What makes these groups different from biblical Christianity?
Christian or Cult?
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 )
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
"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
THE 1844 INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT DOCTRINE
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.
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.
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:
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.
Lots of good
documentation and complete research books etc.
The Desire of Ages: Bible
Contradictions and Additions, The Library of Congress Myth,
Plagiarism etc etc.
7th DAY ADVENTISM What you should know.
http://www.exadventist.dk (A Danish ExAdventist Outreach Website)
Seventh-day Adventism_and the Writtings of Ellen G. White Many of the strange teachings of Adventism and their sources listed from EGW's writtings.
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For more information on this topic also visit some of the SDA ministry web sites from our "Links" connection.
Seventh day Adventism:
The Spirit Behind the Church
Now also Available in Spanish!
El Espiritu Detras de la Iglesia"
Este impactante y revelador documental explora las ensenanzas de la Iglesia de los Adventistas del Septimo Dia, sus origenes y los cambios que ha adoptado a travez de los anos. Tambien examina los reclamos de la fundadora de esta religion, la fallecida profetiza Elena G. de White, y compara sus singulares creencias con la verdad biblica.
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~ Finding Our Rest in Christ
The word sabbatismos is found only once in the Bible: "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest [sabbatismos] for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience" Hebrews 4:9-11 (NIV).
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