As many followers of Saved to Serve Ministry's truth-filled sermons and Bible studies will recall, prominent SDA historian, educator and author George Knight recently gave a public rejection of Christ's imminent return in a candid interview with Spectrum Magazine. In the ensuing article, titled "End-Time Events and the Last Generation: An Interview with Dr. George Knight,"
Mr. Knight is quoted as saying that, during a 30-year stint of teaching at Andrews University, "a great deal of [his] writing dealt with topics related to last generation theology and helping people see its fallacies."
A quick perusal of Spectrum's other articles dealing with George Knight will confirm that this is not the only point on which this powerful and influential man intentionally leads God's flock away from sacred truths.
(George Knight: Image 1)
For example, in another article published last autumn titled "George Knight Talks About Trying to Slow Ted Wilson's Crusade," he went on record to say that the Bible offers no guidance on women's ordination. While this view has already become prevalent within the church, it must be acknowledged that men like Mr. Knight, through their flagrant abuse of their positions, are the very instigators of this apostasy. Mr. Knight's dark sentences in that article betray a calculated attempt to cause people to doubt God’s Word. "None of the many studies that have been done can find where it is forbidden to ordain women. There are lots of arguments, but lots of problems with all of those arguments. There is simply no clear Biblical teaching that only men should be ordained. I believe the majority of our church members are willing to follow Scripture. But study after study has demonstrated that you cannot prove it is wrong to ordain women in Scripture."
Here, Mr. Knight uses his authority as a SDA theologian and educator to give church members a distorted account of what the Bible says while suggesting that these people are willing to follow [his false interpretation of] Scripture. This is a tactic used to usurp individual conscience in religious matters, and faithful, Bible-believing Christians must beware of wolves masquerading in sheep’s clothing even (and especially) in the church. “There will be, even among us, hirelings and wolves in sheep's clothing who will persuade [some of] the flock of God to sacrifice unto other gods before the Lord.... Youth who are not established, rooted and grounded in the truth, will be corrupted and drawn away by the blind leaders of the blind; and the ungodly, the despisers that wonder and perish, who despise the sovereignty of the Ancient of Days, and place on the throne a false god, a being of their own defining, a being altogether such an one as themselves—these agents will be in Satan's hands to corrupt the faith of the unwary.”
Are there ways that we might more readily identify these wolves in sheep’s clothing? The Bible, first and foremost, tells us in Matthew 7:16 and 20 that by their fruits we shall know them. In the above-quoted statements from George Knight, we have already gotten a fair glimpse of his fruits through his words. These are surely bad fruits. However, there may also be some other outward manifestations of his other fruits that we should be on the lookout for. In the picture at the top of this article, we see that the subject has assumed a very contrived pose in which his hand rests against his face with his index finger extended upwards towards his temple. While this might look stylish and handsome to some, it must be considered that it doesn’t look natural. How many of us, when posing for a portrait, would put our hands in our face? Not many, to be sure.
Perhaps there is a hidden meaning in this pose, and Mr. Knight is trying to reveal his affiliation with a secret society. At the risk of this sounding like unfounded conspiracy theory, please consider that this pose didn’t happen by pure chance. In fact, a simple Internet search for images of George Knight brought up one of his published books, on the professionally photographed cover of which the subject is once again carefully posed in exactly the same way.
(Adventist Maverick: Image 2)
Further Internet searches for people striking this pose brought up many relevant results featuring other powerful and influential men, many of whom are known to be (or to have been) Freemasons. Among the more interesting and even iconic images resulting from these searches were those of Malcolm X (and actor Denzel Washington posing as Malcom X), Leonard Nimoy, and various business moguls.
(Malcolm X: Image 3)
(How to Join Freemasonry: Image 4)
In addition to photographs of human subjects, the search results also yielded a drawing showing a man holding his hand to his face with his index finger extended to his temple. This image, curiously, comes from wikiHow’s “How to Join Freemasonry” page, which has been viewed over 840,000 times and appears to have its contents based on legitimate Masonic sources. One of these sources, the Masonic Lodge of Education, even features a book titled “The Masonic Wife,” which has as its cover a woman assuming this tell-tale pose.
(The Masonic Wife: Image 5)
One would think by now that the pose in question is one of the most obvious outward signs of a person aligned with Freemasonry. It is, after all, apparently used rather consistently in publicizing Freemasonry, as shown in the previous two examples.
On a seemingly unrelated topic, as Saved to Serve’s young evangelists, Jared and Richard, recently uncovered, Florida Hospital Orlando (a Seventh-day Adventist Institution) is actively in the business of preparing and selling pork for patients and visitors and peddling Harry Potter and Pope Francis children’s books. The video evidence of these practices is impossible to refute. Furthermore, their Website states that their own staff chaplains “are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide spiritual guidance through prayer, ritual, sacrament, or help our patients connect to their religious communities.” This seems to suggest the very real possibility that self-proclaimed Seventh-day Adventist chaplains may in fact be administering the Eucharist. The SDA Church, to be clear, has nothing to do with sacrament, so to speak, in the sense that the Roman Catholic Church does. Seventh-day Adventists believe in baptism by submersion and in partaking of the Lord’s Supper, not in “baptizing” babies (who haven’t made a personal decision for Christ) by the sprinkling of holy water or in magically creating God through transubstantiation (in the form of the host and alcoholic wine) and consuming the literal flesh and blood of Christ.
Behind all of these decisions to run Florida Hospital in a way that fully conforms to worldly standards and expectations while trampling underfoot God’s standards for our health institutions, there are powerful men and women in board rooms … men and women who must be held to account for their decisions. Taking a look at the profiles of Florida Hospital’s board members, we can see that Brent G. Snyder, Esq. has taken care to be photographed while striking the now-familiar Freemasonic pose.
The author of this article makes no claim that Mr. Snyder, Mr. Knight, or anyone else mentioned in this article is in fact a Freemason, as only God knows for certain. “Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men). (1 Kings 8:39)
The intention is rather to appeal to readers to prayerfully ask God to help them more clearly discern the fruits of the men and women in positions of leadership within our church and its various institutions. If such a person makes gestures like the one highlighted in this article, but his or her fruits are otherwise good, then think nothing of it; however, when these strange gestures are made repeatedly—especially in controlled situations—and they coincide with bad fruits (unscriptural teachings and heresies), then you may have good cause to suspect that a wolf may be in your midst. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:6–8)
(Brent G. Snyder: Image 6)
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Jason E. Stevens
Jason Stevens is an American expatriate living in Central Finland with his wife and their three children. He was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1982, but only became an active and practicing Christian when he discovered Saved to Serve Ministry a few short years ago on his long and convoluted path to the foot of the cross. He works in the field of higher education as a senior lecturer at a local university, and his interests include technical
writing and media creation as well as recreational (non-competitive) ice hockey and running.
Jason enjoys reading the Bible and tracking current events, and frequently writes articles and social media posts to share the gospel with others. His hope is that someday soon, by God’s grace, he’ll find an effective way to establish the work of evangelism in Finland. The Lord has given him many personal victories and he longs for others to experience the power and the peace that come only as a result of having a personal relationship with the Creator, our Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.