“Two and a Half Men” star Angus Jones has reportedly joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church, a church that has been getting its fair share of media attention lately. Another member of this church, Devon Franklin, recently received lots of media attention; not only for marrying actress Megan Good, but for the testimony he gave to Oprah regarding his efforts to keep the Sabbath while working in Hollywood.
Jones’ recent conversion, however, has brought about a media backlash. His testimony is being denounced as a rant and websites claim that his family is allegedly disturbed by his recent conversion, fearing that he may give all of his money to the church. Like Franklin, Jones’ testimony is on Youtube. The Forerunner777, a Seventh Day Adventist layman’s ministry, aired Jones’ testimony this Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 . Despite media articles proclaiming Christopher Hudson (the Forerunner) as Jones’ new pastor, this is not true; he is a layman with an interest in advancing the message of the Lord as he understands it. His website, forerunnerchronicles.com states, “The Forerunner Chronicles is dedicated to declaring the three fold message of Revelation 14:6-12. This message entails three heavenly proclamations symbolized as being declared by angelic agencies to the inhabitants of our world.”
In his testimony, Jones admits that his family was concerned that he may have joined a cult. Is Seventh Day Adventism a Christian religion? They may not be considered mainstream Christianity, but according to the church’s official website, they believe, “Jesus is the one who never changes in a universe that always does. Jesus is Creator, Sustainer, Saviour, Friend, God’s Son, and God Himself!” By way of comparison, the official website of the Southern Baptist Convention says of Christ, “He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man.”
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that we have the right to choose our religion and to voice or opinions. Angus exercised those rights and is being publicly ostracized for doing so. Because he beliefs are not mainstream, he is being treated like an outcast, similar to the recent treatment of Chik-Fil -A CEO Dan Cathy’s after his pro-Bible standpoint on marriage. Now the young actor, Angus Jones, has taken a stand on his beliefs about keeping holy the Lord’s Day and about the negative effects of television on the mind- especially the spiritual mind.
Jacksonville stood behind Dan Cathy on Chick-Fil-A Day and we showed our support for Cathy in exercising his rights to free exercise and free speech. Will we do the same for Angus Jones? Or will we treat him like an outcast because views are different? Do we believe in equality for all or only for those with whom we agree?
The Seventh –day Adventist Church released the following statement in response to the recent publicity over Jones’ conversion:
“We are happy that Angus has joined the Seventh-day Adventist family and has found a place in which he feels comfortable to worship and grow his faith,” said George Johnson, communication director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. “Recently, Angus made some statements concerning his spiritual journey and expressed his views concerning the television program Two and a Half Men. These comments are of a personal nature, reflecting his views after having undergone changes during his spiritual journey. We welcome him with open arms to the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church family and are excited about his commitment to God through his recent baptism at his church.”
May Jacksonville open her arms to Jones as well.
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