"And All the World Wondered After the Beast"

Ed Brehm

Vol. 2, No. 10

From childhood I heard this biblical phrase again and again in evangelistic meetings, and family worship.  We now see that this phrase can apply even to those in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Hospital administrators are dismantling the “right arm” of our faith.  We are observing leadership destroying our hospital network.  A new joint operating company is now being established.  “St Joseph Health is the ideal partner in our region because their mission is aligned with ours and their geographic location and services complement ours.” The association will “allow for the cross-pollination of ideas…” It is noted that both organizations “share common values.” 1

Historically we’ve believed a biblical principle that says, don’t join in business with those who don’t believe our faith.  Hospital administrators now promote Rome in business with Adventist and Catholic hospital alliances. (2 Corinthians 6:14).  Though we haven’t held the same standards, beliefs or pillars we continue compromise, with the beast power who hates the Sabbath, will soon halt our buying and selling and demand our death.

Not long ago we observed our hospital in Walla Walla, Washington close.  With the St. Joseph Health alliance, our administrators join ranks once again with a Roman Catholic organization to deliver a Seventh-day Adventist message.  It appears the gulf to Rome is now much shorter.  Have we gone mad?

The belief systems don’t mix, can’t mix!  Compromising with the world on health methods and delivery we now promote a misconstrued health care.  Better to have no hospitals than a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  If the hospitals are ministry the administrators and pastors will be paid like denominational workers.  If it is a worldly business they will be paid many times a pastor’s pay.

“And all the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3) promotes a whole new meaning when we see hospital administrators in the Adventist Church wonder after the beast in business associations.

Partnership with St Joseph Health, Freguently Asked Questions, Adventist Health flyer, 4.12.2018.