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Q: Did SDA church come from baptists? What about head coverings?
A: Dear Lily,
The answer is No, the SDA church did not come from the Baptist church. It is true that the SDAs first learned about the Sabbath from a Seventh-day Baptist woman named Rachel Oakes, but she did not teach us the importance of the Sabbath as it is connected to the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14, or the importance of the heavenly sanctuary, what happens when you die, the importance of our physical health and so many other truths taught by the SDA church. All truths, even the Sabbath truth, came from the Bible. The Adventists actually came from people of many different faiths who had studied Bible Prophecy and wanted to follow all the teachings of the Bible.

Regarding head coverings, Adventists don’t require women to cover their heads during worship because we don’t believe the Biblical principle behind that custom requires head coverings in our day. There is only one place in Scripture which speaks of women with covered heads, and that is 1 Corinthians chapter 11. This chapter is part of a letter that the apostle Paul wrote to a certain group of believers in a specific place with specific customary practices. Because Paul doesn’t give similar counsel anywhere else in all of his writings, we assume that what he was addressing was a problem in the immediate context of the Corinthian society. Most Bible teachers believe that the principle Paul is speaking about is dressing appropriately for church in a way that was “respectable” according to the custom of the day. We should always dress appropriately in the presence of God in worship, but that dress may change with different cultures. For example, in Old Testament times, when people came into the presence of God, they took off their shoes (see Ex. 3:5; Josh. 5:15). This is not a practice we continue in churches today, although in some parts of the world this is still practiced because to do otherwise would be considered “irreverent.” This is the same for headcoverings on women, even in our day. In some cultures, it is seen as disrespectful for a man not to wear a tie to church, while in other places this is not an issue. We believe that, while there are some things the Bible clearly teaches as universally right or wrong, such as keeping God’s commandments, we also believe there are principles in the Bible that must be adapted to different circumstances.

Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!

Your friend,
Pastor Howard

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*Note: All Scripture references are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise indicated.