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in several books 7 Ellen White died in 1915 at age eighty eight. Historically evangelicals have had difficulty defining and categorizing SDA Much SDA. doctrine is biblically orthodox Within its ranks are many true Christians some even in. positions of prominence At various points in its history most notably in the 1888 General. Conference the SDA church has been shaken by the biblical gospel In the 1970s this became. quite intense 8 Unfortunately it produced a polarization The church administrators generally. became more entrenched in the unorthodox positions of traditional SDA while some pastors. and even whole congregations left or were asked to leave the SDA church 9 In official. publications the SDA church continues to defend Ellen White legends and maintain there was. no difference in the degree of inspiration she received from that received by Bible writers 10 In. their June 2000 General Conference they voted to more aggressively affirm and support the. Spirit of Prophecy through the ministry of Ellen White 11 They also teach a number of other. doctrines clearly irreconcilable with the biblical gospel see Doctrine below So long as these. things continue evangelicals must persist in questioning the status of the SDA church. organization in Christianity and much more her claim to be God s only true end time. Remnant Church, SDA teachings most clearly contrary to the gospel and unorthodox in nature are its. insistence on water baptism as an essential prerequisite to salvation its teaching about the. end time significance of sabbath observance to identification of true believers and its doctrine. of the Investigative Judgment, Baptism Christ made it clear that He required baptism of those who wished to become. part of his church His spiritual kingdom In baptism believers enter into the passion. experience of our Lord B aptism also marks a person s entrance into Christ s spiritual. kingdom it unites the new believer to Christ Through baptism the Lord adds the new. disciples to the body of believers His body the church Then they are members of God s. The Sabbath T he divine institution of the Sabbath is to be restored The delivering of. this message will precipitate a conflict that will involve the whole world The central issue will. be obedience to God s law and the observance of the Sabbath Those who reject it will. eventually receive the mark of the beast 13, In one of her most revered works Ellen White wrote that Sabbath observance would be the. line of distinction in the final test that will separate God s end time people who receive the. seal of God and are saved from those who receive the mark of the beast 14. Describing a supposed vision direct from God Ellen White wrote I saw that the Holy. Sabbath is and will be the separating wall between the true Israel of God and unbelievers 15. She also wrote of some Adventists failing to understand that Sabbath observance was of. sufficient importance to draw a line between the people of God and unbelievers 16. The Investigative Judgment, In 1844 Christ entered the second and last phase of His atoning ministry It is a work of. investigative judgment which is part of the ultimate disposition of all sin It also makes. manifest who among the living are abiding in Christ keeping the commandments of God. and the faith of Jesus and in Him therefore are ready for translation into His everlasting. kingdom This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus. It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom 17. O ur High Priest enters the holy of holies in 1844 to perform the work of investigative. judgment and to make an atonement for all who are shown to be entitled to its benefits. Every man s work passes in review before God and is registered for faithfulness or. unfaithfulness The law of God is the standard by which the characters and the lives of. men will be tested in the judgment As the books of record are opened in the judgment. the lives of all those who have believed on Jesus come in review before God Names are. Seventh day Adventist Church page 3, accepted names rejected as they have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ.
and their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God their sins will be. blotted out and they themselves will be accounted worthy of eternal life Jesus does not. excuse their sins but shows their penitence and faith and claiming for them forgiveness. He lifts His wounded hands before the Father Sins that have not been repented of and. forsaken will not be pardoned and blotted out of the books of record but will stand to. witness against the sinner Christ had kept His Father s commandments and there was. no sin in Him this is the condition in which those must be found who shall stand in the time. of trouble 18, According to Ellen White one must believe this doctrine to be saved. Those who would share the benefits of the Savior s mediation should permit nothing to. interfere with their duty to perfect holiness in the fear of God The subject of the. sanctuary and the investigative judgment should be clearly understood by the people of. God All need a knowledge for themselves of the position in the Holy of Holies and work. investigative judgment of their great High Priest Otherwise it will be impossible for them to. exercise the faith which is essential at this time or to occupy the position which God designs. for them to fill Every individual has a soul to save or to lose Each has a case pending at. the bar of God All who have received the light on these subjects are to bear testimony of. the great truths which God has committed to them The sanctuary in heaven is the very. center of Christ s work in behalf of men It is of the utmost importance that all should. thoroughly investigate these subjects The intercession of Christ in man s behalf in the. sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon a cross By. His death He began that work which after his resurrection He ascended to complete in. Other distinctive SDA teachings include vegetarianism and other health issues the. doctrine of soul sleep a misnomer for the belief that between death and resurrection one is. essentially non existent except in the memory of God the annihilation of the wicked as. opposed to conscious torment for eternity,BIBLICAL RESPONSE. Baptism Rom 3 21 26 28 4 4 6 23 24 5 1 Gal 2 16 3 26 5 1 6 Eph 2 4 10 Col. 1 13 14 2 13 14 These passages make it clear that salvation is entirely by God s grace alone. apart from any works and laid hold of by faith alone Baptism is mentioned in close proximity. to some of these passages but the New Testament uses the word baptism in various ways. Clearly the one baptism Eph 4 4 5 that is essential is the baptism of the Spirit If a. passage makes baptism essential to salvation it can only refer to the baptism of the Spirit or it. would conflict with other Scriptures which plainly teach salvation is apart from any human. The Sabbath The quoted statements above particularly Ellen White s are crystal clear. Sabbath observance not trust in Christ alone for complete forgiveness of sins and eternal life. is to be the dividing line between the saved and the lost in the end time This is certainly. antithetical to the gospel defined by the passages above See also Rom 14 5 6 Col 2 16 17. The Old Testament Sabbath was never anything more than a shadow of the substance The. reality of the New Testament Sabbath rest of God which Paul and the writer of Hebrews make. clear is Christ Himself and the rest one experiences from one s own works when one enters. into Christ Heb 4 1 10, The Investigative Judgment the whole concept of the investigative judgment is. antithetical to the Gospel Jesus did not wait until 1844 to enter the Holy of Holies in heaven. Heb 1 3 6 19 20 8 1 9 6 12 24 12 2 Neither is he still making an atonement in heaven. Heb 9 25 26 10 11 14 The investigative judgment proposes to vindicate the justice of God. in saving those who believe in Jesus by showing they were loyal penitent and faithful. commandment keepers This is an outrage God s justice in saving sinners is vindicated by. Christ s death on the cross period Rom 3 24 26,Seventh day Adventist Church page 4. Even when speaking of being saved by the righteousness of Christ Adventist writers refer. to imparted righteousness seldom to the biblical concept of imputed righteousness Calling it. Christ s righteousness while insisting on the believer s perfection of character as a. prerequisite to salvation is at worst a thinly veiled works salvation or at best an attempt to. mix grace and works something the Bible says is impossible to do Rom 11 6 Mrs Whites. words are crystal clear one will not be forgiven until all sins are eradicated from one s life and. one s character is perfected Precisely the same heresy is found besides many others in. Mormonism It is not the salvation by grace alone through faith alone offered in the Bible. The error is compounded by the teaching that this latter day 1844 event must be believed. in to exercise the proper faith necessary to be saved When Jesus said on the cross It is. finished i e completed paid in full it cannot be that there is yet another salvation event more. than 1800 years later just as essential to salvation as Christ s death on the cross in which. one must believe in order to be saved This is clearly another gospel Gal 1 6 9. Other doctrines Some of the SDA health message may actually be helpful and it does. not conflict with the gospel except when as is often the case spiritual stigma is attached to. non observance of its asceticism Gal 2 11 16 The soul sleep doctrine conflicts with the. gospel because closely examined and fully understood it actually constitutes a denial of the. resurrection though it is doubtful any SDA understands it to be so Notwithstanding a. smattering of proof texts the annihilation doctrine is definitely aberrant from the teaching of. the Bible It leaves the sinner facing no eternal consequences for his sin angst over. annihilation will not survive annihilation Indeed many people today think annihilation. preferable to even this life They live on only because they cannot shake the conviction that. there is hell to pay God has set eternity in their hearts Eccl 3 11. RECOMMENDED READING, The Sabbath in Crisis by Dale Ratzlaff Excellent book by a former SDA pastor covers.
virtually every aspect of the Sabbath question 345 pages include scripture index. The Cultic Doctrine of Seventh day Adventists by Dale Ratzlaff Probably the best popular. overall treatment of Seventh day Adventism and especially the 1844 Investigative. Judgment Sanctuary doctrine ever penned Leaves no doubt 384 pages four appendices. incl bibliography, Sunday Facts and Sabbath by Dr Russell K Tardo Presents 25 Reasons Why the. Christian Church Worships on Sunday 144 pages, 1 Melton J Gordon Encyclopedia of American Religions Vol 2 21 22. 2 Ibid 680, 3 Robert D Brinsmead Robert Judged by the Gospel A Review of Adventism 130 33. 4 Encyclopedia of American Religion Vol 2 681, 5 P G Damsteegt et al Seventh day Adventists Believe 224. 6 Maurice Barnett Ellen G White Inspiration 5 17, 7 e g see Walter Rea The White Lie and Judged by the Gospel 361 83.
8 Se Geoffrey J Paxton The Shaking of Adventism, 9 From Controversy to Crisis CRI Journal Vol 11 No 1 9 14. 10 Review Herald 4 October 1928 11 Source of Final Appeal Adventist Review 3 June 1971 4 6 G A Irwin Mark of the Beast 1. The Inspiration and Authority of the Ellen G White Writings Adventist Review 15 July 1982 3 Ministry October 1981 8 see also. Judged by the Gospel 125 30,11 Adventist Today online July 2000. 12 SDA s Believe 182 184 187,13 Ibid 262 63, 14 The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan 605. 15 Early Writings 33 emphasis added,16 Ibid 85,17 SDA s Believe 312 emphasis added. 18 Great Controversy 480 482 84 486 623,19 Ibid 488 89 emphasis added.
Profile is a regular publication of Watchman Fellowship Inc Readers are encouraged to begin their own. religious research notebooks using these articles Profiles are published by Watchman Fellowship. approximately 6 times per year covering subjects such as new religious movements counterfeit. Christianity the occult New Age Spirituality and related doctrines and practices Complete Profile. Seventh day Adventist Church By Timothy Oliver Organization Structure Headquarters in Washington D C Organized as representative democracy Lower echelons elect representatives to higher units determination and administration of policy enforcement of doctrinal orthodoxy imposed from top down President and Executive Committee of General Conference are standing chief administrative

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