“As I read my Scripture and I live in the community—I’ve been a Seventh-day Adventist Christian all my life—I cannot imagine anything but a “yes” vote honors the freedom that the Spirit works with each one. This, the Gospel is always personal, right? So it has to be a yes to allow each person to experience the Gospel, to respond to the Spirit, and to participate in God’s story. It has to be a yes so people can exercise their own freedom of conscience.
I don’t see anywhere in Jesus’s moving around Palestine, I don’t see anywhere after He left, and He tells us ‘I will give you another one, the Comforter.’ I don’t see any indication that a group must pause, must consider carefully if the Spirit is in fact working with person A, B, C, D, E… the Spirit works with people!
So Nicodemus, in night cover, goes to Jesus, and they have this conversation, and Jesus says the Spirit comes and goes. You don’t know where it came from, you don’t know where it’s gonna blow. You don’t know where it’s going to land, and it’s on the move. A yes for unity, a yes on this vote means we allow the Spirit to be the Spirit.”