A Two-Way Street: Cults & Religions Liberty
In summary, concerning RELIGIOUS LIBERTY:
- Religious liberty is something that should extend to both Adventists and ex-Adventists alike – both groups should respect each other’s rights to freedom of religion.
- Religious liberty is a qualified and not an absolute right – the freedom only extends so far as it doesn’t infringe the freedom of others.
- Religious liberty should not extend to protect persons or groups that take away the freedoms of others, such as perpetrating sexual abuse or theft.
- The problem with many ex-Adventist cults is that they arguably engage in unethical practices that intimidate and pressure (brainwash) people to join and prohibit leaving – thereby infringing true freedom of choice.
- Freedom of religion has to be seen as a two-way street. If ex-Adventist cults have the religious freedom to call the official SDA Church apostate Babylon, then ‘mainstream’ Adventists should have the right to defend those views and challenge ex-Adventists back.
- If ex-Adventists should have the freedom to proselytize (convert) ‘mainstream’ Adventists (so-called ‘sheep stealing’), that is fine; however, ‘mainstream’ Adventists should in turn be free to proselytize ex-Adventists and ‘steal’ our sheep back!