I left the Adventist Church as a member and as a minister in December of 1999. I have never regretted that decision and have been very grateful for the way our Lord has both led me in my Christian faith and amazed at the pastoral ministry opportunities since.
However, the one thing that I still find difficult to comprehend, is the former Adventists who persist in an anti-Adventist obsession while ignoring the very rest in Christ that they claim to have discovered.
It seems to me that if you’re resting in Christ you have an intimate knowledge of His grace and would be less likely to be obsessed with another’s faults.
In my 20’s I worked at a temporary job slinging metal doors from a conveyor belt to a rack where other workers secured hinges, but I don’t recall complaining about that in my 30’s or 40’s or 50’s, I just moved on to more meaningful employment.
I’ve never heard a teenager express a disdain over the days they wore diapers, yet some formers fret over the SDA beliefs as if they are still trying to convince themselves that they made the right decision in leaving.
I guess it’s easier to complain about who we once were than to walk by faith in where we are now.
Now I have heard the arguments from formers saying they are following biblical principles about fighting heresies, but do you know what I think…I think they are afraid to move on and actually evangelize people who don’t even know Jesus.
I wonder if they are more concerned about affirming their own exits out of the church than celebrating the faith they now claim to have found as their renewal.
I wonder if their hope is in finding the golden ticket to a niche notoriety among the “discernment ministries” bent on doing the work assigned to the Holy Spirit by loudly convincing others how they should follow them.
I wonder why they are so charged with discontentment if they have received the liberating grace they claim that has come to them since exiting the SDA church.
I also got out of the anti-SDA Facebook groups, long ago, for the same reasons, including one ran by a guy who I walked the halls with at college who apparently is still sore for not getting a call.
In case you are still wondering, I am not convinced of the value to the Kingdom of God offered by these anti-SDA “discernment ministries” that likely only replicate in other formers their own inability to turn away from the serpent’s to the raised Savior and live.