Why I am NOT a Seventh-DAY Adventist

 

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Here are some of the reasons why I am NOT a Seventh-Day Adventist.

1. Seventh-Day Adventism teaches their follows that they are required by God to keep the seventh day of the week (Saturday) as a Sabbath of rest and that worshiping on Sunday is the mark of the beast.

What does the Bible say?

The Bible says that believers under the New Covenant are NOT required to keep the Sabbath days which God had previously given to the Jews under the Old Covenant (Col. 2:16-17). The New Testament scriptures teach us that these days were types and shadows (symbolic) and are now fulfilled in the rest of salvation (Heb 4:3-5; Matt. 11:28-29).

The early Christians clearly worshiped of the first day of the week (Sunday). They did so in celebration of the fact that Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week (Mark 16:9). Jesus then appeared to and joined with his disciples after His resurrection as they were gathered on the first day of the week (John 20:19). Jesus then waited a full week and then appeared to and joined with His disciples again as they were gather on the next first day of the week (John 20:26). Jesus was clearly teaching His disciples that He would be with them as they gathered on the first day of the week (Sunday). The only church meeting recorded in the entire New Testament took place on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).

If worshiping on Sunday is the mark of the beast then all of the apostles and early disciples received that mark and were condemned by God. This would include the apostle John who wrote the book of Revelation warning not to take the mark, which is kind of strange if he had already taken it. Such a teaching is just silly. The Bible itself tells us what the mark of the beast is and it has nothing to do with worshiping on the first day of the week.

2. Seventh-Day Adventism teaches Soul sleep - that there is no conscious existence after death, until the resurrection.

The Bible teaches otherwise (2 Cor. 5:8; Psa.16:11; Luke 23:43; Phil. 1:23; Luke 16:22,25).

3. Seventh-Day Adventism teaches Annihilationism - that those cast into hell (the lake of fire) will simply be annihilated (extingusted/destroyed). They deny that Hell is an eternal place of torment.

What does the Bible say?

·                            Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT: but the righteous into life eternal.

·                            Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their TORMENT ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have NO REST DAY OR NIGHT ...

4. Seventh-Day Adventism teaches a perverted view of the atonement, teaching that Jesus did not actually atone for believers sins until 1844.

This teaching was developed as an attempt to try and excuse a false prophecy which said Jesus would return to earth in 1844. When this didn’t happen, they said that He came but just not to earth. They said He came to the supposed “inner sanctuary in heaven” and at that time began “the investigative judgment” (another false doctrine).

What does the Bible say?

·                            Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

According to the above verse, believers (“we” in the context) have ALREADY RECEIVED the atonement. This was written nearly 2,000 years ago, not in 1844.

5. Seventh-Day Adventism teaches their followers that the Bible says we should become vegetarians.

What does the Bible say?

Scripture tells us that under the New Covenant all foods are now clean (Mark 7:18-19; Acts 10:13-15). The Bible also tells us that the false teaching that we should refrain from eating certain foods is a doctrine of devils (1 Tim. 4:1-5). For more about this, see my article “Is it is Sin to Eat Meat?” You may view it by clicking on the link below.

http://www.seekingfortruth.com/articles/meat.htm

6. Seventh-Day Adventism teaches that there are still prophets/prophetesses today - Ellen G. White being one of them.

What does the Bible say?

The Bible says that if anyone makes even one false prophecy that does not come to pass, they are a false prophet (Deut. 18:21-22). This is important to know, for in addition to her many false teachings, Ellen G. White has made many false prophecies. These are documented on many websites on the internet and can be easily searched.

Scripture is clear that there are no longer any true prophets today. Since there are no true prophets today, anyone who claims to be a prophet (or prophetess) is a false prophet. For more of this see my article, “Are There Prophets Today?” at the link below.

http://www.seekingfortruth.com/articles/prophets.htm

7. Many (not all) Seventh-Day Adventist Churches teach a false gospel of salvation by faith plus good works.

What does the Bible say?

·                            Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

·                            Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

·                            John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

These are some of the reasons why I am NOT a Seventh-Day Adventist.