The Seventh Day Adventist
By Mobotu Nalishiwa
According to some articles, The name Seventh-day Adventist is based on the Church’s observance of the “biblical Sabbath” on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. “Advent” means coming and refers to their belief that Jesus Christ will soon return to this earth. The Church is a Millennialist Protestant Christian denomination that was founded in the 1860s in the USA.
Seventh-day Adventists differ in only four areas of beliefs from the mainstream Trinitarian Christian denominations. These are the Sabbath day, the doctrine of the heavenly sanctuary, the status of the writings of Ellen White, and their doctrine of the second coming and millennium.
Adventists live modest lives, with a strict code of ethics. They don’t smoke or drink alcohol, and recommend a vegetarian diet. Meat is permitted, but only following the Biblical commandments on clean and unclean food.
Missionary work is very important to the Church and all Adventists believe they have a duty to share their beliefs with others.
Seventh-day Adventists trace their origins to the teachings of the American preacher William Miller (1782-1849), who preached that the second coming, or “advent” of Jesus was imminent, hence the name ADVENTIST, meaning people who wait soon coming of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately Jesus did not appear on the day in 1844 promised by Miller, which became known as the Great Disappointment, and many of his followers left his movement.
Miller was followed by Ellen G. White (1827-1915), a visionary and prophet. White taught that Jesus had indeed come again, but not to Earth. Jesus had actually returned to the “most holy place” of the heavenly temple. Jesus, she said, had started to “cleanse” the heavenly temple, and when he had done that, he would come to start cleansing the Earth.
HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE AND HUMANITARIAN WORK
SDA Church is a failed project in this area. For Adventists, it is not enough to acknowledge that poverty and human rights abuse exists. The Seventh-day Adventist Church as a worldwide religious community and, as a matter of principle, endeavors not to be involved in political issues. The Church has consistently refused to do so and intends to maintain this position.
Here, Am drawn to comment on the post by Kasebamashila Kaseba over SDA Church’s silence on matters of Human Rights Abuse Particularly in Zambia.
Particular referrence was made in the post regarding the persecution of President HH who is a Church Elder.
HH with his wife praying in Church
IS PRESIDENT HH A CHURCH ELDER IN SDA CHURCH ?
The church through Dr Akombwa made a statement that HH was a member of the church by attendance not an Elder. Elders in SDA are appointed for a specific year at a particular church. Once ordained the title continues. There is no record showing which year, church which ordained President HH to be an Elder of the Church.
PERSECUTION OF PRESIDENT HH AND THE DETERIORATING HUMAN RIGHTS IN ZAMBIA.
President of Southern Zambia Union Conference Dr Harrington Akombwa of SDA is also a Human Rights Commission (HRC) commissioner who has been silent on both fronts of spirituality and human rights.
Kasebamashila Kaseba further says, Dr Akombwa may not comment nor have the moral conscience to resign from HRC in protest of the brutal persecution of HH before the latter church’s time for persecution in the wilderness or the troubling of the poor being the needless re-crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He further says which i agree….. SDA TEACHES THAT THE CATHOLIC LEADER POPE IS THE BEAST OF THE BOOKS OF DANIEL AND REVELATION. YET IN ZAMBIA, IT IS THE BEAST PROTESTING ABOUT THE PERSECUTION AND DEHUMANIZATION OF AN SDA CONGREGATE WHEN THE SDA IS QUIET AND IN HIDING SEEMINGLY HAPPY.. Tomorrow, they will meet at various churches encouraging each other on soon coming of Jesus Christ and quote James 2:14-26 which says “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless”.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SDA CHURCH ON EARTH ?
Am a follower of the Adventist teachings, but certainly SDA church movement is one of the biggest but quite possibly the most useless church union around when it comes to community participation, protection of human rights and getting involved in humanitarian crisis.
The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is to proclaim to all peoples the everlasting gospel in the context of the Three Angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-12.
There is no known community project by the SDAs in Zambia. Almost all community projects you see around are Catholic dominated.
A real church that want to receive Jesus when he cometh will dedicate their lives not simply to meeting on Sabbath for praying and listening to music but to forging alliances and engaging in public policy work to confront the nexus of the community and human rights.
TOMORROW, IF ONE WALKS TO CENTRAL SDA CHURCH IN KAMWALA, LSK, YOU WILL SEE LATEST VEHICLES PARKED, FAMILIES FROM LISTENING TO POWERFUL SERMONS EATING HEFT LUNCHES YET OUTSIDE THE CHURCH GATE ARE ORPHANS, STREET KIDS BEGGING AND SCAVENGING FOR FOOD. What a shame !!!!
TAKE CAMERAS TOMORROW THERE !!!
Based on THREE Angels messages, they will deem such criticisms as PROPHET FULFILLED and coming of Jesus is near.
I hope that you will find here on this post useful and spiritually uplifting information – James 2:14-26
STAND UP AND GET COUNTED…!!