CHANGE FOR CHINA & FAR BEYOND TO THE 10/40 WINDOW

  • “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)
  • For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Phil. 2:13 (NLT)
  • “Lord, I have heard the news about You; I am amazed at what You have done.  Lord, do great things once again in our time; make those things happen again in our own days…”  Hab. 3:2 (NCV)

Asia needs our help to complete the gospel commission! The gospel has to a large degree traveled from Israel west around the globe (with some notable exceptions and efforts in eastern directions) to Europe/Africa, then to North and South America and then to Asia . Now for several reasons listed below, Chinese, Korean and other Asian/Middle Eastern Christians are a crucial key to completing the gospel commission, but they need our support in spiritual, relational, educational and financial areas.  This page will explain the challenge, some of what what is being done, current needs and how to help (“THE BACK TO JERUSALEM VISION FOR THE 10/40 WINDOW(AND A FEW WAYS TO HELP)”, advantages that Asian Christian have in reaching the 10/40 window (“GIFTS/ADVANTAGES OF ASIAN MISSIONARIES”), how biblical truths that SDAs have long taught are esp. helpful in solving modern problems and injustices (UNIQUE TRUTHS OF BIBLICAL SDAs RELEVANT FOR OUR TIME ), how to contribute financially (FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION INFORMATION) and also a list of some easy and practical ways to raise money for missions near and far, some that could increase income for individuals and churches by many $1000s of dollars or even millions in some cases ( “WAYS TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVANGELISM”). If you have useful ideas to add to these or you wish to contribute in any way, please send an email to: bryan@truth-is-life.org

THE BACK TO JERUSALEM VISION FOR THE 10/40 WINDOW
(AND A FEW WAYS TO HELP)

In the 1920s, some Chinese Christians were given a vision of finishing the journey of the gospel and taking it “back to Jerusalem” through the 10/40 window an area which has the majority of the world’s population and over 1/2 of its largest cities, yet is the least evangelized area in the world and is dominated by four major religions: Islam, Hindusim, Buddhism and animism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10/40_Window, https://joshuaproject.net/resources/articles/10_40_window). It’s also an area with a few who are rich, but many are in poverty and often a great deal of crime, trafficking and sometimes terrorism and war as a result. Paul Hattaway discusses the vision and challenges of the “Back to Jerusalem” vision in an interview with Christianity Today titled “A Captivating Vision: Why Chinese house churches may just end up fulfilling the Great Commission.” (www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/april/5.84.html) and he has also authored “Back to Jerusalem: Called to Complete the Great Commission” with 3 leaders of Chinese house church networks.

Chinese house church leaders have asked Christian organizations to help them train ~1,000,000 missionaries by 2055 to send to the 10/40 window with God’s truths and messages and make the “back to Jerusalem” vision a reality.

https://youtu.be/V5p7hzjY5Z8?t=3m10s

Adventists have been focusing more and more efforts in this 10/40 area in recent years.

The mission efforts now often have to be directed more towards big cities since that is where millions of people are living.

Many more videos of what Adventist missionaries are doing overseas are here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/AdventistMission/featured

Here’s another one on the The Back to Jerusalem Vision (this is a bit older, but has some interesting graphs/statistics)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThOlff_Dp7Y
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The Chinese church is growing by up to 10% a year according to some experts and there is a great deal of openness to hearing about the message of Jesus, especially by many Chinese young people. Many Chinese people are quite open to hearing about the gospel compared to many other places, partly because of the history of their country with atheism. Most times we ask people, they are interested in hearing about the truths of the Bible and I have been privileged to help in several baptisms in the few months I’ve been here.

But through all of the most successful efforts in history, when God’s people work as 1 body, each contributing our various talents, focusing on areas where God has given us abilities and blessings, God’s work is accomplished far more effectively. This kind of interdependence is what is needed now more and more. Seventh Day Adventists believe and promote several unique truths of the Bible which few and sometimes no other denominations do. Many scientific studies are showing that they are the most valuable truths that exist for our modern times  (more on that below, see esp. the section “SOME CRUCIAL TRUTHS OF ADVENTISTS FOR OUR TIME”). These also have the potential to make a major impact on China and from there to evangelize the 10/40 window as well. As always, when God works, deceptions and obstacles are not lacking. Government censorship and restrictions are a major difficulty, but many Chinese have experienced decades of what atheism offers and so are much more open to God these days.

These are some of the advantages that Asian Christians and SDAs have in working to finish the commission in brief (they are in more detail later).

God’s church is a body and every part has special abilities and experiences to contribute.  Chinese/Asian Christians and especially SDAs have one of the biggest opportunities to impact Asia and the 10/40 window now and in the near future. When I talk to Chinese young people about things of God, they are so much more open to the gospel right now than most people in the west are (and there are crucial reasons why). It’s quite incredible and wonderful. These are briefly some of the opportunities we have now and why one of the most important things that SDAs and Christians can do is to support evangelism in China and Asia (much more information and citations are on the website below):
ASIAN CHRISTIAN ADVANTAGES
1) THRIVING IN PERSECUTION: The Chinese endured the worst persecution and thrived. They know how to deal with the persecution of Christianity in the Middle East.

2) INDEPENDENT TESTIMONY OF GOD: Many documentaries show that Chinese history and classics going back up to 5,000 years, testify of the same God spoken of in the Bible. He isn’t just a western God. He is the God of the eastern peoples as well.

3) GODLINESS MAKES NATIONS FREE. 5,000 years of Chinese history shows that nations can choose God or greed. When they follow God, they have peace and safety. When they follow greed, there is crime and war. This fulfills Proverbs 14:34, “Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

4) KOREAN TESTIMONY: Korean Christians who influenced churches and the government to follow Bible economics were crucial in the rise of Korea from the devastation of war to ranking #1 or close to it in dozens of areas.

5) AVOID PREJUDICE AGAINST USA/EUROPE: Asian Christians don’t have to deal with the prejudice that some in the Middle East have towards the west because of centuries of colonization/exploitation by some western governments and/or some corporations.

6) CULTURE SIMILARITIES: Many customs in the Asian and Middle Eastern cultures are similar and this will reduce obstacles to the gospel and increase acceptance.

7) LANGUAGE SIMILARITIES: There are 100s of similar words in some languages in Asia and the Middle East which will help missionaries be able to communicate the gospel better.

SDA ADVANTAGES IN ASIA
1) A FULL GOSPEL: SDA is one of the few denominations that haven’t followed anti-nomianism (or the opposite error of legalism) which has been a key factor in enabling exploitation and oppression by governments in history (such as Russia and Germany) and some so called Christians. We unite grace and following God’s laws of freedom (James 1:25) as few if any other denominations do. And Asians/Middle Eastern people usually have a better understanding that freedom, progress, stability and peace of communities comes from following wise laws (Psalms 119:44-5, James 1:25, Lev. 25:18, 1 Kings 4:25) than most western people do.

2) HEALTH/NEWSTART: Many Asians have much higher concerns about health than the average American. They also put a huge priority on grades. Since Newstart brings profound increases in not just health, but gigantic improvements in grades as research that I and many others have done shows, we have an inside track to attracting them to the gospel that way. In addition, the fact that UN studies show that 40 million people die every year due to not following NEWSTART principles also helps.

3) EDUCATION EMPHASIS: Asians place a huge priority on education. SDAs are the 2nd largest private educational system in the world. Because of the work of Dr. Linda Koh (my former professor) and others in Cognitive Genesis and our godly principles, we can help students get much better grades on average than anyone else.

4) FAMILY/10 COMMANDMENTS/SABBATH: Hollywood and much media are doing all they can to break families apart. But one purpose of the Sabbath commandment is specifically to keep families health and happy and others contribute to strong families too.

5) BIBLE ECONOMICS: The Bible and EGW say very clearly that Bible economics are crucial for national stability. In 1 Kings 4:25, there was no poverty when Israel followed Bible economics. In Acts 2:42-27;4:32-35, the early church beat poverty by following Bible economics. Jer. 12:14-17 indicates they are for all nations. Ellen White tells us in Mount of Blessing, p. 138-9 that we will have the success of the early church when we follow the principles that they did. And their following of Bible economics was a key indication of their love (see also 1 John 3:17).

6) IDOLATRY OF MATERIALISM/BEAST POWERS: SDAs are the only church that has predicted that the US is the 2nd beast of Rev. 13. As Dr. Ben Baker at the GC Archives shows, that is not future. Our pioneers thought it was true from the 1800s due to treatment of Indians and slaves. For people oppressed and forced to be refugees due to corporate and militaries cooperating to control natural resources around the world, this has special relevance. What we predicted is now a reality and no one else predicted this..

7) SABBATH/CREATION: The Sabbath points to creation, which is the root foundation of all major doctrines, most human rights and the concept of equality of all people, the foundational principles of science and a great deal more. We SDAs have more members than believe in creation than almost any other church because of the Sabbath. Many throughout Asia and the Middle East also believe in creation. They see its scientific flaws and some realize that the main point of Darwinism is largely an excuse to treat people in certain groups as inferior, which justifies exploiting them.

Let’s look at some brief ways you can help first:

a) SPIRITUAL/FERVENT PRAYERS: Missionaries have always been sustained, encouraged and at times miracles happened because of the fervent prayers of godly supporters. So we need your prayers for God’s blessings and for God’s Spirit to convict hearts and minds most. In addition, if you find useful spiritual resources, especially ones already in local languages, share them with us and the missionaries working in the field.

b) RELATIONAL: Make friends with Asian Christians in your country and abroad and online. Try to share messages and resources of truth and hope. One very easy way you can help that costs no money is to share the inspirational documentaries listed below with both western and Asian/Middle Eastern Christians. They show how God has given solid evidence and proof that He is God to Asian cultures that independently corroborate the Bible and also testify to how His truths make nations free and peaceful when they are followed and changes lives for good.

c) EDUCATIONAL/INTELLECTUAL: The most important thing to teach people is God’s truths that give us real freedom and help people become self-supporting and then able to help others. The Bible’s truths of the gospel, loving family life, healthy living, economic justice and diligent work are crucial to help people become independent from human entities. This is the most important thing that SDA schools are teaching.

If you are an educator or knowledgeable person, consider being a missionary to Asia yourself or sharing truth with people in Asia. If you find valuable educational materials for teaching students, learning English, etc. share them with us. If you are a translator, volunteer to help convert more of God’s wisdom into local languages.

d) FINANCIAL: We want to change hearts for God, but some progress depends on another kind of “change” as well, money and finances. It would be nice if this wasn’t a reality, but it is. But our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and has given many resources to His people around the world. How much evangelism we can do depends partially on how how much financial support is available for SDA schools and ministries and missionaries and how fast they develop to become independent.

We would greatly appreciate any funds you can contribute to help SDA schools, ministries and missionaries. It costs  less to support outreach in China than in developed countries. Some schools and missionaries have very serious needs right now to keep going through financial difficulties and challenges, and we are praying for God to provide as He has done so many times in the past. (You can see ways to contribute at the end of this page in the “FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION INFORMATION” section or email Bryan Bissell at bryan@truth-is-life.org for information).

Ellen White writes very eloquently about the full implications of the golden rule in ways that relate directly to missions. She says that as modern churches follow the practices of the church in Acts, we will see the same result that they did.

“The golden rule’s…truest illustration is seen in the life and character of Jesus…The influence of grace is to soften the heart, to refine and purify the feelings, giving a heaven-born delicacy and sense of propriety.

But there is a yet deeper significance to the golden rule. Everyone who has been made a steward of the manifold grace of God is called upon to impart to souls in ignorance and darkness, even as, were he in their place, he would desire them to impart to him. The apostle Paul said, “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.” Romans 1:14. By all that you have known of the love of God, by all that you have received of the rich gifts of His grace above the most benighted and degraded soul upon the earth are you in debt to that soul to impart these gifts unto him.

So also with the gifts and blessings of this life: whatever you may possess above your fellows places you in debt, to that degree, to all who are less favored. Have we wealth, or even the comforts of life, then we are under the most solemn obligation to care for the suffering sick, the widow, and the fatherless exactly as we would desire them to care for us were our condition and theirs to be reversed.

The golden rule teaches, by implication, the same truth which is taught elsewhere in the Sermon on the Mount, that “with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” That which we do to others, whether it be good or evil, will surely react upon ourselves, in blessing or in cursing. Whatever we give, we shall receive again.

The earthly blessings which we impart to others may be, and often are, repaid in kind. What we give does, in time of need, often come back to us in fourfold measure in the coin of the realm. But, besides this, all gifts are repaid, even in this life, in the fuller inflowing of His love, which is the sum of all heaven’s glory and its treasure…

The standard of the golden rule is the true standard of Christianity; anything short of it is a deception.

Of the apostolic church, in those bright days when the glory of the risen Christ shone upon them, it is written that no man said “that aught of the things which he possessed was his own.” “Neither was there any among them that lacked.” “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 4:32, 34, 33; 2:46, 47.

Search heaven and earth, and there is no truth revealed more powerful than that which is made manifest in works of mercy to those who need our sympathy and aid. This is the truth as it is in Jesus. When those who profess the name of Christ shall practice the principles of the golden rule, the same power will attend the gospel as in apostolic times.” Ellen White, Mount of Blessing, p. 138-9.

 

GIFTS/ADVANTAGES OF ASIAN MISSIONARIES

Western missionaries have unfortunately had a very difficult time making a significant impact in the 10/40 window (although there has been some progress in recent years). But Asian and especially Chinese Christians believe that God has give them unique experiences and advantages that can help them break down this stronghold of deceptive worldviews and convert many people to God’s life giving truths and hope. Some reasons why Asian Christians and scholars believe they have special advantages in this area are these:

1) EXPERIENCE WITH PERSECUTION: This area unfortunately has many repressive governments. The Chinese went through the most extreme fires of communist persecution and didn’t just survive, they thrived. They learned to depend on God and His Spirit, experienced miracles and grew from ~ 1 million Christians before Mao’s cultural revolution to ~80-100 million Christians now. They trust this promise of Jesus’, ““I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33  This documentary brilliantly summarizes their experience in these hard times :
The Cross — Jesus in China 十字架 — 耶稣在中国
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cd15YgxzPU

2) INDEPENDENT TESTIMONY OF GOD: The Chinese can testify to a 5,000 year relationship with the God spoken of in the Bible, but independently of the west and Israel. Ancient Chinese classics speak of Shangdi, the ruler above all, the One true God who created all things and has traits identical to the God of the Bible. Up to 70% of ancient Chinese characters also convey the same stories of creation, the flood and the gospel that the Bible does as this Chinese pastor and others explain.

God in Ancient China 古代中國人的神 – Part 1 & 2(English & Chinese)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNT82P6JpSM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kkxUyMAMXQ
(see also: The Sacred Meaning of China’s Altar of Heaven https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCG8yrJskRk)

3) GODLINESS MAKES NATIONS FREE. Proverbs 14:34 says, “Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” The Chinese can testify of this being true based on 5,000 years of history. When their kings/emperors and people followed God’s principles, they experienced national stability, peace and success. Confucius even said that when people followed the principles of love, caring for all people and sharing natural resources freely, there was a great golden age of peace and prosperity when “criminal elements failed to arise” and “outer doors did not have to be shut”. But when leaders and people followed greed, power and selfishness, it caused numerous wars, intrigues/conspiracies, losses of freedom, suffering and death for millions upon millions over the centuries. This documentary is extremely powerful in showing this.

CHINA CONFESSION
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnksCFBwLdc

4) LESS PREJUDICE: Asian Christians don’t have to deal with the prejudice that some in the Middle East have towards the west because of centuries of colonization by western governments. They believe that God has given them a destiny to complete the gospel commission and many are willing to give everything and even die for Him in completing it.  Western missionaries are sometimes seen as tools of western occupation, corporate control and military intervention. But this bias is much less or absent with Chinese missionaries who are not seen as having hidden agendas, esp. since they are also coming from a country where they have been persecuted by their government. So they are able to bypass much of the prejudice against western missionaries that exists.

5) CULTURE SIMILARITIES: Asian cultures share many cultural similarities with Middle Eastern cultures. When westerners read that Moses took off his shoes in front of God, it doesn’t make much sense. But across Asia and the Middle East, this is a well known sign of respect. These cultures also are much more communal as the Hebrew culture is, compared to western cultures. This makes it easier for Asian Christians to understand and convey Bible truths.

6) LANGUAGE SIMILARITIES: Korean, Chinese, Turkish, Mongolian, some Indian dialects and up to 74 languages in this area come from the Altaic family language group and so have quite a number of similarities. Many words for example have similar phonetic pronunciation and there are similarities in grammar and others. This makes it easier and faster for Asian missionaries to acquire new languages. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altaic_languages, linguistics.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.001.0001/acrefore-9780199384655-e-35, linguistics.byu.edu/classes/Ling450ch/reports/altaic.htm

7) KOREANS: South Koreans can testify about how their country rose from the ashes of war and being about the poorest nation in the world in the 1950s to now being in the top 15 richest countries now. (even though Korea is quite small) and ranking #1 or close to it in dozens of areas by following God’s principles, especially God’s economics. Korea also has several of the largest churches in the world. Far more importantly, Korea is already one of the top 5 missionary sending countries in the world). You can read some of this history here:
http://blog.truth-is-life.org/human-rights/gods-principles-for-thriving-civilizations/land-rights-most-crucial-for-freedom/how-biblical-principles-economics-helped-korea-rise-from-the-ashes-of-war-to-top-rankings-in-the-world/

UNIQUE TRUTHS OF BIBLICAL SDAs RELEVANT FOR OUR TIME

(This part is is only an introduction to why SDAs have a unique ability to reach Asia and the Middle East for Christ. Much good information is here now, but a little more and some more references will be added soon.)

This is a critical time for SDAs to make an impact as well for several reasons. Adventist churches, ministries, schools, restaurants, etc. have started in different cities around China and are making progress in witnessing for God.  The largest SDA church is in China actually and has 7,000 members (and the SDA university with the largest number of students is in Korea).

One Adventist businessman in China has plans to open schools, churches and a seminary in the future. But when God’s people make progress, Satan works to cause obstacles and block our work. One example of this is from Pastor David Kang who has been working in China for years. He has found that there are fake versions of several Ellen White books being printed in China. In these fake versions, the books claim that Luther started the reformation because of an affair with a woman, praises the Jesuits as the greatest missionary organization ever, tells readers that Revelation is just a mythical book and several other serious deceptions.

Jesuits Sabotage Ellen White Books In China – David Kang (listen esp. from ~6:47-~17:00+)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-lc1XM8_EM

Ellen White writes that timing is sometimes crucial to overcome deceptions and ones like the above make sure seem to make fighting these deceptions as quickly as possible an urgent issue. Ellen White writes:

“I have been shown that the most signal victories and the most fearful defeats have been on the turn of minutes. God requires promptness of action. Delays, doubtings, hesitation, and indecision frequently give the enemy every advantage. My brother, you need to reform. The timing of things may tell much in favor of truth. Victories are frequently lost through delays. There will be crises in this cause. Prompt and decisive action at the right time will gain glorious triumphs, while delay and neglect will result in great failures and positive dishonor to God. Rapid movements at the critical moment often disarm the enemy, and he is disappointed and vanquished, for he had expected time to lay plans and work by artifice.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3, p. 497.4 (Ellen G. White)

What special truths and practical advantages do we have? Many. But a few are:

1) A FULL GOSPEL: SDA theology teaches a fully balanced biblical gospel like all Jesus, the prophets and apostles did, something that very few if any other denominations do. Most err on either the legalistic or the anti-nomian side. We teach that
A) salvation is by grace through faith alone (John 3:16, Eph. 2:8,9, etc.) and that trying to earn it by works is a form of paganism (Desire of Ages, p. 35) and so avoid the serious error of legalism.

B) But we also teach that real faith always results in love for all people which is what all God’s commandments are designed to guide us to do (John 14:15, Romans 13:8-10, 1 John 2:1-6). Godly faith is proven genuine by doing good works (James 2, Acts 21:26) and God in His wonderful grace also promises rewards for these works that He empowers us to do (Matthew 10:40-42, Revelation 22:12), rewards that are separate from salvation which is a free gift.

Because of this full gospel foundation, the Bible truths that SDAs teach offer unrivaled benefits in this life in addition to eternal life as God promised:
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Tim. 4:8

2) HEALTH/NEWSTART: Probably the most important of these earthly benefits is in the area of health and NEWSTART.  The Chinese from ancient times have put a high priority on having good health habits and they have many proverbs in the about that.  Muslims have many verses in the Quran warning about the dangers of alcohol, pork and other things. SDAs are the only denomination that has a creed with health principles in it and so we are the only one that can identify with these cultures best and respect their wisdom from ancient times, but lead them to higher truths in these areas.

In addition, the top 3 killers in the world now are bad health habits (smoking, alcohol, lack of exercise and unhealthy diets kill ~40 million people a year), poverty (kills ~18 million people a year) and pollution (kills ~8-9 million people a year). The health and Bible habits that SDAs teach are the #1 easiest and best solution for all three problems.

Over 1600 scientific studies show that just following some simple health habits such as not smoking, exercising, reducing alcohol use and eating healthier food more can bring enormous benefits. The World Health Organization says that up to 38 million people die every year just because they don’t know or follow simple habits like these.[1] Following them can add up to 14 years to life.[2] These 4 habits alone can also improve grades ~25% or more.[3] They also are crucial solutions to environmental destruction which is already causing enormous difficulties around the world.[4] In addition, these habits can contribute to solving poverty since bad health habits cost the world ~$6.5 trillion a year[5]. Bad health is also a top cause of bankruptcies and poverty. It helps the plans of some elite to drastically reduce population sizes. And in addition, it clouds people’s thinking, making them easier to exploit.

The most crucial principles of health that science has confirmed were listed in the Bible 1000s of years ago or spoken about by Christians centuries ago. The SDA denomination is the sole and only Christian denomination that has a clear position about what habits are beneficial to life based on the Bible. Secular scientists and organizations like the NIH and many governmental organizations have done 1000s of studies on these principles as well as some very large ones on SDA members who follow them. These scientists agree that these studies that are directly due to Bible and SDA principles have enormously improved health and longevity in many ways for the entire planet. [6]

REFERENCES
[1] Noncommunicable diseases. www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs355/en.

[2] Khaw K-T, Wareham N, Bingham S, Welch A, Luben R, Day N . 2008. Combined Impact of Health Behaviours and Mortality in Men and Women: The EPIC-Norfolk Prospective Population Study”. http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.0050012.

[3] Bohling, Annie. 2014.”Stress, lack of sleep can lower your grades and hurt your health”. www.dailynebraskan.com/news/stress-lack-of-sleep-can-lower-your-grades-and-hurt/article_0643a742-4d0d-11e4-8ca2-001a4bcf6878.html,

[4] Orlov, Alex. 2016. The World Would Not Exist If Everyone Ate like Americans, https://mic.com/articles/143621/american-diet-is-so-disastrous-it-would-have-wreck-the-planet-in-year-2000

[5] Spending on health: A global overview. 2012. www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs319/en/.

[6] http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/what-adventists-mean-to-you, publichealth.llu.edu/adventisthealthstudies

3) EDUCATION EMPHASIS: Asian culture has a huge emphasis on education. Parents worldwide want their children to do well in schools of course, but in Asia, this is much more of a priority on average. Sometimes it can go into an obsession unfortunately with some students studying at public schools and study rooms from 6am in the morning to midnight. Classes can start as early as the toddler years (esp. in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore).

SDAs have the 2nd largest education system in the world, but we also have the healthy balance of the spiritual, mental AND physical that many education programs lack. This can be very attractive to many parents.

4) FAMILY/10 COMMANDMENTS/THE SABBATH & CREATION: Dr. Prager has a series explaining how each of the 10 commandments are extremely important for individuals, families and nations. As people see SDAs who keep all these 10 commandments and experience the profound benefits, they are impressed at how beneficial these principles are and can be drawn to belief in God.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK57RiMqTdk&list=PLK-mlwYq2oc0CEfjzYSZxg3a-26f8qJhc

5) BIBLE ECONOMICS:  SDAs have long advocated giving tithe and offerings as the Bible instructs (Malachi 3:8-10). But we do far more. And what we advocate is quite crucial for our time because many economic scholars (Dr. Michael Hudson, Dr. Noam Chomsky, and numerous others) agree that the world’s paper money system is easy to manipulate and crash so that people get in debt and lose many of their assets as this documentary points out.

In Debt We Trust Documentary – English Documentary -How Money and Credit Control Your Life
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cltc4Og6HKo

But if people follow godly principles such as those of health, marriage and others that SDAs emphasize, they can avoid debt and so be financially stable enough to get their own land outside cities instead of depending on corporation jobs and products and other man made things for their needs as happens with most living in cities. The recent disaster in Puerto Rico shows how quickly all that can crumble, causes much tragedy for those who are depending on men.

Ellen White makes it clear that most of the poverty, wretchedness, and suffering today is directly related to ignoring God’s economic plan of giving every family a home and land.

“If men would give more heed to the teaching of God’s Word, they would find a solution of these problems that perplex them. Much might be learned from the Old Testament in regard to the labor question and the relief of the poor. In God’s plan for Israel every family had a home on the land, with sufficient ground for tilling. Thus were provided both the means and the incentive for a useful, industrious, and self-supporting life. And no devising of men has ever improved upon that plan. To the world’s departure from it is owing, to a large degree, the poverty and wretchedness that exist today.” Ellen White, Welfare Ministry, p. 195

She acted on this personally too. She wrote,

“I am straining every power I possess to help different families to obtain a spot of land, where they can support themselves and obey the truth. I wish you could see some of these families. Lt 72, 1898

And she said that one of the greatest mission efforts that we can engage in is to help people to live and be independent on their own land in quotes such as these.

There are multitudes of poor families for whom no better missionary work could be done than to assist them in settling on the land and in learning how to make it yield them a livelihood. {MH 192.2}.

You can read much more on how crucial family land ownership is here:

Make sure to check the ending section on funding ideas, for how following godly land rights and especially biblical gardening methods can be an easy and very profitable way to raise a large amount of funds and some examples of churches that are doing that.

6) IDOLATRY OF MATERIALISM/BEAST POWERS: Many Christians oppose the destructive deception of greed which has throughout the Bible been a key trait of beast powers that oppose God. But thanks to the ministry of Ellen White, we SDAs have long understand much more deeply how insidious this is and how genuine love and following the golden rule is the most important solution.  Many Asian cultures have a much more communal approach to life and so do many religions in this area of the world. So they are much more receptive to worldviews which also oppose materialism strongly.

Many documentaries are showing the problems of materialism too:

Escape from the cult of Materialism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfwB0Nl56ho

Dr. Noam Chomsky from MIT, Dr. Engdahl from Princeton and other scholars agree that the biggest fear of the elite 1% plutocrats is genuine love (and biblical love that is sacrificial for others after we have taken care of the needs and comforts of our families as the Bible wisely instructs, is by far the most dangerous type of love in the eyes of the plutocrats. This is why there are so many powerful deceptions and attacks against Christianity both directly and indirectly in the media time and time again.).

In the documentary “The Corporation”, Dr. Chomsky explained that a new idea started in the 1850s. It was “Gain wealth. Forget all but self”. That is THE BIGGEST characteristic of modern times. But many people in those days, factory girls, workers and many Christians bitterly condemned this idea of selfishness. They knew that it was very harmful propaganda. They knew it would dehumanize and degrade people. They knew it would destroy culture, independence and freedom. They called it slavery to feudalism/monarchy, losing their rights as Americans, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJrEQtQDmXQ

At another lecture at Syracuse Peace Councils, Noam Chomsky said:
“…this concept of sympathy and social solidarity is considered extremely dangerous [by the most powerful and wealthy people, the top 1%]. There’s a major propaganda effort to try to drive into people’s heads that you should only be concerned for yourself…There’s been a tremendous effort over the years to somehow drive that into people’s heads and to drive out all normal human feelings…That’s pretty dangerous. If it was happening in a small country, it would be a shame. But when it’s happening in the richest most powerful country in history, it’s very dangerous.”

Noam Chomsky on U.S. Education System https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5xkp8ce7DQ (~8:08)

Based on Revelation 13, SDAs have long stated that while there are definitely sincere and honest individuals in the Catholic church and the American government, these 2 institutions are beast powers that will work to control the whole world at the end of time.
Adventist historian Dr. Baker tells us that SDA pioneers identified America as the beast from the beginning of our church based on its treatment of slaves and the Indians.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UsVDq7GTyU

You can see what Adventist pioneers said directly here.
Slavery, Prophecy and the American Nation as seenby the Adventist Pioneers, 1854-1865Trevor O’Reggio digitalcommons.andrews.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1022&context=church-history-pubs

And at the present time, there are over 46 million slaves, the most ever in history, as well as millions in debt, which the Bible calls another kind of slavery. This is a direct consequence of people ignoring God’s health laws, marriage laws, economic laws and others.

We were the only ones to warn about this danger that is becoming a reality now. A short explanation of the prophecy that we know well is here:

https://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/study-guide/e/4998/t/the-usa-in-bible-prophecy

7) SABBATH & CREATION
The Sabbath and creation are two of the most crucial doctrines for healthy and balanced living conditions for individuals, communities and especially communities.  The Sabbath is a memorial to creation (Exodus 20:8-11), but also to God’s acts of freeing human beings in many ways all throughout history (Deuteronomy 5:15) and this includes relief from oppressive work conditions that afflict millions of workers in Asia.  Some Asian workers work incredible numbers of hours. Dr. Ferguson from Harvard points out that average workers in Korea work over 1,000 hours more per year than the average German. They REALLY need the blessings of the Sabbath and the right to rest derived from creation.

Dr. Prager explains how the Sabbath is one of the most crucial foundations for healthy families and avoiding the deceptions of materialism in this short, but brilliant talk  of ~5 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKsvLpJxVTA

www.nationalreview.com/article/410919/six-reasons-why-keeping-sabbath-matters-dennis-prager

The Sabbath of course points directly to creation and belief in creation has been a huge inspiration for human rights throughout history and is in modern times as well. Because SDAs faithfully keep Sabbath, we as a result have one of the highest rates of belief in creation  and very high rates of belief in the God of creation in the Christian world (yes, some “Christians” actually don’t believe in God).

We also have the highest rate of diversity among denominations and in some of our colleges.  Asians, such as the Chinese are much more open to questioning Darwinism than western people usually are. Cambrian expert Dr. Chen once said:
“In China we can criticize Darwin, but not the government; in America, you can criticize the government, but not Darwin.”

Belief in creation influences a myriad of areas of life.
A) Creation was a primary influence on many human rights movements. It was one reason why Judeo-Christianity has pioneered nearly all human rights, more than all other worldviews combined as this site demonstrates with many citations:
http://www.truth-is-life.org/GoodLifeEvidence.html

B) Bible doctrines including creation are a bedrock of the equality of women and are crucial in protecting them from harm and exploitation. Greek concepts of universal common descent heavily influenced Darwin, that he (as well as others who were duped by this pagan Greek philosophy) thought that women were highly immature and much less evolved than men.

Darwin “reasoned that males are more evolutionarily advanced than females” (Kevles, 1986:8). Many materialistic anthropologists contemporary to Darwin concluded that “women’s brains were analogous to those of animals,” which had “overdeveloped” sense organs “to the detriment of the brain” (Fee, 1979:418). Darwin concludes that men attain,. . . a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than can women—whether requiring deep thought, reason, or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands. (Darwin, 1896:564). He thinks of women as an “object to be beloved and played with—better than a dog anyhow—Home, and someone to take care of house . . .” (Darwin, 1958:232,233).
www.icr.org/article/darwins-teaching-womens-inferiority/

Exploitation and abuse of women in various ways, happens at much higher rates in un-biblical worldviews, whether that is pagan religions like Hinduism or theism which rejects Bible principles or atheism/secularism. Much more on this is here:
http://blog.truth-is-life.org/human-rights/god-led-womens-rights/

C) Belief in creation prevents belief in Darwinism which has been repeatedly linked to dehumanizing of inferior people groups and sometimes tragic cases of genocide  as research by Dr. Weikart and many others have shown. A short introduction to this is here:

The Biology of the Second Reich

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n900e80R30

D) Belief in Sabbath and creation also points us to God’s design for marriage, which influences SDAs to have one of the highest rates of belief in the sanctity of heterosexual marriage and family and opposing homosexuality (while loving those caught in this sin). Asian cultures are still quite tradition in many ways and not very supportive of homosexuality.
http://questions.truth-is-life.org/homosexuality.html

E) CREATION ADVANCES SCIENCE/DARWINISM CRIPPLES IT
The Bible and its teaching of creation has been crucial for the progress of science. It contributed the scientific method, most of the branches of science, scientific journals, the peer review process and much more. Universal common descent/Darwinism has crippled science and sent it down many wrong roads.  Every version of materialist origins has been falsified and abandoned by all scientists on all sides after a short heyday of popularity and deceiving multitudes and enabling tragic exploitation.

Dr. Don Batten has written an insightful article on this and here’s an excerpt.

1. Creationists founded modern science Francis Bacon (1561–1626), the classical scientific method; Gerardus Mercator (1512–1594), cartography, inventor of the Mercator map projection; Galileo Galilei (1564–1642), physics, astronomy; Johann Kepler (1571–1630), astronomy; Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), probability, hydrostatics, the barometer; Robert Boyle (1627–1691), chemistry, gas dynamics; John Ray (1627–1705), natural history; Nicolaus Steno, founder of stratigraphy (geology); Isaac Newton (1642–1727), dynamics, gravitation law, law of cooling, reflecting telescope, spectrum of light, co-inventor of calculus; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz (1646–1716), mathematics, co-inventor of calculus; John Flamsteed (1646–1719), Greenwich Observatory Founder; Carolus Linnaeus (1707–1778), taxonomy, biological classification system; John Dalton (1766–1844), atomic theory, gas law. There are many others.

…3. Evolution has not contributed to scientific progress
The skeptics’ demand implies that evolutionary thinking has contributed significantly to scientific progress, but high profile scientists have made it clear that this is not so. Dr Marc Kirschner, founding chair of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School stated:“In fact, over the last 100 years, almost all of biology has proceeded independent of evolution, except evolutionary biology itself. Molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, have not taken evolution into account at all.”4
https://creation.com/creationist-scientist-contributions

F) SCIENCE HAS DEBUNKED ALL PILLARS OF DARWINISM
The most important and yet surprising thing to many people might be that all the major claims of all versions of Darwinism from Darwin’s original claim to the current modern synthesis have been debunked by science. Even leading secular scientists like Denis Noble (who held the Burdon Sanderson Chair of Cardiovascular Physiology at the University of Oxford from 1984 to 2004, was President of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, and was one of the pioneers of Systems Biology) states in scientific papers that all the pillars of the modern synthesis (Dawkin’s gene-centric view of evolution, the modern synthesis) have been falsified.

“In this article, I will show that all the central assumptions of the Modern Synthesis (often also called Neo-Darwinism) have been disproven… “

Physiology is rocking the foundations of evolutionary biology – Denis Noble – 17 May 2013, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1113/expphysiol.2012.071134/full,

He gave a lecture on this here:
“Rocking the foundations of biology”
www.voicesfromoxford.org/video/physiology-and-the-revolution-in-evolutionary-biology/184

See also:
Neo-Darwinism has failed as an evolutionary theory, www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/neo-darwinism-has-failed-as-an-evolutionary-theory/98152.article

Two other major scientists, Vicky Merhej and Didier Raoult, write:

“We have identified seven key principles in The Origin of Species (Darwin, 1859)…None of the seven points…can be permanently retained. Recent advances from genomics refute the ideas of gradualism, exclusive vertical inheritance, evolution selecting the fittest, a common ancestor and the TOL. Indeed, there may not be any two genes that have the same evolutionary tree.”

  “Rhizome of life, catastrophes, sequence exchanges, gene creations, and giant viruses: how microbial genomics challenges Darwin”, Vicky Merhej and Didier Raoult, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3428605/, Aug. 28, 2012

Another scientist, Dr. Ager, explains that Darwinian ideas in his field have been shown to be false and this is typical.

“It must be significant that nearly all the evolutionary stories I learned as a student, from Trueman’s Ostrea Gryphaea to Carruthers’ Zaphrentis delanouei, have now been ‘debunked’”.

Ager, D.V., The nature of the fossil record, Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 87(2):131–160, 1976.

This happens again and again and again.  About the only actual evolving that actually happens in nature is
A) species mutating and losing genetic information to create new and usually weaker species (which is a major pillar of creation science and now called genetic entropy) and
B) Darwinian  scientists evolving new speculations over the years about how all the variations of life could have come into being.

That’s pretty much it.

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION INFORMATION:

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WAYS TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVANGELISM

How can godly individuals and churches raise money to support. There are many ways:

1) GROW A GARDEN:  This seems too simple, but ~35% of people’s income is spent on food, and growing a garden can save a lot of money that way and even more if you can find a market to sell your food at.  The biblical documentary “Back to Eden” shows how to do organic farming quite cheaply, easily and profitably following Bible principles.

https://vimeo.com/28055108

Many people around the world are realizing the tremendous value of land for each family or even growing gardens. For one convention center it is saving them ~$3,000,000 a year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlJoBhLnqko

This is another account of a farmer who is making $100,000 from 1/3 of an acre in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada , most of which he doesn’t even own.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP5bOr0aC58

God bless as you consider how to support the work in China and beyond to the 10/40 window!
Bryan Bissell

Experiencing how God’s truth energizes life!