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  THE DIVINE APPOINTMENT OF THE NAME

SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST,

AND THE USE OF IT IN FULL,

NOT ABBREVIATED AS ADVENTIST


Revised 08-16-12

Posted 8-08-2005

    

COLOR CODE:


RED FONT = THE MOST HOLY KJV BIBLE.


BROWN FONT = THE MOST HOLY SHEPHERD’S ROD MESSAGE THROUGH Bro V.T. Houteff.


PURPLE FONT = THE ADDITIONAL CODES ( NEW CODES ) OF THE SHEPHERD’S ROD MESSAGE


BLUE FONT = THE MOST HOLY SPIRIT OF PROPHECY THROUGH Sister   Ellen Gould White.


FUCHCIA FONT = THE MOST PRECIOUS 1888 MESSAGE – ( TM 91-92 }.


GREEN FONT = My Own Personal Commentary or the Commentary of Others.


NAVY FONT = Any Other Source of Information, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Etc.

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NOTE: THE FONT IS CAPITALIZED WHEN SPEAKING OF GOD AND HIS        TRUTH.


THE FONT IS ENLARGED AND CAPITALIZED, AT TIMES, TO EMPHASIZE THE POINT.

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                                   SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST - FULL NAME TO BE USED.

                             SOP COUNSEL AS TO WHY THE FULL NAME IS TO BE USED.

                                     ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OF A SIMILIAR NATURE

                                 IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE LAST PART OF THIS SECTION.

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When you think about it, many many churches are "Adventist churches" because they believe in THE RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

But, the Seventh Day Adventist Church is the only Church which has it's PARTICULAR, UNIQUE DOCTRINE, ESPECIALLY, THE HOLY SABBATH DAY, THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, THE SANCUTUARY MESSAGE, THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY, THE 3 ANGELS' MESSAGE, ( ACTUALLY, THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY STATES WE HAVE A 5 ANGELS' MESSAGE), HEALTH REFORM AND THE STATE OF THE DEAD, TO NAME THE CENTRAL ONES. No other church on this planet has THAT COMBINED DOCTRINE.

Therefore, it is my belief and practice, ( AND THIS IS FULLY SUPPORTED BY THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY COUNSEL IN THIS SECTION ), that we use THE FULL NAME, SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST, and not just, ADVENTIST. Otherwise, we are placing ourselves in the same category as all the rest of the churches, and we are not to do that!!! Ephesians 4:5 ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM.


IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF our SAVIOUR AND LORD AND MASTER AND KING


Brother Randahl

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Mar.27, 1999 SABBATH Auburn

Not Ashamed of Our Name

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We are Seventh-day Adventists. Are we ashamed of our name? We answer, "No, no! We are not. It is the name the Lord has given us. It points out the truth that is to be the test of the churches."--Letter 110, 1902. {2SM 384.1}

We are Seventh-day Adventists, and of this name we are never to be ashamed. As a people we must take a firm stand for truth and righteousness. Thus we shall glorify God. We are to be delivered from dangers, not ensnared and corrupted by them. That this may be, we must look ever to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.-- Letter 106, 1903. {2SM 384.2}

Our Distinctive Sign

The banner of the third angel has inscribed upon it, "The commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." Our institutions have taken a name which sets forth the character of our faith, and of this name we are never to be ashamed. I have been shown that this name means much, and in adopting it we have followed the light given us from heaven. . . . The Sabbath is God's memorial of His creative work, and it is a sign that is to be kept before the world.

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{2SM 384.3}

There is to be no compromise with those who are worshiping an idol sabbath. We are not to spend our time in controversy with those who know the truth, and upon whom the light of truth has been shining, when they turn away their ear from the truth to turn to fables. day of the week. In this controversy the whole world will be engaged, and the time is I was told that men will employ every policy to make less prominent the difference between the faith of Seventh-day Adventists and those who observe the first day. This is no time to haul down our colors. {2SM 385.1}

A company was presented before me under the name of Seventh-day Adventists, who were advising that the banner or sign which makes us a distinctive people should not be held out so strikingly; for they claimed it was not the best policy in securing success to our institutions. This distinctive banner is to be borne through the world to the close of probation. In describing the remnant people of God, John says, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" (Rev. 14:12). This is the law and the gospel. The world and the churches are uniting in harmony in transgressing the law of God, in tearing away God's memorial, and in exalting a sabbath that bears the signature of the man of sin. But the Sabbath of the Lord thy God is to be a sign to show the difference between the obedient and the disobedient. I saw some reaching out their hands to remove the banner, and to obscure its significance. . . . {2SM 385.2}

When the people accept and exalt a spurious sabbath, and turn souls away from obedience and loyalty to God, they will reach the point that was reached by the people in the days of Christ. . . . Shall anyone then choose to hide his banner, to relax his devotion? Shall the people whom God has honored and blessed and prospered, refuse to bear testimony in behalf of God's memorial at the very time when such a testimony should be borne? Shall not the commandments of God be more highly esteemed when men pour contempt upon the law of God?--Manuscript 15, 1896.

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{2SM 385.3}

The World is Watching

God's commandment-keeping people are described by the prophet as "men wondered at." We are to be a people distinct from the world. The eyes of the world are upon us, and we are observed by many of whom we have no knowledge. There are those who know something of the doctrines we claim to believe, and they are noting the effect of our faith upon our characters. They are waiting to see what kind of influence we exert, and how we carry ourselves before a faithless world. The angels of heaven are looking upon us. "We are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men" (1 Cor. 4:9).--The Review and Herald, June 18, 1889. {2SM 386.1}

The Future of God's People

Our people have been regarded as too insignificant to be worthy of notice, but a change will come; the movements are now being made. The Christian world is now making movements which will necessarily bring the commandment-keeping people to notice. There is a daily suppression of God's truth for the theories and false doctrines of human origin. There are plans and movements being set on foot to enslave the consciences of those who would be loyal to God. The law-making powers will be against God's people. Every soul will be tested. O that we would as a people be wise for ourselves and by precept and example impart that wisdom to our children! Every position of our faith will be searched into, and if we are not thorough Bible students, established, strengthened, settled, the wisdom of the world's great men will be too much for us.--Letter 12, 1886. {2SM 386.2}

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Men will employ every means to make less prominent the difference between Seventh-day Adventists and observers of the first day of the week. A company was presented before me under the name of Seventh-day Adventists, who were advising that the banner, or sign, which makes us a distinct people should not be held out so strikingly; for they claimed that this was not the best policy in order to secure success to our institutions. But this is not a time to haul down our colors, to be ashamed of our faith. This distinctive banner, described in the words, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus," is to be borne through the world to the close of probation. While efforts should be increased to advance in different localities, there must be no cloaking of our faith to secure patronage. Truth must come to souls ready to perish; and if it is in any way hidden, God is dishonored, and the blood of souls will be upon our garments.

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We have come to a time when God has been greatly dishonored. Those who have long known our belief, and what we teach, have been surprised by the statement that the Battle Creek Sanitarium is not denominational. No one has the right to make this statement. It does not bear the witness that God wishes His people to bear before men and angels. In the name of the Lord we are to identify ourselves as Seventh-day Adventists. If any one among us is ashamed of our colors, and wishes to stand under another banner, let him do so as a private individual, not as a representative of Seventh-day Adventist medical missionary work.

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Let us take our position as Seventh-day Adventists. The name is a true expression of our faith. I am instructed to call upon God's people to bring their actions into harmony with their name, of which they have no need to be ashamed. The Seventh-day Adventist faith will bless whenever it is brought into the character-building.

Our Denominational Name

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I was shown in regard to the remnant people of God taking a name. Two classes were presented before me. One class embraced the great bodies of professed Christians. They were trampling upon God's law and bowing to a papal institution. They were keeping the first day of the week as the Sabbath of the Lord. The other class, who were but few in number, were bowing to the great Lawgiver. They were keeping the fourth commandment. The peculiar and prominent features of their faith were the observance of the seventh day, and waiting for the appearing of our Lord from heaven.

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The conflict is between the requirements of God and the requirements of the beast. The first day, a papal institution which directly contradicts the fourth commandment, is yet to be made a test by the two-horned beast. And then the fearful warning from God declares the penalty of bowing to the beast and his image. They shall drink the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation.

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No name which we can take will be appropriate but that which accords with our profession and expresses our faith and marks us a peculiar people. The name Seventh-day Adventist is a standing rebuke to the Protestant world. Here is the line of distinction between the worshipers of God and those who worship the beast and receive his mark. The great conflict is between the commandments of God and the requirements of the beast. It is because the saints are keeping all ten of the commandments that the dragon makes war upon them. If they will lower the standard and yield the peculiarities of their faith, the dragon will be at peace; but they excite his ire because they have dared to raise the standard and unfurl their banner in opposition to the Protestant world, who are worshiping the institution of papacy. 224

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The name Seventh-day Adventist carries the true features of our faith in front, and will convict the inquiring mind. Like an arrow from the Lord's quiver, it will wound the transgressors of God's law, and will lead to repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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I was shown that almost every fanatic who has arisen, who wishes to hide his sentiments that he may lead away others, claims to belong to the church of God. Such a name would at once excite suspicion; for it is employed to conceal the most absurd errors. This name is too indefinite for the remnant people of God. It would lead to the supposition that we had a faith which we wished to cover up.

Our Denominational Name

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Every institution that bears the Seventh-day Adventist name is to be to the world as Joseph was in Egypt and as Daniel and his fellows were in Babylon. 1895 .

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Is the soon coming of Christ a reality to us? Let every student seek to reach the highest point of education, and be fitted for an inheritance with the saints in light. If he is educated in such a way as to reach this, he will learn that which is to continue through eternal ages. The banner of the third angel has inscribed upon it, "The commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." Our institutions have taken a name which sets forth the character of our faith, and of this name we are never to be ashamed. I have been shown that this name means much, and in adopting it we have followed the light given from heaven. 1895 .

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The name, Seventh-day Adventist, carries the true features of our faith in front, and will convict the inquiring mind. Like an arrow from the Lord's quiver, it will wound the transgressors of God's law, and will lead to repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Name the Lord has Given Us

July 21, 2000 6th Auburn

The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, . . . if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. Deut. 28:9, 10. {FLB 304.1}

If we would come into possession of the heavenly inheritance, the glorious, eternal substance, we must be in covenant relation with God, and employ every faculty of our being to win souls to Christ. . . . God's people must be a peculiar, holy people, distinct in character and practice from the world, distinguished from all the religionists of the day. They must be patterns in personal piety and good works. There is higher, holier work for us to do than we have yet done. Christ has said, "My Kingdom is not of this world." It has no principles that will meet the principles of the world. The Lord has set His church as a light in the world, to guide the world to heaven. It is to be a part of heaven on the earth, flashing divine light on the pathway of benighted souls. {FLB 304.2}

You are a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. God's people should now receive the light and diffuse it. They need not try to shine; if their hearts are enlightened by Christ, they cannot help shining. The brightness will appear; every true disciple will reveal Christ to the world as the sin-pardoning Saviour. {FLB 304.3}

We are Seventh-day Adventists. Are we ashamed of our name? We answer, No, no! We are not. It is the name the Lord has given us. It points out the truth that is to be the test of the churches....That this may be, we must look ever to Jesus. {FLB 304.4}

The name Seventh-day Adventist carries the true features of our faith in front, and will convict the inquiring mind. Like an arrow from the Lord's quiver, it will wound the transgressors of God's law, and will lead to repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. {FLB 304.5}

There are many who are looking to you, to see what religion can do for you. If you are faithful in your God-given work, you will make right impressions, and will lead souls in the way of righteousness.

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{FLB 304.6}

"The first house [THE FIRST CHURCH BUILDING ERECTED BY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS WAS BUILT IN BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN, IN THE EARLY SPRING OF 1855. IT WAS 18 x 24 FEET AND SEATED 40 WORSHIPERS. IT WAS CALLED THE HOUSE OF PRAYER.] built in

Battle Creek was only about one third larger than this, and when we entered that building we felt happy. The meetings heretofore had been held in a private house. We all felt poor, but we felt that we must have a place to dedicate to the Lord. . . . In two years it had to be given up for a larger one. [THE SECOND BATTLE CREEK CHURCH WAS BUILT IN 1857. IN THIS LARGER BUILDING THE NAME SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST WAS CHOSEN BY A COMMITTEE OF LEADERS, OCTOBER 1, 1860. MRS. WHITE WROTE CONCERNING THIS NAME: " WE ARE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS. ARE WE ASHAMED OF OUR NAME? WE ANSWER

NO, NO! WE ARE NOT. IT IS THE NAME THE LORD HAS GIVEN US. IT POINTS OUT THE TRUTH THAT IS TO BE THE TEST OF THE CHURCHES.? --LETTER 110, 1902. (SEE SELECTED MESSAGES, BOOK 2, P. 384)] .It was not long before the third had to be built, and then the present one which will seat three thousand persons. . . . We hope that the Lord will so bless your work that this house will prove too small for you. We expect to see other houses erected by our people and in this our faith will be revealed, for faith without works is dead. This house, so small as it is, is recorded in heaven. I can come to visit you with more courage now than

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heretofore because the people will see that you mean business." --Ibid. {EGWE 251.1}

She went on to talk about reverence in the house of God, and the solemn importance of worship together. She concluded:

"Above everything else, be at peace among yourselves . . . and from this place may light and truth go out, and work upon the hearts of the people, and then your testimony will be felt. We must weave the principles of truth into our character and thus we can be prepared for the temple of God and be privileged to join in the anthem, Worthy is the Lamb."--Ibid. {EGWE 252.1}

Abe and William Long, from Missouri. They moved the press to Stanberry, Missouri, and continued to publish the Advocate, with warnings against Ellen White's testimonies their principal stock-in-trade. A third brother, Levi, remained loyal to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Abe and William operated under the name Church of God (Adventist), with headquarters in Missouri. In 1933, there was a division; the new group took on the name Church of God (Seventh Day), with headquarters in Salem, West Virginia. The census reports of religious bodies in the United States in 1936 gave a combined membership of the two groups as 2,400. {2BIO 150.7}

W. H. Brinkerhoff and William Long had second thoughts. When G. B. Starr was baptized as a young man into the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Iowa, Brinkerhoff was present. As Starr came out of the water Brinkerhoff shook his hand and stated: {2BIO 151.1}

"I am glad to see you take your stand to go with this people. They have the truth, and I am sorry I ever left them. It is too late for me now to join them. I have opposed them, and have trained my family in that opposition." . . . And then in sadness he said, "I am a lost man."--Ibid. {2BIO 151.2}

J. S. Rouse, one-time president of the Missouri Conference, reported that in 1915 he was acquainted with William Long. When Life Sketches was published shortly after Ellen White's death, he took a copy to Long. The latter promptly read it and, when finished, declared to Rouse, "We have been fighting a good woman and a good work." Mrs. Long overheard the remark; she came into the room with tears in her eyes and said, {2BIO 151.3}

"Oh, the thousands of dollars we have put into this movement and it is lost. We have made a mistake. If we had only done as Brother and Sister White wanted us to. They were here and pleaded with us, but we would not listen to them. We were stubborn. Oh, the money we have wasted!" {2BIO 151.4}

He said, "Mother, don't talk about the thousands of dollars. That is nothing. I care not for that. But when a man comes to my position, and my age, and realizes that he has wasted his life, thrown it away, that is what worries me."--DF 503a,"Some History and Some Information Regarding the Church of God,"

pp. 23, 24.

Denominational Or Undenominational?

Another deep concern on the part of Ellen White was regarding the position that Dr. Kellogg was taking and advocating, that the Battle Creek Sanitarium was undenominational. This was being

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heard more and more frequently. Its seeds went back for almost ten years, when Kellogg began to envision the medical work being done by Seventh-day Adventists as a great Christian benevolent work, not particularly denominational in its character. In 1893 the Seventh-day Adventist Medical Missionary and Benevolent Association had been formed to succeed the earlier Health and Temperance Association. But in 1896 the name had been changed, dropping out the words "Seventh-day Adventist" and adding the word "International" (SHM, p. 249). {5BIO 159.5}

Writing in 1898, Dr. Kellogg declared of this organization that it was developed to "'carry forward medical and philanthropic work independent of any sectarian or denominational control, in home and foreign lands'" (Medical Missionary, January, 1898; quoted in SHM, p. 249). (Italics supplied.) {5BIO 160.1}

The following year at a convention of the association it was declared the delegates were "'here as Christians, and not as Seventh-day Adventists.'" Nor were they there "'for the purpose of presenting anything that is peculiarly Seventh-day Adventist in doctrine.'" In other words, it was defined as "'simply the undenominational side of the work which Seventh-day Adventists have to do in the world.'"--Medical Missionary Conference Bulletin, May, 1899, Extra (quoted in SHM, pp. 249, 250). {5BIO 160.2}

This growing number of declarations on the part of Dr. Kellogg and his close associates provided sound basis for alarm, and of this Ellen White also spoke in midsummer, 1902: {5BIO 160.3}

It has been stated that the Battle Creek Sanitarium is not denominational. But if ever an institution was established to be denominational in every sense of the word, this sanitarium was. {5BIO 160.4}

Why are sanitariums established if it is not that they may be the right hand of the gospel in calling the attention of men and women to the truth that we are living amid the perils of the last days? And yet, in one sense, it is true that the Battle Creek Sanitarium is undenominational, in that it receives as patients people of all classes and all denominations.--Letter 128, 1902 (SHM, p. 253). {5BIO 160.5}

And she pointed out: We are not to take pains to declare that the Battle Creek

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Sanitarium is not a Seventh-day Adventist institution; for this it certainly is. As a Seventh-day Adventist institution it was established to represent the various features of gospel missionary work, thus to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord.--Ibid. {5BIO 160.6}

She was distressed, too, when Dr. Kellogg did not abide by the absolute truth in certain statements he made. She sent a confidential warning to Elder Daniells on September 5: {5BIO 161.1}

Do not let him beguile you by his statements. Some may be true; some are not true. He may suppose that all his assertions are true; but you should neither think that they are, nor encourage him to believe that he is right. I know that he is not in harmony with the Lord. Do not sanction his effort to gather from every source all the means possible for his line of the work; for

God does not favor so great an outlay of means as is now being made in Battle Creek.--Letter 138, 1902. {5BIO 161.2}

In a council meeting held at her home on October 19, 1902, attended by Elder Daniells and some others, she again made reference to her deep concern for the doctor. Tying in with her work first, she said: {5BIO 161.3}

I am writing on the life of Solomon. And I wish to write more on the case that I have so many times brought before Dr. Kellogg as illustrative of his own dangers--the case of Nebuchadnezzar. Over and over again I have warned the doctor not to follow the course of this king, who said, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built . . . by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?" Dr. Kellogg is now pursuing a similar course in Battle Creek.--MS 123, 1902. {5BIO 161.4}

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