SUMMARY OF SOME OF THE MAIN FALSE TEACHINGS OF SDA:
— THEY BELIEVE THAT THE ATONEMENT THROUGH JESUS IS NOT COMPLETE until He comes again – only your past sins are forgiven by grace up to that point.
“The blood of Christ, while it was to release the repentant sinner from the condemnation of the law, was not to cancel sin….It will stand in the sanctuary until the final atonement.” (Patriarchs and Prophets, P. 357.)
“Now while our great High Priest is making the atonement for us, we should seek to become perfect in Christ.” (The Great Controversy, p. 623.)
The Bible says that the atoning work of Jesus is finished, never again to be repeated. John 19:30; Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:8-14.
— IT IS TAUGHT THAT THE SCAPEGOAT THAT CARRIED THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AWAY ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT (LEVITICUS 16:10,20-22) DOES NOT REPRESENT CHRIST JESUS, BUT ACTUALLY REPRESENTS SATAN! It is taught that in the end the sins of the truly repentant will be placed on Satan!
“It was seen, also, that while the sin offering pointed to Christ as a sacrifice, and the high priest represented Christ as a mediator, the scapegoat typified Satan, the author of sin, upon whom the sins of the truly penitent will finally be placed.” (The Great Controversy, p. 422.)
“Their sins are transferred to the originator of sin.” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 475.)
The word of God is very clear that God laid our sins on Jesus Christ and no other! (Isaiah 53:6,10,11; John 1:29; 1 Peter2:24).
— SDA TEACHES THAT CHRIST HAD A SINFUL HUMAN NATURE SIMILAR TO THAT OF ADAM AFTER THE FALL. Adventists affirm in a Publication of the Seventh Day Adventists the following about Christ:
“Jesus also, himself, likewise, took part of the same fallen, weakened, sin-affected, sin-infected, human nature…” (Daniel Ferraz, adventistsaffirm.org, Vol. 23, Number 2).
This teaching is utterly false and contradicts the word of God and opposes the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ: “You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.” 1 John 3:5 and Heb. 7:26,27
— THEY BELIEVE IN THE “SANCTUARY TEACHING” THAT JESUS IS NOW CLEANING THE SANCTUARY IN THE HEAVENS BEFORE HE CAN RETURN TO THE EARTH.
“…instead of coming to the earth at the termination of the 2300 days in 1844, Christ then entered the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary to perform the closing work of atonement preparatory to His coming.” (The Great Controversy, p. 42.)
This is a man-made doctrine not found in the Bible.
— THEY BELIEVE YOU WILL HAVE TO STAND IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LIVING GOD FOR JUDGMENT WITHOUT A MEDIATOR.
“Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator.” (The Great Controversy, p. 425.)
The Bible says that there is one mediator between God and men, and that is Jesus himself. I Timothy 2:5
— THEY BELIEVE YOU CAN BE SINLESS. Meaning that a person can become sinless while they are still living on this earth in their physical body.
“Those only who through faith in Christ obey all of God’s commandments will reach the condition of sinlessness in which Adam lived before his transgression.” (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1118.)
This is not taught in the Bible.
— THEY BELIEVE IN THE FINAL AND TOTAL ANNIHILATION OF THE WICKED, WHERE THEY WILL SIMPLY CEASE TO EXIST AFTER THE FINAL JUDGMENT. This doctrine is in harmony with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Bible says the wicked will be cast into the Lake of Fire and their punishment is for ever. Revelation 14:11; 19:3; 20:12-15
— THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE ETERNAL PUNISHMENT OF SATAN AND HIS FALLEN ANGELS. They believe that the penalty for sinning against a Holy God is merely annihilation. Satan is the scapegoat; the sins of the believers are laid upon him, and he and these sins are finally burned up.
All this is unbiblical. The Bible says that Satan and his fallen angels will be cast in the Lake of Fire. Revelation 20:10-15
— GREAT EMPHASIS IS LAID UPON THE TEACHING THAT THE SABBATH DAY IS ON SATURDAY, AND IF A PERSON DOES NOT KEEP SATURDAY AS SABBATH, HE CANNOT BE SAVED. Ultimately, according to SDA theology, your salvation in the last days will depend on the day you worship on. Simply put, there is no salvation outside the SDA church.
This teaching is against the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
— ELLEN G. WHITE TAUGHT THAT ALL OTHER CHURCHES EXCEPT THE SDA CHURCH WERE TEACHING LIES FROM THE DEVIL. Only SDA members are true and obedient believers; prayers spoken in other churches are only answered by the Devil.
This is the teaching of a cult.
— THEY BELIEVE THAT IN THE LAST DAYS JUST BEFORE CHRIST RETURNS, ONLY THOSE WORSHIPPING ON SATURDAY WILL BE SAVED. They particularly believe that worshipping on Sunday will be the mark of the beast. They consider themselves to be the only true, remnant church and all others will be condemned in time.
This is a false teaching. The mark of the beast will be a mark, either in your forehead or in your hand. Revelation 14:9
— THEY FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND THIS IS THE NAME USED FOR HIM IN THE OLD TESTAMENT; yet they also believe that Jesus is God.
Jesus is God and all things were created by Him (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-6), whereas, Michael is just an angel, a created being.
— THEY BELIEVE YOU SHOULD REVERE THEIR FOUNDING PROPHETESS, ELLEN G. WHITE, VIEWING HER AS HAVING THE “SPIRIT OF PROPHECY” REFERRED TO IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION. Ellen G. White’s writings are considered as inspired as the Bible and are used as an authoritative source of truth. The following is an official statement of SDA General Assembly held in 2015:
“We reaffirm our conviction that her writings are divinely inspired… We commit ourselves to study the writings of Ellen G White… and with hearts willing to follow the counsels and instructions we find there…”. (Adventist.org; Articles July 7, 2015).
To claim that a person’s writings are as inspired as the Bible is a deception.
— THE EARLY ADVENTISTS EXPECTED THE LITERAL SECOND COMING OF CHRIST IN 1843 AND 1844 BUT THEY WERE DISAPPOINTED. They won’t tell you that their 1844 “investigative judgment” teaching was born out of an attempt to cover over this false prophecy. Instead of repenting over this false date, they believe that Christ really came, but INVISIBLY in heaven. As an SDA you now enter a period of “investigative judgment” where every deed you do or don’t do is recorded for judgment day. You will even be judged for “idle moments” where you could have been more obedient. This revelations and teachings are a deception.
— ELLEN WHITE WROTE THAT SOME SPECIES OF MEN TODAY ARE THE RESULT OF MEN MIXING WITH ANIMALS! Other leading Adventists at that time wrote in support of this, even claiming that such species of men existed in Africa.
“But if there was one sin above another which called for the destruction of the race by the flood, it was the base crime of amalgamation of man and beast which defaced the image of God, and caused confusion everywhere.” (Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 3, p.64, 1864 Original Edition).
“Every species of animals which God had created was preserved in the ark. The confused species which God did not create, which were the result of amalgamation, were destroyed by the flood. Since the flood there has been amalgamation of man and beast, as may be seen in the almost endless varieties of species of animals, and in certain races of men.” Ellen G. White, Prophetess of Seventh Day Adventism, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 3, p. 75, 1864. Original Edition.
Ellen White believed the sexual union between man and beast before and after the flood produced different, amalgamated species and different races of men!
Criticism of Ellen White in the 1860’s forced church leaders to attempt to defend their prophet. In 1868, four years after these statements first appeared in print, Adventist leader Uriah Smith, who at that time still professed belief in Ellen White as a prophet, published his defense of Ellen White. In that book he speculated that the union of man with beast had created races such as the “wild Bushmen of Africa”. (See The Visions of Mrs. E.G. White, p.1030). Ellen White’s husband, James White, strongly recommended this book to the readers of the church’s official magazine, the ‘Review and Herald’. (August 15, 1868).
You will not find this book in any SDA bookstores today! Also Ellen White’s claims about the amalgamation of men and beasts were removed from later editions of her works.
— THE ADVENTISTS TEACH THAT A BELIEVER MUST ‘KEEP THE LAW’ OF MOSES. THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. They use language and teach things which the New Testament rejects. They cannot distinguish between Law and Grace. But Paul says that “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight”, and that “now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested”. (Romans 3:20,21). We are also told clearly that we are “not under the law” but that we “have been delivered from the law.”(Romans 6:14; 7:6), and that by the works of the law “no flesh shall be justified” (Romans 3:20). Paul goes further and says that they “that are under the works of the law are under the curse.” (Galatians 3:10). Nevertheless, the Adventists teach you must ‘keep the law’. It is clear they do not understand Paul’s teaching. Even as Paul was wrongly accused of encouraging people to sin because he taught we are not under the law but under grace (Romans 3:8), so Adventists wrongly accuse Christians today because we follow biblical truth and we testify that we are no longer under the law of Moses – they wrongly claim we are allowing people to sin because of this. Adventists, because they have been brought under the law, do not understand that it is only by faith that we obtain the grace and power of the Spirit through new birth to overcome sin and live free from sin! It is because Christians live by the grace that comes from faith that ‘the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.’ (Romans 8:4), because ‘the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death.’ (Romans 8:2). This is why Paul says it is only through THIS Gospel that ‘the righteousness that is required by the law is established’ in the hearts of the believers. (Romans 3:31). The Adventists do not understand these basic truths, and so what Paul says of the Jews in Romans 10:2,3 is also true of Adventists today. Paul warns that those who go back to keeping the law are preaching another gospel (Galatians 1:6-8) and that their faith in Christ is of no use to them (Galatians 5:4).