Ad­vo­cacy Dur­ing the World Wars in Ger­many

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Since the Euro­pean Di­vi­sion head­quar­ters was lo­cated in Ger­many, the Ad­ven­tist churches ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­cult get­ting to­gether, within the pe­riph­eral of Europe. The Ger­man Ad­ven­tist church was not able to come to an agree­ment with the Ger­man author­i­ties and they were very re­stricted. Not un­til Jan­uary 2, 1923, did Euro­pean Ad­ven­tist lead­ers of­fi­cially go on record as op­pos­ing all com­bat­ant ser­vice and Sab­bath work other than of a hu­man­i­tar­ian na­ture.107

It was the Gland state­ment (an agree­ment state­ment made by Euro­pean Ad­ven­tists) that spec­i­fied the rea­sons for the Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist po­si­tion. It also rec­og­nized that each church mem­ber pos­sessed “ab­so­lute lib­erty to serve his coun­try, at all times and in all places, in ac­cord with the dic­tates of his per­sonal con­sci­en­tious con­vic­tion.”108 How­ever, Ger­man Ad­ven­tists sit­u­a­tion was dif­fer­ent from the rest of Europe. Sim­i­larly to Amer­ica, the Ger­man church left the de­ci­sion com­pletely to in­di­vid­ual.

By the grace of God, a num­ber of Ger­man draftees were able to ar­range for as­sign­ment to non­com­bat­ant ser­vice in the med­i­cal corps in later.109 Ger­man Ad­ven­tists were showed the most suf­fered group from com­bat­ancy ser­vices.

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