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As a MEMBER of the imposter New Movement church (1SM 204-5) masquerading as the Seventh-day Adventist church, how would you like to lose your home and life’s savings because of the criminal acts of high placed SDA leaders? This article is most important in pointing out just how that could occur. Vance Ferrell has warned of this possibility and you had best read this article to see that could happen.


The following article by Dr.’s Russell and Colin Standish are extremely important not only because of the criminal apostasy of the SDA church thus depicted, but because of the hierarchical structure of the SDA church and the liability of the members for the criminality of the church.


My ministry has stressed the corporate responsibility that accrues in a hierarchical structured church, wherein all members are corporately responsible for what goes on under this structure as opposed to a congregationalist structured church whereby each individual church is responsible only for its own actions.



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The Legacy of a Defective Faith


By Russell and Colin Standish



Christ and Paul signified the crucial element of Truth in the development of Christian character.


            Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (John 17:17).


But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: (2 Thessalonians 2:13).


The destruction of God’s Truth opens the flood gates for sin in the life. Shameful sins now pervade the lives of church leaders and ministers at every level of our church.


Since the introduction of the Twenty-seven Fundamentals in Dallas in 1980, unthinkable sins and crimes have escalated at an alarming rate within the ranks of Seventh-day Adventists including ordained ministers. Colin, for example, learned of three murders – two premeditated, both by former denominational employees. One, a youth pastor, murdered in England the suitor of a young woman whom he also desired. The other one who was drug trafficking and had been defrauded by the men he sought to kill.  The third was committed by a church deacon. The murder occurred while breaking and entering into the home of a fellow deacon with the purpose of stealing the tithe collected on the Sabbath day.


The actions at the General Conference Session in St. Louis in further subverting sanctification as a principle of character by deliberately expunging this principle from the new fundamental, has further opened the floodgates of sin within God’s noble church.


Writing in Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 2, p. 51 in 1904, the Messenger of the Lord declared:


As a people we are to stand firm on the platform of eternal truth that has withstood test and trial. We are to hold to the sure pillars of our faith. The principles of truth that God has revealed to us are our only true foundation. They have made us what we are. The lapse of time had not lessened their value. (Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 52).


That counsel was not considered in the wording of the new fundamental. It was deliberately breached. Nor was this inspired message to God’s people upheld in the adoption of the Alternative Baptismal Vows.


On page 59 of the same Special Testimonies, Series B, Sister White spoke of the moves to destroy these pillars of the faith.


Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority. (Ibid).


In 1858 Sister White wrote:


I saw a company who stood well guarded and firm, giving no countenance to those who would unsettle the established faith of the body. God looked upon them with approbation. I was shown three steps-- the first, second, and third angels' messages. Said my accompanying angel, "Woe to him who shall move a block or stir a pin of these messages. The true understanding of these messages is of vital importance. The destiny of souls hangs upon the manner in which they are received." I was again brought down through these messages, and saw how dearly the people of God had purchased their experience. It had been obtained through much suffering and severe conflict. God had led them along step by step, until He had placed them upon a solid, immovable platform. (Early Writings, pp. 258, 259).


In view of the decisions voted in St. Louis, diminishing further the pillars of our faith, it could be anticipated that sin and crime will abound within the Church organisation.


We did not anticipate how rapidly such would be exposed. A mere sixteen days after the conclusion of the General Conference Session on 9 July, 2005, a blazing headline brought shame to our church in the United States. That headline reported:


Federal probe rocks Seventh-day Adventist Church – Lake Region Conference accused of financial irregularities, immigration violations. (South Bend Tribune, 25th July, 2005).


Outside the United States the city of South Bend, Indiana, is not well known. But many Seventh-day Adventists fly into that city every year. South Bend is located in the northern region of Indiana. It possesses the closest airport to Andrews University which is sited in Michigan, close to the northern border of Indiana. We have numbers of times flown the short distance from the big aircraft hub of Chicago, across Lake Michigan, to South Bend.


South Bend has a large Roman Catholic population, for one of America’s most famous Roman Catholic Universities, Notre Dame University, is established in that city. The South Bend Tribune report is all the more galling for this fact.


A similar headline appeared in the Chicago Tribune, for the headquarters of the Lake Region Conference are located in Chicago. In the United States whenever the term “Region” is included in the title of a Conference it refers to an ethnic Afro-American Conference. Increasingly Hispanic Seventh-day Adventists are choosing to worship as part of these Afro-American Conferences rather than “White” Conferences. The Lake Region Conference contains a considerable number of churches which contain a predominance of Hispanic members.


To meet the needs of Hispanic members and those of other non-Afro-American ethnic backgrounds, well known Dr. Hugo Gambetta, an Argentinian, was appointed Vice President for Multi-cultural Ministries. For many sincere Seventh-day Adventists Dr. Gambetta was held in high esteem. He had held the post of Chairman of the Theology Department in the Central American Union College, located in the nation of Costa Rica.


When Loma Linda University theologians introduced the principles of the New Theology to the pastors of the Central American Union in post graduate seminars, he had stood strongly against this course. As a result Dr. Gambetta was dismissed from his post.


Tragically, two days after the completion of the St. Louis General Conference Session, Dr. Gambetta was placed on paid administrative leave and shortly after his ministerial credentials were cancelled and his ordination annulled. On the basis of the reported evidence, these actions were justified. What a lesson to each of us standing in the light of Truth! Satan surely is on the warpath.


We quote extracts from the South Bend Tribune report.


The Lake Region Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is under federal investigation in connection with misuse of funds and illegal immigration activities, which could threaten the organization’s non-profit status.


The revelations shocked many of the estimated 730 delegates who attended a special meeting Sunday.


The following people were put on paid administrative leave in the wake of auditing and illegal immigration practices in the Lake Region Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, based in Chicago.


1.   Hugo Gambetta, vice president for multicultural ministries. He was stripped of his ministerial credentials and license on Friday. He had been on paid administrative leave since July 11.

2.   Treasurer Leroy B. Hampton resigned last week after his July 11 suspension.

3.   Four pastors, all ministers in Chicago churches, are on paid leave: Ciro Aviles, Osmin Hernandez, William Rojas and Alfredo Solis.


There’s been a lot of instances of lying and a case of personal enrichment,” Walter Wright, president of the Lake Union Conference, told delegates. (South Bend Tribune, 25 July, 2005).


The Lake Union Conference must not be confused with the Lake Region Conference. The latter is a Local Conference, although both the Union and this Local Conference cover the same four-state territory – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. In the 1970’s Colin assisted in the ordination of Elder Walter Wright, the Union President, to the ministry.


As a result of the revelations of corruption in the Lake Region Conference, the treasurer Leroy B. Hampton resigned and four church pastors, Ciro Aviles, Osman Hernandez, William Rojas and Alfredo Solis, were placed on paid leave.


The serious nature of these breaches of fidelity and their implications were pointed out by the Union President at a quickly convened Constituency Meeting.


Late in the afternoon the gymnasium where delegates met fell silent when Wright began talking about Federal authorities being on the doorstep of Lake Region Conference leaders. He noted that the ramifications of the inquiries could affect the entire church.


“The effect can be devastating,” Wright said.


“If the church loses its tax-exempt status because of things in our conference, that is a real possibility,” he told delegates.


According to an internal audit of the conference in 2003 about $18 million in assets were understated or not reported to the government.


The conference also did not report financial statement of “at least six charitable gift annuity agreements” in 2003 and 2004. The result means that in those two years auditors could not “reasonably determine” the conference’s total assets and liabilities, according to a memo dated February 2005 to the executive committee of the Lake Region Conference. (South Bend Tribune, 25 July, 2005).


This falsification endangers the entire Church organization in the United States. If tithes and offerings to the Church were excluded from tax exemption this could seriously diminish giving, especially the provision of offerings.


But there were even more severe potential difficulties in the matter of knowingly employing illegal immigrants in the local conference.


Wright also told delegates the church’s employment of immigrants who may be in the country illegally has raised eyebrows of federal officials.


“What if the Department of Homeland Security comes into our offices and says we’re going to close you down because you’re not reporting illegal aliens and they threaten our national security?” Wright asked.


Then he answered his own question.


“That can happen because of our conference,” he said. (Ibid).


In this age of terrorist threats to the United States and the recent creation of a Department of Homeland Security, breaches of the Immigration Act are viewed extremely seriously. Any organization found guilty of aiding and abetting the harbouring of illegal immigrants could find themselves placed under suspicion and accorded close scrutiny thereafter.


Whether this report fully represented the statement to the constituency delegates, we do not know, but we are deeply concerned that Elder Wright’s words, as quoted, exclusively focused upon the possible consequences to the church organization of these alleged evil acts of ordained ministers.


Now, of course, it was important to spend time speaking of the possible damage done to the Church organization. However, that damage pales into insignificance in comparison to the disgraceful shame that these brethren have cast upon the name of God’s Church on earth. It is God’s name for He gave us that name.


We are Seventh-day Adventists. Are we ashamed of our name? We answer, "No, no! We are not. It is the name the Lord has given us. It points out the truth that is to be the test of the churches." – Letter 110, 1902. (Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 384).


We are Seventh-day Adventists, and of this name we are never to be ashamed. As a people we must take a firm stand for truth and righteousness. Thus we shall glorify God. We are to be delivered from dangers, not ensnared and corrupted by them. That this may be, we must look ever to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.– Letter 106, 1903. (Ibid).


Every institution that bears the name of Seventh-day Adventist is to be to the world as was Joseph in Egypt, and as were Daniel and his fellows in Babylon. In the providence of God these men were taken captive, that they might carry to heathen nations the knowledge of the true God. They were to be representatives of God in our world. They were to make no compromise with the idolatrous nations with which they were brought in contact, but were to stand loyal to their faith, bearing as a special honor the name of worshipers of the God who created the heavens and the earth. (Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8, p. 153).


To despoil God’s Church is a sin of great magnitude and this disgrace does much damage to the cause of God. Yet Elder Wright sought to encourage the delegates in the view than no serious legal impositions would result from these illegal actions of ordained ministers. His words should never have been uttered. They not only do not befit that of a Union President who is a member of the General Conference Executive Committee, but they reveal an appalling absence of the sense of the enormity of the damage done to the reputation of God’s Church.


            Wright remained optimistic that the conference would survive.


            “Look at our dear friends, the Catholics,” he said.


“We can’t shuffle people. They didn’t act when they should’ve,” he said referring to Catholic leaders who sometimes moved priests to new parishes instead of punishing them for sexual misconduct.


            “We won’t do that,” he said. (South Bend Tribune, 25 July, 2005).


What a nadir in Seventh-day Adventist history! To sink to the level of the Roman Catholic Church and trust that our Church will, like them, escape just judicial retribution is heartbreaking. The influence of the Roman Catholic Church to manipulate the justice system far transcends that of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. And do not the actions of these men, undertaken as servants of the Church, merit judicial penalties if the charges levelled against them are proven? The alleged acts are criminal in nature.


Of course the Seventh-day Adventist Church will survive through the very, small remnant of Isaiah 1:9. The same cannot be stated of a church organization which embraces apostasy at its highest level.


And yet another question arises – “Are we now friends with Roman Catholic leaders?”


This was not the first occasion in which the Lake Region Conference disgraced our church. As Russell reported in The Remnant Herald, No. 2, December 1992, p. 10. We quote this report:


The Indianapolis Star of August 3, 1992, reported the Lake Region Conference which used unauthorized church funds to build a shopping mall in Chicago and also mortgaged the Shiloh Church in Chicago without the knowledge or consent of the members, in order to generate capital, has been sued by two banks because of loan defaults. Already the Cole Taylor Bank of Chicago has won its case for $2,260,000 and the Lloyd’s Bank of London is suing for $3,521,475 plus $34,931 in interest. This case is pending. Since the Lake Region Conference “has 22 cents in assets for every dollar of liability,” the court in the first case has ruled that the Seventh-day Adventist church organization must pay the shortfall in the Conference ability to repay the debt. It is likely that the situation is worse. On November 11, Colin and I spoke about this matter to one General Conference official and he informed us that other banks were also suing and that the total cost to our church could be twelve million dollars. Thus dishonest activities by a Conference President [Elder L. R. Palmer] have led to loss of large sums for the work of God’s church. The offending Conference President is still a denominational employee with current ministerial credentials. At the recent Union Conference constituency meeting the incumbent President [Elder Robert H. Carter, who was one of the three Union Presidents who verbally abused the sixteen delegates to the 1990 General Conference which included a number of retired General Conference leaders, and Russell, who successfully protested the non-appointment  Pastor David Dennis as the General Conference Senior Auditor on unwarranted grounds] was returned by a one-vote margin. That margin was provided by this ex-President who incredibly was voted a member of the nominating committee.


The Indianapolis Star of August 3, 1992 further reported that the Conference still owns the mall and only half of its stores are rented. It claimed one Seventh-day Adventist group, Shiloh Vanguard, questioned “the propriety of church involvement in a commercial venture that sells alcohol, tobacco, adult publications and videos. All are against church policy.” We could also question whether or not these shops operate on the holy Sabbath day. It is little wonder that God’s work in the Lake Region Conference is in crisis.


It was reported that the Conference President was a relative of the man who commenced the shopping mall project.


The General Conference had dug itself into a very deep hole when, in 1986, it had successfully defended its right to prohibit Dr. Derrick Proctor from setting up a Book Store which undercut the prices of Spirit of Prophecy books in competition with the Adventist Book Centers in the United States. The General Conference lawyers argued that our Church was the second most hierarchical church in the United States and thus it was imperative that all Church members follow its dictates.


…the Seventh-day Adventist church is essentially a hierarchical church in which the directives and orders of the General Conference have binding authority upon all other entities of the Church. The General Conference submitted that, “next to the Roman Catholic Church, the Adventist Church is the most centralized of all major Christian denominations in this country [U.S.A.].” (Student Movement – student Paper of Andrews University, November 6, 1986).


This highly offensive, but tragically accurate, claim (unless our Church should claim first place as a hierarchical church), came back to haunt the Church organization when lawyers demanding repayment for the banks suing for their losses in the Shopping Center scandal, seized on our hierarchical status and its use in the Proctor case, to claim ascending liability of the Lake Region Conference debts, which that Conference could not pay. Thus the lawyers for the claimants extended their claim to the Lake Union Conference and beyond to the North American Division and the General Conference.


This legal precedent is no doubt present in the minds of the investigators in this current case of administrative infidelity.


There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12.


The entrenchment of sin in our Twenty-eight Fundamentals is bearing a fearful fruitage. Young people are being destroyed by the loose standards now promoted in many of our Churches. There is soon to be a fearful reckoning of our failure to uphold God’s lofty standards before the youth.


In the 1970’s Russell was an elder in the Nunawading Church within the Victorian Conference. Pastor Wallace Hammond was the godly Church pastor. He still stands in the light of truth many years after his retirement from active ministerial service.


Today in the Nunawading Church it appears that all godly standards have been removed from the attention of our youth. Each week the Nunawading Church Bulletin profiles one of its members. We quote one such profile of a young man to document this fact.


1.             Favourite Color? Purple

2.             Favourite Book/Movie? Bad Boys

3.             Current Role @ church? Watch Leader

4.             Favorite Food? Grapes/Apple Pie

5.             Car most like to own? Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

6.             What talent do you wish you had? Ability to balance things on my nose

7.             Your Dream Job? Rock Star

8.             Person most like to invite to dinner? My sister [name omitted]

9.             Pearl of Wisdom? “You got to be out there to change the world”


(Nunawading Church Bulletin, Victorian Conference,

8 October, 2005).


At 72 years of age our hearts are deeply pained to see this utterly disgraceful leading of precious young people to perdition. The very request to learn the young man’s favourite book/movie is a provocation to, and acceptance of, indulgence in divinely forbidden activities for the term “movie” is almost exclusively used in respect of cinema films. The Oxford English Reference Dictionary, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1996, defined movie as “a motion picture film” (p. 946) and a “motion picture as a cinema film” (p. 941). Both these definitions represent the ONLY definitions of these terms provided by the dictionary.  Is there no elder, no deacon, no godly church member to stand up against this course to deprive our young people of their eternal heritage? This is not appropriate in a Church Bulletin. It is appropriate only in a low-class worldly social club. The poisoned fruit of the denial of our holy Christian standards by the subterfuge of silence cannot be controverted.


In our next e-magazine we will continue our series with a study called “When a General Conference President Promotes and Lives the New Theology.”


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