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Does it jive with the Bible?

September 12, 2013

Does it jive with the Bible?

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Heading over to Crossroads

April 10, 2011

Dear loyal Ben’s 10 followers,

I will not be updating Ben’s 10 anymore. I will be focusing my attention on Crossroads, a site giving support to questioning Seventh-day Adventist pastors.

Blessings,

Ben

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My resignation letter

April 5, 2010

March 15, 2010

Dear Elder Caviness,

It is with careful consideration that I submit my letter of resignation as Interim Pastor/Associate Pastor in the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, effective March 31, 2010.

Though I’ve witnessed and experienced my share of challenges with leadership, I assure you that this decision is not the result of any disagreement or ill treatment from the membership or the leadership. My reason for resigning is simply this: God is calling me to preach and teach the unadulterated Gospel found solely in Scripture rather than the Gospel, plus Ellen G. White and the SDA doctrines (in effect, what Galatians 1 calls “another gospel”).

I can no longer agree to preach or teach the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church or, through my silence, imply that I agree with them. But allow me to be plain and specific. Because I have been a student of the Word and been sensitive to the Lord’s leading and teaching, I no longer believe that Scripture supports:

• The Mission of the Church (3 Angels’ Messages)
• The SDA Church is the remnant church (Fundamental Belief #13)
• Investigative Judgment/Pre-Advent Judgment (Fundamental Belief #24)
• Ellen G. White is a messenger of God (Fundamental Belief #18)
• Sabbath is the seal of God
• The Great Controversy worldview (Fundamental Belief #8)

Although not exhaustive, the above list represents ample reasons for me to tender my resignation. I will minister with integrity. I trust that my work performance and Christian leadership has been indicative of the work that the Holy Spirit has birthed in my life. I hope you will not ask me to defend my decision to follow Jesus Christ (and Him alone) and trust Him completely to be the Way, the Truth and the Life.

I have appreciated my time spent ministering in this conference and thank you for the trust you’ve placed in my leadership these last three years. You can count on my full cooperation to ensure a smooth transition.

For His Glory,

Pastor Benjamin T. McPhaull

cc:
Elder Adolphus Garnett
GLAR Region Director

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10 People Americans call heroes (Jan. 2009)

October 4, 2009

In the May/June edition of Outreach Magazine the following list was mentioned. I listed it just as it was in the magazine.

It’s interesting to see the order used.

Here it is:

1. Barack Obama

2. Jesus Christ

3. Martin Luther King, Jr.

4. Ronald Regan

5. George W. Bush

6. Abraham Lincoln

7. John McCain

8. John F. Kennedy

9. Chesley Sullenberger III

10. Mother Teresa

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What are 10 reasons why young adults leave church?

September 20, 2009

I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.
Post as many reasons as you can think of. I found two articles (I will share them in a few days) on this subject. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a cave, you know that the church faces a HUGE challenge of reaching, reclaiming or claiming young adults for Christ.

I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Don’t be shy! Speak right up!

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John Wesley’s 10

September 6, 2009

This was new to me. Just thought I’d pass it on. Let me know what you think.

1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?

2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?

3. Do I confidentially pass onto another what was told me in confidence?

4. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work , or habits?

5. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?

6. Did the Bible live in me today?

7. Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?

8. Am I enjoying prayer?

9. When did I last speak to someone about my faith?

10. Do I pray about the money I spend?

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10 reasons your members come to church even though it stinks (sucks)

July 5, 2009

Why do people go to your church? Are they really being blessed by the service? Have they experienced a closer walk with God?

People attend churches for a variety of reasons. I’ve listed ten.

1. family-Family attends the church.

2. friends-Friends attend the church.

3. tradition-Where I’ve always gone to church.

4. closest to home-I don’t have to travel very far.

5. music-Not great but it’s identifiable. LOL

6. preaching-It’s only once per week so I can bear it.

7. people my age at the church- I can at least connect with people my age.

8. that’s where they grew up-similar to tradition, I’m connected to the church. I know people.

9. trying to find a spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend- because I know people, I’m trying to ind a spouse from among my kin folk.

10. guilty-I just feel like I HAVE TO GO TO CHURCH.