Questions & Answers

Is a little wine acceptable because Jesus turned water to wine?

Q: Is it acceptable to drink moderate amounts of wine because Jesus turned the water to wine at the wedding in Cana? — Roberta, from Zambia A: Roberta, to answer this question, it is helpful…

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Has General Conference Session voted for the ordination of female elders? Part 2

Q: Has the General Conference Session voted to approve the ordination of women as local elders in the church? Could you please confirm whether this is reflected in the most recent Church Manual? — Cy,…

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Can l worship the Lord on His Sabbath in my home by Bible study and prayer?

Q: I know it would be preferable to go to church on the Sabbath, but the closest Adventist church is 40 minutes away. It would be difficult financially to attend every Saturday. In addition, I…

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Do my husband and I need a church wedding?

Q: My husband and I were married eight years ago through a civil service, and we have two sons. Would it be appropriate for us to now have a church wedding? My husband is a…

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What is the process for marriage in the Adventist Church?

Q: What is the process for marriage in the Adventist Church? In the Catholic Church one must have a church ceremony (not just a civil service) in order for the marriage to be considered a…

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What are considered to be idols?

Q: What are considered to be idols? I have angel figurines, portraits of Jesus, crosses, and other home decorations of that sort from my former faith. Should I remove them from my home? — Lizbeth, from…

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Does God punish sinful people through tragedy?

Q: Pastor, after lightning struck an Adventist church in Rwanda, I am confused and worried. I don’t understand why it had to be our own church that was struck. Have we sinned against God or…

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How can I obtain all of Ellen White’s writings at no cost?

Q: I became a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2010. I would like to have all of Mrs. White’s books but can’t afford to buy them all. Is there some other way to…

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How should our congregation deal with the conference’s decision to assign us a modern woman pastor who wears short skirts?

Q: We attend a very nice international Adventist church with members from many countries. It’s a more traditional church, and we appreciate that. For almost a year we didn’t have a pastor. Recently, the conference…

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How can I communicate my concern about church leaders who are opposed to the Adventist Church’s working policies and may be leading others astray?

Q: Some church leaders are writing things that lead me to be concerned. I wonder what they are implying, even though it may sound “biblical” on the surface. Furthermore, it’s not uncommon for these writers…

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