SILVER SPRING, Md. — North American Division President Dan Jackson has been formally forbidden from making any public comments on behalf of the church by a formal General Conference gag order.
The silencing comes on the heels of a recent Q&A session with Union College students in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Q&A titled “Is This Thing On?” was intended to be the first of several unscripted conversations between NAD leaders and Adventist students.
The gag order states that in his answers to questions, Jackson “managed to outdo even his own previous foolhardy candor and is therefore forbidden from being honest with Adventist college kids or anyone else for the foreseeable future.”
Jackson and NAD Executive Secretary G. Alexander Bryant had answered questions submitted through social media and from live audience members.
The responses from the church leaders on questions about sexuality, ordination, racism and other topics were condemned by the gag order for being “actual answers and not at all the kind of bureaucratic, jargon-heavy, question-dodging, biblically shaky and culturally irrelevant drivel that is expected of leaders of their stature.”