How It is Against Ad­ven­tist Church Be­liefs?

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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.

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