SILVER SPRING, Md. --- Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have admitted that, given substantially heightened tensions around religiously-motivated violence, there is no place for the song "Onward Christian Soldiers" in the Seventh-day Adventist hymnal.
"Our history as a church of conscientious objectors opposed to taking up arms makes singing Onward Christian Soldiers around the world on Sabbath morning the ultimate contradiction," said General Conference Music Historian, Bitto Late.
Late said that the hymn has already been deleted from the online Adventist hymnal and that the General Conference invited Adventists around the world to tear the "ultra-violent" song out of physical hymn books at their earliest convenience.
"To Muslims and Jews, any song about Christian soldiers is anything but a bridge builder so this song has got to go," said Late. "And while we're at it, we're banning Adventist pastors from describing evangelistic efforts as crusades."
- Where Single Adventists meet. Free 2 year membership. Divorced, widowed, and never married welcomed. We want Adventists to meet other Adventists.