Seventh Day Adventist Cult – Links
Dr. David Reagan
The Seventh-Day Adventists are an anomaly. Evangelical Christians have never been comfortable with them, but they have been unable to decide whether the SDA is a legitimate expression of Christianity or whether it is a cult, like the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The majority view among contemporary cult-watchers is that it is a cult. But the most authoritative cult expert in modern Christian history, Dr. Walter Martin (1928-1989), decided in 1965 that “it is perfectly possible to be a Seventh-Day Adventist and be a true follower of Jesus Christ, despite heterodox concepts.”1 This conclusion caused a storm of controversy because Dr. Martin had earlier labeled the SDA a cult in his book published in 1955 called The Rise of the Cults.2
Yet, shortly before he died, Dr. Martin expressed conflicted second thoughts in a television interview:
“I fear that if they continue to progress at this rate, then the classification of a cult can’t possibly miss being reapplied to Seventh-Day Adventists because once you have an interpreter of Scripture, a final court of appeal that tells you what Scripture means — as soon as you judge Scripture by that, as soon as you have someone who has made doctrinal errors in the past, even on the deity of Christ and the doctrine of the atonement and on other things, and that person is raised to that position of authority, you have polarization around that person.”3
If Christendom’s foremost cult expert could not make up his mind about the status of the SDA, you can certainly understand why others have experienced equal difficulty. So, what about it? Does the SDA deserve the designation of a cult?
A Brief History
Let’s begin our consideration of this question by taking a brief look at the origin of the Seventh-Day Adventists.
The SDA Church is rooted in the Millerite Movement that swept the United States in the 1840’s. William Miller (1782-1849) was a New England Baptist preacher who developed a unique interpretation of Daniel 8:14.4
Biblical Discernment Ministries: http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Cults/sda/adventi.htm
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. (Isa 1:4)
MORE OF THE EVIL SEED SOWN BY EG WHITE IN THE SDA CULT!!
Just received this from The Berean Call: HOLLYWOOD “SDA” APPOINTS FIRST TRANSGENDER ELDER [Excerpts]
Hollywood SDA church’s motto is “Where God’s Spirit is Given Space to Change Lives.”
Change can be a good thing if it is biblical change, which is going from bad to good. But back on December 12, the Hollywood Adventist church conducted an interview celebrating another type of change, namely going from male to female.
The woman (Kirsten Salvador) who interviewed “Rhonda Dinwiddie”, announced that Rhonda is now an elder at Hollywood SDA church, and a full time SS teacher. Among Rhonda’s interests are the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, women’s ordination and the movie Seventh-gay Adventists. “Rhonda” claims that the Akers movie Seventh-gay Adventists was a life-changing experience, and paved the way for him/her to join the Hollywood Adventist Church.
This is an unprecedented move within the Seventh-day Adventist movement. One wonders if the recent 21-page document released by the Andrews Seminary paves the way for this kind of gender confusion to be welcomed into the church….
(“Hollywood “SDA” Appoints First Transgender Elder” – Fulcrum7.com
[TBC: Among the qualifications of an elder, Scripture states that they must be a male (1 Tim. 3:1; Titus 1:6; The husband of one wife (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6); Have children who believe (Titus 1:6); and must hold fast to the Word (Titus 1:9).]