SO THEY HAVE A LARGE SACRED GROVE
"It has been observed that among the Indo-Europeans, the most ancient temples that were dedicated to the gods were sacred groves". (G. Alexander, The Druids: A Comparative Study of Indo-European Pagan Practice, p 35)(see graphic at left)
PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY AT ANDREWS
"Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD thy God". (Deuteronomy 16:21, Holy Bible) So the grove is located conveniently to the altars in Pioneer Memorial Church and the Seminary Hall chapel.
ANDREWS EVEN HAS A TEMPLE FOR GRAVEN IMAGES
"And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods". (Deuteronomy 12:3, Holy Bible)(as seen at right)
FEATURING THE SEX GODDESS HATHOR
That's "Hathor, the mother goddess (often interchangeable with Isis in this regard), was associated with love, fertility (in all its forms), music, dance, and alcohol." (per graphic at bottom from Horn Archaeological Museum at Andrews University)(see also sex goddess idol from the Temple at Andrews, at immediate right)
"IN ALL ITS FORMS" -- INCLUDING GAY LOVE
"We should protect the rights of homosexual persons". (Roy Gane, Tuesday Choice: The Old Testament and Homosexuality, Andrews University, 5 Mar 2013, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6KGuJr7jLY, minute 22)
THE SABBATH SCHOOL QUARTERLY HAS HIS BACK
"I’m sure Jesus looks approvingly on ‘loving, monoganamous, and committed’ homosexual sodomy". (Clifford Goldstein, see screenshot below)
AND NOW OTHER CLOSETED THEOLOGIANS STARTED COMING OUT THICK AND FAST
"through study and prayer she had embraced a theology that affirms and includes LGBT people, and two, she herself was bisexual." (Bisexual Adventist And Former Pastor Alicia Johnston Contemplates Ministry After Coming Out, 13 May 2017, https://epeak.info/2017/05/13/bisexual-adventist-and-former-pastor-alicia-johnston-contemplates-ministry-after-coming-ou
AND YES, CLIFFORD DOES PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHES
"I loved Leaves of Grass" (Clifford Goldstein, It is so, Adventist Review, 16 Jan 2014), "which celebrates the soul through the trope of fellatio: ‘Loafe with me on the grass, loose the stop from your throat, / … Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice’. Leaves of Grass, the title Whitman gave his collected poems, pivots upon this dalliance with a young man in the grass." (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied Resource Office, Walt Whitman, University of Illinois Springfield, http://www.uis.edu/lgbtqa/WaltWhitman/)
BUT THERE WERE SOME WHO ABUSED THE NEW-FOUND FREEDOM
During her time at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy, she had developed a fondness for joints.
In those days, management frowned on these pleasures, so she desperately searched the scriptures for an answer to her predicament.
AND FOUND ONE PASSAGE
"What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them". (Matthew 15:11 NIV, Holy Bible)
A verse that Elder Goldstein is fond of reciting when he's out in those fields of grass.
HE TELLS PEOPLE IT'S A CHURCH-GROWTH STRATEGY
"With many local SDA churches experiencing membership decline, we puzzle over the reasons people leave. What if, instead, we focused on those who stay: what makes them come back to church week after week?" (see tweet at left)
What if more churches offered premium weed to worshipers like the Island Chef?
Or a gay-affirming environment to worshipers like Clifford, with plenty of opportunities to meet good-looking men?
THE SEATTLE EXPERIMENT
"I’d often drive up here into Seattle, park the car, walk around, look at all the people, and say, “Man, I wonder how in the world you could reach people like this!”" (Greg Nelson, The Light is On in Seattle, Adventist Review, 26 Jul 2001)
The One Project found the answer, attracting huge crowds to their Seattle Gatherings. (see at right)
And now, "We are often asked to explain the secret of the One project’s success." https://boulder.church/the1project
"Simply put, sex in advertising is the use of sexually provocative or erotic imagery (or sounds, suggestions, and subliminal messages) that are specifically designed to arouse interest in a particular product, service or brand. Typically, sex refers to beautiful women (and increasingly, handsome men) that are used to lure in a viewer, reader or listener" (Paul Suggett, Does Sex Really Sell in Advertising?, The Balance Careers, 3 Jan 2018)(as shown at left): Bodybuilder "Bryan, the son of a pediatrician and a nurse, has served as senior pastor of the University Church since 2009, where he expanded ministry programs" (One Project founder Alex Bryan in Alex Bryan, Walla Walla Church Pastor, to Lead Kettering College of Medical Arts, Adventist Review, 19 Apr 2013) to the gym, where "I was standing there admiring myself."
"In the reflection of the mirror, there he was -- a man!!"
THE BAPTISMAL CANDIDATE WAS "READY TO GO"
"He was cut, ripped, buff, ready to go."
TURNING UP THE TEMPERATURE
"Our eyes locked, and neither one of us could look away. We just stood there staring at one another." (One Project Founder Alex Bryan, ...to Be Continued: Acts 8:9-25 Sermon, Walla Walla University Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 24 Feb 2018, Minute 55)
BUT THEN NATURE TOOK IT'S COURSE
"My brother, I've been to your house. I've had the dirty bird". (One Project Co-founder Tim Gillespie, The Heresy Response Sermon, One Project 6 Gathering, http://vimeo.com/71480214 minute 14)
"When ads are more sexually provocative, men in particular are irresistibly drawn to them. It's simple genetics. Men respond to sexual images.
THE CHALLENGE OF CHURCH GROWTH SURMOUNTED
And if your ad creates a sexual situation, it will get the desired response." (Paul Suggett, Does Sex Really Sell in Advertising?, The Balance Careers, 3 Jan 2018)
So it will come as no Surprise that Clifford is an Important Leader in Adventism
Pride Sabbath at the General Conference
Clifford snuggles up to Pope Francis
David Koresh's Branch Davidian Offshoot Cult UPSTAGED by Goldstein-inspired Offshoot
B.C. (Before Clifford) Exodus: Rainbow Pastor leaves Adventism to Start LGBTQIAPO-affirming Church