The Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement [SDARM] is a Christian organization that believes that Jesus Christ is soon to return to this earth to take the faithful ones to His abode. These faithful ones are those “that keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (). He will come “with clouds; and every eye shall see him” ( ). Signs tell us that He is “even at the doors” (Matthew 24), and while the time of probation lingers, the Gospel of Jesus is to be preached to every nation, kingdom, and peoples for a witness that Jesus loves them and died at the cross so all who believe in Him, can be saved. Salvation is a free gift of God. Therefore, our work in this earth is to prepare holy characters and teach others to do the same.
The “Reform Movement” is a separate organization from the main Seventh-day Adventist Church and was organized in Europe in 1925 at the end of WWI. The separation took place because of the stance that the Seventh-day Adventist held from the time of the early pioneers before the war, and the change that took place during that war, and all wars thereafter. The faithful ones believed that the commandments “Thou shalt not kill,” and “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” were broken by the denomination, and no repair of the breach in the law of God was made, even to this day.
Below are some of the major points that the SDARM holds:
1. Our beliefs are according to the pioneers of the Seventh-day Advent Church, and in today’s language we would be identified as “historical Adventists.”
2. We believe strictly in the Bible as being the unerring Word of God and this holy book can make us “wise unto salvation.”
3. We are privileged to have the gift of the Spirit of Prophecy in our midst for the purpose of teaching, exhorting, counseling, and clarifying points that are difficult to understand. That is the lesser light leading to the greater light—the Bible. The Lord in His infinite love gave us further instructions on how to live in this last generation through the writings of Ellen G. White. Principles were revealed to her that she passed on to the Advent body on how to keep healthy minds and bodies, how to live, work, worship, eat, dress. She was more than a prophet, she was God’s messenger.
4. One of the major points in our organization is that all our members are vegetarians.
5. We believe that keeping the commandments of God includes the correct understanding of the 7th commandment, that is, there can be no divorce and remarriage while one of the spouses is still alive.
6. One of the controversial points nowadays is about the nature of Christ. We believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit comprise the Godhead. Jesus Christ came to this earth as a baby (Emmanuel is His name, meaning God with us). He had two natures, human and divine, and that He existed from eternity with the Father. The Holy Spirit is as much a person as the Father and the Son are.
7. Jesus became flesh and was born of a virgin to redeem humanity from the power of Satan. He died on the cross, resurrected, and ascended bodily to heaven and is now mediating for each one of us before the Father in the heavenly sanctuary. We firmly believe that there is a heavenly sanctuary, and that we are living in the time of Atonement, and our sins need to be forgiven. This is the time for a thorough reformation to be done when “every divine institution is to be restored” (Prophets and Kings, p. 678) as given to man in Eden, and we are to be part of this reformatory movement. Especial reference is made here for the institutions of Sabbath and the marriage.
8. We believe that the keeping of the Sabbath is the seal of God that identifies His people in this earth; but Sunday-keeping is the counter seal of God and those that are not firm on that issue will find themselves receiving the mark of the beast. We are to guard the edges of the Sabbath day, from sunset Friday to sunset Sabbath are holy hours. This day is not for recreation (holiday), not for cooking, buying food on Sabbath hours, or going to restaurants.
9. Our messages are to encourage all to receive and pray abundantly for the baptism of the Holy Spirit through the Latter Rain, which is soon to fall upon God’s people.
These are just a few points for consideration, and you are welcome to browse the “Beliefs” and “Origin” of the SDARM on the web page or contact us for further information.
We are a nonprofit church organization registered under the Internal Revenue Service Code Section 503(c)(e), all donations given to a specific purposes are 100% sent to that project. The SDARM has a General Conference with headquarters in Roanoke, Virginia, and every four years we hold the General Conference delegation session where new officers are elected for the next quadrennial. The SDARM has approximately 40,000 members worldwide and are represented in 130 countries.