How It is Against Adventist Church Beliefs?
Conscription is against the Adventist church’s doctrine. According to Seventh-day Adventist Church beliefs, the believers are discouraged from any kind of
violence. The sixth commandment say, “You shall not murder.” To participate in combatant would lead to a “continual violation of conscience”.97 The Adventist church historic teaching is merely noncombatancy. 98
And the conscription issue is interrelated with the Sabbath keeping issue. It is almost not possible to solve Sabbath keeping issues while you are in military service. Sabbath keeping is a central belief of the Seventh-day Adventist church. According to the Seventh-day Adventist church manual:
“The Sabbath hours belong to God, and are to be used for Him alone. Our own pleasure, our own words, our own business, our own thoughts, should find no place in the observance of the Lord’s Day (Isa. 58:13). ...The Sabbath is a special day for worship in the home and in the church, a day of joy to ourselves and our children, a day in which to learn more of God through the Bible and the great lesson book of nature. It is a time to visit the sick and to work for the salvation of souls. The ordinary affairs of the six working days should be laid aside. No unnecessary work should be performed. Secular reading or secular broadcasts should not occupy our time on God’s holy day.”99
When someone is really in military service, they will be faced with Sabbath keeping and eventually they will be broke it. For the Adventist soldiers, it is
virtually impossible to keep the fourth and sixth commandments being in the military service, what is more important is their duty to obey God’s law.100
To overview the conscription issues in the world, there is a big different between the American and German situation during World War II. Although American Adventists were strongly against conscription, German Adventists cooperated with their government.
Another difference is the intention of the war. All wars are not the same. American Adventists involved in World War II led to a more positive situation than the German Adventists involved in World War II, which led to a more negative situation, because the German Nazis actions were aggressive, sadistic, racist and tyrannical in purpose. Therefore, we can justify participation in the military by looking at the nations intention of participation in the war.
Similar in the Bible, when Jesus opened the eyes of the blind and allowed the lame to walk on the Sabbath it was not considered a violation. The intention was to praise the lord. It was for the good purpose. Some things can be justified by looking the intention. The intention of each action is very important for us to consider before doing anything.