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Dear Church leadership,
Last Monday I published an open letter to the Biblical Research Institute (BRI) and the General Conference (GC) of Seventh-day Adventists regarding the cancellation of the Record Keeper. In the letter I requested that the BRI release a statement outlining the theological problems they found in the Record Keeper. The statement was released on Friday (see below) and contained a systematic overview of the theological inaccuracies that troubled the BRI.
I would like to personally express my thanks to the BRI for releasing this statement. The transparency has certainly been helpful in coming to terms with what I sincerely consider the greatest disappointment I have ever experienced as a young Seventh-day Adventist (SDA). I would also like to thank the GC for their leadership. As an Army Veteran who spent two years as a Non-Commissioned Officer (Sergeant) I understand the burden you bear. Leadership is something very few are qualified for but everyone thinks they can do better than the guy doing it. As a result, leaders are always under attack. While my initial letter was frank I would like to clarify that I do not sympathize with those who denounce our leadership nor do I share their spirit. I affirm my trust and high regard for the men and women whom God has placed in positions of such great responsibility within our movement.
With that said, I would like to also reiterate my request that the GC "respond to the allegations that the cancellation was inspired by less ethical considerations."  I therefore urge the GC to follow in the example of the BRI and release a statement answering the many questions that have given fuel to speculation regarding this controversy. The young creatives of this church need the following scenario to be explained:
According to an interview with the writers for the Record Keeper "the General Conference was involved in every aspect of the development of the project. We turned over every script.... the Ellen White Estate itself reviewed our content." If this is true, how is it that these theological issues were not discovered at any point within these [two] years of production? And if they were somehow missed why can they not be fixed? And if the errors are so deeply embedded in the plot that they cannot be fixed then I ask again, How in the world did the script receive approval in the first place? Why would the GC invest so heavily in a project without evaluating its theological accuracy first instead of waiting to the very end to do so? Lastly, I would like to take the time to appeal to the youth and young creatives who have been affected by these events. Do not give room to bitterness and contempt. In the midst of your disappointment remember that this is neither unique to the SDA church and its leadership and neither is it unique to Christianity at large. Biblical progress has always been met with suspicion and given the cold shoulder, but if the Lord is behind it it will eventually prevail. I have a gut feeling that the Record Keeper will eventually be released but even if it is not, don't be discouraged. Take this as an opportunity to launch supportive yet independent projects that speak the language of our generation and capitalize on your creative abilities. With God's grace we will create new methods of outreach far superior to the Record Keeper in quality and influence.
Further Reading: Exclusive: Record Keeper Director Talks About Why the Series Was Cancelled