HopeSide after August 31, 2020
We wish to
disclose the following.
HopeSide's lease has been terminated. Until we
find a place, we will have home based meetings at
Cherry Tree Ct., Hyattsville, MD 20783. Before anything else is said,
let this be known and well appreciated: The
church we have been renting for the last 9 years has been a great blessing to countless many.
We are indeed grateful to them and God for the
opportunity we have been given to start a ministry.
The purpose of this public disclosure is meant to be
informative and correctional. This is not our
preferred method of resolving any kind of disputes.
However, many attempts at resolving our differences
in private have been rejected and the other church's
concerned official has resorted to greatly harming
our ministry based on misinformation and
misconception about who Adventists are, or for that
matter, what Christianity is all about. We
believe that despite any differences, Christians are
called to bear one another's burdens thus
exemplifying Christ's love. Christianity
should be about being redemptive and not punitive.
Our lease was terminated for the following reasons:
That "there are specific
doctrinal distinctions found in the core Seventh Day
Adventist (SDA) beliefs and practices that are not
in line with traditional standard Baptist and
Biblical Evangelical orthodoxy."
They believe that once HopeSide leaves, they will
grow as they can "consistently present and promote
those tenets of the Christian faith associated with
the Baptist and Evangelical theology to the
Our position and answers:
Adventists are not looking to be
in line with any one, tradition or orthodoxy but are
looking to be in line with God as revealed in the
Bible and therefore, believe in
or the Bible alone.
Everything else including the writings of
White, Luther or anyone else is measured according
to the Bible alone. We are always open to
dialogue for correction and learning from one
another and primarily the Bible.
Coincidentally, this kind of phenomenon of
"Christian vs. Christian", and "Cain vs. Abel" over
matters of faith has been predicted to happen in the
end times according to Adventist
eschatology and so
this is being disclosed publicly to stimulate
further open discussion. It's not even clear
if this condition of "being in line with Baptist
orthodoxy" was part of the lease but that's
another matter. These conflicts are thousands
of years in the making and we believe that resolving
matters of faith in a business transaction is not
appropriate. Keeping some issues separate from
each other like the keeping of the
church and state separate can better aid in
clarity and understanding to avoid needless
church can grow most when the
golden rule is followed which is to show love to all
no matter any ideological and doctrinal differences
as exemplified by
Jesus Himself when He associated with sinners
and as illustrated in the example of the
Good Samaritan. We are called as Christians to
love each other as we love ourselves.
If there's no love, nothing else matters.
When we truly love each other no matter our
differences, it does not mean that we are
compromising with our cherished doctrines but that
fulfilling the law of love.
Even when there's no growth, our call is still to grow in
love for one another as Christ has loved us.
- There are many churches in
the Washington D.C. area that rent their
facilities to those of other Christian "faiths" and
doing so has not slowed their growth or sent a mixed
message to the community. Jesus said that
He has His sheep in every fold
and to let the
wheat and tares grow together until the time of
the harvest. We believe that God is not in the
business of blessing and growing only those who
promote their specific doctrines from their
particular buildings or their own camps. This
kind of belief is contrary to what the Bible
teaches. Christianity in its highest form is
give up oneself and give away everything to the poor
and needy and follow God besides the
keeping of the Ten Commandments which in summary are
love to God and Man.
Christianity is not about competition between
various faith groups. Besides, there are many
who identify as Baptists and Evangelicals who have
very different and opposing beliefs from one
another, therefore, HopeSide is not clear about
which tenets of the "Baptist" and or "Evangelical"
orthodoxy that we are not in line with?
- It's worth noting
also that no two Christians or even
family members are alike in their beliefs or
practices, but the one thing that can bind us
the understanding of who God is and what He
commanded us to do which is to
one another unconditionally
despite any differences. Matters of faith are
best left up to individual conscience and God.
Other points to consider:
HopeSide Church invested at least
$30,000 or more over the years in capital
improvements at the church we rented for mutual
benefit. Those things among others included
carpet restoration and a projection system that took
three years to plan and install in a certain unique
and proprietary way based on the structure and
challenge of the building. All these investments are a loss to
us now as we can no longer enjoy the benefits of our
own labor and investments. The other party has
been unwilling to pay a fair amount for what has
been done that has and will benefit them for years
to come. Further, they even said that all that HopeSide
did was to benefit itself alone though they fully
benefitted in equal measure without paying fully for
what was done through the years. Now they even
claim that they own everything that is "permanently
fixed" according to a certain law and that whatever
smaller amount they paid toward a joint ownership
stake in HopeSide's projection equipment should be
considered like a payoff amount for everything to
The issue for them to address in good conscience is
why would they want to keep anything that they think
was done for the sole benefit of HopeSide? We
would have given it all for free and that offer was
always on the table. For us, relationships count most of all
rather than anything. This experience though very difficult has taught
us quite a few things which will be applied
Further, four ladies from HopeSide asked the
person concerned to please reconsider
letting HopeSide continue to stay on the basis of
Christian love. One of the ladies even said
that in heaven these differences we have now will
not be there. The official then
told the ladies that it cannot happen and that he also
believes that "we will not be in heaven together".
HopeSide believes that matters of salvation are
The same person then followed up in
a sermon a week later by stating that
he will not entertain or tolerate fellowshipping or
associating with those (referring to HopeSide it is
assumed) who blaspheme
God's word, do not use the entire Bible or care
about doctrines, that we are in darkness, and that we
don't worship the same Jesus as they do.
You can hear that person's speech given on January 12, 2020
at the link below. We invite him to
respond to anything that has been posted here and
are open to correcting anything that is not accurately
In light of the speech that was made, our positions as members of the Adventist church
again are these:
We believe that matters of faith
should not be forced, coerced or transactional but
of the heart. We are called to be
true witnesses by focusing on being a blessing to
others no matter what.
In light of our circumstances, we
are open to any collaboration opportunities with
any one or group for us to be able to continue
our ministry. Please contact us with any
suggestions or ideas through our email:
We have strived to be of
service to anyone no matter their situation or
background and that will always continue in whatever
manner that is possible. We wish that we could
have our own place to continue our ministry but
until then, we will meet in a house and ask God to
lead us through this difficult time. .
We are thankful for God's
great leading thus far. Our goal now is to
having our own building where we can operate and grow
in full measure according to God's will in a
self-sustaining manner. To that end,
we believe that God has given us a vision of a multi-purpose community center
through which many community development projects
that are focused on the holistic development of the
disadvantaged, including women, minorities, disabled
and low income groups among other goals can be
accomplished with great effectiveness.
This idea came about before the
COVID-19 pandemic happened. It is much bigger
in scope than what we can do on our own, but with God's help and your support, nothing will be
impossible to accomplish. We truly and
passionately wish to GO BIG for GOD and COMMUNITY!
You can go
to support our building project:
More details will be made
available on this project as it develops as we build
a model of great service and great impact.
Check the video of our final meeting.
Thank you all for supporting
HopeSide thus far and
may God bless you.
Adventists are not like Baptists
or Evangelicals, and Baptists are not like Adventists
either, but we all can and should focus on being
like Christ and everything will fall into place.
We do not seek to build bridges between truth and
error. Through love and sacrifice, we seek to
be focused on the salvation of
souls and following TRUTH as it is and not as we
wish it to be. We are not concerned with
labels, traditions and orthodoxies but hold the
entire Bible as its own authority without adding or
subtracting anything from it.
The house of God and the practice of
Christianity can never and should never be
associated with the ill treatment of anyone on any
pretext or the non obedience to ALL of God's moral
laws summarized in the Ten Commandments.
Read the official Adventist position here regarding
human relations issued on Sept. 15, 2020.