Here he is blowing smoke. He is 1) a man, 2) not an MD, and 3) not a mental health professional. He should not be making statements about when it is appropriate for a female to have an abortion:
“Seventh-day Adventists believe in the sanctity of life. We believe that God created human beings on the sixth day of a literal seven-day week and rested on the seventh day. When God created man, and then woman, he created the opportunity of procreation.
“The Bible says that He indicated that they are to be fruitful and multiply, so we believe that life itself is a beautiful, sanctified gift from God,
“but the SDA are strong supporters of the sanctity of life.
“Most Seventh-day Adventists would be very supportive of the sanctity of life and not in favor of abortion unless the mother’s life was in danger or perhaps there was incest or rape involved, and that is left to the individual to decide, at least in some countries,”
From Jamaica Observer, “World Adventist leader says no to abortion.”
Then there’s this. I find it abhorrent:
"This self-sacrificing spirit and genuine humility born out of connection with Christ is what every one of us need today to diminish the tendency in all of us to champion our own opinions and convictions in the face of the general church’s voted actions — God’s remnant church on earth. It would appear that opposition to compliance of the Seventh-day Adventist general body’s actions such as the General Conference in session or such as the General Conference Executive Committee functioning as God’s remnant church, on the grounds of “conscience” would come face to face with a wall of evidence from Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy indicating that independent thinking must be submitted to the larger body’s decisions." - 11th annual Global Leadership Summit, on Feb. 6, 2018, in Lisbon, Portugal
I find this highly objectionable. Christ came to have “power” over each of us? What, like a feudal landlord? I don’t think so:
“Certainly, Christ’s power over each of us and His church and our submission to that power is of utmost importance in realizing the spiritual necessity of church unity and biblical authority to accomplish God’s mission of proclaiming Jesus’ soon, second coming when the culmination of complete unity takes place.” - 11th annual Global Leadership Summit, on Feb. 6, 2018, in Lisbon, Portugal
Here Ted has decided that he’s an expert in the field of love and marriage. He holds up the bible as an example.
I will ask, has he read the examples of marriage in the bible, of the marriages of the biblical heroes? I ask because marriage practices int the bible are not only divergent within the bible, but also very, very different than our modern western and commonly-understood Christian ideas of marriage:
“There are influences outside and within the church attempting to change God’s institution of biblical marriage between one man and one woman. Brothers and sisters around the world, ………stand firm for God’s Word as it confirms biblical marriage, biblical human sexuality, and the biblical family as instituted by God Himself.” - Oct 12, 2018 | Battle Creek, Michigan Annual Council Sermon
So, is he referring to Abraham’s son with a slave girl, Solomon’s hundreds of wives, David’s lust for many women that drove him to (essentially) murder, Ruth’s extra-marital seduction of the (likely married) local rich leader, marriage of sisters to their brothers, the requirement to accept your brother’s widow as your second wife, the proper type and amount of payment for your daughter to her suitor’s family, or something else? Not sure.
In any case, deriding everyone who has different ideas about marriage than himself, and using the bible (of all things) as a defense of those actions is at least disingenuous for a learned biblical scholar. Most likely it also includes either deception or personal delusion. Take your pick.