The Seventh Day Adventist

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By Mobotu Nalishiwa
History 
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…!!

15 Responses to The Seventh Day Adventist

  1. Thank you my brother

    dununa
    April 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm
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  2. you are a real son of the soil, observant and filled with enthusiasm to speak nothing but the truth. kokolapo Zambians should know the truth and these idiots should free HH the true indigenous Zambian true saviour.

    ngwenyama
    April 28, 2017 at 5:09 pm
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  3. You’re wrong about SDA, you all don’t know more about SDA church belief.the church has done many community program,built many schools, hospitals even humanitarian programs like adra.

    B m
    April 28, 2017 at 6:08 pm
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  4. The good thing these are your opinion.
    What is wrong with church members driving nice and expensive vehicles? Are you telling us that all those people driving driving such vehicles are SDAs? Are telling us in these other churches there are members driving such vehicles, How many churches have read with very wealthy leaders and have most expensive things, it does not mean because I have not head or seen contribute to charity that they do not do it.
    Are you telling SDA member have held prayers with HH’s wife? Are you telling us that there are church members who have tried to see HH in prison? My brother I am asking you to do your research with an open heart. If you do it with a heart of finding faults you will surely find them as long as you are dealing with humans.

    Lukwesa Mubanga
    April 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm
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  5. When Christ was still here on earth, preaching the good news of the gospel, delivering people and a lot of other good acts that he did, Which people were against His mission and who finally raised false accusations against the Lord Jesus Christ to be crucified ? I hope they were the Sabbath Observer Jews (Devout Jews) yet they pretended to be true believers and worshipers of God, the reason Jesus Christ called them hypocrites. Today’ s Jews, The Seventh Day Adventists pretend to be non partakers in politics yet, there are divisions ion taking place every day within their circles especially here in Zambia. I have personally heard a lot of SDA members talking so abusively against Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND simply because Hakainde is a Tonga and that Lozis, Tongas and their cousins from Northwestern can never rule Zambia. Those divisions are now visible within the church which at times result into verbal/ physical confrontations among members. That is the sole reason why nobody is freely able to speak/ against what the Evil government of Zambia has done to the UPND President because those who support the PF think Edgar Lungu has done the right thing and that HH MUST be killed whilst the other group thinks otherwise. Nevertheless, they do not want to come in the open for fear of being accused, the same approach they did to the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, the same Jesus Christ they rejected and vowed never to follow or accept his teaching is the one they await for during His Second Advent.

    Sharon Sizembi
    April 29, 2017 at 6:12 am
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  6. am a member of Sda church,i do remember of the story of Abraham and Lot when there herdsmen picked up a fight for gracing pastures,Abraham settled the matter with his fellow leader Lot amicably.Abraham reminded Lot they were strangers in that land, however they came from same land and therefore no need of having differences.Further Abraham suggested that they needed to part company in peace as their land could not sustain them any more because their cattle increased greatly in number.He said if i go east you go west if you go west i go east.That is the biblical way of resolving disputes.As Sda church members our role is to pray for peace to our heavenly father and we do it in secret,God will answer us at his own time.But my message to every one is that if you dont forgive others dont expect God to forgive you,further we can play around with these other things not God his judgements can be unbearable.

    Mooba Festus
    April 29, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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  7. BELIEVE ME, WE’RE PRAYING FOR THIS MAN YOU HATE SO MUCH, HH AND HIS FAMILY. GBM AND HIS FAMILY, AND BELIEVE ME ALSO THAT GOD WILL SOON HEAR US AND AVENGE US. GOD ALMIGHTY, PLEASE LET PEOPLE NOT DEMEAN YOUR CREATION TO THIS LEVEL FOR LONG. YOU CREATED THE TONGAS AND WHOEVER RIDICULES THEIR EXISTENCE, ATTEMPTS TO RIDICULE YOU. PLEASE INTERVENE BEFORE MANY PEOPLE LOSE FAITH IN PRAYER.

    dimitri
    April 30, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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  8. This is a useless, non researched article that is so opinionated. The writer is a foolish, partisan bigot bent on misleading people just because he himself is inclined towards a set agenda. The SDA Church kept quiet when HH was insulting the Republican President and have kept quiet when his behavior has landed him into problems. The other Church on the other hand kept quiet when HH was insulting the President but went on an anthill when his carelessness landed him into trouble. Who is hypocritical here? Why was the Pope apologizing to the Rwandan President? Learn from history, morons.

    OneNation
    April 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm
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  9. I think my friend you do see SDA from a distance. If you do not know something do not rush to publishing g something until you know the truth. What you should have done was to carry a research about SDA, I belief you are educated enough to do research. I know from your writing you are a sympathiser of HH , but that should not give you strength to wish to drag the entire SDA church into politics. SDA is not a political church. If a member decides to go political route.the church has no say because we believe politics and church are different entities and do not go together. Yes we can pray for him but not speak for him as in regard to the prevailing situation which is the courts of law. Take what belongs to caeser to caeser and what belongs to God to God.

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