Mark A. Finley

Mark Finley retired in 2010 as a general vice-president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists following nearly 40 years as a pastor, evangelist, and media ministry leader. He now serves as an editor-at-large for the Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines, and as an assistant to the General Conference president.

Reflections on Christian Standards

If you want to generate a lively conversation at a church fellowship meal, bring up the subject of church standards. A discussion of such topics as jewelry, dress, amusements, movies, and diet is sure to create a wide difference of opinion, sometimes even hostility. Some feel that one of the reasons people leave the Seventh-day Adventist Church, especially teens and young adults, is that the church still teaches antiquated standards that define Christianity too narrowly. In their view the church majors in minors and neglects “weightier” matters, such as justice and mercy, honesty, integrity, and concern for the poor and the environment.

In a sense they are right. It is …

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