Since Dr. Ben Carson, a 7th Day Adventist, is running for President,
and I’ve yet to meet anyone that knows hardly anything about 7th Day Adventism, here’s what we’ve found to be a good source about describing this denomination.
For details, use the DOOR.
Ministerial Association General Conference of 7th Day Adventists, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS BELIEVE…: A Biblical Exposition of 27 Fundamental Doctrines (Hagerstown, Maryland: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1988.
First, if you’re not familiar with different denominations, or branches of Protestant Christianity, let me offer a personal observation without explanation: Do not confuse 7th Day Adventists with Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses. There is no connection whatsoever.
If you’re still a bit uncomfortable, realize that there are other small denominations like 7th Day Baptists that hold some of the beliefs mentioned below.
The 7th-Day Adventists have beliefs very similar to many modern evangelical protestants…with 2 distinct differences: (1) They refuse to accept the Roman Catholic changing of the Biblical Sabbath to Sunday (since “Sunday,” and regular “regular first-day-of-the-week worship” is nowhere mentioned in the Bible) and (2) they emphasize some of the interpretive teaching of SDA member Ellen G. White who lived from 1827 to 1915 and had many “predictive visions.” Though she never claimed to be a prophetess, others called her that. Further, living in an age of rampant Spiritualism that was usually hostile to the Bible, she insisted that the Bible was the Word of God and that her visions, while instructive, were to be judged by the Bible and were never to be put on the same level as it.
Further, 7th Day Adventists with their many schools and hospitals throughout the world have been active in healthcare, sparked by repeated concern by E. G. White warning about the dangers of X-rays, unhealthy diets, and the effects of tobacco and alcohol, especially in children–born and unborn–many decades before supported by medical research and modern science.
In my opinion, for those who homeschool partly for Christian reasons, study and projects on the history of, or distinctive features of, 7th Day Adventism or Ellen G. White are very appropriate for some students. For one reason, it has been claimed that since Ellen White modestly wrote about 80 or so books totaling thousands of pages explaining and defending the Bible that were translated into 100 languages after her worldwide travels; if so, this makes her the most translated woman in literary history.
And her schooling ended after the third grade after a child struck her in the head with a rock.
Her visions began at age 17. It is fascinating to see a woman taken so seriously, especially at an early age, by so many for so long.