Like Seventh-day Adventists, most people know little of the existence of other Sabbath-keepers. Christ kept the Sabbath and there is not a single text in the Bible showing that Christ authorized a change of the Sabbath from the seventh day of the week to the first.
See Article History Adventist, member of any one of a group of Protestant Christian churches that trace their origin to the United States in the midth century and that are distinguished by their emphasis on the belief that the personal, visible return of Christ in glory i.
While most Adventist groups remain relatively small, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has become a significant global body, with congregations in more than countries and a membership of more than 14 million. Adventism is rooted in the millennial expectations recorded in the Bible.
From their biblical study, the Adventists came to believe that, at the Second Coming, Christ will separate the saints from the wicked and inaugurate his millennial 1,year kingdom. History It was during the religious revival that swept the American frontier in the early 19th century that William Miller —whose speculations launched the Adventist movement, began to preach.
Miller, while an officer in the U. Army in the War ofhad become a skeptic. Converted to the Baptist faith during the s, he began to study the Bible, especially the prophetic books of Daniel and the Revelation to John.
Primarily on the basis of his interpretation of Daniel 8: He began to preach in and soon emerged as the leader of a popular movement. As the year approached, Miller predicted more specifically that Christ would return between March 21,and March 21, Miller and his followers faced heavy derision because of his predictions.
Although expectations were heightened when a comet suddenly appeared in the night sky in Marchthey felt the brunt of the disappointment when the predicted Second Coming did not occur in March After Miller confessed his error and left the movement, his follower Samuel Snow suggested a new date, Oct.
The main body formed a loosely knit fellowship, the Evangelical Adventists, which became the foundation of all modern Adventist churches. They believed that Miller had set the right date but had interpreted events incorrectly.
Inin their view, God had begun an examination of all the names in the Book of Life, and only after this was completed would Christ appear and begin his millennial reign.
They also came to believe that worship on the seventh day, Saturday, was proper for Christians. The practice of Saturday worship gave the denomination established in a new name, the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Seventh-day Adventists also believed that Ellen White had the gift of prophecy, and her lectures and writings shaped the later beliefs and practices of the church.
Other Adventist bodies emerged in the 19th century. Some, such as the Advent Christian Church and the Life and Advent Union which merged into the Advent Christian Church inrejected both the prophetic status of Ellen White and seventh-day worship. Another Sabbatarian church, the Worldwide Church of Godemerged in the s; at its height in the s, it claimed more thanmembers.
During the s the Worldwide Church of God engaged in a process of doctrinal reevaluation that led it to renounce the beliefs it had inherited from Adventism and join the larger Evangelical movement.
Belief in Sabbath observance brought with it a new appreciation of the Hebrew Bible the Old Testament. The Seventh-day Adventists accepted Old Testament dietary regulations, from which their present-day emphasis on health developed.
In two members of the church, John Harvey Kellogg and his brother W. Kelloggfounded the Sanitas Food Companylater called the Kellogg Company, to market a healthy breakfast cereal that had been served at a church sanatorium run by John Harvey Kellogg. Postlater the founder of the Postum Cereal Company.
The church became a pioneer of medical missionsestablishing hundreds of hospitals, medical centres, clinics, and sanatoriums across the United States and throughout the world.Adventist World Radio was founded in and is the "radio mission arm" of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
It utilizes AM, FM, shortwave, satellite, podcasting, and the Internet, broadcasting in 77 major language groups of the world with a potential coverage of 80% of the world's population. Then, on May 20 and 21, , at a further meeting, delegates from all those American states with Seventh-day Adventist congregations formed the "General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists" — an organized church, focused on mission and on proclaiming the good news of a God who created us, lived among us, died for us, and redeems us.
Is the Seventh Day Adventist Church a Cult? Is the Seventh Day Adventist church a cult? This is a hard question to answer but I will say this; there is a very real segment of that church that is very destructive and oppressive.I will present to you why I believe the church is destructive and oppressive, and let you make your choice on this question, .
—False Religions — “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.” — Mark Religion is the WORST thing that has ever happened to this world; Countless Billions of souls have been doomed to H ell fire by false religion.
Learn what the Bible has to say on the matter. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian denomination distinguished by its observance of Saturday, the seventh day of the week in Christian and Jewish calendars, as the Sabbath, and by its emphasis on the imminent Second Coming (advent) of Jesus Christ.
The denomination grew out of the Millerite movement in the United . THE AY STORY A brief history of Youth Ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church PROJECT EDITOR ROBERT HOLBROOK With Foreword by ORVILLE PARCHMENT Much can be said about the founding process of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the involvement of youth in that process.
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