Seventh-Day Adventists

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Introduction
Seventh-day Adventists
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Millennialist Protestant Christian denomination that was founded in the 1860s in the USA. 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. 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. There are approximately 14 million Seventh-day Adventists worldwide, with perhaps another 7 million people more loosely associated with the Church. There are nearly 25,000 Seventh-day Adventists in the UK, of which approximately 13,000 live in London where there are 60 congregations. (2005 statistics) The Church is heavily involved in education with almost 7,000 schools around the world and over 100 colleges and universities. The Church also operates 785 medical facilities (2005 figures). In 2005 the Church elected a woman as one of its nine vice presidents; the first time a woman has been included in its top leadership. Top

History
History of the Seventh-day Adventist movement
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. 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. Ellen G White, 1899 photograph ©

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. White also taught that the Sabbath should be held on Saturday. The years following the Great Disappointment were an unsuccessful time for Adventist numbers, although a time of great importance in the development of the doctrines on which the Church would be founded. By 1850 the group had about 300 members and no institutions, although it did have magazines and a hymnbook. But this proved a firm enough foundation, and by 1852 the movement had 15 ministers and was growing steadily. In 1861 the movement created a publishing company - the Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association - and in 1863 it constituted itself as a denomination. In 1866 the movement began one of its most famous traditions when it founded its first healthcare institution (it now runs over 700 medical facilities). The Church bases its mission of bringing healing of body, mind, and spirit on the fact that Christ ministered to the whole person. The Church continued to refine its theology and practice, arriving at a definitive list by 1880. Top

Beliefs
Beliefs held by Seventh-day Adventists
The Seventh-day Adventists share most of their beliefs with the mainstream Christian churches, but have some extra beliefs of their own: * Creation
* Salvation
* The remnant
* The great controversy
* The Heavenly Sanctuary
* The Sabbath
* Prophecy
* Death
* Millennialism
Creation
Seventh-day Adventists believe in a literal and historical six-day creation. Salvation
The Adventist doctrine of salvation is an entirely...
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