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Seventh-day Adventist General Conference President Ted Wilson Publicly Challenged

Does Ted Wilson Truly Believe That We Should "Take the Scriptures as they read.” or Does He Only Teach This Concerning The Scriptures That Do Not Challenge The Doctrines  He Has Believed In And Taught All Of His Life?

Below is quoted from Ted Wilson's address “GO FORWARD” General Conference Sabbath Sermon - July 3, 2010

""Seventh-day Adventist Church members, hold your leaders, pastors, local churches, educators, institutions, and administrative organizations accountable to the highest standards of belief based on a literal understanding of Scripture. Utilize wonderful resources such as the Biblical Research Institute’s new book on hermeneutics that helps us know the correct way to interpret the Scriptures.

Again we read in Selected Messages, Book 1, on p. 170, “We must be careful lest we misinterpret the Scriptures. The plain teachings of the Word of God are not to be so spiritualized that the reality is lost sight of. Do not overstrain the meaning of sentences in the Bible in an effort to bring forth something odd in order to please the fancy. Take the Scriptures as they read.”"

Commentary On The Above Ted Wilson Quote...

Does Ted really believe that we should "Take the Scriptures as they read.” or is he just saying this to win the confidence of and give false hope to the "conservative" but naive sect of Adventism?  Do you really believe that Ted intends to spearhead a Biblical revival in the Seventh-day Adventist church? Only time will tell but for good reason this writer has serious reservation concerning the intentions of Ted Wilson's "revival".

Hermeneutics = Hermes = God of The Underworld = Satan
Biblical Hermeneutics = Satan's Twist On Scripture

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In his speech Ted Wilson told us to "Utilize wonderful resources such as the Biblical Research Institute’s new book on hermeneutics that helps us know the correct way to interpret the Scriptures."

The root of the word "hermeneutics" is "Hermes". According to wicapedia Hermes is the "guide to the Underworld"

Is Ted trying to beguile us of our reward of salvation by teaching us to follow the " god of the Underworld"?

Why Should we consult with the Jesuit controlled Biblical Research Institute’s new book on hermeneutics? Shouldn't we simply go directly to the word of Elohim and read what it says and do what it says? I mean honestly, if there is going to be a revival of primitive godliness among Yah's professed people why should we go to a bunch of Hermes worshippers to learn how to obey and follow the God of Scripture? Sounds to me like Wilson is using a stealthy, forked tongue tactic on Yahuwah's unsuspecting children.

In effect Wilson says "Follow the word of God as interpreted by Satan/the god of the Underworld/Hermes!"

Bunch of double talk if I ever heard it!!

Articles On Hermes


Museum Collection: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples, Italy
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Type: Fresco, Imperial Roman
Context: Pompeii
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Period: Imperial Roman

Hermes (Mercury) is portrayed as a bearded god with enlarged phallus, winged sandals and caduceus wand.

"Take the Scriptures as they read.” Oh Really?!

One verse in particular comes to mind that is completely spiritualized by most every Seventh-day Adventists including Ted Wilson. Here it is.

"Therefore let us keep the feast"

"Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth." 1 Corinthians 5:8

The primary reason I call your attention to  1 Corinthians 5:8 is simply because I know that Ted Wilson does NOT "take" 1 Corinthians 5:8 as it reads but sadly he completely spiritualizes the passage and ignores the plain, on the surface meaning which is to  "keep the feast" of unleavened bread just as the apostle Paul did with his Gentile,  Philippian converts.

"And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days."  Acts 20:6  

     "At Philippi Paul tarried to keep the Passover. Only Luke remained with him, the other members of the company passing on to Troas to await him there. The Philippians were the most loving and truehearted of the apostle's converts, and during the eight days of the feast he enjoyed peaceful and happy communion with them."  {AA 390.4}

By rejecting the obvious, on the surface meaning of 1 Corinthians 5:8 Ted Wilson as well as 99.9% of the conference employed clergy, theologians, professors and administration not only refuse to enter into salvation themselves but rather hinder those who would dare to enter into salvation by obeying the plain word of Elohim.

"Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." Luke 11:52

Obviously Paul in 1 Corinthians 5:8 is writing about the keeping of the feast of unleavened bread as commanded by God in Leviticus 23 but sadly Elder Ted Wilson will NOT "take the Scriptures as they read" on this particular verse but rather interprets this verse to mean that we are NOT to keep the feast.

This reminds me of what the typical Sunday keeper does with the Sabbath. They spiritualize the weekly sabbath away into nothingness because they fear that if they did confess the obvious on the surface meaning of Scripture their popularity and financial well being would be jeopardized and or spiral downward rapidly. In other words, Elder Wilson does not have faith in the Word of God but only pays it lip service just like the Sunday keeping preachers do.

This disgusting manifestation of a lack of faith and back bone in the Seventh-day Adventist leadership brings to mind a critical passage of Scripture that places "the fearful" in the same category as "sorcerers" and "all liars".

"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 21:8

Then to top it off the Seventh-day Adventist structure wallows in the sin of observing pagan festivals such as Christmas and Easter from the General Conference president on down to the lowliest member of the SDA church. All this because they are either too lazy to investigate the matter for themselves or because they simply place too much trust in the leadership of the SDA corporate structure.

"But beware of rejecting that which is truth. The great danger with our people has been that of depending upon men, and making flesh their arm. Those who have not been in the habit of searching the Bible for themselves, or weighing evidence, have confidence in the leading men, and accept the decisions they make, and thus many will reject the very messages Elohim sends to his people, if these leading brethren do not accept them." {GW92 126.4}

Ted Wilson is without excuse in rejecting the annual feast days. The Scripture encourages not only by commanding us to keep the feast days but also by the worthy example of the Apostles who continued to observe the feast days after the cross until the day they died.

There is absolutely NO excuse for a Seventh-day Adventist in taking the position that the weekly feast day (Sabbath) is still binding while the annual feast days were "nailed to the cross" and those who believe and teach such things do so at the peril of their own salvation as well as those who are foolish enough to follow their misleading.

Sister White quoted from Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing (1896)....

""Whosoever shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:19.

That is, he shall have no place therein. For he who willfully breaks one commandment, does not, in spirit and truth, keep any of them. "Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." James 2:10."" {MB 51.2}

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

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Nathan M Jones May 4 at 10:35pm Report
This is an excerpt from an article that has been shared with me and a number of friends. I think that a writer who stirs up such controversy; making such acusations, should be answered without delay.
It is not my purpose to contend with the writer of this article, but to contend against its logic.
The apparent purpose of this article was to undermine the confidence of God's people in the leader He chose for His end time church. However, the accusations are thin, and do not bear the weight of thorough investigation.

The writer begins by highlighting the word "hermeneutics" from Pastor Wilson's speech. On this one word, he bases his entire argument. He goes on to say that the root of the word hermeneutic is "Hermes", god of the underworld. Now, it is important to note that just because a word has a historically pagan root does not make the word evil, nor does it condemn the things to which it is applied in modern use. However, I wanted to look deeper into the etymology of the word 'hermeneutic', in order to have a complete understanding.
First I checked the Online Etymology Dictionary.

"interpretive," 1670s, from Gk. hermeneutikos "interpreting," from hermeneutes "interpreter," from hermeneuein "to interpret," considered ultimately a derivative of Hermes, as the tutelary divinity of speech, writing, and eloquence. Cf. hermetic. Related: Hermeneutical; hermeneutics." (

So hermeneutic comes from the Greek word hermeneutikos, which means "interpreting"! Deep within the "lineage" of the word, we find that it is derived from Hermes. But does this make the word an evil word? Does this mean that using hermeneutics is applying Satan's interpretation to scripture?

What does the Bible say about all this? The NT was written in greek. Paul often talks about interpreting and interpretation. If it were found that Paul used hermeneutic, then we would have two choices. Either follow the logic of John Edward's article to its conclusion and say that Paul encouraged the church to use Satan's interpretation, or we would uphold the Bible as the inspired Word of God and admit that John Edward's article must be in error.

So let us discover what the Bible says. In 1 Cor 12:10, Paul talks about the spiritual gifts, gifts sent from God to his church. Among those gifts is the interpretation of tongues. Guess what word Paul uses? He uses the word "hermeneia", a "Hermes" based word. Again we find the word used in 1 Cor 14:26.
From this we can conclude that there is no great evil in the word hermeneutics, based on its root. The Bible itself exposes this falacy. Therefore, the conclusion of consistent reasoning is that John Edward's article is quite mistaken.

In these last days, it is important that all men study for themselves to know of the doctrine. God has been leading mightily in His church of late, and Satan is angry. There will be those who would seek to weaken our confidence in the men God has chosen to lead the church. These are men who seek genuine revival and the hastening of Christ's return. Satan will do anything to hinder this work, so let us pray without ceasing for its accomplishment.

John Edward responds...

John Vega May 8 at 11:49am
That is one way of looking at the term "Hermeneutics". Of course, no one, not even the link you provided at the end of the weak refutation of my article denies that the term "hermeneutics" has it's roots in the ancient god of the underworld Hermes who traces his roots back to the man Ham, Noah's cursed son.

But that is besides the point that my article PRIMARY focuses upon. If we take the Scripture just as it reads then we will not be able to place Hermes's spin on the Scripture of 1Corinthians 5:8

"Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth."

Scripture must be used to interpret Scripture. If we do a search of the phrase "keep the feast" we see that 6 of the 7 places where this phrase is mentioned is a direct, plain, on the surface commandment to do exactly that and "keep the feat" but then suddenly the theologians decide that when the apostle Paul mentions the term "keep the feast" the suspiciously attempt to spiritualize the meaning of the verse making the plain one the surface meaning on no effect.

here are the other 6 passages that use the term "keep the feats"

"Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)" Exodus 23:15

"And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give [unto the LORD thy God], according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:" Deut 16:10

"And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation." 2 Chronicle 30:13

"And it shall come to pass, [that] every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles." 14:16

"And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that [have] no [rain]; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles." Zechariah 14:18

"This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles." Zechariah14:19

you seem to miss the main point of my article Nathan

The main point is that the plain reading of the text in 1 Cor 5:8 is completely ignored by the Adventist theologians. So when Ted Wilson says "Seventh-day Adventist Church members, hold your leaders, pastors, local churches, educators, institutions, and administrative organizations accountable to the highest standards of belief based on a literal understanding of Scripture" he himself obviously does not take "a literal understanding of Scripture" and neither do the theologians when they interpret 1 Cor 5:8. They make the text say the exact opposite of what it actually says.

This is why I have chosen to take on the traditional understanding of the term hermeneutics and trace is origin back to the root which is dark and not of the God of heaven but of the god of the underworld who desires to twist Scripture and make it so that only the trained hermeneutics professors can read and interpret the Scripture while rendering the plain on the surface meaning of the text totally void.

Bottom line is that they attempt to use high sounding terms like hermeneutics and claim to read the Scripture literally but in reality they do anything but that when it comes to interpreting Scripture that teaches the continuity of the feast days from old to new covenant. Rather, they teach that what Paul really meant is that we are NOT to keep the feast of unleavened bread.. So this is why I reject their vein philosophy and theological hermenutic training.

There is lots of fanaticism in the feast movement. It is hard to take a stand for these issues (the feat days) without being labeled a fanatic and consequently being ostracized by fellow Adventists.. and then when ostracized we can easily become overly focused upon particulars of the Adventist message rather than the message at large. This is what most call fanaticism and I agree with this definition.

I myself attempt to maintain balance by attending services occasionally and by staying in touch with fellow Adventists as well as watching Adventist programming on 3ABN, hope, amazing fact, llbn, amazing discoveries.. but this does not make me forget the personal revelation of Yah's love to me by allowing my spiritual eyes to be opened to His matchless love and how He has so graciously grafted me into His special family holy day celebration system listed in Lev 23.

I'm very excited about these celebrations and truly believe them to be a great and wonderful gift to His children to help them remain distinct from those who do not serve Him.

It greatly saddens me that the SDA church has so terribly neglected these wonderful opportunities by teaching their members that they were nailed to the cross and done away with.. It sickens me that they do not help call the people out of the Babylonian holiday system and complete the three angels message.



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