Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 4 – Religious Liberty and the Final Conflict

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 4 – Religious Liberty and the Final Conflict

The Bible is clear, as Seventh-day Adventists have known since the start of our movement, that religious liberty lies at the heart of the final battle which will close the great controversy between Christ and Satan.  The book of Revelation depicts that conflict as a choice between the faith and practices of two women (Rev. 12,17), symbolizing respe

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 2 – The Ten Commandments and Civil-Government

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 2 – The Ten Commandments and Civil-Government

A central argument in current discussions on religious liberty and the separation of church and state concerns the two tables of the Ten Commandment law—the first, of course, addressing humanity’s duty to God, the second addressing our duty to each other.  There are those who insist that while non-theocratic civil government has no right to legisla

October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Amidst the LGBT/Religious Freedom Conflict

October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Amidst the LGBT/Religious Freedom Conflict

Opening Remarks The Jesus and Politics conference, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and religious liberty issues panel, Jesus Amidst the LGBT/Religious Freedom Conflict, was convened on the morning of October 18 by conference-organizer Melissa Reid, NAD Associate PARL. Todd McFarland of the GC PARL opened the proceedings with an explanati

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

On October 17–19, 2019, Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, hosted Jesus & Politics. This conference sought to prompt Christians, especially Seventh-day Adventist Christians, to be reasonably aware of and active in the various goings-on within political, social, and economic realms, yet do so upon the bedrock of Christ’s character

Burundi Adventists See Ruthless Persecution for Their Faith

Burundi Adventists See Ruthless Persecution for Their Faith

Bujumbura, Burundi – Seventh-day Adventist world church president Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson has issued an urgent appeal for prayer following the recent arrest and detention of 22 Adventist leaders and members in the central African nation of Burundi. The arrests were ordered by the national government and follow six months of illegal interference on t

Adventist School’s Colorful Fundraiser for Christchurch Victims

Adventist School’s Colorful Fundraiser for Christchurch Victims

Longburn, New Zeland -- group of New Zealand high school students is fundraising for the Christchurch mosque shooting victims, with the “power of flowers” and a message of shared humanity. Amelia Tyrrell, 17, and her fellow Longburn Adventist College prefects have gathered $NZ600 ($414USD) from their classmates to send to the victims of Friday’s te

Proposed Bill Amendment Raises Religious Freedom Concerns for Adventist Schools, Churches

Proposed Bill Amendment Raises Religious Freedom Concerns for Adventist Schools, Churches

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia (AUC) is concerned that proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act could adversely impact both Adventist schools and churches. It has voiced these concerns in a submission to the review of the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018. A

Unprecedented Numbers of Migrants and Refugees Means New Religious Freedom Challenges, Say Scholars

Unprecedented Numbers of Migrants and Refugees Means New Religious Freedom Challenges, Say Scholars

SILVER SPRINGS, MARYLAND — As the number of migrants and refugees worldwide continues to surge, a panel of scholars convened last month by the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) says more must be done to deal with related religious freedom challenges. The IRLA’s 19thMeeting of Experts, held in Cordoba, Spain, brought together renown

Ground-breaking Sabbath Lawsuit Could Expand Religious Freedom Protection in Korea

Ground-breaking Sabbath Lawsuit Could Expand Religious Freedom Protection in Korea

Seventh-day Adventists in Korea are requesting prayers from their world church family as a landmark Sabbath-keeping lawsuit makes its way to the nation’s Supreme Court. First-year medical student Jiman Han is suing for the right to take university exams outside of Sabbath hours. His predicament is one that thousands of Adventists in Korea have face

Mission, Outreach a Focus of Annual Council’s October 15 Sessions

Mission, Outreach a Focus of Annual Council’s October 15 Sessions

BATTLE CREEK, Michigan — Having dealt with a controversial "compliance document" on the first day of the 2018 Annual Council, leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist world church focused on outreach on several fronts during the Monday, October 15, session. Dr. Ganoune Diop, Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the General Conference, r