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Seventh-day Adventist Church
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Classification Protestant
Orientation Adventist
Polity Modified presbyterian polity
Geographical areas Worldwide
Founder Joseph Bates, James White, Ellen G. White, J. N. Andrews
Origin May 21, 1863
Battle Creek, Michigan
Branched from Millerites
Separations Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement (separated 1925); Davidian SDAs (separated 1929)
Congregations 61,818 Churches, 61,361 Companies[1]
Members 16 million[2]
Ministers 15,813[1]
Hospitals 168[1]
Nursing homes 138[1]
Aid organization Adventist Development and Relief Agency
Primary schools 5,666[1]
Secondary schools 1,470[1]
Tertiary institutions 106[1]
.The Seventh-day Adventist Church (commonly abbreviated SDA or Adventist[3]) is a Christian denomination which is distinguished by its observance of Saturday,[4] the original seventh day of the Judeo-Christian week, as the Sabbath, and by its emphasis on the imminent second coming of Jesus Christ.^ Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists .
  • Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.adventist-fl.com [Source type: General]

^ Is Seventh-day Adventism really Christian?
  • Seventh-day Adventism - Apologetics research resources on religious cults and sects 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.apologeticsindex.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Seventh-day Adventist and be a true follower of Jesus Christ despite heterodox concepts...
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It is the eighth largest international body of Christians.[5] .The denomination grew out of the Millerite movement in the United States during the middle part of the 19th century and was formally established in 1863.[6][7] Among its founders was Ellen G. White, whose extensive writings are still held in high regard by Seventh-day Adventists today.^ Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists .
  • Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.adventist-fl.com [Source type: General]

^ Seventh-Day Adventists › United States › Biography › Juvenile literature (3 works) .
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^ Seventh-Day Adventists › United States › Biography (15 works) .
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.Much of the theology of the Seventh-day Adventist Church corresponds to evangelical teachings such as the Trinity and the infallibility of Scripture.^ Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists .
  • Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.adventist-fl.com [Source type: General]

^ Seventh-day Adventists Believe.
  • Seventh-day Adventism - Apologetics research resources on religious cults and sects 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.apologeticsindex.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Seventh Day Adventist 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.inplainsite.org [Source type: Original source]
  • The Watchman Expositor: Seventh-day Adventism Profile 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.watchman.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Seventh-day Adventist church in Grahamstown, South Africa.
  • Seventh-day Adventists - ReligionFacts 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.religionfacts.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Distinctive teachings include the unconscious state of the dead and the doctrine of an investigative judgment.^ These doctrines include the SDA belief that Sunday worship will result in the “Mark of the Beast,” imbalanced teachings on keeping the commandments (baptism, Sabbath observance) that often implies a kind of salvation by works, the “Remnant Church” doctrine that implies that the SDA is or will be God’s only true church, and the doctrine of the Investigative Judgment.
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^ Ellen G. White, who claimed to have “the spirit of prophecy,” was an important early leader of the movement and taught a number of distinctive SDA doctrines, including the Investigative Judgment and Sabbatarianism.
  • Untitled Document 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.faithumc.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Seventh-day Adventists are also known for their teachings regarding diet and health, their beliefs in the unconscious state of the dead, and an " investigative judgment ".
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church - Christianity Knowledge Base 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC christianity.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The church is also known for its emphasis on diet and health, its holistic understanding of the person, its promotion of religious liberty, and its conservative principles and lifestyle.^ They are also strong promoters of religious liberty.
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^ The SDA church has always taken a special interest in health concerns: diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, etc.
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^ They also promote religious liberty, and publish a periodical called Liberty.
  • An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.The world church is governed by a General Conference, with smaller regions administered by divisions, union conferences and local conferences.^ The global church is called the General Conference.
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^ Local conferences include local church districts.
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^ Lower administrative units are the General Conference, Divisions (over continents), Union Conferences, local Conferences, and congregations.
  • Seventh-Day Adventism - Orthodox or Cult? 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.rapidnet.com [Source type: Original source]

.It currently has a worldwide membership of over 16 million people, has a missionary presence in over 200 countries and territories and is ethnically and culturally diverse.^ There are approximately 14 million Seventh-day Adventists worldwide, with perhaps another 7 million people more loosely associated with the Church.
  • BBC - Religions - Christianity: Seventh-day Adventists 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ The Church has about 16 million members worldwide, with a growth rate of about 7% per year.
  • The Seventh Day Adventist church and homosexuality 16 January 2010 17:51 UTC www.religioustolerance.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[1][2] .The church operates numerous schools, hospitals and publishing houses worldwide, as well as a prominent humanitarian aid organization known as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).^ For over 50 years the church has been active in humanitarian aid through the work of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
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^ Often Adventist-related publishing houses conduct mass mailings of their literature to every home and post office box in a community.
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^ They operate some 5,700 pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges, universities, seminaries and medical schools in about 145 countries worldwide.
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History

.The Seventh-day Adventist Church is the largest of several "Adventist" groups which arose from the Millerite movement of the 1840s in upstate New York, a phase of the Second Great Awakening.^ Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists .
  • Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.adventist-fl.com [Source type: General]

^ This movement was largely responsible for what has been called the Great second advent awakening.
  • An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Seventh-day Adventists Home .
  • Seventh-day Adventists 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.infor.com [Source type: News]

.Miller predicted on the basis of Daniel 8:14-16 and the "day-year principle" that Jesus Christ would return to Earth on October 22, 1844. When this did not happen, most of his followers disbanded and returned to their original churches.^ She predicted that this would soon be followed by the second coming of Jesus.
  • An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Miller predicted Christ’s return in 1844.
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^ The Harmons were especially taken with the views of William Miller who predicted Christ's return on October 22, 1844.
  • An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Some Millerites came to believe that Miller's calculations were correct, but that his interpretation of Daniel 8:14 was flawed.^ Miller had claimed, based on his interpretation of Daniel and Revelation, that Christ would return in 184344 to cleanse "the sanctuary" (Dan.
  • Seventh-Day Adventism 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.catholic.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A small number of Millerites believed that their calculations were correct, but that their understanding of the sanctuary being cleansed was wrong, and they began to teach that something else happened in 1844.
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.These "Adventists" arrived at the conviction that Daniel 8:14 foretold Christ's entrance into the "Most Holy Place" of the heavenly sanctuary rather than his second coming.^ They decided the event marked by 1844 was not the Second Coming, but the entrance of Christ into the Holy of Holies in the Heavenly Sanctuary.
  • Seventh-Day Adventism - Orthodox or Cult? 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.rapidnet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The heavenly sanctuary has two areas - the holy place and the most holy place.
  • BBC - Religions - Christianity: Seventh-day Adventists 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ When Christ went from Earth to Heaven he went into the holy place.
  • BBC - Religions - Christianity: Seventh-day Adventists 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

.Over the next decade this understanding developed into the doctrine of the investigative judgment: an eschatological process commencing in 1844 in which Christians will be judged to verify their eligibility for salvation and God's justice will be confirmed before the universe.^ Investigative judgment and salvation .
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church - Christianity Knowledge Base 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC christianity.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Their problems are compounded by the fact that over the past two decades, deep divisions or factions have developed within the SDA. The Christian Research Institute states: .
  • Seventh Day Adventist 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.inplainsite.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Sabbatarianism, conditional immorality or soul sleep, annihilation of the wicked, Investigative Judgment) that are outside the mainstream of historic Christian theology, Seventh Day Adventists (also simply known by the acronym: SDA) do accept the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.
  • An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.The Adventists continued to believe that Christ's second coming would be imminent, although they refrained from setting further dates for the event.^ Jesus' return: The second coming of Christ is imminent.
  • An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Adventists believe that the Second Coming of Christ will happen soon.
  • BBC - Religions - Christianity: Seventh-day Adventists 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ The Adventist church was a Christian denomination that believed that the coming of Christ, or advent, was imminent.
  • An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

Development of Sabbatarianism

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James and Ellen White
.As the early Adventist movement consolidated, the question of the biblical day of rest and worship was raised.^ Worship in the Seventh-day Adventist Church .
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^ At about the same time that the followers of the movement were studying the sanctuary, the question of the biblical day of rest and worship was raised.
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^ History of the Seventh-day Adventist movement .
  • BBC - Religions - Christianity: Seventh-day Adventists 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

.The foremost proponent of Sabbath-keeping among early Adventists was Joseph Bates.^ The foremost proponent of Sabbath-keeping among early Adventists was retired sea captain Joseph Bates .
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^ Modern Adventists keep sundown Friday to sundown Saturday as the Sabbath, but earlier in their history they kept 6 p.m.

^ Where many people would see Sabbath teaching as works-based doctrine, Adventists believe that keeping the Sabbath shows that they have faith in the redemptive act of Christ.
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.Bates was introduced to the Sabbath doctrine by a tract written by Millerite preacher Thomas M. Preble, who in turn had been influenced by Rachel Oakes Preston, a young Seventh Day Baptist.^ We keep the seventh-day Sabbath holy.
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^ Yahweh on the day seventh, sabbath of rest.

^ How to tell the seventh day Sabbath .

This message was gradually accepted and formed the topic of the first edition of the church publication The Present Truth (now the Adventist Review), which appeared in July 1849.

Organization and recognition

.For about 20 years, the Adventist movement consisted of a small loosely knit group of people who came from many churches whose primary means of connection and interaction was through James White's periodical, The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald. They embraced the doctrines of the Sabbath, the "heavenly sanctuary" interpretation of Daniel 8:14, conditional immortality and the expectation of Christ's premillennial return.^ For about 20 years, the Adventist movement consisted of a loosely knit group of people who adhered to this message.
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^ Many Adventists also left the church as a result.
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^ The view of Christ presented in those years by Adventist authors was that there was a time when Christ did not exist, that His divinity is a delegated divinity, and that therefore He is inferior to the Father.
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.Among its most prominent figures were Joseph Bates, James White, and Ellen G. White.^ The most profound subtlety of that remarkable exposition is that Ellen White wrote that whole chapter as a defense of her own prophetic authority.

^ The cult expert Walter Martin labeled most of the "historic Adventists" he encountered as "legalists," "worshippers of Ellen White" and the "lunatic fringe."

^ In 1850, James and Ellen White began publishing a magazine, The Review & Herald , to disseminate Adventist and Sabbatarian doctrines.
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.Ellen White came to occupy a particularly central role; her many visions and spiritual leadership convinced her fellow Adventists that she possessed the gift of prophecy.^ Ellen White not only approved and taught this doctrine, but her first vision experience (she claimed over 2,000 visions) was largely responsible for its being received by the Adventist group (Brinsmead, Robert, D., Judged by the Gospel: A Review of Adventism , pp.
  • Seventh-Day Adventism - Orthodox or Cult? 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.rapidnet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It is the church prophetess Ellen G. White whom they profess to respect that has specified the spiritual traits of these seven groups.

^ "Do you accept the biblical teaching of spiritual gifts and believe that the gift of prophecy is one of the identifying marks of the remnant church".

.The church was formally established in Battle Creek, Michigan, on May 21, 1863, with a membership of 3,500.[6] The denominational headquarters were later moved from Battle Creek to Takoma Park, Maryland, where they remained until 1989. The General Conference headquarters then moved to its current location in Silver Spring, Maryland.^ In 1989 , the headquarters was moved again, this time to Silver Spring , Maryland.
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^ After intense discussions a formally organized church called the Seventh-day Adventist Church was established in Battle Creek , Michigan , in May 1863 , with a membership of 3,500.
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^ In 1903 , the denominational headquarters were moved from Battle Creek to temporary quarters in Washington D.C. and soon thereafter established in nearby Takoma Park , Maryland .
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.Until 1870 the church had a "shut door" policy focused on veterans of the 1844 experience, seeing them as a saving remnant.^ From 1844 to 1851 the group taught the “shut door” doctrine, based on Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins.
  • The Watchman Expositor: Seventh-day Adventism Profile 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.watchman.org [Source type: Original source]

^ From 1844 to 1851, the group taught the "shut door" doctrine, based on Jesus' parable of the ten virgins.
  • Seventh-Day Adventism - Orthodox or Cult? 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.rapidnet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ She said only the Seventh Day Adventists are the saved "Remnant" Church.
  • An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

The membership was only 5,400 and the door was shut to new members. .The denomination in the 1870s turned to missionary work and revivals, tripling its membership to 16,000 by 1880 and establishing a presence beyond North America during the late 1800s.^ Through the evangelistic efforts of its ministers and laity and the guidance of Ellen G. White, the church quickly grew and established a presence beyond North America during the late 1800s .
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^ Started in the late 1800s, Adventist mission work today reaches people in more than 204 countries of the world.
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^ "Adventists can now be found in 205 of the 229 countries and areas of the world recognized by the United Nations, with 91.6% of membership living outside of North America."
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.Rapid growth continued, with 75,000 members in 1901. By this time operated two colleges, a medical school, a dozen academies, 27 hospitals, and 13 publishing houses.^ They have a large investment in publishing and education -- they operate 56 publishing houses and support 549 medical units (696 including 117 nursing homes and retirement centers and 30 orphanages); and 5,846 primary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities (with total enrollment of over a million students).
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^ By this time he had become a relatively wealthy man, owning a house, land and at least two horses.
  • An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Own and operate more than 50 publishing houses, with total sales worldwide of more than $100 million annually.
  • Seventh Day Adventist 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.atruechurch.info [Source type: Original source]

By 1945, the church reported 226,000 members in the US and Canada, and 380,000 elsewhere; the budget was $29 million and enrollment in church schools was 40,000.
.For much of the 1800s, a majority of the Adventist leaders supported the doctrine of Arianism (although Ellen G. White was not one of them).^ According to Ellen White one must believe this doctrine to be saved.
  • The Watchman Expositor: Seventh-day Adventism Profile 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.watchman.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In their June, 2000, General Conference they voted to more aggressively affirm and support the “Spirit of Prophecy through the ministry of Ellen White”( Adventist Today, [online: July 2000] ).
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^ Ellen White never held official title as the head of the church, but was one of its founders and acknowledged spiritual leader.
  • Seventh Day Adventist 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.inplainsite.org [Source type: Original source]
  • The Watchman Expositor: Seventh-day Adventism Profile 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.watchman.org [Source type: Original source]

[8] .This, along with the movement's other theological views, led most Christian denominations to regard it as a cult.^ Christian apologists and countercult experts disagree on whether or not Seventh-day Adventism (SDA) should be classified as, theologically, a cult of Christianity .
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^ In common with other conservative Christian denominations, the SDA does not stress the concept of homosexual orientation .
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^ Sabbath: Perhaps their most obvious practice which differentiates them from most other Christian churches is that they follow observe Saturday as their weekly Sabbath (from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset).
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[9] .However, the Adventist Church adopted the Trinity early in the 20th century and began to dialogue with other Protestant groups toward the middle of the century, eventually gaining wide recognition as a Christian church.^ Some scientists believe that up to 50 percent of certain cancers can be prevented by the kind of prudent diet adopted by this church more than a century ago.
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^ His followers called themselves Adventists; the group was often referred to as Millerites by others.
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^ Seventh-day Adventists, in the early days, denied the Trinity, but now they accept it.

Beliefs

.The official teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination are expressed in its 28 Fundamental Beliefs.^ Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists .
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^ Seventh-Day Adventists › Apologetic works (2 works) .
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^ Seventh Day Adventists say this is essential.
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.This statement of beliefs was originally adopted by the General Conference in 1980, with an additional belief (number 11) being added in 2005. Acceptance of either of the church's two baptismal vows is a prerequisite for membership.^ Seventh-day Adventists believe that baptism is a public statement to commit one's life to Jesus and is a prerequisite for church membership.
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^ OCT: SDA statement about homosexuality: The Annual Council of the General Conference Executive Committee approved a resolution on 1999-OCT-03 about homosexuality.
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^ So when the two names of the two letters of His Short Name is added up, they equal 26, the number of the tetragrammaton is equal to the numbers of the short form "Yah" when spelled as words and added up..

.The following statement of beliefs is not meant to be read or received as a "creed" that is set in theological concrete.^ Theologically speaking, Seventh-day Adventism's noncredal stance actually is a statement of a form of the Protestant ideal, " Sola scriptura ": "The Bible is our only creed..."
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Adventists have but one creed: “The Bible, and the Bible alone.”
.Adventist doctrine resembles trinitarian Protestant theology, with premillennial and Arminian emphases.^ Adventist doctrine resembles mainstream trinitarian Protestant theology, with some notable exceptions.
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^ Seventh-day Adventist doctrine is based on the Anabaptist Protestant tradition.
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.Adventists uphold teachings such as the infallibility of Scripture, the substitutionary atonement, the resurrection of the dead and justification by faith alone, and are therefore often considered evangelical.^ Others, the more traditional or fundamentalist Adventists often reject portions of Question on Doctrine and seek to hold on to several heresies which arose early in the Adventist movement, such as the investigative judgement, the sinful nature of Christ, and viewing Ellen G. White as the infallible interpreter of Scripture.
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^ The Adventist church promotes justification by faith in Jesus Christ our LORD and Savior.
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^ Where many people would see Sabbath teaching as works-based doctrine, Adventists believe that keeping the Sabbath shows that they have faith in the redemptive act of Christ.
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[10] .In common with certain other Christian churches, they believe in baptism by immersion and creation in six literal days.^ Seventh-day Adventists believe in a literal and historical six-day creation.
  • BBC - Religions - Christianity: Seventh-day Adventists 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ In doing this, they do not imply that the church is a mind control cult or a doomsday cult, but simply that some of their beliefs deviate from those of traditional, conservative Christianity.
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^ Jehovah Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists and Mormons and Christian Scientists can't all be right --that only they will be saved.
  • An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism 9 February 2010 16:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.(The modern Creationist movement started with Adventist George McCready Price, who was inspired by a vision of Ellen White.^ Shortly after the great disappointment of 1844, when Adventists expected Christ to return, 17-year-old Ellen had a heavenly vision during a home prayer meeting.
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^ From Ellen Harmon Whites first vision Welcome to Seventh-day-Adventist.com .

^ From Ellen Harmon Whites first vision, as first published in the Daystar Articles.

[11])
In addition, there is a generally recognized set of "distinctive" doctrines which distinguish Adventism from the rest of the Christian world, although not all of these teachings are wholly unique to Adventism:
.
  • Law (fundamental belief 19)—the Law of God is "embodied in the Ten Commandments", which continue to be binding upon Christians.
  • Sabbath (fundamental belief 20)—the Sabbath should be observed on the seventh day of the week, specifically, from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.
  • Second Coming and End times (fundamental beliefs 25-28)—Jesus Christ will return visibly to earth after a "time of trouble", during which the Sabbath will become a worldwide test.^ Is Seventh-day Adventism really Christian?
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    ^ Rest on the seventh day sabbath, and not any work, we should do.

    ^ We keep the seventh-day Sabbath holy.
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    .The second coming will be followed by a millennial reign of the saints in heaven.^ She predicted that this would soon be followed by the second coming of Jesus.
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    ^ The millennium is the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints in heaven between the first and second resurrections.
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    ^ The purpose of this judgment is to vindicate the saints before the onlooking universe, to prepare them for Christ's imminent Second Coming, and to demonstrate God's righteous character in His dealings with humanity.
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    .Adventist eschatology is based on the historicist method of prophetic interpretation.
  • Wholistic human nature (fundamental beliefs 7, 26)—Humans are an indivisible unity of body, mind and spirit.^ Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists .
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    ^ Under "Fundamental Beliefs" Adventists teach, .
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    ^ Number 17 of the "Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-Day Adventists" states: "The Gift of Prophecy: One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy.
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    .They do not possess an immortal soul, and death is an unconscious sleep (commonly known as "soul sleep").^ They believe the Bible teaches that the state of man in death is unconscious, as Jesus said of Lazarus, "They (sic) are asleep."
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    ^ Seventh-day Adventists believe that death is a state of unconscious sleep until the resurrection .
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    ^ Since they believe that upon death ones soul will be destroyed, they deny hell as the Jehovahs Witnesses do .
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    .(See also: Christian anthropology)
  • Conditional immortality (fundamental belief 27)—The wicked will not suffer eternal torment in hell, but instead will be permanently destroyed.^ Hell does not exist as a place of eternal torment.
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    ^ God has placed you in a world of suffering to prove you, to see if you will be found worthy of the gift of eternal life" ( Testimonies for the Church , Vol.
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    ^ In 2005, during the General Conference Session, the church expanded its set of fundamental beliefs from 27 to 28.
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    .(See: Conditional immortality, Annihilationism)
  • Great Controversy (fundamental belief 8)—Humanity is involved in a "great controversy" between Jesus Christ and Satan.^ The great controversy is the battle between Satan and Christ.
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    ^ "Advent" means coming and refers to their belief that Jesus Christ will soon return to this earth.
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    ^ Saint Gregory the Great declares: "For us, the true Sabbath is the person of our Redeemer, our Lord Jesus Christ".
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    .This is an elaboration on the common Christian theory that evil began in heaven when an angelic being (Lucifer) rebelled against the Law of God.
  • Heavenly sanctuary (fundamental belief 24)—At his ascension, Jesus Christ commenced an atoning ministry in the heavenly sanctuary.^ The investigative judgment is a unique Adventist belief, which teaches that the judgment of God's professed people began on October 22, 1844 when Christ entered the Holy of Holies in the heavenly sanctuary.
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    ^ He has worked with intensity to defy the God of heaven by making His law of none effect.

    ^ They rebelled against God's appointed leader of the church.

    .In 1844, he began to cleanse the heavenly sanctuary in fulfillment of the Day of Atonement.
  • Investigative Judgment (fundamental belief 24)—A judgment of professed Christians began in 1844, in which the books of record are examined for all the universe to see.^ According to SDA theology, beginning on October 22, 1844, Christ entered upon the "judgment phase" of His ministry, whereby He blots out sin: [The SDA doctrine of the "Investigative Judgment" rests on Ellen G. White's claimed revelation that Christ entered the heavenly Holy of Holies, not at His ascension, but in 1844, wherein He then began to investigate the records of human works ( TGC , pp.
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    ^ Their Bible study led them to the conviction that in that year Jesus had entered into the "Most Holy Place" of the heavenly sanctuary, and began an " investigative judgment " of the world: a process through which there is an examination of the heavenly records to "determine who, through repentance of sin and faith in Christ , are entitled to the benefits of atonement ," after which Jesus will return to earth.
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    ^ The investigative judgment is a unique Adventist belief, which teaches that the judgment of God's professed people began on October 22, 1844 when Christ entered the Holy of Holies in the heavenly sanctuary.
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    .The investigative judgment will affirm who will receive salvation, and vindicate God as just in his dealings with mankind.
  • Remnant (fundamental belief 13)—There will be an end-time remnant who keep the commandments of God and have "the testimony of Jesus" (Revelation 12:17).^ Investigative judgment and salvation .
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    ^ For those who find the salvation of God, the case is not so hopeless, for, .
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    ^ Seventh-day Adventists teach that the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:16-17; 14:9-11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4) is keeping Sunday as the Sabbath or Lord's Day.
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    .This remnant proclaims the "three angels' messages" of Revelation 14:6-12 to the world.
  • Spirit of Prophecy (fundamental belief 18)—The ministry of Ellen G. White is commonly referred to as the "Spirit of Prophecy" and her writings are considered "a continuing and authoritative source of truth",[12] though ultimately and in absolute terms subject to the Bible; the highest authority of faith for the church.^ This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White.
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    ^ The written works by Ellen White , "are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction."
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    ^ Another church teaching is that of the "Spirit of Prophecy" with a role as an identifying mark of the remnant church, which they believe was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White.
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    (See: Inspiration of Ellen White)

Theological spectrum

.As with any religious movement, a theological spectrum exists within Adventism comparable to the fundamentalist-conservative-moderate-liberal spectrum in the wider Christian church and in other religions.^ Some are more conservative; others more liberal.
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^ Seventh-day Adventism is a massive false religious movement that has captivated millions, 5.5 million as of the early 1990's (according to Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2000 ).
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^ In doing this, they do not imply that the church is a mind control cult or a doomsday cult, but simply that some of their beliefs deviate from those of traditional, conservative Christianity.
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.A variety of groups, movements or subcultures within the church present differing views on beliefs and lifestyle.^ Our view is that Seventh-day Adventist who are unhappy with the movement's unbiblical teachings should leave and renounce Seventh-day Adventism, and instead join a Biblical church instead.
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^ Throughout the history of the denomination, there have been a number of groups who have left the church and formed their own movements.
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^ However, they differ on a number of other beliefs: Writings of Ellen White: Ellen White is recognized by the SDA church as having received the gift of prophecy.
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.The conservative end of the theological spectrum is represented by "historic Adventists", who are characterized by their opposition to theological trends within the denomination, beginning in the 1950s.^ The line of the circle, which is connected as one line which has no beginning and no ending represents eternity, in the Spiritual realm, which is not dependent upon the dimension of time.

^ As such, it represents the effort of an individual Seventh-day Adventist to make the Scriptures more readable for himself and for those who choose to read it.
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^ Those who follow Adventism closely know that the last two decades have been characterized by a deep internal conflict which has divided the denomination and left many Adventist [sic] disillusioned.
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.They tend to view modern Adventist theology as a compromise with evangelicalism, and seek to defend older teachings such as the fallen nature of Jesus Christ, an incomplete atonement, and character perfectionism.^ Others, the more traditional or fundamentalist Adventists often reject portions of Question on Doctrine and seek to hold on to several heresies which arose early in the Adventist movement, such as the investigative judgement, the sinful nature of Christ, and viewing Ellen G. White as the infallible interpreter of Scripture.
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^ Beliefs : Seventh-day Adventists follow most of the beliefs of conventional conservative Christianity: creation, the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, original sin; the virgin birth; the divinity of Christ; the nature of the Trinity; belief in Satan as a rebellious created being; the inerrancy of Scriptures as they were originally written; the resurrection of Jesus, and salvation by the atonement of Christ, etc.
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^ Modern Adventists keep sundown Friday to sundown Saturday as the Sabbath, but earlier in their history they kept 6 p.m.

[13] .Historic Adventism is represented mainly at the "grassroots" level of the church and is often promoted through independent ministries, but has weak support (if any) among Adventist scholars.^ Adventist Online is an independent ministry that supports the members and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

^ This Journey Films documentary looks at the intersection of faith and health through the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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^ The Adventist church promotes justification by faith in Jesus Christ our LORD and Savior.
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.The most "liberal" elements in the church are typically known as "progressive Adventists" (it should be noted that progressive Adventists generally do not identify with liberal Christianity).^ Sabbath: Perhaps their most obvious practice which differentiates them from most other Christian churches is that they follow observe Saturday as their weekly Sabbath (from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset).
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^ John Kellog, founder of "Kellogg's" and a major supplier of breakfast cereals was a well known member of the Seventh Day Adventist church.
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^ Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist church bulletin also notes "How Are Adventists Different?"
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.They tend to hold a "modernized" perspective on such controversial issues as the inspiration of Ellen White, the doctrine of the "remnant" and the investigative judgment.^ Others, the more traditional or fundamentalist Adventists often reject portions of Question on Doctrine and seek to hold on to several heresies which arose early in the Adventist movement, such as the investigative judgement, the sinful nature of Christ, and viewing Ellen G. White as the infallible interpreter of Scripture.
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^ Second only to the investigative judgment issue is the all-encompassing question of the inspiration and authority of the writings of Ellen G. white.
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^ It is the church prophetess Ellen G. White whom they profess to respect that has specified the spiritual traits of these seven groups.

[13][14] .The progressive movement is strongest amongst scholars of the denomination,[15] where it finds expression in bodies such as the Association of Adventist Forums and in journals such as Spectrum and Adventist Today.^ In 1861 the movement created a publishing company - the Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association - and in 1863 it constituted itself as a denomination.
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^ Are the Seventh Day Adventist's simply a non-cultic denomination with some unique beliefs that differ from mainline Christianity, such as Sabbath keeping?
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^ Find your SDA friends on the most active & fun Adventist forum!

Theological organizations

.The Biblical Research Institute is the official theological research center of the church.^ Seventh-day Adventist Church The official website Seventh-day Adventist Church: Fundamental beliefs Part of official website Adventist Mission The official Mission website of the Adventist Church Biblical Research Institute The official Theological Research Center Ellen G. White Estate Adventist News Network Adventist Review The official Seventh-day Adventist Church periodical Global Mission The official project giving website of the Adventist Church Adventist Directory Locate Adventist Entities Adventist Archives Search Historical Documents Adventist Statistics Statistical Information and Reports Adventist Yearbook The Official Organizational Directory [ edit ] Neutral references .
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^ See also the December 1988 article entitled Clean and Unclean Meats , by William H. Shea, Biblical Research Institute, where he writes at the end of his article, .
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.The church has two professional organizations for Adventist theologians who are affiliated with the denomination.^ The Seventh-day Adventist Church, which baptises around 2,000 members a day, is one of the world's fastest-growing organizations, primarily due to increases in membership in the Third World .
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^ SDAnet.org SDAnet is a media organization operated in the public interest by members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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^ Our view is that Seventh-day Adventist who are unhappy with the movement's unbiblical teachings should leave and renounce Seventh-day Adventism, and instead join a Biblical church instead.
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.The Adventist Society for Religious Studies (ASRS) was formed to foster a community among Adventist theologians who attend the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion.^ The modern commercial concept of cereal food originated in the vegetarian beliefs of the American Seventh-day Adventists, who in the 1860s formed the Western Health Reform Institute, later renamed the Battle Creek Sanitarium, in Battle Creek, Mich.
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^ Our view is that Seventh-day Adventist who are unhappy with the movement's unbiblical teachings should leave and renounce Seventh-day Adventism, and instead join a Biblical church instead.
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^ Search Books by subject: Baptist Churches Christian religious experience Religion Religion - Spiritual Warfare Christian Life - Spiritual Warfare Christianity - Baptist Religion / Christianity / Baptist Slattery, Wallace D Christianity - Seventh-Day Adventist 1941- Adventists Controversial literature Seventh-Day Adventists Slattery, Wallace D., i.e., each book must be in subject 1 AND subject 2 AND ...
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.In 2006 ASRS voted to continue their meetings in the future in conjunction with SBL. During the 1980s the Adventist Theological Society was formed to provide a forum for more conservative theologians to meet and is held in conjunction with the Evangelical Theological Society.^ Shortly after the great disappointment of 1844, when Adventists expected Christ to return, 17-year-old Ellen had a heavenly vision during a home prayer meeting.
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^ During the early 1840s, the Harmon family attended Adventist meetings.
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Culture and practices

.The General Conference has posted an intraspective view on Adventists worldwide.^ Ministerial Association, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Washington D.C., 1988, p.
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^ Seventh-day Adventist Church, General Conference Seventh-day Adventist Church, UK and Ireland Ellen G White Estate Search term: .
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.This was done as an answer to frequently asked questions Adventist members and the church receives.^ The Seventh-day Adventist Church, which baptises around 2,000 members a day, is one of the world's fastest-growing organizations, primarily due to increases in membership in the Third World .
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^ John Kellog, founder of "Kellogg's" and a major supplier of breakfast cereals was a well known member of the Seventh Day Adventist church.
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^ SDAnet.org SDAnet is a media organization operated in the public interest by members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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The article is entitled, "Your Adventist Neighbor".

Sabbath activities

Bundaberg Seventh-day Adventist Church
.To keep the weekly Sabbath holy, Adventists abstain from secular work on Saturday.^ We keep the seventh-day Sabbath holy.
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^ "Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy" .

^ To help in keeping the seventh day of the week holy, Adventists abstain from secular work on that day.
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.They will also usually refrain from purely secular forms of recreation, such as competitive sport and watching non-religious programs on television.^ Since then Adventists have been on the forefront of media evangelism, and one program, " It Is Written ," was the first religious program to air on colour television.
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However, nature walks, family-oriented activities, charitable work and other activities that are compassionate in nature are encouraged.
.Much of Friday might be spent in preparation for the Sabbath; for example, preparing meals and tidying homes.^ Seventh-day Adventists will often spend much of Friday preparing meals and tidying their homes for the Sabbath.
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.Some Adventists gather for Friday evening worship to welcome in the Sabbath, a practice often known as Vespers.^ File:Bundabergsda.jpg Bundaberg Seventh-day Adventist Church A typical Seventh-day Adventist's Sabbath routine will usually begin on Friday evening with sundown worship at home or in church, known as Vespers .
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^ Modern Adventists keep sundown Friday to sundown Saturday as the Sabbath, but earlier in their history they kept 6 p.m.

^ Seventh-day Adventists will often spend much of Friday preparing meals and tidying their homes for the Sabbath.
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.Saturday afternoon activities vary widely depending on the cultural, ethnic and social background.^ Sabbath afternoon activities may vary widely depending on the cultural, ethnic and social background.
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.In some churches, members and visitors will participate in a fellowship (or "potluck") lunch.^ In some churches, members and friends will stay at the church for a potluck lunch, for which everyone contributes a dish.
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^ Some churches expect members to dress simply; others have no dress codes at all.
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^ Some attackers have quoted isolated writings of some members of the church and incorrectly asserted that the thoughts represented official church doctrine.
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Worship service

.The major weekly worship service occurs on Saturday, typically commencing with Sabbath School which is a structured time of small-group study at church.^ I asked in sabbath school class in the Pickens SDA Church, telling what had happened to me, and I asked them to pray for me.

^ The latter rain is here now in sprinklings, at the commencement of the time of trouble it will fall in abundant showers, and "The Sabbath more fully" will be given with a "loud cry".

^ And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth, and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully .

.Most Adventists make use of an officially produced "Sabbath School Lesson", which deals with a particular biblical text or doctrine every quarter.^ By their own actions and stubborn clinging to Ellen G. White, her extra-biblical teachings, visions, and doctrines, the Seventh-day Adventists have placed themselves in the category of a cult.

^ People just like you make Seventh-day Adventist News on Topix better every day.
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^ The introduction suggests that it is not for public reading in churches,etc., but what we are hearing suggests that it is already getting a fairly wide usage for that purpose, Sabbath School lessons, church school Bible classes, etc.
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.Special meetings are provided for children and youth in different age groups during this time (analogous to Sunday school in other churches).^ Usually there are special meetings for children in different age groups provided during that time.
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^ We provide a clean and safe environment to meet other Seventh Day Adventist singles online, as all members have agreed to our Statement of Faith.
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^ During that time the fledgling Seventh-day Adventist Church kept the ideas alive.
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.After a brief break, the community joins together again for a church service that follows a typical evangelical format, with a sermon as a central feature.^ After a small break, the community joins together again for a church service that follows a typical evangelical format which may differ in different churches but which will always have a sermon as a central feature.
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^ Notice that in the following passages, the so-called "moral" and "ceremonial" laws are CONGLOMERATED. Nobody has the right to SEPARATE what God has joined together (Mt 19:6)!

.Corporate singing, Scripture readings, prayers and an offering, including tithing (or money collection), are other standard features.^ The Spirit impressed me after reading the above, with this and other quotes of scriptures, that the fourth commandment on the tables of stone in the ark actually says: .

^ The Holy Scriptures stand alone, the unique standard by which her and all other writings must be judged and to which they must be subject .
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.The instruments and forms of worship music vary greatly throughout the worldwide church.^ Throughout the history of the denomination, there have been a number of groups who have left the church and formed their own movements.
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^ The Church teaches that these writings were instrumental in taking the Church from a small group to a worldwide movement.
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^ The level of significance given to White's writings, however, varies throughout the church.
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[16] .Many youth-focused churches in North America have a contemporary Christian music style, whereas other churches enjoy more traditional hymns including those found in the Adventist Hymnal.^ Many Adventists also left the church as a result.
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^ Further, we gladly acknowledge that sincere Christians may be found in other denominations, including Roman Catholicism, and we work in concert with all agencies and bodies that seek to relieve human suffering and to uplift Christ before the world.
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^ Unlike more general Christian dating sites , we are dedicated specifically to helping SDA singles connect with other Seventh Day Adventists throughout the world.
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Worship is known to be generally restrained.
Holy Communion
.Adventists usually practice communion four times a year.^ Seventh-day Adventists practice communion four times a year.
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^ Research funded by the National Institutes of Health has shown that the average Adventist in California lives four to ten years longer than the average Californian.
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^ The years following the Great Disappointment were an unsuccessful time for Adventist numbers, although a time of great importance in the development of the doctrines on which the Church would be founded.
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.The communion is an open service that is available to members and Christian non-members.^ The communion is an open service (available to members and non-members), based on the Gospel account of John 13.
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.It commences with a foot washing ceremony, known as the "Ordinance of Humility", based on the Gospel account of John 13.^ The communion service includes a feet washing ceremony, known as the Ordinance of Humility.
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^ Adventist communion services also include "the ordinance of foot-washing" before the communion.
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^ The communion is an open service (available to members and non-members), based on the Gospel account of John 13.
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.The Ordinance of Humility is meant to symbolize Christ's washing of his disciples' feet at the Last Supper and remind participants of the need to humbly serve one another.^ The Ordinance of Humility is meant to symbolize Christ's washing of his disciples' feet at the Last Supper.
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^ God is bringing out a people and preparing them to stand as one, united, to speak the same things, and thus carry out the prayer of Christ for His disciples.

^ The communion service includes a feet washing ceremony, known as the Ordinance of Humility.
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.Participants segregate by gender to separate rooms to conduct this ritual, although some congregations allow married couples to perform the ordinance on each other and families are often encouraged to participate together.^ Participants segregate by gender to separate rooms to conduct this ritual, although some congregations allow married couples to perform the ordinance on each other, so there is also an area for married couples.
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.After its completion, participants return to the main sanctuary for consumption of the Lord's Supper, which consists of unleavened bread and unfermented grape juice.^ After its completion, participants return to the main sanctuary for consumption of the Lord's Supper , which consists of unleavened bread and unfermented grape juice.
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^ Only unfermented grape juice and unleavened bread are used for communion, and any Christian may take communion, not just Church members.
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^ This states clearly that the purpose of their gathering together was "to break bread", or observe the Lord's Supper.
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Health and diet

.Since the 1860s when the church began, wholeness and health have been an emphasis of the Adventist church.^ This Journey Films documentary looks at the intersection of faith and health through the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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^ The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Millennialist Protestant Christian denomination that was founded in the 1860s in the USA. .
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^ In 1982, the Adventist Church became indignant as Mark began to teach God's grace and he was forced to resign and was ostracized from the church.
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[17] .Adventists are known for presenting a "health message" that recommends vegetarianism and expects adherence to the kosher laws in Leviticus 11.^ Seventh-day Adventists present a health message that recommends vegetarianism and expects abstinence from pork, shellfish, and other foods proscribed as " unclean " in Leviticus 11, as well as from alcohol and tobacco .
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^ What the Adventists call "laws of health" are actually laws of man and are based on the basic principles of the world (Colossians 2:8) and are not according to Christ.
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^ Adventists believe that "it is the Lord's design that the restoring influence of health reform shall be a part of the last great effort to proclaim the gospel message."
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.Obedience to these laws means abstinence from pork, shellfish, and other foods proscribed as "unclean". The church discourages its members from the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs (compare Christianity and alcohol).^ Adventists do not use alcohol, tobacco or recreational drugs.
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^ Seventh-day Adventists present a health message that recommends vegetarianism and expects abstinence from pork, shellfish, and other foods proscribed as " unclean " in Leviticus 11, as well as from alcohol and tobacco .
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^ Only unfermented grape juice and unleavened bread are used for communion, and any Christian may take communion, not just Church members.
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.In addition, some Adventists avoid coffee, tea, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and other beverages containing caffeine.^ They were once also expected to abstain from caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, cola drinks etc.
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Sanitarium products on sale.
.The pioneers of the Adventist Church had much to do with the common acceptance of breakfast cereals into the Western diet, and the "modern commercial concept of cereal food" originated among Adventists.^ The pioneers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church had much to do with the common acceptance of breakfast cereals into the Western diet.
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^ It is true that many Adventists may follow a vegetarian diet, may not wear jewelry, etc but that does not mean they think they are working their way into Heaven.
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^ One little known fact is that Adventists were responsible for the popularisation of breakfast cereal; the Adventist layman John Harvey Kellogg invented cornflakes as a replacement for eggs and bacon.
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[18] .John Harvey Kellogg was one of the early founders of Adventist health work.^ John Harvey Kellogg was one of the early founders of the Seventh-day Adventist health work.
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^ John Kellog, founder of "Kellogg's" and a major supplier of breakfast cereals was a well known member of the Seventh Day Adventist church.
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^ Yet, this approach to health is not confined to just a "good idea," but rather, according to the Adventist, it is a matter of morality and effects one's relationship with God.
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.His development of breakfast cereals as a health food led to the founding of Kellogg's by his brother William.^ His development of breakfast cereals as a health food led to the founding of Kellogg's by his brother William K. Kellogg.
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^ One little known fact is that Adventists were responsible for the popularisation of breakfast cereal; the Adventist layman John Harvey Kellogg invented cornflakes as a replacement for eggs and bacon.
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^ The entrepreneurial possibilities of the ground, thin-baked cereal dough served to the Sanitarium's patients inspired two men, C.W. Post and W.K. Kellogg, each to found his own business.
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.In both Australia and New Zealand, the church-owned Sanitarium Health Food Company is one of those countries' leading manufacturers of health and vegetarian-related products.^ In Australia , the church-owned Sanitarium Health Food Company is one of Australia's leading manufacturers of health and vegetarian-related products.
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^ The modern commercial concept of cereal food originated in the vegetarian beliefs of the American Seventh-day Adventists, who in the 1860s formed the Western Health Reform Institute, later renamed the Battle Creek Sanitarium, in Battle Creek, Mich.
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^ The Seventh-day Adventist Church owns and opperates many publishing companies around the world.
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.Research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health has shown that the average Adventist in California lives 4 to 10 years longer than the average Californian.^ Research funded by the National Institutes of Health has shown that the average Adventist in California lives four to ten years longer than the average Californian.
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^ The research, as cited by the cover story of the November 2005 issue of " National Geographic " magazine, asserts that Adventists live longer due to consumption of nuts and beans, Sabbath observance and a firm faith.
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^ Therefore, here again in the Adventist false doctrine concerning health, they advocate the false gospel of righteousness (right living) through the law (Galatians 1:8-9).
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.The research, as cited by the cover story of the November 2005 issue of National Geographic, asserts that Adventists live longer because they do not smoke or drink alcohol, have a day of rest every week, and maintain a healthy, low-fat vegetarian diet that is rich in nuts and beans.^ They don't smoke or drink alcohol, and recommend a vegetarian diet.
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^ It does not take a particular diet to be healthier and live longer.
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^ The research, as cited by the cover story of the November 2005 issue of " National Geographic " magazine, asserts that Adventists live longer due to consumption of nuts and beans, Sabbath observance and a firm faith.
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[19][20] The cohesiveness of Adventists' social networks has also been put forward as an explanation of their extended lifespan.[21] .Since Dan Buettner's 2005 National Geographic story about Adventist longevity, his book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest, named Loma Linda, California a "blue zone" because of the large concentration of Seventh-day Adventists.^ Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists .
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^ Seventh-day Adventist Church edit .
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^ Loma Linda] - about 5,000 worldwide.
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.He cites the Adventist emphasis on health, diet, and Sabbath-keeping as primary factors for Adventist longevity.^ Where many people would see Sabbath teaching as works-based doctrine, Adventists believe that keeping the Sabbath shows that they have faith in the redemptive act of Christ.
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^ The foremost proponent of Sabbath-keeping among early Adventists was retired sea captain Joseph Bates .
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^ Are the Seventh Day Adventist's simply a non-cultic denomination with some unique beliefs that differ from mainline Christianity, such as Sabbath keeping?
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[22][23]
.An estimated 35% of Adventists practice vegetarianism, according to a 2002 worldwide survey of local church leaders.^ The Seventh-day Adventist Church State council serves to protect religious groups from legislation that may affect their religious practices.
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^ Every baptised Adventist is a member of a local church and has voting powers within that church.
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^ The Presumption of Popery There was A Council Among the gods The Accord between the Pope and The Seventh-day Adventist Church The Fuehrerprinzip of the Seventh-day Adventist Church Pacifists .

[24][25]

Ethics and sexuality

The official Adventist position on abortion is that "abortions for reasons of birth control, gender selection, or convenience are not condoned by the Church." At times, however, women may face exceptional circumstances that present serious moral or medical dilemmas, such as significant threats to the pregnant woman's life or health, severe congenital defects in the fetus, and pregnancy resulting from rape or incest; in these cases individuals are counseled to make their own decisions.[26]
.According to official statements from the General Conference, heterosexual marriages are the only biblically ordained grounds for sexual intimacy.^ According to an official statement from the General Conference [1] , heterosexual marriages are the only biblically ordained grounds for sexual intimacy .
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^ An Affirmation of Marriage, official statement, 1996 .
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^ At various points in its history, most notably in the 1888 General Conference, the SDA church has been shaken by the biblical gospel.
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.Adventists do not perform same-sex marriages and homosexual men cannot be ordained.^ Seventh-day Adventists do not perform same-sex marriages and gay men cannot be ordained.
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[27][28] .An extramarital affair is one of the sanctioned grounds for a divorce, although reconciliation is encouraged whenever possible.^ Furthermore, a same-sex affair is one of the sanctioned grounds for a divorce .
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^ Adultery, sexual perversion and "abandonment by a non-believing spouse" are valid grounds for divorce, although the Church will first try to mediate and reconcile the couple.
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^ If reconciliation isn't possible, the couple can divorce and the spouse who remained faithful has the right to remarry.
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.Adventists believe in and encourage abstinence for both men and women before marriage.^ Seventh-day Adventists regard all men and women as equal in the sight of God.
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^ He read aloud in the open square before the gate of the temple from early morning until midday, in the presence of both men and women; and all the multitude gave attention to the law.

^ Home - About Us - Register - Tour - Affiliates - Site Map - Contact Us - Men's Profile Tour - Women's Profile Tour - Adventist News - Bible Verse of the Day .
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.The Adventist church has released official statements in relation to other ethical issues such as euthanasia (against active euthanasia but permissive of passive withdrawal of medical support to allow death to occur),[29] birth control (in favor of it for married couples if used correctly, but against abortion as birth control and premarital sex in any case)[30] and human cloning (against it while the technology is unsafe and would result in defective births or abortions).^ Many Adventists also left the church as a result.
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^ Participants segregate by gender to separate rooms to conduct this ritual, although some congregations allow married couples to perform the ordinance on each other, so there is also an area for married couples.
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^ The official Seventh-day Adventist position on abortion is that "abortions for reasons of birth control , gender selection , or convenience are not condoned by the Church."
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[31]

Dress and entertainment

.Adventists have traditionally held socially conservative attitudes regarding dress and entertainment.^ The Church Manual sets out a code of practice for social events, which are usually held in family homes, rather than commercial places of entertainment: .
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^ Among Adventists, few books are held in higher regard than the Great Controversy .
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These attitudes are reflected in one of the church's fundamental beliefs:
"For the .Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord we involve ourselves only in those things which will produce Christlike purity, health, and joy in our lives.^ LORD our God any more, then WE SHALL DIE. For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?

^ Dear Reader, please humble your heart and spirit, before Our Heavenly Father, and be blessed with Wisdom as Proverbs 8 tells us.

^ Don't be fooled (Colossians 2:8), the Lord tells us that those who have been occupied with foods have not been profited by them.
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.This means that our amusement and entertainment should meet the highest standards of Christian taste and beauty.^ We believe everyone should have the chance to meet wonderful Seventhday Adventist Christian singles online.
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.While recognizing cultural differences, our dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit."^ Dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit.
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^ It is the issue of worship, it is the separating Truth between the True Wheat and the chaff, between those who Worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, and those who value the friendship of the world, above the Truth.

[12]
Accordingly, many Adventists are opposed to practices such as body piercing and tattoos. More traditionally conservative Adventists refrain from the wearing of jewelry altogether, including such items as earrings and bracelets. Some also oppose the displaying of wedding bands, although banning wedding bands is not the position of the General Conference.[32] Traditionally Adventists dress semi-formally when attending church.
Conservative Adventists also avoid certain recreational activities which are considered to be a negative spiritual influence, including dancing, rock music and secular theatre.[33][34] .Traditional Adventists cite the writings of Ellen White, especially her books, Counsels on Diet and Foods, Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students, and Education as inspired sources for Christian deportment.^ SDA's rely on writings of Ellen White.
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^ With more than 700,000 students and nearly 55,000 teachers, Adventists have one of the largest Protestant school systems in the world.
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^ Ellen White (a health reformist who later propagated the movement) wrote a book called, "Questions On Doctrines," which she claimed to receive by direct revelation from HEAVEN! Today many Adventists believe her writings to be in harmony with the Holy Bible.

The Adventist church officially opposes the practice of gambling.[35] However, major studies conducted from 1989 onwards found the majority of church youth reject many of these standards.[34]
.Though it seems unbelievable to some, I’m thankful that when I grew up in the church [in the 1950s and 1960s] I was taught not to go to the movie theater, dance, listen to popular music, read novels, wear jewelry, play cards, bowl, play pool, or even be fascinated by professional sports.^ As Psalms 122:4 tells us "whither the tribes go up, the tribes of Yah unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of Yehowah.

^ Some scientists believe that up to 50 percent of certain cancers can be prevented by the kind of prudent diet adopted by this church more than a century ago.
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^ III, iii, 3) reads: "The blessed apostles, then, having founded and built up the Church, committed into the hands of Linus the office of the episcopate.
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James R. Nix, "Growing Up Adventist: No Apologies Needed"[36]

Pathfinders

.The Youth Department of the Adventist church runs an organization for 10- to 16-year-old boys and girls called Pathfinders, which is similar to the Scouting movement.^ The Youth Department of the Seventh-day Adventist church runs an organisation for 10- to 16-year-old boys and girls called Pathfinders , which is similar to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), except that membership is open to both boys and girls.
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^ Shortly after the great disappointment of 1844, when Adventists expected Christ to return, 17-year-old Ellen had a heavenly vision during a home prayer meeting.
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^ Some may have an Adventist Youth program which is focused on the youths of the church, and some churches may have a scout-like program called Pathfinders that focuses on the study of the Bible and their relationship with God, mainly through physical activities such as hiking and nature viewing.
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.After a person becomes 17 or older he or she is no longer considered a Pathfinder but considered staff.^ Presumably the reason is that Sunday observance was no longer a debated question--it had become widely accepted by Christians."
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[37] Pathfinders exposes young people to such activities as camping, community service, personal mentorship, and skills-based education, and trains them for leadership in the church. Yearly "Camporees" are held in individual Conferences, where Pathfinders from the region gather and participate in events similar to Boy Scouts' Jamborees.
"Adventurer" (ages 6–9), "Eager Beaver", and "Little Lambs" clubs are programs for younger children that feed into the Pathfinder program. Those above 16 are eligible to become "Master Guides" (similar to Scout Master) and will begin to take on leadership roles within the club.

Youth Camp

.The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates youth camps all over North America and many other parts of the world.^ Seventh Day Adventists say this is essential.
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^ Regarding their size, Seventh-day Adventists, .
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^ The Seventh-day Adventist church is composed of seven spiritual factions.

.Each camp varies in the activities they manage but most have archery, swimming, horses, arts and crafts, nature, high ropes challenge course, and many other common activities.^ Sabbath: Perhaps their most obvious practice which differentiates them from most other Christian churches is that they follow observe Saturday as their weekly Sabbath (from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset).
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^ So today for men to say they can call The Most High by an invention of their own, instead of The ONE Name revealed, is the Modern Tower of Babels rebellion, cumulative.

In addition to regular camps some have specialty camps, or RAD camps, which vary from either a week of surfing, waterskiing/wakeboarding, rock climbing, golf, skateboarding, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, cycling, basketball, and many others.

Organization

Structure and polity

.The Seventh-day Adventist church is governed by a form of democratic representation which resembles the presbyterian system of church organization.^ Seventh Day Adventists say this is essential.
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^ Regarding their size, Seventh-day Adventists, .
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^ The Seventh-day Adventist church is composed of seven spiritual factions.

Four levels of organization exist within the world church.[38][39]
  1. The local church is the foundation level of organizational structure and is the public face of the denomination. .Every baptized Adventist is a member of a local church and has voting powers within that church.
  2. Directly above the local church is the "local conference" or "local mission". The local conference/mission is an organization of churches within a state, province or territory (or part thereof) which appoints ministers, owns church land and organizes the distribution of tithes and payments to ministers.
  3. Above the local conference is the "union conference" or "union mission" which embodies a number of local conferences/missions within a larger territory.
  4. The highest level of governance within the church structure is the General Conference which consists of 13 "Divisions", each assigned to various geographic locations.^ Using Infor FMS SunSystems integrated with PM Query & Analysis, the nonprofit organization consisting of more than 1,500 worldwide sites standardized, streamlined, and automated various financial processes while allowing customization for local government regulations.
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    ^ John Kellog, founder of "Kellogg's" and a major supplier of breakfast cereals was a well known member of the Seventh Day Adventist church.
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    ^ The work of the gospel is not to depend solely upon the ministers; every soul should take an active part in advancing the cause of God.

    The General Conference is the church authority and has the final say in matters of conjecture and administrative issues. The General Conference is headed by the office of President, which as of March 2009 is held by Dr. Jan Paulsen. The General Conference head office is in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Each organization is governed by a general "session" which occurs at certain intervals. This is usually when administrative decisions are made. The president of the General Conference, for instance, is elected at the General Conference Session every five years. Delegates to a session are appointed by organizations at a lower level. For example, each local church appoints delegates to a conference session.
.Tithes collected from church members are not used directly by the local churches, but are passed upwards to the local conferences/missions which then distribute the finances toward various ministry needs.^ Millions of copies of the book have been printed in a number of languages, and church members have followed Mrs. White's directive to distribute it throughout the world.
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Within a geographic region, ministers receive roughly equal pay irrespective of the size of their church.[citation needed]
.The Church Manual[38] gives provisions for each level of government to create educational, healthcare, publishing, and other institutions that are seen within the call of the Great Commission.^ The Geoscience Research Institute at Loma Linda University (a SDA institution) publishes a semi-annual periodical Origins which promotes Creation Science Education: Higher education is highly respected within the church.
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^ Ellen never held an elective office in the church, but her counsel helped to establish churches, publishing plants, schools, and medical institutions.
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Campion Academy Adventist Church in Loveland, Colorado

Church officers and clergy

.The ordained clergy of the Adventist church are known as ministers or pastors.^ John Kellog, founder of "Kellogg's" and a major supplier of breakfast cereals was a well known member of the Seventh Day Adventist church.
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^ The North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church proposed to the 1995 General Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands that each World Division be allowed to decide independently whether to ordain women to the pastorate.
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^ Late in her career, the church voted her the credentials of an ordained minister.
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Ministers are neither elected nor employed by the local churches, but instead are appointed by the local Conferences, which assign them responsibility over a single church or group of churches. Ordination is a formal recognition bestowed upon male pastors after usually a number of years of service. Women may not be given the title "ordained", although some are employed in ministry, and may be "commissioned".[40]
.A number of lay offices exist within the local church, including the ordained positions of elder and deacon.^ That church, however, was governed immediately by the apostles, to whom the presbyters (or elders) and the deacons, or overseers of the poor, were subject.
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[38] .Elders and deacons are appointed by the vote of a local church business meeting or elected committees.^ That church, however, was governed immediately by the apostles, to whom the presbyters (or elders) and the deacons, or overseers of the poor, were subject.
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Elders serve a mainly administrative and pastoral role, but must also be capable of providing religious leadership (particularly in the absence of an ordained minister). The role of deacons is to assist in the smooth functioning of a local church and to maintain church property.

Membership

Graph of church membership over time
.The primary prerequisite for membership in the Adventist church is baptism by immersion.^ Baptism into the Seventh Day Adventist church is done by full immersion after the age of accountability.
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This, according to the church manual, should only occur after the candidate has undergone proper instruction on what the church believes.[38]
.As of October 2009, the church has 16,049,101 baptized members.^ As of mid-2000, the Church has about 11 million baptized members, worldwide, who are "of age" and on the "official" roles.
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[41] .More than one million people joined the Adventist church in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2009 (inclusive), through baptisms and professions of faith.^ Why are people leaving the Adventist church?

^ With more than 700,000 students and nearly 55,000 teachers, Adventists have one of the largest Protestant school systems in the world.
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^ Some scientists believe that up to 50 percent of certain cancers can be prevented by the kind of prudent diet adopted by this church more than a century ago.
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.The church is one of the world's fastest-growing organizations, primarily due to increases in membership in the developing nations.^ By the middle of 2004, the total world church membership reached 13,663,497.
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^ "Adventists can now be found in 205 of the 229 countries and areas of the world recognized by the United Nations, with 91.6% of membership living outside of North America."
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.Today, less than 7% of the world membership reside in the United States, with large numbers in Africa as well as Central and South America.^ The Adventist News Network reports that: "Six of the church's 13 world regions -- Inter-America, South America, East-Central Africa, Southern Africa-Indian Ocean, Southern Asia Pacific and North America -- have memberships of more than 1 million each.
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^ "Adventists can now be found in 205 of the 229 countries and areas of the world recognized by the United Nations, with 91.6% of membership living outside of North America."
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^ The church regions with the largest membership are: Inter-America, with 2.5 million; South America, with 2.3 million; and East-Central Africa with, 2.1 million."
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.Depending on how the data was measured, it is reported that church membership reached 1 million between 1955 and 1961, and grew to five million in 1986. At the turn of the 21st century the church had over 10 million members which grew to over 14 million in 2005, and 16 million in 2009.[1] It is believed that over 25 million worship weekly in Seventh-day Adventist churches.^ How to tell the seventh day Sabbath .

^ It is time to identify the seven spirits of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

^ The Seventh-day Adventist church does not believe in the immortality of souls.
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[42] The church operates in 202 out of 230 countries and areas recognized by the United Nations,[1] making it "probably the most widespread Protestant denomination".[43]
The church has been described as having close social networks, and has been described as "something of an extended family",[44] and as having "two-degrees-of-separation social networks".[45]

Church institutions

.The Biblical Research Institute is the theological research center of the church.^ See also the December 1988 article entitled Clean and Unclean Meats , by William H. Shea, Biblical Research Institute, where he writes at the end of his article, .
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.The Ellen G. White Estate was established in 1915 at the death of Ellen White, as specified in her legal will.^ It is the church prophetess Ellen G. White whom they profess to respect that has specified the spiritual traits of these seven groups.

^ Ellen White (1827-1915), one of the denomination's founders, began to advocate a vegetarian diet in 1863.
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^ Man is not conscious in death: ( Lion On The Loose , by Ellen G. White, copyright 1989 by Pacific Press Publishing Association, p.
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Its purpose is to act as custodian of her writings, and as of 2006 it has 15 board members. .The Ellen G. White Estate also hosts the official Ellen White website whiteestate.org.^ E. G. White, quote taken from www.whiteestate.org , hard copy on file) .
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.The Geoscience Research Institute, based at Loma Linda University, was founded in 1958 to investigate the scientific evidence concerning origins.^ The Geoscience Research Institute at Loma Linda University (a SDA institution) publishes a semi-annual periodical Origins which promotes Creation Science Education: Higher education is highly respected within the church.
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^ While ADRA is continuing its relief efforts, Loma Linda University said it continues to monitor the unfolding recovery efforts in Haiti, a country with which it has had a longstanding relationship.
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^ At the same time, Loma Linda University, an institution of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, is bringing its medical expertise to assist survivors as the University continues its longstanding work with Haiti Adventist Hospital.
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Adventist mission

A pastor baptizes a young man in Mozambique
Started in the late 1800s, Adventist mission work today reaches people in over 200 countries and territories.[1] .Adventist mission workers preach the gospel, promote health through hospitals and clinics, run development projects to improve living standards, and provide relief in times of calamity.^ Therefore, here again in the Adventist false doctrine concerning health, they advocate the false gospel of righteousness (right living) through the law (Galatians 1:8-9).
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^ It is great to see how the health principles [the Adventist Church] has promoted for so long are now recognized by the government as well, said Atte Helminen, leader of the Adventist Church in Finland.
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^ In the Adventist worldly wisdom on health, they breach the word of God by preaching abstinence from alcoholic beverages and tobacco.
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[46]
.Missionary outreach of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is aimed at both non-Christians and Christians from other denominations.^ It is time to identify the seven spirits of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

^ The Seventh-day Adventist church does not believe in the immortality of souls.
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^ Victor Houteff joined the Seventh Day Adventist church in 1919.
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.Adventists believe that Christ has called his followers in the Great Commission to reach the whole world.^ Shortly after the great disappointment of 1844, when Adventists expected Christ to return, 17-year-old Ellen had a heavenly vision during a home prayer meeting.
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^ Following the failed prophecy which resulted in the "Great Disappointment" of 1844, three segments of Millerites eventually united to form the Seventh-day Adventists.
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^ He introduced his experience as follows: I was guided to the place in the spirit world called hell.
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Adventists are cautious, however, to ensure that evangelism does not impede or intrude on the basic rights of the individual. .Religious liberty is a stance that the Adventist Church supports and promotes.^ It is great to see how the health principles [the Adventist Church] has promoted for so long are now recognized by the government as well, said Atte Helminen, leader of the Adventist Church in Finland.
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^ Health experts for the Seventh-day Adventist Church supported the move, citing the church's long-time emphasis on health and wellness.
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^ They also promote religious liberty, and publish a periodical called Liberty.
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[47]
Aerial photograph of Andrews University, the flagship higher education center of the Adventist church.

Education

.The Adventist Church operates 7,200 schools, colleges and universities, with a total enrollment of more than 1,400,000 students and approximately 75,000 teachers.^ With more than 700,000 students and nearly 55,000 teachers, Adventists have one of the largest Protestant school systems in the world.
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^ Some scientists believe that up to 50 percent of certain cancers can be prevented by the kind of prudent diet adopted by this church more than a century ago.
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^ Yes my fellow SDA this is the "Shabat Truth More fully which enraged the nominal adventists and the church, as they could not refute the Shabat Truth".

[48] .It claims to operate "one of the largest church-supported educational systems in the world".[49] In the United States it operates the largest Protestant educational system, and is second only to that of the Roman Catholic Church.^ With more than 700,000 students and nearly 55,000 teachers, Adventists have one of the largest Protestant school systems in the world.
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^ Also, a cult will always claim that only they are the true Church.
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^ (A believing spouse means a fellow SDA member; Roman Catholics, other Protestants, etc.
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[50] .The Adventist educational program is comprehensive, encompassing "mental, physical, social and above all, spiritual health" with "intellectual growth and service to humanity" as its goal.^ Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International is an organization "devoted to the spiritual, emotional, social and physical well-being of current and former Seventh-day Adventists who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered."
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Health

Adventists run a large number of hospitals and health-related institutions. .Their largest medical school and hospital in North America is Loma Linda University and its attached Medical Center.^ At the same time, Loma Linda University, an institution of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, is bringing its medical expertise to assist survivors as the University continues its longstanding work with Haiti Adventist Hospital.
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^ While ADRA is continuing its relief efforts, Loma Linda University said it continues to monitor the unfolding recovery efforts in Haiti, a country with which it has had a longstanding relationship.
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^ Richard L. Neil, an Adventist from Loma Linda University writes, .
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.Throughout the world, the church runs a wide network of hospitals, clinics, and sanitariums.^ Millions of copies of the book have been printed in a number of languages, and church members have followed Mrs. White's directive to distribute it throughout the world.
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.These play a role in the church's health message and worldwide missions outreach.^ As of mid-2000, the Church has about 11 million baptized members, worldwide, who are "of age" and on the "official" roles.
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^ They have played a major role in health research into the dangers of smoking and of diets rich in cholesterol and fats.
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[51]
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Adventist Health System is the largest not-for-profit, Protestant, multi-institutional healthcare system in the United States. .The health system is sponsored by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and cares for over 4 million patients yearly.^ Seventh Day Adventists say this is essential.
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^ The Seventh-day Adventist church is composed of seven spiritual factions.

^ It is time to identify the seven spirits of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

Humanitarian aid and the environment

.For over 50 years the church has been active in humanitarian aid through the work of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).^ Through the years the Seventh-Day Adventist Community Services in Iceland together with the local Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) have assisted needy families with gifts of food just before Christmas.
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^ It took us years to outlive the unfavorable impression that unbelievers gained of Adventists through their knowledge of the strange and wicked workings of fanatical elements among us during the early years of our existence as a separate people."

^ End it Now is a worldwide campaign coordinated by the Womens Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventists and ADRA (Adventist Development Relief Agency) to take a firm stand against violence against women and girls.
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.ADRA works as a non-sectarian relief agency in 125 countries and areas of the world.^ While ADRA is continuing its relief efforts, Loma Linda University said it continues to monitor the unfolding recovery efforts in Haiti, a country with which it has had a longstanding relationship.
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^ "Adventists can now be found in 205 of the 229 countries and areas of the world recognized by the United Nations, with 91.6% of membership living outside of North America."
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ADRA has been granted General Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. .Worldwide ADRA employs over 4,000 people to help both provide relief in crises and development in situations of poverty.^ End it Now is a worldwide campaign coordinated by the Womens Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventists and ADRA (Adventist Development Relief Agency) to take a firm stand against violence against women and girls.
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The church is committed to the protection and care of the environment[52] as well as taking action to avoid the dangers of climate change:[53]
."Seventh-day Adventism advocates a simple, wholesome lifestyle, where people do not step on the treadmill of unbridled over-consumption, accumulation of goods, and production of waste.^ An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism Seventh Day Adventists .
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^ They thus hope to draw into the audience people who would never have come if they knew that Seventh-day Adventists were conducting the meetings.
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^ I looked upon them and I saw here and there all among them some of our own people, some of the Seventh-day Adventists scattered here and there."

A reformation of lifestyle is called for, based on respect for nature, restraint in the use of the world's resources, reevaluation of one's needs, and reaffirmation of the dignity of created life."[54]

Religious liberty

.The Adventist church has been active for over 100 years advocating freedom of religion for all people, regardless of faith.^ Why are people leaving the Adventist church?

^ All should have a part The establishment of churches and sanitariums is only a further manifestation of the love of Elohim, and in this work all Elohim's people should have a part.

^ Read Ezekiel chapter 9 as this is the sealing chapter of the 144,000 who are crying and sighing for all the abominations that are being done in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In 1893 its leaders founded the International Religious Liberty Association, which is universal and non-sectarian. .The Seventh-day Adventist Church State Council serves to protect religious groups from legislation that may affect their religious practices.^ It is time to identify the seven spirits of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

^ The religious experience of this class of professed Seventh-day Adventists was not reliable.

^ The Seventh-day Adventist church does not believe in the immortality of souls.
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This is primarily achieved through advocacy. .Recently the organization has been fighting to pass legislation that will protect Adventist employees who wish to keep their Sabbath.^ Are the Seventh Day Adventist's simply a non-cultic denomination with some unique beliefs that differ from mainline Christianity, such as Sabbath keeping?
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^ I saw that Yah had children, who do not see and keep the Sabbath.

Media

Hope Channel logo
Amazing Facts logo
3ABN logo
Adventists have long been proponents of media-based ministries. .Traditional Adventist evangelistic efforts consisted of street missions and the distribution of tracts such as The Present Truth, which was published by James White as early as 1849. Until J. N. Andrews was sent to Switzerland in 1874, Adventist global efforts consisted entirely of the posting of tracts such as White's writings to various locations.^ Early in Ellen White's writings, she called the rest of Christendom "Babylon".
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^ It can be traced back to the writings of Ellen G. White, foundress of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
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^ Early Writings of Ellen G. White CN- 1, Experience and Views, PR- 02, PG- 43 Satan is now using every device in this sealing time to keep the minds of God's (Elohim's) people from the present truth and to cause them to waver.

In the last century, these media based efforts have also made use of emerging media such as radio and television. .The first of these was H. M. S. Richards' radio show Voice of Prophecy, which was initially broadcast in Los Angeles in 1929. Since then Adventists have been on the forefront of media evangelism, and one program, It Is Written, founded by George Vandeman, was the first religious program to air on colour television and was the first major Christian ministry to utilize satellite uplink technology.^ They began a radio program known as "The Voice of Prophecy" in 1929.
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^ "It is Written" was their 1956 color television program.
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.Today the Hope Channel, the official television network of the church, operates 8 international channels broadcasting 24 hours a day on both cable and satellite networks.^ As Scriptures tell us the sun is for years and day and night or the 24 hours we call one day, and the moon is for appointed days.

[55] Hope Channel also has 3 internet channels.
Recently, a number of satellite broadcasted live evangelistic events have been undertaken by evangelists such as Doug Batchelor, Mark Finley and Dwight Nelson, addressing audiences in up to 40 languages simultaneously.[56] John Carter is another leading Adventist evangelist.
Additionally, there exists a range of privately owned media entities representing Adventist beliefs. These include the 3ABN and SafeTV networks. .Amazing Facts and The Quiet Hour are two other radio and television programs.^ And in 1965, the radio program "Amazing Facts" was launched.
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Publishing

.The Adventist Church owns and operates many publishing companies around the world.^ The World Church president since 1999, was honoured with a Festschrift (a book that is published in honour of a person who has distinguished himself given at a significant moment in his life).
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Two of the largest are the Pacific Press and Review and Herald publishing associations located in the United States. The Review and Herald is located in Hagerstown, Maryland.[57]
.The official church magazine is the Adventist Review, which has a North American focus.^ The North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church proposed to the 1995 General Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands that each World Division be allowed to decide independently whether to ordain women to the pastorate.
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It has a sister magazine (Adventist World) which has an international perspective. .Another major magazine published by the church is the bimonthly Liberty magazine, which addresses issues pertaining to religious freedom.^ They also promote religious liberty, and publish a periodical called Liberty.
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Ecumenical activity

.The Adventist Church generally opposes the ecumenical movement, although it supports some of the goals of ecumenism.^ Eventually, beginning with the fourth century, some Roman emperors actively supported the agenda of the church, but this was long after the establishment of Sunday observance.
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The General Conference has released an official statement concerning the Adventist position with respect to the ecumenical movement, which contains the following paragraph:
"Should Adventists cooperate ecumenically? .Adventists should cooperate insofar as the authentic gospel is proclaimed and crying human needs are being met.^ Read Ezekiel chapter 9 as this is the sealing chapter of the 144,000 who are crying and sighing for all the abominations that are being done in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

.The Seventh-day Adventist Church wants no entangling memberships and refuses any compromising relationships that might tend to water down her distinct witness.^ Seventh Day Adventists say this is essential.
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^ She said only the Seventh Day Adventists are the saved "Remnant" Church.
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^ The Seventh-day Adventist church does not believe in the immortality of souls.
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However, Adventists wish to be "conscientious cooperators." The ecumenical movement as an agency of cooperation has acceptable aspects; as an agency for the organic unity of churches, it is much more suspect."[58]
.While not being a member of the World Council of Churches, the Adventist Church has participated in its assemblies in an observer capacity.^ John Kellog, founder of "Kellogg's" and a major supplier of breakfast cereals was a well known member of the Seventh Day Adventist church.
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^ Millions of copies of the book have been printed in a number of languages, and church members have followed Mrs. White's directive to distribute it throughout the world.
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^ Read Ezekiel chapter 9 as this is the sealing chapter of the 144,000 who are crying and sighing for all the abominations that are being done in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

[59]

Criticism

.The Adventist Church has received criticism along several lines, including its allegedly heterodox doctrines, in relation to Ellen G. White and her status within the church, and in relation to alleged exclusivist attitudes and behaviour.^ From Ellen Harmon Whites first vision Welcome to Seventh-day-Adventist.com .

^ This became obvious when he wrote his book The Shepherd's Rod in which he outlined errors that he found within the Seventh Day Adventist church.
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^ Ellen joined with other Adventists, including Joseph Bates, and her husband James White to form a small group of Baptist, Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian believers in Washington, NH. The church was formally organized as the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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[60] Many high profile critics of the church are former Adventists, such as D. M. Canright, Walter Rea and Dale Ratzlaff.
.In the mid 1970s, two distinct factions were manifest within mainstream Seventh day Adventism.^ Two distinct and differently named days, the even for preparation for the next day, often called "tomorrow" in scripture.

^ This became obvious when he wrote his book The Shepherd's Rod in which he outlined errors that he found within the Seventh Day Adventist church.
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^ An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism Seventh Day Adventists .
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.Defending many pre-1950 Adventist positions was Historic Adventism, while Evangelical Adventism emphasized the Reformation understanding of justification by faith, and sought greater fellowship with Evangelical Christianity.^ Sabbatarianism, conditional immorality or soul sleep, annihilation of the wicked, Investigative Judgment) that are outside the mainstream of historic Christian theology, Seventh Day Adventists (also simply known by the acronym: SDA) do accept the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.
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This controversy soon led to what some see as a full-blown internal crisis and fragmentation. .By the early 1980s, denominational discipline was enacted against certain evangelical Adventist leaders, and which left some Adventists disillusioned.^ Are the Seventh Day Adventist's simply a non-cultic denomination with some unique beliefs that differ from mainline Christianity, such as Sabbath keeping?
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Doctrines

Several distinctive Adventist doctrines have been identified as heterodox by critics. .Teachings which have come under repeated scrutiny are the annihilationist view of hell, the investigative judgment (and a related view of the atonement), and certain eschatological views.^ More false teachings / more contradictions of Jesus : This "Investigative Judgment" and Adventist teachings that the atonement of Christ was not finished at crucifixion is yet another false teaching of the Adventist Church.
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.Adventists have often been accused of legalism, because of their emphasis on law-keeping and strict Sabbath-observance.^ Are the Seventh Day Adventist's simply a non-cultic denomination with some unique beliefs that differ from mainline Christianity, such as Sabbath keeping?
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^ So we know this has to be the change in the law, because Isaiah, Ezekiel, Ellen White, and other scripture tells us of the new moon with the sabbath as days of worship.

^ Sabbath keeping was one of those "legalities" that Jesus frequently spoke out against.
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[62][63]
.While some religion experts such as Anthony Hoekema[9] have classified Adventism as a sectarian group on the basis of its atypical doctrines, it has been widely considered more mainstream by traditional-historical Christian churches since its meetings and discussion with conservative Protestants in the 1950s.^ In doing this, they do not imply that the church is a mind control cult or a doomsday cult, but simply that some of their beliefs deviate from those of traditional, conservative Christianity.
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^ Always some half truth or lie from a cultish group/church will attract and "tickle the ears" of millions of Christians who have little or no groundings or education about their Christian Faith.
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^ Sabbatarianism, conditional immorality or soul sleep, annihilation of the wicked, Investigative Judgment) that are outside the mainstream of historic Christian theology, Seventh Day Adventists (also simply known by the acronym: SDA) do accept the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.
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[64] .Notably, Billy Graham invited Adventists to be part of his crusades after Eternity, a conservative Christian magazine edited by Donald Barnhouse, asserted that Adventists are Christians in 1956. Walter Martin, who is considered by many to be the father of the counter-cult apologetics movement within evangelicalism, authored The Truth about Seventh-day Adventists (1960) which marked a turning point in the way Adventism was viewed.^ An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism Seventh Day Adventists .
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^ Seventh Day Adventists say this is essential.
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^ Quietly, Seventh Day Adventists share the Jehovah Witness lie that Jesus is Michael the Archangel.
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[65][66]
"...it is perfectly possible to be a Seventh-day Adventist and be a true follower of Jesus Christ despite heterodox concepts..."

Walter Martin, Kingdom of the Cults[67]

However, shortly before his death, Martin expressed that he had some concerns about the theological state of affairs within Adventism. .Martin was troubled about the firing of leading evangelical Adventists such as Desmond Ford, and wondered why the book Questions on Doctrine (QOD) - a key document in Martin's assessment of Adventism as a heterodox denomination - had been allowed to go out of print (later restored) if mainstream Adventism really stood behind it.^ Are the Seventh Day Adventist's simply a non-cultic denomination with some unique beliefs that differ from mainline Christianity, such as Sabbath keeping?
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.Another concern was the degree of authority which Ellen G. White was given in interpreting the Bible.^ Ellen White's writings do not "parallel any of the Bible Texts which are often used to condemn homosexuals."
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^ They accepted the interpretations and "visions" of Ellen G. Harmon (later Ellen White) of Portland, Maine.
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^ This is seen in their degree of emphasis on the writings of Ellen White, their customary clothing styles, their order of service, choice of music, etc.
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.Martin planned to write a new book on Seventh-day Adventism, with the assistance of Kenneth R. Samples.^ This is perfect, new moon day, six working days, then the seventh-day sabbath.

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^ 'Mark the new moon day, work six days, rest the seventh.'

[68] .Samples subsequently authored "From Controversy to Crisis: An Updated Assessment of Seventh-day Adventism", which upholds Martin's view "for that segment of Adventism which holds to the position stated in QOD, and further expressed in the Evangelical Adventist movement of the last few decades."^ Seventh Day Adventists say this is essential.
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^ An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism Seventh Day Adventists .
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^ Following the failed prophecy which resulted in the "Great Disappointment" of 1844, three segments of Millerites eventually united to form the Seventh-day Adventists.
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However, Samples also recognized that Historic Adventism, which he considered "theologically bankrupt," seemed to have "gained the support of many administrators and leaders (at least at Glacier View)," and appeared "to be moving further away from a number of positions taken in QOD."[69]

Ellen G. White and her status

.Ellen G. White’s status as a modern day prophet has often been criticized.^ From Ellen Harmon Whites first vision Welcome to Seventh-day-Adventist.com .

^ Ellen White claimed that observance of the Sabbath is the "greatest" of all the Ten Commandments: "The pope has changed the day of rest from the seventh to the first day.
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^ In the Oswego vision Ellen White states that the Apocrypha was the hidden book, that the wise of these last days should understand it.

It is argued that the authority attached to her writings by the church contradicts the Protestant sola scriptura principle. .In response, Adventists have asserted that the concept of a contemporary prophet is not prohibited by Scripture, and that Scripture remains the ultimate authority to which White’s writings are also subject.^ It can be traced back to the writings of Ellen G. White, foundress of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
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^ Seventh Day Adventists usually place Ellen White's contradictory writings in this league.
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Critics such as Walter T. Rea have accused White of plagiarism.[70] .After a 10-year study of White's book Desire of Ages, Adventist scholar Fred Veltman found that for the chapters he studied, there was content which derived from other sources without citation.^ This became obvious when he wrote his book The Shepherd's Rod in which he outlined errors that he found within the Seventh Day Adventist church.
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^ It should be no surprise that the Whites had Hastings' book in their possession as Hastings was well-known and admired among the Adventists.
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[71] .Ellen White's defenders argue the nature of the literary dependence must be taken in the context of what was accepted at the time.^ They accepted the interpretations and "visions" of Ellen G. Harmon (later Ellen White) of Portland, Maine.
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^ Ellen White believed so strongly in the necessity of Sabbath-keeping that she asserted that only Sabbath-keepers would be able to resist taking the Mark of the Beast in the end times.
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^ According to Ellen White, her doctrine of "Investigative Judgment" MUST be believed in order for one to be saved.
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.In her time writers would frequently borrow words from other writers to get their own ideas across.^ Feast, is a poor choice of words the kjv and other versions use instead of "appointed times" such as one Hebrew text I have, translate, correctly.

It has also been argued that the sources she borrowed from were known to her readers, eliminating the likelihood of an intention to deceive.[72][73] .White herself states, in the introduction to her book The Great Controversy, that she had used the works of others without attribution.^ Finally, in 1888, the book was once again expanded upon and reprinted under the title for which it is known today, the Great Controversy .
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^ Among Adventists, few books are held in higher regard than the Great Controversy .
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^ The Great Controversy is Ellen White's epic book depicting not only the past but also the future of Christianity.
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This was common practice among the religious writers of the time.[74]
Others, such as Alice Elizabeth Gregg, contend that the problems are not those of copyright law, but "of questionable ethics (taking and camouflaging matter already published by other writers)".[citation needed]

Exclusivism

Finally, it is alleged that certain Adventist beliefs and practices are exclusivist in nature. .Non-Adventist critics have raised concern about the Adventist claim to be the “remnant church”, and the traditional Protestant association of Roman Catholicism and other denominations with "Babylon".[75][76][77][78] These attitudes are said to legitimize the proselytising of Christians from other denominations.^ She said only the Seventh Day Adventists are the saved "Remnant" Church.
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^ In doing this, they do not imply that the church is a mind control cult or a doomsday cult, but simply that some of their beliefs deviate from those of traditional, conservative Christianity.
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^ (A believing spouse means a fellow SDA member; Roman Catholics, other Protestants, etc.
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[79] .In response to such criticisms, Adventist theologians have stated that the doctrine of the remnant does not preclude the existence of genuine Christians in other denominations, but is concerned with institutions.^ Are the Seventh Day Adventist's simply a non-cultic denomination with some unique beliefs that differ from mainline Christianity, such as Sabbath keeping?
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^ Cult Status : Several prominent theologians, including ex-members of the Seventh-day Adventists, have stated in the past that the SDA church is a cult.
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^ The Adventist church was a Christian denomination that believed that the coming of Christ, or advent, was imminent.
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[80]
."We fully recognize the heartening fact that a host of true followers of Christ are scattered all through the various churches of Christendom, including the Roman Catholic communion.^ THIS TEST must come to the churches in connection with the TRUE MEDICAL MISSIONARY WORK , a work that has the Great Physician to dictate and preside in all it comprehends.

These God clearly recognizes as His own. Such do not form a part of the "Babylon" portrayed in the Apocalypse."

Questions on Doctrine, p. 197.

."God has children, many of them, in the Protestant churches, and a large number in the Catholic churches, who are more true to obey the light and to do [to] the very best of their knowledge than a large number among Sabbathkeeping Adventists who do not walk in the light.^ Yes my fellow SDA this is the "Shabat Truth More fully which enraged the nominal adventists and the church, as they could not refute the Shabat Truth".

^ "The Sabbath more fully" is the sealing message of the 144,000 from the SDA Church, and those learners who join this group in the fanning out of the chaff from the true wheat.

^ The Adventist News Network reports that: "Six of the church's 13 world regions -- Inter-America, South America, East-Central Africa, Southern Africa-Indian Ocean, Southern Asia Pacific and North America -- have memberships of more than 1 million each.
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{3SM 386.2}"

Ellen White, Selected Messages, book 3, p.386.

Independent ministries, offshoots, and schisms

Independent ministries

In addition to the ministries and institutions which are formally administered by the denomination, numerous para-church organizations and independent ministries exist. These include various health centers and hospitals, publishing and media ministries, and aid organizations.
.A number of independent ministries have been established by groups within the Adventist church who hold a theologically distinct position or wish to promote a specific message, such as Hope International.^ Their group is completely independent of the SDA church.
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^ This became obvious when he wrote his book The Shepherd's Rod in which he outlined errors that he found within the Seventh Day Adventist church.
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^ They thus hope to draw into the audience people who would never have come if they knew that Seventh-day Adventists were conducting the meetings.
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.Certain of these ministries solicit funding from members and have a strained relationship with the official church, which has expressed concerns that such ministries may threaten Adventist unity.^ Some attackers have quoted isolated writings of some members of the church and incorrectly asserted that the thoughts represented official church doctrine.
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^ Messiah formed His church here below for the express purpose of showing forth through the members the grace of Elohim.

^ As of mid-2000, the Church has about 11 million baptized members, worldwide, who are "of age" and on the "official" roles.
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[81] .The church has acknowledged that some Adventists "have manifested prejudice and even bigotry" against Catholics, while insisting that such behavior is not condoned.^ BibleProbe.com comment: This is a "bum rap" that seems to be perpetrated against Catholics by the Seventh Day Adventists.
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^ Are the Seventh Day Adventist's simply a non-cultic denomination with some unique beliefs that differ from mainline Christianity, such as Sabbath keeping?
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^ But, even Catholics do not pray to the plaster or wood as Seventh Day Adventists claim.
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Offshoots and schisms

.Throughout the history of the denomination, there have been a number of groups who have left the church and formed their own movements.^ He left the church and formed a new sect in 1929 called the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists.
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These are not affiliated with the Adventist church in any way. They operate under their own system of beliefs and are considered to be entirely separate from the church.
.A well known but distant offshoot is the Branch Davidians, themselves a schism within the larger Davidian movement.^ This group split further and eventually led to the organization of the the Students of the Seven Seals, popularly known as the Branch Davidians.
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[83] .The Davidians formed in 1929, after Victor Houteff's book "The Shepherd's Rod" was rejected as being heretical.^ This became obvious when he wrote his book The Shepherd's Rod in which he outlined errors that he found within the Seventh Day Adventist church.
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^ He left the church and formed a new sect in 1929 called the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists.
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A succession dispute after Houteff's death in 1955 led to the formation of the Branches. .Later, another ex-Adventist, David Koresh, led the Branch Davidians until he died in the 1993 siege at the group's headquarters near Waco, Texas.^ This group split further and eventually led to the organization of the the Students of the Seven Seals, popularly known as the Branch Davidians.
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^ In 1993, after a long standoff with the FBI, the Branch Davidian's compound burned down with major loss of life.
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.Following World War I, a group known as the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement was formed as a result of the actions of L. R. Conradi and certain European church leaders during the war, who decided that it was acceptable for Adventists to take part in war.^ The Seventh-day Adventist church does not believe in the immortality of souls.
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^ Victor Houteff joined the Seventh Day Adventist church in 1919.
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^ Seventh Day Adventists say this is essential.
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When attempts at reconciliation failed after the war, the group became organized as a separate church at a conference from July 14-20, 1925. The movement officially incorporated in 1949.[citation needed] In 2005, the mainstream church tried to make amends and apologized for its failures during World War II.[84]
Robert Brinsmead's group was the most "troublesome" in the history of the church up until its time.[85]
The largest schism within Adventism was the Glacier View controversy of 1980. This crisis centered around the 900-page research paper by Dr. Desmond Ford entitled Daniel 8:14, the Investigative Judgment, and the Kingdom of God. .The paper questioned the church's position on the investigative judgment.^ More false teachings / more contradictions of Jesus : This "Investigative Judgment" and Adventist teachings that the atonement of Christ was not finished at crucifixion is yet another false teaching of the Adventist Church.
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The meetings at Glacier View Ranch, near Estes Park, Colorado, rejected Ford's proposals. The schism caused by this rejection resulted in Ford being removed from teaching and having his ministerial credentials revoked. .Many Adventists also left the church as a result.^ He left the church and formed a new sect in 1929 called the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists.
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[86] In the years since, Ford has worked through the independent ministry Good News Unlimited.
Since the 1970s, debate concerning the inspiration of Ellen White has been particularly heated. .A number of Adventists such as former ministers Walter Rea and Dale Ratzlaff left the church and have become prominent critics of the church's teachings and particularly of Ellen White.^ From Ellen Harmon Whites first vision Welcome to Seventh-day-Adventist.com .

^ An example of false SDA teaching is Ellen White's contention that the observance of the Sabbath is the "greatest" of all the Ten Commandments.
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^ Ellen joined with other Adventists, including Joseph Bates, and her husband James White to form a small group of Baptist, Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian believers in Washington, NH. The church was formally organized as the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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In parallel with these events, many Adventist scholars have adopted more moderate views of her inspiration. .The official position of the church related to the prophetic gift of Ellen G. White remains unchanged.^ However, they differ on a number of other beliefs: Writings of Ellen White: Ellen White is recognized by the SDA church as having received the gift of prophecy.
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^ It can be traced back to the writings of Ellen G. White, foundress of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
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^ There is simply no one in the church more qualified to assess Ellen White's statements than Dr. Bacchiocchi.
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.Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals who are or have been practicing Adventists, have formed a social network that is not officially associated with the church called SDA Kinship International,[87] formed in 1976. The view of the Adventist church toward the Kinship organization can be understood from a 1987 lawsuit filed for trademark infringement against Kinship International—District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer ruled that Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International, Inc.^ Seventh Day Adventists say this is essential.
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^ Terminology : Seventh-day Adventists are also called Adventists and SDAs.
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^ In 1987 the Seventh-day Adventist Church filed legal action in a federal district court in California, in an attempt to stop SDA Kinship International from using "Seventh-day Adventist" in their name.
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did not infringe on the .Adventist church's use of the name and therefore could continue to use the identifying name.^ Yes my fellow SDA this is the "Shabat Truth More fully which enraged the nominal adventists and the church, as they could not refute the Shabat Truth".

^ In 1987 the Seventh-day Adventist Church filed legal action in a federal district court in California, in an attempt to stop SDA Kinship International from using "Seventh-day Adventist" in their name.
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^ This enraged the church, and nominal Adventists, as they could not refute the Sabbath truth.

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See also

Further reading

  • Edwards, Calvin W. and Gary Land. Seeker After Light: A F Ballenger, Adventism, and American Christianity. (2000). 240pp online review
  • Land, Gary. ."At the Edges of Holiness: Seventh-Day Adventism Receives the Holy Ghost, 1892-1900." Fides et Historia 2001 33(2): 13-30
  • Morgan, Douglas.^ Nehemiah 10 31, 33 31 And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath or on the holy day : and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.

    ^ Part of the amazing growth of the Seventh Day Adventist church is due to the fact that they have always been on the "cutting edge" of evangelism.
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    ^ An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism Seventh Day Adventists .
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    Adventism and the American Republic: The Public Involvement of a Major Apocalyptic Movement. (2001). 269 pp.
  • Morgan, Douglas. "Adventism, Apocalyptic, and the Cause of Liberty," Church History, Vol. 63, No. 2 (Jun., 1994), pp. 235-249 in JSTOR
  • Neufield, Don F. ed. .Seventh-Day Adventist Encyclopedia (10 vol 1976), official publication
  • Pearson, Michael.^ Seventh Day Adventists say this is essential.
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    ^ Following the failed prophecy which resulted in the "Great Disappointment" of 1844, three segments of Millerites eventually united to form the Seventh-day Adventists.
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    ^ From Ellen Harmon Whites first vision Welcome to Seventh-day-Adventist.com .

    .Millennial Dreams and Moral Dilemmas: Seventh-day Adventism and Contemporary Ethics. (1990, 1998) excerpt and text search, looks at issues of marriage, abortion, homosexuality
  • Schwarz, Richard.^ According to Seventh Day Adventists, The Bible does not "condemn, or even mention homosexuality as a sexual orientation."
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    ^ An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism Seventh Day Adventists .
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    ^ I looked upon them and I saw here and there all among them some of our own people, some of the Seventh-day Adventists scattered here and there."

    .Light Bearers: A History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (3rd ed.^ She said only the Seventh Day Adventists are the saved "Remnant" Church.
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    ^ Seventh Day Adventists say this is essential.
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    ^ Victor Houteff joined the Seventh Day Adventist church in 1919.
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    .2000), official history
  • Vance, Laura L. Seventh-day Adventism Crisis: Gender and Sectarian Change in an Emerging Religion. (1999).^ Ellen White claimed that observance of the Sabbath is the "greatest" of all the Ten Commandments: "The pope has changed the day of rest from the seventh to the first day.
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    ^ An inquiry into Seventh-day Adventism Seventh Day Adventists .
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    ^ Among cults and religions included are: Jehovahs Witnesses, Christian Science, Mormonism, New Age Cults, the Unification Church, Bahai Faith, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, New Age, Spiritism, to Seventh-day Adventism, Unitarianism, and much more.
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    261 pp.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Seventh-day Adventist World Church Statistics". Office of Archives and Statistics, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 2006-12-31. http://www.adventist.org/world_church/facts_and_figures/index.html.en. Retrieved 2008-11-29.  Statistics may lag somewhat, and the church is currently (as of 2007) growing rapidly
  2. ^ a b "Statistical report. Annual council of the General Conference Committee, October 9-14, 2009". 2009-06-30. http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/Stats/ACStatRep2009.pdf#view=fit. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  3. ^ Although "SDA" is commonly used, "Adventist" is the church's own officially preferred abbreviation of "Seventh-day Adventist". See "Use of the Church Name". Seventh-day Adventist Church. http://www.adventist.org/world_church/name/index.html. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  4. ^ More precisely, Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.
  5. ^ Eight-largest. Retrieved June 10, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Seventh-day Adventists—The Heritage Continues Along". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. http://www.adventist.org/world_church/facts_and_figures/history/index.html.en. Retrieved 2007-01-17. 
  7. ^ It applied to the government for recognition as a Peace Church that year, a status that was granted despite national wartime needs for military personnel.
  8. ^ Jerry A. Moon (2003), "The Adventist Trinity Debate Part 1: Historical Overview", Andrews University Seminary Studies Vol 41. No. 1 (Andrews University Press), http://www.sdanet.org/atissue/trinity/moon/moon-trinity1.htm 
  9. ^ a b Anthony A. Hoekema (1963). The Four Major Cults. William B. Eerdmans. 
  10. ^ "Adventism" in Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism by Randall Balmer, p7 describes Seventh-day Adventists as "an evangelical denomination." The Christian Research Institute claims "mainstream Adventism is primarily evangelical" in the sense that "the great majority of Adventist scholars, teachers and pastors that [the author has] spoken with believe firmly in salvation by grace through faith alone." "Seventh-day Adventism: Christian or Cultic?" from the Christian Research Institute. Accessed 25 Feb 2008.
  11. ^ Ronald Numbers, The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design
  12. ^ a b "Fundamental Beliefs". Seventh-day Adventist Church. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/fundamental/index.html. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  13. ^ a b Corson, Ron. "Progressive and Traditional Adventists Examined". Adventist Today. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. http://web.archive.org/web/20070311061854/http://www.atoday.com/70.0.html. Retrieved 2006-10-19. 
  14. ^ Koranteng-Pipim, Samuel (1996). Receiving the Word: How New Approaches to the Bible Impact Our Biblical Faith and Lifestyle. Berrien Springs, Michigan: Berean Books. pp. 198–200. ISBN 1-890014-00-1. OCLC 36080195. 
  15. ^ Pipim, Excerpts from chapter 1 of Receiving the Word. Pipim, a conservative scholar, describes this constituency as "liberal"
  16. ^ "A Seventh-day Adventist Philosophy of Music—Guidelines". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Annual Council. October 2004. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/guidelines/music_guidelines.html. 
  17. ^ "Health". http://www.adventist.org/mission_and_service/health.html.en. Retrieved 2006-10-06. 
  18. ^ http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/78499/breakfast-cereal
  19. ^ Buettner, Dan (November 16, 2005). "The Secrets of Long Life". National Geographic 208 (5): 2–27. ISSN 0027-9358. http://search.epnet.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=anh&an=18574682. Retrieved 2006-06-06.  Excerpt. See also National Geographic, "Sights & Sounds of Longevity"
  20. ^ Anderson Cooper, Gary Tuchman (November 16, 2005). CNN Transcripts on Living Longer. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0511/16/acd.01.html. Retrieved 2006-08-25.  See CNN excerpt on YouTube.
  21. ^ Kolata, Gina (2007-01-03). "A Surprising Secret to a Long Life: Stay in School". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/03/health/03aging.html?em&ex=1168146000&en=81e0250ab7d4ae5d&ei=5087%0A. 
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  23. ^ YouTube - The Blue Zone
  24. ^ "Three Strategic Issues: A World Survey". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 2002. See question 26, on page 14 etc.
  25. ^ See also "The Myth of Vegetarianism" by Keith Lockhart. Spectrum 34 (Winter 2006), p22–27
  26. ^ "Guidelines on Abortion". October 12, 1992. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/guidelines/main_guide1.html. Retrieved 2006-03-23. 
  27. ^ "Seventh-day Adventist Position Statement on Homosexuality". Seventh-day Adventist Church. 1999-10-03. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/statements/main_stat46.html. Retrieved 2006-10-18. 
  28. ^ "Seventh-day Adventist Response to Same-Sex Unions--A Reaffirmation of Christian Marriage". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 2004-03-09. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/statements/main_stat53.html. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  29. ^ "A Statement of Consensus on Care for the Dying". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 1992-10-09. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/statements/main_stat6.html. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  30. ^ "Birth Control: A Seventh-day Adventist Statement of Consensus". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 1999-09-29. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/statements/main_stat44.html. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  31. ^ "Statement on Ethical Considerations Regarding Human Cloning". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 1998-09-27. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/statements/main_stat38.html. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  32. ^ Roger, Coon (1987-12-10). "The Wedding Band, Ellen G. White, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church". Biblical Research Institute. http://www.adventistbiblicalresearch.org/documents/weddingband.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  33. ^ "Adventist students sanctioned for attending dance (2001)". Associated Press. 2001. http://www.eijkhout.net/rad/dance_other/banned3.html. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  34. ^ a b Case, Steve. "Shall We Dance?". Dialogue. http://dialogue.adventist.org/articles/06_2_case_e.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  35. ^ "A Seventh-day Adventist Statement on Gambling". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Administrative Committee. 2000. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/statements/main_stat49.html. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  36. ^ Nix, James (2006). "Growing Up Adventist: No Apologies Needed". Adventist Review. http://www.adventistreview.org/issue.php?issue=2006-1509&page=8. Retrieved 2007-01-14.  For a less restrictive account of an Adventist childhood in the 1970s, see Growing Up Adventist by Andy Nash
  37. ^ Adventist Manual
  38. ^ a b c d (PDF) Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual. Hagerstown, Maryland: The Secretariat, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 2005. p. 26. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/church_manual/Seventh-day-Adventist-Church-Manual-17th-edition.pdf. 
  39. ^ "World Church Structure and Governance". http://www.adventist.org/world_church/facts_and_figures/structure/index.html.en. 
  40. ^ See also Seventh-day Adventist theology#Ordination of women. Laura L. Vance discusses gender issues in Seventh-day Adventism in Crisis: Gender and Sectarian Change in an Emerging Religion. University of Illinois Press, 1999. One review is by Douglas Morgan in The Christian Century, 22 September 1999; reprint. Possibly see also Seeking a Sanctuary, chapter "Gender"
  41. ^ Seventh-day Adventist Church (2009-10-11). "Adventist Church adds 1 million members sixth year in a row". Press release. http://news.adventist.org/2009/10/post-3.html. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  42. ^ Seventh-day Adventist Church (2006-10-10). "World Church: San Antonio, Texas Selected As 2015 GC Session Site". Press release. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. http://web.archive.org/web/20071013095704/http://news.adventist.org/data/2006/09/1160516750/index.html.en. Retrieved 2006-10-18. 
  43. ^ World Council of Churches - Seventh-day Adventist Church
  44. ^ Jonathan Butler, "The Historian as Heretic" (introduction to Ronald Numbers, Prophetess of Health, 2nd edn onwards). Reprinted in Spectrum 23:2 (August 1993), p43–64
  45. ^ Nathan Brown, "Strange like Cooranbong". Record 115:6 (March 6, 2010), p17
  46. ^ "Adventist Mission". http://www.adventistmission.org/article.php?id=2&PHPSESSID=fb6a8cd5ae23417d9da0624c410cc990. Retrieved 2007-01-17. 
  47. ^ "A Seventh-day Adventist Statement on Religious Liberty, Evangelism, and Proselytism". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Administrative Committee. 2000. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/statements/main_stat50.html. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  48. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". http://education.gc.adventist.org/. Retrieved 2007-01-17. 
  49. ^ "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education" by Wendi Rogers/Mark A. Kellner/Adventist News Network, April 1, 2003. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  50. ^ Seeking a Sanctuary, p113
  51. ^ "Adventist Health Outreach". http://www.adventist.org/mission_and_service/global_mission.html.en. 
  52. ^ A Statement on the Environment, 1995 and Statement on Stewardship of the Environment, 1996. See also fundamental beliefs #6, "Creation" and #21, "Stewardship".
  53. ^ The Dangers of Climate Change: A Statement to Governments of Industrialized Countries, 1995 (Official statement)
  54. ^ Statement on Stewardship of the Environment, 1996
  55. ^ "Hope Channel". http://www.hopetv.org/article.php?id=3&PHPSESSID=3af5f8fc707345b1fad6fd481c6879c8. 
  56. ^ "Net '98 Finale: Conclusion of Largest-ever Satellite Outreach Program". Adventist News Network. 1998-11-06. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. http://web.archive.org/web/20071013095709/http://news.adventist.org/issues/data/911244065/#1. Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  57. ^ "Publishing work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church". http://publishing.gc.adventist.org. 
  58. ^ Beach, Bert (June 1985). "Seventh-day Adventists and the Ecumenical Movement". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/other_documents/other_doc3.html. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  59. ^ "World Church: Adventists Observe World Council of Churches Assembly". Adventist News Network. March 7, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. http://web.archive.org/web/20071013095659/http://news.adventist.org/data/2006/02/1141762525/index.html.en. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  60. ^ "Seventh-day Adventist Church profile". Religious Tolerance.org. http://www.religioustolerance.org/sda.htm. 
  61. ^ "From Controversy to Crisis: An Updated Assessment of Seventh-day Adventism by Kenneth R. Samples, Christian Research Institute Journal
  62. ^ Zinke, R (2006). "Letter". Adventist Review. http://adventistreview.org/article.php?id=580. Retrieved 2007-02-05. 
  63. ^ Robin A.Brace (2001). "The move away from legalism". UK Apologetics. http://www.ukapologetics.net/moveaway.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-05. 
  64. ^ George R. Knight "A Search For Identity The Development Of Seventh-Day Adventist Beliefs", Review and Herald Publishing Associatiion, 2000, Pg 165
  65. ^ Loren Dickinson (2006-11-02). "The Day Adventists Became Christians". Spectrum. http://www.spectrummagazine.org/library/columns2006/061102dickinson.html. Retrieved 2007-01-19. 
  66. ^ Donald Grey Barnhouse, "Are Seventh-day Adventists Christians?" Eternity, September 1956, 7.
  67. ^ Walter Martin, Kingdom of the Cults Off-site Link (Bethany House, Minneapolis, Minnesota), Updated edition 1997, p.517.
  68. ^ Evangelical Reflections on Seventh-day Adventism: Yesterday and Today, by Kenneth Richard Samples
  69. ^ "From Controversy to Crisis: An Updated Assessment of Seventh-day Adventism by Kenneth R. Samples, Christian Research Institute Journal Christian Research Journal, Summer 1988, Volume 11, Number 1
  70. ^ Walter T. Rea (1983). The White Lie. Moore Publishing Co. 
  71. ^ Veltman, Fred (November 1988). "Life of Christ Research Project". http://www.adventistarchives.org/documents.asp?CatID=13&SortBy=1&ShowDateOrder=True. 
  72. ^ Ronald L. Numbers (January 1977). "An Author Replies to His Critics" (PDF). Spectrum 8 (2): 27–36. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. http://web.archive.org/web/20070927001933/http://www.spectrummagazine.org/spectrum/archive06-10/8-2numbers.pdf. 
  73. ^ Attorney Vincent L. Ramik, a specialist in patent, trademark, and copyright cases. After researching about 1,000 copyright cases in American legal history, Ramik issued a 27-page legal opinion in which he concluded "Ellen White was not a plagiarist, and her works did not constitute copyright infringement/piracy." [2]
  74. ^ Robert Macfarlane, Original Copy: Plagiarism and Originality in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Oxford University Press, 2007 
  75. ^ "How Seventh-day Adventists View Roman Catholicism". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Administrative Committee. 1997-04-15. http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/statements/main_stat42.html. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  76. ^ Robert K. Sanders. "Is the Seventh-day Adventist Church a Cult?". Truth or Fables. http://www.truthorfables.com/SDA_Cult.htm. 
  77. ^ "Seventh-Day Adventism". Catholic Answers. http://www.catholic.com/library/Seventh_Day_Adventism.asp. Retrieved 2007-02-05. 
  78. ^ See also Questions on Doctrine, chapters 20 and 21.
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  81. ^ Report on Hope International and Associated Groups, Adventist Review, 2000.
  82. ^ How Seventh-day Adventists View Roman Catholicism
  83. ^ "Fundamental beliefs of DSDA as compared with the ones of the Seventh-day Adventist Church". http://www.davidiansda.org/fundamental_belief.htm. 
  84. ^ "Church Leaders Say 'We're Sorry': German and Austrian churches apologize for Holocaust actions" by Mark A. Kellner
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  88. ^ "A Brief History of SDA Trademark Lawsuits"
  89. ^ "SDA Kampmeeting Australian Newsletter, Issue 4"

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It originated from the Millerite movement of the 1830s and 1840s, and was formally organized in 1863.

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Seventh-day Adventist Church (uncountable)
  1. A Protestant Christian denomination that observes Saturday as the Sabbath

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The Seventh-day Adventist (abbreviated "Adventist"[1]) Church is a Protestant Christian group. It is different form other groups mainly because its followers think that Saturday, the original seventh day of the Judeo-Christian week, should be the Sabbath. The movement grew out of the Millerite movement in the United States during the middle part of the 19th century and was formally established in 1863.[2] Among its founders was Ellen G. White. She wrote many texts that are still considered very important to the church today.

Much of the theology of the Seventh-day Adventist church is the same as evangelical teachings such as the Trinity and the infallibility of Scripture. Teachings that are different include the unconscious state of the dead and the doctrine of an investigative judgment. The church is also known because it thinks a healthy diet is very important. It also promotes religious liberty. When it comes to culture, it is more conservative.

The world church is governed by a General Conference. Smaller regions are administered by divisions, union conferences and local conferences. It currently has a worldwide membership of over 15 million people. It is present in over 200 countries and territories and is ethnically and culturally diverse. The church runs many schools, hospitals and publishing houses worldwide, as well as a prominent humanitarian aid organization known as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).

There are about 15.5 million people in the Seventh-day adventist church worldwide.

References

  1. Although "SDA" is commonly used, "Adventist" is the church's own officially preferred abbreviation of "Seventh-day Adventist". See "Use of the Church Name". Seventh-day Adventist Church. http://www.adventist.org/world_church/name/index.html. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  2. "Seventh-day Adventists - The Heritage Continues". General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. http://www.adventist.org/world_church/facts_and_figures/history/index.html.en. Retrieved 2007-01-17. 

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