Seventh-Day Adventists/Adventist Beliefs
Mary J. Bradley wrote at 2006-07-17 06:19:36
My husband, brother and I have only been Adventists for two years this coming November. Thank you for your answers, as they go along with our beliefs, too. My husband and I have been married 47 yrs. and still wear our wedding rings. We plan to have our marriage vows renewed soon, and because my ring is so very tight on my finger, my husband has bought me another one, that he will place on my finger on that day. We love our Pastor and his family and also all those in our Church Family. I never got the satisfaction out of attending Catholic Church, that I do now. I attended Catholic schools for twelve (12) years and when I asked about the Bible, the nuns told me not to bother reading the Bible because I wouldn't understand it anyway. The Pathfinders in our Church School recently won 2nd place in Nationals for Bible Verses. I can't believe they do not understand the Bible!! God bless you for your continued work in guiding us to our eternal Home. Love, Mary J. Bradley
Susan wrote at 2006-10-25 23:38:58
Yes, Mary, the church still supports some doctrines that are only found in Ellen G. White's works. "The investigative judgment," for instance, suggests that grace was not completed at the cross. You can look up "Ellen G. White" online and find loads of material that shows how "borrowed" her work was. Some churches will accept you even if you don't believe she was a prophet, but some believe that the if you are to be "save"--future tense, not present--you must believe in "the Spirit of Prophecy (what they call her) and the seventh-day Sabbath. You may hear that righteousness is by faith, but when you get inside, you'll hear a different story. Good luck.
Andrea Jones wrote at 2007-08-27 14:08:36
As in most religion, the SDA church has many, many different points of view and beliefs within it's membership. There will always be individuals that my agree with one thing but not another. Let me suggest keeping your eyes on Christ. Reading the Bible and believing in the Bible will give you that which you need. I believe in the seventh day Sabbath, and that is why I am a Seventh-day Adventist. I thank God for the diversity of people, but I have read the Bible for myself to determine what God would have me to do in all aspects of my life. If someone is offering to tell you right from wrong they should be able to support that belief biblically. I love the Adventist church. Some criticize the church because of their miss understanding. No one here on earth is perfect. The church will always have individuals that are growing spiritually. One thing is for sure, the seventh day is the Sabbath that God gave us from the very beginning. The Seventh-day Adventist church comes closer than any other religion to following God's word. Do visit all of the area churches as Kendra suggested. You will find the one that is most comfortable for you. Keep the faith, and keep you eyes on Christ. Love, Andrea Jones
Nadia wrote at 2007-09-06 22:48:51
The "Church of God Seventh Day" comes closer to any church I know that follow God's word. Many SDAs think they are the only Christian Sabbath keeping group/church on earth.
Marilyn wrote at 2008-01-18 22:12:54
well its good to know that your interested in the seventh day adventist beliefs.. however dont misunderstand the expectations that are given.. earrings are not allowed because in the bible God says that our bodies are holy... dont remember what scripture.. so your not suppose to wear it but as far as the whole husband thingy thats not true just allow God to work in his heart & its up to him to make a commitment & take the stand!
djconklin wrote at 2008-03-25 08:00:19
"Many SDAs think they are the only Christian Sabbath keeping group/church on earth."
The SDA church was taught about the Sabbath by the Seventh Day Baptists. Any SDA who doesn't know that hasn't been taught very well. SDA's do not teach that they are the only Sabbath keeping church on the planet. They are by far the biggest Sabbath-keeping church.
djconklin wrote at 2008-03-25 08:02:50
" "The investigative judgment," for instance, suggests that grace was not completed at the cross."
No, that is a complete misunderstanding about the IJ. Think of the OT days: was grace for forgiven sins completed with each sacrifice? Of course. So then, why did they have the yearly Day of Atonement? The answer is what the IJ is teaching.
Jay wrote at 2008-08-19 08:47:59
The important thing to remember about Seventh-Day Adventists, is that the BELIEF was formed BEFORE the church! For 19 years, the beliefs of the Adventists were studied and practiced, before this group of believers adopted the name Seventh-Day Adventists! Born an Adventist, I have always been taught that the church system beliefs mean nothing if they are not grounded and in fact FOUND in the bible! How awesome is that! The truth is in the Bible. Look not to the members of the church for rules and regulations, but only for advice and guidance! Look to the Lord for your answers, they are in His Word!
The Adventist 'ways' regarding diet, dress code, reverence in the church, your spouse, discipline of children etc. are all directly found in the Bible. I pray that you find your answers and find comfort in the Remnant Church of God.
Holly wrote at 2009-01-27 07:19:51
Thanks Jay for your answer
you absolutely need to know what you believe FOR YOURSELF by true study and conviction of the holy spirit.
no person or church will be perfect but you can't base your faith on what feels good, you have to stand for what the bible teaches by principle not emotion.
we have to conform to God's will not try to make Him conform to ours.
Shelley wrote at 2009-03-30 18:45:25
The concern is that sometimes people express that they want the most expensive watch or the biggest and most expensive diamond on their ring but as Kendra said, we are to be modest so these aspects shouldn't be so important. Ellen White was a prophet from God. Though her writings are not equal with the bible, they are backed up by the bible and do not contradict it. I've also heard that idea about family photos not being allowed. I think Ellen white was saying that in her time, photos were ridiculously expensive and she was suggesting that they could have used that money to help others, rather than doing it to show their wealth and status. Some Adventists choose not to celebrate Christmas and Easter because these days were originally used to worship pagan gods - one doesn't have to be an offshoot. Slowly they became days that Christians decided to worship Jesus on so as not seem odd. Birthdays come from the pagan idea that with the turn of another year, you are more vulnerable to evil spirits so a party would take place, with lots of noise so as to scare the evil spirits away. As a result, some choose to celebrate birthdays in a different way than that of the traditional party and cake.
rs2 wrote at 2009-12-18 20:20:35
Do Adventists celebrate Christmas or other Christian holidays?
Why have Christians adopted the date of 25 December as Christ's Birthday when His birthday is not even mentioned in the Bible?
Is it ok to celebrate Christmas even though it was originally a pagan celebration?
Answer: Seventh-day Adventists do not celebrate Christmas or other religious festivals throughout the calendar year as holy feasts established by God. The only period in time Adventists celebrate as holy is the weekly Sabbath (from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset).
Adventists do find, however, that these holidays provide good occasions to focus on the Christian aspects, that is, the biblical message of the death and resurrection of Jesus (at Easter), and of His incarnation and coming to earth as a human being (at Christmas). It also gives valuable opportunities to speak with other people about the gospel. Also, these events are often occasions for building family fellowship and reaching out to the poor and needy.
But we do not find these festivals to be obligatory, that is, demanded by God. Nowhere in the Bible is it prescribed that we have to celebrate Christmas or Easter.
While Easter and Pentecost have their parallels in Judaism, Christmas is, naturally invented later. The historical reason for adapting December 25 as the birthday of Jesus has no biblical foundation, but is due to the change of year from darkness to light, which happens in the midst of the winter in the northern hemisphere.
Calling Christmas a pagan celebration is only partly true. December 25 was observed as the birthday of Mythras, the god of the soldiers of the Roman legions. Though the timing of Christmas has its origin in a pagan festival, the content does not - the birth of Jesus is spoken of in the Bible.
The “traditions” the Western world today follows at Christmas time are less than 250 years old. There are, however, aspects of the modern Christmas celebrations which Adventists do not encourage, such as the overwhelming materialism and extravagant consumption
Veronica wrote at 2010-01-11 06:56:37
Hi, I am a SDA and I just wanted to say that there are definately some crazy rumors out there about us. I wanted to answer your question- as for the jewellery:
the conservative adventist believe that jewellery should be minimal, however, the majority (and it depends on the church) have no issues with jewellery. But basically, wear what you want too.
And the husband thing- I know quite a few people that are adventist when there husband is not, and I don't see a problem with it, I don't think he should feel pressure to join, but again as Kendra said it does depend on the church.
Each church is different as Ellen White- we believe the bible is accurate and the Ellen White prophesies enhance our understanding. In other words we don't hold her writings in the same regard we do the Bible- the Bible comes first.
Family photos- perfectly ok.
Savannah wrote at 2010-04-23 01:20:38
Run as fast and far away from the adventist cult. Just google the seventh day adventist or go on youtube to see the truths behind this deceptive cult
Emmanuel wrote at 2010-09-25 04:04:06
Hi Savannah, its said for you to pass judgement on people. What is it about the SDAC that makes it an occult group. The youtube videos are there but what are the grounds for authenticating them.
There is power in the blood that was shared on the cross and as it has clearly been stated by previous commentators on this platform, pls search the scriptures because it is the only true source to finding hidden solutions to issues pertaining to out world today.
Embrace the truth, humble your heart and may the peace of the Most High God, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit lead you to see the light before He return not as a Lamb but as the King of Kings.
Shalom and God bless!
jimmy wrote at 2010-11-02 13:14:04
It seems to me that the question of Ellen White was sidestepped, rather than answered. I can understand that answering could have a negative effect on the view of Adventist officials concernibg the answerer. What I cannot understand is why some other avenue is not presented to the questioner for obtaining a non-public answer from Kendra, whom she obviously trusts. Once again the name of Ms white has interfered with a seeker's efforts to draw near.
Kachi wrote at 2010-12-22 22:49:49
Yes, Adventist believes that Jesus was born, and He also died. but Jesus did not ask us to celebrate his birthday or his death. He asked us to feet washing (holy communion), baptism and some other specific ones. He never asked us to celebrate His birth or His death. so without fear or favor, Adventist's don't celebrate either of xmas or Easter.
About the piecing of ears, its not also encouraged by the Adventist church.
Poto albums and wrist watch, its accepted.
blessings2 wrote at 2011-12-19 18:14:01
To Kendra, Have you actually read Ellen G. White and the Bible? I have and I do not agree with your answers and I am a Seventh Day Adventist.
Sye Reacher wrote at 2012-02-01 01:30:30
As the "expert", I don't believe that Kendra's answers to the question speak accurately for the "majority" of Seventh Day Adventists. The bible is clear on the issue of adornment. I and most of the SDA women I know DO NOT wear jewelry except for a watch. Jewelry is not and should not be accepted as the norm.
As far as holidays are concerned, there is a growing movement of compromise in the SDA church with respect to celebrating paganism. This movement is in and of itself an "off-shoot" and those who maintain the pillars of the faith are the true SDA church. Shalom.
rolf wrote at 2012-03-01 23:09:24
"I decked thee also with ornament, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.+--Eze.16:11-13
This text seem to conflict with scores of other verses which condemn the use of colorful cosmetics and jewelry. Yet there is no real conflict if the context is considered. This is not a literal experience, but a symbolism. In verse 3, God begins the recital of a moving allegory concerning His people Israel. He depicts Israel being born illegitimately and cast into a field to die. No one washed the baby and cared for it. Then God passed by and loved the baby. He covers its nakedness and washed away its filth. he covers it with fine linen which in Rev19:8 symbolizes righteousness. Jewel and crown symbolic of lips of knowledge [Prov.20:15] crown of rejoicing [1.Thess.2:19] etc
rolf wrote at 2012-03-01 23:25:49
"But the Father said to His servants, bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet."--Luke 15:22
Some have used this scripture to justify the wearing of jewelry, but remember that this story is a parable and all characters and events are symbolic of spiritual realities. God is represented by the Father in this story, and the children could be any of us who profess to be in His family.
Primarily the love and compassion of God is portrayed in dealing with the backslider. His willingness to forgive. The placing of the Father's coat symbolizes the righteousness of God. The sign of servitude was removed when the Father commanded that shoes be placed on his feet. Finally, the signet ring representing the restoration to full authority in conducting the family business interests. they were not ornaments see Esther 3:10; 8:2
To use this parabolic incident to defend modern ornamentation is totally unreasonable and unbiblical.
Ann wrote at 2012-04-23 05:59:14
Thanks for asking this question and for the person who replied. I have been studying at a local SDA church. There's NO WAY I'm giving up my make-up OR jewelry. I look horrible without makeup and most of my jewelry is from my mom and family heirlooms that I love and don't want to sit on a shelf in my home. It's my understanding we are God's temple! I consider modest to mean not to expose myself, to keep my lady parts covered and I do.
Tim wrote at 2013-12-05 17:40:14
Each of us on a Spiritual quest, have a Bibical path to tread and some have advanced farther than others. You are welcomed to attend an Adventist Church no matter what adornment you may wear. Every person progresses in Faith at a different rate. Analogy: I have seen smokers attend church for years before they quit smoking. All men (women) are Brothers. Jesus said " If you love me, keep my Commandments." If you love Jesus and want to have a relationship with him, you will do this out of LOVE. We all struggle with "Self" and many of us have problems. We also ask daily, for the Holy Spirit to be in our lives, to direct our paths, and guide us.