Editor’s Note: In December 2018, the Upper Columbia Conference issued a statement against the group calling themselves “World Church Affirmation Sabbath” (WCAS). On January 7, 2019, the Texico Conference issued a statement condemning WCAS’ actions, and the Southwestern Union Conference issued a statement supporting the conference’s decision. These statements follow below in their entirety:
As the duly-constituted organizational unit of the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Texico Conference is authorized, and empowered, to implement the Church’s operational and missional initiatives within the territory of West Texas and New Mexico (excluding San Juan County). As members of the Executive Committee and administrative leaders, we affirm our belief in, and support for, the doctrines, fundamental beliefs and policies of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We are committed to sharing the Good News of the Three Angels’ Messages and to serving the needs of our communities with the compassion, and invitation, of Jesus.
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In the Texico Conference, we serve under the motto: Unity in Diversity, Partnership in Mission. While we recognize the diversity within our field, we must remain focused on faithfully serving each other in the spirit of Jesus’ prayer (John 17) that we may all be one, as He and the Father are one. At this time, we are facing a challenge to this unity, and we invite each of our members to join with us in prayerfully seeking the ‘unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace’.
We have become aware of a group of individuals known as “World Church Affirmation Sabbath” (WCAS). This group of laypersons, which originated in the Upper Columbia Conference in the Pacific Northwest, while claiming to “build up the church by participation of church members in presentations and talks designed to equip and bless the Conferences” has, in reality, caused disruption in a number of churches within the...
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