My reaction to Antonio Mwanza’s scathing remarks against the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
As an ardent seventh-day Adventist, I would like to rebut Antonio Mwanza’s post aimed at discrediting the church of God (SDA).
To preface my rebuttal allow me to quote the latter part of jude 1:3 which says “I write to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”. As an Adventist I have the duty to defend my faith as rightly stated from the text above. Antonio’s remarks may seem right but as proverbs 18:17 says “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” Let me examine his remarks.
Antonio Mwanza’s claim that adventists are aversive to miracles and other prophetic gifts is disingenuous and must be condemned with the contempt it deserves. Any bona fide Adventist can agree with me that we believe in miracles and that the gift of prophesy did not cease with the early church. We believe that God is still powerful and can do the extraordinary.
However, we unlike our charismatic or Pentecostal friends don’t believe in needless miracles. We believe that God performs miracles at his discretion and in an orderly manner. While other denominations have made miracles and prosperity the centre stage of their worship, we worship God because He is the creator. With or without a miracle God is still God. We believe that a true christian should seek God first and financial prosperity and miracles are added blessings.
We don’t also subscribe to the idea that when you sow a seed (money) you reap prosperity as propagated by many charismatic churches. The Pentecostal’s view of blessings is one-dimensional. They think of blessings in form of financial prosperity only. Thats why many people flock in their churches because they want to be rich. Thats a perversion of the gospel. For us as Adventists we believe that blessings come in many form. Good health, life, a good family and so forth are blessings.
we equally believe in tongues but not as taught by our charismatic friends. for us a tongue is a literal language used to communicate the gospel to people who may not be familiar with a particular language and not some unintelligible gibberish bubbling.To substantiate our position on tongues. you can read Acts 2:8 where the disciples were speaking in their own language but startlingly everyone was able to get them in their own language. From genesis to revelation there is no record where someone was bubbling.
As I conclude, let me put it on record that Adventists believe in real miracles and not stage managed miracles which we see I most charismatic churches.