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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