Silver Spring, MD – In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Waco tragedy, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has issued a statement urging members not to question its authority.
“The Waco tragedy was a painful reminder of what happens when people stray from the path of righteousness,” said GC spokesperson, Elder Thomas Whaat. “And the only way to avoid such a fate is to follow the GC’s guidance without question.”
The statement comes as some Adventists have expressed concern over recent decisions made by the GC. One member, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “I feel like the GC is becoming more authoritarian, and they’re not listening to the concerns of the people in the pews. The Waco tragedy happened because of blind obedience. We need to be able to speak up and voice our concerns.”
However, Elder Whaat dismissed these concerns, stating, “We understand that some members may have questions or doubts, but we assure you that the GC is guided by the Holy Spirit, and we are doing what’s best for the church. We encourage all Adventists to have faith in our leadership and to trust the direction we are taking the church.”
Whaat’s comments received mixed reactions from members, with some expressing support for the GC’s stance, while others remain skeptical.
White pushed back on the skeptics, stressing the importance of compliance, and warning against the dangers of independent thinking and critical analysis.
“We know it can be tempting to think for oneself,” Elder White said. “But as the Bible says, ‘Lean not on your own understanding, but trust in the GC with all your heart.’”