Seventh Day Adventism
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans )
God, in his long planned scheme which was kept in secret until he
to reveal the same, has given us the Bible, which contains his word or
will to man. He demands a strict adherence to the teaching of his
word. The man who goes beyond, disregards or changes the word of God
exposes himself to the wrath of Almighty God. The Holy Spirit tells us
"Study to shew ourselves approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim. ). Thus we see that we are not to
or wrest the scriptures to satisfy our petty human ambitions, but
word of God aright.
The doctrine of "Seventh Day Adventism" has gained and is yet gaining much prominence in the land today. We are frequently called in question about this doctrine and are asked to explain it in the light of the teaching of the Bible. With the help of Almighty God and a heart filled with love for all mankind, we shall study the claims of this sect in light of the teaching of the word of Almighty God.
First, let us turn to history and learn something about the origin of Seventh Day Adventism. When it comes to modern denominations, we have to go to secular history to read about them, for the Bible is as silent as a grave-yard tomb about them. Certainly the Bible is God's book and God's book speaks of his church. Any church not mentioned in the Bible is not the Lord's church.
This cult had its origin in the mind of one Mr. William Miller here in
The followers of Mr. Miller were so gullible and deceived by his false prophecy that some of them sold their possessions and bought themselves white robes to save Christ the trouble of getting them for them when he arrived, but Christ did not show up in 1844, so Mr. Miller gave up setting dates for the coming of Christ.
He was at least honest to admit his failures and give up, but Mr. Miller had an ardent follower by the name of Mrs. Ellen G. White who took up where Mr. Miller left off and tried to patch up the blunders of Mr. Miller and thus became the mother of "Seventh Day Adventism" and "ism" in this connection simply means it just isn't so.
Mrs. White made her gullible followers believe that God intentionally caused Mr. Miller to prophesy falsely, for she said, and I quote, "His hand covered a mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods. Those who were looking for their Lord did not discover this mistake, and the most learned men who opposed the time also failed to see it. God designed that his people should meet with a disappointment." (Page 99 of Spiritual Gifts by Mrs. E. G. White). What an accusation to bring against God Almighty. Mrs. White accuses God of causing Mr. Miller to prophesy falsely. Hear God Almighty in Deuteronomy 18:21. "When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously."
Thus the word of God proves that Mr. Miller was a false prophet, for his prophesy failed to come to pass. Therefore, the Lord did not reveal such to Mr. Miller. He merely spoke presumptuously. This same teaching of God proves also that Mrs. White is a false prophetess. Therefore, Seventh Day Adventism is founded and built upon the foundation of a false prophet and a false prophetess. Mrs. White claimed to have been an inspired prophetess and Adventists so esteem her until this good day. See the Preface of the book, Great Controversy, by Mrs. E. G. White.
It is surely pitiful that people are so gullible as to swallow the claims of this woman whose claims contradict the plain teaching of the word of God. Listen to this: Mrs. White claimed to have been taken up into heaven, caught up there by the power of God. She claimed to have looked into the most holy place. She said, "In the holiest I saw an ark, in the ark was the golden pot of manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of stone which folded together like a book. Jesus opened them and I saw the ten commandments written on them with the finger of God, the holy sabbath looked glorious, a halo of glory was all around it. I saw that the sabbath was not nailed to the cross." (Early Writings of Mrs. E. G. White, page 26).
Now, there it is, ladies and gentlemen. God said by the Holy Spirit, through the apostle Paul, that Christ took the sabbath day out of the way nailing it to the cross (Col. 2:14-16), but according to Mrs. White the Holy Spirit did not tell the truth, for God caught her up into heaven and showed her that the sabbath was not nailed to the cross. It is beyond me to understand how
intelligent people will accept the false claims of a woman who repudiates the plain teaching of the Holy Spirit.
The Adventists accept the writings of Mrs. White as authority. God said through the apostle Paul, "But I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." God forbids a woman to exercise authority in religion. God
delegated the work of evangelism to men, not women. He selected twelve apostles, who were all men, and ordained that the revelation of God should be given to the world by men (Matt. 10:1-7; 28:16-20; Mark -20). Any system of religion that is based on the authority of a woman could not be of God, for it is fundamentally wrong. That is why we cannot read about the Seventh Day Adventist church in the Bible. It isn't mentioned in the Bible for the simple reason that a woman, Mrs. Ellen G. White, started it with her false visions and claims to have been a prophetess.
The teaching of the Seventh Day Adventists is Judaizing and not according to grace and truth at all. Let us therefore examine their claims and see how they stand in the light of the teaching of the word of God.
First: they claim that the law of Moses and the law of God were separate laws. They agree that the law of Moses was done away, but claim that the Ten Commandments were the law of God and are still binding on the people and more than that, they are now binding on the Gentiles as well as on the Jews.
LOVED ONES, isn't it a bit amusing that they make such a claim and yet are not able to read from God's word or point out any place in the Bible where the ten commandment law, as given to the Jews under the old covenant, was ever binding on the Gentiles? They are mistaken in their teaching that the law of Moses and the law of God were different laws.
Here is proof that the law of Moses and the law of God were the same: God gave the law of Moses (Ezra 7:6). Moses gave God's law (Neh. ). God gave the book of the law of Moses (Neh. 8:1). Moses gave the book of the law of the Lord (2 Chron. 34:14), law of Moses (Neh. 8:1), the law (verse 2), book of the law (verse 3), book of the law of God (verse 8). Hence the very same law. God's law was called the law of Moses simply because God gave his law through Moses. Hear him (Ezra 7:6), "This Ezra went up from
Our Adventist friends try to make a distinction between the law of God and the law of Moses; they say that the Ten Commandment law was the law of God and that the law of Moses was the ceremonial law which had in it the new moons, feasts, etc. But, listen to what God has said in Second Chronicles 31:4. "He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the Lord." This is not the Ten Commandments, yet, it is said to be the law of the Lord. So the law they call the ceremonial law and claim to be Moses' law is, according to the Bible, the Lord's law.
The ten commandment law was attributed to Moses also, for Christ said in Mark , "For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother." This is one of the ten commandments, but Jesus said Moses said it. Matthew attributes this very same thing to God. Hear him (Matt. 15:4), "For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and thy mother." This again proves that the law of Moses and the law of God were the same law. It was called the law of Moses only because God gave his law through Moses.
Again, Luke 22:23 says, "And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to
The very idea of claiming that the law of God was only the ten commandment law, when the Bible plainly teaches that what they call the ceremonial law and attribute only to Moses is the law of the Lord. God Almighty abolished the entire old constitution, the ten commandments and all, and Jesus Christ, the Son of God, instituted and brought into force a new covenant which was established upon better promises.
Our Adventist friends overlook the fact that the Old Covenant and the ten commandments were one and the very same thing. Here is the proof that the Old Covenant was the ten commandments. Turn with me to Exodus 34 and let us commence reading at verse 27. "And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with
But still another proof that the covenant and ten commandments were the same. Turn now with me to First Kings 8:9, "There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of
But, what did God say about the covenant? Hear him: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the Lord: but this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people" (Jer. 31:31-33).
Someone may ask, "Why did God make a new covenant?" The answer is found in Hebrews 8:7. "For if the first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of
But one may ask what fault can be found with the ten commandments? Here are the answers: (1) they were against the people (Col. 2:14), (2) they were contrary to them (Col. 2:14), (3) they were the administration of death, they brought death to the violators (2 Cor. 3:7-16), and (4) they did not completely forbid sin.
One could lie without breaking a single one of the ten commandments. There is only one of the ten commandments that forbids lying and it just forbids lying against your neighbor. Therefore, one could lie as much as he pleases as long as he did not lie against his neighbor. The commandment that was against lying simply said, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor" (Ex. ). It does not say thou shalt not bear false witness against thy enemy, or thou shalt not bear false witness for thy neighbor. Therefore, one could have lied as much as he wanted to as long as he did not lie against his neighbor.
Suppose the ten commandments were in force as some claim and I was under the law and I would tell you that I went down to the ocean and caught a whale weighing ten tons and I brought him back home in my hip pocket, cooked and ate him all at one meal? Which one of the ten commandments would I have broken? Which one? You must admit that if I had told you a thing
like that I would have been a lying Lilly, but which one of the ten commandments will I have broken? I know you see it. It would not have broken a one of the ten commandments. That is a good reason for God finding fault with the ten commandment law. He found fault with it and made a new one, and the new covenant forbids lying altogether. Hear it, "Lie not one to another, seeing ye have put off the old man with his deeds" (Col. 3:9). Again, "Wherefore, put away lying, speak every man the truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another" (Eph. ). Again, "All liars shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone" (Rev. 21:8).
Thus we see that the old covenant was faulty and God has given us a new one. It is called a "new and living way" (Heb. ). The old covenant was between God and the children of
The Adventists want us to believe that God gave the sabbath to Adam, but it was not given to Adam. It was given to the children of Israel only, 2500 years after creation, when they came up out of Egypt (Ezek. 20:10-12). He made it known in the regions of Sinai (Neh. , 14). He gave the sabbath as a memorial of their deliverance from the bondage in
They contend that inasmuch as the Lord said, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy," that it had been given before, for we remember things past. Now, if "remember the sabbath" means that it had been given before, then, remember this day that ye came out of Egypt means that they had come out before (Ex. 13:3). Remember the sabbath simply means, "I am giving you the sabbath, remember to keep it."
But let us examine a few more scriptures that they use to justify their unauthorized so-called sabbath keeping. What about their claim to keep the sabbath because Jesus kept it (Luke -16)? Well, Jesus was circumcised, too (Luke ). He also kept the Passover (Matt. 26:17-25). But why did Jesus observe the law of circumcision, the sabbath and the Passover? Well, here it is. He was made under the law, therefore, he kept the requirements of the law (Gal. 4:4). But Paul says that Christians are not under the law (Rom. ). So there is the difference.
Again, they claim that inasmuch as the Lord told his disciples in Matthew 24 to pray that their flight be not on the sabbath day, that makes the sabbath a holy day and binding on God's people today. Now, if "pray that your flight be not on the sabbath" makes the sabbath holy in A.D. 70, then "pray that your flight be not in winter" means that the winter was a holy season (Matt. 24:20). It was not the sacredness of the day nor the season, but the safety of the disciples. Gates were closed on the sabbath and winter made it difficult to escape when the attack came. It came in A.D. 70.
Well, they say Paul went into the synagogue on the sabbath day to preach. True, but the Jews who were observing the sabbath day were not Christians. That is why Paul's preaching stirred them to indignation (Acts 17:2-10; 18:4-15). He had to go to them on the sabbath day for that was the only time they met. If I should go over to preach to the Adventists today, I would have to go on Saturday if I would expect to meet them. Paul disputed with them when he went into their synagogue; he tried to reason with them and persuade them (Acts 17:2, 3; 18:4; 19:8). His preaching caused trouble in the Jews' synagogues (Acts 19:8, 9; 18:6; 17:5-9). We would do the same as Paul if permitted in the assembly of the Adventists to preach.
Friends, the sabbath was given by God to national
But when did the sabbath end? Amos, the prophet of God, gave that information long before Christ came. Hear him (Amos 8:5). The question is asked when the sabbath will be gone and the answer is given in verse 9. "And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will cause the sun to go down at , and will darken the earth in the clear day." Every student of the Bible knows that this was fulfilled when Christ died on the cross (Mark ; Luke ). God through his prophet Zechariah said that he would break his covenant that he had made with all the people that day (Zech. -12).
Paul said, "Christ is the end of the law of righteousness to everyone that believeth" (
The law was added because of transgression till the seed should come to whom the promise was made. The seed was Christ, therefore, the law was added until Christ came (Gal. ). Now notice verse 23 of the same chapter, "But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." No one can become and remain a child of God by the keeping of the old law.
However, our Adventist friends would have you to believe that "under the law" means under condemnation of the law, but he is wrong again. Under the law means under the dominion of the law. Hear Paul in Romans 7:1, "Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?" The law always has dominion over the man. Man is under its dominion. In Galatians 4:4 we are taught that Christ was made under the law. Was he made under the condemnation of the law? Shucks. The argument is ridiculous.
They also readily run to Matthew 5 to show that Christ came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. That is true and if Christ did not fulfill it, then he didn't do what he came to do. But he did what he came to do, for in his prayer to his Father, he said, "I have finished the work, which thou gavest me to do" (John 17:4). So Christ fulfilled the law, and that ended it. That is why we read in Romans 10:4 that Christ is the end of the law of righteousness, to every one that believes. He came to fulfill the law and not one jot or tittle passed from the law til Christ fulfilled it.
To a group who were trying to hold on to a part of the law, Paul said, "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace" (Gal. 5:4). Again, "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ" (Col. 2:14-17). This does not refer to the yearly Sabbaths as Brother Adventist would have you to believe. All of them are pointed out here. Holy day (feast day, A.S.V.) has reference to the yearly Sabbaths, new moon refers to the monthly Sabbaths, and the sabbath days has reference to the weekly Sabbaths. All of them were taken out of the way and nailed to the cross. Our Adventist friends have been trying to pull them down ever since Mrs. E. G. White had her nightmare.
God has made a new day in which, saith the prophet, we will rejoice and be glad (Psa. 118:22-24). The day is the first day of the week - the day of Christ's resurrection (Matt. 28; Mark 15; Luke 24). In that day there was rejoicing and gladness. Christ assembled with his disciples on that day (John 20:19). He assembled again with them the next first day of the week (verse 26). Then after the establishment of the Lord's church, the disciples assembled upon the first day of the week to break bread (Acts 20:7). They were also commanded to lay by him in store or give of their prosperity on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:1, 2). This is the day the Lord hath made and let us be satisfied with it.
Finally, Some Things to Remember
1. Only ONE law came from Mt. Sinai (Gal. 4:24) - NOT two (moral and ceremonial).
2. The law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:17).
3. Under the old law, sins were forgiven by the offering of animal sacrifices (Heb. 10:1-2; 9:18-22).
4. Under the New Covenant, sins are forgiven by the blood of Christ (1 Pet. 1:18, 19; Heb. 9:11-14; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14;
1 John 1:7).
5. Christ is the mediator of the New Testament (Heb. 9:1517); Christ is mediator of a better covenant which is established upon better promises (Heb. 8:6-9).
Paul Gives the Reason for Adventist Blindness
Go with us to Second Corinthians 3:6. "Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter [or law], but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glow was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glow. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glow that excelleth. For if that which was done away was glorious much more that which remaineth is glorious. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their hearts. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away" (2 Cor. 3:6-16).
One does not have to wonder what law he was talking about, for it is clearly pointed out that the one he had reference to was the one that was given when Moses' face shone, which was the one which was given at Mt. Sinai. This clearly points out the reason for Adventist blindness. They are usually back there reading Moses in the Old Testament and applying the thing that was only to national Israel to themselves.
God plainly said that the Sabbath was a sign between him and the children of Israel. Turn with me to Exodus 31:12, 17. "And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, Speak thou also unto the children of Israel saying, Verily my sabbath ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generation." The 17th verse says, "It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever." How can any fair thinking man or woman miss this? The sabbath was a sign between God and the children of Israel, not everybody, but involved only God and the children of Israel.
When a man gives a lady an engagement ring, we all know that the ring is a sign between that man and the woman he intends to marry, not between the man and every woman in the country, but only between the man and the woman to whom he gave the ring. If we can understand this illustration, it looks to me like we can understand the fact that the sabbath embraced only God and the children of Israel and was given as a memorial of their deliverance from Egyptian bondage (Deut. 5:15).
No work was allowed to be done on the sabbath day at all. Violators were put to death (Ex. 31:15; Num. 15:32-36). If the sabbath was in force as the Adventists claim, they would all be dead, for they work on what they call the sabbath. They drive through the cities, their preachers preach on that day and I personally know that preaching is work, for I have been preaching many years. Paul calls it a work, for he told Timothy to do the work of an evangelist (2 Tim. 4:5). They had better be glad that Christ took it away.