“Then the remnant in Israel will take their place among the nations.” (Micah 5:7). The Seventh-day Adventist Church identifies itself as the last-day remnant people. The thirteenth of our 28 Fundamental Beliefs is titled, “The Remnant and Its Mission” (See the following: Adventist.org/files/articles/official-statements/28 Beliefs p. 6). It is important that the words “remnant” and “mission” be used together. If the Church focuses only on its identity as the remnant, leaving out its mission, then members could become trapped in self-importance rather than focusing on the job they are to do.
As this fundamental belief explains, remnant status is dependent on remnant behavior: “The remnant announces the arrival of the judgment hour, proclaims salvation through Christ, and heralds the approach of His second advent” (See the above reference to Adventist.org).
The remnant is not just a club to belong to but has a task to fulfill. The remnant is not the remnant without its mission. The reason for its existence is not found in purity alone, but in the fulfillment of its mission. The remnant will be saved as an act of the grace of God. The fact that our existence as a remnant is dependent on God and His grace should keep us from feeling like we are an exclusive club and help us to focus on our mission.
Gordon Bietz, D.Min.
Southern Adventist University