"Now as in former ages, the presentation of a truth that reproves the sins and errors of the times will excite opposition. 'Everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.' John 3:20. As men see that they cannot maintain their position by the Scriptures, many determine to maintain it at all hazards, and with a malicious spirit they assail the character and motives of those who stand in defense of unpopular truth. It is the same policy which has been pursued in all ages. Elijah was declared to be a troubler in Israel, Jeremiah a traitor, Paul a polluter of the temple. From that day to this, those who would be loyal to truth have been denounced as seditious, heretical, or schismatic. Multitudes who are too unbelieving to accept the sure word of prophecy will receive with unquestioning credulity an accusation against those who dare to reprove fashionable sins. This spirit will increase more and more. And the Bible plainly teaches that a time is approaching when the laws of the state will so conflict with the law of God that whosoever would obey all the divine precepts must brave reproach and punishment as an evildoer."

The Great Controversy, pp. 458, 459.

Two-Page Letter to Seventh-day Adventist Members

"Earth's Final Apostasy 1: Sued by a Fictitious Person," by Walter "Chick" McGill
"Earth's Final Apostasy 2: Hated of All Men for [His] Name’s Sake," by Walter "Chick" McGill
"Earth's Final Apostasy 3: With LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ALL?" by Walter "Chick" McGill
"Earth's Final Apostasy 4: Epilogue - Earth's Last Day of Grace," by Walter "Chick" McGill

Letter Sent to Conference Offices

"Now I want to state a little further upon the principle that no Christian, being a citizen of the kingdom of God, can of right start any procedure in connection with civil government. After it is started by the government itself, that is another questiion . . . I repeat therefore, that upon the principles which govern kingdoms and governments, the very principle of the law in heaven, or law in earth, a Christian cannot start any procedure in connection with civil government. And of all Christians, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS cannot do it. The very keeping of the Sabbath forbids it."

Pastor A. T. Jones, 1895 General Conference Bulletin, page 28.

Historic SDA Quotes Regarding Bringing Suit in Civil Court

The General Conference Corporation of SDAs and the SDA Church Legal Complaint (20 pages)

The General Conference Corporation of SDAs and the SDA Church Legal Complaint (20 pages) in PDF format

Defendant's Answer to Complaint, Affirmative Defenses, and Request for Jury Trial in MS Word Format

WAYMARKS Speaks Out! (All about the Name SDA)

Waymarks: The McGill Trademark Lawsuit

In His Steps: Lawsuits in the Church

McGill Lawsuit: Scheduling Order, December 21, 2006

Latest News

Update 06/16/08: An order granting in part and denying in part [pdf doc] the General Conference's motion for a summary judgment was issued on June 11, 2008. The trademarked name "Seventh day Adventist" was upheld by the judge's decision. A complete victory was denied the Conference, however, regarding the words "SDA and "Adventist." As more information about what this decision means for the CSDA movement becomes available, we will update this page.

Update May 27, 2009: The District Court Judge has issued a permanent injunction including sanctions against the Defendants. June 17, 2009 was the last day of grace for certifying compliance with the order.

Update January 6, 2010: Judge Breen adopts the Magistrate judge's recommendation in full and issues an order of contempt against Pastor McGill. The order also authorizes the seizure of several websites suspected of association with or ownership by the CSDA Church, including some not violative of the injunction.

February 12, 2010, the General Conference attorneys, accompanied by a Federal Marshal and the Defendant's attorney are to raid the Guys, TN church house, taking down the CSDA Church signs and disposing of all other offending articles.

Recent Information
Letter of demand to owner of Davidian SDA domain names:Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4

Update 07/19/05: It has been revealed to us that the General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists has begun to move forward with their expected legal persecution of the Creation Seventh Day (and) Adventist Church. A letter has been drafted, but not yet received by our members, which follows the same mode of delivery as was undertaken in the above-mentioned letter to the Davidian, and the previous letters of demand that have been sent to various other Adventist believers over time. With prayer, and by the grace of the Almighty, we will stand in the face of this great evil, and witness for the purity of the Faith of our Savior.

Update 07/22/05: Pastor Walter "Chick" McGill has drafted a letter to the lawfirm being used by the General Conference to enforce the Trademark asking for their understanding in the delay of his receiving the letter, as he is away currently on an evangelistic mission. The Letter may be read HERE.

Update 10/21/05: Pastor "Chick" has received a certified letter from the General Conference Corporation's attorneys, demanding the surrender of several domain names. This letter appears, upon inspection, to be merely a copy of a previous letter sent to the owner of some domain names maintained by the owner of davidiansda.org, containing only insignificant alterations (see Davidian related communication in the above links). From the letter itself, it appears that the facts of the correspondance have been confused, as they refer to communications with him through the Davidian SDAs (that never took place), and all but one of the domain names they cited are / were owned by the Davidians.. Pastor "Chick" has sent an answer to the letter via certified mail.

Demand letter : Introductory letter Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4

Pastor "Chick"s response may be read HERE.

Update 03/22/06: The General Conference attorneys have now sent documents to our web-hosting company complaining of certain trademark violations among our domain names. As documentation becomes available we plan to post for your reading.

Update 05/27/06: We have received notice that the General Conference Corporation of SDAs is now threatening our internet domain names on the world scale. Pastor "Chick" has received email notification that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center has received a complaint against several of our websites, this complaint being dated at May 23rd of this year.

We have also received word that Vincent Ramik (attorney for the General Conference Corporation) has sent a box containing some kind of information to pastor "Chick." As it turns out, pastor "Chick" had recently left on an evangelism trip to Canada, to meet with some of the brethren there who were baptized this last Feast of Unleavened Bread. As such he was not available to receive the package (which we assume is related to the WIPO complaint). When we discover the contents of this package, we will inform our readers.

For now, the CSDA Church covets the prayers of those who have been following our work and ministry. If this matter indeed goes as the Conference would have it go on a world scale, things could move forward very quickly to the end; for when the Trademark is imposed upon the people of Yah on a worldwide stage, it will not be long before the voice of the Witness ceases to be heard on the earth, and then the end will come. Our prayers are with all those who have been sympathizers and supporters, and may Yahshua find our houses in order upon His grand and glorious return.

Update 06/09/06: We have received notice that the official arbitration procedure has begun as of June 8th of this year. We are now in the 20-day response process, and will be making reply to WIPO in a timely fashion, Yahweh willing. The complaint document itself may be viewed HERE. Let us be fervent in prayer as matters continue to develop.

Update 06/16/06: We finally received a seven pound package from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in Geneva, Switzerland. It contains the complaint filed by the General Conference, along with all annexes and other official policies set for the arbitration process. This is evidently a duplication of the box that the General Conference attorney tried to have delivered to Pastor "Chick" at the church house in Tennessee.

Update 06/28/06: Our response has been sent to the WIPO domain dispute center by email and by FedEx as of yesterday, 27th of June. The response may be viewed HERE, and the list of annexes sent may be viewed HERE. Our prayers continue upward for Yah's perfect will to be done in this situation.

Update 09/02/06: We have received the decision of the arbitration panel appointed by WIPO. The decision of the panel is that all four of the domain names under dispute must be turned over to the Conference. This will be done automatically at some point in the near future; therefore, we are in the process of updating our current site (csda.us) to house all of our relevant data. We are anticipating that local litigation may follow at any time, therefore we ask for the continued prayers and support of those who protest any and all unions of civil power with ecclesiastical authority. The decision documents that pertain to our case may be read HERE and HERE. The official online WIPO decision may be accessed HERE.

Update 09/27/06: The SDA trademark lawsuit expected for the past 15 years has now begun. The "image of the beast" is imposing "the mark" on the "Remnant Church of Creation 7th Day Adventists." The legal complaint may be viewed by clicking HERE or HERE for printable PDF format. An explanation (in Real Audio) of our reasons for not yielding the name "SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" can be accessed HERE.

Update 10/10/06: The General Conference of SDA is now threatening Pastor "Chick" with a demand letter regarding a CSDA domain name in Canada. See images of the letter and Canadian trademark documents following:
Demand Letter,page 1
Demand Letter, page 2
Trademark Document, page 1
Trademark Document, page 2
The Canadian website is accessed HERE.

Pastor "Chick" will be answering the demand letter in a timely manner.

Update 10/20/06: Read Pastor "Chick's" response to Associate General Counsel Parker's demand letter HERE.

Update 11/01/06: The new book entitled Finally... Out of Darkness, Into His Marvelous Light was mailed to all of the Conference Offices in North America today. Read the CSDA Church Membership Cover Letter enclosed with the gift book HERE.

Update 12/24/06: The official scheduling order for the McGill lawsuit has been received. A jury trial is set for January 7, 2008 (a three-day trial is expected).

Update 03/25/07: A two-page letter has been sent out to a large number of Adventists to inform them of the Trademark lawsuit, of which most are unaware. Positive responses have already begun to be received as a result of this information.

Update 05/17/07: A Letter of Appeal dated April, 2007, has been drafted to and posted for the benefit of the General Conference Seventh-day Adventist membership.

Letter of Concern: Written from an elderly Adventist Dad to his beloved Son (a prominent SDA Church evangelist).

Update 11/17/07: Judge James Todd rescheduled the three-day jury trial to begin June 2, 2008. Lead attorney for the Plaintiffs, Jeffrey Tew, has officially withdrawn from the trademark lawsuit.

Update 04/29/08: A court order was filed by the judge denying the General Conference motion to prevent a jury trial. This is a signal victory in the McGill case.

Update 05/30/08: Judge Daniel Breen rescheduled the three-day jury trial to begin Monday, October 6th at 9:30 a.m.

Update 06/16/08: An order granting in part and denying in part [pdf/doc] the General Conference's motion for a summary judgment was issued on June 11, 2008. The trademarked name "Seventh day Adventist" was upheld by the judge's decision. A complete victory was denied the Conference, however, regarding the words "SDA and "Adventist." As more information about what this decision means for the CSDA movement becomes available, we will update this page.

Update 09/04/08: The trial has been moved to an unset date pending a court-mandated mediation conference between Pastor McGill and the Plaintiffs, set for October 2nd. The purpose of the conference is to attempt to reach a comprimise regarding the remaining issues - the acronym "S.D.A." and the name "Adventist." Pastor McGill has certified to the court that he will not be attending the mediation conference.

Update 05/27/09: An injunction is issued by judge Daniel Breen enjoining the Church from using the names Seventh-day Adventist, Seventh-day, Adventist, or the acronym SDA with an order to submit a sworn notice of compliance to the Court by June 17, 2009. No compliance report was filed.

Update 08/20/09: An appellant brief has been filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by the defendant.

Update 11/21/09: The attorneys for the General Conference have submitted a proposed order of contempt to the Court. While it has yet to be accepted or rejected by the Judge, it is highly significant as it reveals clearly the intent and desires of the General Conference towards dissenters. Written as though it were by the Judge himself, the General Conference seeks in the document - among other things - the immediate arrest and incarceration of Pastor McGill as soon as he returns to any part of the United States, the dispatch of a U.S. Federal Marshal to the Guys property - accompanied by and under the direction of the General Conference's representative - to confiscate and destroy all signs and materials displaying or even containing the terms "Adventist," "SDA," "CSDA," etc., the removal of several domain names and websites, including several domains such as thefourthangel.net which have no relation to the Church name, and the authority to carry out an investigation into the identities of anyone other than Pastor McGill who may be assisting in proclaiming the CSDA message.

The sheer similarity between the words in this document and the words of the Papacy during the Reformation are so striking that they ought to make any supporter of the trademark policy blush in shame. A document written by the church for the magistrate to adopt and enforce, authorizing the destruction of heretical materials by an officer of the law acting under the direct physical supervision of an agent of the church, the imprisonment of dissenters wherever they may be found until such a time as they recant, and the authority to seek out and find any others who dare defy the ruling - all because of the name in which we teach our faith. Truly the image bears a striking resemblance to the beast.

Update 12/14/09: The Magistrate Judge has filed a report and recommendation with the Court advising it to adopt the contempt of court charges requested by the Conference and award them attorney's fees, as well as the confiscation of virtually all domain names related to the CSDA faith, whether making use the name or not. The Magistrate Judge advised against the use of U.S. Marshals, as the GC had requested, and instead advised the Court to order the GC to "see ye to it," taking down the signs either themselves or through their agents, and to present us with the bill. Surely, the sight of the General Conference's agents reaching up to destroy and obscure the name "Seventh Day Adventist" will be of great significance in the eyes of the watching universe.

Update 1/6/10: Judge Breen adopts the Magistrate judge's recommendation in full and issues an order of contempt against Pastor McGill. The order also authorizes the seizure of several websites suspected of association with or ownership by the CSDA Church, including some not violative of the injunction.

Update 2/11/10: Notice is received from the attorneys for the General Conference that the raid by Federal Marshals on behalf of the General Conference will occur on February 12th at 11:00 am. Advertisements are run in area newspapers for a religious liberty rally on the date to protest the infringement of First Amendment rights. The same day, the General Conference sends notice of the date being changed for undisclosed reasons to the 16th. The date of the rally is likewise altered to the 16th at 9:00 am. ABC News in Jackson, Tennessee covers the impending raid and trademark conflict.

Update 2/16/10: Attorneys for the General Conference, accompanied by a Constable and videographer, arrive at the CSDA Church building with a sign crew in tow and destroy the church's signs. Officials also confiscate various religious materials, books, and articles from the building while a picket line protests the church-state union and trademark enforcement. During the raid, the audio testimony of Dr. David Aguilar is played via loudspeakers on the property. ABC News, The Daily Corinthian, and the McNairy County News offer coverage of the event, and a video of "some reaching up their hands to remove the banner, and obscure it's significance" may be seen here.

Update 3/8/10: Signs are restored on the Church building via white paint. Pictures may be seen here and here. ABC News and The Daily Corinthian cover the event.

Update 3/18/10: Correspondence takes place between Joel Galanter, attorney for the General Conference, and Lucan Chartier, Pastor McGill's assistant, regarding a subpoena served on him in conjunction with the case. Mr. Chartier indicates he will not attend the deposition, nor will he resist if the Conference wishes to start contempt proceedings with the intention of placing him in jail.

Update 3/25/10: A motion for contempt is issued against Lucan Chartier for both refusal to appear at deposition and the repainting of the Church signs. It is apparent from prior correspondence that the sole aim of this is incarceration, as Mr. Chartier has certified that contempt will yield neither compliance nor monetary gain. Three other individuals are also named in the paper, despite not being members of the Church nor being present or aware of the sign's repainting, after they were identified as being present at the protests on February 16th.

Update 3/26/10: A motion for more sanctions and further contempt charges is filed against Pastor McGill by the Conference, this time in response to his refusal to attend a Discovery hearing to answer such questions as specific bank account information and properties owned by himself or anyone who may in any way be potentially associated with him, including relatives and employees. The full list of questions intended to be posed may be found here.

Update 4/03/10: We have received a copy of the oral arguments held in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinatti, Ohio on March 11th. The audio may be downloaded in Realaudio format here and in mp3 format here. The file is approximately 35 minutes in length. Voices in the audio transcript are Charles Holliday for the defendant, Joel Galanter for the General Conference, and Judges Sutton, Kennedy, and Moore as the questioners. A ruling is expected in the upcoming months.

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