Just saying the name makes me cringe. Not because I have anything against the people but against the system. It angers God that so many people are relying on a religion to save them and have not been brought into a personal and deeply intimate relationship with God Himself. In doing so, we are hindering His children from encounter the real Jesus that is alive today – not in religion but in the Gospel of grace (Matthew 19:14).
The light you see in the SDA religion is nothing but a deceptive mask concealing layers of doctrinal error and demonic influence due to misinterpretation of many verses of the Bible, lack of knowledge about the truths in God’s word and hypocrisy in the church including its leaders.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
I grew up with a SDA mother and a father who called himself a Christian but whose faith I have never encountered or seen evident in his life. I went to a SDA school my entire life and always resented the fact that I couldn’t eat bacon or shrimp or coffee, wear jewelry, paint my nails, wear make up, couldn’t wear pants or slippers to church, and that the church was so set against getting tattoos. I always questioned religion ever since I was young. It’s so pointless in light of the Gospel and what Jesus came to do.
Jesus came to free us from shame and guilt and a spirit of religiosity is a breeding ground for such a spiritual atmosphere and makes Jesus’ sacrifice look ineffective in doing what it came to do – which is to set us free from sin and shame. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17 and when He died He said “it was finished” meaning everything that He came to accomplish was fulfilled through His sacrifice (John 19:30).
I grew up hearing a lot more “don’t”s than “do’s – it was greatly restricting and depressing. There was no true joy for me in the fact that my relationship with God was summarized on my performance and how well I could follow these rules. I couldn’t live like this. It was oppressive and with added SDA man-made rules it was a burden that I’m sure a lot of us were unwilling to carry because of how burdensome being a SDA really is. It’s false freedom that takes you right back to the yolks of the law that Jesus came to set us free from. It’s a pointless religion.
I grew up in a belief system where I knew more about religion, how to piss God off and possibly be condemned by Him, and that going to church on a Sunday would land myself straight in the fiery pits of hell. I feared going to church on the first day of the week for so long because of my belief system.
I grew up in a very judgemental atmosphere at home and at church and an atmosphere filled with religious fear of God and never knowing the depths of His grace, abundant love, and mercy towards me. Then, when I left the SDA I experienced my new-found faith in Jesus to be a mocking weapon used against me in the midst of heated arguments. I experienced verses (taken way out of context) being used against me for selfish gain and no love.
I only knew a God who was the God of my mother, extremely distant, very condemning, and not relational. Very religious and not real. A God who was critical and cold. This of course, I’ve come to know, is not the God of grace but the god of religion. I would sing and pray songs to a God who I never truly knew – but sometimes thought I did. I knew a God who was cold and could send people to hell. Not a God who was so full of grace, compassion, mercy, and actually wanted a relationship with me and DIDN’T come to condemn me but to free me from the power of sin and death. For this reason, I doubt that I was genuinely a saved Christian during my time as an SDA looking back at it.
I don’t ever remember hearing God speak to me during that time as an SDA and I was never really taught what true intimacy with Him really looked like from a religion that was absolutely deprived of such great experiences. I was never taught the true meaning of the cross and to me it was just a stick figure, and I felt super-duper self-righteous and set apart from other non-SDAs and unbelievers because I, Miriam THE Mascal, went to church on the blessed Saturday and didn’t wear jewelry, never wore pants to church, and had ear-piercing. Holy right? So holy man.
I knew what condemnation felt like but never true grace and mercy of the Father.
In the SDA church, fear of God looks more like demonic ungodly fear than it does reverential respect and obedience. It’s suffocating and keeps you away from God because it is closely tied to a spirit of religiosity in the church. It’s not pleasant. We see a lot of SDAs who are happy in their religion and even zealous about it but the thing that is tragically missing in the church is a true love for God born out of authentic sound doctrine and interpretation of scriptures and true authentic intimacy with Him. It’s more about doing in order to be good rather than doing from a point of being good.
Many SDAs in fact are operating under a spirit of great deception and disillusionment about scriptures and what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus and not religion because of their lack of knowledge about scripture and the heart of the Father who inspired it. They are passionate and zealous in their own ignorance and arrogance of God’s word. They don’t know the word.
That doesn’t mean that God isn’t moving in the hearts of believers within that church but the belief system definitely grieves the Holy Spirit massively and prevents hearts from truly growing in their walk with Him – severely. It’s like they’re stuck in an ancient time capsule of the old covenant – with added false teachings of Christianity – that Jesus came to save us from as years go by without ever truly knowing the depths of His sacrifice and what that has accomplished in the heart of a believer. Year after year after year…
I don’t say any of this to attack the church but I am extremely angered at the ways the enemy is starving the people of the church with their devastatingly and severe lack of knowledge of the scriptures, that preachers and teachers of the doctrine are leading people – and themselves – astray unknowingly, and that these doctrinal errors are leading people away from true intimacy and salvation in Christ rather than to Him. I’m angered that the word of God is being used inappropriately and that thousands of lives are under great deception because of the severe lack of truth in the SDA doctrine. It’s an uncomfortable religion that promises salvation by works. As long as you follow the rules you’re good. If not, then God be with you. This is fear…not God. This is religion…not Jesus.
This is darkness…not light.
LEAVING THE CHURCH
As I grew older I knew that God had to be bigger than what is taught about Him in the SDA religion. It just didn’t make sense:
Why didn’t we care about those who don’t know Him and why were we so judgemental to people who weren’t like us – even each other?
Why do we mainly teach from the Old Testament and neglect the New Testament? Isn’t God the God of them both?
Why do we believe that a God who created the heavens and the earth couldn’t create wine in an instant? Why do so many SDAs think it was still grape juice? Like seriously. If God can raise Himself from the dead – why can’t He turn water into legit wine? AND WHO SERVE BARRELS OF GRAPE JUICE AT THEIR WEDDING. *major major eyeroll*
Is this what life with God really about? Is it REALLY supposed to be this restrictive, fearful, compassion-lacking, and joyless?
Why are a lot of our churches so set against the use of drums and electric guitars in worship and secular music?
Why can’t I wear jewelry if the Bible promotes it?
Why the heck is Ellen G White’s teaching so restrictive and unbiblical and placed ABOVE God’s word and WE STILL PROMOTE HER TEACHINGS. What great deception man! Why Lord? Why -.-
WHY CAN’T I WEAR PANTS IN CHURCH?!
Why do I know more about following rules that how to be intimate with God? Why do I have more reasons to not wear pants church than outreach to the lost and to the poor. Why am I conditioned to be more preoccupied with my appearance and my ability to follow the law than the condition of my heart. This truly breaks and grieves my heart. This is not the grace that we are called to live under and followers of Jesus. Following Jesus is supposed to be life-giving, freeing, deeply transformational, restorative, and impactful in society.
Why why why why why why WHYYYY.
All of these questions were beginning to bottle up within me and more and more I began to realize that things weren’t adding up. Truth was not consistent with truth in the SDA doctrine and I wanted out. I was done with being lied to and deceived by the enemy. And I didn’t know this at the time but God was stirring me up to ask these questions because He was calling me to do great things for the kingdom and submitting to their doctrine would restrict my obedience to Him and freedom to walk in the anointing and calling He has placed over my life.
He knew that I was a worshipper who needed authenticity and deep intimacy with Him and I wasn’t getting it there. So I began the journey of asking questions about my doctrine.
I was terrified. I was scared. I was even more terrified of leaving the church and getting the mark of the beast for going to church on Sunday (click here for more info). Every time I ate bacon I felt super guilty. To you this may seem funny and pointless but to a SDA – it’s so much more, friend. It’s not okay.
What I didn’t know at the time was that the devil knew what I was doing and purposefully attacked me with lies about my faith and a spirit of torment and fear because he knew that if I grew closer to God and made that first step by leaving the religion that the kingdom of darkness would have another force to be reckoned with. What I also didn’t know was how intimate God was with me during the whole process of leading me to truth or how stupid AWESOME He is when you get to know Him – funny too.
I began to feel so fearful, anxious, and tormented that I doubted at times if this was the way to go and that leaving my religion would be a big mistake and that I would be punished for it. See? Fear. But something deep down inside me kept me determined keep on going and pursue truth by continuing to question the SDA doctrine and to seek God’s word about what I personally believe about the Bible and about Christianity as well as various articles online about our doctrine. This, I’ve come to know was the Holy Spirit directing my paths.
At the time I decided that if I were to make a solid decision that would change the trajectory of my faith and life forever then I HAD to be knowledgeable and equipped and certain that this was one I had to do. So I searched online and biblical resources in an unbiased manner. Resources that would line up the various Christian denominations and compare and contrast them. I purposefully avoided SDA type websites because I didn’t want their bias view of the word. I wanted the truth and only the truth.
What I saw was that there were a LOT of doctrinal errors within the SDA church not just today but throughout its history. Errors in its history for which I couldn’t fathom for THE life of me why those errors didn’t set off its founders or its people regarding the accuracy and credibility of not just the religion as a whole but its founders – such as quite a number of Ellen G. White’s failed prophecies. This I’ve come to know is the power of deception and the seriousness of lack of knowledge as Hosea 4:6 perfectly states it “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” I do however know that more people are beginning to realize the inaccuracy of this religion not by their own reasoning but through the power of the Holy Spirit and are leaving – just like I did. This has to be the work of the Holy Spirit.
In addition to searching up information in the most unbiased ways that I could at the time I also prayed a lot, I think, and sought the Word for myself. I also remember mostly avoiding asking my mom about our faith because I wanted to make sure that I made an unbiased decision. This was the wisdom that God gave me: to look at His truth as a whole because it is consistent and can prove itself without even trying.
I was told once that I was miracle for leaving the church with the knowledge God had given me at such a young age. Miracles only come through God’s grace – so I agree. This same grace that I believe God is pouring out in all religions of the world to restore creation back to Him. And He will use bold “miracle converts” to do this.
Anywho…I began to find the verses that SDAs promote are hugely taken out of context – this is something any denomination living in biblical error is guilty of and responsible for. The incorrect interpretation and application of the verses in the Bible. There is a lot of ignorance and leading astray of souls in the church where this is a lack of sound wisdom and biblical truth. Not only that but any form of false doctrine is powered by aggressive and deceptive demonic forces that only want to lead believers astray and ineffective because it gives them more space to wreak havoc in their lives and the lives of those in society (1 Timothy 4:1). This is war between God and Satan. Casualties are always the weakest and most vulnerable – those severely lacking in truth and sound biblical doctrine. The effectiveness of our witness in the world is hindered and gives unbelievers a VERY inaccurate view of God – this is beyond not okay and is exactly what Satan wants. He wants the opposite of what God wants: God wants everyone to be reconciled unto Him through the power of salvation and Satan disagrees and goes after the opposite (2 Peter 3:9). In doing so, Christians who are ignorant of many foundational beliefs and those who belong to churches with false/demonic doctrines make it 10 times harder and less attractive for people to willingly choose to enter into the kingdom because they think God is this religious master and not a loving servant. And to those who do fall for this doctrine – they’re faith, though there, is very immature and starving of sound doctrine.
2 Peter 2:1-3 (with added emphasis) “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”
I’m thankful that God saved me from this religion when He did. I probably would have been among those false teachers and false prophets. Can you imagine that?
Which I might add is what makes me terrified for those who still preach the SDA doctrine, leading people God desperately loves away from Him, because it is a grievous thing that breaks God’s heart when His sheep are led astray by false doctrines and when unbelievers are pushed away from the kingdom because the light they see is so unappealing and unrealistic to follow. This is not the true Light, Jesus or His word, at all but a strategic weapon formed by the enemy set up against attacking the truth of God so that not everyone will be saved and flourishing in their walk with Him.
THEN MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH GOD HAPPENED
This all happened after several months of researching the SDA doctrine and the truth of God’s word. Chapters of the Bible that I am so grateful for bringing me to truth were Romans and Galatians – I think Ephesians too. But it was also during a semester of (years of) pornography and masturbation addiction and trying to balance working part-time job with school. There were many nights of being wrecked and in turmoil because of a spirit of depression, fear, and anxiety. There were many panic attacks. I used to not be able to even look at the word anxiety without freaking out – look at God boo boo.
I’m a living testimony that God can take any season that you’re in and turn it around for good if you rely on His grace and tender mercy.
But seriously though – I was a mess spiritually. I had no one to confide in about the shame I felt and turmoil I was in but God and He proved Himself faithful. But it took time for me to get out of that place. It took time for me to get to where I am in my relationship with God now. A lot of time and joyful risky and sometimes painful surrender.
I remember breaking down this one evening alone in my living room. The amber dim light lit up the room giving it a warm look. I remember confessing my faith and asking Jesus to come into my heart. I wanted to repent of all my sins and I told Him that. Mind you, this in and of itself was a sheer miracle by God’s grace because around this time I was being attacked by such a strong spirit of doubt because the enemy knew that God was going to do something big. He made it so hard for me to believe that I even began doubting in God’s very own existence. I remember giving Jesus my heart and then all of a sudden the atmosphere in the room changed and I could feel Him – LEGIT feel Him – for the first time ever in my life.
The atmosphere was suddenly invaded by this warmth that I’d never felt before in my life and I felt so loved and included by Him – this was the God I never knew in the SDA religion and the God I’ve come to increasingly know as the years go by. I knew that everything would change drastically after that moment. I knew that it was HIM who was calling me to more in this life and that all those years of feeling like I was meant to do something different and big in life all made sense. Looking back at that moment I now know this to be true and to be God confirming the life He has planned for me.
I’ve never felt such a warmth before in my life. I was changed forever. This didn’t mean that I stopped struggling with pornography, depression, and isolation, and low self-esteem but eventually change did come to those areas. I’m a completely different person than I was several years ago…even the beginning this year if I’m honest with you.
Now, my days are filled with intimacy with God and that’s something I have to continue to fight for against all the weapons of the enemy set up against my relationship with Him. I’ve moved from talking to God to talking with Him. Prayer has become less about me and more about us – always about Him. Making decisions has moved from independence to God-dependence. I don’t do this because I have to but because I never want to shut God out of my life again. I want to see Him everywhere. No area of my life is off-limits for Him. This is the relationship with God I choose to walk in. Sin is not casual or optional in my faith. Nothing is worth losing connection with Him. I’ve moved from reading about God to knowing Him more and more each day. Though my eyes have not seen Him physically my heart feels Him in every breathing moment because He closer than my breath.
I choose for my days to be filled with the presence of God. I no longer choose to open my life to demonic doors through sin and ignorance. Which is why I have practiced guarding what movies I watch, what books I choose to read, and what music I listen to. I listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as I ask Him what is okay and not okay in my life. What is preventing me from seeing you in everything. What areas of your word am I ignorant of? Do I really know the point of the Gospel?
Ignorance is a casuality. Lack of knowledge destroys (Hosea 4:6). I’m well aware that this may seem too harsh or serious for you but I’ve come to know that my relationship with God is worth fighting for and must be guarded at all costs.
My life before this was filled with compromise, rebellion, pride, and resistance to the Holy Spirit and now I choose for it to be filled with submission and humility. I cannot risk the consequences of sin anymore that get in the way of my intimacy with Him and my witness to unbelievers and believers alike.
Is it worth it to you?
Now, this came over time and I had to make some very big sacrifices and I still do – every single day. I’ve had to say no to what I want so that He could have His way. I’ve that even though submission is painful there is a sweet sweet joy in surrender. I’ve learned that being filled by the world has caused me to become so hardened and disgusted by the things of God that they have blinded me so greatly. Now that my eyes are opened I have come to know that God truly is what life is about. It’s His will over mine as His will becomes mine. I’m learning what it means to love and to be loved by God.
WHY THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST DOCTRINE IS UNCREDIBLE, UNRELIABLE, AND ERROR-FILLED
I have linked my resources at the end of and within this section and have used them to build my case as I also expand on them.
“If you say in your heart, ‘How will we know and recognize the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord and the thing does not happen or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.” Deuteronomy 18:21-22
Can I introduce you to a couple popular names within the religion? One of them is Ellen G. White. She’s written popular books such as Conflict of the Ages and Steps to Christ. Her writings and teachings are very popular in the church despite the controversies surrounding her faulty visions supposedly from God. Her family became followers of William Miller who was a Baptist convert who devoted himself to studying biblical prophesy and founded the Millerite Movement. Miller predicted that Christ would return to the earth on October 22, 1844 based on a very incorrect misinterpretation of scripture – Daniel 8:14. This event became known in the church as The Great Disappointment. Most people left the movement because of it.
Ellen’s writing are so big in the church that they are under equal divine authority as God’s word. What the heck? They carry this apparent “divine authority” that is in contradiction with the word of God thus denouncing in spirit and in truth any divinity that her writings hold. “We consider the biblical canon closed. However, we also believe, as did Ellen G White’s contemporaries, that her writings carry divine authority, both for godly living and for doctrine.” (Apologetics Index, accessed November 11, 2017).
Just by briefly looking her visions in comparison to God’s truth it is more than clear that her visions were not inspired by the Holy Spirit but by demons – I don’t say this to scare you. This is a spiritual battle between light and darkness after all(Ephesians 6:12). “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1) *emphasis added
What the Holy Spirit has shown me here is what Jesus talked about in Mark 7 – we are giving equal weight and authority to the commandments of men with those of God. “‘They worship Me in vain [their worship is meaningless and worthless, a pretense], Teaching the precepts of men as doctrines [giving their traditions equal weight with the Scriptures].’”( Mark 7:7 AMP)…(verse 13) “so you nullify the [authority of the] word of God [acting as if it did not apply] because of your tradition which you have handed down [through the elders]. And you do many things such as that.”” Their teaching nullify the authority of God’s word by not submitting to it.
So in holding equal weight with the teachings of Ellen G. White against scripture this causes them to dishonor the word of God especially when it comes to living under the New Covenant verses the Old Covenant because of Jesus’ sacrifice. But, many of them do not know this.
To make this easier I’ve compiled a list of popular (not all) SDA teachings and what God’s word has to say…you be the judge. Let God’s word speak for itself. But I do encourage you to take this to God’s word and pray about them with Him so that you can come in agreement with His truth yourself.
I can’t even say that SDA doctrines are based on misinterpretation alone because there is also an inaccurate giving of divinic authority to writings uninspired by the Holy Spirit – we know this by examing closely the word of God by which their teachings are supposedly taken from. This is one of the devastating faults and mistakes of the church. God’s word is enough on its own. It is already complete. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work…” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Many SDA teachings come in contradiction to God’s word. This is divisive in nature and confusing to the body of Christ. This is also a terrible witness to the world. Christ aches and longs to see the church united on the truth and not divided. He wants to see His children flourishing and thriving in the Gospel – not heretical teachings.
How could God contradict His own self? In other words, truth does not contradict truth. It can prove itself without a hitch. I cannot vouch for this regarding their teachings. There is always contradiction where this is a lack of truth – always.
SDA Teaching on meat: “Flesh food is injurious to health, and whatever affects the body has a corresponding effect on the mind and the soul.” (The Ministry of Healing, Chapter 24: “Flesh as Food,” p. 316)
Correct view we should hold from God’s word: “ And He said to them, “Are you, too, so foolish and lacking in understanding? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile and dishonor him, since it does not enter his heart, but [only] his stomach, and[from there it] is eliminated?” (By this, He declared all foods ceremonially clean.)” Mark 7:18-19 AMP| If you are unfamiliar with the SDA doctrine they hold to this passage in Deuteronomy 14 and have abstained from eating certain foods that were unceremonially unclean, at the time (i.e. before the New Covenant between Christ and His people was established), for God’s people to eat because of it. However, it is very evident and clear that Jesus Himself – Creator of food – is saying that food doesn’t corrupt us. We corrupt ourselves. He always knew this – even before He decided to give that command through Moses about what to eat and not eat. So what then was the purpose for the commands in Deuteronomy 14 then? The world during Moses’ time was very pagan – lots of idol worship and weird stuff. In order to separate His chosen people, the Israelites, from their culture God set laws in place to do this – food laws included.
Not only that, but in order to protect their health God prevented the eating of certain foods such as pork and shellfish. At the time, those people were not aware of every microscopic bacteria that we now know today. Nor did they have the technology and medicine that we take for granted today. God was both protecting and setting them apart. The SDA doctrine is more oppressing and restrictive in that it doesn’t just exclude pork but all “flesh food”. While they are good for noting the health benefits there is an inaccurate interpretation of dietary laws that God had placed, the relation between food and the soul, and what new believers are required and not required to do under the new covenant. We must also take into consideration that the food laws were apart of the Old Covenant which new believers in Christ are not required to uphold because of Jesus’ sacrifice once and for all. “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” Hebrews 8:13 The Old Covenant served it’s purpose as our guardian and a foreshadowing of Christ until He came.”
Consider these verses:
‘So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. ” Galatians 3:24 NIV
“Now before faith came, we were kept in custody under the Law, [perpetually] imprisoned [in preparation] for the faith that was destined to be revealed, with the result that the Law has become our tutor and our disciplinarian to guide us to Christ, so that we may be justified [that is, declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing with God] by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under [the control and authority of] a tutor and disciplinarian. For you [who are born-again have been reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified and] are all children of God [set apart for His purpose with full rights and privileges] through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union with the Christ, the Anointed] have clothed yourselves with Christ [that is, you have taken on His characteristics and values].” Galatians 3:24-27 AMP *through FAITH – not the Law
Question to ponder, research, and pray with God about: If the food laws were apart of the Old Covenant, why not follow ALL the laws instead of just the Old Testament commandment and the food laws? Are we really required to follow the Old Covenant? Especially given this passage of Galatians 5 (and the ones above) where it talks about the Law. “Once more I solemnly affirm to every man who receives circumcision [as a supposed requirement of salvation], that he is under obligation and required to keep the whole Law. You have been severed from Christ, if you seek to be justified [that is, declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing with God] through the Law; you have fallen from grace [for you have lost your grasp on God’s unmerited favor and blessing]. For we [not relying on the Law but] through the [strength and power of the Holy] Spirit, by faith, are waiting [confidently] for the hope of righteousness [the completion of our salvation].” Galatians 5:2-5 AMP
SDA Teaching on keeping the Sabbath: “The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath.” (emphasis added) They believe that we are required to keep the Sabbath and that it is a mark of our salvation. “The consequences for forgetting the Sabbath day to keep it holy are serious. It will lead to the distortion and eventual destruction of a person’s relationship with God.” (link to source) Can you see now why there is such fear of neglecting the Sabbath and why I was so scared to do so?
Correct view we should hold from God’s word: Neglecting the Sabbath will not distort or destroy our personal relationship with God – our salvation. No where in the New Testament is worshiping on a particular day a command – Saturday or no Saturday. Why? Jesus has become our Sabbath rest. Everything we would have been required to do under the Old Covenant has become obsolete (Hebrews 9:13) and replaced by the New Covenant. Under this covenant…Old Testament laws are no longer required to be observed except the law to love. ““Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”” (Colossians 2:16-17). The reality, however, is found in Christ and what He accomplished on the cross. The Sabbath is not what saves a believer – faith in Jesus Christ is (John 3:16). Sabbath keeping is apart of the Old Covenant and if you look closely at God’s word you will see that Christ is the mediator of the New Covenant which is characterized by life under grace and freedom from obeying the Old Testament Law (more info).
SDA Teaching on the nature of God: “Christ took upon His sinless nature our sinful nature. Christ took our nature and it’s deteriorating condition.” (Q.D. p.654-656). (oh. my. gosh.)
Correct view we should hold from God’s word: Remember, Jesus is God as we can see in the beginning of John 1 “In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and [b]the Word was God Himself.”
“ Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one.” James 1:13-14 (bolding emphasis added). The only nature of ours that Christ walked in was our physical fragile flesh (Colossians 2:9). That’s it boo.
In order for Christ to be tempted by sin in the exact same way as were are He had to have inherited our sinful nature not just our physical nature – there had to be evil in Him. But this would make Him like us in every way and not fully God. Even though God came down in the flesh He had to be God nonetheless.
Remember…Jesus was in nature one with God and so there must be a distinction between our nature and His thus setting Him apart from the rest of creation and making him a suitable sacrifice to bear the weight of our sins and save us from them.
Question to ponder…
SDA Teaching on investigative judgment: Since 1844, Christians have been under Christ’s judgement according to their doctrine. “Jesus’ atonement wasn’t completed on the cross; it continues until he finishes investigating the heavenly “books of record,” maintained by a “recording angel,” that shows the thoughts and deeds of all professing Christians.”(source – What is the Investigative Judgement, 10 Q&A on Seventh-day Adventism, Rose Publising)
Correct view we should hold from God’s word: This incorrect view of salvation is extremely faulty and leaky. According to this view, the act of Jesus saving is not once and for all as the Bible declares but an investigative process. Allow me to investigate the errors in this belief for you by presenting some truths from God’s word. Jesus’ atonement was completed on the cross – “But when Christ appeared as a High Priest of the good things to come [that is, true spiritual worship], He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not a part of this [material] creation. He went once for all into the Holy Place [the Holy of Holies of heaven, into the presence of God], and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, having obtained and secured eternal redemption [that is, the salvation of all who personally believe in Him as Savior].” (Hebrews 9:11-12 AMP) *bolding and underlining added for emphasis. He has already obtained and secured our salvation. This investigative judgment theory is nothing but a joke and a great offense to the cross. “The blood of Christ, while it was to release the repentant sinner from the condemnation of the law, was not to cancel the sin. It would stand on record in the sanctuary until the final atonement.” (“Patriarchs and Prophets”, p. 357,).
The Bible itself disagrees. How can we be blameless if our sins are not cancelled? How can we be truly forgiven if our sins are not cancelled? How can we be free from accusation, as this verse says, if the blood of Jesus has not wiped the slate clean? Come ON. “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation…” (Colossians 1:22 NIV) *emphasis added
Accusation cannot be made without an object. Because we are forgiven for all of our sins in Christ we no longer stand accused and the guilt of those sins are acquitted. Therefore, there is nothing within us that can be accused. When God sees us He sees the blamelessness that comes from Christ’s sacrifice on the cross because of His great forgiveness of those same sins. In light of this truth, because of Christ’s death and resurrection, our sin are cancelled.
SDA Teaching on the dreaded Mark of the Beast: This is one of the main things I was fearful of obtaining after leaving the SDA church – no one should ever be. The SDA unique doctrinal beliefs on the Mark of the Beast are heavily unscriptural, made up, and untrue. “But when Sunday observance shall be enforced by law, and the world shall be enlightened concerning the obligation of the true Sabbath, then whoever shall transgress the command of God, to obey a precept which has no higher authority than that of Rome, will thereby honor popery above God. He is paying homage to Rome and to the power which enforces the institution ordained by Rome. He is worshipping the beast and his image. As men then reject the institution which God has declared to be the sign of His authority, and honor in its stead that which Rome has chosen as the token of her supremacy, they will thereby accept the sign of allegiance to Rome–‘the mark of the beast.’ And it is not until the issue is thus plainly set before the people, and they are brought to choose between the commandments of God and the commandments of men, that those who continue in transgression will receive ‘the mark of the beast.'” (The Great Controversy, page 449).
Correct view we should hold from God’s word: “And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.” (Revelation 13:15-18)
No where in the Bible is going to a church on a Sunday a mark of the beast. If God didn’t say that it was, for the SDA to agree with such a heretical view of this word is dangerous and heavily unscriptural. Thus, proving among other things why their doctrinal beliefs are so uncredible and error-filled and why we should not trust their doctrine but to pursue God’s truth – viewing God’s word in divine authority above all other written material on today’s market – including your favorite Christian book. (more info on the Mark of the Beast)
The inaccurate teachings of the SDA doctrine reject the point of the Gospel shown through the New Covenant:
““Behold, the days will come, says the Lord,
When I will make and ratify a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; Not like the covenant that I made with their fathers. On the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they did not abide in My covenant, and so I withdrew My favor and disregarded them, says the Lord. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their minds [even upon their innermost thoughts and understanding], and engrave them upon their hearts [effecting their regeneration]. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “And it will not be [necessary] for each one to teach his fellow citizen, or each one his brother, saying, ‘Know [by experience, have knowledge of] the Lord,’ For all will know [Me by experience and have knowledge of] Me, from the least to the greatest of them.” (Hebrews 8:8-11 AMP) This is experience and understanding comes through the work of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-31) that is given to each believer and is a sign testifying that we are true children of God (Romans 8:16) and forever saved (Hebrews 7).
How did this new covenant come about and how did it distinguish it from the old? I can elaborate on that much better in another post after doing my own personal research on it. Because to be honest, I too need to know more about these two covenants. “The Old Covenant was a conditional or bilateral agreement that God made with the Israelites. The Old Covenant was in effect during the dispensation of the Law. It is “old” in comparison to the New Covenant, promised by Jeremiah the prophet (Jeremiah 31:31, 33) and made effective by the death of the Lord Jesus (Luke 22:20). ” (Got Questions, link here) The Law here refers to the Mosaic Law given to the Israelites. “The Mosaic Law was given specifically to the nation of Israel (Exodus 19; Leviticus 26:46; Romans 9:4). It was made up of three parts: the Ten Commandments, the ordinances, and the worship system, which included the priesthood, the tabernacle, the offerings, and the festivals (Exodus 20—40; Leviticus 1—7; 23).” (Got Questions, link here)
Here’s the kicker with following the Law. Seventh-Day Adventists got it wrong. (1) If you follow one you follow them all and because the Law was ineffective in that it couldn’t save us Christ had to come (Galatians 5:3/James 2:10) & (2) the Law was never a means to salvation. It was designed to reveal what sin is and that we couldn’t keep it – hence the need for a Saviour who is Jesus. “Why then was the Law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the seed to whom the promise referred” (Galatians 3:19). Two things: the Law was added because of our sins – not to save us but that we would know what sin was (Romans 7:7-25) – and the word “until” signifies that it was temporary and had a time limit. “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:4, emphasis added). More info on that here.
HOW SHOULD THE CHURCH RESPOND?
I didn’t know what I believed in and that I was being deceived. That’s the power of deception and why it’s even called deception – you don’t know your being deceived. They are living in deception. Witness to them. Don’t just show them what the Gospel is…live it out.
There’s a beautiful song written by Keith called O Lord You’re Beautiful and it says…
I want to take your word and shine it all around.
But first help me just, to live it Lord.
And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown.
For my reward is giving glory to you.
The Gospel isn’t a word it’s a lifestyle. I joined a Christian group on campus while studying in the Cayman Islands called “InterVarsity Christian Fellowship”. It’s the life of my staff leader and the guy who discipled me, Tomy Wilkerson, even while I still considered myself as a Seventh-Day Adventist to leave that church because I saw how different Tomy’s life was and how in love with Jesus He was and how loved by Jesus he was. I wanted to feel and live in that love. I also wanted to eat bacon…lol. I kid…I kid…somewhat.
Most Adventists have a very obscure view of God’s love – you need to show them what it truly looks like. They are very passionate about their faith but when they look at you they should and must see a faith that unquestionably and undeniably authentic, grace-filled, FULL of conviction, and love. They must see a life for God that challenges their views on Christianity and biblical knowledge.
Teach them the Scriptures while knowing them for yourself. Challenge their beliefs. I for sure wasn’t aware of many of the things I just wrote to you about until I did research before publishing this blog post. Deception is built on lies. So when you give them truth – even though they may not receive well or fully at first – the truth sets people free and God will use your faithfulness in their life in awesome ways.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Freedom through truth took me time and it will take them time as you witness to them. If Tomy didn’t give me a chance by stopping me on the corridors I don’t know where I would be. He gave me chance to encounter God’s love.
Here’s some things you can pray for over your SDA friends and others around the world who are submitting to demonic doctrines and false teachings:
Pray for the Gospel and what Jesus accomplished on the cross to be truly understood by them.
Pray against fear of leaving the church and fear of being ostricized by those in their community – especially their SDA parents.
Pray for the truth of God to be revealed for what it is and that the Bible would be placed in ultimate divinic authority within their own hearts individually.
Pray that God would return this church unto Himself and that other Christians would be willing and brave to witnessing to those within this church.
Pray for eyes to be open and hearts be softened to God’s truth that is severely lacking in their doctrine.
Pray for the hope of salvation to be made known to all of them.
WHERE DO CHRISTIANS STAND NOW WITH THE LAW?
Christians are not required by God to follow the Law because of 2 main reasons:
The Law is obsolete now (Hebrews 8:13).
The Law could not save us and was never meant to (Romans 8:3-4). That is why God demanded animal sacrifice to symbolize the removal of the people’s sins if they broke the Law – which they often did (Hebrews 6 to Hebrews 7).
“And so [because of the oath’s greater strength and force] Jesus has become the certain guarantee of a better covenant [a more excellent and more advantageous agreement; one that will never be replaced or annulled].” Hebrews 7:22
And this covenant is characterized by (1) The Holy Spirit being planted within our hearts, (2) Jesus being our only High Priest and mediator forever which completely scratches out the need for a Pope or praying to dead saints (Hebrews 4:16, 7:28 & 1 Timothy 2:5), (3) removal of the need to make annual animal sacrifice for our sins because of Jesus’ one sacrifice that paid our debts forever (Hebrews 9:26-28).
I CHALLENGE YOU
Please don’t neglect to share the Gospel of truth and of peace with your Seventh-Adventist brothers and sisters. Please don’t neglect to share the Gospel with anyone who needs Jesus. It’s our duty as servants in the Kingdom. The harvest desperately needs more workers. God can use what is available but there is something to be said about having more faithful hands and feet to help each other out and in reaching more people.
God wants to use your story. Yes, your story is useable. God has a plan for you and it involves sharing His love through the Gospel with the whole word. Will you? Who will you share this blog with? Who will you share your testimony with? What country is God calling you to share the Gospel in? Will you settle for a comfy life or will you join thousand of workers in the harvest across the world and in your society to see Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven? Or will you settle?
This world needs us to be God’s faithful hands and feet. It’s not enough to just go to church and listen to the Gospel. Honey, we gotta bring it to the streets, to the institutions, to the establishments, to the supermarkets – everywhere.
“Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations[help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”” Matthew 28:16-20
I pray for your wholehearted obedience to this verse. Know that God will ask you to reach out to very unexpected people in your path – people who you think are Christians but really aren’t. Be brave. You got this.
P.S. Here’s a short video posted by a YouTube channel called Through The Grace that does a way better job at summarizing many stuff I talked about in this blog post. I hope you watch it and run with truth received from it. I loved that He asked God for confirmation and God was so faithful to do so like He has done with many unclear areas of my faith. He can and will do the same for you if you ask Him too.