Spiritual Formation infiltrates Adventist Church

"Most of leadership seems unconcerned when Spiritual Formation comes into our ranks like a flood in spite of the fact that it has its roots in Jesuitical spirituality" (Walter Veith, Open Letter of 5 Dec 2012 to Bruno Vertallier):

"Spiritual Formation is not a new idea or concept, and “a lot of Protestants are in the same boat—we are rediscovering it,” says Dr. Jon Dybdahl, president of Walla Walla College, an Adventist institution” (Wendi Rogers, ANN Feature: Church, Congregations Increase Focus on "Spiritual Formation", Adventist News Network, 3 Feb 2004), where

INTENSIVE PROMOTION OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION

"In July Pastor Alex Bryan introduced the new Associate Pastor, Emily M. Flottmann, who will be leading out in "Spiritual Formation"." (Walla Walla Church Members Open Letter to Robert Folkenberg dated 27 Oct 2011)

Dr. Bryan has a D.Min. in “Leadership and Spiritual Formationhttp://www.georgefox.edu/seminary/programs/dmin-lsf/index.html from the Quaker George Fox University. In the course of his studies, he found “you are adopting the principles you are incorporating” (Walter Veith, Brass for Gold, Repairing the Breach Series):

"In his sermon that day he used the words "Spiritual Formation, mysticism, mystical,” etc. At one time during the July sermon, he referred to Ellen G. White as a mystic and suggested that we should be reading from outside sources.”(Walla Walla Church Members Open Letter to Robert Folkenberg dated 27 Oct 2011)  

"IT ONLY TAKES A SPARK, TO GET A FIRE GOING"

Theology student Rostislav Bondarenko was seated in the audience, and he really liked this idea.

You see, Brother Bondarenko was into pornography (per Jenny Escobar, WWU Student Arrested on Child Porn Charges, The Collegian, 12 Apr 2012). "Don't we take that into our midst which should stay outside of our midst?" (Walter Veith, Brass for Gold, Repairing the Breach)

Brother Bondarenko did just that.  After Pastor Bryan's stirring sermon, he became emboldened, and started sharing his "outside sources" with his fellow students:

“College Place resident Rostislav Bondarenko was arrested Thursday, April 5, on felony charges of first-degree possession and dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. At the time of his arrest Bondarenko was attending WWU, majoring in theology”. (Jenny Escobar, WWU Student Arrested on Child Porn Charges, The Collegian, 12 Apr 2012)

This man had been on the fast track into ministry.

"How could it happen that apostasy could creep in, and he would fall from this height?" (Walter Veith, Brass for Gold, Repairing the Breach)

WOLF PACK OF FALSE TEACHERS SUBVERTS WORLD-LOVING WALLA WALLA

"For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not" (Titus 1:10,11, Holy Bible) -- right in Village Hall on the Walla Walla University campus:

"One of the oldest buildings still standing on campus, Village Hall is an ivy-covered icon of Walla Walla University. The building, with its castle-like tower, was built in 1920 as the campus church. It served as a church until 1971". (Walla Walla University Campus Theatre Venues, http://www.wallawalla.edu/life-at-wwu/wwudrama/locations/)

ROT SETS IN 

"But then the rot set in" (Walter Veith, Brass for Gold, Repairing the Breach), "when it became the headquarters for Walla Walla College drama" (Walla Walla University Campus Theatre Venues, http://www.wallawalla.edu/life-at-wwu/wwudrama/locations/), leading to a full Matthew 24:15 scenario where “the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet” is standing right “in the holy place”, since:  “Among the most dangerous resorts for pleasure is the theater. Instead of being a school of morality and virtue, as is so often claimed,

"CHRISTIAN EDUCATION" AT WALLA WALLA

it is the very hotbed of immorality. Vicious habits and sinful propensities are strengthened and confirmed by these entertainments. Low songs, lewd gestures, expressions, and attitudes, deprave the imagination and debase the morals. Every youth who habitually attends such exhibitions will be corrupted in principle" (Ellen White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, p 652):

PROPHECY FULFILLED

Well, Brother Bondarenko attended the theater presentations at Walla Walla, and "Authorities served search warrants at the College Place apartment". "A forensic search of the hard drives found that four of the devices contained child pornography," according to a College Place police report filed in court." (Trial date set in child porn case, Walla Walla Union Bulletin, 17 Apr 2012)

So what did school management do about all this?

MANAGEMENT WAS CONCERNED -- REALLY

"Protestantism was so full of wisdom, and discernment" (Walter Veith, Brass for Gold, Repairing the Breach):

“Because of the sensitive nature of these topics, the WWU administration was concerned with potential issues of how staging these issues may reflect our school's mission, especially due to the position the Adventist church traditionally takes regarding theatre.

AN IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION OF SEX CRIMES AND DEPRAVITY

Management even knew “there were some complaints regarding the material being presented during the Festival of the One Acts, material which discussed very seriously problems of rape, suicide, and child abuse.” (Bjorn Smars, Opinion Editor, Theatre: Academic Pursuit or Mindless Entertainment, The Collegian, 10 Nov 2011)

IMPRESSIONABLE MINDS TOOK NOTE

They decided that since “The youth who walk the streets are surrounded with handbills and notices of crime and sin, presented in some novel or to be acted at some theater”, they might as well offer the same experience to Walla Walla students, so that  

WALLA WALLA'S AGENDA 2011

“Their minds are educated into familiarity with sin” (per Ellen White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3, p 471):

"Most of the images Bondarenko allegedly shared depict sexual abuse of children by adults, children engaging in sexual activity with other children, and children posing nude in sexually explicit poses". (Trial date set in child porn case, Walla Walla Union Bulletin, 17 Apr 2012)

BROTHER BONDARENKO HADN'T LEFT THE CHURCH BY ANY MEANS

Mind you, on Sabbaths "he still worshiped the God he knew" (Walter Veith, Brass for Gold, Repairing the Breach), but right after sundown he got started on his "outside reading", thereby "setting aside God's requirements". (Walter Veith, Brass for Gold, Repairing the Breach)

Obviously, Brother Bondarenko was not the only scholar corrupted by this world-loving school. Village Hall theater shows play to capacity crowds.

In fact, “There are thousands upon thousands,

THE WALLA WALLA STUDENTS

millions upon millions, who are now making their decision for eternal life or eternal death. The man who is wholly absorbed in his counting room, the man who finds pleasure at the gaming table, the man who loves to indulge perverted appetite, the amusement lover, the frequenters of the theater and the ballroom, put eternity out of their reckoning.

MISSING OUT ON HEAVEN OVER A LOVE OF THE THEATER 

They are not in the procession that is moving heavenward. They are led by the great apostate, and with him will be destroyed.” (Ellen White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p 406)

But haven't these prophetic warnings been out there for years?

"It is still possible for the enemy to bring in his false teachings" (Walter Veith, Brass for Gold, Repairing the Breach):

"I enjoy eating animal flesh, and you know what I love more? The dissonance that I have to deal with, knowing that an animal involuntarily died just so I could eat my overcooked burger" (Eric Weber, The Path Less Traveled, Walla Walla University newspaper The Collegian, 3 Nov 2013),  "and then he had no control over his passions anymore" (Walter Veith, Brass for Gold, Repairing the Breach):

GRADUATES FROM WALLA WALLA SPIRITUAL FORMATION PROGRAM

"It’s about time everybody gets ready because I’m like Oprah on a donut binge: unstoppable. So, all of you veggie, vegan, earth-lovers have fun. I’m gonna go set a tree on fire because I can." (Eric Weber, The Path Less Traveled, Walla Walla University newspaper The Collegian, 3 Nov 2013)

BUT THE LORD'S MERCY ENDURES

"Its interesting that every time that apostasy starts creeping in, God sends a prophet". (Walter Veith, Brass for Gold, Repairing the Breach)  In this case, Dr. Walter J. Veith of South Africa.

Be sure to check out his Repairing the Breach series.


RELATED READING:

Spiritual Formation Sex Scientists respond to Veith Allegations

Clifford Goldstein's War against God's Church

One Project Theology of Sex / Remnant infiltrated by Rome's theologies

Roman Catholic Revival / "Spiritual Formation" at the Gathering 



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