SDA clarification on its position and relationship to the group “Glorious Hope”
The Seventh-day Adventist Church wishes to clarify its position and relationship to the group “Glorious Hope” located on Herbert’s Main Road, Antigua.
The church is acutely aware of the general state of misunderstanding and confusion that has been created over the past several months with respect to the formation of what some are calling a new Seventh-day Adventist Congregation. This state of confusion has been heightened by the unfortunate public statements that were made on Observer Radio on April 12, 2022 by two leaders of the Glorious Hope Ministries indicating that they were indeed Seventh-day Adventists. The South Leeward Conference of Seventh-day Adventists hereby wishes to inform the general public that it has absolutely no affiliation with this group. The Seventh-day Adventist Church does not sanction independent ministries. It does form working relationships with Supporting Ministries under clearly specified criteria. Such relationship is one of trust and cooperation where the Leaders of the supporting ministry are all members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in good standing and where the ministry is loyal to the fundamental principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church inclusive of the recognition of the authority and structure of the church at its various levels.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church holds no hostility towards any member of the group. We further respect the religious right of any person to choose in matters of religious affiliation. We acknowledge that any person, Seventh-day Adventist or otherwise, is free to visit any denomination.
It is however important that we state publicly that the circumstances under which this group was formed and operate, are contrary to the principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church Organization. As such, we desire the public to be made aware that, notwithstanding the public pronouncements by members of the “Glorious Hope”, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has no affiliation whatsoever to this group. We have no congregation on Herbert’s Main Road and none of our local congregations carry the name Glorious Hope.
We wish for the public to be guided accordingly.
Carson L. Greene,