The Western Samoans have shifted the dateline around their …

Comment on David Asscherick letter to the General Conference by Colin Maunder.

The Western Samoans have shifted the dateline around their country to join a similar timezone as New Zealand and Australia, their major trading partners and neighbours. This meant skipping a day to move 24 hours into the future. They did this at the end of the year by dropping Friday 29th Dec. So they went from Thursday to Saturday, making that week a 6 day week. Some of the local SDAs sought advice regarding this from the SDA “leaders” in this part of the world and were told to stick to the old calender and keep the old Sabbath which is now sunday. The official church is now keeping the same day as the sunday keepers while a separate group is keeping the official Saturday, same as Kiwis and Aussies. The official SDA church in Tonga has been keeping their supposed 7th day Sabbath on sunday with the local sunday keepers for years. There is only one 24 hour period on earth at a time and those of us near the dateline just start the day earlier (west side) or later (east side) than those in Europe and the Middle East. Travellers crossing the dateline will end up with a 6 day or 8 day week but it is only a one off and local time always becomes the norm. For SDAs to keep the same day as sunday keepers, especially at their “leaders” urging, is nonsense, unbelieveable, and a triumph for the devil.

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What are our leaders doing? Well here in the South Pacific division our Samoan fellow SDAs are being told to keep the same day as the sunday keepers, not the day before them. In Tonga SDAs have done this for years. These “leaders” have lost the plot.

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