June 24, 2014
After providential leadings and prayerful consideration, our Board of Directors, with the support of our constituents, made the decision to no longer accept donations designated as “tithe” from known Seventh-day Adventist church members, effective July 1, 2014.
It is not an option for us at Hartland to negotiate on matters that involve eternal principles. We are committed to following God’s counsel and our convictions regarding present truth. Hartland has decided to forgo the acceptance of tithe in order to disarm prejudice and broaden our opportunities for ministry. As was the case with the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:12, we have concluded that although it is lawful for us to receive tithe to perform tithe-worthy activities, it is not necessarily expedient.
We have taken this step in order to “draw nigh to our brethren,” trusting in God’s leading and providence. The Seventh-day Adventist movement is God’s remnant church. Although it is imperfect and in a Laodicean condition, when the “work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world, God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands.”1
We are fully committed to following the Lord’s counsel in directing the institute. We believe it is God’s will for us to do everything within our power, without compromising principle, to work in harmony with His denomination. “Christ said, ‘Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’ If you see that by doing certain things which you have a perfect right to do, you hinder the work of the truth, refrain from doing these things. Do nothing that will close the minds of others against the truth. There is a world to save, and we gain nothing by cutting loose from those we are trying to help. All things may be lawful, but all things are not expedient.”2
Our mission remains the same—to proclaim the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14, and to train an army of youth to live and spread this gospel effectively; and it is inspiring to see doors opening as we seek to fulfill this mission by sharing God’s last-day message with the world. Through health ministry, community outreach, literature evangelism, prison ministry, our farm, and the testimonies of students who dedicate their lives to serve God, souls are being transformed through the power of the gospel and are impressed to accept God’s principles into their lives.
We pray that God will impress your hearts to continue supporting Hartland with your prayers and generous financial gifts. The institute’s needs are the same as before. Here are some of our main funds: Where Needed Most donations may be used anywhere according to the greatest need. Evangelism covers our many evangelistic projects including Bible studies, health ministry, literature ministry, and so forth. The Ministry Fund supports our Bible teachers and those engaged in various lines of ministry work. Our Missionary Training Fund provides scholarships for worthy students to be trained as missionaries.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support.
In His service,
President, Hartland Institute
1 White, Ellen G., Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300 (1885)
2 White, The Southern Work, pp. 70, 71