ANNIHILATION OF THE WICKED: Adventists teach that sin and sinners will be blotted out of existence and burned up in the Lake of Fire.
SCRIPTURAL REPROOF: (Hell is a place of eternal punishment.) "And these shall go way into everlasting punishment : but the righteous into life eternal." (Matt. 25:46). "And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in TORMENTS, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he CRIED and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue ; for I am TORMENTED in this flame ." (Luke 16:23,24).
":If any man worship the beast:he shall be TORMENTED with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their TORMENT ascendeth up for ever and ever ; and they HAVE NO REST DAY NOR NIGHT ..." (Rev. 14:9-11).
"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet ARE , and shall be TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER ." (Rev. 20:10).
NOTE: The beast and false prophet in the above verse had already been in the Lake of Fire for 1000 years. The Bible says that they are still there in torment.
EVERLASTING means "Lasting or enduring forever; eternal; existing or continuing without end." (Webster's American Dictionary Vol. I, p.75).
SOUL SLEEP: Adventists teach soul sleep (as do the Jehovah's Witnesses). They say that when a person dies he is reduced to unconsciousness and inactivity and stays asleep in the grave until the final resurrection.
SCRIPTURAL REPROOF: A saved person goes to be with Christ, 2 Cor. 5:8 says, "We are CONFIDENT I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be PRESENT WITH THE LORD ."
"For me to live is Christ, and TO DIE IS GAIN:For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to DEPART AND TO BE WITH CHRIST: WHICH IS FAR BETTER ." (Phil. 1:21-23).
Revelation 6:9-11 "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice , saying. How long, O Lord, holy and true, cost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."
Now, coming into the second half of the Tribulation down on earth, John sees under the fifth seal "an altar", and under this "altar" the "souls" who have been slain for the word of God, for the "testimony that they held."
These martyred people, who have been killed , are pictured as " souls ." Notice that they have voices, memories, and a body which can wear a white robe .
The passage reveals that a "soul" is not like a croquet ball, or a tennis ball, or a baseball, stuck away in your body somewhere. A SOUL IS A BODILY SHAPE WHICH IS SHAPED EXACTLY
LIKE THE "BODY OF FLESH." The soul, being the seat of the emotions, is a bodily-shaped, invisible type of "ghost."
In Luke 16, the rich man in hell had a tongue, eyes, voice , and yet his physical body was buried in the grave. There is no argument at all about "the grave." The Bible clearly teaches that the physical body goes to the grave and rots. Hell is not the grave, and the grave is not hell. In Luke 16 the body is not in hell, the body is in the grave. The soul is in hell. (Every cult in the world, denies that Luke 16 is literal.) But even if a person rejects Luke 16 there are still numerous other passages that disprove soul sleep.
The "soul", in the Bible, has a bodily shape, and IT LEAVES THE BODY AT DEATH . (You'll find this reference in Genesis 35:18 when Rachel died; her soul "was in departing.")
(Gen 35:18) "And it came to pass, AS HER SOUL WAS IN DEPARTING , (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin."
We have a case in the Old Testament of a soul leaving, and then coming back again into a child. The child was actually declared dead , and then he returned, as we find it in "modern science." (1 Ki 17:21-22). "And he (Elijah) stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, LET THIS CHILD'S SOUL COME INTO HIM AGAIN. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; AND THE SOUL OF THE CHILD CAME INTO HIM AGAIN. AND HE REVIVED."
(The case in the Old Testament is several thousand years ahead of the best medical science.) The Bible then reveals something unknown to the physical scientists, and there is nothing in psychology that could come anywhere near the correct truth of the matter.
The truth of the matter is that every man is built like a football. He has an outside leather cover (his body), he has an inside rubber innnertube (his soul - the same shape as the body), and if he is saved he is filled with air (the Spirit). He is like a "flat tire" if he is unsaved. He is not a complete man until he is "born of the Spirit."
(1 Thess 5:23) "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Look at Genesis 2:7- "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground (body), and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (spirit); and man became a living soul (soul) ."
THE SOUL THEN IS A SPIRITUAL BODY - A SPIRITUAL BODY WITHIN A PHYSICAL BODY. (If you threw a sheet over it, it would appear as a "ghost" .
That is why when you are told of the death of someone in the Bible and their soul departs that they are said to have " GIVEN UP THE GHOST ."
(Gen 25:8) "Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people ."
(Gen 25:17) "And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people ."
(Gen 35:29) "And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people , being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him."
The Adventists and Jehovah Witnesses are wrong. There is no such thing as "soul sleep." (That is they teach the soul and body stay in the grave until the final resurrection .)
NOTE: The Bible says, (Rev 20:6) "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection : on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years ." The problem is that the Adventists deal with the FINAL resurrection and not the FIRST resurrection. All true born again believers in the church age will have their part in the FIRST resurrection .
SABBATH KEEPING: They claim that you must keep the Sabbath.
SCRIPTURAL REPROOF: We as Christians do NOT have to keep the Sabbath today.
The Sabbath was a "SIGN" (Ezek. 20:20 ) given to the Jews because the Jews require a SIGN (1 Cor. 1 :22 ).
The Jews require a SIGN because their NATION began with SIGNS (Exod. 4).
The sign of the Sabbath was unknown to every man, woman and child in the book of Genesis for more than 2000 years , for it was first revealed to Moses on MT. SINAI in 1500 B.C. This explains why no one in Genesis ever kept or observed the Sabbath: Adam, Enoch, Seth, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, etc.
NOTE THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES :
"Wherefore the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL SHALL KEEP THE SABBATH, to observe the sabbath throughout THEIR generations. It is a SIGN BETWEEN ME AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL ." (Ex. 31:16,17).
"Speak thou also unto the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL , saying, Verily my SABBATHS YE SHALL KEEP: For it is a SIGN BETWEEN ME AND YOU ." (Ex. 31:13).
"Moreover also I (God) gave them ( Israel ) my sabbaths, to be a SIGN BETWEEN ME AND THEM ." (Ezek. 20:12).
(Neh 9:13-14) "Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai , and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments: And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath , and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:"
(Did you note WHEN God made known His holy sabbath? It was only in the time of Moses to the Jews on Mt. Sinai . Not before; they did not have the sabbath until then .)
The heresy taught by the Adventists is based on the fact that since Genesis 2:1-3 speaks of the Sabbath as blessed and sanctified, everyone from that TIME (4000 B.C.) on kept it. This conveniently overlooks the Biblical FACT that Moses wrote Genesis 2:1-2 and did not write it until 400 years after Abraham was DEAD .
The first day was actually set apart as a sanctified day of rest BEFORE the Sabbath, according to Exodus 12:16, and these instructions were given to Moses and Israel BEFORE any law was revealed on Mt. Sinai .
Christians in the New Testament do not meet on the Jewish Sabbath. They meet on the FIRST day of the week (Acts 20) and take up collection on the FIRST day of the week (1 Cor. 16:1-4) and preach the FIRST day of the week (Acts 20:7) because their Saviour rose the FIRST day of the week (Luke 24, Matt. 28) and the Holy Spirit came down the FIRST day of the week (Acts 2:1-6).
Now the way the Adventists throw out this barrage of New Testament truth is by pretending that there are two laws in the Old Testament which they call the "CEREMONIAL LAW" and the "MORAL LAW." They classify the Jewish Sabbath as a MORAL LAW instead of a ceremonial law because it is found in the ten "moral" commandments at Sinai. This overlooks five Biblical facts that deal with sound doctrine , and it marks the Adventists as a cult perverting the word of God and twisting the Scriptures.
There are MORAL LAWS given right in the same list with CEREMONIAL LAWS (see Lev. 19:5-9, 1 1-12).
There are CEREMONIAL LAWS given right in the same list with MORAL LAWS (see Lev. 19:17 , 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, and 30). Notice that the SABBATHS are ceremonial observances to be kept (Lev. 19:30 ).
The New Testament clearly forbids anyone judging you in respect to the ceremonial observances of ANY day (Col. 2:16). When giving the "ten MORAL COMMANDMENTS" in the "MORAL LAW" (to quote the Adventists), Paul purposely omits the SABBATH or the observing of the SABBATH as a MORAL LAW OR A CEREMONIAL LAW ( Rom. 13:8-10). According to Paul, the Old Testament Sabbath is not a moral commandment for ANY Christian.
Observe that the Old Testament laws on STONE (the "moral law" of the Ten Commandments) were done away with in Christ (2 Cor . 3 ), and the Christian's reason for observing the real moral commandment in that Ten (Paul omits the Sabbath from them: Rom. 13:8-10) has nothing to do with SALVATION . It has to do with good health, testimony, spiritual success, answered prayer, and peace of mind (see Gal:5; Rom:6, 7; and Eph:4, 5). No Christian was ever saved or was ever kept saved by keeping ANY of the commandments - moral, ceremonial or otherwise (Gal. 2:16 ).
FAITH PLUS WORKS SET UP: They teach a person must work to stay saved. The Bible teaches faith and works CANNOT MIX FOR SALVATION. " 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." (Eph. 2:8,9). Note also Rom. 4:48 and 11:6.
Ellen G. White wrote that a person cannot fully understand the Bible WITHOUT HER WRITINGS . White's visions are considered divine revelations. She claimed to have been caught up to heaven.
The Seventh Day Adventist movement has only been in existence since 1843. I wonder how people understood the Bible before she came along?
She said of her writings, "It is God, and not an erring mortal, that has spoken." God gives a WARNING about this in Rev. 22:18: "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:"
"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer NOT A WOMAN TO TEACH, NOR TO USURP AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, BUT THE WOMAN BEING DECEIVED WAS IN THE TRANSGRESSION." (1 Tim. 2:11-14).
CONCLUSION: Ellen G. White very obviously was deceived, and so will be those that follow her teachings.
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