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Former SDA “Pastor” Alicia Johnston begins New Ministry, makes War on SDA Church, takes her LGBT Activism to NBC & World Stage
May 4, 2017
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Andrew & Hilari Henriques

“The world is watching Seventh-day Adventists because it knows something of their profession of faith and of their high standard, and when it sees those who do not live up to their profession, it points at them with scorn.”[1] In recent months, Seventh-day Adventists have been brought into national and even international spotlight, sometimes for good reasons and other times for reasons that bring reproach upon God’s name, his cause and the Seventh-day Adventist Movement. Most recently, Seventh-day Adventists have received national attention for something that is an embarrassment to the cause of Christ and the belief system that Seventh-day Adventists historically hold to, which can and will be used by Satan to cause individuals to look with disdain upon the biblical messages that are borne by faithful Seventh-day Adventists who hold solely to the law and the testimony (Isaiah 8:20).

In the ongoing fiasco surrounding Alicia Johnston, a formerly employed Seventh-day Adventist “pastor,” who came out as bi-sexual and then resigned, NBC News has picked up her story, giving her a wider platform to disseminate her faulty, soul-destroying theology that one can identify as a member of the LGBTQ community and not be in violation of the laws of God. The NBC article, under the headline “Adventist Pastor Resigns after coming out as Bi-sexual” reads: “Still, Johnston said the response to her video and her resignation from her church has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive. ‘Many people have told me that they realize watching the video that I am truly joyful now, and there was always something missing before,’ she said. ‘They can see what an important shift this is for me, and they have chosen to be supportive of me and my new ministry instead of angry at the difficulty it has caused them. I am amazed by their love and grace.’"[2]

This must be Alicia Johnston’s first step in what she calls her new “ministry,” namely bringing national attention to herself to garner sympathy for her story and those that can identify with it and to have a wider platform for her to teach the perverted gospel that LGBTQ individuals should not strive to overcome their lifestyle, because it is not possible for them to overcome their proclivities to and activities of homosexuality. It is apparent that is her objective to apply enough pressure to the Seventh-day Adventist denomination to force them to accept the LGBTQ agenda. Make no mistake, Ms. Johnston is carrying forward ministry, but not the ministry of Christ; she is an evangelist for the anti-Christ. Consider the message being conveyed to the countless individuals that will come across her story through NBC News and other media outlets, who otherwise would never have encountered her video (to which all provide a link to Alicia Johnston’s original video), especially for those who have known Seventh-day Adventists to be highly conservative students of the Bible, and even for those whose first exposure to Seventh-day Adventism will be these news reports. This story will cause individuals to ask pertinent questions of the Seventh-day Adventist leadership, which will demand answers. Such questions as “Does the SDA leadership despise LGBT individuals?” “Why was Alicia Johnston ‘forced’ to resign?” “Would this not constitute discrimination, especially since the SDA church is a 501(c)(3) organization?” These questions from LGBTQ activists from the world, will add to the growing pressure already being applied by LGBT sympathizers within the denomination, for SDA leadership to accept their agenda. Alicia Johnston has indeed begun her new ministry.

Another inquiry that will likely be raised regarding discrimination would be, “Did Alicia Johnston resign because she was being discriminated against as a woman?” And of course the follow-up question would be, “What is the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s position on the ordination of women as pastors?” It must be reiterated, Alicia Johnston has embarked upon her new ministry, and knows that if she is going to be successful, she must enlist the aid of LGBTQ activists from the world, along with women’s rights activists to push forward the agenda by applying this outside pressure. To further fulfill this mission, Alicia Johnston accepted an interview with NBC regarding her "coming out" as a bisexual SDA Pastor. Ms. Johnston knew that this video would go viral and would put a spotlight and makes war on the SDA Church, its leaders and its biblical stance on the LGBTQ issue. This outside pressure might be an excuse used by some of the Seventh-day Adventist leaders to accept the agenda of the LGBTQ and Women's Ordination movement.

Aside from NBC picking up her story, some gay websites such as Gaystar news and LGBTQ Nation, are also praising Ms. Johnston and running her story, along with other “Christian” websites, like The Christian Post, Religion News, and Renewed Heart Ministries among others, just “Google it.” Alicia Johnston is very aggressive in her evangelistic campaign and has found friends and allies in high places, who carry a lot of influence in the world. It is yet to be determined, how the SDA corporate leadership will respond. Every dedicated Seventh-day Adventist should continually supplicate the throne of God for discernment and spiritual strength in order to withstand the LGBT movement within the SDA Church and to endure the fast approaching spiritual crisis.

“Now is the time for God's people to show themselves true to principle. When the religion of Christ is most held in contempt, when His law is most despised, then should our zeal be the warmest and our courage and firmness the most unflinching. To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few--this will be our test. At this time we must gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardice, and loyalty from their treason. The nation will be on the side of the great rebel leader.” [3]

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SDA Pastor Alicia Johnston comes out as Bi-sexual;Not the first,won’t be last.W.O. & LGBT connection

[1] White, Ellen. Testimonies for the Church, Volume 9, (1909), page 23

[2] http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/adventist-pastor-resigns-aft...

[3] White, Ellen. Testimonies for the Church, Volume 5, (1909), page 135

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It is a sad  thing when the worldly thinking is being enforced on the SDA church. We must pry that our Leaders do not give way to those voices from the world, and Pray for our leaders that God will make them strong in their resolve of not giving way to the LGBT movement, and the designs that the devil has to make the SDA church part of the world. 

I was disappointed when we did see the GC adding the rainbow colours to the already questionable Logo at the 2015 Session. I hope that is not a sign of that the Leadership is extending a hand to the LGBT movement. 

This is what happens when the title Pastor is pursued as a career title.  What exactly is her goal in doing this?  Is she expecting special treatment by deciding to make her sexual lifestyle known and then go crying about it to people who only sympathize because they share the same worldly views?  Most of the people she's crying to probably only look at Christianity like a corporation that should be bound by human desires.

I'd be shocked if Alicia Johnston was not made well aware of the principles and foundations needed to maintain the role she wanted to take on as to not lead others astray.  Her accepted behavior would only foster an environment that caters to embracing sinful nature rather than struggling against it .  If that's how she chooses to live her life she should just move on and not seek to take others with her by force or coercion.  

That expected double standard is what I find troubling about situations like this when it comes to LGBTQ.  You inadvertently pass a Gay pride parade which politicians describe as family friendly and see half naked men on floats humping up against each other.  if you dare say anything critical about it you're considered homophobic. Even if it was the exact same thing you'd say to a half naked heterosexual couple doing what they were doing in public. For whatever reason the normal rules aren't suppose to apply to them.  Even science backs down for fear of political correctness on things like the transgender issue.

I think that would be another reason why women should not be ordained as pastors. As women tends to give more free rein to their wants and wishes. To my experiences men are less inclined to do this. 

I think that would be another reason why women should not be ordained as pastors. As women tends to give more free rein to their wants and wishes. To my experiences men are less inclined to do this. 

The very nature of sin is built around tempting humans into giving into their sinful wants and wishes.  Your theory seems to imply women are more likely to be sinful than men?  Correct me if I'm wrong but I do not agree.  Given the history of humanity you could almost argue the opposite. But, I think that's a load of manure also.  

I think it best to address individual actions rather than try to lump an entire group into it.  I do not envy the church for having to apologize or be held accountable every time a male pastor is linked to a sexual, or financial scandal. To me that's no different than Alicia's issue.  For me the problem is more centered around how ordination is handed out to begin with.  Could care less if it's a male/female personally.  The true intentions of the person seeking the position is what makes them a danger.  Only God knows the true intentions hidden in someone's heart.  I only pray the people handing out ordinations truly believe these ordinations be it male or female are under the direction of God's will.

"Your theory seems to imply women are more likely to be sinful than men? "

Rabbit this is not a theory that's why God chose only men to be the spiritual leaders in the home and church.

1 Timothy 2

  12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women[c] will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

While that scripture does have merit.  It does doesn't say women are more sinful than men.  Also based on the wording would you say women should not teach sabbath school?  Should male students ignore anything female teachers tell them?

it's OK to teach children both male and female. According to the bible it's also ok to teach or make disciplines of unbelievers both male and female.. This is the way it has always been 

But what about sabbath school for adults?  Also, what is the role of a pastor?    I'm asking these questions in search of genuine clarity.  Perhaps you can help clear my confusion with how Paul says  

"I" do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she must be quiet. 

Why would he not say God or The Lord does not permit?  He doesn't shy away from doing it in other passages.  Why does he seemingly take charge of the church position on this manner by stating it in such a way?  I had always taken the traditional view as you, and in some ways I still do.  But, since you pointed it out perhaps you can clarify that statement above as well as the following.

How would this passage support some peoples common belief in the trinity.

1 Timothy 2:5  

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. 

What would you say to those that debunk the SDA church because of 

1 Timothy 4:2-4  

2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 

Rabbit said:

Your theory seems to imply women are more likely to be sinful than men

No Rabbit that was not my intent to say that. But to some extent you can say that, but who was it to take the forbidden fruit? Eve was created with the same metal capacity as was Adam. But the Devil targeted Eve rather than Adam for some reason. 

But thanks for your advice I keep it in mind.

From my view it was a target of opportunity. The devil is cunning not a mind/heart reader.  He saw Eve made the mistake of going near something that was dangerous alone.  I would agree from personal experience women tend to not be as rational as men.  But Eve's particular situation to me seems no different than when a sexual predator takes advantage of a child left alone.  Or a scammer who preys on the elderly, weak and feble minded.

God alone knows what's in our hearts and mind.  The devil only is able to perceive through observation based on the things we chose to view or associate with.  Give him the opportunity and he will take advantage of almost any door you leave open no matter if you're a male/female.

Hello Rabbit I am not sure I can Agree with you that is was just a simple target opportunity. To my memory somewhere in E G Whites writings there is a remark that Adam and Eve was in the garden of Eden for 40 years before the fall. That would be ample of time for the Devil to familiarize himself with the traits and weakness of Adam and Eve. 

We also know that Lucifer was the most powerful created being in the universe. E G White credits Adam and Eve with a mental capacity 20 times what we have today. But the capacity of the Devil was far more than that. As you say the Devil was at an advantage, but I am sure he also knew who to target with the beguiling. 

"The devil only is able to perceive through observation based on the things we chose to view or associate with. "

Hey Elijah, to your credit that's actually in line with what I believe as my statement above hopefully points out.  Reconnaissance is a very valuable tool when looking to exploit weakness.  But in my mind Eve's weakness was no different than the naive weakness a child has against a sexual predator that offers them candy even when the kids parents warned them not to take such things from strangers.  The only difference is to my knowledge Eve wasn't warned about her weakness but neither was Adam.

if you think about it Satan probably already knew Adams weakness before Eve was even created by observing how all that played out.  If Adam didn't have his weakness he would not have had loneliness or the desire for a mate and Eve would never have been created. 

By going after Eve in her weak state he also exposed Adam's weakness, which wasn't Eve if you follow the trail.  It was that Adam hadn't been able to rely on God to fill that lonely void in his heart which is why God created Eve for him.  Adam's weakness caused him to listen to what had filled the loneliness in his heart instead of God.

The Devil is more power than the worlds greatest database.  In that instance he took out 2 birds with one stone with the information he had gathered.  But over time Evil has gathered enough information to ruin generations.  That's why in end times we have been warned we must be willing to lose wealth, family, friends and for some even spouses as we will have to rely on God to get us through it.   

That's a very ironic ending when you think about how it all began.

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