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What Is Wrong With Seventh Day Adventism? | Intermediate Discipleship #13

The beliefs and non-beliefs of Seventh-day Adventism are of the following:

  • Sabbath
  • Soul sleep,
  • Godhead,
  • Diet and observing Old Testament law,
  • Satan as a scapegoat who took our sins to hell. This is blasphemous because Jesus Christ is our scapegoat who took our sins.
  • Rapture dating. Jehovah’s Witnesses also do the same.
  • They do not believe in an eternal hell but rather in complete annihilation.

The Seventh Day Adventists need to be shown the truth in love. Pastor is using a critical tone because he is preaching against the teachers.

Sabbath observance is not for us

Genesis 2:2-3 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

This denomination believes since the Sabbath was observed in creation, we should all observe the Sabbath. Seventh-Day Adventists argue that Old Testament law started not with Moses, but at Genesis.

To debunk this, God was the one who rested on the seventh day. But He never gave this commandment to Adam. God knows what He’s going to do in the future (referring to the millennial rest, which is the seventh millennium). Adam would not be worshipping God only on the seventh day only, but every single day since he talks with God every day.

They also use the word “Shabath” (rested) which is a Jewish word appearing in Genesis 2 to prove that we need to observe it. Shabath can mean any one of the following:

  • to rest,
  • to destroy,
  • to put an end to,
  • to cause to fail.

It’s not a translation of the word Sabbath, but it’s a transliteration. The pastor calls out this elitist behavior by the Greek and Hebrew scholars who pick and choose the meanings that they want.

The Hebrew word “Shabath” exists in the following verses, but the positive meaning of “rest” does not make sense in any of the following verses.

Amos 8:4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail.

(Replace “fail”, with “ keep Sabbath”)

Lamentations 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.

(Replace “ceased” with “Sabbath” or “celebration”)

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

(Replace “cause” with “make the Sabbath” and “cease” with “fail”)

This is an immense error on the 7th day Adventist churches part. They are taking things completely out of linguistic context, to provide support for their own doctrinal stance even when contradicting scripture.

Exodus 16: 28-29 And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.

Before the 10 commandments and Moses’ law (in Exodus 20), Seventh Day Adventists say that Sabbath was observed before that. This is their proof text that Sabbath began before Moses.

To debunk this, this passage confirms that the laws start with Moses and not Adam. Was God speaking to Adam or Moses here? He was speaking to Moses. The observance of the Passover started way before Exodus 20, but it is still part of the Mosaic law.

Mark 2:27-28 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

The pastor thinks that this is the Seventh Day Adventist’s strongest proof text. It seems, that when God created the Sabbath (the seventh day), He created it for man to observe. They also say that if you reject the Sabbath, you reject Jesus Christ.

To debunk this, we have to read in context. Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath. The following verse is the first time the word “sabbath” appears in the Bible. But to whom was this verse directed, Adam or Moses? It was Moses.

We do not reject Jesus Christ by rejecting the Sabbath. Jesus Christ is saying that He is Lord over the Sabbath. It has nothing to do with the observance of the Sabbath.

Exodus 16: 23 And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.

They would use the Genesis 2 argument but we already know how to debunk those now.

Nehemiah 9: 14-15 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant: And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.

The above is a good verse to use with the Seventh Day Adventists. This was not before Moses. Some people believe that if you do not observe the Sabbath, you will go to hell. That means Adam, Eve, Abraham, Jacob, etc went to hell because they weren’t observing the Sabbath, right?

 

 

 

 

 

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