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Adventists urged to speak God’s truth without compromise

Published:Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 7:00 AMGareth Davis Sr
Arlington Woodburn (left), president of North-East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Churches, shares a moment with Colenso Campbell, first elder at Boundbrook church.
Adventists refreshing themselves at the water stand during the intense heat at a crusade in Port Antonio
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President of North-East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, Arlington Woodburn, said that one of the main objectives of its members is to take time out to examine self, in order to identify strengths and weaknesses, especially in these challenging times.

Woodburn, who spoke to Family and Religion during a crusade at Oliver Park in Port Antonio, Portland, pointed out that now is the opportune time for Adventists to denounce sin and call it by its right name by speaking the God-given truth without any compromise.

"We have to look closely at the lawlessness plaguing the country at this time," commented Woodburn.

"Never in our history have we seen so much blatant and senseless killing and we as Seventh-day Adventists will be engaging the powers-that-be in talks, so as to ensure that the lawlessness and mayhem, which are being unleashed by hoodlums, are addressed in a timely manner. We will no longer sit and wait, but instead, our voices will be heard as a Church. It is high time that God's people become a part of the solution."

According to Woodburn, the need for spiritual guidance is now at its highest and that it is imperative for Adventists to engage and interact with non-Christians in a last-ditch attempt to promote love, kindness, caring, and trust among their friends, neighbours, co-workers, and family members.

The North-East Jamaica Conference boss also lauded the massive turnout of church members, who were drawn from several Adventist districts. He noted that with the crusade entering its third week, he was anticipating an even bigger turnout, as persons were now beginning to see the need to serve Jesus Christ, in a time when everything else has failed.

Continuing, Woodburn said, "The Church needs to be more out-spoken on topical issues that are affecting hardworking, honest, and law abiding Jamaicans. We have the gift of the Holy Spirit and, therefore, we are God's chosen people. It cannot be that there are so many prayer warriors across the length and breadth of this country, but yet still criminal elements are running loose and creating mayhem. It's time for us to put our hearts, heads, and spiritual gifts together, so as to adequately tackle crime and lawlessness."

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