contemplates-ministry-after-coming-out/), where Dr. Gane sowed the seeds of gay rights activism in her fertile mind.

THE NEW THEOLOGY WAS CONFUSING

"After a lifetime of certainty that the Bible provided a clear case against same-sex marriage and relationships, she was shocked to find things weren’t so simple."  (Bisexual Adventist And Former Pastor Alicia Johnston Contemplates Ministry After Coming Out, 13 May 2017, https://epeak.info/2017/05/13/bisexual-adventist-and-former-pastor-alicia-johnston-contemplates-ministry-after-coming-out/)(see graphic at left)  Clifford claimed to have that special revelation from Jesus, and Roy had his back.

THE VALUE OF A SEMINARY EDUCATION

"Eventually, she embraced an affirming theology and began to understand what that would mean for her. After much prayer and conversations with friends and family, she decided to come out", "explaining two things: One, that through study 

OF THE QUARTERLY AND AT ANDREWS UNIVERSITY

and prayer she had embraced a theology that affirms and includes LGBT people, and two, she herself was bisexual." (Bisexual Adventist And Former Pastor Alicia Johnston Contemplates Ministry After Coming Out, 13 May 2017, https://epeak.info/2017/05/13/bisexual-adventist-and-former-pastor-alicia-johnston-contemplates-ministry-after-coming-out/)


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