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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

10 May 2008

Seventh Day Adventism

Q: Is the Seventh Day Adventist religion a cult?

A: While many “mainline” Christian churches and individuals made this claim years ago, few continue such thinking today. It is true that Adventism counters much of Christianity, paying much stronger attention to keeping the laws of the Old Testament, including Sabbath (Seventh Day) worship. However, that body has rethought many of its original positions and moved to a less different (or sectarian) set of beliefs while non-Adventists, in turn, have reevaluated their churches’ original difficulties and have announced greater agreement in recent years. In other words, most Christian churches teach that Adventists hold some different beliefs from the majority of Christendom, but not so many as to be considered a cult.

For a more extensive look at differences and divisions in Christianity, please see Christian (dis-)Unity.

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version™, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.

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Blogger Johnny Workentine said...

Definitely not a cult!


13 May, 2008 03:53  
Blogger Marcel said...

Thanks for the acknowledgment, Rev. Snyder. There's much misunderstanding about SDA's on the web. Although your statements are generally accurate, a large and growing segment of Adventists are moving toward "new covenant Adventism" (my term) and away from denominationalism.


19 May, 2008 04:19  
Anonymous Andy aka Pastor Billy said...

they are actually a pseudo-Protestant sect and anti-Catholic in a portion of doctrine which is in effect anti-Christian.

You've let this group off the hook too lightly Pastor


25 May, 2008 22:32  
Blogger Marcel said...

Pastor Billy,

My unsolicited advice: expand your reading and research of all Adventists beyond the negative, legalistic, anti-Catholic, false-religious rhetoric that dominates the web.

You might just be enlightened.


27 May, 2008 13:45  
Anonymous pastor billy said...

marcel you don't know me from Adam how dare you accuse me of writing, "false-religious rhetoric"
my reading and research is extensive, stop with the decent and stop perpetuating the anti-Christian behavior amongst your flock towards the first Christians, Catholics

28 May, 2008 10:59  

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