Seventh-Day Adventist Reform Movement (Germany, 1915)

An offshoot movement beginning in Germany in 1915, which has had a following also in the Baltic states, Russia, Australia, and in the United States, mostly among persons of German stock. Although the original issue was over visions and time setting, the bone of contention through the years has been the stand taken by the Seventh-day Adventist Church concerning the duty of its members in military service. The military question came to the front when the conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia exploded into World War I in early August 1914. At that time Seventh-day Adventist activities in all of Europe were under supervision of the denomination’s European Division, with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, although most of the members of the division executive committee were then residing...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.