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A Response to the Video:
Seventh-day Adventism, the Spirit Behind the Church

by Bob Pickle

Answers to Questions Raised by:
Mark Martin, Sydney Cleveland
Dale Ratzlaff, The White Lie
. . . and
Others

Discern Fact from Fiction


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Final Thoughts

Presumably, this video should contain some of the best arguments in existence today against Seventh-day Adventism. Jeremiah Films has been highly respected in the Christian community for its products. If a case can be made, surely they would have made it on this video.

The fact that the case is made so poorly suggests a question: What is being covered up? What is really behind the dense smoke screen conjured up by all these alleged authorities?

Consider a little history. The faith of the early Christians could not be refuted by the wisdom of Jew or Greek, so other arguments were found. Justin Martyr tells us that the Christians were accused of cannibalism and immorality in their religious services (Dialogue, ch. 10).

Such baseless accusations didn't end with the early centuries. Consider the Albigenses, a people of whom we know nothing firsthand, since all their writings were destroyed by their persecutors. It is said that they practiced immorality at their meetings, after the devil appeared in answer to their request. Then, after murdering eight-day-old infants and burning them to ashes, they used these ashes as a "heavenly food." Yet at the same time, "Their intelligence, and the spotless purity of their lives, are well attested."—Translator's note in Mosheim, Institutes of Ecclesiastical History (Harper and Brothers, 1841), vol. 2, pp. 202-204.

Jesus Himself faced the same kind of problem. "No man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions" (Mat. 22:46). Since He spoke but the truth, other arguments had to be found. They accused him of being a glutton and drunkard (Mat. 11:19; Luke 7:34). He foretold that He would rise from the dead on the third day. His enemies misinterpreted His words, and endeavored to make them a crime worthy of death (John 2:19-21 Mat. 26:61; Mark 14:58).

Then we have Stephen, the first Christian martyr:

And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God. (Acts 6:10, 11)

The apostle Paul likewise met with the same kind of treatment.

In light of all this, is it possible that Adventism has a relevant message for today, a message of truth from the Bible, a message you should prayerfully consider? If it indeed does, then expect that message to be incontrovertible. Expect its opponents to resort to other arguments.

Perhaps Adventism does have a relevant message, a message of truth for today. Why not check into it further? See if what Adventists really believe is biblical or not. And if it is, then do the right thing and make those beliefs a part of your life.

Jesus gave His all for us. In comparison, He asks so little in return. Dear reader, if you have not already done so, won't you give your all to Him today?

God bless you in your search for truth, and in your walk with Jesus.

A Response to the Video

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