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SAMOA SEVENTH-DAY SABBATH REVISITED AND A RECONCILIATION MEETING

SAMOA SEVENTH-DAY SABBATH REVISITED AND A RECONCILIATION MEETING
Source: eventpolynesia.com

Following a special meeting of Seventh-day Adventist church leaders of the South Pacific Division on the 2nd August, the Samoa seventh-day Sabbath issue will now be revisited by an international forum of biblical researchers.

Also agreed at the Australia meet was the need for a meeting of ‘reconciliation’ between Samoan pastors in New Zealand, Australia, America and those in Samoa to mend a split which seems to have developed among Samoan pastors with opposing views. The propose reconciliation meeting later this year in Samoa will include a open discussion of the seventh-day Sabbath issue in Samoa where Adventists are now worshipping on two separate days but still belong to the same church administration.

Earlier this year in April, a written submission from some of the members in Samoa was presented to the world President, Elder Ted Wilson, requesting a restudy of the new practice in Samoa whereby changing the seventh-day Sabbath to Sunday from Saturday, a move inconsistent to the day of worship for the church worldwide.

Furthermore, the Seventh-day Adventist world headquarters in America confirmed that there is no documented action by the General Conference endorsing or supporting the decision of the Samoa SDA administration to change its Sabbath day of worship to Sunday; ironically a position strongly supported by the South Pacific Division.

On the TVNZ program Tagata Pasefika last week, President of the Samoa Tokelau Mission, Pastor Uili Solofa stated that “now in Samoa, the seventh-day falls on Sunday” and is the key argument for the change. The same argument was published in the Samoa Observer 1st July issue saying, “The practical result in terms of Sabbath keeping is that Sunday not Saturday has become the seventh day of the week.”

In a written statement, Pastor Uili Solofa wrote, “The majority of church leaders, worshippers and villages (in Samoa) are not saying they are happy that Seventh-day Adventists are keeping Sunday, instead what they are saying is that – we are going to keep the Sabbath of the Seventh-day Adventist church; praise God!”

In a separate correspondence, Pastor Uili Solofa wrote, “You have to know that all the other Christian religions in Samoa have publicly testified that they have moved to keep the seventh–day Sabbath of the Bible.”

Such statement has yet to be confirmed by leaders of other Christian denominations in Samoa. The statement however that Sunday is the ‘seventh-day’ in Samoa today contradicts the belief of Christian churches who worship on Sunday being the first day of the week to commemorate the day of Jesus’ resurrection.

Another approach used by the SDA administration in Samoa states that as part of the International Date Line shift at the end of 2011, the Government changed the names of days in Samoa.

Numerous requests were made to the local church administration and the South Pacific Division to provide evidence to support that the Government of Samoa had renamed Saturday as Sunday. To date, no evidence had been received, nor was there any reply to say what the new names are for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and other days of the week in Samoa.

It is the belief that the restudying of the Samoa seventh-day Sabbath issue by an international forum of biblical researchers, answers will then be found about the truthfulness of the decision for Adventists to worship on Sunday in Samoa.

It is also the belief that a meeting of ‘reconciliation’ between Samoan pastors in New Zealand, Australia, America and those in Samoa will clear the accusations pointing at overseas Samoan ministers; whereby questioning their involvement in the Sabbath issue which is perceived to be a local matter, yet the local administration is only too happy to receive advise from overseas European ministers.

While awaiting the Samoa Sabbath issue to be revisited and the meeting of reconciliation between local ministers and overseas Samoan ministers, more and more people as they become enlightened are now returning to keeping the ‘seventh-day’ Sabbath on Saturday in Samoa, a key fundamental of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

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ATA 1: Meeting last October in Samoa with a delegation of Samoan ministers from overseas where the alternative view was rejected by the local administration.

ATA 2: Lelei Faraimo, Telesia and son (Fasitootai), Iosua Koomwaiyou (Leulumoega) and Pa’u Fereti Puni (Samatau) worshipping on the seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday) in Upolu.

ATA 3: Seventh-day Adventists members from Puapua, Salelavalu, Lano and Tafua who have returned to Sabbath keeping on Saturday in Savaii.

TOE ILOILO LE MATAUPU O LE SAPATI I SAMOA A LE EKALESIA ASO FITU MA FAIA SE LELEIGA A FAIFEAU.
Tusia: eventpolynesia.com

O le maea ai o le fonotaga fa’apitoa a taitai o le pulega fa’aitulagi, le South Pacific Division o le Ekalesia Aso Fitu i le aso 2 Aukuso, ua fa’ataoto ai nei le toe tuuina atu o le mataupu o le Sapati ‘aso fitu’ i Samoa e toe iloiloina e vaega suesue o mataupu silisili a le Ekalesia i le lalolagi.

E le gata i lea ae ua taliaina foi e taitai papalagi ma isi sa auai i lea fonotaga, le faia o se feiloaiga na o faifeau Samoa e aofia ai Niu Sila, Ausetalia ma Amerika e fofo alamea ai sootaga ma lagona e pei ona ua va ai nei le fogatia, ma amata fa’atalanoaina ai le mataupu ua lua ai aso tapuai i Samoa e ui ina o loo tasi pea le pulega o le Ekalesia.

E pei ona silafia, o le masina o Aperila o le tausaga nei sa tuuina atu ai se talosaga tusitusia mai nisi o le Ekalesia i Samoa i le Peresetene o le lalolagi, Elder Ted Wilson, e talosagaina ai le toe iloiloina o le fa’aiuga ua suia ai lo latou aso tapuai i le Aso Sa i Samoa mai le Aso Toanai o loo tapuai ai le Ekalesia i le lalolagi atoa.

I se fa’aaliga mai le ofisa ulu o le Ekalesia i Amerika, na fa’aalia ai le leai o ni fa’amaumauga o taua ai le tuuina atu o se fa’amalumaluga poo se lagolago a le General Conference (Aumatutua) i le fa’aiuga ua faia e le Ekalesia i Samoa e tapuai ai i le Aso Sa, lea o loo lagolagoina malosi e le South Pacific Division.

I le polokalame o le Tagata Pasefika a le Televise a Niu Sila i le vaiaso na tea nei na folasia ai e le Peresetene o le Ekalesia i Samoa, Pastor Uili Solofa le mau autu o loo fa’avae ai le fa’aiuga e suia lo latou aso tapuai lea ua avea ai nei le Aso Sa i Samoa ma ‘aso fitu’ o le vaiaso. O lea mau sa fa’apea ona lomia foi i le Samoa Observer i le aso 1 Iulai o loo fa’apea ai, “O le tulaga ua iai nei i le tausia o le Sapati ua suia ai le Aso Toanai ae ua avea le Aso Sa ma aso e fitu iai aso o le vaiaso.”

O se mau e feteenai tele lea ma le talitonuga o isi Ekalesia Kerisiano o loo tapuai i le Aso Sa, poo le aso muamua o le vaiaso, e fa’amanatu ai le toe tu manumalo o Iesu.

I se pepa o tusitusiga o loo fa’aalia ai e Pastor Uili Solofa e fa’apea, “O le toatele o taitai o Ekalesia, tagata lotu ma nuu e le o talanoa ma faapea ane ua fiafia o le a o atu le Ekalesia Asofitu e tausi le Aso Sa, ae o le latou gagana o loo gagana ai – O le a tatou o e tausi le Sapati o le Lotu Asofitu. Viia le Atua!”

O le isi fa’aupuga o lea lava mau o loo fa’apea mai ai taitai o le Ekalesia i Samoa, o le suiga o le ta’atiaga o Samoa mai le laina fa’avaomalo i le fa’aiuga o le 2011 ua suia ai foi e le Malo ma igoa o aso i Samoa.

Ua tele taimi ua fesiligia ai taitai o le Ekalesia Aso Fitu i Samoa ma le South Pacific Division mo le tuuina mai o se fa’amaumauga aloaia e fa’amaonia ai ua suia e le Malo o Samoa le igoa o le Aso Toanai i le Aso Sa. E oo mai i le taimi nei e le o mafai ona tuuina mai se fa’amaoniga o lenei mau ae o le a foi le igoa fou ua fa’aigoa ai le Aso Sa, Aso Gafua, Aso Lua ma isi aso o le vaiaso.

O le tuuina atu o le mataupu o le Sapati i Samoa e toe iloiloina e vaega suesue o mataupu silisili a le Ekalesia Aso Fitu i le lalolagi, o se tulaga e iai le talitonuga o le a mafai ona fa’amanino ai vaega o loo fesiligia ai le moni o le fa’aiuga ua faia i Samoa. O le tatau ona faia o se feiloaiga a faifeau Samoa e aofia ai Niu Sila, Ausetalia ma Amerika e iai foi le manatu, o se tali lea i le tele o tua’aiga o lo o upuesea ai faifeau Samoa i fafo i lenei mataupu ae talia na o fautuaga a faifeau papalagi.

A o ta’lia ai le toe iloiloina o le mataupu ma le fonotaga a faifeau Samoa, o loo fa’aopopoina pea i latou ua toe foi nei e tausi le Sapati ‘aso fitu’ i le Aso Toanai, o se tasi o mataupu silisili a le Ekalesia.

MAEA

ATA 1: Fa’atasiga ia Oketopa 2011 na auai ai sui o faifeau Samoa mai fafo, peitai e le i taliaina e taitai o le Ekalesia i Samoa le latou tuualalo.

ATA 2: Lelei Faraimo, Telesia ma lo la alo (Fasitootai), Iosua Koomwaiyou (Leulumoega) ma Pa’u Fereti Puni (Samatau), nisi o loo tapuai i le Sapati ‘aso fitu’ (Aso Toanai) i Upolu.

ATA 3: Tagata lotu mai Puapua, Salelavalu, Lano ma Tafua ua toe foi e tausi le Sapati aso fitu i le Aso Toanai i Savaii.

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