|NEWSBREAK: SDA Trademark Alert!|
Sued by a Fictitious Person
Hated of All Men for His Name's Sake
Update 07/19/05: It has been revealed to us that the General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists has begun to move forward with their expected legal persecution of the Creation Seventh Day Adventist Church. A letter has been drafted, but not yet received by our members, which follows the same mode of delivery as was undertaken in the above-mentioned letter to the Davidian, and the previous letters of demand that have been sent to various other Adventist believers over time. With prayer, and by the grace of the Almighty, we will stand in the face of this great evil, and witness for the purity of the Faith of our Savior.
Update 07/22/05: Pastor Walter "Chick" McGill has drafted a letter to the lawfirm being used by the General Conference to enforce the Trademark asking for their understanding in the delay of his receiving the letter, as he is away currently on an evangelistic mission. The Letter may be read here.
Update 10/21/05: Pastor "Chick" has received a certified letter from the General Conference Corporation's attorneys, demanding the surrender of several domain names. This letter appears, upon inspection, to be merely a copy of a previous letter sent to the owner of some domain names maintained by the owner of davidiansda.org, containing only insignificant alterations (see Davidian related communication in the above links). From the letter itself, it appears that the facts of the correspondance have been confused, as they refer to communications with him through the Davidian SDAs (that never took place), and all but one of the domain names they cited are / were owned by the Davidians.. Pastor "Chick" has sent an answer to the letter via certified mail.
Demand letter : Introductory letter Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
Pastor "Chick"s response may be read here.
Update 03/22/06: The General Conference attorneys have now sent documents to our web-hosting company complaining of certain trademark violations among our domain names. As documentation becomes available we plan to post for your reading.
Update 05/27/06: We have received notice that the General Conference Corporation of SDAs is now threatening our internet domain names on the world scale. Pastor "Chick" has received email notification that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center has received a complaint against several of our websites, this complaint being dated at May 23rd of this year.
We have also received word that Vincent Ramik (attorney for the General Conference Corporation) has sent a box containing some kind of information to pastor "Chick." As it turns out, pastor "Chick" had recently left on an evangelism trip to Canada, to meet with some of the brethren there who were baptized this last Feast of Unleavened Bread. As such he was not available to receive the package (which we assume is related to the WIPO complaint). When we discover the contents of this package, we will inform our readers.
For now, the CSDA Church covets the prayers of those who have been following our work and ministry. If this matter indeed goes as the Conference would have it go on a world scale, things could move forward very quickly to the end; for when the Trademark is imposed upon the people of Yah on a worldwide stage, it will not be long before the voice of the Witness ceases to be heard on the earth, and then the end will come. Our prayers are with all those who have been sympathizers and supporters, and may Yahshua find our houses in order upon His grand and glorious return.
Update 06/09/06: We have received notice that the official arbitration procedure has begun as of June 8th of this year. We are now in the 20-day response process, and will be making reply to WIPO in a timely fashion, Yahweh willing. The complaint document itself may be viewed HERE. Let us be fervent in prayer as matters continue to develop.
Update 06/16/06: We finally received a seven pound package from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in Geneva, Switzerland. It contains the complaint filed by the General Conference, along with all annexes and other official policies set for the arbitration process. This is evidently a duplication of the box that the General Conference attorney tried to have delivered to Pastor "Chick" at the church house in Tennessee.
Update 06/28/06: Our response has been sent to the WIPO doman dispute center by email and by FedEx as of yesterday, 27th of June. The response may be viewed HERE, and the list of annexes sent may be viewed HERE. Our prayers continue upward for Yah's perfect will to be done in this situation.
Update 09/02/06: We have received the decision of the arbitration panel appointed by WIPO. The decision of the panel is that all four of the domain names under dispute must be turned over to the Conference. This will be done automatically at some point in the near future; therefore, we are in the process of updating our current site (csda.us) to house all of our relevant data. We are anticipating that local litigation may follow at any time, therefore we ask for the continued prayers and support of those who protest any and all unions of civil power with ecclesiastical authority. The decision documents that pertain to our case may be read HERE and HERE. The official online WIPO decision may be accessed HERE.
Update 09/27/06: The SDA trademark lawsuit expected for the past 15 years has now begun. The "image of the beast" is imposing "the mark" on the "Remnant Church of Creation 7th Day Adventists." The legal complaint may be viewed by clicking HERE or HERE for printable PDF format.
Update 10/10/06: The General Conference of SDA is now threatening Pastor "Chick" with a demand letter regarding a CSDA domain name in Canada. See images of the letter and Canadian trademark documents following:
Demand Letter, page 1
Demand Letter, page 2
Trademark Document, page 1
Trademark Document, page 2
The Canadian website is accessed HERE or HERE
Pastor "Chick" will be answering the demand letter in a timely manner.
Update 10/20/06: Read Pastor "Chick's" response to Associate General Counsel Parker's demand letter HERE.
Update 11/01/06: The new book entitled Finally... Out of Darkness, Into His Marvelous Light was mailed to all of the Conference Offices in North America today. Read the CSDA Church Membership Cover Letter enclosed with the gift book HERE.
Update 12/24/06: The official scheduling order for the McGill lawsuit has been received. A jury trial is set for January 7, 2008 (a three-day trial is expected).
Update 03/25/07: A two-page letter has been sent out to a large number of Adventists to inform them of the Trademark lawsuit, of which most are unaware. Positive responses have already begun to be received as a result of this information.
Update 05/17/07: A Letter of Appeal dated April, 2007, has been drafted to and posted for the benefit of the General Conference Seventh-day Adventist membership.
Update 11/17/07: Judge James Todd rescheduled the three-day jury trial to begin June 2, 2008. Lead attorney for the Plaintiffs, Jeffrey Tew, has officially withdrawn from the trademark lawsuit.
Update 04/29/08: A court order was filed by the judge denying the General Conference motion to prevent a jury trial. This is a signal victory in the McGill case.
Update 05/30/08: Judge Daniel Breen rescheduled the three-day jury trial to begin Monday, October 6th at 9:30 a.m.
Update 06/16/08: An order granting in part and denying in part [pdf][doc] the General Conference's motion for a summary judgment was issued on June 11, 2008. The trademarked name "Seventh day Adventist" was upheld by the judge's decision. A complete victory was denied the Conference, however, regarding the words "SDA and "Adventist." As more information about what this decision means for the CSDA movement becomes available, we will update this page.
Update 09/04/08: The trial has been moved to an unset date pending a court-mandated mediation conference between Pastor McGill and the Plaintiffs, set for October 2nd. The purpose of the conference is to attempt to reach a comprimise regarding the remaining issues - the acronym "S.D.A." and the name "Adventist." Pastor McGill has certified to the court that he will not be attending the mediation conference.
Update 05/27/09: An injunction is issued by Judge Daniel Breen enjoining the Church from using the names Seventh-day Adventist, Seventh-day, Adventist, or the acronym SDA with an order to submit a sworn notice of compliance to the Court by June 17, 2009. No compliance report was filed.
Update 08/20/09: An appellant brief has been filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by the defendant.
Update 11/21/09: The attorneys for the General Conference have submitted a proposed order of contempt to the Court. While it has yet to be accepted or rejected by the Judge, it is highly significant as it reveals clearly the intent and desires of the General Conference towards dissenters. Written as though it were by the Judge himself, the General Conference seeks in the document - among other things - the immediate arrest and incarceration of Pastor McGill as soon as he returns to any part of the United States, the dispatch of a U.S. Federal Marshal to the Guys property - accompanied by and under the direction of the General Conference's representative - to confiscate and destroy all signs and materials displaying or even containing the terms "Adventist," "SDA," "CSDA," etc., the removal of several domain names and websites, including several domains such as thefourthangel.net which have no relation to the Church name, and the authority to carry out an investigation into the identities of anyone other than Pastor McGill who may be assisting in proclaiming the CSDA message.
The sheer similarity between the words in this document and the words of the Papacy during the Reformation are so striking that they ought to make any supporter of the trademark policy blush in shame. A document written by the church for the magistrate to adopt and enforce, authorizing the destruction of heretical materials by an officer of the law acting under the direct physical supervision of an agent of the church, the imprisonment of dissenters wherever they may be found until such a time as they recant, and the authority to seek out and find any others who dare defy the ruling - all because of the name in which we teach our faith. Truly the image bears a striking resemblance to the beast.
Update 12/14/09: The Magistrate Judge has filed a report and recommendation with the Court advising it to adopt the contempt of court charges requested by the Conference and award them attorney's fees, as well as the confiscation of virtually all domain names related to the CSDA faith, whether making use the name or not. The Magistrate Judge advised against the use of U.S. Marshals, as the GC had requested, and instead advised the Court to order the GC to "see ye to it," taking down the signs either themselves or through their agents, and to present us with the bill. Surely, the sight of the General Conference's agents reaching up to destroy and obscure the name "Seventh Day Adventist" will be of great significance in the eyes of the watching universe.
Update 1/6/10: Judge Breen adopts the Magistrate judge's recommendation in full and issues an order of contempt against Pastor McGill. The order also authorizes the seizure of several websites suspected of association with or ownership by the CSDA Church, including some not violative of the injunction.
Update 2/4//10: The Conference attorneys issue a list of questions to be asked Pastor McGill at a second deposition hearing, including questions as to the specific bank account numbers and property holdings of not only his own, but those belonging to anyone who may be considered to be in any way associated with him - even his relatives. Pastor McGill has certified he will not attend the deposition.
Update 2/11/10: Notice is received from the attorneys for the General Conference that the raid by Federal Marshals on behalf of the General Conference will occur on February 12th at 11:00 am. Advertisements are run in area newspapers for a religious liberty rally on the date to protest the infringement of First Amendment rights. The same day, the General Conference sends notice of the date being changed for undisclosed reasons to the 16th. The date of the rally is likewise altered to the 16th at 9:00 am. ABC News in Jackson, Tennessee covers the impending raid and trademark conflict.
Update 2/16/10: Attorneys for the General Conference, accompanied by a Constable and videographer, arrive at the CSDA Church building with a sign crew in tow and destroy the church's signs. Officials also confiscate various religious materials, books, and articles from the building while a picket line protests the church-state union and trademark enforcement. During the raid, the audio testimony of Dr. David Aguilar is played via loudspeakers on the property. ABC News, The Daily Corinthian, and the McNairy County News offer coverage of the event, and a video of "some reaching up their hands to remove the banner, and obscure it's significance" may be seen here.
Update 3/8/10: Signs are restored on the Church building via white paint. Pictures may be seen here and here. ABC News and The Daily Corinthian cover the event.
Update 3/18/10: Correspondence takes place between Joel Galanter, attorney for the General Conference, and Lucan Chartier, Pastor McGill's assistant, regarding a subpoena served on him in conjunction with the case. Mr. Chartier indicates he will not attend the deposition, nor will he resist if the Conference wishes to start contempt proceedings with the intention of placing him in jail.
Update 3/25/10: A motion for contempt is issued against Lucan Chartier for both refusal to appear at deposition and the repainting of the Church signs. It is apparent from prior correspondence that the sole aim of this is incarceration, as Mr. Chartier has certified that contempt will yield neither compliance nor monetary gain. Three other individuals are also named in the paper, despite not being members of the Church nor being present or aware of the sign's repainting, after they were identified as being present at the protests on February 16th.
Update 3/26/10: A motion for more sanctions and further contempt charges is filed against Pastor McGill by the Conference, this time in response to his refusal to attend a Discovery hearing to answer such questions as specific bank account information and properties owned by himself or anyone who may in any way be potentially associated with him, including relatives and employees. The full list of questions intended to be posed may be found here.
Update 4/03/10: We have received a copy of the oral arguments held in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinatti, Ohio on March 11th. The audio may be downloaded in Realaudio format here and in mp3 format here. The file is approximately 35 minutes in length. Voices in the audio transcript are Charles Holliday for the defendant, Joel Galanter for the General Conference, and Judges Sutton, Kennedy, and Moore as the questioners. A ruling is expected in the upcoming months.
Update 5/22/10: Subpoenas are received by Lucan Chartier and three others to appear at a contempt hearing in Jackson, TN on the 25th of May at 10:00 am.
Update 5/29/10: An audio transcript of Mr. Chartier's testimony on May 25th is made available. ABC 7 in Jackson covers the hearing via interview, as cameras were not allowed in the Courtroom. The General Conference's attorneys dropped the request for sanctions against the other individuals who were not present for the repainting of the signs, however maintained their request for the Court to issue sanctions against Mr. Chartier and Pastor McGill, specifying a request for "civil commitment." It is probable that this was intended to mean incarceration, despite the term itself generally referring to a Court-ordered commitment to a mental health institute.
Heretofore, the entire matter has been at the choice of the General Conference. The Court order has been violated, and no CSDA member can cease doing so at the cost of their convictions. The only question has been whether the Conference would, as they did in the Marik case, press the matter to the Court and require them to enforce that order by incarcerating Commandment-keeping Christians. That has now been answered beyond all reasonable question. The Seventh-day Adventist denomination officially considers the protection of it's trademark more valuable than the freedom of Adventists themselves, and has, as the Jewish nation once before it, demanded "If thou let him go, thou art not the friend of Caesar." A Court ruling is expected in the near future.
Update 6/26/10: The report and recommendation to Judge Breen is filed by Magistrate Judge Bryant. Recommending that the Court find both Mr. Chartier and Pastor McGill in contempt, the Judge takes opportunity to give several observations regarding his perceptions, many of which are blatently inaccurate and/or condescending. Among other statements, the Judge commends Mr. Chartier for his sincerity and knowledge then proceeds to dismiss him as a misguided and inexperienced youth. He further reports that the Defendant took the name arbitrarily (despite a prior Court acknowledgment that it was based on Divine revelation), that they seized a property right (despite religious identity being an entirely different matter from property), and that they are creating confusion to the detriment of the General Conference (despite no evidence of such ever having been presented).
He further states that the proper method of resolving disputes in doctrine would be to take up the matter with the leaders of the Adventist church rather than separate (demonstrating a clear ignorance of the fact that such was attempted repeatedly), to take a different and distinctive name from the Plantiff's (disregarding the fact that the Defendant does use a different and distinctive name), and re-affirms the notion that the Court and the Plaintiff are not interfering with the Defendant's ability to freely practice their religion (despite it having been being repeatedly and forcefully presented that the use of the name is a part of the religion). As this is a report and recommendation to Judge Breen, the final decision is being awaited from his desk.
Update 8/10/10: The Court of Appeals hands down it's judgment and opinion on the case. Despite acknowledging that the beliefs of Pastor McGill and the CSDA Church are sincere, based on Divine mandate, and that the enforcement of the mark "Seventh-day Adventist" substantially burdens the practice of their religion, they proceed to affirm the decision of the District Court regardless, ruling in favor of the General Conference. Interestingly, to reach this conclusion the Court disregarded prior precedent on the meaning of RFRA, concluding that it could not apply to a private party attempting to enforce Federal laws on another, but instead only if the Government itself is a plaintiff or defendant.
Essentially, it does not matter if our freedom to exercise our religion is denied, so long as it is a church doing it with Federal power and enforcement, and not the Government itself initiating the action. The Court found that they did not have to meet any compelling burden test due to their rejection of RFRA, and concluded that while it is unlikely anyone would accidentally join the wrong church due to a similarity in name, they could envision someone reading the teachings of the CSDA Church and ascribing them to the General Conference mistakenly. In summary, the Court of Appeals ruled that questions of confusion over doctrine and religious writings are the domain of the U.S. Court system, subject to it's enforcement. It further ruled that appeals to religious liberty laws or requests for the Government to show "compelling interest" for this violation of religious freedom are irrelevant and will go unanswered so long as it is a church that brings the question and asks the Government to do it's bidding, and not the Government itself.
The inescapable conclusion is that religious persecution in the United States is perfectly okay so long as the Government is the tool of the church and not acting alone. Thus it was that the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists formed an image to Papal Rome for the enforcement of it's mark. As we are still awaiting the ruling of Judge Breen regarding the request for contempt of court and subsequent penalties for Pastor McGill and Mr. Chartier, we expect the results of this church-state union to become apparent to all in a short period of time.
Update 11/08/10: A petition for a writ of certiorari has been filed with the Supreme Court of the United States, requesting the Court to hear the appeal. The primary legal question under dispute is whether the RFRA may be applied to civil suits in Federal Court based upon Federal law.
Update 1/15/11: As a result of the scheduled contempt hearing on December 16th, Judge Bryant issues another report and recommendation to Judge Breen, this time advising fines and specific jail terms for Bro. Chartier and Pastor McGill. The R&R follows the pattern of the prior one filed by Judge Bryant in June, containing more factual errors than are valuable to cite, in addition to the new element of a Biblical argument inserted into the legal document. Both Bro. Chartier and Pastor McGill file objections to the report with the Court on various grounds, including inappropriate procedure and RFRA violations.
GCC Threatens Any Group with "Adventist" in the Name
"NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE 'ADVENTIST' APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN"
The Federation of Jewish Adventist Society, October 31, 2006
Check Points News: December 1, 2006
GCC Threatens Davidian SDA
First page of demand letter to DAVIDIAN SDA
Second page of demand letter to DAVIDIAN SDA
Third page of demand letter to DAVIDIAN SDA
Fourth page of demand letter to DAVIDIAN SDA
Update 07/06/06: During preparation of Pastor Walter McGill's response to the General Conference complaint filed with the WIPO Arbitration Center, he discovered that the conflict between DavidianSDA.org owner and the General Conference was quietly settled.
It can be seen by the following Annexes presented in Pastor McGill's response that in exchange for the domain names 7THDAYADVENTISTCHURCH.ORG, SEVENTHDAYAVENTISTCHURCH.NET, and SEVENTHDAYADVENTISTCHURCH.INFO, the owner of DavidianSDA.org was able to continue ownership and use of 7THDAYADVENTIST.INFO:
Database search for 7THDAYADVENTISTCHURCH.ORG-- Notice that the current owner is Walter Carson of the General Conference of SDA.
Database search for SEVENTHDAYADVENTISTCHURCH.NET-- Notice that the current owner is Stanley Pace, and on page two of the search results it indicates that the date of creation is 05/24/2006.
Database search for SEVENTHDAYADVENTISTCHURCH.INFO-- The creation date is June 20, 2006 and owner is Moniker Privacy Services.
Database search for 7THDAYADVENTIST.INFO-- It is noted here that the owner of this domain name reamains as DavidianSDA.org with the creation date of April 27, 2004.
Obviously, the General Conference of SDA has negotiated a settlement with the owner of DavidianSDA.org. Interestingly, though the General Conference allows DavidianSDA.org to continue use of 7THDAYADVENTIST.INFO, the attorneys representing the General Conference are seeking to have 7TH-DAY-ADVENTIST.ORG transferred from Pastor McGill to the General Conference of SDA.
June 3, 2006: Persecution of EllenGWhite.org
The Seventh-day Adventist Australian Controversy: Restitution Ministries
PEOPLE, PLACES, AND EVENTS IN THE GREATER SYDNEY CONFERENCE MAR/APR 2006
Statement re: Restitution Ministries
The Greater Sydney Conference leadership have been working with Restitution Ministries for some time. This finally led to a shared Bible study with leading theologians from the South Pacific Division, including Dr Paul Petersen (Field Secretary) in December 2005. Following this, an opportunity was given to Restitution Ministries to officially declare their ministry as a “Supporting Adventist Ministry” of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A period of six weeks was given to Restitution Ministries to agree to this status and sign a document which indicated their full support of the 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. At the end of this time, Restitution Ministries made it very clear that they do not fully accept the Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The particular beliefs that they are not supportive of are the teachings on the Godhead (Fundamental #2), Jesus (Fundamental #4), and the Holy Spirit (Fundamental #5). Therefore, at the February meeting of the Executive Committee of the Greater Sydney Conference, an action was taken to declare Restitution Ministries as an unsupportive independent ministry and therefore not entitled to use the name “Seventh-day Adventist, Seventh-day Adventist Church or SDA Church” in their publications or presentations. This action also indicated that the local churches take appropriate action in harmony with the scriptures and the church manual regarding their membership. We pray that the Holy Spirit may guide us all as we travel toward our Heavenly Home.
Pastor Michael Worker General Secretary
Please read carefully the following prophetic articles
authored by Pastor "Chick" in 1995:
The Controverted Name
The Final Warning
In 1606, many Pilgrims were driven out of England because they illegally separated from the Church of England. Many were betrayed or lost personal property and dignity. Others were imprisoned, forcibly separated from their families, or driven into exile in Holland.
In the 1630's, the Puritans were persecuted for their efforts to reform and purify the Church of England from within. Unauthorized assemblies for religious worship were prohibited under penalty of imprisonment, exile, torture and death.
Quakers were also persecuted in England because of their refusal to conform to the Church of England. They believed each person could experience God directly, without benefit of church building, clergy or liturgy. Thus, these Quakers were burdened with excessive taxes and charged with blasphemy, disturbing the peace, disorderly behavior, and contempt of court. Many were sentenced to a whipping. Their goods and property were confiscated, and some meeting houses were destroyed. By 1680, 10,000 Quakers had been imprisoned in England, and 243 had died of torture and mistreatment in the King's jails.
In 1685, the Huguenots (Protestants living in Roman Catholic France) were denied their free exercise of religion. Their options were death, imprisonment, or emigration.
The plain, moral lives of the Swiss Brethren, nicknamed Anabaptists, attracted many converts from the state church in Germany. However, around 1700, they were persecuted when they insisted that only believers should be baptized.
October 31, 1731 (on the 214th Anniversary of Martin Luther's Reformation) a Roman Catholic Archbishop in Salzburg, Austria, demanded that all Protestants recant their non-Catholic beliefs or be banished. All Protestant Bibles, books and hymnals were burned. Over 21,475 Protestants were forced into exile. Many fled through snowstorms and icy winds. Their money was soon spent to pay for excessive taxes, tolls, and protection by soldiers from robbers. Despite this adversity, they sang inspirational hymns: "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" and "Now Thank We All Our God."
By establishing a rich heritage of religious freedom, America became a refuge from religious persecution for thousands of these Pilgrims, Puritans, Quakers, Huguenots, Anabaptists, and Protestants from Salzburg. In 1620, Pilgrims came to America on the Mayflower. In the 1630's, as many as 20,000 Puritans immigrated to New England. Quakers and Anabaptists escaped to Pennsylvania. By 1685 as many as 8,000 Quakers had come to William Penn's haven for religious tolerance. In the hundred years before 1725, about 5,000-7,000 Huguenot religious refugees came to New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and South Carolina.
On January 19, 1734, 78 Salzburg exiles sailed for Georgia. Upon their arrival, they named their new home Ebenezer (stone of help or monument to God's protection) according to the sermon they had just heard from I Samuel 7:12.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees freedom of religion to all those who live in this country. Yet despite our reputation, rich heritage, and the guarantees of the Constitution, many American Christians are today being denied freedom of religion.
Quoted from: The Legal Alert
David C. Gibbs, Jr., Attorney
Seventh-day Adventists have long predicted the repeat of history with respect to religious intolerance, even in this "haven of religious liberty" -- the United States of America. With "worldly policy" governing the actions and reactions of "the church" of today, we see on the horizon -- a "civilized inquisition" unfolding. The "overwhelming surprise" comes as this "inquisition" now originates with the Seventh-day Adventist Church itself.
Seventh-day Adventist Church's Trademark Registration Certificate
Attorney Carson talks about why...trademark protection
Seventh-day Adventist Church Trademark Guidelines
Seventh-day Adventist Church Trademark Policy Amended 2003
Nearly 300 pastors, lay members, educators, and administrators gathered at the Adventist world headquarters for the 2003 Annual Council, October 10-15. . . .
The committee heard reports, voted new policy items, and approved the church's 2004 world budget. Among the items voted were new statements on labor unions and church trademarks. . . .
Adventist Review, November 2003, p. 43
TRADEMARK NEWS from 2003
Canadian SDA Ministry Under Fire from the Conference
Listen to Part One of a Telephone Conversation Regarding This Conflict
Listen to Part Two of a Telephone Conversation Regarding This Conflict
Religious Liberty Restricted in Zambia
Letter Dated June 28, 2000
How to "overcome the beast and his image"
SDA Church Used Tithes to Finance Trademark Lawsuits!
What Can You Do?
"The framers of the Constitution recognized the eternal principle that man's relation with his God is above human legislation, and his rights of conscience inalienable. Reasoning was not necessary to establish this truth; we are conscious of it in our own bosoms. It is this consciousness which, in defiance of human laws, has sustained so many martyrs in tortures and flames. They felt that their duty to God was superior to human enactments, and that man could exercise no authority over their consciences. It is an inborn principle which nothing can eradicate." Congressional documents (U.S.A.), serial No. 200,document No. 271. Quoted in The Great Controversy, pp. 295-96.
"To protect liberty of conscience is the duty of the state, and this is the limit of its authority in matters of religion. Every secular government that attempts to regulate or enforce religious observances by civil authority is sacrificing the very principle for which the evangelical Christian so nobly struggled." The Great Controversy, page 201.
"Let the principle once be established in the United States that the church may employ or control the power of the state; that religious observances may be enforced by secular laws; in short, that the authority of church and state is to dominate the conscience, and the triumph of Rome in this country is assured."The Great Controversy, page 581.
"In order for the United States to form an image of the beast, the religious power must so control the civil government that the authority of the state will also be employed by the church to accomplish her own ends. "The Great Controversy, page443.
Response to the "Leading Brethren" from an SDA Layperson
A Message for the Eternal Gospel Church
Judge James Lawrence King's SDA Trademark Decision
Initial Associated Press News:
GCC vs. Eternal Gospel SDA Church
Official Report: March 16, 2000 from Adventist News Network (dead link)
March, 2000 SDA Trademark Trial Summary
Judge King's Decision:
As posted by Adventist News Network (Dead Link)
Judge King's Decision: As posted by Adventist News Network (Dead Link)
Pictures from the March, 2000 SDA Trademark Trial
Demand Letter from Attorney Tew to Pastor Perez: June 20, 2006
Demand Letter from Attorney Tew to Pastor Perez: June 20, 2006
Contending for the Faith-- A Spectator's Summary
Email to President Clinton RE: SDA Trademark Decision
The Road to the Inquisition
Elder Floyd A. Hunt's Letter
Regarding the General Conference Trademark Policy
West Palm Beach, Florida
Official Report: November 15, 1999
Official Report: May 20, 1999
Unofficial Report: December 13, 1998
January 15, 1999: A Defense Fund Appeal
SDA Pastor Jim Cox admits
(though not "meaning" to)
"the true church" will NOT "finish the work"
Check the Eternal Gospel Church web site for latest updates.
Following are the files we have to post at this time:
Eternal Gospel SDA Church Legal Files (scanned)
First Letter to Pastor Perez from the General Conference
Pastor Perez Responds to General Conference Letter
Second Letter to Pastor Perez from the General Conference
Demand Letter to Pastor Perez from General Conference Attorneys
The General Conference has authorized its attorneys to file a trademark infringement lawsuit against an independent New York congregation for that body's improper use of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's name.
The unincorporated body separated from the Immanuel [Emmanuel] Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brooklyn [the Bronx], New York, and goes by the name Emanuel Seventh-day [Seventh Day] Adventist Church. This group has asserted claims against tithes and offerings belonging to the established Adventist Church that is recognized by the Greater New York Conference. The claims were subsequently brought to civil court.
The GC became involved because of the independent body's continued use of the former church's name, though the group uses a slightly different spelling. GC officials are concerned about the integrity of the Seventh-day Adventist name and wants to prevent confusion with its unauthorized use. The Greater New York Conference made unsuccessful attempts to clear the matter.
Adventist Review, Newsbreak, January1998, page 22
[Brackets of correction supplied by web publisher.]
Pastor Chick's findings on this case when he traveled to New York City
Can this SDA Church ever become
"the hated sect"?
See story: Adventist Review, June 30, 2000, page 28
"666" = "The Number of Mankind"
Roman Catholic Church and SDA Church Compromise
"Crucified Afresh"-- Position Paper of the CSDA Church
Examination of the Christian Churches
Why the SDA Church was NOT "Babylon" in 1893
Ellen G. White, Seventh-day Adventist Prophetess, Protests...
They Were the Bravest Americans...
A Parable of Two Women
Parable of the Wolf's Tale
The Persecution Principle
Persuasion VS. Compulsion
The Province of Civil Government
The Spirit of the Papacy
Open Letter to Our Seventh-day Adventist Family and Friends
Creation 7th Day Adventist Miscellaneous Correspondence Index
Letter from Pastor "Chick" to General Conference SDA Communications Department
The Mark of the Beast and the Seal of God
The World's Mark of Approval for the SDA Church
The 1896 International Sabbath School Lesson
The Hated Sect
What is Protestantism?
The True Protestant
The Wine of Babylon
Babylon is Fallen
The Creation 7th Day
The Ideal Church and Ideal State
1988 Hawaii TrademarkCase
Adventist Church Wins Trademark Case
Adventist Church Wins in Vanuatu
Appeals Court Ruling
General Conference SDA: Walter Carson Demand Letter
SDA Trademark Wars
Swiss Court Restricts Use of Church Name
The Trademark Name
The Controverted Name
The Last Church Name
The Sabbath Rest Principle
The Final Warning
Walter McGill and the Creation Seventh Day Adventist Church Hoax ?
Last Updated October 13, 2010