Frequently Asked Questions
Question: I am hearing a lot about ARME Bible Camp. What is all the enthusiasm about?
When the Holy Spirit moves in a powerful way and changes people’s lives, word gets around. That’s what is happening through intensive Bible study, united prayer, godly music and the total ARME experience. The word “enthusiasm” means to be inspired by God and that is what is taking place in a fresh and powerful way at our camps. Check out the testimonies to learn more. But, the best way to answer this question is you have got to check it out for yourself!
Question: What if I want to make a donation. Is it tax deductible?
Yes, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible!
Question: Is ARME financially supported by the Seventh Day Adventist Church? Does ARME accept tithe money?
ARME is a supporting ministry of the SDA church and we are not directly or indirectly funded through the church. The SDA church normally does not pay any of our expenses. They endorse what we do, and we work together cooperatively with the local conferences and churches, but all the funds that make ARME Bible Camp function come from the donations of our attendees. And no, we do not accept tithe.
Question: Why do you encourage all-night prayer when the healthy lifestyle advocates getting our sleep?
We are not encouraging all-night prayer every day, or even every week. But the fact of the matter is, most of us have never experienced all-night prayer, even in our entire lifetime.
In the case of ARME’s all-night prayer, we don’t encourage our attendees to stay up all night, but rather to come for part of the night. However, due to the Holy Spirit’s blessing experienced in the unity of prayer, and as people take turns interceding for one another, many people choose to stay up all night. And later they will testify that God gave them strength and that this night was one of the most powerful experiences of their life.
Remember Christ often spent much, if not all, of the night in prayer. We are told:
“Often He passed the entire night in prayer and meditation, returning at daybreak to His work among the people.” Desire of Ages, p. 259
If He needed this communion with God, how much more do we? We are also told that the pioneers before us were even more earnest in their seeking after God that many of us today.
“When the message of truth was first proclaimed, how much we prayed. How often was the voice of intercession heard in the chamber, in the barn, in the orchard, or the grove? Frequently we spent hours in earnest prayer, two or three together claiming the promise; often the sound of weeping was heard and then the voice of thanksgiving and the song of praise. Now the day of the Lord is nearer than when we first believed, and we should be more earnest, more zealous, and more fervent than in those early days.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 161
Ellen White later rebuked some of the brethren.
“We cannot do good to those around us while our own souls are destitute of spiritual life. Our brethren do not wrestle all night in prayer as many godly men before us have done. They sit up bent over tables, writing lessons, or preparing articles to be read by thousands; they arrange facts in shape to convince the mind in regard to doctrine. All these things are essential; but how much God can do for us in sending light and power to convict hearts in answer to the prayer of faith!” Gospel Workers, p. 427
In summary, we encourage our attendees to pray about whether they should be part of this experience. If there is an underlying health condition that would be aggravated, we do not encourage you to do this
To be clear: Just because you pray for many hours (or all night), or just because you eat a certain way or practice other principles does not make you holy or more worthy of salvation. These things are a fruit of a inner work, not the root. The root is, and always is, Christ Jesus. By His blood alone we are saved!
Question: Speaking of prayer, there’s a lot of weird stuff going around these days. A lot of sensationalism as well. Is ARME practicing the “spiritual formation” philosophy’s in their prayer ministry or otherwise?
This is a great question, and the answer is no! We do not endorse or participate in any of the “spiritual formation” ideologies. We do not practice or endorse contemplative prayer, prayer centering, prayer labyrinths or any of the other new age practices that have their origin in mysticism and the occult. To understand more about the heart behind United Prayer, which we do encourage, please click here.
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“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Eph 6:10,11