News Headlines: Adventist Church in Jamaica Distances Itself From Pastor's Political Endorsement (And More!)

Adventist Church in Jamaica Distances Itself from Pastor’s Political Endorsement. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica has distanced itself from the remarks of Pastor Michael Harvey, vice-president for spiritual affairs at Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and senior pastor of the NCU church. Harvey spoke out in favor of the People’s National Party (PNP) at a mass rally in St. Andrew. However, Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Adventist Church in Jamaica stated emphatically that the Adventist Church refrains from endorsing political candidates and parties. “I wish to restate for all our workers, including those at NCU and every Adventist-owned institution, members, and the public at large that the Seventh-day Adventist church in Jamaica does not support any political party,” Brown said. From Jamaica Observer, “Adventists Slap PNP Pastor.”

Brazilian Soccer Star Becomes Adventist, Won’t Play on Sabbath. Carlos Vítor da Costa Ressurreição, a goalkeeper for Londrina Esporte Clube in Brazil’s third tier soccer league, who was recently baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has announced that he will no longer play matches scheduled from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. His decision has evoked surprise, sympathy, and even anger from fans and sports commentators who struggled to understand his rationale. “If it means losing my job because I’ve turned to a better father, brother and friend, then I’d rather stay with God,” Ressurreição explained. Having been named player of the year, received an offer from Serie A team Chapecoense that would have doubled his salary. Ressurreição turned down the job because it would not allow him to observe the seventh-day Sabbath. His team has announced that it will not renew his contract when it ends in May. From Cuatro Cuatro Dos, “The Brazilian goalkeeper who doesn’t save on Saturdays” (Spanish).

ADRA Volunteers Build Houses for Displaced in Dominica. The Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) is using funds from Ingathering and efforts of volunteers to build housing for displaced Dominica residents of Colihaut and Coulibistrie whose homes were damaged by Tropical Storm Erika. ADRA intends to present the first eight houses to the government within five months and plans to build at least 25 homes by the end of this project. From GIS Dominica, “ADRA Plans First Housing Handover Within Five Months.”

Adventist Health Partners Serve Tulare Homeless. Adventist Health in partnership with the Kings Tulare Homeless Alliance will host the eighth-annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) to provide services and basic necessities to people who are homeless or about to become homeless. The American Legion Post 100 prepares breakfast for the homeless. Seventh-Day Adventist Church and Hanford Breakfast Lions prepares lunch along with other organizations that donate food. Adventist Health provides full medical service and Family Eye Care gives complete vision exams. From Hanford Sentinel, “Community Tries to Help the Homeless.”

New Model for Mental Health Care Aided by Adventist Health and Its Coalition. Adventist Health, Legacy Health, and Kaiser Permanente have joined the Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Oregon, creating a new model for mental health care. The first collaborative medical initiative of its kind is founded on the values of hospitality, hope, and recovery. The environment at Unity is designed to reduce agitation and maximize comfort, from the use of reclining chairs (instead of hospital beds) to the building's "calming" architectural layout. From Huffington Post, “Hospitality, Hope and Recovery: A Revolutionary Model of Mental Health Care.”

PUC Recognized as Second-most Diverse Liberal Arts College in US. According to U.S. News & World Report, Pacific Union College with less than 1,600 students, is the second-most diverse national liberal arts college in America. PUC’s student body last fall was 28 percent Latino, 25 percent Caucasian/non-Latino, 21 percent Asian, 9 percent black, nearly 2 percent Pacific Islander, with roughly 14 percent multi-racial or “unknown,” according to President Heather J. Knight. PUC has received diversity honors four years in a row. In the U.S., Adventists are the most diverse Christian denomination, according to the Pew Research Center, she said. From Napa Valley Register, “Pacific Union College a Hub of Student Diversity.”

Pam Dietrich taught English at Loma Linda Academy for 26 years and served there eight more years as the 7-12 librarian. She lives in Redlands, California.

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it is certainly courageous of carlos to stand up for his new faith by refusing to play soccer on sabbath…baptism preparation must be very thorough in brazil to produce converts like this…

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Concering the initial matter: REPRIMAND!!!

Sometimes I wonder, I know I shouldn’t, that the scant emphasis on NT Sabbath keeping is an indication that the resurrection of Jesus took precedence. The Sabbath was at the core of Mosaic Law while resurrection emphasizing eternal life was the driving force of early Christians. Paul led in a near complete break of Mosaic customs with an emphasis on love and purity highlighted by faith and justification. In early references of post-apostolic Christians, Sabbath keeping was not an issue. Whereas in Adventism the Sabbath is front and center. It is the ID for the Anti-Christ and the reason for the Apocalypse.

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In reading the Hebrew and Christian Bible, Sabbath is one of the most important and dogmatic doctrines in the OT, with the emphasis given the Fourth with capital punishment for disobedience. The later prophets consistently called for reformation and restoration of Sabbath which the Jews had flaunted.

But in the NT, capital punishment gave the Pharisees the legal authority to bring the adulterous woman to Jesus which he refused to
condemn; He and His disciples were accused of picking grain, for they were hungry. But He answered His accusers: “My Father goes on working. and so do I.” And in another Gospel He is quoted: “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” And after being accused of healing a lame man on Sabbath. He replied: “is it against the Law on Sabbath to do good”?

Jesus lived as a Jew in a Jewish system. But Christians broke with that system when it was decided by Peter and James in the Jerusalem church that the Law given to the Jews covering every fact of their lives was not to encumber the Gentile believers. This is confirmed by the fact that no apostle after that agreement ever instructed them on the Sabbath Law or how it should be properly observed… It cannot be assumed that without Scriptural basis, that they began observing the Fourth Commandment, and neither the NT nor secular history has any record of them doing so.

We know that the Resurrection was THE reason for Christianity. To celebrate their new belief they began meeting on that day for praise and that tradition became so entrenched as a rest day that it was legalized as a day of rest for the entire Roman Empire only 200 years later.

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Act 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

Act 16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

Act 13:44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

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I believe you’ve correctly identified the sequence of events here. Worship on Sunday was practiced by the Christian church as early as 70 AD. Neither the Roman Empire, nor the church of Rome, changed the day of worship. It was already established practice when recognized in their laws during the 4th century.

While not universally considered to be reliable, the earliest reference to worship on The Lord’s Day (Sunday) is in the Didache (14:1a) which is translated as “But every Lord’s day gather yourselves together, and break bread, and give thanksgiving”. The Didache is dated between 70 and 120 AD. The earliest undisputed reference is the Gospel of Peter, dated to the mid 2nd century. The nature of this reference suggests that it was widely understood and well established.

If there is any question at all that The Lord’s Day refers to Sunday, the Epistle of Barnabas makes this crystal clear. (The Epistle of Barnabas is dated to the late first or early 2nd century).

The inference of this is that the gentile believers were never instructed to keep the Jewish Sabbath (except by renegade Judaisers such as those condemned by Paul in Galatians), and instead were in the habit of holding their worship services on Sunday. It is inconceivable that this tradition could have arisen without the blessing of the apostles.

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Paul made it clear that the keeping of the Sabbath (and/or other feast days) was not to be an issue in the Christian communion.Those with a Jewish background were not asked to abandon their heritage nor were the Gentile converts required to adopt Jewish customs on accepting Christ.

While there is little doubt Saturday is the Sabbath and there are no NT requirements to keep Sunday to say that Sunday worship is" the mark of the beast" is to go way beyond Paul’s counsel to the apostolic congregation.

The other error the early SDA church made was to stress the Exodus decalogue and ignore the Deut version. The Deut version sees the Sabbath as a testament to God’s grace and power to deliver from bondage.

According to the experts there is little or no evidence that there ever was an actual Exodus however the whole story of the Exodus (as recorded) gives much information on the spiritual journey many of us make from the bondage of sin to the entry into the spiritual land of promise.

According to SDA theology we stand on the brink of entering into the promise would it not be better to hail the Sabbath as a confession of delivery by Grace than to get stuck in an argument over a literal seven day recent creation.

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Robert,

You are 100% correct as all historical records confirm that Sunday began very early in Christianity and no other day was ever considered a “rest day”. There is absolutely no record of gentile Christians observing the Fourth Commandment.

Constantine was a great politician and recognized what was almost universally practiced and made it a legal day free from work. Incidentally, I wrote a master’s thesis on him, and his edicts and major influence on western civilization of the Roman Empire during his reign.

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Political Endorsement is charm to captivate the masses ensnare the vulgar repercussion of friends or enemies. It is difficult to say who do you the most mischief: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best. The impromptus propaganda is every absurdity has a champion to defend it. Adventist Church distances from it: Absence; Abstinence; Temperance is safest.

Great news. I love it! Many will want to satisfy their curiosity now by wanting to take a closer look at Scripture.

God will bring those in who are not ashamed of His Holy day; which He made Holy for all mankind. Not just the Jews. No Jews in Genesis 2.

And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man [ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos). n. masc. man, human being, humanity.], not man for the Sabbath. (Mark 2:27)

According to Jesus, the Sabbath was made for humanity.

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The primitive Christians had a great veneration for the Sabbath, and spent the day in devotion and sermons. And it is not to be doubted but they derived this practice from the Apostles themselves, as appears by several scriptures to the purpose.” “Dialogues on the Lord’s Day,” p. 189. London: 1701, By Dr. T.H. Morer (A Church of England divine).

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