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Do you despise sin? Then remember that the righteousness of Christ is yours if you will grasp it. Can you not see what a strong foundation is placed beneath your feet when you accept Christ? God has accepted the offering of His Son as a complete atonement for the sins of the world. Answer: The archangel Michael's identity has been debated through the centuries. This view does not require any lessening of Christ's full deity.

Resources: The Biblical evidence and the views of commentators are summarized in Questions on Doctrine, pp. See also many contemporary evangelical Bible commentaries on such passages as Revelation Jehovah's Witnesses derived from Adventism; their founder Charles T. Russell co-authored a book with N. Barbour, an early Adventist. Answer: These leaders defined Christ's divinity in terms that we view today to fall short of the Scripture evidence.

In the years that followed, clearer understanding of the Godhead prevailed. Resources: For development of Seventh-day Adventist understanding of the deity of Christ, see "Christology" in Seventh-day Encyclopedia, vol. Ellen White's works are largely plagiarized, with one book withdrawn under the threat of a lawsuit.

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It cannot be proven that more than 20 percent of what Ellen White wrote was original with her. Answer: Research has found that Ellen White enriched her writings with choice expressions from her reading, but the extent of verbal dependency that has been documented thus far is a small percentage less than 2 percent when measured against her total literary output. No lawsuit was ever threatened. Ellen White reflected popular, erroneous views on health masturbation, wigs, dress reform, no evening meal.

Answer: The video mixes Ellen White's writings with the writings of others. Five of the six statements presented as representing Ellen White's views on masturbation were not written by her but by physicians quoted by James White in A Solemn Appeal, pp. For comments on each of these issues, see references below. Ellen White denied the assurance given believers in the Gospel.

She taught that one should never say "I am saved. Answer: In context, Ellen White is not warning against the believer's certainty of one's present standing with God. She is speaking against the presumptuous "once saved, always saved" teaching of eternal security by those who claim "I am saved" while continuing to transgress God's law. Here is Ellen White's statement quoted in the video by Mr. Martin, with the words he omitted italicized:. They declare that we have only to believe on Jesus Christ, and that faith is all-sufficient; that the righteousness of Christ is to be the sinner's credentials; that this imputed righteousness fulfils the law for us, and that we are under no obligation to obey the law of God.

This class claim that Christ came to save sinners, and that he has saved them. But are they saved while transgressing the law of Jehovah? Resources: Here are additional quotations that show Ellen White's balance between assurance and false-confidence:. You need not stand where you say, 'I do not know whether I am saved. If you do, then rejoice.

Self-confidence led him to the belief that he was saved, and step after step was taken in the downward path, until he could deny his Master. Never can we safely put confidence in self or feel, this side of heaven, that we are secure against temptation. Those who accept the Saviour, however sincere their conversion, should never be taught to say or to feel that they are saved.

This is misleading. Every one should be taught to cherish hope and faith; but even when we give ourselves to Christ and know that He accepts us, we are not beyond the reach of temptation. God's word declares, 'Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried. Only he who endures the trial will receive the crown of life. James Emphasis supplied. Answer: This statement is correct if by "hell" is meant eternal torment in contrast to annihilation.

Seventh-day Adventist teachings on the Saturday Sabbath and the seal of God are unscriptural. Resources: For Scriptural evidences of the seventh-day Sabbath and the transition to Sunday worship, see:. On the seal of God and its relation to the Sabbath, see Seventh-day Encyclopedia, vol. Answer: Satan's bearing the ultimate responsibility for sin does not involve him in any way with Christ's complete and full atonement for sin. See article below and also item 20 above.

Answer: On the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the investigative pre-advent judgment in the heavenly sanctuary, see the following sources.

  1. Pecado imperdonable (Julia) (Spanish Edition).
  2. The Intimate Life: Awakening to the Spiritual Essence in Yourself and Others!
  3. Lost at Sea, Book 1 - A Junior Novel (Nautical Mile Series).
  4. How High and Holy Is That Mountain??
  5. On the Causes of the Greatness and Magnificence of Cities (Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library).

Answer: Walter Martin, a recognized specialist on cults, made an extensive study of Seventh-day Adventists and wrote in his book The Kingdom of the Cults: "It is my conviction that one cannot be a true Jehovah's Witness, Mormon, Christian Scientist, Unitarian, Spiritist, etc. Today this opinion is widely accepted by other Christian scholars.

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The video compares Seventh-day Adventists to a list of five criteria characteristic of cults. These are listed below, along with a brief response. This criterion should be contrasted with the manner in which Ellen White identified on the video with the "cult leader" continually uplifted the Scriptures as "the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested" The Great Controversy, p.

She wrote, "God's Word is the unerring standard.

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The Testimonies are not to take the place of the Word. Let all prove their positions from the Scriptures and substantiate every point they claim as truth from the revealed Word of God. See also item 2 above. The word "coercion" is defined as "forcible constraint or restraint. They deny that His death has provided salvation for the entire human race. As a result, salvation is earned by adherence to the teaching of the cult rather than accepting Christ and following Him. Seventh-day Adventist teaching on the deity of Christ and His complete atonement for sin is summarized in the official statement of "27 Fundamental Beliefs," numbers four and nine:.

As the video correctly states, Seventh-day Adventists do not encourage new members to abandon or reject their families. Rather, having themselves experienced the joys of salvation, including the excitement of expecting the soon return of Jesus, new converts are urged to work and pray for the conversion of their relatives so they, too, can experience the same peace and happiness that comes when one accepts Christ Jesus. Martin's booklet Jehovah's Witnesses deals with this reality. The chapter is entitled "The Watchtower Chameleon. They say one thing on one hand and something completely different on the other hand.

The wise investigator must learn to dig through this deception in order to arrive at the truth. It is not difficult to see this trait in Seventh-Day Adventism. In an attempt to appear orthodox they sometimes dilute, even alter their beliefs. Sometimes, for example, they proudly and boldly teach that Ellen White's writings are inspired revelation from God and that they should be accepted as authoritative by all Christians. They do this in the aforementioned correspondence course, Prophetic Guidance in the Adventist Movement.

On other occasions, they will deny the charge that they revere Ellen White's writings as divine revelation. Martin also admitted that there is confusion and "conflicting statements" among SDA publications:. It is very sad that Dr. Martin did not discern this as apostate deceitfulness instead of overlooking it. Consider some of the contradictions between quotations Dr. Martin uses from Questions on Doctrine and quotes from other books produced by the same official Adventist publishers:. White inspiration in every area of her writings, then we might well be cautious about having fellowship with them.

However, this they do not do, as I have amply demonstrated from official sources" Kingdom of the Cults , p. Contradicting Adventist Statements : "These inspired books, such as Desire of Ages , The Great Controversy , and Patriarchs and Prophets , are indeed divine revelations of truth upon which we may place full dependence" Prophetic Guidance in the Seventh-day Adventist Church , p. Martin's Statements : "These counsels are primarily for the Seventh-day Adventist denominations" Kingdom of the Cults , p.

Contradicting Adventist Statements : "She was ever mindful that she was writing for the world as well as for the church" Prophetic Guidance , p. Martin's Statements : "If they interpreted the Bible in the light of her writings, and not the reverse, if they willingly admitted this and owned it as their position, then his criticism would be justified, but they do not do so" Kingdom of the Cults , p. Contradicting Adventist Statements : "When they came to the point in their study where they said, 'We can do nothing more,' the Spirit of the Lord would come to me, I would be taken off in vision, and a clear explanation of the passages we had been studying would be given me.

Thus light was given that helped us to understand the Scriptures White Messenger to the Remnant , pp. It is true that Adventist leaders often deny that their doctrine was developed through Ellen White's visions, but in the above statement Ellen White herself admitted that her visions played a definitive role in how the early leaders understood Bible doctrine. A cult researcher like Walter Martin should have known that it would be impossible to develop from the Bible alone Adventist doctrines such as Investigative Judgment, Satan as sin bearer, Sunday worship the mark of the beast, Seventh-Day Adventism as the fulfillment of Revelation , and Satan bound on earth for 1, years.

He should have realized, therefore, that there would have to be duplicity involved in any such claim. Again, for some reason he failed to apply his knowledge of cultic deception to Seventh-Day Adventism. When the Jehovah's Witnesses play games with theological terms and appear in different colors according to different situations, Dr. Martin judged them as heretical chameleons. When the Seventh-day Adventists play similar games, he alleged that it is only because they "are handicapped by the lack of a comprehensive volume which adequately defines their doctrinal position.

Could it have been that Dr. Martin had developed close relationships with Adventist leaders in California, and therefore, became blinded to the reality of Adventism? We believe this is exactly what happened. He admitted such friendships in his writings Calvary Contender , October 1, Martin's Statements : "Literally scores of times in their book Questions on Doctrine and in various other publications the Adventists affirm that salvation comes only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ's sacrifice upon the cross" Kingdom of the Cults , p.

Contradicting Adventist Statements : "So we have clearly outlined the steps that we need to take in order to become a Christian: to believe in God, to repent of and to confess our sins, to be baptized, and to obey all the commandments of the Lord" New Life Voice of Prophecy Guide 12 ; "Christ says to every man in this world what He said to the rich young ruler: 'If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments' In other words, the standards for admission into heaven is a character built according to the ten specifications, or commandments, of God's law" Charles Everson, Saved by Grace , Review and Herald Publishing, pp.

These are quotes from two Adventist publications written specifically to explain to the public their doctrine of salvation. Martin quoted only one publication, Questions on Doctrine. On the one hand, they do claim to believe that salvation is by grace alone without works; but on the other hand, they redefine grace to include works and the deeds of the law.

Their New Life correspondence course plainly states that to be saved one must believe in God, repent of sins, be baptized, and obey all the commandments of the Lord. This is what every cult does. They claim to believe in salvation by grace, but they cleverly redefine grace to include works.

Consider the following statements from SDA publications attacking the orthodox doctrines of the Christian faith:. The Doctrine of Conscious Existence after Death Is Called the Devil's Lie : "And today from pulpits all across the nation we hear the devil's great lie upheld each time a minister assures us that the soul of man lives on after death The Doctrine of Eternal Torment Is Called Blasphemy Against God : "It is beyond the power of the human mind to estimate the evil which has been wrought by the heresy of eternal torment.

The appalling views of God which have spread over the world from the teachings of the pulpit have made thousands, yes, millions, of skeptics and infidels" Ellen White, The Great Controversy , p. Sunday Worship Will Be the Mark of the Beast : "While the observance of the false Sabbath in compliance to the fourth commandment, will be an avowal of allegiance to a power that is in opposition to God, the keeping of the true Sabbath, in obedience to God's law is an evidence of loyalty to the Creator.

While one class, by accepting the sign of submission to earthly powers, receive the mark of the beast, the other, choosing the token of allegiance to divine authority, receive the seal of God" Ellen White, The Great Controversy , p. Churches That Observe Sunday Worship Are Part of the Great Religious Whore of Revelation 17 : "In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven [this refers to Adventist doctrines of Sabbath worship, soul sleep, etc.

As the people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, are these things so? The ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things, to soothe their fears and quiet the awakened conscience" Ellen White, The Great Controversy , pp. Quotes such as these demonstrate that it is the Seventh-Day Adventist denomination itself that has stood apart from other churches and caused divisions by its heretical views. Is it not strange now that they want to be accepted as orthodox Bible-believers by the very churches from which they willfully separated and which they have condemned?

These are the subtle games that false teachers play.

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Howkema admits the Adventists do and still be a non-Christian cult -- suffice it to say that the Adventists do have a clean bill of health where the major doctrines of Christian theology are involved " Kingdom of the Cults , p. Emphasis added. One error here is in Martin's use of the man-made term "cult. By Martin's definition, perhaps, Seventh-Day Adventism was not a cult. By Dr. Howkema's definition, Seventh-Day Adventism is a cult. Whether or not Seventh-day Adventism is a cult, though, is not as important as whether or not Seventh-day Adventism is faithful to the Bible and the New Testament faith.

The Apostle Paul, in his condemnation of the Galatian heretics, mentions only one error: the perversion of the gospel. The Galatian legalizers were apparently sound in such major doctrines as God, Christ, and the Scriptures. In fact, they were almost sound in their doctrine of salvation, yet they were under God's curse! They Seventh-Day Adventists are modern-day Galatian heretics. They believe the cross leads the believer to the law, not to perfect, once-for-all and eternal liberty in Christ entirely outside the law of Moses. The warning of Romans is to mark and separate from those "which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned.

Mark Witas is the lead pastor at Sunnyside Adventist Church. His passion is revealing the loving character of God and fostering a healthy church community.

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He loves sharing the message of God's character through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as taught in the gospels. Mark helps to lead the direction of the church, pointing to God as our strength to impact our world right now for His Kingdom. Originally from Australia, I joined the Sunnyside team in March I am married to Dr. Terry Johnsson and love the adventure of a life journeyed with God. I also love jogging along the river. I previously served in the Ontario and Arkansas-Louisiana Conferences for over ten years.

I enjoy biking, hiking, running, working out, and a variety of sports. My favorite food is a Puerto Rican dish called arroz con gandules. Recently retired, Pastor Dave served as vice president for Administration in the Oregon Conference for over nine years after being the senior pastor at Sunnyside Adventist Church. Pastor Dave recently accepted an invitation to pastor part time at Sunnyside. Rosie has extensive experience in office administration and business operations. You will find her in the office eager to brighten your day.