Anti-Rod Propaganda and Attacks

These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. — John 16:1-3

Ever since the Shepherd’s Rod message was introduced to the Seventh-day Adventist church in 1929 it has aroused controversy and opposition. Numerous charges have arisen against the message which, when examined carefully from an unbiased perspective have proven to be without foundation. Over the years scholars and modern day Rod critics alike tend to repeat the same worn out arguments and prove themselves to be fundamentally disingenuous by taking Rod statements out of context or reading into them something that simply is not there. Rather than address every individual that rises up to cast their ire against the Truth, we have chosen to address in some detail three principle Rod antagonists that have arisen over the years. These tend to be considered the most authoritative attempts to refute the Rod, especially those publications coming from Hazel Hendricks and Ismael Rodriguez, two former Rod believers who defected and have gone so far in their enmity against the message as to openly wage war against its teachings. Everything else that is said against the Rod is usually repeated in a parrot like manner from these sources or others written in a similar vein.

The Reply to the Shepherd’s Rod (1932): Tract No. 7The Great Controversy over The Shepherd’s Rod, exposes the deeply flawed attempt of the Conference men to refute the teachings of the Rod when it first arose at the hand of essentially one man, Professor O. J. Graf, one-time president of Emmanuel Missionary College (1908-1917).

A Reply to Adam’s anti-Rod brochure: Jezreel Letter No. 8 — Pastor W. Melvin Adams was one of the original twelve “committee” members who meet with Victor Houteff in 1934 in an alleged effort to give a fair hearing to the teachings of the Shepherd’s Rod. He was already known to have to openly rejected this message of truth, and tried to turn others against it by writing a 32-page brochure entitled, Seventh-day Adventist Teaching Versus The Shepherd’s Rod in 1936 . This Jezreel letter written by V. T. Houteff and published in 1954 is a response to this once widely circulated brochure.

Hazel Hendricks (coming soon)

Ismael Rodriguez (coming soon)

Exposing websites that wage war against the Shepherd’s Rod message:

Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. — Isaiah 66:5

Biblical Research Institute (the only official internet response against the Rod message by George W. Reid from the corporate S. D. A. church)

Unveiling the Shepherd’s Rod (Ismael Rodriguez’s website that promotes his anti-Rod book and DVD for sale)

SDA Defend (Vance Ferrell and TemCat, independent S. D. A. publishers)

Davidians ??? (appears to be a surrogate of SDA Defend)

Shepherd’s Rod Info (a cloak site that promotes anti-Rod propaganda from Hazel Hendricks and the Biblical Research Institute)

Broken Adventist Ministry (a small group of SDA’s trying to reach ex-Adventists and “confused” SDA’s)

The Little Armageddon (an anti-Rod book by John Churchill, lay evangelist and sponsor of The Battle Cry Ministry)

Our Sword (a blog by T. R. Gallegos which posts anti-Rod videos)

Advent Times (appears to be an independent SDA ministry offering anti-Rod Power Point presentations)

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