Editor’s Note: The Norwegian Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has responded to the recent video produced by the General Conference and released on November 20, 2018. An English translation of the Norwegian Union’s response is included below in its entirety:
The leadership of the Norwegian Union is surprised and disappointed by the five-minute video Adventist News Network published on November 20th. The video obviously has the purpose of contributing to unity in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but for many of our members in Norway, this video has a totally opposite effect. We have noted the many strong reactions Adventists in Norway have had. Therefore, we want to express ourselves clearly about the matter.
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The leadership of the Norwegian Union rejects the message and the means in the video based on the following points:
1. We are disappointed with the obvious lack of understanding among the heads of the General Conference for how this video would be perceived among many in the church. We are astonished that our international headquarters chose over-simplification as a method and means of communication in a very complex question.
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2. The video is an invitation to conscientious Adventists to ignore moral and ethical commitment. The New Testament tells us not to discriminate against anyone. "My brothers and sisters! Show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory." (James 2:1). As Martin Luther said at the Diet of Worms: "Going against the conscience is cumbersome, harmful and dangerous."
3. The underlying message that we do not belong to the family, if we do not obey everything that is adopted, is a dangerous message. It is a divisive message, from which we distance ourselves. Adventists in Norway are responsible and faithful members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. That our conscience compels us to different solutions...
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