I only know of two Seventh-day Adventists, Ben Carson & David Koresh. Since Dr Carson is now the leading Republican candidate for President, I did some research on this denomination. What I found may astonish you. David Koresh, as some of you may remember, joined a splinter group based at the Mount Carmel Center near Waco, Texas, which took the name Branch Davidians. Here he competed for dominance with another leader named George Roden until Roden was jailed for murdering another rival. Koresh was then accused of seducing a 13-year-old girl, apparently with her parents’ consent, a relationship that he sanctified as a ‘spiritual marriage’. But it was the serving of arrest and search warrants by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as part of an investigation into illegal possession of firearms and explosives that provoked the historic 1993 raid on the center. Four ATF agents and six Davidians were killed during the initial two hour firefight, both sides claiming the other side fired first. The subsequent siege by the FBI ended with the burning of the center, where Koresh and 79 others were found dead after the fire.
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS HAVE A FALSE PROPHETESS – Ellen G. White. Adventists officially state, “As the Lord’s messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth and provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction”. Ellen White’s writings are called the “Spirit of Prophecy” and “The Testimony of Jesus”. She is considered by Adventists to be as inspired as Bible writers. Her writings are considered to be as inspired as the Bible itself.
Doctor Ben Carson is a twice-baptized Seventh-day Adventist. In his book “Gifted Hands,” Carson describes being baptized as a boy by the pastor of Detroit’s Burns Seventh-day Adventist Church. At age 12, he told the pastor of another Adventist church in the Detroit suburb of Inkster that he hadn’t completely grasped his first baptism and wanted to be baptized again. Carson’s mother is a devout Adventist and Doctor Carson has served as an Adventist local elder and Sabbath school teacher.
The denomination grew out of the Millerite movement in the United States during the mid-19th century and was formally established in 1863. Among its founders was Ellen G. White, whose extensive writings are still held in high regard by the church.
The Millerites were the followers of the teachings of William Miller, who in 1833 first shared publicly his belief that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ would occur about March 1844. At the height of his ministry, Miller had gathered some 50,000 followers who had also become known as “Adventists.” Just in case you don’t know, Jesus did not return in 1844. The Holy Bible prolifically shares the signs of the end times such as people will travel to and fro. In 1844 there was not much traveling to and fro as the golden spike would not signal the completion of the Trans-Continental Railroad until 25 years later. People would still not jet to and fro for frivolous reasons for another hundred years.
Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.”
“Beware” means to be on alert … to discern what is being said. False teachers take advantage of the fact that many people are not well educated in fundamental biblical truths. Unless one is firmly grounded in God’s Word and led by His Spirit, one can easily be led astray.
Wolves don’t advertise, instead, they “look” like sheep. False teachers aren’t dressed in red holding a pitchfork. Legitimate teachers recognize the deity of Christ. False teachers promote salvation through works and not through faith alone. One must belong to their Society, Institution or Church in order to be saved. This is a false gospel.
Seventh-day Adventism has long been a misunderstood group. This is because beginning in the 1950’s they began to seek acceptance by evangelical, born-again Christians. What followed was a stunning piece of public relations work that began a cover-up of the real truths of Adventism. Adventists desperately want to be accepted so that they may proselytize Christians.
When March 1844 came and went with no sign of Jesus Christ having returned, Miller recalculated the new date to October 22, 1844. When Jesus did not return on October 22, 1844, the entire Millerite movement collapsed. Miller revamped his doctrine to say that Christ had indeed returned, but that Miller had not understood that Christ first had to come to the “Heavenly Sanctuary,” which He is now busy cleaning. Once Jesus has cleansed things up in heaven, He would be coming back to the earth. How long did it take God to create the Heavens and the Earth?
The remnant that bought into this lie formed the Advent Church and in 1845 William Miller became its first president. The name was later changed to Seventh Day Adventists and after the death of Miller in 1849 a new false prophet came on the scene, this time a woman, Ellen G. White. At the age of 13, Ellen was taken to a meeting where William Miller spoke and was converted to the Adventist faith. During the month of December, 1844, Ellen was holding a prayer meeting in which she had a vision and felt that she was transported to heaven and shown that Christ could not come back to the earth until the Great Commission has been fulfilled. This revelation was later going to be mixed in with the teaching that Christ had come back in 1844, but that He stopped in the heaven sanctuary to first clean that up. Thus, like with so many other false movements, the leaders in the Advents movement had to cover up for the false prophecy of William Miller.
Ellen Gould White (November 26, 1827 – July 16, 1915) was a prolific author who founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church along with other Sabbatarian Adventist leaders such as Joseph Bates and her husband James White. Ellen White reported her visionary experiences to her fellow believers. James White and others of the Adventist pioneers viewed these experiences as the Biblical gift of prophecy as outlined in Revelation 12:17 and Revelation 19:10 which describe the testimony of Jesus as the “spirit of prophecy”. Her Conflict of the Ages series of writings endeavor to showcase the hand of God in Biblical history and in church history. This cosmic conflict, referred to by Seventh-day Adventist theologians as the “Great Controversy theme”, became foundational to the development of Seventh-day Adventist theology.
On August 30, 1846 Ellen married James White, who had been ordained into the Adventist church in 1843. Her ascension as a “prophetess” in the Seventh Day Adventist Church had now begun. During her years as the “seer” for the SDA church, she prophesied a number of predictions that did not come true. One of the most blatant false prophecies she made was when she predicted before the American Civil war, that the Union would not be preserved but that the United States would be divided, slavery would not be abolished but England would intervene and declare war on the United States. Any student of history knows differently. But, like so many other false movements, these failed prophecies are swept under the rug and most Seventh Day Adventists today do not even know about them.
Like so many other cults, the doctrine of the SDA church evolved with time. The doctrine of Saturday as the Sabbath was not preached by William Miller, but came in later. Neither did Miller preach and believe in vegetarianism.
With the collapse of Miller’s prediction that Christ would return in 1844, the movement needed a cause in order to survive. After the damage control had been completed and the SDA spin doctors had cured the disease, it was time for the SDA leadership to hammer out some kind of “theology” that could be used to attract new converts to their fold.
The teaching of vegetarianism came from the Whites. In 1864 Ellen’s husband became ill and Ellen nursed him back to health. After his recovery James and Ellen began to think about food and eating habits. Since just a practical experience would not do the job of changing the theology of the SDA church, Ellen had a “convenient” vision from the Lord.
One well known book and still pushed hard by the SDA members is, “The Great Controversy.” It is important to note that Ellen was a proven plagiarist. The explanation of the SDA Church for her plagiarism, that there were no copyright laws back then does not excuse her “borrowing”.
During her lifetime, Ellen White wrote more than 5,000 periodical articles and 40 books. As of 2015 more than 100 White titles are available in English, including compilations from her 100,000 pages of manuscript. Some of her most famous books include The Desire of Ages, The Great Controversy and Steps to Christ. Her work on successful Christian living, Steps to Christ, has been published in more than 140 languages.
The world church is governed by a General Conference, with smaller regions administered by divisions, union conferences, and local conferences. It currently has a worldwide baptized membership of about 18 million people and a missionary presence in over 200 countries and territories. The church operates numerous schools, hospitals and publishing houses worldwide, as well as a humanitarian aid organization known as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
SDA’s often make every effort to appear “evangelical”, joining in with inter-ministry groups and trying to “blend in” with the Christian community. However, make no mistake about it, they believe they are exclusively correct because they recognize and follow Ellen G. White. Among themselves, they mock the Christian’s beliefs, calling our concept of salvation, “cheap grace”. They privately consider themselves to be spiritually superior to the rest of us.
The SDA Church made this statement in their “Ministry” magazine of October 1981 and has never retracted it:
“We believe the revelation and inspiration of both the Bible and Ellen White’s writings to be of equal quality. The superintendence of the Holy Spirit was just as careful and thorough in one case as in the other.”
GREAT EMPHASIS IS LAID UPON THE TEACHING THAT THE SABBATH DAY IS ON SATURDAY, AND IF A PERSON DOES NOT KEEP SATURDAY AS SABBATH, HE CANNOT BE SAVED. ULTIMATELY, ACCORDING TO SDA THEOLOGY, YOUR SALVATION IN THE LAST DAYS BOILS DOWN TO THE DAY YOU WORSHIP ON. SIMPLY PUT, THERE IS NO SALVATION OUTSIDE THE SDA CHURCH. They particularly believe that worshipping on Sunday will be the mark of the beast. The Bible says we are saved by grace through faith and nothing more. Ephesians 2:8-9
Ellen G. White taught that all other churches except the SDA church were teaching lies from the Devil. Only SDA members are true and obedient believers; prayers spoken in other churches are only answered by the Devil. This is a man-made doctrine not found in the Bible.
They firmly believe that Jesus is Michael the Archangel and this is the name used for him (Jesus) in the Old Testament; yet also believe that Jesus is God. In truth, Michael is just an angel, a created being. Isn’t Satan also an angel, albeit, a fallen one?
They believe that the atonement through Jesus is not complete until He comes again, only your past sins are forgiven by grace up to that point. The Bible says that the atoning work of Jesus is finished, never again to be repeated. John 19:30; Hebrews 9:24-28
They believe in the “sanctuary teaching” that Jesus is now cleaning the sanctuary in the heavens before he can return to the earth. This is a man-made doctrine not found in the Bible.
They believe you will have to stand in the presence of the living God for judgment without a mediator. The Bible says that there is one mediator between God and men, and that is Jesus Himself. I Timothy 2:5
They believe you can be sinless, also known as “sinless perfection” meaning that a person can become sinless while they are still living on this earth in their physical body. The Bible says that all are born with sin. All throughout the New Testament, the various authors write about fleeing and resisting sin, they themselves struggled with sin. This is a man-made doctrine not found in the Bible.
They believe in the final and total annihilation of the wicked, where they will simply cease to exist after the final judgment. This doctrine is in harmony with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Bible says they will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Revelation 20:12-15
They do not believe in the eternal punishment of Satan and his fallen angels. They believe that the penalty for sinning against a Holy God is merely annihilation. Satan is the scapegoat; the sins of the believers are laid upon him, and he and these sins are finally burned up. The Bible says that Satan and his fallen angels will be cast in the Lake of Fire. Revelation 20:10-15
They believe in and demand vegetarianism although that too may be evolving. There is no place in the Bible where God demands this. There is nothing wrong if a person chooses to be vegetarian for personal or health reasons, but it should never be tied in with our salvation. “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.” ~ Genesis 9:3
They believe you should revere their founding prophetess, Ellen G. White, viewing her as having the “spirit of prophecy” referred to in the book of Revelation. Ellen G. White’s writings are considered as inspired as the Bible and are used as an authoritative source of truth. In spite of revering her, they won’t ordain women as ministers. Ellen was a proven plagiarist and therefore a liar. God’s attributes are truth and light (I John 1:5-6), whereas, Satan’s attributes are darkness and lying (John 8:44).
Here is part of what they say about abortions: “Prenatal human life is a magnificent gift of God. 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.”
Here is the SDA position on serving in the military: “The official position of the denomination concerning military service was last adopted in 1972 at Mexico City. The position recommends serving in roles that will save life rather than take lives, preferably as a noncombatant. However, the Church respects individual choice in this matter; like the recommended health and lifestyle of a vegetarian diet, noncombatancy is not a test of fellowship or membership. The Church provides pastoral care and spiritual support to those who conscientiously believe they must defend and protect others, as well as for those who believe force should never be used and thus cannot serve in the armed forces. These issues are deeply personal and merit much thought.”
While the Seventh-day Adventists express a firm belief in the authority and inerrancy of Scripture, the many changes made to the biblical text in the Clear Word Bible are ultimately destructive to the integrity of God’s Word.
The gravity of deliberately changing the meaning of God’s word cannot be overemphasized. Deuteronomy 4:2 says, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it.” Proverbs 30:5, 6 reiterates this point: “Every word of God is pure. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Since God’s Word is pure and truth, any changes to His Word will ultimately change the truth of God into a lie, with disastrous consequences.
Christians should inquire as to why anyone would want to make numerous additions, deletions and changes to God’s word. True, some Christians allow paraphrases that interpretively present God’s word in order to make it plain for the current generation. What is indicated, however, when a paraphrase deliberately revises God’s Word? The belief that additions, deletions and changes need to be made is a clear sign of doctrinal weakness. The Clear Word Bible has changed God’s Word so that it supports Adventist doctrines in general and writings of their prophetess, Ellen G. White, in particular. Her writings are still held by the SDA church to be “a continuing and authoritative source of truth.”
One can readily see how this Clear Word Bible which proclaims to be an accurate rending of Scripture is perhaps, one of the most deceptive Bibles of recent times. For 150 years Seventh-day Adventists have called the Roman Catholic Church “the beast” for allegedly omitting verses of the law against images. Yet they have now made hundreds of revisions in their Bible. Each addition is itself an admission to some part of their teaching that lacks Bible support. Each deletion and change likewise admits to some part of their teachings which the Bible refutes. These changes are made to uphold E.G. White’s nonbiblical views.
“I saw the state of the different churches since the second angel proclaimed their fall (in 1844). they have been growing more and more corrupt. Satan has taken full possession of the churches as a body. Their professions, their prayers and their exhortations are an abomination in the sight of GOD.” (Spiritual Gifts, Vol 1, p.189).
White blames her failed prophecy on the members of the Seventh-day Adventist church: “Thus the work was hindered, and the world was left in darkness. Had the whole Adventist body united upon the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, how widely different would have been our history.” (Selected Messages, Book 1, p.299).
Concerning some of her revelations: “In one of her visions her accompanying angels told her that the time of salvation for all sinners ended in 1844. In another vision she discovered that women should wear short dresses with pants and she and her sister followers dressed this way for eight years. But the custom has now been abandoned.” (Biederwolf, Seventh-Day Adventism, p.81).
She also affirms that her visits to heaven were easily made: After having left there during one of her visits an angel “handed me a green cord coiled up closely. This he directed me to place next to my heart, and when I wished to see Jesus, take from my bosom and stretch it to the utmost. He cautioned me not to let it remain coiled for any length of time lest it should become knotted and difficult to straighten.”
“I was shown the company present at the Conference. Said the angel: Some food for worms, some subject to the last plagues, some will be alive and remain upon the earth to be translated at the coming of Jesus .” (Vol.1, p.131).
NOTE: This statement was made in 1856 and every one present in that meeting is long dead . Obviously, this was a false prophecy. Some SDA’s, in trying to extricate themselves from the dilemma of this false statement, have argued that had God’s people been faithful the Lord would have come long ago. But this excuse will not hold water, because God knew ahead of time what would happen. And Mrs. White made no conditions for the fulfillment of her prophecy. Her statement is plain and to the point.
“Soon we heard the voice of God like many waters which gave us the day and hour of Jesus coming. When God spoke the time, He poured upon us the Holy Spirit.” (Vol.1, p.59).
NOTE: In this reference Mrs. White claims that the Lord gave her the day and hour of His coming. In Matthew 24:36, Jesus said, ” But of that day and hour knoweth no man , no, not the angels in heaven, but my Father only .” And, of course, we know today she was wrong because Jesus did not come when she expected Him.
Mrs. White taught that in the communion service the sisters should wash the feet of the brethren (Early Writings, p.117).
This comes from my research, I welcome correction of any mistakes contained herein rather than just called me a name.