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Adventists, if voting, must not link their church with any political party: "God . " What relation should Seventh-day Adventists sustain to the question of politics?. The question, “Can an Adventist marry a non-Adventist” has been discussed in varying Marriage between believers and unbelievers is forbidden by God. Other quotes of E. G. White on marrying an unbeliever include. Thus, Adventists, who had not spread beyond the Northern states at that point, . concerns itself only with the individual's accountability and relationship to God. . 5 Brock summarizes and gives key quotes from the debate in the pages of the.
The parent is the first and foremost influence upon a child, especially in their early years. A child receives their inherited character from the parent, and it is the parent who can shape the child's character for better or for worse. Thus the parent holds the greatest weight of responsibility in the child's life. Once children begin school, they will spend more time with their teachers than with their own parents, giving the school and teacher the next greatest influence.
The teacher is in a unique position as the point of reference between the threefold influences, being a connection between the school, the church, and the parents.
- “A Friendship with Jesus”
The teacher is a representative of the church, just as the school is to promote the practice of Adventist beliefs and values in a safe environment where children can feel trusted and responsible for their own actions and choices. The teacher holds the greatest weight of responsibility in shaping the child's ability to reason.
This is why parents choose to send their children to church schools, knowing full well that the teacher can shape the child's perception and acceptance of the church and our beliefs. The church, in turn, reinforces what a child learns through Sabbath school and supports the school and parent spiritually.
It is essential that the church supports the school, just as it is essential that the school teaches and promotes the church's beliefs. The pastor acts as a bridge between the church and school as a complement to the teacher in the Adventist system, sharing many of the same responsibilities in ministry. The church is the driving force behind the entire structure, with the school being the greatest direct influence the church can have on a child.
Since the church's system of biblical beliefs is the basis for the entirety of the child's spirituality, we need to look at the state of the church in relation to Adventist education.
The nature and mission of Adventist education is a topic of disagreement, which reflects the internal state of the church itself. The church is to be both an outreach to those who have yet to be converted and a source of spiritual growth for those already in the faith. Yet the Adventist Church wrestles with the mission of Adventist education as it did more than a hundred years ago: It would seem that in the general church member's perception, the mission of the Adventist Church has been separated, or perhaps completely lost, from the mission of Adventist schools.
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How could we tell who would be the most promising, who would render the best service to God? We cannot judge the outward potential of any child or youth.
As a denomination with unique beliefs and doctrine, we have a responsibility to encourage each young person to come to the point where they want to know and love God. Once they have formed a personal relationship with Him, He can guide and direct their lives according to His purpose. The church should be a place where young people can come to be supported in their spiritual walk with God, regardless of whether or not they are Adventist. This is the mission of the church, and this is the true mission of Adventist education.
There should be no question as to the mission of an Adventist school. Adventist schools are the church's ministry to children and youth, and they have an urgent responsibility that must be implemented and strongly supported into the future.
If ever we are to work in earnest, it is now. To train the young to become true soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most noble work ever given to man. CT by Ellen G. White The young who need to be trained fall into two camps: Will we minister to one group and neglect the other? Here is where the church has forgotten its mission and is divided upon the role of Adventist education.
The School's Mission to Non-Adventist Children If Adventist schools accept non-Adventist children, church members may be concerned for the influence of these children on their Adventist peers.
Ellen White states, "The church has a special work to do in educating and training its children that they may not, in attending school or in any other association, be influenced by those of corrupt habits" Child Guidance, Ideally, Seventh-day Adventist schools should contain more Adventist children than non-Adventist children. However, many Adventist schools are operated by smaller churches in smaller communities, where that ideal may not be possible when the church school is growing due to the enrolment of non-Adventist children.
In either situation, children who may wrongly influence their classmates are to be kept in check. The role of the Adventist teacher is to be a safeguard through their management of student behaviour in the classroom as well as the atmosphere of the school. Adventist education provides a most powerful influence on the lives and minds of children who do not have the opportunity of a Christian upbringing.
It is they who are most vulnerable to the snares of Satan and his host of angels.
ADVENTIST EDUCATION—IS IT INREACH OR OUTREACH?
These children have need of Adventist Christian influence in their lives now more than ever. Every child has the potential to do a good and great work for God. In an Adventist school, Adventist children are witnesses to non-Adventist students. Let them give teachers their sympathy and cooperation. Let them take firm hold of the arm of divine power, determining not to turn aside from the path of duty. Let them harness their wrong habits and exert all their influence on the right side.
Does everyone have emotional religious experiences? But it happens in our denomination, too. If you want to alienate me, do this. Pastors are by nature obliging people, and many participated who I suspect liked it no more than I did.
A somewhat different spiritual experience is played out among those with a more academic esthetic. You can hardly have a closer relationship with Jesus than digesting Him. Many Christians imagine Jesus being present with them when they pray.
They talk to him, and listen to him as though he were right there in the room. Some of the great saints in history went even farther, with visions and out-of-body experiences.
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God helped her quit drugs, turned his life around, healed her in response to prayer, saved his marriage. But who am I to doubt the experience of others? I have known a few Christians and these, too, I envy who live from miracle to miracle. Some of their miracles others of us would call coincidences or confirmation bias or self-fulfillment, but to them, life is a long series of Divine interventions in everyday events.
God bless them, and may their miracles keep coming. I have a few friends too few for whom spiritual experience means helping those in need. It is occasionally derided as too political, as mere social activism, but for those who do it, it can be the very presence of Jesus.
We have a few instances of him in the synagogue, but scores of merciful encounters. I once attended an evangelistic school where the leader claimed that if you were always winning souls, all your spiritual needs would be satisfied. Neither pastoral care, nor building a community on anything other than a shared interest in evangelism were, he felt, necessary.Seventh-day Adventism: Cult or Not? - Ask Pastor Tim
But like most salesman, he lost interest after the sale, letting someone else worry about quality and maintenance. I asked some friends in my churches what constituted spiritual experience for them, and they described it as being surrounded by, studying with, and praying with their friends in church. The community is the setting for a lot of spiritual experience, and for some it is the experience.
So how about just being a good solid Christian who goes to church and lives what she believes? Is that a spiritual experience?