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The Seventh-day Adventist Corporation

“When a religion is good, I conceive that it will support itself; and when it cannot
support itself, and God does not take care to support it, so that it’s professors are
obliged to call for the help of the civil power, it is a sign, I say, of its being a bad one.”
– Benjamin Franklin to Richard Price, 9 Oct. 1780 Writings 8:153--54

John Vega

With or without the permission of any man or corporation I, Freeman John Edward of the family of Vega am a 5th generation Seventh-day Adventist on my Mother's side of the family. If I titled myself anything else I would be a liar and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire. To deny this name, for me, would be the same as denying the Messiah who gave this name to His remnant people that keep the commandments of Elohim, and have the faith of Yahushua. Revelation 14:12

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Revelation 21:7, 8

"The name Seventh-day Adventist carries the true features of our faith in front, and will convict the inquiring mind. Like an arrow from the Lord's quiver, it will wound the transgressors of God's law, and will lead to repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ." {FLB 304.5}

"Not by its name, but by its fruit, is the value of a tree determined. If the fruit is worthless, the name cannot save the tree from destruction." DA p.107

"We are not saved as a sect; no denominational name has any virtue to bring us into favor with God. We are saved individually as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ." -RH 02/10/1891

While I do not give my full endorsement to the letters below I do consider them worthy of our attention. One concern I have is concerning a conclusion drawn in the first letter which teaches that Seventh-day Adventists can conscientiosly surrender the name Seventh-day Adventist in order to avoid being persecuted and/or sued by the Seventh-day Adventist Corporation. It is my firm belief that we should never violate our God Given conscious under any circumstances, even if the price we pay is impoverishment, imprisonment or death. So I will maintain the name Seventh-day Adventist. Other than that, these letters are well worth reading as well as the links that are provided therein.

With that said, the following two letters are submitted for your consideration.

John Vega

Hello Friends,

A few thoughts on the "trade mark" persecution.

" In 1981, the Seventh-day Adventist Church General Conference Corporation acting for the church and as head of the church obtained a trademark registration for the name “Seventh-day Adventist” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, becoming the very first Protestant church denomination in America to appeal to the state for protection of her name."church and state sda




They immediately began to file suits against the small independent churches that had the name Seventh Day Adventist on their buildings or signs, or even the word, "Adventist".


 "The church’s first prosecution in 1986 with the case of former conference Pastor John Marik and the Kona, Hawaii Seventh-day Adventist Congregational Church, the GC proceeded to seek out and take to court other “rogue” bodies, and still continues her conquest today (Chandler, “Tiny Church”).


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 "Not by its name, but by its fruit, is the value of a tree determined. If the fruit is worthless, the name cannot save the tree from destruction." DA p.107


"We are not saved as a sect; no denominational name has any virtue to bring us into favor with God. We are saved individually as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ." -RH 02/10/1891

Jesus instructed His followers to>


Matthew 5:43 "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  
 5:44  "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;..." 


I would say that we need to take the whip out of the GC's hand.  Let them have the name and do not give them any opportunity to sue.


But, the other thing is that this  shows the whole world that the large church calling itself The Seventh Day Adventist Church, to be a "persecuting church"

and not the Church of Jesus Christ !  They pay no attention to the words of Jesus when He said in :


Mark 9:38  "And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

 9:39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me."


Who gave the General Conference the right to "trade mark" the name, Seventh Day Adventist and take little faithful Adventist Churches to the courts of the land and sue them and have them cast into prison ?


Did Jesus or His followers ever do such a thing ?  Never !  Jesus said all are free to teach in His Name and no one is to forbid them !  Is it "loving your neighbor as your self",  to sue him in court, have him pay the court costs and other fines, and thrown in prison if he is not able to comply ?


The Pastor of an independent church in Tennessee is at this very time in prison because the General Conference sued him and his church members because they refused to give up the name Seventh Day Adventist !  Now they are facing court costs of $100, 000, plus fines for every day they do not comply with the court order to stop using the name !


This is the Spirit of The Dragon, the spirit of Antichrist, a revival of the of the Catholic Inquisition ! 

The Church of Jesus, does not persecute  anyone !


We do not want to be a member of a church who persecutes the truly faithful Seventh Day Adventist, or the Catholics or anyone !


Yes, the General Conference are even suing a little Jewish Church called The Federation of Jewish Adventist Society, because they have the word, "Adventist" in their sign.

Notice again this warning from God's Holy Spirit !


"When the churches of our land, uniting upon such points of faith as are held by them in common, shall influence the State to enforce their decrees and sustain their institutions, then will Protestant America have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy. Then the true church will be assailed by persecution, as were God's ancient people. Almost every century furnishes examples of what bigotry and malice can do under a plea of serving God by protecting the rights of Church and State. Protestant churches that have followed in the steps of Rome by forming alliance with worldly powers have manifested a similar desire to restrict liberty of conscience. In the seventeenth century thousands of non-conformist ministers suffered under the rule of the Church of England. Persecution always follows religious favoritism on the part of secular governments. 279 {4SP 277.2}

This is only the beginning of what the General Conference will yet do with her "friend" , The Antichrist Pope and her harlot daughters !


Man Jailed for SDA name

(Inside story)


Original heading: Tennessee Pastor arrested in Loma Linda

By: David Olson


A six-year legal battle between the Seventh-day Adventist Church and a Tennessee pastor has landed nearly 2,000 miles away with the pastor sitting in the San Bernardino County Jail.


The Rev. Walter McGill was arrested Friday, July 13, outside Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists after someone called police to complain that McGill appeared to be preparing for a protest on church grounds, said San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.


“They wanted him removed from the property,” she said.


Sheriff’s deputies discovered that McGill was wanted on a federal warrant and he was taken to the county jail in San Bernardino, Bachman said.


McGill said in an interview a few hours before his arrest that he was planning to hold a news conference Sunday outside the Loma Linda church and turn himself in to U.S. marshals, who he expected may be waiting for him. If marshals were not there, McGill said he planned to travel to neighboring Redlands to surrender to police there.


“People find me a strange individual,” McGill said by phone Friday from a Southern California location he declined to disclose. “But I prayed and asked God what to do, and God told me to come to Loma Linda.”


The Loma Linda church is the largest Adventist congregation in the U.S.


McGill said he had been traveling around the country since April visiting Seventh-day Adventist churches to distribute fliers about his case.


McGill broke from the worldwide Adventist denomination more than two decades ago, citing doctrinal and other differences. He founded Creation Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1991. In 2006, the worldwide church sued McGill, alleging trademark infringement for using “Seventh-day Adventist.


The worldwide church won the suit, but, according to court documents, McGill refused to comply with a federal district court order to stop using the name. Newscasts from WBBJ-TV in Tennessee show workers ripping down Creation’s lettering from the church building in Guys, Tenn., in February, with an Adventist church attorney looking on, and Creation members putting the name back up in March.


In April, U.S. District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen in Tennessee found McGill and church member Lucan Chartier in contempt of court and issued arrest warrants. Breen fined the two $500 and directed the U.S. Marshals Service to jail them for up to 30 days.


In an email interview Saturday, Chartier, who was traveling in California with McGill, said he has not received official notice of the warrant, but said that if he does get one, he would surrender. Chartier said he and McGill first heard of the warrant on July 5.


Chartier said he has been unable to talk with McGill since his arrest but said the pastor had planned to visit the Loma Linda church on Friday to distribute fliers inviting people to Sunday’s planned news conference.


Chartier accused the worldwide Adventist church of trampling on the religious freedom of Creation members.


“What we have here is the Bible and the Constitution being shredded in the teeth of corporate religion and high-dollar churches, where enough money buys you the right to the name of a religion, and the power to put anyone who follows it without your approval in jail,” he said.


A statement released by the North American Adventist church said it did not want to shut down McGill’s ministry.


“However to falsely identify himself with an organization of which he is not a part, is not acceptable,” the statement said. “This false association confuses the public, media and at times our own members.”


Chartier said Creation Seventh-day Adventist Church views its name as divinely given.


“To cease using it would be to disregard the plain instructions of God,” he said.


McGill sees his church as faithfully adhering to early – and what he views as authentic – Adventist teaching, and the worldwide denomination as diverging from it, said Andrew Hanson, a senior news writer for the Riverside-based Adventist Today magazine who has researched Creation Seventh-day Adventist Church.


McGill likely will be returned to Tennessee now that he is in custody, Deputy U.S. Marshal Russell Kinard said from Tennessee.


-- Martein Rana Mondal
Servant of God





"In the last great conflict of the controversy with Satan those who are loyal to God will see every earthly support cut off. Because they refuse to break His law in obedience to earthly powers, they will be forbidden to buy or sell. It will finally be decreed that they shall be put to death. See Revelation 13:11-17. But to the obedient is given the promise, "He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure." Isaiah 33:16. By this promise the children of God will live. When the earth shall be wasted with famine, they shall be fed. "They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." Psalm 37:19. To that time of distress the prophet Habakkuk looked forward, and his words express the faith of the church: "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation." Habakkuk 3:17, 18. {DA 121.3}

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