Does CARM recommend the Seventh-day Adventist Church?

No, CARM does not recommend attending the Seventh-day Adventist church. There are too many problems within Seventh-day Adventistism to recommend it as a safe church.  Though there are Seventh-day Adventist groups that are within orthodoxy, there are too many of them that are not.

One of the problems with Seventh-day Adventism is Saturday worship.  They are certainly free to worship on Saturday.  That is not unbiblical.  However, the problem is when any Seventh-day Adventist group asserts that the proper day of worship is Saturday, not Sunday.  The early church practiced worship on Sunday and the scriptures mention the church gathering on Sunday, the same day Jesus rose:

  • The Christians also heard a message from Paul on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). 
    • Note:  the reference is until midnight which is not the Jewish method of measuring days, but the Roman system.
  • Paul instructed the churches to put aside contributions on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:2).

Furthermore, Romans 14:1-12 speaks of our freedom in Christ, particularly our freedom to worship on any day we choose.

CARM cannot recommend any church which would openly deny the biblical doctrine of predestination (in contradiction to Eph. 1:1-11), deny the doctrine of the immortality of the soul (in contradiction to Luke 16:19-31; Matt. 25:46), and deny eternal hellfire (in contradiction to Rev. 14:11).  Nor can we recommend a church that affirms that Jesus is Michael the Archangel,1 and that the wicked are annihilated (in contradiction to Luke 16:19-31; Matt. 25:46).

  • 1. The SDA church says that Jesus, as Michael the Archangel in the Old Testament, was not a created being as orthodox theology states of Michael the Archangel.  Instead, the SDA church interprets the appearance of Michael the Archangel as the pre-incarnate Christ.

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.