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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

Discern Fact from Fiction

Wrapping Up the Case

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#197 & #198: " 'Point 2: The cult leader's word, or teachings of the cult, become absolute truth, overshadowing the teachings of the Bible.' "—Narrator.

"No Seventh-day Adventist would dare deny that Ellen G. White's comments on a certain portion of Scripture, determine the group's acceptance or rejection of historical views held on those Scriptures. Her interpretations prevail and become Adventist doctrine. Even today her writings are considered to be of equal inspiration with Scripture."—Steve Cannon.

#197: Her comments overshadow the Bible's teachings. False, as already brought out under #21, #23-#26, and #45.

According to the documentation package's index, this charge is "substantiated" under "Point 94." There we find quoted number seventeen of Adventism's twenty-seven fundamental beliefs:

One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White. As the Lord's messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested.

Thus, since Mrs. White's comments must be tested by the Bible, they cannot simultaneously overshadow the teachings of Scripture. Once again, the documentation package proves the utter falsity of the video's charge.

#198: Her comments determine the acceptance or rejection of historical views. Incredible! Mr. Cannon didn't say "acceptance or rejection of Scripture." He instead said "acceptance or rejection of historical views," which is another way of saying "tradition."

So, Adventists are being condemned because they reject what tradition teaches about the Bible. But, being Protestants, they have to reject tradition when it contradicts the Bible, for that is in essence what Protestantism is all about.

What says the Bible, the blessed Bible?
      This my only question be.
The teachings of men so often mislead us.
      What says the Bible to me.

If an individual who truly has the biblical gift of prophecy declares some tradition to be an error, how can that possibly be wrong?

A Response to the Video

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