Here is a letter that was received October 12th, 2017, from the Biblical Research Institute by a sister who shared it with PioneerHealthAndMissions.com.
Greetings, I will give a brief report/summary of the executive meeting that Daniel, Dustin, and I recently attended. The executive committee welcomed us courteously with Elder Rasmussen as chair, at around 1:45PM (2017). They had some committee members attending by phone, including Elder Ramiro Cano (who was in New Mexico with his father-in-law in the hospital, expected to pass away soon). Elder Rasmussen gave the news that Pastor Ponomarov’s mother-in-law had passed away recently. They had some phone troubles, which were eventually resolved, they noted that one of the individuals invited had not come (Welner). Elder Rasmussen noted that some non-members were present as witness (including Pastor Ponomarov, Daniel Toews and I believe Pierre Steenburg), he read the letter that had been sent out to each of us and we were given one hour collectively “to be heard in your own defense, introduce evidence, and produce evidence.”
The clock started at 1:52 PM, I went first, then Dustin Butler, and Daniel Mesa last. I felt rushed and was anxious, Daniel noted my anxiety decreased after a few minutes and I completed my written presentation at about 2:08 PM. Dustin prayed first and he presented several challenging areas about the trinity such as the problem of the Father and the Son role playing, the idea that Jesus died but Christ did not die and whether the robe of righteousness that is given to us is different from the robe of righteousness given to Adam, Abraham, Elijah and Daniel. Dustin had two pages of notes, compared to my 10 pages of notes, so his presentation was far less scripted than mine, he ended at about 2:30 PM. Daniel Mesa prayed first and then gave his testimony of conversion and into pastoral ministry, presenting evidence from testimony of others that God has always lead in his ministry. He shared how this truth has transformed his Bible study and personal spirituality. He shared how when he was studying Revelation in preparation for the 30 part series he could not understand Revelation 3:14 with the belief about God he had in his mind. He entered the verse by verse study of Revelation as a trinitarian, but finished the study as a non-trinitarian. He shared a few thoughts about how Christ admitting that He was the Son of the Blessed (Mark 14:61,62) lead to His cruel death by crucifixion because the Jews had “a law” as it reads in John 19:7. Daniel also explained that he believed in the Holy Spirit, contrary to many false accusations, and that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, the Spirit of Christ. Daniel had no notes with him, completely unscripted; he ended at 2:50 PM. Continue reading “Report Regarding the Executive Committee for Daniel, Dustin, and Nick”
“In the presence of that powerful and titled assembly the lowly born Reformer seemed awed and embarrassed. Several of the princes, observing his emotion, approached him, and one of them whispered: “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul.” Another said: “When ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, it shall be given you, by the Spirit of your Father, what ye shall say.” Thus the words of Christ were brought by the world’s great men to strengthen His servant in the hour of trial.” GC 155
“With his mind stayed upon God, Luther prepared for the struggle before him:
Christ had spoken through Luther’s testimony with a power and grandeur that for the time inspired both friends and foes with awe and wonder. The Spirit of God had been present in that council, impressing the hearts of the chiefs of the empire. Several of the princes boldly acknowledged the justice of Luther’s cause. Many were convinced of the truth; but with some the impressions received were not lasting. There was another class who did not at the time express their convictions, but who, having searched the Scriptures for themselves, at a future time became fearless supporters of the Reformation.” GC 161