It Was No Coincidence that I Was Asked to Leave My SDA Pastoral Position Here’s Why

I would like to express my gratitude to God our Father and His Divine Son-Jesus Christ that their Holy Spirit continues to guide us to all truths. This is the right time to know and to hold firmly Whom we believe. Today, I woke up early at 3:47am. My head was aching. I do not know what was the cause. So I decided to take a pain reliever and started to think and write this blog.

When Judgment Hour Ministries published my testimony 4 days ago I was both blessed and encouraged by the support I received from the One True God Community. I have no clue about this community until recently. Indeed I was not alone. I connected to a long lost schoolmate, talked to people I do not know that believed this truth for a long time, and got donations from some sympathetic individuals. I admit, I am a late bloomer. Late in the knowledge of the One True God.

The past 4 days made me to reflect why I was asked to leave my senior pastor position (2017) by then executive secretary who became the president of the Illinois Conference of SDA and now I learned he moved to Redlands Crosswalk Church. I was not surprised as I have the impressions of him wanting to be in a church leaning towards liberal-progressive, innovative, and altered version of the original SDA faith.

There are many factors that may have contributed to his decision. Here is my account of that story. And then my life unravelled as I described in my testimony. The big surprised was when Michael McCaffrey was able to search my last sermon at my last church and included it at the end our interview which moved me to weep tears of remembrance. This (below) was my last sermon of my career as an SDA pastor before I was asked to leave my position.

Unbeknown to me I was preaching the One True God in John 17:3 while being a trinitarian. On Jan 7, 2017 was the communion service and I never thought it would be my final sermon. But it was and as I look back and watched myself again preaching I came to realize that maybe just maybe one or two of my elders whom I know are very influential reported to the president of the conference and thus decided I do not fit anymore for my role in that liberal progressive, musically innovative, and large corporate church. It crashed on me that I was a square peg in a round hole.

So I was told to leave my job. From that point to now I gladly accepted my fate. That experience was my sermon fulfilled. My last sermon was for me.

I have been following the light I received and now the light I got is so much brighter and clearer. I have suffered a lot but not compared to the sufferings of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.

Whatever situation you may be in today I pray you will remember the love of the One True God and the sacrifice of His Only Begotten (literal) Son Jesus Christ. All things work together for good to them that love Him (Romans 8:28).

Have an amazing day with God!

Published by marklastimoso

Follower of Jesus-the Son of the Living God!

3 thoughts on “It Was No Coincidence that I Was Asked to Leave My SDA Pastoral Position Here’s Why

  1. Greetings Mark,

    I watched your testimony with Judgment Hour and was blessed to hear your story. That must have been a very difficult situation as a pastor.

    In 2018, I was the head deaconess and on the church board at a small SDA church in San Diego county. Briefly, the OTG subject came up and 8 of us we’re disfellowshipped a few months later. I have since relocated to Richmond Hill, GA, and I was wondering where you are located and do you know of any OTG people in my area. God bless you in your ministry.

    Your sister in Christ, Lori Cole Sent from my iPhone


    1. Thank you for responding. I’m sure you’ve heard of Nader Mansour of He is in Australia and has been a pioneer in the OTG movement. Nader has an ongoing bible study on Tuesday evenings on zoom with about 60-100 people. I can send you a link if you’re interested.

      I occasionally attend the local SDA church for my grandchildren’s sake and also attend 2 weekly bible studies with a local Sunday church. I do not attend Sunday services. Tomorrow I will be handing out Steps to Christ, Great Controversy and small booklets about the sabbath at a ladies monthly breakfast (Sunday-keepers). Please pray they will be willing and open to the message and that the Lord will speak through me to uplift His truth. Thank you and God bless you and your family. Lori Cole Sent from my iPhone


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