I was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church for many decades. It’s only about the last 2.5 years that I’ve been freed from that bondage. But there are still so many stuck there, and I have found that few will even engage on any other level than trying to prove that they’re right, the whole rest of the world is wrong and we’re all goin’ to hell. Some will be “nice” but even those are often like talking to a rock. They don’t listen. And seldom do they want to speak of Scripture in CONTEXT.
I just saw a post on my brother-in-law’s Facebook page… this is not the whole post, but his “conclusion”. If you want to see what he is wrapping his spiritual world around, you can read for yourself.
Christ risked his life and mission to rescue the Sabbath from the legalistic perversions of the Pharisees, and to show what was in harmony with the original law (Matthew 12:1-13, Mark 1:21-34; 2:23-28; 3:1-5; 6:1-6, Luke 4:16-18,31-41; 6:1-10; 13:10-17; 14:1-6, John 5:5-18; 9:13-16). He spoke no word implying the abolition of the Sabbath day. Why should he so carefully define, defend, and clear from superstitious accretions the Sabbath if it was to be abrogated? No one repairs a house as a preliminary to burning it down, or re-etches the letters of a monument prior to its destruction. Now, if the Sabbath day was to cease following Jesus’ death, this exhortation would be totally uncalled for. But such is not the case, because the Sabbath day will continue to be a day of rest, worship, and rejuvenation for God’s people (Isaiah 66:22-23). The Sabbath was intended by God to be a day of freedom, a day of delight, and the highlight of the week (Isaiah 58:13-14).
UUGGGHHH!!! I wouldn’t even know where to start with that mess of doctrinal snakes but I already know that arguing gets me nowhere. Pure Scripture will be "yeah but"ed, often with an Ellen White quote as their “trump card”, after all, she was their true prophet. Again… UUUGGGGHHHH!!!
These people are so messed up spiritually, at least a large number of them. I have actually known some who seem to have a grasp on what true salvation is all about. But so many are stuck like my brother-in-law, behind a veil, poundin’ the daylights out of their Sabbath and hiding out among their little groups waiting for that National Sunday Law to be enacted and them to be persecuted by the Catholic church. They are basically post-trib so believe they gotta stand through the whole tribulation or, likely, be martyred. (Some “blessed hope”.)
I don’t say this to be ugly towards anyone. And I know blanket statements often mischaracterize people, sometimes significant numbers. But I truly believe these people need the Holy Spirit to break down those walls of legalism and bring them into the fullness of His salvation.
Thank you for your prayers if you may happen to have a burden for these people. I’m certain there are other cults out there that believe they are the one true church as well that are in a similar situation. May God open their eyes that they would see.