Spiritual Formation at SDA Theological Seminary / Roy Gane, Denis Fortin

"Recently, the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and Andrews University have been under scrutiny for offering courses in spiritual formation to their students." (Denis Fortin, Dean, SDA Theological Seminary, Teaching Biblical Spirituality, http://www.andrews.edu/sem/response.html)

"MADE IN ROME"

"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)

WHAT IS "JESUIT SPIRITUALITY"?

The Jesuit Order is
"the largest, most progressive and gay-friendly religious order in the Church." (Ben Brenkert, Confessions of a Gay Jesuit: How I Was Forced To Leave My Church—And Calling, The Daily Beast, 25 Feb 2015)

JESUIT SPIRITUALITY AT THE SDA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

"This idea of orientation as sin was firmly rejected" -- "he would not have a problem with an LGBT individual rising to the highest possible position within the Church".
  (Roy Gane cited in Alisa Williams, Andrews University Faculty Reflect on the Cape Town Summit, Spectrum, 24 Apr 2014)

"Seventh-day Adventists are naturally concerned about this new trend" (Denis Fortin, Dean, SDA Theological Seminary, Teaching Biblical Spirituality, http://www.andrews.edu/sem/response.html):  "There is one last area that comes to mind that needs more careful articulation and that is the biblical texts that, at least on the face of it, are very much against same sex relationships. In some circles these are known as the “hate texts.”"   (Dave Thomas, Dean, Walla Walla University School of Theology, Reflections on the LGBTQI Debate, Walla Walla University newspaper The Collegian, 30 Oct 2014, p 9)

GENERAL CONFERENCE SETTLES THE DEBATE 

“I’m sure Jesus looks approvingly on ‘loving, monoganamous, and committed’ homosexual sodomy”. (Clifford Goldstein, Editor, Sabbath School Quarterly, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, see screenshot below)

"Given the world in which we live, the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary believes that the responsible thing to do is to teach its students and pastors about Christian spirituality."  (Denis Fortin, Teaching Biblical Spirituality, http://www.andrews.edu/sem/response.html)

TYPICAL SEMINARY GRADUATE

Pastor Tim Gillespie holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Andrews University.  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/timothy-gillespie/42/705/613

"My brother, I've been to your house.  I've had the dirty bird".  (Pastor Tim Gillespie, The Heresy Response Sermon, One Project 6 Gathering, http://vimeo.com/71480214, minute 14) The "dirty bird" is a group sex act.  http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dirty+bird (see graphic at left, click to enlarge)  Which is why he runs the One Project Spiritual Formation Movementhttps://the1project.org/resources/media/details/420   This ministry is

SPIRITUAL FORMATION SOAKS IN

officially sponsored by the North American Division, Loma Linda University, Walla Walla University -- and "the Grey House, a place that caters to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) students". https://the1project.org/about/sponsors http://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2011-09-13/editorials/poor-housekeeping/ (see graphic below)



According to Pastor Gillespie, this sort of thing is now mainstream:  "we belong to the great tradition and greater trajectory of orthodox Christian thought. We're not something different." (Pastor Tim Gillespie, The Heresy Response Sermon, One Project 6 Campmeeting, http://vimeo.com/71480214, minute 14)  "A few months ago Kink.com CEO Peter Acworth reported on his blog that IP addresses that traced back to the Vatican had been identified as having illegally downloaded bondage porn from Kink.com. He responded to the incident by stating 


"WE'RE NOT SOMETHING DIFFERENT"

“In many ways, the Church isn’t so different from Kink. The peculiar vestments, the intricate rituals, the absolute surrender to authority — these are all things we practice in the consensual BDSM.”" http://sexindustrymafia.blogspot.com/2014_07_01_archive.html

"
We are diligent to select good academic books on this subject" (Denis Fortin, Dean, SDA Theological Seminary, Teaching Biblical Spirituality, http://www.andrews.edu/sem/response.html):

"I loved Leaves of Grass". (Clifford Goldstein, It is so, Adventist Review, 16 Jan 2014)  "His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection  


CLASSIC SPIRITUAL FORMATION TEXTBOOK

Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality". (Walt Whitman, Wikipedia)(see at right, click to enlarge)

So the next time you crack open the Sabbath School Quarterly, attend a conference at the Seminary, or pay to get into a One Project Gathering, expect to see spiritual formation.


RELATED READING:

Jesuit Infiltration of SDA Church / The Clifford Goldstein Story

One Project Infiltration of the General Conference 

One Project Doctrines endanger Adventist youth








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