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The Seventh-day Adventists Reform Movement

By Marcos Peter Soares & Alexandre Arajo

For many people uninformed these can be

possible answers. But they do not show the reality on the
Reform Movement of Adventists. We can not condemn the
people who give such answers. Probably they never took
the time to read something serious about or never knew an
adventist from Reform Movement Christian.
Are the Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement
strange people with fanatical ideas and wrong doctrines?
What they believe? How they live and behave? What they
offer to society? Who actually are? What makes these
people are the people of victory?

How was the Seventh-day Adventists Reform

Movement Origin?

Who are the Seventh-day Adventist Reform

Movement? Who are the adventists reformers? If these
questions were made to people in a social network on the
internet or people passing through a busy square, it is
possible that some respond with phrases similar to these:
"Are They a political reform movement?", "Are members of
a secret society ? "," are not that group that eats only
vegetables? ".
Some people might say, "I think they are those
who follow the law of Moses, the Old Testament." "They
think they are saved by good works they do," or "I believe
they are a cult. Beware of them! ".

Adventists from Reform are a culturally diverse

family of believers who are part of a worldwide movement
present in 130 countries around the globe. For a hundred
years they have had fights and wins and claim to have a
special mission.
The name Seventh-day Adventist - Reform
Movement includes three vital beliefs. 'Adventist' reflects
his belief in the proximity of the return of Jesus . ' Seventhday ' refers to the Biblical Sabbath which from inception
has been the memorial of God's creative power. And '
Reform Movement ' reflects the fact that they are a
movement of people who, by the grace of God works for
the return to the purity of the biblical doctrines and for an
improvement of themselves and the world.

Abbreviated history of the Adventism Origin

The Seventh-Day Adventism have it origin in the

United States of America with a little group that studied the
preaching of William Miller (1782-1849). Miller was born in
Pittsfield, Massachusetts on February 15, 1782. At the age
of 34, he abandoned Deism to join the Baptist Church.
After some time he begun to proclaim the soon retur of
Jesus. His preaching caused great excitement. Its
calculated that only in America there was between 50
thousand and 100 thousand of people waiting for Jesus
Christ Second Coming. Miller revised his calculations and
after examined a Hebrew calendar he finally came until
October 22, 1844 as the correct date to that event.
But Miller committed a mistake in his
interpretation. All the believers that are studying the
prophecies with Miller waited the day 22 anxiously. Then
the day come, but nothing happened and the believers
was disappointed. This episode became known in America
as the Great Disappointment, and caused most of Miller
followers to abandon him. Factions developed, but one
little and faithful group survived. A group formed by eleven
people that including Ellen G. White, James White and
Hiran Edson, after a deep study of the Bible in comparison
with Millers calculations discovered that October 22 was a
correct date. They found that Millers mistake wasnt the
date but the interpretation about the event.
As the group of those who believed the Sabbath

and the Second Coming grew, it became apparent that

they could carry out their mission more efficiently if they
would organize. The first organizational step would be to
pick a name for this growing movement. After many names
were discussed, the appellation Seventh-day Adventist
was chosen. It clearly described the denominationthose
who keep the seventh-day Sabbath and look forward to
Jesus soon coming. In 1860, they formally inaugurated the
Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
The Seventh Day Adventist denomination was
organized at Battle Creek, Michigan in 1863. Some years
ago started send missionaries to all continents of the
world. This is an abbreviated history of the Adventism
formation. From its formation in 1863, would begin in
Europe 51 years after, in 1914, a religious movement
knowing by Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement.

Origin of the Seventh Day Adventist Reform


From the beginning, the Seventh-day Adventist

denomination announced its stand as follows: "We, the
undersigned, hereby associate ourselves together as a
church, taking the name of Seventh-day Adventists,
covenanting to keep the commandments of God, and the
faith of Jesus." J. Loughborough: The Great Second
Advent Movement, p. 352.
The same position was confirmed by the Seventh-

day Adventist Church in the United States during the

American Civil War.

Adventist Church in Germany, they announced the


In 1865, the General Conference of Seventh-day

Adventists reaffirmed their original stand:

"In all that we have said we have shown that the

Bible teaches, firstly, that taking part in the war is no
transgression of the sixth commandment, likewise, that
war service on the Sabbath is not a transgression of the
fourth commandment." Protokoll, p.12.

"Resolved that we recognize civil government as

ordained of God, that order, justice, and quiet may be
maintained in the land; and that the people of God may
lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and
honesty. In accordance with this fact we acknowledge the
justice of rendering tribute, custom, honor, and reverence
to the civil power, as enjoined in the New Testament. While
we thus cheerfully render to Caesar the things which the
Scriptures show to be his, we are compelled to decline all
participation in acts of war and bloodshed as being
inconsistent with the duties enjoined upon us by our divine
Master toward our enemies and toward all mankind."
The Review and Herald, May 23, 1865.
As this position of total obedience to the
commandments of God was not practiced during World
War I (1914-1918), a great crisis came upon the Seventhday Adventist Church. While 98% of the members decided
to obey the instruction of the officers of the denomination,
taking part in the war, 2% decided to remain faithful to the
law of God, upholding the original position, as taught and
practiced up to that time. These faithful believers were
disfellowshipped from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in
Europe because they chose to uphold the church's original
position in regard to keeping the Law of God (all Ten
In a booklet published by the Seventh-day

In the Seventh day Adventist Encyclopedia,

Commentary Reference Series, the following explanation
is given:
"On the German mobilization, in August, 1914, the
SDA's of that country were faced with the necessity of
making an immediate decision concerning their duty to
God and country when called into the armed service (see
Germany, V; Noncombatancy). After counseling with the
few SDA leaders locally available at that time, the
president of the East German Union Conference informed
the German War Ministry in writing, dated Aug. 4, 1914,
that conscripted SDA's would bear arms as combatants
and would render service on the Sabbath in defense of
their country. . . . Admittedly, the three SDA leaders in
Germany took a stand concerning the duty of SDA's in
military service that was contrary to the historic stand
officially maintained by the denomination ever since the
American Civil War (1861-1865)." The Seventh-day
Adventist Encyclopedia, Commentary Reference Series,
Vol. 10, p. 1183, Edition of 1966.
In the Biblical Research Institute from the General
Conference SDA website the adventist writer Gerhard
Pfandl declare: From the beginning, Seventh day

Adventists in Europe experienced a number of difficulties,

especially in the realm of Sabbath observance and military
service. Children were required by law to attend school on
Sabbath, and the work-week ended on Saturday
afternoon. Adventist young men who complied with the
required military service frequently went to prison for their
refusal to work and fulfill their duty on Sabbath.
At the beginning of World War I, when the
government placed additional pressure on our leaders,
church leaders in Germany buckled and instructed church
members to fulfill their military duties on Sabbath as other
soldiers do on Sunday. This position on combatant service,
as well as doing duty on Sabbath, stood clearly in
opposition to the traditional position taken by Adventists in
the past. When the German members were confronted
with this new position, many began to protest vigorously.
Particularly in the city of Bremen the opposition became
very vocal against the churchs leadership. This situation
caused the leadership to react with further actions and

The reformers, or the seventh day adventist

reformers, suffering several persecutions and a lots of
them died as martyrs during the I and II World Wars for
defend the original bible principles and the original faith of
the first adventists, including the Gods commandments
not murder and keep the holy Sabbath. A lots of them
was took and put in authorities hands, or in prisons as
enemies by his own brethren and leaders of the main
adventist denomination. But the reformers never denied

their faith and survive until today. For this reason, we can
call them people of the victory.
In 2014, a century after the I World War, the
Seventh Day Adventist German Unions wrote officially a
formal apologize directed to the reformers pioneers, their
sons and grandsons, recognized that the church in 1914
committed serious mistakes. Unfortunately today the same
position of combatancy and a liberal theology continues in
the main SDA denomination in opposition of the adventist
historic doctrines.
The Reform Movement of the adventists as a
spiritual movement, was born at Europe in 1914. In 2014
the SDARM celebrated its 100th anniversary as movement
and its church as an international organization has been in
existence for over 80 years. Actually its present in all
continents. The Reform Movement was organized in a
global level as a General Conference in July 1925 in
Gotha, Germany. The main objective of this church was
and is still to continue with the original teachings of the
Seventh Day Adventism.
The Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement
General Conference, its main administrative organization,
first operated from Isernhagen, Germany, and then Basel,
Switzerland. After World War II, the headquarters was
moved to the United States of America, and in 1949 was
incorporated in Sacramento, California. Because it was
deemed more advantageous for a worldwide work to be
situated on the eastern side of the U.S.A., the
headquarters was temporarily relocated to Blackwood,
New Jersey, before moving to its permanent location in
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.A. If you desire to know more

about the history and the martyrs and pioneers of Reform

Movement, read the books The history of Seventh Day
Adventist Reform Movement by Alfons Balbach, and And
Follow Their Faith
Why are the seventh day adventist reform
movement the people of the victory? Because during the
last 100 years they have faced a lot of persecutions,
troubles, two world wars but never lost their faith in Jesus
promisses. They coud be disapeared during the I and II
World Wars but God has protect them and guide them
untill the present. Their history is a special and blessed
history. So it should be presented to their sons and to the

What Do They Believe?

The Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement
denomination is compose of people. Each person has his
peculiar and unique way of thinking. Each individual,
according to their culture and training, expressed different
ideas and have different ways of expressing thoughts and
acting in individual or collective issues. But amid all this
human diversity there is a belief uniform thread that unites
every adventist reformer in one faith.
So his church has a peculiar identity. Since one to
another geographic pole, from Brazil to China, from the
United States to Congo, from Romania to South Africa,
from Peru to Philippines, from Ukraine to Australia this
common thread unites the world church.

In keeping with its name the Seventh-day Adventist

Reform Movement are Christians who believe the Bible,
worshiping God, especially on the seventh day of the week
(the Saturday) and preparing for the soon return of the
Lord Jesus Christ.
As Christians they believe and proclaim the great
fundamental truths of the Bible advocated by the pure
Christianity over the centuries. Including the Divinity
revealed in the persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
authority, infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible as the only
rule of faith and Christian practice; salvation by grace
alone; the means of grace (which are baptism, prayer,
communion in the Lord's Supper, the study and meditation
on the Word of God); the visible return of Jesus Christ to
this world to seek His church, and the belief in a New
Earth as eternal abode of the saved.
Understanding that they has a prophetic calling
(Revelation 14:12, 12:17 and 18: 1) as remnant people
and a special message for this time, Seventh-day
Adventists from Reform Movement, seek to restore and
present the world important biblical truths that they were
forgot or modified throughout the history of the Christian
church. Therefore they believe and proclaim a particular
way: the great controversy between good and evil, the
heavenly sanctuary and the investigative judgment, the
return of Jesus, the Millennium, the seventh-day as the
true Sabbath, the separation between the ceremonial law
and the moral law of God, the remnant church and the
sealing of 144.00, the prophetic gift, Christian lifestyle, the
original marriage as established by God in Eden, the state
of man in death among other fundamental doctrines.

What Are the People Like?

If I ask you whats the rainbows color you

probably answer me that a rainbow dont have only one
color but several colors. In fact in a similar way the
adventists of Reform Movement as a people arent of a
unique color or they dont speak only one idiom, and dont
have only a unique culture. They dont come from of one
nation but from all continents of the world including little or
great territories, islands, isolated tribes or exotic places.
And in all this diversity we can affirm that the adventist
reform movement are a happy people.
The seventh day adventists reform movement are
formed by a great variety of cultures, countries, peoples
and different ethnic groups. They spoke different idioms
around the 130 countries where they are represented.
From a humble and little beginning with tears and
blood of theirs martyrs, the SDARM groused up from a
group of 4.000 people in 16 countries of Europe to several
thousand of friends, sympathized and baptized members
spread around the world. These people worship in little or
great churches and study their sabbath bible lessons in
different idioms each week
According to SDARM General Conference
website and secretary the SDA Reform Movement
(www.sdarm.org) has already reached 130 countries and

In present, their world church is geographic

divided in eight regions: African Region, Asian Region,
Central American Region, Eurasian Region, European
Region, North American Region, Pacific Region, South
American Region. The world administrative structure is
organized in 21 Unions (composed by one or more
countries), 20 Field Conferences, 7 Mission Fields, 36
Missions (new territories reached by the church).
Counting the baptized members with all children,
teenagers Sabbath schools students subscripted and not
subscripted in local churches and groups around the
globe, they register over 100.000 people in each Sabbath
service all weeks.
In the late Report from the General Conference
Brazil holds the largest membership of any country in the
world, with Romania being the second followed by Peru
and Congo.
Their world headquarters registered the following
statistic information: - Sababth School Students: 66,555. Worldwide baptized membership: Almost 40.000. The total
number of Worship Places is 2,672. Churches and groups:
2.713. In administrative and others occupations in the
organization the number of ordained ministers is 300,
ordained elders: 358, Bible workers: 909. What actually
represents a number of 1567 people working directly all
weeks to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The SDARM Church conduct some institutions as
ministries and tools to help the mankind and to proclaim
the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to all people around
the world. These institutions are of different areas as

Education, Welfare / Social Work, Health, and Vegetarian

Food. The SDARM has schools, clinics, centers of welfare,
natural restaurants and missionary schools to support their
mission and help the society.

After some period of music and prayer the

minister or a lay preacher conduct the congregation in the
Bible study that can vary from 30 to 40 minutes. The
sermon is the main part of the service, when the Gods
Word is opened and His message is listened with

What Is the Church Like?

In Sabbath service, generally in Saturday

morning, they have a special division of the service in two
times. The first time is reserved to collective study of the
Bible in the Sabbath School. The Sabbath School is a
world bible school present in 130 countries. One of the
greatest schools around the planet where the students can
study in their local language the same bible lessons during
a week and in Sabbath can review and discuss freely
about the matters of the lesson in little or great classes in
their local churches. This way, all Bible, from Genesis to
Revelation has been study since 1925 for several times.
Each quarterly a new series of themes are detailed
studied. The doctrines, histories and prophecies of the
Bible are studied by all students in their special classes.
And all age (children, teenagers and adults) has its
specific lessons and classes. Since babies until the old
people have specific supporting. In fact the Sabbath
school lessons are an important food for the spiritual
health of the church.

The services in the Seventh Day Adventist Reform

Movement Church can change a little in its program from
continent to continent or from country to country. But in
general lines they have three services per week. A prayer
service (generally on Wednesdays), an worship and
evangelistic service (generally in Sundays), and the main
service, the service of worship, praise and doctrine (on
Saturday), the Sabbath Service.
All the services are public and the entrance is
free. They are opened to all, without distinction of age, sex,
culture, social level, economic level, racial, religious or
cultural differences. Everybody is free to worship with the
seventh day adventists reform movement. At church there
are a lot of songs, the Bible study and moments of prayer.
The music is so special. They dont use rocks or pop
rhythms, neither drums and dances is present in their
worship with sacred music, but, there are a lots of
harmonious solos singers, duets, quartets, vocal groups,
choirs, instrumental bands, orchestras and in each country
you can feel and listen its cultural marks, but always with a
sacred identity that brings you to a calm and peaceful

In the second time of the Sabbath service the

congregation studied the Bible together listened the
minister or a lay preacher proclaim a sermon based on
All church members are invited to serve the Lord
and help society around them with their gifts that are

received freely from God. So, all years during the churches
reorganization lay members are elected to assume officials
positions in leadership and administration of their local
churches. There are different departments and ministries
int the church as: elders, deacons, preachers, Sabbath
school teachers, churchs director, church secretary,
churchs treasurer, Sabbath school director, music director,
missionary director, media director, youth director, welfare
director, health director, children director, family director
and etc.
So be part of the Seventh Day Adventist Reform
Movement Church as a member, never is monotone for
who like activities and work using they talents and gifts to
help the next one and Lords work.

What Is the Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement


The mission of the Seventh-day Adventists Reform Movement is to proclaim the gospel and the
message of the soon return of Jesus to the whole world
through evangelism with different media such as
preaching, education, health care and humanitarian
assistance to the needy. It is your mission also live as a
body of believers whose love for Christ leads to the

preparation of themselves, their families, their church and

their communities for the soon coming of the Lord Jesus
What are their Methods?

The Seventh-day Adventist Reform movement working to

fulfill its mission with the methods of Christ ( healing and
teaching, and then preach ) in the Holy Spirit through
To affirm the biblical principle of the welfare of the person
as a whole , making the preservation of physical, mental
and spiritual health and healing the physical and spiritual
diseases the priority of his ministry to the poor and
oppressed , cooperating with the Creator in His work of
restoration ;
Recognize that the harmonious development of mind and
character is essential to God's plan of redemption.
Advocate and promote the growth of a mature
understanding of and relationship to God , His Word, and
the created universe ;
accepted the gospel commission of Matthew 28: 18-20 ,
proclaiming to the world the message of a loving God ,
fully revealed in the reconciling ministry of life and atoning
death of His Son Jesus.

Some of their main beliefs:

The Seventh Day Adventist
Reform Movement teaches certain
fundamental beliefs which, together with
scriptural references upon which these
beliefs are based, some of them are
summarized as follows:

God, the Father

There is but one God, the eternal
Father, the Creator; a personal, spiritual
Being, infinite in love and wisdom,
omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient,
References: Exodus 20:2, 3; Isaiah
45:5-12, 18, 20-22; John 4:24; Psalm

Colossians 1:15-17; Matthew 1:18-23;
John 1:14; 1 Timothy 2:5; 3:16; Hebrews
7:25; John 14:6; Acts 4:12.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is Christ's representative
upon earth, and is one in purpose with
the Father and the Son. He is the
Regenerator in the work of redemption.
These three persons, God (the Father),
Jesus Christ (the Son), and the Holy
Spirit are the Godhead.
References: John 3:5-8; 14:16, 26; 16:713; 1 Corinthians 2:10, 11; 2 Corinthians
13:14; Matthew 28:19.

The Scriptures
Jesus Christ, the Son
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, one in
nature with the eternal Father. Through
Christ all things were created. Retaining
His divine nature, Christ took upon
Himself human nature, was made flesh,
and lived on earth as a man but without
sin, being an example for us. He died for
our sins on the cross, rose again from
the dead, and ascended to the Father
where He lives to make intercession for

The Holy Scriptures, both Old and New

Testaments, are the word of God. They
were given by inspiration of God, contain
the all-sufficient revelation of God's will
to man, and are the only unerring rule of
faith and practice.
References: John 5:39; 2 Peter 1:19-21;
2 Timothy 3:15-17; Luke 11:28; 16:29,
31; Matthew 22:29; John 10:35.

The Ten Commandments

The moral law, the ten commandments
of Exodus 20:1-17, is an expression of
God's will, covering the duty of man to
God and to his fellowmen. The law is
unchangeable, binding upon all men in
every age, and overrules all human
commandment is sin, and the wages of
sin is death. We are not saved by
obedience to the law but through Christ,
that through His strength we may render
obedience and escape condemnation.
References: Matthew 5:17-20; 7:21;
19:17; 22:36-40; 1 John 2:3-6; 5:1-3;
Romans 2:13; John 8:11; Hebrews

The Sabbath
The fourth commandment of God's
moral law requires the observance of
the seventh day Sabbath. It is a sacred
day of rest, a memorial of creation and a
sign of re-creation and redemption as
well as sanctification. It is a spiritual
institution dedicated to religious worship
and study. Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:117; Ezekiel 20:12, 20; Isaiah 58:13, 14;
Mark 2:28; Hebrews 4:1-10. True
Sabbath observance requires cessation
of all secular work at sunset Friday until
sunset Saturday. Preparation for the
Sabbath is to be completed on Friday

before the Sabbath begins. Leviticus

23:32; Exodus 16:22, 23; Luke 23:54;
Mark 16:1. Since Christ and the apostles
always, both before and after the
crucifixion and resurrection, observed
the Sabbath, it is and remains the true
day of rest. (Ananias and Paul could not
have been guiltless before the Jews if
they were not faithful Sabbathkeepers.)

of Daniel 8:14 ended in 1844, when the

"cleansing of the sanctuary," or the
investigative judgment began. This
refers to the pre-Advent examination of
the heavenly records of the lives of the
professed children of God through the
ages. The result of this investigation
determines the destiny of each soul,
either for eternal life or eternal death.

References: Luke 23:56; Acts 13:42, 44;

16:13; 17:2; 18:4; 22:12; 25:7, 8.

References: Ecclesiastes 12:14; Daniel

7:9, 10; Luke 20:35; Revelation 14:6, 7;
22:12. This judgment is illustrated in
Matthew 22:11-14.

Grace and the Means of Grace

Because of sin, mankind must suffer the
consequences of death. God manifests
His love by extending salvation from
undeserving sinful man. Salvation is
accomplished when sinners are drawn
to Christ through: (a) the word of God,
(b) the Holy Spirit, and (c) the ministry of
the gospel.
References: Romans 10:13-18; John
14:26; 16:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20;
Acts 2:38-42.

The prophecy of the 2300 days (years,

as per Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6)

References: Numbers 12:6; 2 Chronicles

20:20; Proverbs 29:18; Hosea 12:13;
Amos 3:7; Ephesians 4:8-11; 1
Thessalonians 5:20, 21.

Present Truth
The three angels' messages of
Revelation 14:6-12, together with the
message of the other angel of
Revelation 18:1-4, are present truth.
These messages are to prepare a
special group of people, 144,000 in
number, for the second coming of Christ.

Marriage was ordained by God and

honored by Christ to bind both parties
for life. Neither divorce for the purpose
marriage, nor marriage with unbelievers
is within the divine principle of marriage.
References: Luke 16:18; Romans 7:1-3;
1 Corinthians 7:11, 39; 2 Corinthians

References: Ezekiel 9:1-7; Revelation

7:1-4; 14:1-12; 18:1-4.
Health and Dress Reform
The Gift of Prophecy

The Investigative Judgment

addition to the Bible but as a guide and

a mark of distinction to the remnant
people of God. Inspired writings turn our
attention to the principles of the Bible as
our rule of faith and practice and help to
safeguard us from misinterpreting the
Word of God.

In keeping with the promise of God in

Acts 2:17-21, the gift of prophecy was
restored to Christ's church in these last
days, not as a replacement of or an

Because a Christian's body is the temple

of the Holy Spirit, the believer will want
to safeguard their health by following
natural law, discarding health-destroying
articles of food and unnatural habits of
life, and being moderate in the use of

those things which are good. 1

Corinthians 3:16, 17; Philippians 4:5.
Habits of dress are an index of the
character. Christian modesty and selfrespect require us to abstain from the
extravagant fashions of the world.
References: 1 Peter 3:1-5; Isaiah 3:1624; 1 Corinthians 11:15; 1 Timothy 2:9.
The Millennium
After the second coming of Christ there
will be a one-thousand-year period,
commonly called the millennium. During

this time, while the righteous are in

heaven with Christ, the wicked remain in
the dust of the desolated earth. While
the earth is desolate, the righteous ones
will judge the wicked. At the end of the
millennium, the wicked are resurrected
to be destroyed by fire.
References: John 14:3; Revelation 7:9;
14:1; 20:4, 5; Psalm 46:2, 8; Isaiah 24:16; Jeremiah 4:23-27; 1 Corinthians 6:2,
3; Revelation 20:4; John 5:29;
Revelation 20:5, 9, 14; Malachi 4:1, 3; 2
Peter 3:7-10;

The New Earth

After the cleansing of the earth from sin
by fire, God will make "all things new,"
restoring the earth to its Edenic beauty.
This new earth will then become the
eternal home of the redeemed, with God
reigning as supreme throughout the
ceaseless ages of eternity.
References: 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation
21:1-7; Matthew 5:5; 1 Corinthians 2:9.

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