You Have To Earn A Hearing

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This short message is about the idea in many Christian circles that you “have to earn a hearing” with a person or group of persons before you can share the soul-saving Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.
There are some very important questions a Christian needs to know the answers to if they are going to subscribe to this “earn a hearing” philosophy, such as I am listing here:

  1. How do you know when you have earned a hearing? Is it the point at which you have become as ungodly as your hearers and you then blend in with them? Because that is what many of them would want before they would accept you as a friend or as a person worthy of their time and attention.

  3. Can you only witness to people who you have helped out in some material way? Did Jesus or his 12 disciples only preach to people whom they had “earned a hearing” with?

  5. Is there any mention in the bible of this requirement of “earning a hearing”? Is this concept to be found in the book of Acts or some other part of the New Testament – as a practice of the early Church?

Some food for thought about the logic behind the “earn a hearing” concept:

If a man is deathly ill and he is referred to an oncologist (cancer doctor) and the doctor can see for sure that the man has terminal cancer, does that doctor have to “earn a hearing” with the patient before the doctor can tell the patient the bad news – that he is terminally ill?
Did the apostle Stephen forget to “earn a hearing” before he preached to the Jewish Sanhedrin the bad news about their rejection of their Messiah the day that they stoned Stephen to death? – because it is obvious from the reading, that Stephen preached something they didn’t want to hear.
Was the apostle Paul almost stoned to death in Acts chapter 14 (verses 6-19) because he preached without first having “earned a hearing”?
And what about the prophets of the Old Testament? Is our message to the modern world really any different than their message (i.e. repent of sin and turn to God)? Did God tell those prophets to be quiet until they had “earned a hearing” with their sinful rebellious audiences?

What is the REAL reason behind this “earn a hearing” idea?

Could it be that our sin nature wants an excuse for not witnessing?
Could it be that we fear men more than we fear God?
Could it be that we are lazy or selfish and rather spend our time on worldly pursuits, like our cars, homes, pets, hobbies, etc?
Could it be that we don’t trust God to protect us and watch over us when we stick our necks out for Jesus’ sake?
Could it be that we really are not a child of God – one who does not have the Holy Spirit indwelling them, a Spirit that causes God’s true children to love the praise of God more than the praise of men?
Those who are not truly saved (i.e. born again or “born from above”) will not have a grateful spirit to serve God as His witnesses in thankful service for being granted a salvation that cost God Almighty the life of His most precious Son.
Now before you jump to conclusions about the author or his message, I am not in any way advocating that we ignore or neglect the material needs of those around us. Nor am I saying we should speak harshly or unkindly towards those we witness too. Preaching to people in poverty and those who are ill or homeless should often be done in conjunction with meeting any of their serious physical needs. However, we must really question our own motives for holding to this “earn a hearing” philosophy if it is doing more harm than good for the cause of Christ and the increase of His Kingdom. Is this philosophy only serving to keep us in our comfort zone and also severely limiting our opportunities to share the soul-saving Gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world? — RM Kane

A Conversation Between A True Bible-Believing Christian And A Heavily Indoctrinated Roman Catholic

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This dialog is a composite of many actual conversations that I, as a bible-believing Christian, have had with Catholics in Facebook discussion forums. Very often, Catholics will reply with some very harsh statements and crude language. What I have included here omits the truly nasty comments I have received. I must admit that not every professing Christian in these forums is kind-hearted in their comments to Catholics.
True Christian: Did you know that your Church is deceiving their members on many religious teachings and practices?
Roman Catholic: That’s just your opinion. The Catholic Church is the one true Church started by Jesus in 33 AD.
True Christian: Actually, the true Church was started by Jesus but it was not the Catholic Church. It was the Church described in the New Testament which was very different in their teachings and practices from the Catholic Church.
Roman Catholic: No. We have a line of 266 popes going back to the first pope, the apostle Peter.
True Christian: Actually, Peter was never a pope. He never had that title nor did he have a role as leader over the entire Church. There were other leaders, referred to as bishops, who oversaw local churches in other regions. And contrary to Catholic claims, the Catholic Church did not exist during the first century. It evolved over the course of several centuries, as a mixture of Christianity and pagan religions.
Roman Catholic: I don’t believe that. You’re just a heretic like Luther. Your religion didn’t exist until 500 years ago. We’re the one true holy and apostolic Catholic Church!
True Christian: Actually, if you take the time to study the Bible, especially the New Testament, you will see that most of Catholicism’s teachings cannot be found in the Bible.
Roman Catholic: Don’t tell me that our teachings are not in the Bible. We have the Magisterium and other spirit filled leaders and theologians who are much more qualified than you or your sect leader to interpret the Bible. Plus we have the writings of the Church Fathers and “sacred traditions” to refer to.
True Christian: But much of the Catholic Church teachings are based upon Scriptures taken in isolation or out of context or derived from unverifiable outside sources like those “sacred traditions” you mentioned.
Roman Catholic: You’re just a heretic, one of 40,000 Protestant denominations. We’re the one true holy and apostolic Catholic Church!
True Christian: Actually, I am going by what the Bible teaches and in there, there is no mention of many Catholic Church inventions such as scapulars, miraculous medals, votive candles, indulgences, purgatory, rosary beads, mass cards, statues of saints, sacrifice of the mass, eucharists, sacred heart pictures, Marian shrines, stations of the cross, the immaculate conception, the assumption of Mary, popes, cardinals, monks, Catholic priests, nuns, eucharistic ministers, last rites, masses for the dead, veneration of relics or any of the Catholic holy days of obligation.
Roman Catholic: You’re just a heretic. All non-Catholic churches are man-made. We’re the one true holy and apostolic Catholic Church!
True Christian: Actually, if you examine the New Testament, and look at the ordinances and practices of the early Church as described in there, you will see that what is being described is most definitely NOT the Catholic Church.
Roman Catholic: I disagree. We gave you the Bible. Only our clergy can properly interpret the Bible. They tell us what the Bible means. We need to trust them otherwise we will end up like the Protestants with 40,000 different sects.
True Christian: Actually, GOD gave HIS CHURCH the Bible, through Moses, the prophets and the apostles. And it is cults that tell their followers to rely on the cult leaders to interpret the Bible for the cult members.
Roman Catholic: But you didn’t have a Bible until we compiled it.
True Christian: Actually, the early Church had the Old Testament Scriptures and the letters to the churches and the 4 gospels before the first century ended. They were not waiting around for the Catholic Church to print a Bible centuries later.
Roman Catholic: But we have Christ in the Eucharist. Your sect does not.
True Christian: Actually, Jesus is ruling and reigning over the TRUE Church from heaven and He does that through the Holy Spirit indwelling true twice-born believers, those who have received Christ by the “new birth” referred to by Jesus in John chapter 3.
Roman Catholic: As Catholics, we receive Jesus every time we receive the host during the sacrifice of the mass.
True Christian: Believing in transubstantiation – the idea that each Catholic eucharist contains the entire body, blood, soul and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ doesn’t mean it’s true. Your Church has taken the words of Christ in John chapter 6 literally, when they were meant figuratively as Jesus pointed out in John 6:63.
Roman Catholic: That’s just your opinion. You’re just like the people who walked away from Jesus when He said we must eat His body and drink His blood.
True Christian: Actually Catholics are like those people who walked away from Jesus because, like the people who walked away, Catholics believe that Jesus was speaking literally. But Catholics think they are better than the ones who walked away from Jesus because Catholics accept the idea that Jesus was promoting cannibalism, though they will never call it cannibalism.
Roman Catholic: Like I said before, your just another Protestant heretic who abandoned the one true Church.
True Christian: It is an honor to be called a heretic when sharing biblical truth with lost, hell-bound Catholics.
Roman Catholic: I am NOT hell-bound! I may have to spend some time in Purgatory but as long as I don’t die in a state of mortal sin, my church says I don’t have to worry about Hell.
True Christian: Sadly for you, there is no such place as Purgatory, regardless of how your church tries to find evidence for it in 2 Maccabees or elsewhere. Those who die in their sins, any sins, without having been truly born-again, will spend eternity in Hell.
Roman Catholic: Well that’s good to hear, since I was born again at baptism as an infant when the priest baptized me.
True Christian: Sorry, but that is not true. Being born again involves a supernatural act of God apart from any Catholic priest and apart from any water baptism ceremony. It is the event that turns a lost sinner into a new creature in Christ, when they repent and believe the Gospel of Christ… salvation by faith alone in the merits of Christ alone.
Roman Catholic: But salvation is not by faith alone. Works are necessary as the Bible says in James chapter 2 that faith without works is dead.
True Christian: If you read James chapter 2 carefully, you will see that works are the FRUIT of salvation, not the cause of it, when James says “I will shew thee my faith by my works” in verse 18.
Roman Catholic: I refuse to believe that. The Catholic Church has the Treasury Of Merit, intercession of Mary, intercession of the saints and masses for the dead that can help us get into heaven, so salvation by faith alone cannot be right.
True Christian: The Bible makes no mention of any soul-saving power in those things you just listed. On the other hand, the Bible clearly states that salvation is by the blood of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and by His sacrificial blood alone!
Roman Catholic: We Catholics don’t believe that. We believe that Christ’s death only makes it possible for people to be saved. They still have to be baptized, participate in the sacraments and cooperate with God.
True Christian: Your false beliefs won’t change truth. They won’t change reality. Christ’s atoning death at Calvary was sufficient payment for sin and the ONLY acceptable payment – to God – for sin, for all those sinners who will ever believe in Christ and His merits ALONE for their salvation.
Roman Catholic: That’s just Protestant heresy. You’re nothing more than a child of the devil!
True Christian: Well then, I am in good company. Jesus Himself said: “It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?” Matthew 10:25
— RM Kane

Is God A Sugar Daddy?

Many people tend to focus on a very imbalanced view of God. They only seem to focus on His love, but never His wrath or His Hatred of sin or His hatred of the wicked. Yet, God is not only a god of love, but a god of absolute holiness who hates things – sinful things – as noted here:

“The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou HATEST all workers of iniquity.” Psalm 5:5


“The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul HATETH.” Psalm 11:5

Didn’t God destroy everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah? Didn’t God destroy the entire world with a flood? Isn’t God going to come back and destroy the earth and all its inhabitants with fire, and not because He loves them:

“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the WRATH of God upon the earth.” Revelation 16:1


“God is ANGRY with the wicked every day.” Psalm 7:11

The god that many people, including professing Christians, believe is some kind of “sugar daddy god” is not found in the Bible. Surgically selecting only the nice and pleasant things about God, from the Bible, gives a person a very incomplete and very distorted view of the thrice-holy God of Scripture. God is a god of many facets, many attributes, including a love of moral purity and a hatred of sin. He loves righteousness and holiness and He hates unrighteousness and unholiness. He loves the righteous and He hates the unrighteous as noted above in the quote of Psalm 11:5. So if you disagree with this assessment of the God of the Bible, please read and study the verses I’ve quoted above until you believe them.— RM Kane

Facts And False Teachings Of The Seventh Day Adventist Church

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Brief History Of 7th Day Adventism:

The Seventh-day Adventists (SDA) started in the 1800’s as a denomination. This was during a time of religious revival in the northeastern United States. The world was predicted to end on October 22, 1844, with the second coming of Christ, by William Miller, a New England Baptist itinerant preacher and self-proclaimed [false] prophet. He later admitted and apologized for his false prophecy. However, Miller’s followers condemned all the churches of the day as apostate and “Babylon,” and warned Christians to come out of them. A great many did, and the “Adventist” movement was born and grew rapidly. After Christ did not appear in 1844 (this came to be known as the Great Disappointment, one “little flock” still insisted the date of their original predictions had been correct. They decided the event marked by 1844 was not the Second Coming, but the entrance of Christ into the Holy of Holies in the Heavenly Sanctuary. There, they said, He began the Investigative Judgement (see below). This doctrine was received and endorsed by Ellen G. White.
From 1844 to 1851, the group taught the “shut door” doctrine, based on Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins. Anyone who had not accepted the Adventist message by the time Jesus entered the Holy of Holies was to be shut out permanently, as the five foolish virgins had been. Cut off from the Bridegroom, they could not join the Adventists or have any hope of eternal life. Ellen White not only approved and taught this doctrine, but her first vision experience was largely responsible for its being received by the Adventist group (Brinsmead, Robert, D., Judged by the Gospel: A Review of Adventism, pp. 130-33).
By 1846, the group had adopted the Seventh-day Baptists’ view that the Saturday Sabbath must be observed by Christians. A highly elevated form of this doctrine, together with the doctrine of the Investigative Judgment, became the hallmarks of Seventh-day Adventism. In 1850, James and Ellen White began publishing a magazine, The Review & Herald, to disseminate Adventist and Sabbatarian doctrines. This helped many of the remaining “Millerites” to coalesce into a distinctive body which adopted the name of Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1860, and formally incorporated in 1863, with approximately 3,500 members in 125 congregations (Encyclopedia of American Religion, Vol. 2, p. 681).
Ellen White never held official title as the head of the church but was one of its founders and acknowledged spiritual leader. She rather disingenuously declined to claim the title of “prophet,” calling herself a “messenger” instead. But she did claim to have the “spirit of prophecy,” and said that her messages were direct from God for the guidance and instruction of the church. With her knowledge and consent, others called her a prophet, and even “the Spirit of Prophecy.” Having only a third-grade education, Ellen White said for years she was unable to read, bolstering the claim that her beautiful prose was inspired by God. However, it has been discovered that she not only read, but plagiarized other Christian authors throughout virtually all her writings. The sad facts of this matter have been thoroughly and indisputably established in several books. (e.g., see; Rea, Walter, The White Lie; and Judged by the Gospel, pp. 361-83). Ellen White died in 1915, at age eighty-eight.
The Seventh-day Adventist church now has over 19 million members and 82,000 churches. The oversight of this group is given to the General Conference. They also are responsible for the spiritual development of the church. It is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland.


  • The Seventh-day Adventist Church is NOT a cult in the truest definition of the term. This comes as a surprise to many. The dividing factor between a cult and true Christianity is the deity of Christ. Cultists like Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons rob Jesus of His deity and teach that He is not God. The JW’s teach that Jesus is a creation of God but not the same as Jehovah. The Mormons teach that Jesus is only one god among many and a spiritual brother of Lucifer.

  • Seventh-day Adventists believe some of what would be considered orthodox Christian doctrine. This would include belief in the Trinity, the divinity of Jesus, the death and resurrection of Jesus and salvation by faith. Many evangelicals refer to the group as being a “minor cult.” They do have many strange and false teachings as you will see in the information contained in this document. Scripturally, their biggest issue is their emphasis on keeping a part of the law of Moses (Fourth commandment) which creates a serious problem because it obscures Christ as the only and sufficient means of salvation (Acts 4:12) and their rejection of the doctrine of eternal punishment for the wicked places them in a spiritually precarious position.

  • SDA has many false teachings. Ellen G. White, who claimed to have “the spirit of prophecy,” was an important early leader of the movement and taught a number of distinctive Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) doctrines, including the Investigative Judgment and Sabbatarianism. While the church’s official theology now appears to be generally in the tradition of evangelical Christianity, certain SDA claims and unique doctrines continue to raise questions. These doctrines include the Seventh Day Adventist belief that Sunday worship will result in the “Mark of the Beast,” imbalanced teachings on keeping the commandments (baptism, Sabbath observance) that often implies a kind of salvation by works, the “Remnant Church” doctrine that implies that the SDA is or will be God’s only true church, and the doctrine of the Investigative Judgment. Other teachings include soul sleep, hell not eternal, loss of salvation (must keep Sabbath to stay saved), no continued assurance of salvation, the nature of Christ’s redemption, plus much more.

  • The Seventh-Day Adventist Church is full of confusion on Biblical prophecy, heretical teaching of Ellen G. White, false teaching on the doctrines of salvation and water baptism and many beliefs that cannot be supported by Scripture. Current attenders should leave the Seventh-day Adventist church and find a solid, Bible-believing church.

False Teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church



The SDA teaches that the Sabbath is the “Seal of God” upon true believers. This group focuses more on this topic than any other. It even eclipses our hope in Christ for salvation. Sabbath-keeping is a prominent and well-known teaching of this organization. What is not so well known is that they teach that it is the “Seal of God” and that those who worship on Sunday before the Rapture will receive the “Mark of the Beast.” Ultimately, according to Adventist theology, salvation in the last days boils down to the day you worship on! The Seventh day Adventist Sabbath generally takes the view that the Old Testament Sabbath commandment is to be observed unchanged by the church. As used in this presentation, sabbatarianism refers to an extreme form of the belief in which membership in the true church, or even salvation, is conditional upon keeping the Sabbath law. As such, Sabbatarianism is at the least a form of legalism and at most a denial of salvation by grace. In most cases, the Jewish Sabbath (Saturday) must be observed by refraining from work, sports, and travel from sundown Friday evening to sundown Saturday evening. The belief is often accompanied by the observance of Jewish dietary laws and/or other Old Testament feasts.
Note: Charles Beach and I co-authored a book in 1980 titled the Lay Coordinators Manual. I have photocopied Chapter Ten-Seventh-day Sabbatarianism” of the book and attached it electronically with this document. We show how to respond to this topic when approached by anyone from the SDA.

A Worldwide Restoration of the Sabbath:

The SDA teach that the divine institution of the Sabbath is to be restored. They believe that the delivering of this message will precipitate a conflict that will involve the whole world. The central issue will be obedience to God’s law and the observance of the Sabbath. Further, they believe that those who reject it will eventually receive the mark of the beast. In one of her most revered works, Ellen White wrote that Sabbath observance would be the “line of distinction” in the “final test” that will separate God’s end-time people who “receive the seal of God” and are saved, from those who “receive the mark of the beast” (The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan, p. 605). Describing a supposed vision direct from God, Ellen White wrote, “I saw that the Holy Sabbath is, and will be, the separating wall between the true Israel of God and unbelievers.”


SDA teachings most clearly contrary to the gospel and unorthodox in nature are its insistence on water baptism as an essential prerequisite to salvation, its teaching about the end-time significance of sabbath observance to identification of true believers, and its doctrine of the Investigative Judgement.

Investigative Judgment:

This is one of the unique false doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that make the place of that church within evangelical Christianity questionable. First taught in Adventism by Hiram Edson, F.B. Hahn, and O.R.L. Crosier, it was accepted as “present truth” by those who would later become known as Seventh-day Adventists (SDAs) after it was confirmed and taught in visions received by Ellen G. White. The doctrine teaches that in the Holy of Holies in the Heavenly Sanctuary, Christ is now conducting an investigation into the lives of all who have ever professed belief in Christ. He is judging all their works, by the standard of God’s Law. All those whose lives fail to measure up to the standard of the Law are rejected and condemned as not having true faith. Those whose lives meet that standard and thus manifest the perfect character and righteousness of Christ are recognized as having true faith, and so their sins are “blotted out.” SDAs say, “This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus. It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom.” Evangelicals believe, and the Bible teaches (Rom. 3:21-26), that God’s justice in saving sinners who trust Jesus to save them is vindicated by the blood of Jesus. His death in their place, on their behalf.

The Atonement:

The SDA teaches that the atonement is not complete. This is their quote: “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).
“. . . 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. 422).

Salvation Includes Works:

The SDA teach that believers enter into a judgement of works which determines their salvation. “At the time appointed for the judgment. . . . All who have ever taken upon themselves the name of Christ must pass its searching scrutiny. Both the living and the dead are to be judged ‘out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works’” (The Great Controversy, p. 486). “Every case had been decided for life or death. While Jesus had been ministering in the sanctuary, the judgment had been going on for the righteous dead, and then for the righteous living” (Early Writings, p. 280).
“So, in the great day of final atonement and investigative judgment the only cases considered are those of the professed people of God” (The Great Controversy, p. 480).
“. . . As the books of record are opened in the judgment, the lives of all who have believed on Jesus come in review before God. Beginning with those who first lived upon the earth. . . . Every name is mentioned, every case closely investigated. Names are accepted, names rejected. When any have sins remaining upon the books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their names will be blotted out of the book of life, and the record of their good deeds will be erased from the book of God’s remembrance” (The Great Controversy, p. 483). (See John 5:24; Rom. 8:1).

Satan Bears Our Sins:

“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).

Christ Not Our Mediator:

One of the more surprising false teachings of the SDA says that Christians will stand before God with Christ’s intercession. “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.
“When Jesus ceases to plead for man, the cases of all are forever decided. This is the time of reckoning with His servants” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 19).

Soul Sleep:

Soul sleep is the teaching that when a person dies, his soul “sleeps” until the time of the future resurrection. In this condition, the person is not aware or conscious. The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Seventh-day Adventists hold to this doctrine as do most conditionalists (those who say that the wicked are judged and don’t exist anymore). But the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach annihilation. This means that after death a person ceases to exist. At the future resurrection, they maintain that the soul is made again. Basically, it is a recreation of the individual. The Seventh-day Adventists teach at the soul is simply inert and resides in the memory of God.

No Eternal Hell:

Seventh-day Adventists do not teach the biblical doctrine of hell. They, like Jehovah’s Witnesses, teach that unbelievers will be annihilated and that hell is temporary. Ellen G. White, in a writing titled, “The Heresy of Eternal Torment” says, “Untold evil has come from the heresy of eternal torment. It takes the religion of the Bible, so full of love and goodness, darkens it by superstition and clothes it with terror. Satan has painted the character of God in false colors, making people fear, dread, and even hate our merciful Creator. The repulsive views of God that have spread over the world from the teachings of the pulpit have made millions of people skeptics and unbelievers. Eternal torment is one of the false doctrines, the wine of abomination (revelation 14:8, 17:2), which Babylon makes all nations drink. Ministers of Christ accepted this heresy from Rome, just as they received the false sabbath. . .” The Great Hope, Ellen G. White, page 28).

Remnant People:

Adventists believe they are God’s “remnant” people. They believe they are the only true church on earth. At their worldwide General Conference in 2000, they passed a resolution affirming this belief. This is very important for them to believe. They refer to other Christians as either “apostate Protestant,” “Babylon,” “Sunday keepers,” or as sheep that have not yet come into the fold. They believe everyone who will be saved in the final days before Jesus returns will be a Seventh-day Adventist.

Some Biblical Responses for Consideration.



Romans. 3:21-26, 28; 4:4-6, 23-24; 5:1; Gal. 2:16; 3:26; 5:1-6; Eph. 2:4-10; Col. 1:13-14; 2:13-14. These passages make it clear that salvation is entirely by God’s grace alone, apart from any works, and laid hold of by faith alone. Baptism is mentioned in close proximity to some of these passages, but the New Testament uses the word, baptism, in various ways. Clearly, the “one baptism” (Eph. 4:4-5) that is essential is the baptism of the Spirit. If a passage makes baptism essential to salvation it can only refer to the baptism of the Spirit, or it would conflict with other Scriptures which plainly teach salvation is apart from any human work.

The Sabbath:

The quoted statements above, particularly Ellen White’s, are crystal clear. Sabbath observance, not trust in Christ alone for complete forgiveness of sins and eternal life, is to be the dividing line between the saved and the lost in the end time. This is certainly antithetical to the gospel defined by the passages above. (See also, Rom. 14:5-6; Col. 2:16-17). The Old Testament Sabbath was never anything more than a shadow of the substance. The reality of the New Testament Sabbath rest of God, which Paul and the writer of Hebrews make clear, is Christ Himself, and the rest one experiences from one’s own works when one enters into Christ (Heb. 4:1-10). Note: we deal extensively with this topic in our included chapter from the Lay Coordinator’s Manual.

The Investigative Judgement:

The whole concept of the investigative judgement is antithetical to the Gospel. Jesus did not wait until 1844 to enter the Holy of Holies in heaven (Heb. 1:3; 6:19-20; 8:1; 9:6-12, 24; 12:2). Neither is He still making an atonement in heaven (Heb. 9:25-26; 10:11-14). The investigative judgement proposes to “vindicate the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus,” by showing they were “loyal,” “penitent,” and “faithful” commandment keepers. This is an outrage. God’s justice in saving sinners is vindicated by Christ’s death on the cross, period (Rom. 3:24-26).
Even when speaking of being saved by the righteousness of Christ, Adventist writers refer to imparted righteousness, seldom to the biblical concept of imputed righteousness. Calling it “Christ’s righteousness,” while insisting on the believer’s perfection of character as a prerequisite to salvation, is at worst a thinlyveiled works salvation, or at best an attempt to mix grace and works, something the Bible says is impossible to do (Rom. 11:6). Mrs. White’s words are crystal clear: one will not be forgiven until all sins are eradicated from one’s life and one’s character is perfected. Precisely the same heresy is found (besides many others) in Mormonism. It is not the salvation by grace alone through faith alone offered in the Bible. The error is compounded by the teaching that this latter-day 1844 event must be believed in to exercise the proper faith necessary to be saved. When Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished,” (i.e., completed, paid in full) it cannot be that there is yet another salvation event more than 1,800 years later, just as essential to salvation as Christ’s death on the cross, in which one must believe in order to be saved. This is clearly “another gospel” (Gal. 1:6-9).

Other Doctrines:

Some of the SDA health message may actually be helpful, and it does not conflict with the gospel except when, as is often the case, spiritual stigma is attached to non-observance of its asceticism (Gal. 2:11-16). The soul-sleep doctrine conflicts with the gospel because, closely examined and fully understood, it actually constitutes a denial of the resurrection (though it is doubtful any SDA understands it to be so). Notwithstanding a smattering of “proof-texts,” the annihilation doctrine is definitely aberrant from the teaching of the Bible. It leaves the sinner facing no eternal consequences for his sin; angst over annihilation will not survive annihilation. Indeed, many people today think annihilation preferable to even this life. They live on only because they cannot shake the conviction that there is “hell to pay.” God has set eternity in their hearts (Eccl. 3:11).


Ratzlaff, Dale, The Sabbath in Crisis. Excellent book by a former SDA pastor, covers virtually every aspect of the Sabbath question. 345 pages, includes scripture index.
Ratzlaff, Dale, The Cultic Doctrine of Seventh-day Adventists. Probably the best popular, overall, treatment of Seventh-day Adventism, and especially the 1844/Investigative Judgment/Sanctuary doctrine, ever penned. Leaves no doubt. 384 pages, four appendices, incl. bibliography.
Tardo, Dr. Russell, K., Sunday Facts and Sabbath. Presents “25 Reasons Why the Christian Church Worships on Sunday.” 144 pages.

Annihilationism – The Belief That There Is No Eternal Hell

(The teaching that there is no place of everlasting torment for the unsaved.)

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There are those who have been falsely taught that the unsaved after death cease to exist – they are not sent to hell forever to pay for their sins themselves. They are annihilated by God. Their religious leaders have often taught them his by “cherry-picking” select Bible verses that appear to support this annihilation theory. One such verse is Mathew 10:28:

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”


Proving That Annihilationism Is False:

Those who doubt the immortality of the soul, need to take a good hard look at Luke 12:4-5:

“And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”

Luke 12:4-5 is a clear CONTRAST between death and ETERNITY in hell. THEREFORE, the word DESTROY in Matthew 10:28 can NOT mean ANNIHILATION. So we then must go to a Greek concordance and DIG FURTHER. When we do that, guess what we find? We find that the greek word translated as destroy can be interpreted to mean “to give over to eternal misery in hell”. Also, we find many other verses that agree with the concept of ETERNAL suffering in an ETERNAL hell:

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up FOR EVER AND EVER: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:11


“But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of ETERNAL damnation.” Mark 3:29


“Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of ETERNAL judgment.” Hebrews 6:2


“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of ETERNAL fire.” Jude 1:7



So here we have hopefully demonstrated that pulling a verse out of a hat (out of context that is) – Matthew 11:28 in this example – does not validate annihilationism. We refer you to this article: The Justice Of God In The Damnation Of Sinners for more information on this subject. — RM Kane