Seventh-day Adventists (SDAs) follow most of the beliefs of conventional conservative Christianity: creation in six days, the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, original sin; the virgin birth; the divinity of Christ; the nature of the Trinity; belief in Satan as a rebellious created being; God's inspiration of the authors of the Bible, the inerrancy of Scriptures as they were written by their authors; the resurrection of Jesus, salvation by the atonement of Christ, considering all same-gender sexual behavior as sinful, regardless of the nature of the relationship; rejection of same-sex marriage, civil unions, etc.However, they differ from other conservative Protestants on a number of other beliefs: This produced some conflict within the Church when research in the 1980's suggested that she had borrowed heavily from contemporary writers.Following is a letter from James Likoudis, president emeritus of Catholics United for the Faith, to a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I'm pleased that you take religious matters seriously, though I do think your "indignation" regarding the Catholic Church's claim to infallibility quite misplaced.If God has indeed founded a Church to "teach all nations" in His name and by His authority (and we Catholics have believed for 20 centuries that He did), what else could that Church be but infallible (that is, not able to err in its official teaching mission)?Obviously, too, its Chief Pastor and Teacher (the Pope) must in particular be infallible in the definition of doctrine.The Pope comes with the Church since he is the visible head of the Church on earth.I can only ask: What church do you hear and obey that can trace its establishment to Christ Himself?Since you do not believe that Christ established a real Church with divine authority to teach, rule, and sanctify, it is not surprising that you reject its decision to celebrate Christian worship on Sunday.
SDA's believe exclusively in a doctrine called the "Investigative Judgment" where Christ enters into the Holy of Holies in Heaven to decide whether or not we are "worthy" to enter Heaven.
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As your own pamphlet admits, it was indeed the Catholic Church that determined Sunday to be the day for commemorating the Resurrection of Christ because it was the only Church around in apostolic times as "the pillar and ground of the truth" (I Tim. You write that "the entire New Testament speaks of obeying His Commandments," but you fail to observe that nowhere in the New Testament is the Saturday-Sabbath declared obligatory on Christians. Obviously, the Apostles themselves ordered the substitution of Sunday, the first day of the Christian week, for the Jewish Sabbath seventh day.
Instead, one reads that the early Christians guided by the Holy Spirit celebrated the first day of the week as the "Lord's day" (see St. It is true that the Church cannot change the moral law of God as found in the Commandments, but as the infallible teachers of the new Christian Church (the "teach-ye-all-nations" Church soon to be termed the Catholic Church by the year A. 107), they could and did change the time, the motive, and details of the Sunday observance.