The Reformists of the SDARM generally BELIEVE and TEACH:
- Prohibit voting in government elections.
The Reformists are WRONG because:
- Ellen White was concerned with partisan politics; however, she recognised it was good to vote on important issues, as long as: ‘keep your voting to yourself. Do not feel it your duty to urge everyone to do as you do.’
- Ellen White later called those who adopt the SDARM view, of telling others that they can’t vote like the Quakers (i.e. the major denomination in her day who adopted the non-voting position), a work of Satan.
- Way back in 1885, the SDA General Conference resolved: ‘That in our judgment, the act of voting when exercised in behalf of justice, humanity and right, is in itself blameless, and may be at some times highly proper.’ Ellen White did not oppose this resolution.
- On the issue of prohibition, Ellen White explicitly stated Adventists should vote: ‘I dressed and found I was to speak to the point of whether our people should vote for prohibition. I told them "Yes," and spoke twenty minutes.’
- And on another occasion Ellen White discussed the virtues of voting in a democracy like the USA: ‘In our favored land, every voter has some voice in determining what laws shall control the nation. Should not that influence and that vote be cast on the side of temperance and virtue?’
- The SDA Church has never promoted any particular party from the pulpit as an organization, but has always tried to rightly see voting as a serious personal liberty issue.
- The SDARM position throws the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. In doing so, the Reformists arguably are tools of Satan, as all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men and women to stay silent and do nothing!
As outlined in the SDARM official statement of belief, “Our Attitude to Earthly Government”: