It is ONLY in an atmosphere where free dialogue, free conversation can take place where LEARNING can take place.
In most SDA situations where persons come together to discuss questionable topics [ whether Investigative Judgment, when was “It is finished” finished, IS there a “Sanctuary” in heaven exactly like the one in the wilderness and for 500 years later and later Solomon’s and the post-exile sanctuary of Jesus’ time, what does the term “judgment” mean and WHO is being judged, DID Christ sit down on the bench next to the Father on the Mercy Seat – in the “Most Holy Place” or did Christ HAVE to sit on the Table of Shewbread in the “Holy Place” until October 22, 1844, etc] there is ALWAYS FEAR that for some reason the SDA church will FALL if there might be a new revelation.
The SDA church is here to Proclaim the Gospel to the world. The Good News ABOUT God. The Good News that God is Immanuel – God with us. His Kingdom, since the death of the Cosmic Christ [not just Jesus] is established on Earth. And our task is to call all humans to enlist in His Kingdom, to become citizens and witnesses for God.
I think the Church [local members and Administrators of Doctrine], in being Fearful, has lost this directive in the mass of 28 Doctrines. And we feel obligated to force believers to embrace the 28 Doctrines instead of the Gospel – The Good News.
And that is why we have such an issue with persons like Pastor Desmond Ford who desire discussion and learning because he APPEARS to make cracks in our “Foundations of the 28” instead of seeing that he is only attempting to make discussion about the Good News of Salvation and Redemption and bring Love of God the King instead of Fear of God the King to hearers of the Word.
Unfortunately, the Administrators of the 28 Doctrines lost sight of the issues, and demanded that Pastor Ford no longer discuss these questions, and to assure that this would NOT be discussed in the SDA church, took his license to talk away from him.
In olden days, he would have been silenced at the Stake and cleansed of “heresy” by fire.
This not only happens to Pastor Ford, but to others who, like Pastor Ford, bring up Issues for Discussion.
He has not been the 1st, and will not be the last, as we have seen with discussions here regarding LaSierra staff, and Pacific Union University staff, Hollywood SDA, and some other SDA churches who “seem” too “liberal” in membership acceptance and participation.