I left the Adventist Church as a member and as a minister in December of 1999. I have never regretted that decision and have been very grateful for the way our Lord has both led me in my Christian faith and amazed at the pastoral ministry opportunities since.
However, the one thing that I still find difficult to comprehend, is the former Adventists who persist in an anti-Adventist obsession while ignoring the very rest in Christ that they claim to have discovered.
It seems to me that if you’re resting in Christ you have an intimate knowledge of His grace less likely to be obsessed with another’s faults.
In my 20’s I worked at a temporary job slinging metal doors from a conveyor belt to a rack where other workers secured hinges, but I don’t recall complaining about that in my 30’s or 40’s or 50’s, I just moved on to more meaningful employment.
I’ve never heard a teenager express a disdain over the days they wore diapers, yet some formers fret over the SDA beliefs as if they are still trying to convince themselves that they made the right decision in leaving.
I guess it’s easier to complain about who we once were than to walk by faith in where we are now.
Now I have heard the arguments from formers saying they are following biblical principles about fighting heresies, but do you know what I think…I think they (yes maybe you) are afraid to move on and actually evangelize people who don’t even know Jesus.
You can learn more about my former Adventist background at my Former Adventist? page.