I feel it’s about time to address something very important and very dangerous and unfortunately very real. Adventism is now distancing itself from Christianity-by drawing dramatically close to Islam.
In a recent article from Adventist World.Org Adventist’s claim that Islam shares five opinions with Adventism and that such an understanding means that Adventists are uniquely positioned to reach out and save Muslims. However the article itself seem more to be speaking of joining up with Muslims in their beliefs.
This is happening in the Christian world too and has a name Chrislam.
Let’s take a look at the commonalities between Adventism and Islam which the article states.
One: Belief in Jesus
Of course Adventist leaders make the assumption that the Jesus of Islam is the same as the Jesus of Adventism…that might be right. But the Jesus of Islam is not the same as the Jesus of Christianity. Islam teaches that the 12th Mahdi will return on the scene and Jesus will bow to him! While the Bible teaches that there will come a time when every knee shall bow to King Jesus!
That’s a huge discrepancy right there, so while yes Islam and Adventists do believe that at the very least someone is coming soon, they are not the same person…and I would argue if Adventism is claiming that the Jesus of Islam is the same as the Jesus of Christianity then Adventist is emphatically NOT Christian.
Two: Adventism is Uniquely Positioned to take “Chritianity” to Muslims
You’ll noticed I placed Christianity in quotations all you need to do is refer to point one to see why I chose to do that. The article breaks down the unique position as so:
A: The High Place of Scripture
The article claims that the Adventist view of the Holy Scriptures is inspired. That Adventists hold the scriptures as the first and most important document to which to go for understanding about God. They claim Sola Scriptura. Well as a former Adventist I know this is a bunch of bunk, their lens of reference always goes through either The Old Covenant Laws made for Israel and Ellen G. White their “Prophet” or one or the other. Not only that but they teach that there is fallibility in the people that wrote the Bible, that the Bible might be wrong because you know people wrote it and people can be wrong. This came from the huge issues they had with the now wide in the open fact that Ellen G. White COPIED practically entire books from other writers and claimed that what she had written came from divine messenger.
So in order to keep up appearances the accuracy and surety of the Bible is lowered to match the Fallible, copied writings of their “prophet”- such a lowering of the Bible disgusts me. Not only do they NOT use the Bible and the Bible alone, they claim that the writers of the Bible who had the words “God Breathed” to them made the same kind of fallible mistakes that Ellen. G. White did…and then in some cases they elevate her to the likes of the Biblical Prophets like Daniel.
- Comparing Ellen White to the Great Prophets of the Bible
In the Adventist World article (which I will link to at the bottom of the page) they state that this Adventist reliance on Sola Scriptura (please) impresses the Muslim’s who hold the Koran as God’s revelation.
I find it very interesting that the writer of the article leaves it at that and doesn’t flat out deny any revelation of the Christian God in the Koran at this point.
Adventists go on to say that Muslim’s were pleasantly surprised at the fact that Adventists don’t eat Pork or drink much alcohol. Of course a great multitude of Adventists that I DO know do drink alcohol and eat pork, but I suppose Adventists in the article are looking at this from a historical perspective.
Because of this they say “This means that Adventists and Muslims can enjoy table fellowship without apprehension—an important factor in establishing basic relationships.” I’d also add that if they can have no apprehension with Muslims, then they share the same spirit, and the same Jesus and for Adventists especially this means that they are not Christian.
In the article it also mentions that their religious beliefs are a 24/7 thing, which IMHO is a load of crap, would we have worship and vespers…yes…would we study our Sabbath School lessons…sure; but really our religion was putting on a show and dance about how perfect our lives were when we showed up every Saturday to Church. And Adventism is still stuck on the DAY(“Happy Sabbath!”)the shadow rather that on the true Sabbath Rest of Jesus Christ (“We are called to boast in Christ and Christ crucified and that alone!”) Paraphrase of Paul in Galatians) (See point 4 as Well).
C: Concern with the Last Days
I think this could really be combined with the Second Coming things noted above and it’s really a cop out to place it here but since the authors of the article went back to it so will I.
Three things are mentioned: The Last Judgment, Second Coming of Jesus and the Resurrection.
I find it very interesting though not at all surprising that they mention the last Judgment here since Adventism teaches that believers will have to stand face to face with God on the Day of Judgment without a mediator ( the error of that teaching will make up a whole other post sometime): and conversely have no understanding at all of the Bema Seat of Christ which takes place after the Resurrected and Glorified believers have been caught up to be with the Lord and as promised gone with Him to the Father’s House. A straightforward reading of the Bible places the Last Judgment, after both the catching up of the church (Bride of Christ) and the Bema Seat Judgment- and yet Adventists are told that they will be at the Last Judgment- their end times chronology is all messed up.
Actually looking at the tree topics I have to choose from I’m not sure what order they’d put them in. Because if they put Resurrection first which you’d have to, no wait…that’s Second Coming first then…Resurrection…I think followed by the Last Judgment. That can’t be right can it? No it’s Biblically unsound and reprehensible.
Christians believe: The Bible is clear. Christ comes for the Bride and calls them to Himself and takes them to His Fathers House where He went to prepare a place for them. We are glorified and then we enter the Bema Seat of Christ (The Bema Judgment) this is the believers only Judgment and it is a judgment of commendation not condemnation. This Judgment takes place in Heaven, your location is assured for you were sealed with the Holy Spirit when you first believed, this just judges the works you did After becoming born again. It determines whether you built on the foundation of God with works based towards the Kingdom or selfish works based on self-gratification. Those good works are like jewels and precious stones and the selfish like straw and dross, and the Holy Fire refines and burns away the dross and you are left with your rewards. There are also crowns you can recieve which we will toss at the feet of Jesus for only He is worthy of praise. Just like a Jewish Bride spent 7 days in the wedding banquet before being revealed to the community as a whole so the Bride of Christ will be in Heaven for 7 Years before revealed to the global Community at the Second Coming/Glorious Appearing.
Then will be the Judgment of the sheep and the goats, those who found Christ during the 7 Year Tribulation and those who never accepted Christ.
Now after that is the Millennium which is entirely missing from the Adventist list (though they will believe w/o Bible backing) that that Millennium will happen in Heaven. Of course the Bible teaches of the Millennium on Earth with Satan bound and thrown into the bottomless pit before hand.
After the Millennium then comes the Last Judgment…this is for unbelievers only.
7 When the 1,000 years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison
8 and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog
and Magog, to gather them for battle. Their number is like the sand of the sea.
9 They came up over the surface of the earth and surrounded the encampment of
the saints, the beloved city. Then fire came down from heaven and consumed them.
10 The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where
the beast and the false prophet are, p and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
11 Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence,
and no place was found for them.
12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.
Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works
by what was written in the books.
13 Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works.
14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15 And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
You do NOT want to be a part of the Last Judgment period. The Good News is that if You have been Born of the Spirit/Born Again/Born from Heaven- ARE already part of the Bride of Christ- and you ALREADY HAVE eternal life!
In the article the Adventists note that they’re plenty of major differences between the Islamic and Adventist understanding of the End times…and I’ve clearly pointed out that the Adventist end times are greatly different from those of mainline Christianity.
D: The Sabbath
The Adventists love the fact that the Koran simply mentions the Sabbath (they don’t mention how) and makes no mention of Sunday being made a day of worship. (Note to my Adventist friends Our Sabbath rest is in Christ the person who is the Sabbath made full not in a day. We worship on Sunday because that’s what the Apostles did and the Jews who became Christians did also giving up THOUSANDS of years of Tradition…for the reality of true SABBATH REST IN CHRIST!) The Sabbath is still the seventh Day and still as originally intended for the Jews…not the Gentiles.
The article mentions their veneration of the Sabbath (it’s enshrined in our name)- and says that by keeping the Sabbath they are following divine revelation. Of course they fail to realize that they are making the exact same mistake as the Pharisees and Saducees and placing the day given by the creator- the shadow- over the creator Himself!
God the Holy Spirit through Paul says (paraphrased) “All that should matter is CHRIST and CHRIST CRUCIFIED!”
Rest is in the fulfillment of the shadow and not in the shadow itself.
E: Cosmic Conflict
The Muslims hold a idea of a battle between Good and Evil which has similarities along with the article admits significant differences with the Adventist Great Controversy worldview model.
Of course while the Bible speaks of a spiritual war between fallen angels and those loyal to Heaven, there never was much of a conflict, the battle was won at the cross. And there’s certainly no need for God to justify anything, or to be audited for His actions. He’s GOD, his actions can only be just and right. The Bible mentions NOTHING about all creation waiting for an audit to see if God was just in His gift of Salvation and fair in His commandments. He was and He is and He will always be.
No the only thing creation is waiting for is when the Kingdoms of Earth become the Kingdoms of our God and King Jesus Christ!
Muslims and Adventists believe in creation and not evolution, I think this might be the one point in which Christians can agree with Adventists and Muslims!
Muslims share with Adventists a outlook of solidarity towards proper healthy living, which is oh so very important in the big picture of beliefs.
I’d rather have a Spirit that has been awakened from being dead in sin than a healthy heart.
H: Relation to Israel
The Adventist church is silent in regards to Israel they certainly do not support them, in fact they feel that they are Spiritual Israel. Of course this non-standing with Israel puts them in excellent standing with the Muslim leaders.
Now as Christians we KNOW that God still has a plan for Israel, and we know that Israel will last as a nation. In fact the Bible says that Jews will lead a massive revival during the Tribulation and them calling on Jesus Christ as their Messiah will both bring them back into a right relationship with Him but signal to Christ and the Bride in Heaven that it’s time to return to the earth in response and save Israel from the armies that are surrounding her at the end of the Tribulation period.
It is clear to me that anyone not siding with Israel is not siding with God.
I: A Reform Movement
Adventist leaders believe that their teaching is a return to the Bible when it is in fact a turning it’s back and closing it’s ear on a good majority of the New Testament (after all Paul is so hard to understand).
I’ll take the time to warn Adventist leaders that the Islamic world has no place for any religion outside it’s own whether Christian or claiming to be Christian and their idea of reformation is that everyone should be a Muslim.
A Few Final Thoughts
It saddens me to see Adventism so casually moving away from Christianity to cuddle up to Islam…however it does not surprise me at all. You see when the spirit behind the church is one of deception and half truths then you know that only one person could truly be behind that church. I shouldn’t have to spell it out but I will anyway, the spirit behind Islam and Adventism is the same, the person behind them is the same.
That person is Satan.
The Adventist Jesus and the Muslim Jesus are apparently the same. I’ve heard Adventist teachers claiming that the Adventist God and the Muslim God are the same. If they are they certainly are not the Christian Jesus and the Christian God.
Get out while you still can, give up the throne of your life to Christ. Realize that you are born dead in your sins (your eternal spirit is dead)and that Jesus is the ONLY WAY to be made alive again (only the Holy Spirit can revive your spirit, and only the Holy Spirit is the seal of God unto salvation). And then He, God the Holy Spirit will live in your body which is a living temple for God on earth, and will lead you in your studies into all truth.
Original Article: Adventists and Muslims getting Cozy…Did you know?
- Is Seventh Day Adventist is a false religion (wiki.answers.com)