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Why do Seventh-day Adventists worship on Saturdays only? Who was their prophet, Ellen G. White, and what did she teach about Jesus (identified as Michael the Archangel), the Trinity (both God the Father and Jesus have tangible bodies), and salvation? What is the SDA Bible paraphrase, The Clear Word, and how does it alter the original Greek and Hebrew meanings to fit Mrs. White's unusual teachings? Why do Adventists consider Sunday worship "the mark of the beast?" What is the "investigative judgment," and how does it deny the biblical belief that Jesus paid fully for our sins at the cross? Christians need to be aware of traditional Adventist teachings.
10 Reasons Cults Experts are Concerned About Seventh-day Adventism (SDA): Find out what SDA members really believe, and why.
This pamphlet, 10 Q & A Seventh-day Adventism, gives 10 beliefs that contradict the Bible yet are held by SDA's today.
VIDEO: Author Colleen Tinker talks about Seventh-day Adventist beliefs. As a former Adventist who was brought up in an Adventist family, Colleen goes through a careful analysis of Adventist beliefs as compared to biblical Christianity. "There is no doctrine of the Christian faith that Adventism does not distort, including the nature of man, the nature of Christ, the nature of sin, and the truth about Christ's finished atonement."
- This short, simple 14-page overview gives side-by-side comparisons of the most important issues—and the beliefs that every SDA member holds.
- In just a few minutes, you will grasp the basic problems with the teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist prophet, Ellen G. White.
- Know the history and strange teachings of SDA about salvation, atonement, and their failed end times prophecies.
- Find out that the SDA church considers itself to be the only true remnant church.
- See examples showing how the Seventh-day Adventist Bible paraphrase, The Clear Word, changes dozens of biblical passages to add in Ellen G. White's unusual doctrines.
- Learn why they go to Christian music events and try to proselytize young believers.
- SDA's believe that worshipping on Sunday is the mark of the Beast (a sign you are not a true Christian).
- Glossary that shows how SDA members use Christian terms but mean something else.
Click here for examples of The Clear Word compared to the Bible.
Seventh-day Adventism is often represented as being part of the historical Christian Church. Determining exactly where it fits can be quite difficult and, unfortunately, many in today's culture do not have the willingness to enter into a lengthy investigation of the facts. The good news is, with the publication of 10 Questions and Answers on Seventh-day Adventism you can quickly find the answers.
This fourteen page pamphlet can be read in a matter of minutes. However, it offers a surprising amount of valuable information; including a side by side comparison of Adventism teachings with those of the Bible on such topics as: the Trinity, Sabbath worship, the Investigative Judgment, death, and hell. Just as important are the tips offered on reaching out to Adventists and, if you want to go deeper, a rather extensive listing of other resources.
If you have a friend or family member who is part of Seventh-day Adventism, you are considering such a Church, or just want to know what Adventism teaches, I highly recommend 10 Questions and Answers on Seventh-day Adventism. I believe this is a tremendous resource for engaging the culture in the discussion of biblical truth.
President, Crosswinds Foundation for Faith and Culture
General Editor: Paul Carden
Paul Carden, general editor of the best-selling side-by-side comparative religions chart, Christianity, Cults & Religions, and the /i>10 Q & A series from Rose Publishing, is a longtime specialist in the field of cults and new religions around the world. He is the executive director of the Centers for Apologetics Research (CFAR) in San Juan Capistrano, California, and is former co-host of the "Bible Answer Man" radio program.
April 6, 2012
Rose Publishing's Response to Seventh-day Adventist Complaints about the pamphlet:
10 Questions & Answers about Seventh-day Adventism
First, be assured that the pamphlet is not the product of "hearsay" or careless or superficial research, nor was it intended to give personal offense to you or any other individual. We are not making a judgment as to whether any individual Adventist is saved or is truly a Christian; we are mainly contrasting the teachings of Seventh-day Adventism with historic Christian doctrines.
Second, we encourage Adventists to consult the nearly two dozen documented sources cited by the authors, as we have. (In preparing the pamphlet they referred exhaustively to current SDA publications, including the current edition of Seventh-day Adventists Believe and documents from The White Estate, besides numerous other official sources, including the official Seventh-day Adventist website, the church's Sabbath School Bible Study Guide, the republished Questions on Doctrine, works by Ellen White, and various others.) While you may personally disagree with the conclusions of the authors—who were active, lifelong Adventists well into adulthood—we can state with confidence that they have been careful not to misrepresent the Adventist church's current and historic views.
Third, we should note that the pamphlet's general editor (who worked closely with the authors), Paul Carden, served at the Christian Research Institute under Walter Martin for nearly a decade and has over 30 years' experience in researching and responding to cultic movements here and abroad. Also, one of our uncredited manuscript consultants has been researching primary Adventist sources for decades and maintains an enormous collection of the church's books and periodicals. Having done "due diligence," we are confident that all of the pamphlets citations accurately reflect the context of the sources from which they were drawn.
Fourth, regarding abortion, the authors reply:
While Adventism has "never officially endorsed abortion," it is openly pro-choice. The official Adventist statement on abortion may be found here: www.adventist.org/beliefs/guidelines/main-guide1.html
Here are some quotes from the official statement (emphasis added):
"God's ideal for human beings affirms the sanctity of human life, in God's image, and requires respect for prenatal life. However, decisions about life must be made in the context of a fallen world. Abortion is never an action of little moral consequence. Thus prenatal life must not be thoughtlessly destroyed. Abortion should be performed only for the most serious reasons."
"Women, at times however, may face exceptional circumstances that present serious moral or medical dilemmas, such as significant threats to the pregnant woman's life, serious jeopardy to her health, severe congenital defects carefully diagnosed in the fetus, and pregnancy resulting from rape or incest. The final decision whether to terminate the pregnancy or not should be made by the pregnant woman after appropriate consultation."
"Therefore, any attempts to coerce women either to remain pregnant or to terminate pregnancy should be rejected as infringements of personal freedom."
"Church institutions should be provided with guidelines for developing their own institutional policies in harmony with this statement. Persons having a religious or ethical objection to abortion should not be required to participate in the performance of abortions."
Finally, regarding Ellen G. White, the Adventist church's fundamental belief #18 states in part: "One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen. G. White. As the Lord's messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction." A "source" is a place of origin, and as the pamphlet demonstrates, having a prophet outside of Scripture who functions actively as a "continuing and authoritative source of truth" is fundamentally contrary to "Sola Scriptura," no matter how her role may be characterized.
The Adventist church's distinctive teachings on the "great controversy theme," its views of Jesus and the Trinity, its "investigative judgment" doctrine, worship on Sunday as the mark of the beast, and many other issues concern us deeply—as they do other Christians around the world.
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Just the facts please
This pamphlet does a poor job at adequately describing what Seventh-day Adventists really believe from the scriptures alone and throughout mixes the authors (Rose Publishing...who really wrote this anyhow?) interpretation of doctrines and teachings with their own interpretation of scripture to prop up their own dogma on what the Bible teaches. Quotes and citations within are often taken out of context or not presented in light with what the bible teaches plainly on the matter. Here is the challenge: go through any Seventh-day Adventist evangelism materials such as the ones found at bibleuniverse.com, amazingfacts.org, itiswritten.org, etc. and test the doctrines whether they are of God and the bible alone or simply interpretations of fallible people.
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