Did You Know
The Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) is a Christian denomination that grew out of the prophetic “Millerite” movement. (William Miller in the United States during the middle part of the 19th century.)
The name of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination indicates its two main distinctive characteristics: Sabbath observance on the seventh day ( Saturday) and an expectation that the end of the world is drawing near. Other distinguishing characteristics include adherence to the teachings of Ellen G. White (who is regarded as a prophet), and various dietary observances rooted in Jewish law.
As of 2005, the Seventh-day Adventist Church had 12 million baptized members and about 25 million total members and adherents worldwide.
Seventh-day Adventism was established at the same time in 19th century in the U.S. as Mormonism, Christian Science, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Seventh-day Adventist doctrine is rooted in the Anabaptist Protestant tradition. Adventist doctrine resembles mainstream orthodox trinitarian Protestant theology, with a few exceptions such as the following.
Adventism Belief in an imminent, premillennial, universally visible second advent, preceded by a time of trouble when the righteous will be persecuted and a false second coming where Satan impersonates the Messiah.
Seventh-day Adventists present a health message that recommends vegetarianism and condones abstinence from pork, shellfish, and other foods proscribed as “unclean” in Leviticus. Alcohol and tobacco are also prohibited
Dr. John Kellogg, founder of the Kellogg’s company and a major supplier of breakfast cereals, was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Seventh-day Adventists observe a 24-hour sunset-to-sunset Sabbath commencing Friday evening. Justification for this belief is garnered from the creation account in Genesis in which God rested on the seventh day, an approach later immortalized in the Ten Commandments. Seventh-day Adventists maintain that there is no biblical mandate for the change from the “true Sabbath” to Sunday observance, which is to say that Sunday-keeping is merely a “tradition of men.
Seventh-day Adventists have three levels of ordination: deacons, elders, and pastors. In some Adventist churches only men are eligible for ordination but there are many examples of deaconesses and female elders and pastors.
In 1989, the headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church was moved to Silver Spring, Maryland.
They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teachings and experience must be tested for example State of the Death, The Seventh-day Adventists believe that death is a sleep during which the “dead know nothing” and will or can only wake up at resurrection during the second coming of the Messiah.
Seventh-day Adventists practice communion four times a year, reflecting their Methodist roots. The communion is an open service (available to members and non-members) and includes a foot-washing ceremony (commonly referred to as the Ordinance of Humility) and consumption of the Lord’s Supper.
The official Seventh-day Adventist position on abortion is that it is permissible only in exceptional circumstances that present serious moral or medical dilemmas, such as significant threats to the pregnant woman’s life, serious jeopardy to her health, severe congenital defects carefully diagnosed in the fetus, and pregnancy resulting from rape or incest.
Seventh-day Adventists generally condemn homosexuality. The church does not perform gay marriages or holy unions, and gay men cannot be ordained.