Editor’s Note: This week the North German Union and South German Union presidents issued a joint statement in response to the General Conference’s latest documents and creation of five compliance committees. The response from the German Unions originally appeared on the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Germany’s website. An English translation follows:
The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (ADCOM) voted and published on Tuesday, July 17, two documents1 recommended by the Unity Oversight Committee that will be submitted to the Executive Committee in October 2018 for acceptance.
Documents - Church - Process - Unions - Associations
The documents describe a church legal process for Unions, associations and/or their leaders who are not in conformity with our rules or beliefs.
In addition, we learned from an unofficial source (Spectrum magazine) that at the same time a whole system of so-called "Compliance Committees" had been set up, to which the ADCOM (GC Administrative Committee) gave far-reaching authorizations. Each of these "Compliance Committees" is staffed by about a dozen people, almost all of whom are church employees.
Regards - Documents - Establishment - Compliance - Committees
As regards the documents and the establishment of the “Compliance Committees,” we respond as follows:
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a worldwide church, the foundation of which are the local churches. In order to lead a universal Church, we have therefore given ourselves a representative system to guide the Church as an organization and as a community of believers. In the recent initiative of the world church leadership, we see a threatening development towards a hierarchical church structure, which we will resolutely oppose.
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The Church is based on the call of Jesus to man: "Come and follow me" (Mark 2:15, 10:21, John 1:43, 12:26). Thus, every person is encouraged to enter into a personal relationship with God.
The ‘yes’ of man to God is a free decision and first describes a relationship of trust between two persons: God and man.
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