Seventh-day Adventists Christian or Cult?
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Before you signed the pledge were you told ……………….?
Many Adventists agree that these statements are the most shocking ever penned by Ellen White:
But if there was one sin above another which called for the destruction of the race by the flood, it was the base crime of amalgamation of man and beast which defaced the image of God, and caused confusion everywhere. Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 3, p. 64
Every species of animal which God had created were preserved in the ark. The confused species which God did not create, which were the result of amalgamation, were destroyed by the flood. Since the flood there has been amalgamation of man and beast, as may be seen in the almost endless varieties of species of animals, and in certain races of men.
A fourth generation Adventist and his wife searches out the truth about the chuch and resigns. An honest heartfelt report on the can of worms they uncovered in their research.
There are now two distinct camps in Adventism. The split became apparent in the late 1970s when pastors of many years’ standing began to question their prophetess, Ellen G. White. They began to question her peculiar doctrines which could not be supported fully by the Scriptures. Many were disillusioned by the revelation of her plagiarism, which was very extensive, and documented in the book, “The White Lie” by former SDA pastor, Walter Rea.
When you are deceived by someone whom you believed was a Christian or by an Organization claiming to be speaking for God who is at fault. You or the person who deceived you? What does the bible say on the matter?
“When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken but the prophet hath spoken presumptuously thou shalt not be afraid of him” ( Deut 18 :2 2 )
Recounting her ‘vision’ of Dec, 1844, Ellen speaks of her and Jesus as “In a moment we were winging our way upward…” Seeing this, in the light of her calling Him Michael the Archangel, in Desire of Ages p. 99 & 379; Spiritual Gifts, Va, p.158; and Prophets & Kings, p. 572, one is led to question if she did not, in fact, really view Him as just that-an angel! And if so, what of His deity and bodily resurrection?
“If They Speak not According to this Word” John 4:1 warns …..
—- “test the spirits — for many false prophets have gone out” One such Bible test is Isa. 8:19+20 “If they speak not according to this Word, there is no light in them”. Vs 19 says they have a familiar spirit. SDA Believe p.223 says we’re to so test Ellen White, who challenged “Are not the positions taken in my writings in harmony with the teachings of Jesus? If not, point it out to me.” (Review 9, 6, 1906); stating her work was ‘all of God’ or ‘all of Satan’ and no half-way in the matter. We thus test her, compare her writings to the Bible:
Seventh-day Adventists won’t tell you they are behind the “Revelation Seminars” they sponsor. They act all” interdenominational” if questioned. Watch out for these SDA outreaches as well: Voice of Prophecy, Faith for Today, It is Written, The Quiet Hour, Amazing Facts etc. They also hide behind Heath oriented shows on the networks, and sponsor stop-smoking clinics etc, all as introductions to Seventh-day Adventism.
Often, the only tip-off that what you are reading originates with them is that it is published by “Pacific Press”. They produce bright and colorful Children’s books, often seen in medical and dental offices, and of course, unsuspecting Church libraries.
They very much want to be perceived as Evangelical Christians, seeking a place on the ministerial fellowships. All this is good PR for them, but what do they really believe?
“Work out your Salvation” What (work) must I do to be saved?
Cult groups and Christians alike often wonder how much “work” is needed to be counted as righteous before God. They often ask us this question.
Groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses with their endless meetings, door to door ministry, placing their magazines and counting meticulously all the time they spend in these pursuits and efforts, believe that somehow God will approve of their efforts and reward them. They can never be certain that they have “done enough” and always feel driven to do more.
PRESUMPTION “God was speaking through clay. In these letters which I write, in the testimonies I bear, I am presenting to you that which the Lord has presented to me. I do not write one article in the paper expressing merely my own ideas. They are what God has opened before me in vision – the precious rays of light shining from the throne.” VISIONS OF MRS. E. G. WHITE TESTIMONY 31 p. 63
“When I send you a testimony of warning and reproof, many of you declare it to be merely the opinion of Sister White. You have thereby insulted the Spirit of God.” E. G. WHITE TESTIMONIES Vol 5 p. 661
THE 1844 INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT DOCTRINE
The investigative judgment doctrine, peculiar to Seventh-day Adventists, teaches that in fulfillment of Old Testament sanctuary typology, Christ entered into the second apartment of the sanctuary in heaven in 1844 in order to begin a work of “investigative judgment” to see who was worthy of eternal life, both of those still living and those dead.
Most Christians are amazed to learn that SDA teaches that Jesus is Michael the Archangel, but Ellen White said He was Michael, so if they changed this, they’d need to reject her as ‘the spirit of prophecy’ and they’d not be the remnant church! So now they hold He’s both God the Son, and Michael.
It makes a great difference who Jesus really is for 2 Cor 11:4 says, there’ll be those who teach another Jesus, preach a different gospel and have another spirit. These marks identify cults, who invariably attack the Doctrine of Christ. Early SDA denied His deity saying He’s the archangel. Their Commentary vol 5 p 1129 cites Ellen “The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty”
Adventists believe that they are the Only True Religion, the ultimate Christianity After all, aren’t they the people who keep all Ten Commandments and have the “Testimony of Jesus” [their prophet Ellen White]
After we first discovered the sordid truth about Ellen White’s plagiarism in 1980, we started to research into Adventism’s relationship with Christianity. It took years, but by the middle 199O’s we felt we had reached the core of this relationship. For Adventist theology is very similar to an onion: it may be shiny and attractive on the outside, but the inner layers become progressively stronger and ranker until they are simply insufferable.
An SDA tried to defend the following EGW position…….. A good example of poor logic and misuse of scriptures. Follow the sequence of correspondence and our reply.
Acts 4:12. “Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men. whereby we must be saved.”
At certain seasons of the year, we find many religious celebrations being conducted. We find that the natural man wants to be religious and at times will do many things thinking that he is performing an act of worship unto God. But the Word of God teaches that religion is not salvation! The Word of God teaches that you ran be religious and miss heaven!
We are told that Seventh-day Adventism is just another denomination with just a few obscure teachings. In the historical Christianity, the believer’s hope is to experience eternal life with God through their confession of faith in Jesus Christ. If the Seventh-day Adventists are just another denomination, you would expect they would have a similar if not the same hope for the future. Do Adventists anticipate the gift of eternal life and to be bodily resurrected? Upon investigating what the views were from various Adventist sources, I was surprised to discover the following:
Each person baptized as a SDA receives a “Certificate of Profession of Faith”. Each person being baptized must sign a thirteen-point statement entitled “My Commitment”. As we read the first five points, the document appears perfectly, fundamentally Christian.
However, by point six, we find the deviations beginning. Point six reads, “I accept the Ten Commandments as still binding upon Christians, and it is my purpose by the power of the indwelling Christ, to keep this law, including the fourth commandment, which requires the observance of the seventh day of the week as the Sabbath of the Lord.” Point eight has the convert believing, “that the gift of prophecy is one of the identifying marks of the remnant church”. Point thirteen identifies the Seventh-Day Adventist Church as the “remnant church of Bible Prophecy.”
While the Seventh day Adventist Church today espouses the doctrine of the Trinity, this has not always been so. The evidence from a study of Adventist history indicates that from the earliest years of our church to the 1890’s a whole stream of writers took an Arian or semi Arian position. The view of Christ presented in those years by Adventist authors was that there was a time when Christ did not exist, that His divinity is a delegated divinity, and that therefore He is inferior to the Father. In regard to the Holy Spirit, their position was that He was not the third member of the Godhead but the power of God.
It’s important for us to review some of Ellen G.White’s ‘failed prophecies’ which witness against her claimed pro-phetic gift, for Deut 18:20-22 shows if her prophecies fail to come to pass, she is a ‘false prophet’ as Christ warned against in Matt 24, as a sign of the end of the age. Yet before seeing some of her predictions, we must first note the claims she is a prophet:
Important notes dealing with this “hot” topic with Adventists. How unbiblical is this teaching.
When one seeks to clarify issues which he feels have been wrongly interpreted or defined, especially concerning a subject as important as the Sabbath, it would be expected that he should himself surely avoid using preconceived or assumed definitions of the key Biblical terms, but instead by using concordances, Bible dictionaries, lexicons, commentaries. etc., which are recognized scholarship, show what are the correct definitions of these key terms and proper interpretations of Scripture passages. As well one would expect to see valid hermeneutics used and proper procedures followed.
National Sunday Law – Fact or Fiction? Origins of the National Sunday Law
The saga began in the early 1840’s in the Northeastern United States where farmer-turned-preacher William Miller made a startling discovery. This self-taught Bible student determined from his studies of prophecy that Christ would return in a few short years. As he continued studying the Bible he developed 15 “proofs” that Christ’s return would happen in the fall of 1843. Armed with these “proofs,” Miller began raising the alarm in local communities and soon developed a small following.
Why? Because Sabbath keeping of Gentile nations or Christians is not taught in scripture.
More good web pages to explore.
Lots of good documentation and complete research books etc.
The Desire of Ages Not Inspired
The Desire of Ages: Bible Contradictions and Additions, The Library of Congress Myth, Plagiarism etc etc.
Dove Net! A Christian Theological Resource Center
7th DAY ADVENTISM What you should know.
http://www.exadventist.dk (A Danish ExAdventist Outreach Website)