Elce-Junior Thunder Lauriston was an active Seventh Day Adventist evangelist for many years. He left the church subsequent to his studies regarding the new covenant and other scriptures. As he was making his departure known at the University he was attending his professors tried to win him back. That desire in and of itself is something I won’t fault them for and I doubt Elce would either. Since then he has gone on to become a minister in his own right, just not a Seventh Day Adventist one.
There was a recording of this meeting though which I found very interesting and I thought you might too. This recording was taken in March of 2016. What you are going to hear is about an hour or so of conversation where Elce is given a chance to articulate why he is leaving and the strange approach they use to try to win him back.
What I find so interesting is that they don’t actually put up much of a defense of adventist beliefs at all. Instead what I hear is these professors and church leaders trying to share what seems to be their coping mechanisms with the false teachings of adventism to see if Elce will find any of them appealing as a means of keeping his career on track. It sounds to me they already know what they are supposed to teach is false. Had that not been the case an example I would have expected would be for them to show Elce where they think he is interpreting Daniel 8 incorrectly. Instead what I hear is that they share personal workarounds they have personally constructed over the years to cope with the intellectual tension in order to keep their jobs.
I also find it very interesting that they start this meeting out by highlighting Elce’s promising career if he chooses to stay. I just see this as really sad.
When I found the new covenant it was so obvious to me that I didn’t know how any Adventist leader remains one in good conscience. How do you see that pearl in the Bible and not want to sell everything to have it?
If this is something you have wondered yourself now is your opportunity to see it from a church leadership perspective. Pull back the curtain and see what at least some leaders in Adventism think are good coping mechanisms for dealing with the false teachings of the church.
I don’t know about you but it gives me a little bit of closure. I never had the opportunity to try to tease this one out of adventist leaders myself. Maybe you didn’t either in your journey out. But you don’t have to now, Elce did that one for us. The recording is an hour long and well worth your time.