A sad article appeared on The Christian Post October 27, 2019 recounting the experience of a former SDA Pastor, Ryan Bell, who abandoned his faith and became an atheist. Under the headline, “Former pastor Ryan Bell on why he abandoned his Christian faith: I gave it my best shot,” we read the following: “Ryan J. Bell, former pastor of the Hollywood Adventist Church in California, launched an experiment to live without God on New Year’s Eve in 2013 after preaching for 20 years. A year later, he concluded that God did not exist. Five years into that decision, he admits that for a while he missed Christianity, but not anymore.”1 Another Christian Post article, in the context of individuals leaving the church and leaving Christianity all together states, “Nobody has given me a compelling reason to return to church.”2 Ryan Bell, is not the first Seventh day-Adventist Pastor to leave the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and unfortunately he certainly is not the last.
Another influential Seventh-day Adventist “pastor” that has left and has gone on to other pursuits is Alicia Johnston who came out as bi-sexual. Spectrum News reports, “Adventist pastor Alicia Johnston comes out as bi announces resignation.” “Johnston is not the first LGBT Adventist to resign from full-time ministry and will likely not be the last. However, she is the first Adventist pastor to publicly share a coming out story through video. Her message was received with statements of affirmation and support on social media.”3 She most certainly was not the last as many others have done the same. For more information on SDA pastors and people leaving the faith of Jesus, please view the embedded video.
An Open Letter: Many Leaving SDA Church becoming Infidels, Babylonians & Atheists. Compelling Reasons to Return & Remain. Give Them Something Better!
“It is of little use to try to reform others by attacking what we may regard as wrong habits. Such effort often results in more harm than good. In His talk with the Samaritan woman, instead of disparaging Jacob's well, Christ presented something better. "If thou knewest the gift of God." He said, "and who it is that saith to thee, Give Me to drink; thou wouldst have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water." He turned the conversation to the treasure He had to bestow, offering the woman something better than she possessed, even living water, the joy and hope of the gospel. This is an illustration of the way in which we are to work. We must offer men something better than that which they possess, even the peace of Christ, which passeth all understanding. We must tell them of God's holy law the transcript of His character, and an expression of that which He wishes them to become. Show them how infinitely superior to the fleeting joys and pleasures of the world is the imperishable glory of heaven. Tell them of the freedom and rest to be found in the Saviour.”4
“So it should be now. The people of the world are worshiping false gods. They are to be turned from their false worship, not by hearing denunciation of their idols, but by beholding something better. God's goodness is to be made known. ‘Ye are My witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.’ Isaiah 43:12.”5
For more compelling reasons to return to and remain in the truth, view the embedded video.
White, Ellen. The Ministry of Healing (1905), page 156.4
White, Ellen. Christ’s Object Lessons (1900), page 299