By AT News Team, November 15, 2013
It is unprecedented, according to the official Adventist News Network bulletin. Pastor Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference (GC) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has released a video "state of the Church" message on the Internet, taking his goals and concerns directly to Church members. Traditionally this message has been presented as a Sabbath sermon during the annual meeting of the GC executive committee.
Wilson thanked God for the rapid growth of the movement which began in the late 1840s with a few hundred people and now includes an estimated 25 million adherents in more than 70,000 local congregations operating in all but a handful of nations. He restated his top goal of "revival" and shared again a quotation from Ellen G. White, the woman who was the most prominent of leader in the formation of the denomination; "A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs."
Wilson listed four key concerns: (1) a loss of a sense of identity as a unique prophetic movement; (2) changes in traditional norms related to "diet and dress, recreation and amusement, and Sabbath-keeping;" (3) "the danger of disunity;" and (4) apathy and lack of involvement by many members. He stated that God has given the denomination a "divinely inspired organization" and "mutual agreements called church policies" and appealed to members "lay aside personal opinion" and support denominational policies and structures.
"Brothers and sisters, I appeal to you, as I appeal to my own heart, to make a full, complete, total consecration to Christ," Wilson ended his message. He then prayed for the denomination and others seeking the "truths of the Bible."
The entire, 40-minute video can be viewed and downloaded at this Web site: vimeo.com/79438041
This story is based, in part, on a bulletin from Adventist News Network (ANN), the official news service of the denomination.