October 1, 2019


The Church I Want to Belong To Is . . . Terrible! | The Lucille Byard Affair | In a Few Words . . .


The Church I Want to Belong to Is . . . Terrible!

I am 77 years old and have read the Review for at least 65 years. I have been waiting for more than 30 years for such an article. The Holy Spirit was certainly guiding every thought and word of Jared Thurmon (August 2019) as he wrote it. He must have prayed immensely before and after it was printed. I am sure the editorial staff had to give the OK.

Amen, amen, and amen! Thank you!

Ellen Walker
Cullowhee, North Carolina

As a Millennial who is part of a third generation Adventist church worker family, I see the converse of this article within our church on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I, too, see all the things this article speaks to. We as a world church are in a crisis of leadership.

Thank you for standing up and speaking out about this vital topic.

Jaclyn Knight
via Facebook

Praise God Jared Thurmon had the courage to write “The Church I Want to Belong to Is ... Terrible,” and that the Adventist Review had the insight to publish this truth for our day. Thurmon wrote, “That day may not be today, but it will be one day.”

May I suggest that “but it will be one day” is now. I believe that the Holy Spirit of God impressed our leaders to run such a daring revelation for our people at this time. It pointed out to me my true condition before God. This is possibly the best article I have read on the subject since I joined the church 53 years ago. Thank you!

Joe Cote
Gray, Tennessee

Words fail me, but I had to write and thank you. May the Lord God make us into this “terrible” church. Only He can do it. Let us look to You, and not to ourselves. God save us.

Dixie Strong
Moore, South Carolina

The Lucille Byard Affair

Thank you for sharing “The Lucille Byard Affair” (August 2019). We cannot heal corporately without an honest look at our past. You honor her memory and highlight our personal responsibilities for the world in which we find ourselves living.

Barbara Younker
Topeka, Kansas

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