The Seventh Day Adventists tend to observe a lot of the Mosaic law. The Old Testament law is for Old Testament Jews, came from the 10 commandments, and is considered to be bondage. Christians in the New Testament go by the law of the spirit.
Galatians 4:21-26 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Paul is giving an allegory of Abraham and his two sons by two women. One was free, Sarah and one was a bondwoman, Agar. The freewoman was by promise and the bondwoman was by flesh. The 10 commandments (Old Testament) from Mount Sinai were considered to be bondage.
Galatians 4:30-31 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
So, this bondwoman is rejected, cast out. We are not children of the bondwoman (flesh, bondage, Old Testament), but of the free (promise). The Bible says that we are to cast off the Old Testament. What kind of church will insist that you have to follow Old Testament and be in bondage? That is not coming from God.
In our freedom, we are not to follow our flesh and sin. We are to follow what the Holy Spirit teaches us. We are under the law of the spirit, and we are no longer under the old testament law.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
We Christians, are in liberty, so do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:16-18 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
When we are led of the Spirit, we are not under the law. We are under the law of the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:7-9 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
“written and engraven in stones” These are referring to the 10 commandments.
The Ten Commandments (Old Testament law) were known as the ministration of death, condemnation, and had glory.
But the ministration of the Spirit and righteousness was presented in verse 8. Paul was contrasting the two; both had glory and said that the glory of the Holy Spirit was better.
2 Corinthians 3:10-11 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
The Old Testament had glory, but it was overwritten by the glory of the Spirit. The New Testament law replaced the Old Testament. The Old Testament was “done away” according to the Bible.
2 Corinthians 3:13-14 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
Verses 13-14 talk about the abolishment of the Old Testament law. But their minds were blinded, because the veil is done away with Christ. That makes the Seventh-day Adventist a blind church.
Galatians 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but,The man that doeth them shall live in them.
The Seventh-day Adventists will say that if you are truly saved by faith, you will have to follow the law, but the Bible clearly disagrees. The law is not of faith.
Galatians 3:23-25 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Why did the Old Testament people keep the Old Testament? Because faith had not yet come. But now, faith is here; the purpose of the law was to lead you to faith. The law should make us realize that we can’t keep all these commandments and lead us to faith. The law is called the schoolmaster in verse 24, and it says in verse 25, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
If Seventh Day Adventists say that someone is saved by faith and needs to follow the law, we can show them this.
Galatians 3:10-13 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
They are going back to a curse when they go back to the law. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.
Acts 15 is the best church history passage. If we look at it, it doesn’t say be vegetarians, observe the Sabbath or anything like that. It can be used against the Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventists, and Catholics. Christians observe verse 29 to this day.
Acts 15:22,24 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
There were apostles, elders, and the whole church in this passage. This is what we say “Ye must keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment.” They are the ones being divisive.
Acts 15:25 – 29 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
The only things they asked the church to observe were to abstain from meats offered to idols, blood, and from things strangled and fornication. Christians are still observing the above today.
For more information about Sunday being pagan Catholic practice, please watch this video. Look at what the word of God says.
1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
The church day when they took an offering is on the first day of the week, not the Sabbath.
Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
Paul used Sunday to break bread and preach to people, which was a typical church service as described in Acts 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Ellen G. White is a good enough reason to reject Seventh Day Adventism. This is Robertson’s book – The White Truth, dated 1981, page 61. “What we are as a church is a reflection of our faith in the divine authority evident in the writings of Ellen G. White.”
The founding of the church is based on the authority of Ellen G. White. They believe that she was a prophetess with divine authority. If she crumbles, the religion crumbles. Our final authority is in the word of God, not what man thinks.
Deuteronomy 13: 1-3 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 18: 20-22 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.