Response to Adventist Today regarding the article in “Aunt Sevvy” – Who’s Walter Veith, Aunty, and what’s he all about?

Statement:

“Walter Veith (pronounced with a long “i”, like “rice”) is a popular Adventist speaker and writer from South Africa. Though his Ph.D. is in zoology, he now styles himself a pastor/evangelist.”

Answer: 

Walter Veith was ordained as pastor by the Cape Conference and worked as evangelist for both the Cape and the Northern Conferences in South Africa for 15 years. He recently received an honorary doctorate in Theology from a non-Adventist University, who did so because they recognized the work he has done preaching the gospel worldwide to all communities.

Statement:

“While he says that he teaches the fundamental pillars of the church, what earns him attention—and presumably pays the ministry’s bills—are his conspiracy theories.”

Answer: 

Everything he teaches as fundamental pillars of our faith can be supported from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. Through divine revelation these pillars were established in the Adventist Church and are faithfully recorded in the books written by Mrs Ellen G White. When she wrote about events that would take place and the involvement of the Papacy at the end of time, Walter takes that as fact and not as conspiracy theories. His insight into Freemasonry and its connection with the Papal power comes from personal experience and extensive study, and he only quotes from their sources and media sources, as well as from Mrs. White’s writings. The fact that many Freemasons, Catholics and people from all denominations and religious groups have accepted the Advent truth as a consequence of his lectures, speaks for itself.

Further, regarding the fundamental pillars of the church, I personally spoke to an Adventist Today representative and former editor where he negated almost every fundamental principle of our faith. He confirmed that he did not believe in a six-day creation, did not believe that Ellen G. White was a prophet, but merely a ‘good old lady’, did not believe that the papacy was the antichrist system, was not sure whether we go straight to heaven or not at death, and said that he keeps the seventh day Sabbath because he was born an Adventist, but if he were born a Catholic, he would keep Sunday. This man was the representative of Adventist Today and a speaker at the Faith and Science Conference of SDA’s.

Therefore I conclude that it is Adventist Today themselves who do not represent the fundamental pillars of our faith.

Statement:

“He voices suspicions about COVID vaccinations being the Mark of the Beast, and has floated a date (2027) when he predicts Jesus will return.”

Answer: 

Walter Veith never said that the vaccinations are the Mark of the Beast, nor has he stated that people should not take the vaccine. Even YouTube restored the episode “To vax or not to vax” because they realized that he merely provided information and left the choice with the viewer.

Dr Veith was not only Head of the Department of Zoology and a professor of Medical Biosciences at the University of the Western Cape, but he also did extensive research on the effect of nutrition and, to a lesser degree, chemicals on human health. He worked together with the large state hospital, Tygerberg Hospital, and received the Royal Society Grant, a prestigious grant from London in order to do his research. His students were later involved in exchange programs and post-doctoral studies at Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge Universities.

This information is not given to boast about his achievements, but to indicate that he has some background knowledge as a scientist in the field of human health. His main field of interest was animal and human physiology.

Again, Adventist Today made a false claim regarding the vaccinations, and by their own admission they never even watched the lecture.

Regarding the date 2027, he merely took a number of statements in the Spirit of Prophecy where she specifically stated that from the time of the fall of Adam in Eden, to the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, was 4000 years. In another statement she confirms the same time period in different wording – from the promise made in Eden that the Saviour would bruise Satan’s head, to the banks of Jordan at the baptism of Jesus.

“Christ, in the wilderness of temptation, stood in Adam’s place to bear the test he failed to endure. Here Christ overcame in the sinner’s behalf, four thousand years after Adam turned his back upon the light of his home.” Con 32.1

“On Jordan’s banks the voice from heaven, attended by the manifestation from the excellent glory, proclaimed Christ to be the Son of the Eternal. Satan was to personally encounter the Head of the kingdom which he came to overthrow. If he failed he knew that he was lost. Therefore the power of his temptations was in accordance with the greatness of the object which he would lose or gain. For four thousand years, ever since the declaration was made to Adam that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent’s head, he had been planning his manner of attack.” Con 78.2

In his presentation Walter Veith constantly reiterated that he was not “time setting” but that the 6000 years could very possibly be over in the year 2027, if calculating the definite Biblical time of the experience of Christ in the wilderness as 27 AD and adding the 2000 following years. He emphatically said that God could cut short that time, or that he could prolong the time and that no one knows the day or the hour.

The cosmic week concept was believed by our pioneers and was until a few decades ago still universally accepted in Adventism, especially since it gave more import to the creation week and the seventh day Sabbath. The fact that some leaders and ministries such as Adventist Today no longer believe what the pioneers and our prophet wrote and believed, is an indication of our spiritual decline – a confused people drifting without an anchor. Have we become so part of the world that we are too embarrassed to admit that we still believe in the old truths and that we have a prophet, who we once believed, was the voice of God?

“Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper.” 2 Ch 20:20 

It is therefore a false accusation that he predicted the coming of Christ in 2027.

Statement:

“He implies darkly that Jews do unspeakable things, though he denies that he’s anti-Semitic.”

Answer: 

Once again AT shows that they did not conduct their research very well. I’m not sure where they get the idea from that Pastor Veith said that “Jews do unspeakable things”, but it is possible that AT is referring to the event in Germany when he was accused of anti-Semitism. It is important to note that a case was brought against him to the German authorities, NOT by non-Adventists, but by members of our own church! The police confiscated his DVD’s in Germany and started their investigation. After a full year of careful scrutiny they came back stating that the accusers had no case. The authorities had watched the DVD’s and had sent them to a Jewish Rabbinical council for evaluation and the rabbi said that he found nothing anti-Semitic or incriminating in the lectures Walter Veith presented. Also, what he had said was confirmed by an article in the top German news magazine, Stern, just a few days after his lecture. Praise God, the police force, the court and the rabbis had an opportunity to hear the truth!

Statement:

“Conspiracy theories supposedly expose the dark deeds and covert alliances of governments, secret societies and prominent individuals. One feels very powerful in the role of “knowing.” But the knowing can degenerate into an unhealthy fascination with the mystery of iniquity leaving some so consumed with evil that they lose sight of the Savior.”

Answer: 

On the contrary, if you have ever read the Great Controversy, you would realize that knowledge is a great liberator. God gave his people warning after warning throughout history of what is to come and urged them to be awake and watching. He gave us the books of Daniel and Revelation, and the Spirit of Prophecy, which in crystal clear expositions extended the warnings in the form of the Three Angels’ Messages to the end of time. Does the fact that Ellen White used the word “papacy” more than 6000 times in her writings, and every time in the sense of iniquity, darkness and deception, make her readers “lose sight of the Saviour”? Or that she said that we as Christians should have nothing to do with secret societies and trade unions, that will bring “a time of trouble such as has not been since the world began”? No, it brings the reader closer to God because we realize we have no hope in the world but the saving grace of Jesus.

The Bible also speaks of the “deeds of darkness” and to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Eph 5:11. Walter Veith shows his viewers that we cannot put our hope in this world, that the entire world is corrupt and that the forces of darkness seem to be in control and leading the masses to destruction. But in reality God is in control and He has a people who will sound the warning and many will be saved because of understanding how the enemy of God has mastered the art of deception. They will realize that their only hope is to cling to the cross and give up the world and self in order to be transformed by the power of Jesus into the likeness of their Saviour. This brings an indescribable gratitude towards Him who has done everything in His power to save this lost world. And why would He call humanity out of Babylon without defining what Babylon is? Yes there is a Saviour, but there is also an enemy, and exposing the enemy gives people the opportunity to flee to the Saviour.

If you would understand the great controversy between good and evil, you would not see this knowledge as “an unhealthy fascination with the mystery of iniquity”.

The rest of the article is devoted to more unfounded personal attacks on Walter Veith, which indicates that the author was unable to bring concrete proof that anything Walter said was contrary to the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. It is clear that the sentiments expressed in this article would also place the books of Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel and the minor prophets in the realm of conspiracy theories.

I pray that Adventist Today and the readers will see that Pastor Veith’s intentions are not to sensationalize the truth, but to inform those who are, like many of us were, somewhere out in the darkness without hope and to bring them to the wonderful light of the Bible. Many Adventists who grew up in this faith do not appreciate this liberating truth, and like the Pharisees of old they rebuke the enthusiastic followers of Jesus, warning them to be quiet, but if they were to be silenced, the stones would cry out.

Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. Jer 20:9

Sonica Veith