Mind Control and Seventh Day Adventism

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Mind Control and the Seventh Day Adventist Church:

Below are some statements made regarding mind control practices used within the Seventh Day Adventist church:

“When I was in 5th grade at Fresno Adventist Academy our teacher told our class that SDA’s should be totally identifiable when in public by anyone looking at them. The body needed to be fully covered and no jewelry or makeup should be worn. She even gave pointers on proper haircuts for the boys and hairdo’s for the girls. It was way far out… I have a very close friend who never even heard of Ellen G. White until after she became SDA. She was told by her SDA “Bible teacher” to make her first time in the Adventist church the Sabbath of her baptism, to not attend the SDA church until then because to do so would only cause her to become confused because the teachings she would hear on Saturdays at the church were way more complicated than what she was learning in her home during the weekly studies. As a result she had never even heard of Ellen G. White until after signing on the bottom line. Nor had she even been told that as an Adventist she was forbidden to consume beer, her favorite beverage. She read the baptismal vows and it said something about not using alcohol. She asked the minister about this and he told her the baptismal vows were suggestions and not rules and she could be an SDA and continue drinking if she wanted. Needless to say she did not stay SDA very long.”

”Some of our workers have taken courses in hypnotic mind-control exercises, with the purpose in mind of using them on our people. The stated purposes are to teach pastors and church members new methods of working with people, in order to bring them back into active church attendance. What is needed is heartfelt revival and reformation in our own lives and churches first. Let us get rid of the worldly entertainment, clothing, diet, and education.”

“An advanced instructor-level course In how to teach these mind-changing, hypnotic procedures will be [was] given to our leaders In Takoma Park, Maryland, on May 5-10, 1991. One of the first to speak up was a layman in the Oregon Conference, Terry Ross by name.”

“We are told that these skills will include: fogging, negative inquiry, neuro-linguistics, paraphrase, perception check, story polarization listening, interpersonal gap, process to debrief calls, stop action role play, renegotiation, closure play role, return tracks, and religious journey interview.”

“In Lifton’s criteria for deciding whether a church is a cult or not, he looks at whether the church has a charismatic leader that controls, interrogates and bullies its members. The Seventh Day Adventist church has no such leader. Instead, it has an interesting phenomena about it; instead of a leader doing this, the members fulfill this function themselves. If a church member is caught breaking one of the many rules, they face social retribution for their sin. Most conservative Christians look at SDA’s and see them as extreme, as while other churches will judge you for much bigger choices, SDA’s will judge each other harshly for seemingly small, random and arbitrary “rules”.”

“Another interesting thing about the church is there is no room to dissent. If you chose to keep all of the Adventist rules except you chose to continue to eat ham, then most conservative SDA’s would have to declare you sinful, your actions worldly, and your blatant disregard for God’s health laws mean that God would not save you and you would die the eternal death.”

“Add to this the fact that conservative churches don’t leave a lot of room for interpretation of the scriptures; you are rigidly expected to obey all the 28 Fundamentals. Add to this that within the 28 Fundamental beliefs you then have additional sub-rules within those rules that you need to keep. Take rule #20, the Sabbath – general consensus is that wading in water on Sabbath is OK, but swimming is not. These are unlisted rules and are things you need to pick up from experience/reading. This makes it extremely difficult to keep them all, which means a lot of members live in fear of breaking rules and live in a constant state of guilt.”

“Another “cult-like” characteristic that the church exhibits is that it controls the information that its members hear. It manages this by removing the situations in which SDA’s have to interact with non-SDA’s in any meaningful way. Consider the life of a typical Seventh Day Adventist:

They are born in a SDA Church

They attend only SDA schools from pre-school through college

They are then employed in a SDA institution

They will marry a SDA spouse

They then retire in a SDA retirement village”

“Everything that contradicts the SDA church is “planted” by Satan. If someone came to me and gave me a good explanation about why the SDA churches theological beliefs didn’t make sense, I would be told “be wary of listening to anyone but the church. Satan is very deceptive and he can make things seem appealing. It is safest to not go any other church at all, and to not debate these things.” I would then be barred from going to the other church meeting. This was not just my experience; I was told this many times by other adults outside my family, and Adventists who have left will tell you similar stories.”