Response to Former G. C. President Robert Pierson’s Final Appeal to the SDA Church



Elder Robert Pierson’s final appeal to the SDA church is conspicuous for it’s blindness to the condition of the church at the time the appeal was made at the 1973 and 1974 Annual Councils.  I am going to reprint the entire appeal herein and make my comments in another font color (violet) below the paragraphs that need addressing.  Here is the appeal with foreword by Vance Ferrell:


G. C. President Robert H. Pierson’s Final Appeal to God's People

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The following message was presented in 1978 by Elder Robert H. Pierson to hundreds of people-Including the entire church leadership attending the Annual Council, the General Conference staff, and the employees of the Review. He saw that our denomination was rapidly moving toward liberal and new theology errors, and, in this retirement speech, he pled with the church's leaders not to let It happen. That was nearly two decades ago. The terrible fruits that he predicted, we now live with.  vf


This will be the last time that in my present role I shall stand before the world leaders of my church, your church, our church, and I have a few words to leave with you.

I take my thoughts from something that Elder and Mrs. Ralph Neall have written describing how typically a sect evolves into a church. They say a sect is often begun by a charismatic leader with tremendous drive and commitment and that it arises as a protest against worldliness and formalism in a church. It is generally embraced by the poor. The rich would lose too much by joining it, since it is unpopular, despised, and persecuted by society in general. It has definite beliefs firmly held by zealous members. Each member makes a personal decision to join it and knows what he believes. There is little organization or property, and there are few buildings.

The group has strict standards and controls on behavior. Preachers, often without education, arise by inner compulsion. There is little concern about public relations.

And then it passes on to the second generation. With growth there comes a need for organization and buildings. As a result of industry and frugality, members become prosperous. As prosperity increases, persecution begins to wane. Children born into the movement do not have to make personal decisions to join it. They do not necessarily know what they believe. They do not need to hammer out their own positions. These have been worked out for them. Preachers arise more by selection and by apprenticeship to older workers than by direct inner compulsion.

In the third generation, organization develops and institutions are established. The need is seen for schools to pass on the faith of the fathers. Colleges are established.

Members have to be exhorted to live up to the standards, while at the same time the standards of membership are being lowered. The group becomes lax about disfellowshiping nonpracticing members. Missionary zeal cools off. There is more concern over public relations. Leaders study methods of propagating their faith, sometimes employing extrinsic rewards as motivation for service by the members. Youth question why they are different from others, and intermarry with those not of their faith.

In the fourth generation there is much machinery; the number of administrators increases while the number of workers at the grass-roots level becomes proportionately less. Great church councils are held to define doctrine. More schools, universities, and seminaries are established. These go to the world for accreditation and tend to become secularized. There is a reexamination of positions and modernizing of methods. Attention is given to contemporary culture, with an interest in the arts: music, architecture, literature. The movement seeks to become 'relevant" to contemporary society by becoming involved with popular causes. Services become formal. The group enjoys complete acceptance by the world. The sect has become a church

 rb:  The Waldensians proved that the cycle described above does not necessarily follow.  They taught their children to be faithful to death.  Parents watched their children being drowned before their eyes, as they refused to consent to the Catholic priests that the wafer symbolizing the body of Christ was not His actual body—the Catholic doctrine of Transubstantiation.

What a rebuke to parents today who indeed do not even teach their children end-time events for fear of scaring them!  What a wimpish lot we have become!

Brethren and sisters, this must never happen to the Seventh-day Adventist Church! This will not happen to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This is not just an other church-it is God's church! 

rb: Notice the words: “THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN TO THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH!”  It is such a teaching by the leaders that has made the members of the church smug and Laodicean.  They feel that the church cannot fail because their leaders say so!  They forget that Israel of old was also God’s “chosen” people, and they failed as a corporate body church.  They failed and fell to a horrible destruction, except for a remnant that was gathered out from A.D. 27-66, and fled to the mountains of Pella, three and one-half years before the apostate corporate church was destroyed in 70 A.D.

This will not happen to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”

What a blind and ignorant statement from the outgoing General Conference President of the professing Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Surely, Isaiah 56:10-12, was fully applicable to him and all G. C. Presidents since that time.  The SDA church had already committed gross apostasy by accepting the world’s Accreditation Standards in its educational facilities, and had adopted the central doctrine of Roman Catholicism, the Trinity Doctrine, which totally denies the true identity of the Holy Spirit as being the pre-Incarnated Son of Christ.  That is Ellen White’s definition of the Holy Spirit, and her definition coincides with Scripture.  See our many documents on the true identity of the third person of the Holy Spirit and the GREAT SACRIFICE the Son made at His Incarnation even before the cross.

But you are the men and women sitting in this sanctuary this morning on whom God is counting to assure that it does not happen.

rb:  The laity is truly corporately responsible for they elect the leaders of the church, but they seldom rise higher than the caliber of leadership.

Already, brethren and sisters, there are subtle forces that are beginning to stir.

rb:  The subtle forces were not merely BEGINNING to stir in 1973-74.  They had more than “stirred” in 1930, when the church adopted the Accreditation Standards of the world, and adopted the central doctrine of the Catholic Church, the Trinity doctrine.  Don’t misunderstand me.  I AM NOT saying that there are not three persons to the Godhead.  I am saying that the second person to the Godhead is not correctly identified by the Trinity doctrine and that denial denigrates the great sacrifice of that Person to the Godhead.

Also, the “subtle forces” had more than stirred in the 1950’s, when church leaders held conferences with the Evangelicals and sold out on serious doctrines and beliefs held by the pioneers of Adventism. 

As a result of that sell-out, the church joined ecumenical Associations, Councils, Girdings and Confederacies in the early 1960’s, which constituted a total violation of Isaiah 8:9-20, Jeremiah 11:9-15, and the three angel’s messages!  The three angel’s messages have since been watered down in order to qualify for said ecumenical involvement.  This constitutes traitorship to the very mission and commission of the church. 

These are all things Robert Pierson was either ignorant of, or did nothing about!  He is guilty for such sins either way, for he should have been aware if he was ignorant of such gross apostasies, and/or should have done something about these betrayals of sacred trust if he did know about them.  Either way, Robert Pierson remained a guilty man—an irresponsible leader of the professing Seventh-day Adventist leader, what God has referred to as an ignorant “dumb-dog” watchman that would not bark, Isaiah 56:10-12, and Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211.

Regrettably there are those in the church who belittle the inspiration of the total Bible, who scorn the first 11 chapters of Genesis, who question the Spirit of Prophecy's short chronology of the age of the earth, and who subtly and not so subtly attack the Spirit of Prophecy. There are some who point to the reformers and contemporary theologians as a source and the norm for Seventh-day Adventist doctrine. There are those who allegedly are tired of the hackneyed phrases of Adventism. There are those who wish to forget the standards of the church we love. There are those who covet and would court the favor of the evangelicals; those who would throw off the mantle of a peculiar people; and those who would go the way of the secular, materialistic world.

rb:  If Robert Pierson witnessed such trends in the church, he should have enforced measures to deal with such open thorn sinners in the church.  They should have been reformed or removed from the church.  He skirted and shirked his responsibility.

Fellow leaders, beloved brethren and sisters-don't let it happen! I appeal to you as earnestly as I know how this morning-don't let it happen! I appeal to Andrews University, to the Seminary, to Loma Linda University - don't let it happen! We are not Seventh-day Anglicans, not Seventh-day Lutherans-we are Seventh-day Adventists! This is God's last church with God's last message!

rb:  Robert Pierson let it happen by doing nothing to curb it!  As his term was over, he became just brave enough to pass the buck of responsibility to the next G. C. President.  That is a very prevalent tactic now regarding retiring SDA leaders.  They wait until they retire to “show the House of Jacob” their sins, and then they do not deal with ALL of them and the most serious of them!

Two classic examples of what I speak of are:  Hidden Heresy, by Elder Thomas Mostert, President of the Pacific Union Conference.  Also, Here We Stand, by Samuel Koranteng-Pipim.

You are the men and women, the leaders, whom God is counting on to keep the Seventh-day Adventist Church God's remnant church, the church God has destined to triumph!

rb:  If God had destined the SDA church to triumph, the implication is that the church could never fail, and Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy testify otherwise! So Robert Pierson gave a false testimony to the SDA church.

The servant of the Lord says, "Fearful perils are before those who bear responsibilities in the Lord's work-perils the thought of which makes me tremble."-Selected Messages, book 2, p. 391. And in Ezekiel 22:30 we read, '1 looked for a man among them who could build up a barricade, who could stand before me in the breach to defend the land from ruin" (N.E.B.).

rb:  Would you like to see the complete version of Ezekiel 22:30, quoted by Robert Pierson, above as it appears in the King James Version?  Sure you would!  Here it is:

Eze 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

I believe this morning, fellow leaders, that God is looking for men and women, intrepid leaders, men and women who love God's church and God's truth more than they love their lives, to see that this church under God goes through to the kingdom. The task ahead of us is not going to be easy. If I understand the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy aright this morning, ahead lies a time of trouble, a time of challenge such as this church and this world have never before known.

rb:  If Robert Pierson really believed that God is looking for intrepid (fearless) men and women who love His church more than they love their lives and pocketbook (their jobs teaching for hire), why was he so indolent in taking measure to correct apostasies that had existed since the 1930’s and 1950’s—forget the “subtle stirrings” of the 70’s!

The servant of the Lord tells us, 'The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be ac counted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath, of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless."-Ibid., book 1, pp. 204, 205.

rb:  The above E.G. White statement refers to the Omega Heresy.  That is the entire context of the statement if you read the back pages.  Each of the above specifications by Ellen White was fulfilled before Robert Pierson’s watch, but he failed to see it and/or did nothing about it.  Again, either way he was an unfaithful, ignorant, dumb-dog watchman (Isa. 56:10-12), who fulfilled God’s description of ALL the professing watchmen in the church, for Ellen White updated Isaiah on the “dumb-dog” watchmen in Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 211, and said that they would NEVER AGAIN show the house of Jacob its sins and that because of this, men, maidens and little children would all perish together.  SDA leaders have a lot of blood on their backs, and so do all who support them in their apostasy and betrayal of the three angel’s mission commission to the world.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church had its alpha years ago. You and I are the leaders who will face the omega that will be of the same subtle, devilish origin. Its effect will be more devastating than the alpha. Brethren, I beg of you, study, know what is ahead, then with God's help prepare your people to meet it!

rb:  Notice that Pierson speaks of the Omega as something that “will be” in the future!  He was either very ignorant and negligent, or both, because the Omega was well in force since 1930.  And since that time, at every camp-meeting, SDA leaders have always risen to the podium to smilingly repeat the arrogant and self-deceiving words: “What a privilege it is to be a Seventh-day Adventist!,” to all the resounding Amens! From the audiences.

Being a Laodicean is not being a Seventh-day Adventist!  Did you know that?  Ellen White defined the condition of the church known as Laodicean as the foolish virgin state, and being a “foolish-virgin” Seventh-day Adventist, is not a privilege.  It is a curse!  Why?  Because they feel rich, increased with goods, and in need of nothing!  They call that wonderful!  And one G. C. President, McElaney, is on record as saying that it is Laoidicea that goes through to the Kingdom!  That is another indication of the great ignorance of the leaders.  For their very prophetess, Ellen G. White, said that Laodicea is the foolish virgins, and foolish virgins are not saved:

 "The state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state." E. G. White,  Review and Herald Articles,  Vol. 2, 420.

"God calls for men who are prepared to meet emergencies, men who in a crisis will not be found standing on the wrong side."-Ellen G. White, in Review and Herald, Nov. 5, 1903.

rb:  It is positively amazing to witness how leaders can quote the truth while they are grossly violating it, and not recognize that they are so doing.

"We are pressing on to the final conflict, and this is no time to compromise. It is no time to hide your colors. When the battle wages sore, Let no one turn traitor. It is no time to lay down or conceal our weapons, and give Satan the advantage in the warfare. "-Ibid., Dec. 6, 1892.

rb:  Was Robert Pierson a traitor watchman?  God says yes!

And then I call attention to a vision the Lord's servant had, in which she saw a ship heading toward an iceberg. She said, "There, towering high above the ship, was a gigantic iceberg. An authoritative voice cried out, 'Meet it!' There was not a moment's hesitation. It was a time for instant action. The engineer put on full steam, and the man at the wheel steered the ship straight into the iceberg. With a crash she struck the ice. There was a fearful shock, and the iceberg broke into many pieces, falling with a noise like thunder to the deck. The passengers were violently shaken by the force of the collision, but no lives were lost. The vessel was injured, but not beyond repair. She rebounded from the contact, trembling from stem to stern, like a living creature. Then she moved forward on her way.

"Well I knew the meaning of this representation. I had my orders. I had heard the words, like a voice from our Captain, 'Meet it!' I knew what my duty was, and that there was not a moment to lose. The time for decided action had come. I must without delay obey the command, 'Meet it!' "-Selected Messages, book 1, pp. 205, 206.

rb:  In the above statement, Ellen White was speaking of the Alpha of Apostasy, and how she “met it.”  Would you like proof that I am correct and that the Omega would not be so “met?”  Here is the proof, from page 205 of the same reference:

“Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless.”-Ibid., book 1, pp. 204, 205.

If NOTHING would be allowed to stand in the way of the NEW MOVEMENT, then how could anyone “meet it,” and stop it the way she put a stop to the Alpha of Apostasy?  Also, she said that the “dumb-dog” watchmen would NEVER AGAIN show the House of Jacob its sins.  The people follow their leaders, so the Omega will not be met! Further proof?  Surely! Adventists like lots of proof evidence, and even when they get it, most will not accept it.

 "One thing it is certain is soon to be realized, the great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, and will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout. We are to hold fast the first principles of our denominated faith, and go forward from strength to increased faith. Ever we are to keep the faith that has been substantiated by the Holy Spirit of God from the earlier events of our experience until the present time. We need now larger breadth, and deeper, more earnest, unwavering faith in the leadings of the Holy Spirit. If we needed the manifest proof of the Holy Spirit's power to confirm truth in the beginning, after the passing of the time, we need to-day all the evidence in the confirmation of the truth, when souls are departing from the faith and giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. There must not be any languishing of soul now." (E.G. White, Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, p. 57).


The above statement is in the context of Ellen White’s description of the Omega of Apostasy.

Fellow leaders, it may be that in the not too distant future you will have to meet it. I pray God will give you grace and courage and wisdom.

rb:  Ironically, the Omega of Apostasy was surrounding Pierson, but he apparently did not detect it.  Dumb-dog watchmen have not the discernment to detect the worst of the abominations that are engulfing God’s people.

Finally, "what a wonderful thought it is that the great controversy is nearing its end! In the closing work we shall meet with perils that we know not how to deal with; but let us not forget that the three great powers of heaven are working, that a divine hand is on the wheel, and that God will bring His purposes to pass. He will gather from the world a people who will serve Him in righteousness."-Ibid., book 2, p. 391.

What a wonderful assurance we have this morning, brethren and sisters, that you and I are in God's work. This work is not dependent on any man; it is dependent on our relationship with Him. There is only one way for us to face the future, and that is at the foot of the cross. A church with its eyes upon the Man of Calvary will never walk into apostasy.

rb:  Sadly, Laodicean does not have her eyes upon the Man of Calvary.  She has her eyes on herself and her supposed achievements.  She views herself as rich, increased with goods, in need of nothing, and nothing includes the Man of Calvary!  May God help us in awakening at least some in the church to their serious condition is my incessant prayer. rb.

Thank you, brethren and sisters, for giving me the privilege of serving you for the past 45 years, and may God bless every one of you. 

Robert H. Pierson

Review and Herald,  October 26, 1978