Just like children who play house or pretend like they go to work at thier parents job pay great honour to their parents, SDA’s pay great honour to Catholics. The SDA’s pay the honour to Baptism, a Scripture command, but without the Sacrement of it (for young people). This is good because why would you dedicate a child unless Scripture said to or commanded a Baptism (which you could not admit to of course as a SDA).
When theologies go astray so do the things they do. This is an example of an opinion on theology that strayed away from His Church but the members could not abandon Baptism totally for whatever reason. If Baptism were ‘symbolic’ only as (many)Baptists claim, why Baptize at all?
I have some of my best friends who are SDA’s. We have been friends for years and I am friends with some of their friends now as well. I have gone to SDA weddings and such but not an actual Sabboth day service (I honour and worship God on the Lords day, Sunday). They are very anti-Catholic and very vocal about it to, even more so then the Baptists. They believe the Catholic Church is the ‘whore of babylon’ and the Pope is the anti-Christ. They teach this from the pulpit to. Just watch the 3ABN TV network.
Do not fear going to a service of an apostate church like this. They are on the edge of Christion beliefs but I still believe them to be Christian (but even barely Christian is still Christian! ) If you go to one of their services just show your Faith and spread it to them. Do not participate even in the singing as some songs may contain herisey. If they say a prayer and it is not wrongfull or filled with herisey then pray with them and make the sign of the cross at the end. If the prayer is heritical then do not acknowledge it with the sign of our Lord. Do not partake of communion etc…
My best SDA friend died this year and now his soul is ‘sleeping’ while waiting for Jesus to come back to judge us (they don’t believe in ‘faith alone’ I guess?) When he died I told his wife, my wife’s best friend, that today he was no longer Jay, now he was Saint Jay. I doubt she understood my meaning that he was alive and with God the moment he died. (See, I do think all Christians are going to heaven)
If you think the topics on this forum like faith alone or the Pope’s infallibility are involved and difficult, just try talking ‘soul sleep’ with an SDA. Talk about a 2 sided topic. I admit, I see no proof at all in the faith alone opinion on the protestant side but ‘soul sleep’ causes you to realize that it is the Church that gives us true theology and not opinions.