The Reformists of the SDARM generally BELIEVE and TEACH:
- They are the ‘true’ Adventists, and the mainstream SDA Church is apostate.
The Reformists are WRONG because:
- There are actually two – not one – SDARM Churches, resulting from a schism in the 1950’s: the Nicolici SDARM (Nicolici Reformists) and the International Missionary Society (IMS) of the SDARM.
- There were virtually no significant differences between the two branches of the SDRAM – the main cause of division was simply one of power. In Luk 9:46-48 Jesus also condemned the disciples for trying to argue who was the greatest.
- Jesus tells us in Matt 7:20 to watch religious leaders by their fruits. The SDARM ‘fruits’ are one of worldly control and power – not godly humility and service.
It may surprise many readers that there are in fact two Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement churches. Jesus’ words in Matt 12:25:
- In 1951 there was a major split during the session held in Zeist, Utrecht (province) Netherlands, where nearly half the delegates of the SDARM walked out following the then Secretary of the movement.
- In 1952, the faction subject to the protest reorganized itself, under an old but unofficial name, ‘International Missionary Society of the Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement’ (‘IMS’), headquartered in Baden Germany.
- In 1955, the faction who had walked out formally registered the name ‘Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement General Conference’ in the USA.
- Between 1952 and 1967, there were various legal actions between the two groups.
- In 1967 and 1993, attempts were made to further reconcile the two factions, but were again ultimately unsuccessful.