The truth is that Adventists don’t all believe the same things. There are those who really espouse Ellen G. White and those that respect her but consider themselves “Sola-Scriptura”. If you had asked me a few years ago I would have told you that I was the latter. However, to be honest I didn’t study my bible much and relied on the pastors and teachers to tell me what to believe. I liked Ellen White well enough back then but didn’t care too much as to whether or not she was a prophet because in my mind the SDA were correct anyways with or without her. At least you know where I am coming from now.
I was personally afraid to leave SDA because even though the thought wasn’t clear in my head, the concern was that if I left I wouldn’t go to heaven. I believed that at the close of probation I would be found a Sabbath breaker and would get the mark of the beast. If you’re reading this blog now and this is what you believe please let me assure you that you are in no way saved by the Sabbath, not even in the end times. You are saved by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ shed for all of your sins on the cross. No matter how the end times go down this is still true.
That said I am going to start out this blog by describing the doctrine of the New Covenant with scripture. It was something that I was unaware of as SDA and it was what theologically broke the last tie I had with them. When I studied the scripture behind the New Covenant I found my Bible truly was a sword. That always sounded like nice imagery in the past, but it became practical for me in this study. I can’t share everything today, and it will probably take up my first series of posts to complete everything that I have to say on it. However I will start off by sharing what I have found to be the most powerful string of verses debunking SDA doctrine. In the next post I will tell you why these matter. Regardless of your theology or tradition the following verses should make you think.
Summary of the New Covenant in Relation to the Ten Commandments:
Deuteronomy 4:10-14 NKJV
…And the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no form; you only heard a voice. So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone…
The Tables of Stone = Old Covenant
I Kings 8:9, 21 NKJV
Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. And there I have made a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord which He made with our fathers, when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.”
Hebrews 9:1, 4 NKJV
Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;
The Old Covenant = Obsolete
Hebrews 8:7, 13 NKJV
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. In that He says, “A new covenant ,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.