by James Merritt

"Seventh Day Adventists: Sunday; The Sabbath"
James Merritt
Colossians 2:13-17


1. If it was possible to divide cults into good cults and bad cults, we would definitely have to label the Seventh Day Adventists as a good cult. They are wonderful people. One of the best friends I ever had in high school was a Seventh Day advents and he was one of the most moral and clean young men I have ever been around. As a matter of fact, you cannot even be a Seventh Day Adventist without agreeing to totally abstain from tobacco and alcohol

2. Furthermore, this group holds far more evangelical, biblical truth than any other cult we have studied, they believe fully in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. In many ways they faithfully attempt to teach and to preach the Bible. There are however 2 major areas where they have indeed gone astray from the orthodox faith.

I. What Do They Say About Salvation?

As we have studied the cults, one of the traits we have learned is that sooner or later every cult will stray away from the teaching of salvation by grace through faith, we find that the Seventh Day Adventists have done the same thing they teach a salvation of grace mixed with works. Now there are 3 ways you can view salvation. Some people view salvation as being by grace through faith without works. Then there are those who believe you are saved by grace through faith plus works. Then there are those like the apostle jams who believes you are saved by grace through faith that works. The Seventh Day Adventist however belongs to the second group. They believe you are saved by a mixture of grace plus works a Ellen White who is their reigning prophetess said in her work, council to teachers: "Man is no passive thing to be saved in indolence. He is called upon to strain every muscle and exercise every faculty in the struggle for immortality." Notice that immortality or eternal life is not a gift you receive. It is a prize for which you struggle. Again I quo ...

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