Dr. B.B. Beach's Adventist Review Article on Ecumenical Participation—A Study Into SDA Double- Speak
Here is B. B. Beach’s Adventist Review Article on Seventh-day Adventist participation in the ecumenical movement. This is one of the more blatant examples of double-speak you will ever witness from an SDA leader.
The World Council of Churches/Seventh-day Adventists Conversations and Their Significance
Channels of Communication
While prior to 1965 the channels of
communication between the
WCC Statement Concerning
A very useful product of the
Conversations is the statement regarding the
Participation in Meeting of World Confessional Families
Since 1968 the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has been actively represented at the annual meeting of “Secretaries of World Confessional Families.” This participation is largely the result of the WCC/SDA Conversations and contacts that were made at the time of the Uppsala Assembly. It is hoped that expanded cooperation will ensue between the World Confessional Families in the vital realm of religious liberty.
Observer and Advisor Status
Since the Conversations got under way,
it has become the accepted procedure for the
SDA on Faith and Order Commission
An evident result of the Conversations
was the appointment
of a Seventh-day Adventist as a member of the Faith and Order Commission of
the World Council of Churches. While it is clear that
churches are not members of this Commission and theologians selected for membership
are chosen in their personal capacity, and therefore the SDA Church
is not a member of the Faith and Order Commission, it does mean that the
Commission will have the benefit of hearing a bona fide SDA voice, and the
Seventh-day Adventists would have the opportunity of learning from the
discussions of the Faith and Order Commission.
Ron's Commentary: This is one of the most colossal examples of duplicitous double-speak one could witness. B.B. Beach mentions being observers and then says in the same paragraph that they were not just present pro-forma, but took an active role. How does observer status equate with an active role? Also, B.B. Beach was paid by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He was the ecumenical representative of the church for over 30 years. Though Beach tries to exempt church responsibility for his role, he was paid to fulfill that role and the church is corporately responsible as it paid his salary to be so employed for all those decades of service to the church.
Is every professing Seventh-day Adventist responsible for the Church’s ecumenical involvement? Notice:
"The plain straight testimony
must live in the church, or the curse of God will rest upon His people as
surely as it did upon ancient
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