People question whether the Seventh-day Adventist Church is a cult. The SDA church follows the writings of their late Seventh-day Adventist prophetess Ellen G. White. E.G. White claimed to be the "messenger from God",and she had over 2,000 thousand visions and dreams from “god.” Ellen G. White claimed that an angel helped her with her writings. Galatians 1:8 warns us "But even If we, or an ANGEL from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let them be accursed"
Who is Jesus?
In the book of Hebrews chapter 1:5 says " For to which of the angels did He ever say, "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You"? (also read verses 8, & 13-14). Jesus never lied. In fact, Jesus is incapable of lying. Jesus always said He is the Son of God; He’s Lord. Nowhere in the four Gospels will anyone find from Jesus or words from His disciples, or in the entire Bible, for that matter, that He is the Archangel, Michael! Jesus is Lord, not an angel of any kind.
Visions of E. G. White
The "1844 Great Disappointment doctrine” is another SDA doctrine & teaching from Ellen G. White who had a vision & prophesied the vision. William Miller lead a group called "The Millerites" saying that Jesus is coming in 1843. Ellen G. Hermon, aka E.G. White, was one of Miller’s followers. When Jesus didn’t come in 1843, Miller predicted Jesus would come on October 22nd 1844. Yet, again, Jesus didn’t show, and the Millerite group got smaller. E.G. Harmon/White had a vision claiming that Jesus did come and that the time was right but the event (place) was wrong. SDAs use the book of Danial as their scapegoat, that Jesus left & moved into a "new sanctuary apartment in heaven", "to cleanse it" & start His work of " Investigated Judgment" on each person in earth.
The book of Daniel talks about cleansing the Temple in Jerusalem, however it uses the word "heavenly" in the Bible…The Seventh-day Adventists take this piece of Scripture out of context. Jesus is not cleansing a new sanctuary in heaven in the correct interpretation of the passage. Jesus is at the right hand of the Father in heaven.
…Another one of Ellen G. White’s claims that comes into automatic conflict with the 1844 Great Disappointment doctrine is Jesus’ ascension to the Father in heaven. According to E.G. White in her books ‘Christ in His Sanctuary’, ‘Early Writings’, & ‘The Great Controversy’, she claims that Jesus did not ascend to the Father until 1844. In the Bible it says that Jesus did ascend to the right hand of Father God on the day He ascended; Mark 12:36, Hebrews 1:3, 13, 10:11-12, 12:2, Acts 7:55-56 & Revelation 3:21 confirm this. The Bible gives record that people witnessed Jesus’ ascension.
One of the most important Seventh-day Adventist doctrines written by Ellen G. White is the “Investigated Judgment‘ doctrine. This doctrine is in relation to the 1844 doctrine & SDA Sabbath doctrine. According to E.G. White & SDA doctrine…when Jesus blots out a sin He keeps the person’s sins on record until the investigated judgment is concluded, and it’s the Seventh-day Adventist whose sins will be blotted out but not forgotten. This makes the SDA followers hope their sins will not hold them back from getting into God’s kingdom. To put it this way let’s use the late Dr. Walter Martin’s words he said when debating with SDA Dr. William Johnsson about the Investigated Judgment on the John Ankerberg show: "Until then you’re gonna sweat it!”
Dr. Martin couldn’t have said it better. This false doctrine contradicts the Bible; 1 John 1:9 says that He (Jesus) cleanses us from all sins. (Please look up passage to read it directly from the Bible). Also, John the Baptist, when he saw Jesus, said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29.
The main reason Jesus came to this world was to die on the cross for our sins. Jesus washed away our sins at Calvary on the cross, He will no longer remember our sins once we have believed & accepted Jesus Christ as Lord & personal Savior into our heart & life. People who believe & accept Christ as Lord & Savior will not "sweat it"; we have salvation with Jesus Christ, and salvation is a FREE gift from Jesus that can never be earned. SDAs believe salvation can be earned with faith plus works.
Keeping the Sabbath
The Seventh-day Adventist are known for going to church on Saturdays, but why? This is another false writing from Ellen G. White & SDA doctrine about the Saturday Sabbath. E.G. White wrote in her books & SDA commentary, Testimonies for the Church, vol.8, 7A Bible commentary & The Great Controversy, that the 4th Commandment, the Sabbath, is the seal of God. This contradicts the Bible where it’s written in Ephesians 1:13-14 & 4:30 & 2 Cor 1:21-22, which says that The Holy Spirit is the seal of God.
E.G. White also wrote in The Great Controversy that if people don’t keep the Sabbath (Saturday) & worship the Lord on the 1st day of the week (Sunday), they will receive the mark of the beast. SDAs twist Scripture from the book of Revelation 14:11-12 claiming that the image of the beast is a day, Sunday.
Seventh-day Adventist teach that the 7th day is a "holy" day. Yet, this contradicts Scripture. When reading about the mark of the beast in Revelation 13:15-18, 14:11-12, & 16:2 it says nothing about people getting the mark of the beast for not being Sabbath Keepers. Also, in Col 2:16-17 it says "Therefore let no one judge you in…or in respect on an holy day…or Sabbath days, which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ" (please read KJV Bible). Notice the words "on an holy day", those words are singular, not plural. Jesus is our Sabbath rest not a 24 hour period.
Resurrection of Jesus
This also conflicts with the resurrection of Jesus Christ; why would our Lord & Savior rise from the dead on the first day of the week (Sunday) when most people worshiping Him on Sundays will get the mark of the beast according to E.G. White & SDA doctrine? The SDA Saturday Sabbath Keeping doctrine is all nonsense & false.
Was the Apostle Paul a False Apostle?
The Seventh-day Adventist has also taught a doctrine which has some SDAs divided; not all SDAs believe in this doctrine, but some do, and it has been taught in SDA colleges and referred to as the "Paulian Doctrine". The Paulian Doctrine is a doctrine that claims Apostle Paul was a false apostle. Apostle Paul’s writings warn people about false doctrines & to stay away from such teachings, Galatians (one of Paul’s writings) exposes false doctrines, like the SDA church’s.
No Hell in SDA Doctrine
Seventh-day Adventist don’t believe in hell or an eternal hell suffering. In other words, if a person rejects Christ & dies in their sins, they will be cast into the Lake of Fire & be annihilated forever, but there is no burning in hell forever in the SDA doctrine.
Here is a somewhat humorous illustration:
A Christian man was out witnessing the Gospel, and the Lord told him to go talk to a man by the bridge. So the Christian man went, started talking to the disturbed man, and the man said he has been struggling with a sin problem, and, because of it, the disturbed man was facing 20 years in prison for it. This man was going to jump off a bridge, and the Christian man asked him, “Wouldn’t you rather serve 20 years in prison instead of spending eternity in hell?” The suicidal man’s response was, "I’m a Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t believe in hell".
In doing research on the Seventh-day Adventist religion and debating with SDAs, it has come to a conclusion in light of the Bible the SDAs are cultic in doctrine. The Seventh-day Adventist church has a history of firing countless people from the Seventh-day Adventist churches and learning institutions on the grounds of heresy, starting back from the 70’s for over a decade. If SDA people disagree with the writings of Ellen G. White, (particularly the Investigated Judgment doctrine), and side with the Bible, those people will be terminated from their SDA work place in the ministry and/or SDA colleges with their pensions taken away from them. Their own history gives them away as a cult by punishing Seventh-day Adventists who side with the Bible over E.G. White.
The Seventh-day Adventist organization sees E.G. White’s writings/books as canonical and inspired interpretation as authority in the church; i.e., her writings are equal or above the Bible. SDAs will claim they go by the Bible only, however, as long as the Seventh-day Adventist religion believes in the Investigated Judgment doctrine then they believe in the writings of Ellen G. White. E.G. White admitted in her own writings/books she conversed with angels, and it was an angel who told her what to write in her books (remember the warning in Galatians 1:8!). E.G. White was also a plagiarist & copied from other sources, not giving them any credit in her writings. (Remember E.G. White claimed her writings came from God, so her conversing with an angel, borrowing and taking from other sources proves in yet another example that these writings did not come from God). Her inspiration came from an “angel” (which was a counterfeit, evil spirit).
E.G. White stole and lied which is breaking the 8th & 9th commandment, "Thou Shall Not Steal", & "Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor". The 9th commandment Seventh-day Adventists compromise often. They seldom tell people up front or from the very beginning the following beliefs:
Jesus is Archangel Michael
Sunday=the mark of the beast
Doctrine of the Investigated Judgment
Jesus came in 1844
Hence, the SDAs only reveal their true beliefs after they convince a person to become a Sabbath Keeper and an Adventist. A Seventh-day Adventist may lead a person into the “sinner’s prayer”, but, as always, the SDA’s main goal is to get that person to convert into Sabbatarism & Adventism, which is the snare. As sad and harsh as this may sound, to try to get a better understanding as to why SDA people are not fully honest about their religion is because Jesus is only the bait on the fishing hook, the chesse in the mouse trap, so to speak. The real trap is converting a person by catching them fully in the fish net or when the trap goes off to hold down it’s prey, to convert that person into the SDA church. This is a total sin & insult to God. The Lord always wants & expects Christians to be totally honest & truthful about Him, the Bible, & the teachings & followings of the denominational church Christians attend. The Lord gave us free will, people are to chose Jesus or the world. He does not force people to accept and believe in Him. It’s written in the Bible that all liars will have their part in The Lake of Fire. When it comes to conversion, the true conversion is when the Holy Spirit leads a person to know Jesus & salvation; the person who believes & accepts Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior receives true conversion. There is no other greater conversion than receiving Jesus Christ into your heart & life.
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