Ellen G. White founded this religion, though she was a follower of

one William Miller of New York, who propounded much of what Mrs. White

later adopted for her religion. It is interesting to note that a 7th

Day Adventist Physician, Dr. William Russel, wrote in 1869 that 'Mrs

White's visions are the result of a diseased organization or condition

of the brain or nervous system." While we should feel pity for Mrs.

White, we must point out that her teachings were, and are, BLASPHEMY


The standard work of Mrs. White is THE GREAT CONTROVERSY BETWEEN

CHRIST AND SATAN which has been published many times. This is, perhaps

THE most authoritative expose of Adventist teachings. One of Mrs.

White's counselors and intimates, D.M. Canwright, wrote about Mrs

White, "She often copies her subject matter without credit or sign of

quotation from other authors. Indeed her last book, THE GREAT

CONTROVERSY, which they laud so highly as her greatest work, is

largely (mainly in the historic parts) a compilation of Andrews'


MILLER, by White; THOUGHTS ON REVELATION, by Smith, and other books."

Additional denouncements were made, both by Adventists and other

critics concerning plagerism by Mrs. White, yet the preface to the

current published version still reads: "We believe she has been

empowered by Divine illumination to speak of some past events, which

have been brought to her knowledge with greater minuteness than is set

forth in any existing records, and to read the future with more than

human foresight."

Although there are MANY heresies within the Adventist church, we

will deal with six of the areas that the Adventists feel are mandatory


(1) Seventh Day Adventism denies the Biblical Doctrine of the

COMPLETE atoneing Sacrifice of Christ as THE ONLY means of man's

salvation. This is the most serious of the heresies of the Adventist.

We quote Mrs. White: "The ministration of the priest throughout the

years in the first apartment of the sanctuary (which sanctuary Mrs.

White places in heaven and not on earth.) ... Represents the work of

ministration upon which Christ entered at His ascension ... For

eighteen centuries this work of ministration continued in the first

apartment of the sanctuary. The blood of Christ, pleaded in behalf of

penitent believers, secured their pardon and acceptance with the

Father, yet their sins still remained upon the books of record." -THE

GREAT CONTROVERSY- We have yet to obtain an answer from the Adventist

to the question, How are sins pardoned YET kept on the books?

(2) Seventh Day Adventism denies the FINALITY of the work of Jesus

Christ on the cross of Calvary. They THUS claim Jesus to be a LIAR in

His statement, "IT IS FINISHED!" Again, we quote Mrs. White: "As in

typical service, there was work for atonement at the close of the

year, so before Christ's work for redemption of men IS COMPLETED,

there is a work of atonement for the removal of sin from the

sanctuary. This is the service which began when the 2,300 days ended.

(NOTE: Mrs White taught that this was the year 1844!) At that time, as

foretold by Daniel the Prophet, our high priest entered the most Holy

to perform the LAST DIVISION of His solemn work to CLEANSE THE

SANCTUARY ... in the new covenant the sins of the repentant are by

faith placed upon Christ, and TRANSFERRED, IN FACT, TO THE HEAVENLY

SANCTUARY ... so the actual cleansing of the heavenly (sanctuary) is

to be accomplished by the removal, or blotting out, of the sins that

are there recorded. But, BEFORE this can be accomplished, there MUST

BE AN EXAMINATION OF THE BOOKS of record to determine who, through

repentance of sin and faith in Christ, are entitled to the benefits of

His Atonement. The cleansing of the sanctuary therefore involves a

WORK OF INVESTIGATION - a work of judgement. Those who followed in the

light of the prophetic word saw that, INSTEAD OF COMING TO THE EARTH

at the termination of the 2,300 days in 1844 (as "prophet" William

Miller had widely proclaimed), Christ entered in to the most holy

place of the heavenly, to PERFORM the CLOSING WORK OF ATONEMENT

preparatory to his coming."


We feel it helpful to outline some history. William Miller

prophesied that Christ would come (This is where the name 'ADVENTIST'

- One who looks to the ADVENT) in 1844. We need not ask if this

happened - it was a false prophesy! Look at what the Bible has to say

about False Prophets. Mrs. White then stepped in with her "higher

revelation" that Christ only went into the "heavenly sanctuary" and,

as shown above, to "COMPLETE" the work that he started here on earth!

This is what the Adventists refer to as "investigative judgement" -

preparation for His Second coming.

We do not find a reference, in the BIBLE, for such an act of Christ

nor do we find reference to a sanctuary in heaven. We cannot find

reference to sin being in heaven as claimed above in Mrs. White's

book! It would seem, from the writings, that THE SANCTUARY, in some

manner actually becomes the sin bearer or mediator for believers!

(3) Adventism has declared SATAN to be JOINT SIN BEARER, and the

vicarious substitute of the sinner! ONCE AGAIN, we quote Mrs. White:

"It was seen also that while the sin-offering pointed to Christ as a

sacrifice, and the high priest represented Christ as the mediator, the

SCAPEGOAT typified SATAN, the author of sin, upon WHOM THE SINS OF THE

TRULY PENITENT WILL FINALLY BE PLACED. When the high priest by virtue

of the blood of the sin-offering removed the sins from the sanctuary,

he placed them upon the scapegoat. When Christ, BY VIRTUE OF HIS OWN



execution of judgement must bear final penalty. The scapegoat was sent

into a land not inhabited, never to come again into the congregation

of Israel. So will SATAN be forever banished from the presence of God




Here, we have total elimination of the most loving doctrine of the

Bible - JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH. And the belief that SATAN is

substitute for the FINISHED WORK on Calvary by CHRIST, is more than

heresy - it is final condemnation to the Lake of Fire as shown in


Mrs. White alleged that she found this teaching in Leviticus 23 and

the Book of Daniel. We have asked Adventists to show us this teaching

ANYWHERE in the BIBLE - to date they have not. (3/15/82). Let us look


"Without shedding of blood there is no remission" (Hebrews 9:22)

"The blood maketh atonement for the soul" (Leviticus 17:11) "Redeemed

by the precious blood of CHRIST" (I Peter 1:19) "Who His own self bare

OUR SINS in HIS OWN BODY on the tree" (I Peter 2:24) "Made peace

through the blood of His cross" (Colossians 1:20) "Made nigh by the

blood of Christ" (Ephesians 2:13) "He that believeth on HIM is not

condemned" (John 3:18) "There is therefore NOW NO CONDEMNATION to them

which are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24) "The blood of JESUS CHRIST

HIS (God's) SON cleanseth us from ALL SIN" (I John 1:7)

(4) Adventism believes Christ inherited a sinful, fallen nature. In

the Adventist publication BIBLE READINGS FOR THE HOME CIRCLE, page 115

in the 1915 edition, we read: "In His humanity Christ partook of our

sinful, fallen nature. If not, then He was not 'made like unto His

brethren," was not 'in all points tempted like as we are," did not

overcome as we have to overcome, and is not, therefore, the complete

and perfect Saviour man needs and must have to be saved." This can be

restated - Believe in what we say OR YOU HAVE NO SAVIOUR! Continuing:

"The idea that Christ was born of an immaculate or sinless mother

(Note - This is adopted ONLY by the ROMAN church - not evangelical

believers!), inherited no tendencies to sin, and for this reason did

not sin, removes Him from the realm of a fallen world, and from the

very place where help is needed. On His human side, Christ inherited

just what every child OF ADAM inherits - a sinful nature. On the

divine side, from His very conception He was begotten and born of the

Spirit. And all this was done to place mankind on vantage- ground, and

to demonstrate that IN THE SAME WAY everyone who is 'born of the

Spirit' may gain victories over sin in his own sinful flesh. Thus each

one is to overcome as CHRIST OVERCAME. (as in Revelation 3:21).

Without this birth there can be no victory over temptation, and no

salvation from sin, John 3:3-7"

We need to investigate the above teaching VERY CAREFULLY. In the

BIBLE, we are told that we are partakers of God's Holiness (Hebrew

12:10); God and Christ ARE ONE as in John 10:30. Above, we are told

that Christ partook "OUR SINFUL, FALLEN NATURE." The BIBLE tells us

JESUS was "Holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners".

Adventists would like us to believe that one could be "holy and

undefiled" yet have a "sinful, fallen nature!" If CHRIST INHERITED a

sinful, fallen nature, then HE WAS SUCH FOR HIS WHOLE LIFE! This MAKES


(5) The Final Heresy is the dogma of "SOUL SLEEP" based on the

teaching, found in many of the Adventist pamphlets, etc: "upon the

fundamental error of 'natural immortality' rest the doctrine of

consciousness in death, a doctrine like eternal torment, opposed to

the teaching of the Scriptures, to the dictates of reason and to our

feelings of humanity. The theory of 'eternal punishment' is one of the

false doctrines that constitute the wine of the abominations of

Babylon...They received it from Rome, as they received the false


This teaching ignores Paul's statement "Absent from the Body,

PRESENT WITH THE LORD" or "To be WITH CHRIST, which is FAR better."

We, also, cannot find ANY explanation of the term "NATURAL

IMMORTALITY" - especially when we see epitaphs in the newspaper EVERY

day! God is not the God of confusion and, we feel these teachings are

illogical, and contrary to the expressed Word of God.

(6) Adventists DEMAND believers to come back under the LAW and away

from GRACE, in their demand that the SABBATH is to be followed WITHOUT

QUESTION. Mrs White wrote of a vision, thusly: "I was taken into

Heaven and shown the sanctuary and its appointments. Jesus raised the

cover of the ark, and I beheld the tablets of stone on which the ten

commandments were written. I was amazed as I saw the Fourth

Commandment in the very center of the ten precepts, with a soft halo

of light encircling it."

The Adventists claim that the Council of Laodicia in 364 A.D.

changed the Sabbath to Sunday. Additionally, they claim that

Christians are still under the Law of Moses and are bound to keep the

"least of its precepts" - therefore keep the Sabbath. Let us review

these issues in full:

The Sabbath was given as a "sign" and perpetual covenant between

Jehovah and Israel, as shown in Exodus 31:12-18. The Ten Commandments,

of which the law of the Sabbath is the fourth, were written by the

finger of God on tablets of stone. These commandments are called the

"ministrations of death" and the "ministration of condemnation,"

"written and engraven in stone" (Corinthians 3:7,9), which

ministration, the HOLY SPIRIT tells us, is "done away" and "abolished"

(verses 11,13), and in its place we have the "ministrations of the

Spirit" and "the ministration of righteousness" (verses 8,9). Thus we

read "Let no man therefore judge you .. of a Sabbath day" (Colossians

2:16 - also Romans 14:5,6).

WE also read that the "handwriting of ordinances" was "blotted out"

and "nailed" to Christ's cross (as of old, bills were nailed to the

doorpost when paid), for Christ has FULFILLED the law on our behalf,

met it EVERY claim.

Look also to Romans 6:14) where we are placed in a POSITION of

FREEDOM from the Law, "Ye are not under the law, but under GRACE" (See

also Romans 7:4,6 and Galatians 5:18). The ENTIRE book of Galatians is

directed at this main issue. The rebuke is given by Paul to those who

sought to bring the Gentile converts under the yoke of the law as

given in ACTS 15. We feel it is still applicable to the Adventists:

"Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the

disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?" (Verse


If the SABBATH was to be a MANDATORY precept to be followed OR LOSS

OF SALVATION occurred, then WHY does the BIBLE not make this evident,

especially in the discourse of the Council of Jerusalem in ACTS 15.

Why did the APOSTLES, instead refer to those who were teaching this

heresy as "those who troubled you with words and subverting your

souls?" If this precept were mandatory, why is there not ONE single

verse demanding compliance in the NEW TESTAMENT?

The sad part is that EVEN the ADVENTISTS do not follow the SABBATH

laws as mandated in the OLD TESTAMENT. Look at Leviticus 23:32, where

the Sabbath was to be kept from SUNSET to SUNSET, or Jeremiah 17:21,

where it states that NO BURDEN could be carried within 24 hours, or

Exodus 35:3, where no fire could be kindled and Exodus 16:23, where NO

COOKING could be done. What THIS means is that EVERY ADVENTIST IS


We pray for the release from this bondage by Adventists. We ask

that you check out this teaching, if you are Adventist or have

Adventist friends or relatives. Show them the Love of God that

provided Christ to pay for their sins. A Christ (Messiah) that by the

BIBLE had to be PURE and without BLEMISH! Jesus Christ, the ONLY son

of God, was AND IS that - "The Lamb of God that taketh away the sins

OF THE WORLD" as John the Baptist recognized, even then. Jesus loved

you enough to die in YOUR place. Jesus LOVES you, now to provide for

TOTAL release from the yoke you now live under. Come to JESUS.

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pray for the release from this bondage by Adventists. We ask

that you check out this teaching, if you are Adventist or have

Adventist friends or relatives. Show them the Love of God that

provided Christ to pay for their sins. A Christ (Messiah) that by the

BIBLE had to be PURE and without BLEMISH! Jesus Christ, the ONLY son

of God, was AND IS that - "The Lamb of God that taketh away the sins

OF THE WORLD" as John the Baptist recognized, even then. Jesus loved

you enough to die in YOUR place.

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