Seventh-Day Adventists/Good Friday


Julie wrote at 2007-04-18 03:45:39

Do Adventists celebrate Good Friday?

Some church groups may have a special vesper service Friday evening, but mostly the death and resurrection of Christ receives special attention on the Sabbath (Saturday) of that weekend.     

In our church they have had a special musical cantata Sabbath mornings telling the story of redemption through Jesus in song and readings.

Sometimes a special communion service is held that weekend making the "Lord's Supper" specially meaningful as the story of the cross is presented.

Actually, if "Friday" were holy, it would not be the Friday usually marked on the calendar, for the dates have been changed.  The correct date of Christ's death would be reckoned from the Jewish Calendar and the Passover date.

You might find it interesting that it is recommended by Ellen White that we spend a thoughtful hour EVERYDAY contemplating the last scenes of Christ's life and death on earth.


Peggy Ann Caesar wrote at 2010-07-21 12:35:46
Tom is partially correct.  As Seventh Day Adventists we do not "celebrate" Easter or Good Friday because nowhere in the bible does Our Lord Jesus Christ ask us to commemorate His passion, crucifixion and death.  What is recorded however, in the three synoptic gospels is His request that we "do this in remembrance of Him" which is communion (Corinthians 11:23-26) well as baptism by immersion (Matthew 3:16).  We understand that though Jesus was without sin, He nevertheless made Himself an example for us to follow.

Adventists are not anti-Catholic. We simply believe in the truth contain, as written, in the biblical accounting.  thus the doctrines of the Catholic church (infallibility of the church, the pope as the vicar of Christ and the changing of the sabbath day) to be at odds with our beliefs.

Nothing more, nothing less.  I hope that helps to give a more balanced perspective,

In Christ,

Peggy Ann Caesar  

Maureen wrote at 2016-04-04 12:35:37
Not an answer actually but a concern. Why do Sabbathians always badmouth Catholic, when they suppose to answer what they asked, they add by insulting Catholic, Y?  

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I can answer most any question about church history and theology, starting from 1818 when William Miller articulated the 1st Angels Message that became the foundation of the Adventist Movement. While this first prophetic message terminated in the spring of 1844, it was followed by what Adventists refer to as the 2nd Angels Message, which dates from the spring of 1844 until the great disappointment of October 22, 1844. By 1847, the 3rd Angels Message had been developed and this Sabbatarian theology represents the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Moreover, I can explain the historical and theological development of the SDA denomination from its beginning and on through the great Battle Creek schism that forced the SDA's to retreat to Takoma Park. Here the 20th century church recovered from their internal battles that had erupted at the 1888 General Conference in Minneapolis over the definition of the law and the Gospel. Fearing another repeat of this disaster, President Daniels, determined to hide this debate. However, this policy led to more conflict, especially over the role and authority of Ellen White, a unique and accomplished religious writer that had remarkable spiritual gifts. However, by the decade of the 1970`s, the church once again erupted into debate. The hierarchy settled the turmoil in 1980 with the trial of Dr. Desmond Ford at Glacier View. Here Dr. Ford was exiled because he supposedly disagreed with Ellen White over the Fundamentals. But this controversial action resulted in another major schism that is still in progress today.


Tom Norris was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist in Takoma Park, Md. He attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate. Over the years he has also interviewed a number of prominent Adventist scholars, theologians, and Pastors ranging from the late Arthur White to the exiled Dr. Desmond Ford. In addition, he has amassed a large private library, which includes numerous rare books and manuscripts about Adventist theology and history. He is presently the online editor of Adventist Reform, and can be found at Adventist for Tomorrow answering questions online about SDA theology and history as well as promoting Adventist Reform.

Tom Norris attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate.

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