Adventism is in need of a paradigm shift! An ideological shift with practical implications that will make it more responsive and relevant to an emerging generation and a dynamic world. While the growth of Adventism globally has been celebrated, disruptions that we have seen due to the COVID-19 pandemic have seismic implications for the Adventist Church. In every sector there is talk of a new way of doing business as some businesses have closed shop for good while the survivors have had to transform their way of doing business.
Tim, so you are 54 and already with an accumulated wisdom of a 70 y/o guy? Fantastic!!! …
This pandemic forced new situations, new “normals,” new everything. In my case, I am not sure that I will ever go to a physical Church again. I learned that I can attend a great SS class via zoom and have even a more dynamic participation than otherwise. In my case, thanks to @elmer_cupino’s referral, I am now attending the Roy Branson Legacy SS (in Loma Linda, coordinated online by David Larson).
I also learned that I can interact in such a class for two hours (official length) and sometimes it goes up to three hours. Nobody wants to leave the “zoom room” because the content is actually worth the time.
Then there is the convenience of not having to swallow some inconvenient music that we have to take in when captive on the pew…
I wonder if the changes imposed by COVID-19 will lead to a complete change in the way we do church. Many (many!) jobs may be on the line too… A great opportunity to get rid of the GC since it’s been completely irrelevant anyway.
I wish that was true here so badly! It’s just like the schools – the churches were intransigent about reopening ASAP. Got to get back to that same old routine! Masks? Social distancing? Naw, lol.
(Now I watch a congregation that puts real effort and real resources into their online programs, and you can tell the difference. It’s like night and day.)
I don’t disagree, but I’d also say that it breeds hostility. Those few leading out can become a privileged inner circle that can’t be broken into. There are people out there who would LOVE to help out, and who could contribute in a genuine and meaningful way. But at most, they’ll be invited to, like, read the scripture.
Eventually they get disillusioned, and either the flame goes out or they leave.
Adventist online mega-churches? Fewer SDA voices being heard in the pulpits by collaborating? And a more cohesive group think? The limitation of variety has the potential to yield a mono-mano-problem! And with the SDA pastor pulp pop stars being approved by the system, what unknown consequences lie ahead?
Adventism is going to change. The luciferians that are in the church are going to get spewed out. Those wolves in sheep’s clothing who have been conspiring to kill God’s people will be judged. Judgement begins in the house of God and all of adventism will understand that there is an investigative judgement.
Those who cling to Masonic ideals will be spewed out of the church. God does not enjoy murderers and child molesters posing as Christians. The time for the prophets of Baal in Israel is almost done.
I know what you were really getting at, but the honest answer is apparently yes, a stunning number.
Ronald Lawson’s article here on Spectrum quotes a 2013 study by the University of Eastern Africa. 23% of SDAs “felt safe” using witchcraft. He also discusses several instances of ancestral and demon worship he witnessed in New Guinea that are incredibly disturbing.
I have no reason to disbelieve him, and it certainly cast SDA global “growth” in a new light. I wasn’t aware the Third Angel’s Message™ was “eh, just baptize whoever shows up this week.”
I have no doubt that it will impact jobs…because it already is. We aren’t through this whole Covid thing yet and we may have a long time to go before it is. If a church layer or two disappeared…not many in the churches would even notice it. One could venture to say that nearly NO one would notice.
Well, I’d say none of that is real. The Church invented witches, historically. And personally I don’t think demons or ghosts are real. Or hell. All are made up by the Church or inherited from the Pagan religious beliefs of the early Christians. Same with the Saints. These are just leftovers from from polytheistic religions. Their current incarnations.
It is actually interesting that parts of the bible take for granted the existence of many real gods, and parts teach that Yahweh killed the other gods (or had plans to), which we mostly choose to ignore as it’s inconvenient. But still, I put most of those ideas in the legend/fairy tale category.
In case you did not know, Q4 (Oct.-Dec.) in the adult lesson study guide will be on Christian Education. Since the average age in my group is something north of 60, does anyone have a suggestion about some other study guide or topic we might use? We are happily meeting on ZOOM, and are serious bible students. I would welcome any ideas or past experience with something other than the lesson quarterly.