“Understanding is the Beginning of Wisdom”
“Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self.” – Charles Spurgeon
Let’s begin by clearing up a few points…
1. This website is not:
a) Questioning the Seventh-day Adventists love for God.
b) Questioning the Seventh-day Adventists relationship with Jesus Christ.
c) Doubting the Seventh-day Adventists experience of true salvation.
2. This website considers the Seventh-day Adventists:
a) To be very knowledgeable of the Bible.
b) To be honest and sincere about their beliefs.
c) To be true Biblical Christians.
3. No church is a mediator between God and men!
a) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 Timothy 2:5
b) Membership in a particular church or lack thereof is not a Biblical test to decide whether or not Christ is our Mediator before God. We are saved by Christ, not through church membership.
4. Christ saves both the Seventh-day Adventist & the Evangelical Christian by faith.
a) Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Romans 3:30
b) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:12-13
People confuse trusting a church with trusting God!
Whenever someone questions our teachings, emotionally we feel as though they are questioning our relationship with God, or doubting whether or not we are true Christians. Instinctively we feel we must prove the authenticity of our Christian experience by zealously defending those teachings.
“Christ demonstrated his faith most clearly during his trial, when he answered nothing!”
Of course we ought to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us with meekness and fear. Our point is that true faith is at total peace even when we answer nothing! We achieve this through our knowledge that God is our Father and we are joint-heirs with Christ, as sons of God. We know our names are written in the Book of Life. We know our relationship with God is unshakable! We know that we are accepted of Him and forgiven of all our sins. We know that nothing can come between us and Christ and that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Therefore when the facts are presented they do not shake the Christians confidence in God; rather they merely cause us to re-evaluate what we teach.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
The Roman Catholic Church, the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Seventh-day Adventists all teach they are the one and only true church. They all teach their members that they will lose their salvation if they leave the church. Ellen White threatened her followers with declarations that they would come to reject the Bible itself if they rejected her writings. Therefore any challenges to this prophetess’s teachings cause the disciples of her writings to feel they must defend her writings, if duty calls, with their own lives…
Acceptance of Jesus Christ is the biblical requirement, for salvation! Not the acceptance of Ellen White!
… After all they do not want reject God and the Bible! Nothing could be further from the truth. Hundreds of thousands like myself leave the Seventh-day Adventist church every year, and continue to love the Bible. In fact now that it is the only source of God’s truth for them, they come to love the Bible more than ever before. Personally I have read the Bible more in the last year, than I have in the last 10 years as a Seventh-day Adventist! Leaving the Seventh-day Adventist church has helped me return to my first love! I love God more than ever before. I have more assurance of salvation than I had at any point as a Seventh-day Adventist. The bottom line is I LOVE JESUS and He is my LORD and SAVIOR! I still have my faults, but after accepting the covenant of mercy, I have actually come to LOVE OTHERS and am quicker to identify my short comings. I have a greater desire to be patient and understanding, merciful and compassionate. When I see others, all I want is for them to KNOW JESUS. Before I wanted them to know all about the sabbath and a list of doctrines. Conversion in the Adventist church appeared to be an acknowledgement of their beliefs, more than a love for Jesus, and a changed life that desired to love others.
When Roman Catholic’s, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witness’s, and the Seventh-day Adventists are presented the truth, most respond with denial and resentment.
Understanding the Phycological Reason “Why?”
Recovering ex-members of these churches emotionally go through the same things as battered women. Freedom Beacon Ministries was begun by an ex-Jehovah’s Witness. As a medical professional who treated battered women, she recognized the same symptoms in people who left these churches. Each of these churches had so systematically earned their trust, that when they learned the truth their hearts on an emotional level were traumatized, and went through the same 5 stages as grief victims who lose a loved one.
To watch a four part video series by Freedom Beacon Ministries with more information CLICK HERE
The Five Stages of Grief
2. Anger | Resentment
3. Bargaining | Rationalizing
4. Depression | Disappointment
“Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.” Charles Spurgeon
What Happens When Evangelicals Present Some in These Churches with the Truth
- Denial. Initially they simply cannot accept that what they see is true.
- Anger & Resentment towards the ones who shared the truth with them.
- Bargaining | Rationalizing. Since they cannot refute the truth, they begin rationalizing it. Finding a way to down-play its significance. A battered woman often will not leave the person who manipulated her. In the same way they begin to seek reasons to justify, that it really wouldn’t be such an awful thing to maintain a relationship with this church and its prophetess.
- Their emotional dependence begins to merge with their disappointment caused by the realities of their prophet’s inspirational irregularities such as copying her visions and prophecies from other authors (a fact confirmed by the Ellen White Estate), as well as her theological contradictions against the canon of scripture. This ultimately causes various levels of depression and pain depending on the individuals experience and attachment.
- Acceptance. They accept the truth and move on and rebuild their lives in a Bible Based Christ centered Evangelical church. Many join the Baptists, the Methodists, or a non-Denominational church! Those who are more conservative often find the Reformed Baptist a nice fit.
Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.” Sixteenth Century Poet, John Dryden
“Denial does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” Charles Spurgeon
Most people emotionally resist processing the truth when it stands against their world view and beliefs. Denial, Anger & Resentment, Bargaining & Rationalizing is the minds protective mechanisms to prevent the heart from initially feeling the pain experienced during the later disappointment stages.
People can become so deeply attached to this prophet and her teachings, that when they are confronted with the truth, they may unconsciously desire to resist this emotional process, to protect themselves against experiencing pain and disappointment.
Those who resist will only experience one or more of the first three stages before emotionally shutting down the process.
1. Denial. They simply cannot accept that what they see is true.
2. Anger & Resentment towards the ones who shared the truth with them.
3. Bargaining | Rationalizing. Since they cannot refute the truth, they begin rationalizing it; finding a way to down-play its significance. They will even try to explain it with irrational arguments they would otherwise never endorse.
They tell themselves during this initial period that there is nothing to be concerned about and choose to turn a blind eye, thus ending the grieving process, and remaining in the delusion.
“Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11.
“So do these also who resist the truth” 2 Timothy 3:8
You Need to Go Through All 5 Stages of the Emotional Process in Order to Bring Healing
Ending this process early hardens the heart by suppressing the emotions. Accepting the truth can at first be like a sword and can be very painful. However it ultimately brings healing and softens the heart. You become a stronger person and a better Christian by embracing the truth. You will never be at peace until you embrace what you know in your heart to be true. The disappointment does not last forever. There is light at the end of the tunnel. There is a better Christian life you can be experiencing.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has Systematically Gained Your Trust
“We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love – first to their advantage, then to our disadvantage.” – French Philosopher, Albert Camus
You may have:
1. Been born in an Adventist hospital
2. Had Seventh-day Adventist grandparents and relatives whom you love and trust
3. Been Raised by Seventh-day Adventist parents whom you love and trust
4. Been Raised among Seventh-day Adventist brothers and sisters whom you love and trust
5. Been raised among Seventh-day Adventist friends whom you love and trust, through Sabbath school, Pathfinders, youth groups, summer trips etc.
6. Been educated in Seventh-day Adventist schools whom you have placed your confidence and trust.
7. A Seventh-day Adventist Career path, which provides your life with purpose and security
8. Attend a Seventh-day Adventist church where you are surrounded by friends and a pastor whom you love and trust
All of these are powerful motivators to remain where you are. For most it is nearly impossible to go against the training and social norms of an entire life time. Trust is perhaps the most fragile and sensitive emotion we possess. At times we can guard our hearts just as dearly as the air we breathe. When that trust is violated, it can hurt, it can rob us of one our most child-like qualities, if you let it. Trust is after all the most endearing child-like quality we possess. We must receive the kingdom like a child with greater devotion to God than to any other earthly support, whether financial or emotional.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has systematically taught you to distrust other Christians
In General Most Adventist never:
- Socialize with Christians of other churches. They may know some and even work with them, but do not attend social activities sponsored by other Christians.
- Read material written by Christians of other churches.
- Listen to sermons presented by Christians of other churches.
Seventh-day Adventists view other Christians as naive and innocently ignorant, and consider themselves as possessing superior knowledge and greater light.
Seventh-day Adventists see Christianity in two groups:
- Seventh-day Adventists = The True Church
- The “non-Adventists” = Daughters of the Whore of Revelation
Seventh-day Adventists have an “us against them” perception. They are conditioned to view Evangelicals as the future enemy that will one day persecute and even kill them.
As a consequence the Seventh-day Adventist is conditioned to avoid other Christians accept when attempting to proselyte members from other churches. This is never taught directly, but is strongly inferred through the exclusiveness of their example and teachings.
“None of this is New!”
Adventists expect “new light” in order to convince them of their errors. Evangelical beliefs are older than the Seventh-day Adventist church. Their core teachings about the Sabbath –v- Sunday Controversy and the Covenants can be traced back through all the annals of history. The church fathers in the early centuries, and the Protestant reformers carefully debated and ironed out these issues long ago.
The scores of former Adventist ministers, doctors, and laymen who left the church through finding these truths date back to the beginning of the Adventist church. Decade after decade their arguments resurface. Truth does not have an expiration date. One does not need “new light.” He only needs the light that has shined ever since the time of the cross.
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
“A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.” Benjamin Franklin
Having written countless articles, and preached endless numbers of sermons in defense of the Seventh-day Adventist doctrines, I can speak with experience about the final reason some will reject the truth. Pride! Once you have taught countless thousands a certain way, it is very humbling to admit you were wrong. It is an act of self sacrifice. Those who have taught the most have the most cause to humble themselves. Making this website has not been a popular action on my part. But after testifying for many years on the internet and having come to realize my mistakes, I am duty bound to make a public retraction.
“Those who have taught the most, learned the most, and believed the most are often the most difficult to persuade. It is to be human to trust in ones own knowledge and understanding. It is a miracle of grace to not be blinded by it.“
A lifetime of systematic conditioning combined with the natural psychological reaction of both the mind and the heart present an almost impossible obstacle that few have the courage to overcome.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
The love of family friends and church, the training of a lifetime will prevail in the case of most. Only those who love the truth will follow the truth no matter where it leads them.
“We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our children’s children will go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word.” Charles Spurgeon
Denial, Anger & resentment are like a fork in the road. You have the power of choice. You can choose the easier road of forgetting the truth, and hardening yourself against it. Or you can choose the more difficult path of embracing the truth and the pain and disappointment this path must pass through before seeing the light of day, and experiencing the healing that it ultimately brings.
Hundreds of thousands of former Adventists have gone this path before you and survived to become stronger people from the experience. They testify of a stronger relationship with God; a deeper love for scripture and a greater love for others. They experience greater assurance of forgiveness and salvation.
On the page of this site called “Examining Ellen White’s Sabbath –v- Sunday Great Controversy,” I wrote of my personal experience.
“I have had to pay a dear price to be here today and bring you the messages that I now lay down at your feet. Changing my faith, has cost me my job, my home, my family, my friends, and nearly every earthly possession I own… I left a comfortable home in the mountains, along with a stable job with an Adventist ministry, and exchanged it for a life in a 37 ft RV, where my two German Shepard’s, two cats and two parrots and I now live.”
What I did not share, is something I have told others personally a dozen times. I would do it all again! I would not trade what I have now in Christ for anything in the world. Most will not be asked to go through the same ordeal I have gone through. Some may go through things much more trying.
I am not going to say that it will be easy. What I can say with 100% certainty is it is worth it! I would do it a thousand more times if that is what it took to achieve the peace I have found in Christ today! No matter how difficult your transition may be, it does and will get better. The negative emotions connected with this process turn from myrrh to joy, from disappointment to peace, from resentment to compassion.
Read the testimonies of dozens of other former Seventh-day Adventist pastors and laymen. CLICK HERE
NOTES TO THOSE WITNESSING TO SDA:
- Be Patient & Understanding!
a) When an Adventist becomes resentful… Be Patient! “The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” Ecclesiastes 7:8
b) When an Adventist responds with an irrational argument… Be Understanding! “In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found.” Proverbs 10:13
c) When an Adventist decides to ignore the facts… LOVE HIM! “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8.
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama
Above all things PRAY! I recommend you read E. M. Bounds “Power through Prayer!”
Effective Ministry is 75% prayer, 20% example, and 5% teaching!