The 2023 4th quarter Adult Sabbath School study guide is about mission. It’s an attempt to explain why Seventh-day Adventists are, or should be, committed to sharing the gospel with our neighbors, as well as strangers in distant places. This essay will consider the plausibility of these mission claims.
If we teamed with excited Christians in other denominations to share the good news of Christ’s love and soon return, would our devotion and love for the Sabbath be contagious? Or would we Adventists compromise on the Sabbath?
Someone who’s gone to school, or whose taken Applied Logic 101, might see the ethical problems with Adventism’s usage of “bait and switch” sales techniques on people accustomed to speaking honestly and plainly and who have little or no training in critical thinking or reasonable skepticism!
The advertising/marketing TRUTH is that SDA organization (and those other SDA affiliated “ministries”) use fear as a tool…it is an effective way to get people to take action. Occasionally they will use curiosity as bait: “Amazing Facts” is an example but there are many others.
I am NOT saying that their advertising or marketing is good or effective…but since it does not change much someone must be happy with it.
It seems there’s a problem with making the marketing/advertising too effective as the assumption is that many of those brought on board will eventually need to be “shaken” out of their Laodicean lethargy and/or back out of the church!
As long as their names are on the “book”…
I am being pessimistic when I say that the Higher Ups may not much care. Ted Wilson has brought in and promulgated a theology (Last Generation Theology) that has greatly encourages this “Shaking”. IMO, he is one of the worst SDA presidents that has ever existed.
One has to take a “long view” on things…
All that is going to happen is that NAD membership will continue to shrink and those other countries and divisions that buy into LGT and Headship theology/belief will grow. He already caters to this base for a long time. I don’t belief that Adventism is going to escape what has already happened in many other denominations.
I also see that TW has not lowered the axe on NAD because he needs their deep pockets. As with most things…follow the money.
I don’t know what circles that you have traveled in Ted…but I have known quite a few scholars that are qualified to do quite a lot (including shining shoes) which includes my father and brother. Granted they are still just mortal human beings but the amount of work and IQ level that it takes to become a scholar cannot be easily dismissed.
Personally I am more concerned about the diminishing lack of college-educated in this country (though I know some that are not and have great minds).
I have a copy of the Southwestern Union Recorder that contains the obit of my great grandfather in 1925. Much of what was in it was very similar to what we can see today in church periodicals. I will let the individual decide for themselves if it is relevant to them or to their own lives.
The issue that I have is that I don’t really respect the same regurgitation of thoughts and ideas and truly wish to see at least some originality and creativity. I have gotten used to the fact that this is something that Adventism does not do well (if at all). You have to ask yourself…who are they marketing to…and this will give you the answers.
I would only add that it is this essential egotistical narcissism which leads to the all their perpetual fear-mongering, gaslighting of humanity and the condescending tone taken in all SDA conversations with their fellow human beings.