SDA Corporate Church Roars Like a Lion

by sighandcry on March 9, 2010


The corporate Seventh-day Adventist church has begun to roar like a lion by using the arm of the state to silence a small dissident church who believe they have a God given right to use the name “Seventh-day Adventist” to identify their beliefs and practices. Some of the legal facts of the case are summarized below with links at the end of this post to the supporting documents.

In a most important development on the religious liberty front, the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Eastern Division recently issued an injunction and a contempt of court order against a small dissident church for non-compliance resulting from a lawsuit brought by the corporate Seventh-day Adventist church. The Plaintiffs are the General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The Defendant is Walter McGill d/b/a Creation Seventh Day Adventist Church et. al. It is case No. 1:06-cv-01207.

A permanent Injunction (May 28, 2009) ordered the “defendant and his agents, servants and employees, and all those persons in active concert or participation with them, should be forever enjoined from using the mark Seventh-day Adventist, including the use of the words Seventh-day or Adventist, or the acronym SDA either, together, apart, or as part of, or in combination with any other words, phrases, acronyms or designs, or any mark similar thereto or likely to cause confusion. . . . Defendant shall file with the Clerk of this Court and serve on Plaintiffs within twenty (20) days after issuance of this Order, a report in writing, under oath, setting forth in detail the manner and form in which Defendant has complied with the forgoing injunction.”

The defendant has been ordered to pay Plaintiffs some thirty-five thousand dollars for Plaintiffs attorney fees. Also “all persons acting in concert with Defendant including any website hosting companies and domain name registrars are hereby enjoined from using or enabling the use of such domain names and websites.” (Over 25 websites are listed in the legal brief.)

Because of “Defendant’s failure to act and to take down and/or dispose of signage and other promotional materials that are violative of the injunction, the Court hereby orders that such materials be seized for destruction by the United States Marshal.”

On January 21, 2010, the following information was sent to Ms. Barbara McGill: “This is to advise you that on February 12, 2010 pursuant to the enclosed Order of January 5, 2010, we will appear at 1162 Old Highway 435, Guys, Tennessee in order to remove and permanently dispose of Defendant’s signs and promotional materials that violate the Injuction Order. Accordingly, we will need you to allow us full access to the premises on February 12. We anticipate arriving at the premises in order to begin this work at approximately 11:00 a.m. and expect to complete this work by 1:00 p.m.”  (The actual raid was rescheduled and took place on February 16, 2010, see our prior post on this case).

Also “the Court hereby Orders the arrest of Defendant, wherever he may be found within the jurisdiction of the United States, and his incarceration in this District pending his full and complete compliance with the Injunction Order. This Court will release him upon his full and complete compliance with the Injunction Order. The United States Marshal of this District is directed to take all appropriate steps to ensure that this order of arrest and civil commitment is executed wherever Defendant may be found within the United States or its territories including appropriate notification of the United States Customs Service.” (scroll down to 2nd posting to see a photo image of the church signs being taken down.)

Photo by Tony Evans

Photo by Tom Evans


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Pastor Chick McGill June 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Hello Friends,

Thank you for publishing on this subject. It is comforting to see that some souls are still discerning of evil.

You may wish to know of the latest developments. On May 25th there was a hearing convened before Magistrate Judge Bryant in the Federal Building at Jackson, TN. Lucan Chartier, the acting pastor of the CSDA Church in Guys, TN, gave testimony under oath that he repainted the church signs. For this, he is likely to be jailed. You can search the news videos at WBBJ TV online to view the ABC coverage.

Also, Lucan has uploaded the audio of his testimony to one of our church websites:

Please continue to protest these evils, as I remain

In exile for the faith,
Pastor “Chick”

sabbath keeping/waiting for Christ (in the caves and hills) July 12, 2010 at 7:58 am

The conference SDA has taken on a character trait that is very disturbing, does “starting out like a lamb and speaking like a dragon ring any bells?”

Pastor Chick McGill January 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

Hello Friends,

I plan to be in Guys, TN for a convocation in early April. For further information you may visit:

May we all be ready for the soon coming of our Master,
Pastor “Chick”

Pastor Walter "Chick" McGill November 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Hello Friends,

Much as transpired since this news article. The web site was dismantled via the General Conference efforts. I was incarcerated 30 days, and Lucan Chartier served 10 days behind bars. If any readers are interested in the latest developments, please see the following links, including the Liberty Petition which we would appreciate your signing. (Timeline of events.) (Latest news and history of the lawsuit.) (The Liberty Petition to the GC President.)

Respectfully submitted,
Pastor “Chick” McGill

SR-admin November 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Thank you for the update. We have been trying to create a new post with your petition and one other from regarding the release of the EGW’s writings but the embed code has not been working for the last week. Once they get it corrected we plan to post and promote these petitions on Facebook.

In that blessed hope,
The Publishers

Pastor Walter Chick McGill September 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

Hello Friends,

The General Conference of SDA continues to persecute the CSDA via website confiscation. The latest development was the loss of our domain names for our main church site and humanitarian services site in Uganda. We are now using a fixed IP with server in foreign countries to delay the inevitable — expectation of some international ban on our name and web content.

For any who wish to find us, the IP address is We appreciate your prayers as we seek to finish the work that God has given us to do.

geoffrey December 4, 2014 at 7:54 am

thank you for good web side you have actually pray for us and me am doing with the ministries of step to life so bro and sister in christ we have orphans 27 as k yopu in good faith pray this orphans if you need to ask very well ask grand mum janet.thank God bless you in jesus name.amen

Pastor Walter "Chick" McGill July 25, 2015 at 11:54 pm

Hello Friends,

New developments in the SDA Trademark Lawsuit against Creation 7th Day Adventists. This time they are going for the throat — asking the Court to restrict freedom of speech and extend USA court jurisdiction into the international realm. Read the document.

Please consider signing the online petition at

Please spread this news far and wide in order to help in the global protest.

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor “Chick”

sighandcry August 15, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Thank you for the update brother. It is sad that the mother church has to spend millions of dollars of tithe money to silent a small sect which really poses no threat to their name or mission. Certainly God will hold these men accountable for their deeds.

Pastor Walter "Chick" McGill August 21, 2015 at 8:22 am

Hello Brethren,

Thank you for your prayers. We are not likely to stop this latest assault because we have no resources to defend the motion via legal counsel. I am answering pro se, which is almost impossible to do adequately.

Bro. Andy Hanson published this at Adventist Today:

As I have studied the SOP and Bible, I find evidence that ALL Seventh-day Adventist Church members are accountable with their leaders. There are TWO plaintiffs in this “civil inquisition” — the GC Corp. of SDA and the SDA Church association (representing the world church).

“If God abhors one sin above another, of which His people are guilty, it is doing nothing in case of an emergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God.” (3T 281)

Pr. Walter "Chick" McGill November 10, 2015 at 3:22 pm

We need some Protestants to protest louder. The General Conference of SDA is continuing to persecute the Creation 7th Day Adventists. The most recent filings in the SDA trademark lawsuit can be found here:

Please spread the word, so that God’s people will give the trumpet a certain sound in defiance of the restriction of liberty. Thank you, and may God’s best be yours.

sighandcry November 14, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Brother McGill:

Thank you for the updated report regarding the corporate SDA church’s trademark lawsuit against your group. Yes we will do what we can to cry aloud, spare not in regards to these egregious sins of the church attempting to control the liberty of conscience of those with whom they disagree.

In that blessed hope,
The Publishers

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