General Conference leaders on hunger fast to end Carson presidential bid

Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson
SILVER SPRING, Md. — As Seventh-day Adventist retired pediatric neurosurgeon and 2016 US presidential contender, Ben Carson surges ahead in the Republican primary rankings, a wave of panic has swept the offices of the headquarters of the Adventist Church. Leaders that were mildly amused about an Adventist candidate for president when Carson was considered a long shot are now uniting in a hunger fast aimed at ending Carson’s run.

Carson has made headlines every week for months due to his rise in Republican polls and from a string of polarising political comments. The Adventist candidate recently said he doesn’t think a Muslim should be the president of the United States and has in the last few days called for kindergarten teachers to carry guns.

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“We hope Dr.Carson will come to his senses soon and drop out of the race,” said GC Fast Coordinator, Pohr Phavor. “This has gone far enough and nobody at the GC director level or above is touching another morsel of FriChik or veggie lasagna until he quits.”

Many Adventist leaders participating in the hunger fast say that despite the physical discomfort of a formal fast, little about their eating patters has changed. I was having trouble eating anyway from living in fear of what Dr. Carson would say next,” said a GC vice president who wished to remain anonymous.

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53 Comments

    • Debbie

      Very poor response to try and discourage Carson for going for President. Even worse to get him to say that he is Baptist. As for the current US election. The SDA church will fortunately not be asked whether they agree with a female president. I suppose they’ll vote for Trump. Poor show to not accept yhe only female Conference President who God called…. Disappointed ….

  1. Barbara Grissett

    Has anyone given any thought to how the SDA church would be able to mesh a Carson presidency with its traditional eschatology? Would an Adventist president really embrace the Catholic Church, institute Sunday laws, and bring about the end of the world?

  2. Milly Brown-Rice

    Why does everybody laugh so hard at these stories when they are not funny? This site is publishing comical lies in the name of “satire.” Satire is one thing; lies are another; this story is neither one! You can stop hiding behind that silly screen name (“sevvy”). We know who you are; our private eye has identified you as Bill Not of Willacoochee, Georgia. You are a great writer. Why not use your time and talent to write something true and worthwhile, like The Adventures of Captain Underpants or Harlequin Romance? Nobody (not even me) even reads this site anymore; and all the readers who write comments are a big bunch of losers (including me). What is the world coming to? A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore!

  3. Ray Kraft

    Oh I hope Dr. Ben gets elected . . . the comedy clubs will soon be swarmed with President Carson impersonaters! Bill Maher won’t be able to stop laffing! SNL will rise to new heights! Just wait ’til some good investigative journalist asks him if it’s true, as Ellen G. White says, that the leading cause of death and disease and mental illness in America is “secret vice!” and that dinosaurs were “amalgamations of man and beast!”

  4. Richard Mills

    The guys at the GC are wasting their precious time “fasting”. They need to hunger & thirst after righteousness. God sets up and puts down all kingdoms and its related leaders. Isn’t this what was wanted way back in King Saul’s time? Satire or not. Ain’t no different today. Woe is me!!

    • Colonel "Bernie" Sanders

      I don’t know about you, but whenever I fast, I start to hunger and thirst pretty quickly! Of course, I’m hungering as much for a delicious crispy chicken sandwich as for righteousness and all that good stuff, but the fact remains that… what was I talking about again?

    • Joe Thursday

      There are rational, reasonable explanations for all of the so-called “lies” that the liberal media is accusing Carson of, including the Mannatech connection, the Perceptions 301 make-up exam at Yale, the claim of being temperamental and violent as a child, and the offer of a West Point education. It’s laughable how they are going through his book with a fine-toothed comb, desperately trying find something–anything–they can call “inconsistent” or “inaccurate.” Spend 5 minutes surfing reputable news outlets and you will see why the liberal critics’ accusations are full of holes. The liberal scandal-seekers are the only ones lying. Specifically, they’re lying about Carson. I bet their next step will be to bribe a nurse to claim there was an affair, or bribe Carson’s kindergarten teacher to claim that he once urinated in his pants or forgot to flush the toilet. I wouldn’t be surprised if The Donald or The Hillary are behind this quest to raise a scandal. It is sad to see how low the shysters will stoop in a vicious effort to discredit a true hero.

  5. Sam Spade

    CNN reports that Douglas Morgan, a professor of history at Washington Adventist University, said, “Some [Adventists] are enthusiastic [about Carson’s candidacy] but it’s a small minority. I don’t get much of a sense from Adventists that this is our man, [that] this is our Adventist candidate.”

    But Carson said he has found plenty of support among fellow members of his church and the criticism doesn’t bother him at all. In fact, “I don’t identify myself as an Adventist,” he said. “I identify myself more as an American who happens to believe in Christ.” http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/25/politics/ben-carson-2016-religion/index.html

  6. Sam Spade

    When the Religion News Service asked Ben Carson to explain his connection to the SDA church in 1999, Carson gave what amounted to a noncommittal spiritual shrug.

    “I spend just as much time in non-Seventh-day Adventist churches because I’m not convinced that the denomination is the most important thing,” he said. “I think it’s the relationship with God that’s most important.”

  7. Roger Metzger

    Is Dr. Carson an adventist in the sense of believing that the kingdom of glory is an heavenly kingdom–not an earthly one?

    So far as I know.

    Does Dr. Carson expect a supernatural cataclysmic return of Jesus?

    So far as I know

    Does Dr. Carson expect the sleeping saints to be resurrected when Jesus returns?

    So far as I know.

    Does Dr. Carson believe the purpose of the return of Jesus is for him to take the risen saints and the saints who have survived until the second advent to be with him where he is?

    So far as I know.

    Is Dr. Carson an Adventists (with a capital “A”) in the sense of being a voting member in good standing in the Seventh-day Adventist organization?

    So far as I know.

    So who is “barely adventist”?

    Well, let’s see: The pioneeers of the advent movement decried hierarchy.

    Now who’s “barely adventist”?

    The pioneers decried creeds (lists of doctrines employed to measure a person’s orthodoxy).

    Now who’s “barely adventist”?

    Is this a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

    Maybe even when the kettle’s definition of “adventist” is closer to that of the pioneers.

  8. MELVIN

    THE GC MAY NEED TO PAUSE AND CONSIDER THE NEED FOR SUCH A FAST, ESPECIALLY IN THE LIGHT OF THE BIBLICAL AND HEALTH REASONS FOR TRUE FASTING.IF IT CAN BE FIRMLY ESTABLISHED THAT THE ‘USA’ WILL FULFILL CERTAIN UNCONDITIONAL PROPHECIES, ACCORDING TO THE CHURCHES UNDERSTANDING , THEN WHY ASK THEIR GOD TO DO OTHER THAN WHAT THEY SAID HE PREDICTED TO COME TO PASS. WOULDN’T IT BE BETTER TO FAST FOR FITNESS TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH WHEN THE FINAL BATTLE CALL FOR FIT SOLDIERS TO”‘STAND LIKE A BRAVE WITH THEIR FACE TO THE FOE”[BE HE BEN OR ANOTHER FOE].

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