seventh day adventist church

Roch Thériault was a Canadian cult leader who displayed horrific abuses of his power. While originally his teachings stemmed from the Seventh Day Adventist church he would eventually forbid his followers from contact with the church and with their own family. He would call his followers the ‘Ant Hill Kids’, describing the work they did for him as similar to that of ants in an ant hill. At his height he had 12 adults and 22 children following him, fathering the majority of the children himself.

His abuse of his followers was particularly sadistic. While he isolated his followers from the outside world and any social supports - as is typical of cult behaviour - he became more creative with his abuses. He would beat those who wanted to leave the commune, using belts and hammers, as well as hanging his victims from the ceiling and plucking off body hairs one by one. His punishments continuously escalated, to having his followers break their own legs with sledgehammers, sitting on hot stoves, consuming dead rodents and fecal matter, to instructing followers to cut off each others toes in a show of loyalty. His many children were not protected from his abuses, their were held over fires, nailed to trees while other children threw stones at them and were repeatedly sexually abused.

He also claimed to be able to heal his followers through surgeries. When one of his female followers, Solange Boilard, complained of abdominal pain he took it upon himself to surgically treat the problem. Thériault inserted a plastic tube into her anus to give her an enema consisting of molasses and olive oil, before proceeding to slice open her abdomen and rip a portion of her intestines out with his bare hands. He had another follower stitch Boilard closed and she died the next day. The abuse of Boilard did not stop there, however, as he also claimed to have the power of resurrection. He bore a hole into the dead woman’s skull and ejaculated into it, instructing his male followers to do the same.

Another woman, named Gabrielle Lavallée, survive the horrific abuse that she was subjected to. Having fled the commune and returned she had not only a finger amputated, but her entire arm. Thériault later smashed her in the head with an axe and cut off portions of her breast. She once again fled, and Thériault was apprehended and sentenced to life imprisonment for his many horrific crimes. 

When A Pastor Comes Out As Loving

A straight pastor is here attending to be intentional with his love and engage the LGBT community. He told us a story of a woman who came out to him. The arguments they had, the constant debates, and their struggles.

He said “Her most powerful apologetic was her love and grace for us. She left the church and she challenged me to wrestle with to my faith.”

He paused ashamed.

“I’m returning from this conference to tell my church I have changed." 

This is church

When I met with the pastor after the session he said that wasn’t his entire story.

5 months ago, he was listening to the song same love on the radio and asked his son if he knew the artist. His son said yes, it’s Mackelmore. He then asked his religious father knew what it was about. The pastor responded to his son that his views had changed.

"I came out to my son as supportive and loving of lgbt people. As soon as I did, my son came out to me as gay. It took me to come out as loving for him to come out as gay”

This is hope.

His wife was next to him and listening to her husband talk. She piped in saying that her husband has been on a journey as a pastor theologically diving deep into scripture on what the Bible says and doesn’t say about homosexuality. She said she feels so far behind compared to him in her own studies but she told me

“You know what– I don’t really care about the theology. I just want my son to know he is loved. God loves him. I love him, no matter what. I don’t care if he’s gay, I love him" 

This is love.

HUNDREDS OF REASONS NOT TO BE RELIGIOUS#246

Religious people do not care how much they hurt people in the pursuit of the objectives to force others to abide by religious rules. The attempt to defund Planned Parenthood will destroy basic healthcare for many poor women, but the “Christians” doing it simply do not care. Poor women are simply collateral damage in the war to make America a Christian nation.

jinnazah  asked:

hey, so! i live in yeg, and received an invite in my mailbox to a series of lectures by Tim Roosenberg. the content of the lectures is re: how Islam is going to bring about the end of the world, and how all the Good, Pure Christians will save us! the lectures are from Oct. 27-Nov 5. with bill 62 and whatnot, i just feel it's important to point out that racism and islamaphobia is still alive and active in Canada, and anyone who says otherwise is either white or deluding themselves

yeg = Edmonton, Alberta.

Continued:

the lectures are sponsored by “Christ the Way Seventh-Day Adventist Church” and will be hosted at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. i can send shots of the flyer, it’s covered in pictures of isis and the pope and even trump lmfao

i think the whole thing is so indicative on just how much white+Christian Canadians still don’t want to accept Muslims into the mainstream. additionally, i find that being sponsored by the Church is so hypocritical bc you can’t even imagine the uproar if a Mosque tried to do the same! not that any mosque would spread hateful rhetoric, that seems to be the Church’s job

Mod Adelaide

Hi! I’m Adelaide (they/them)! I’m so excited to be a new addition to this group. I’m a practicing Seventh-Day Adventist, which mostly just means I go to church on Saturday. I’m also studying art at a local community college right now, and I’m working through the end of my first semester.

I feel so blessed to be able to expand my ministry in this way, and I definitely look forward to y'all’s questions!

anonymous asked:

Some spooky Seventh Day Adventist prophecies: "Meat should not be placed before our children. Grains and fruits prepared free from grease, and in as natural a condition as possible, should be the food for the tables." Ellen White, Testimonies for the Church (1909) "Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men." Ellen White (1909)

I have always been a huge fan of Seventh Day Adventists.  The history of Ellen White & her visions is fascinating.  

https://nonsda.org/study11.shtml

“It was at the house of Brother A. Hilliard, at Otsego, Michigan, June 6, 1863, That the great subject of health Reform was opened before me in vision. … The Lord presented a general plan before me. I was shown that God would give to His commandment-keeping people a reform diet…”1

In the years following the “vision” the Whites and other SDA leaders introduced various health reforms into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Rather than being “new and innovative”, the Whites merely introduced to their followers many of the popular health reforms of that era that had been taught and were being taught by non-Adventists such as Dr. James Jackson, John Wesley, Sylvester Graham, and Mormon prophet Joseph Smith.

“Those who use flesh meats freely, do not always have an unclouded brain and an active intellect, because the use of the flesh of animals tends to cause a grossness of body, and to benumb the finer sensibilities of the mind. ... It is impossible for those who make free use of flesh meats to have an unclouded brain and an active intellect.” (p. 389)

I don’t think it took an act of god to figure this one out :)  societal observation puts me at odds with meat brains all too often.  :)

A FEW TRUE EQUATIONS

Here are a few true equations that religious people ignore.

Childhood Cancer = Death of Child
Childhood Cancer + Prayer = Death of Child
Childhood Cancer + Prayer + Modern Medicine = Cure
Childhood Cancer + Modern Medicine = Cure

Notice that the presence or absence of prayer does not not change the results!

anonymous asked:

Hello :) I have a question. I'm a seventh day Adventist(at least that's what my mom told me the church we went to is. Not sure what any of it means tbh like catholic, Adventist and stuff like that. And don't go often unfortunately) and I was wondering if confession is mandatory for every Christian or is that only a catholic thing. I pray every night that God forgives my sins and tell him how remorseful I am but is that enough?

Hello!

Protestants do not have Confession, but Catholics do and yes, it is necessary in ordinary circumstances (Read more about that here). Jesus gave the Apostles power to forgive sins. 

“Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven” (Matthew 18:18 DRA1899).

“But all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Christ; and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18 DRA1899).

CCC 1440 Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church.

The early Christians believed in this Sacrament and so should all Christians today.

“Confess your sins in church, and do not go up to your prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of life… . On the Lord’s Day gather together, break bread, and give thanks, after confessing your transgressions so that your sacrifice may be pure” (Didache 4:14, 14:1 [A.D. 70]).

“Priests have received a power which God has given neither to angels nor to archangels. It was said to them: ‘Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose, shall be loosed.’ Temporal rulers have indeed the power of binding; but they can only bind the body. Priests, in contrast, can bind with a bond which pertains to the soul itself and transcends the very heavens. Did [God] not give them all the powers of heaven? ‘Whose sins you shall forgive,’ he says, ‘they are forgiven them; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.’ What greater power is there than this? The Father has given all judgment to the Son. And now I see the Son placing all this power in the hands of men” (John Chrysostom, The Priesthood 3:5 [A.D. 387]). 

Catholic Answers has an article about Seventh-day Adventist beliefs and you can read it here. You can read an article about Confession here.

Also, here is a quote from that article:

“Why would a person wish to overcome their sins alone when they have the God-given power of the apostles’ successors at their disposal?”

You should also read this one about why all Christians should be Catholic. I highly encourage you to use Catholic Answers as a resource to learn more about the Catholic Faith. If you have any other questions, I’m here!

I hope this helps! God bless!

Ad Jesum per Mariam,

María de Fátima

lainey-99  asked:

Hi just discovered you on YouTube... You're pretty awesome! Is is true you were an Adventist? Do you think any of what they believe is truthful? It's cool if you don't reply back just wanted to say hey and I started following you 😋

Yes, I was a Seventh Day Adventist till I was 11 years old… sometimes attended church up till age 15 when I visited my dad…

Originally posted by seeing-aliens

I have to wonder just how many of those supporting Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses based on her religious objection to same-sex couples marrying would support a Quaker government official who refused to issue them gun permits based on a religious commitment to pacifism?
— 

Jon Davidson, Lambda Legal Director

An excellent point (one rarely finds excellent points in American public discourse these days). Those who believe this clerk is violating the law by refusing to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples would similarly have to demand that one refusing to issue gun permits based on religious objections would have to “do their job”, even if opposed to guns.

And Quakers are not the only Christians who take Jesus’s teaching of absolute pacifism seriously. Mennonites, the Amish, Christadelphians, and Seventh Day Adventists are also among the “peace churches”, historically anyway…