On January 7, 2019 the Texico Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, in collaboration with the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC), released astatement banning World Church Affirmation Sabbath from holding events on any Conference owned property. This statement was also endorsed by the Southwestern Union Conference.
While personalized for the Texico Conference, the source of this statement obviously originated from the UCC statement of December 4, 2018, as evidenced by the same phrases and wording used throughout the document.
The Texico statement contains many of the same claims of the UCC document but what gives undeniable evidence that this statement originated from the same source is that it also misquotes the WCAS Harmony Statement exactly as did the UCC document by adding the words “irrespective of votes of the...”
The Harmony statement actually says “that the policies and voted actions of the General Conference shall retain authority in the local church congregation over all Division, Union, or Conference voted policies,” which is in harmony with theGeneral Conference Bylaws, Article I, sections 1 and 4. It is not “irrespective of votes of the” “Division, Union, or Conference voted policies.” WCAS respects and affirms the voted policies and actions made by our local Conferences as long as they are not out of harmony with our world church.
The Texico statement was released on January 7, just over a month after the UCC statement, but it was actually voted the same day the UCC voted on their statement, December 4, 2018.
This shows unequivocally the collusion between the Texico/Southwestern Union Conference and the Upper Columbia Conference as this reveals that the Texico Conference received information about the UCC statement before it was voted by the UCC. (Just a note of interest; the current UCC President came from the Southwestern Union Conference)
In justification of banning WCAS, the assertions, “misrepresentations” and “misinformation” “disseminated by some individuals” “over the past several years” was cited. It is stated that “These misrepresentations have caused significant harm and confusion among our members.”
It would be a difficult matter to try and silence all these individuals that are causing “significant harm and confusion”, so why not pin all this on a visible organization that supports the World Church, even though they have never accused any specific Conference of being out of compliance? A better solution might be to listen to your constituents and dialogue with them.
“The door of the mind should be closed against 'They say,' or 'I have heard.' Why should we not, instead of allowing jealousy or evil surmising to come into our hearts, go to our brethren, and after frankly but kindly setting before them the things we have heard detrimental to their character and influence, pray with and for them? While we cannot fellowship with those who are the bitter enemies of Christ, we should cultivate that spirit of meekness and love that characterized our Master-- a love that thinketh no evil, and is not easily provoked…” TM 504.3