April 12, 2014

​Decision to Suspend “The Record Keeper” Comes With Strong Endorsement for Creative Outreach

Seventh-day Adventist
world church leadership today announced their decision to suspend the release
of the 11-episode series called “The Record Keeper,” but agreed to explore the
possibility of supporting similar creative outreach projects.

The decision came after
carefully reviewing the Web series which dramatizes the epic struggle between
good and evil. Seventh-day Adventist
church leaders from different parts of the world and the world headquarters
evaluated the series, participated in the discussions and the decision-making

“Seventh-day Adventist
world church leadership is committed to using and developing creative methods
of outreach that are faithful to Scripture and Seventh-day Adventist ideals to
reach segments of the population that will never be impacted by traditional
evangelism,” said world church president, Ted N. C. Wilson.

Record Keeper” follows the story of Cadan and Larus, two angels who struggle to
maintain their friendship after universal civil war breaks out. Meanwhile,
another angel, Raina, pursues a record of events while trying to make sense of
the chaos.

Adventist Church theology sees the controversy between good and evil as central
to understanding the turmoil witnessed throughout history and evident in the
world today.

The church’s Biblical
Research Institute provided a biblical analysis of some of the problematic and
theologically inaccurate matters raised in the Web series. In addition, church
leaders were looking for a much stronger portrayal of the love of God, the
creation of a perfect world, the Plan of Salvation and the final renewal of
heaven and earth as recorded in the Bible.

Bible studies were to be prepared to accompany the series and encourage further
study, according to the Biblical Research Institute, the content of “The Record
Keeper” would have put the church in the difficult position of endorsing the
misrepresentation of biblical truth while at the same time offering studies
which conflicted with the dramatic presentations. This would invite
misunderstandings and cause confusion.

leaders at the world headquarters expressed their continued desire to produce
creative material that would be in harmony with Scripture and capture the
attention of people seeking divine truth.