Testimony of Robert, a former Adventist freed by biblical truths.
Why I left the Adventist church after 37 years. By Robert K. Sanders, founder of Truth and Fables. In the following text, Robert recounts how he discovers the truth about the doctrinal falsehoods of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Once his convictions were strengthened, he signed his resignation letter and left the denomination. It was later that he realized that even the Sabbath was no longer a law for the Christian born again in Jesus Christ.
The original of this testimony is available in English at: http://www.truthorfables.com/My_Testimony.htm. This translation is from Christ's Love of 'Children of Paradise' on www.amourdechrist.canalblog.com.
We wish you a pleasant read and God bless you. My wife and I were baptized at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Decatur in 1958. After the correspondence courses of 'Voice Prophecy Bible' and a series of studies with an Adventist pastor, I became a representative of the Christian Record Braille Foundation, which is an Adventist work for the blind. I left the foundation in 1962 because I didn't want to settle for seeing my family only on weekends. I then worked for Purdue University for 31 years and retired in 1994. I was employed as a Technical Assitant for Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering.
Why I left the Adventist Church:
I was the third generation of Adventists before I left it. Those who leave any church do so for several reasons. Many give up for human reasons such as emotional injuries caused by other members, others because of pressure from parents and loved ones, others because of doctrine. My wife and I left for the latter. We could no longer be true with the Word of God and accept the biblical contradictions of Ellen G. White.
I was an Adventist for 37 years. Until 1994 (withdrawal date), I was a former teacher, a Sabbath School teacher, a builder, etc. I volunteered for the Indiana Conference and held a conference on 'How to Lead Bible Studies'. I have taught several people who have been baptized in the church. My son and grandsons went to Adventist schools. I share this information with you so that you understand how familiar I am to Adventist beliefs. I was deeply convinced that I was in the real 'surviving church'. We had the 'Spirit of Prophecy' and 'The Testimony of Jesus' which are taken from the writings of Ellen G. White (EGW). With these elements, I assimilated the biblical interpretation of EGW. After all, I thought she was a prophetess of God in the church of late. It was around 1985 that I began to question EGW's works. I was told that she had only the elementary grade of primary school and that her excellent books had come from God, that her teachings had been inspired just like those of the prophets of the Bible.
In 1985, I became aware of Ellen G. White's plagiarism by Adventist pastor Walter Rea. In his book The White Lie, Rea showed that EGW had used the works of little-known authors and had given them no respect, while EGW had claimed that his work had been shown to him by an angel or by the throne of God. By these words, EGW was a liar who never publicly repented of her sins. Shortly before, Adventist pastor Dr. Desmond Ford had demonstrated that Ellen's doctrine of sanctuary and investigative judgment was unfounded. Most Adventist scholars agree with Ford that it is not biblical. No non-Adventist exegete in the Bible could find a biblical basis for the doctrine of the EGW Shrine.
This prompted me to do some research to see if EGW's teachings were really compatible with the Bible and history. I realized that EGW often contradicted the Bible and history, which I found unacceptable. I realized that EGW was wrong about the redemption date. She had predicted October 22, 1844 and the actual redemption date according to history was September 23, 1844. I even realized that the redemption was complete to the ordeal and did not begin in 1844 with the Judgment of Investigation.
Because of the non-biblical teachings of EGW, I stopped believing the Adventist Church as the true church of God on earth. In practical terms, the Bible does not specifically designate a denomination as the real church or as the surviving church. I remembered that Jesus and the apostles had warned Christians against false prophets.
It was disappointing that EGW and Adventist leaders had misplaced me with their claims to possess 'the truth'. After all, I am now looking forward to being detached from Ellen G White's unbiblical baggage. I struggled to deal with the biblical contradictions of EGW in the Sabbath schools where I taught. Some could quote it as they would for the Bible, without any allusion to the biblical contradictions evident in its doctrine. Here is an example: a classmate could say that 'children and saints will have wings for resurrection'. And then I could reply: 'The Bible says that we will have bodies similar to that of Christ and I do not see where in the Bible there is talk of wings'. They could also quote EGW as saying, 'We cannot say that we are saved.' And my reply could be: 'How is it that Paul could say that a crown was prepared for him and for those who await His advent'?
The pastor continually quoted EGW in his sermons as an authority with the Bible and mixed EGW's writings with biblical writings. Sometimes he would quote Ellen without specifying her name as the source. An example: 'Peter pushed Mary Magdalene into sin'. After the worship, I could ask, 'Can you clarify the biblical evidence of what you said?' And I couldn't get an answer. Gradually, I could no longer bear to sit in church and listen to the Word of God associated with the myths of Ellen G. White. In fact, it was after two years after I left the Adventist Church that I really understood the clear difference between the Bible and the writings of EGW. Meanwhile, my wife could ask me at times: 'Is this teaching from Ellen G. White or from the Bible?
I lived my last Sabbath in October 1994. The denomination was celebrating the 150th anniversary of the prophetic fiasco of the Sanctuary on October 23, 1844. On this occasion, the local church invited an Adventist pastor to give a sermon on the Sanctuary. He dressed in a High Priest's robe and a large model of sanctuary was built on a table. I looked inside the Sanctuary after the Sabbath School and wondered why I was going to sit and listen for more than an hour to all this filth? I left the church and went away, so as not to suffer any more indoctrination. I realized that staying to listen would be like sitting in a Jehovah's Witness room or in a Mormon cult. I only returned twice to pay tribute to the funeral. I am my Brother's Guardian and cannot see anyone straying without being able to help him. This is the sole purpose of the Truth and Fables website. The information is available if you want to find it. Do not be afraid to confront Adventist teachings with the Word of God. If I could be of any use to you, feel free to ask me questions. Thus, after having been a member of the Adventist Church for 37 years (exercising the ministry of Elder, Sabbath School teacher, etc.), I decided to retire. Revelation 19:10 tells us that 'the testimony of Jesus' is 'the spirit of prophecy'. According to the Bible, neither Ellen G. White nor her writings are "the Spirit of Prophecy." "The Spirit of Prophecy" is the name the Adventist Church gave to EGW; it doesn't come from God. Think about it, if what Adventists say was true, it would mean that for 2000 years, that is, before the founding of the Adventist Church in the 1860s, there was no real church, and readers of that period must not have understood their Bibles; even as Jesus had promised the Holy Spirit to lead them in all truth (John 16:13). I'm sure you can't believe that the Spirit of Prophecy waited until Ellen White was born to come forward. 1Thessalonicians 5:21 tells us to judge all things and I invite you to do so.
My resignation letter.
November 7, 1994.
Please tell the church's steering committee that I would like to withdraw from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lafayette. I no longer agree with Adventist doctrines. Some points of disagreement:
The Surviving Church: I do not believe that the Seventh-day Adventist Church represents the only remnant of God's people. The people of God who survive to this day, as in the past ages, are made up of all those who worship him in spirit and truth, regardless of denomination.
The Spirit of Prophecy: I do not believe that Ellen G. White was a prophetess, or even that her writings are "the Spirit of Prophecy" because they are at odds with the scriptures.
The Sanctuary doctrine that Christ began His work of Judgment of Investigation in 1844. I believe that when He ascended to Heaven, He sat to the right of His Father in the Most Holy Place and that his mediation on our behalf began at that time.
The Judgment of Investigation of 1844. I don't think this judgment is biblical. According to Paul, the saints of Hebrews 11 were already assured of salvation nearly 2000 years before 1844. For example, God presents Abel as a 'righteous man' and did not wait until 1844 to justify it.
Tithing: In the Bible, tithing was used to support priests and Levites. I believe that there are no Priests or Levites in the Adventist Church, and I see nowhere in the Bible an example of a Christian church that supports ministry with tithing. I would like to receive from you a letter confirming that my name has been removed from the Adventist Church register.
My best Christian wishes to each of you. Robert K. Sanders. I received a letter dated December 23, 1994 from Pastor Forss stating that I had been 'excluded' and that my membership status had been withdrawn. Note: I received emails asking why I did not mention the Sabbath in my resignation letter. Here's the answer: At that time, I was still observing the Sabbath. It was ten years later that I renounced the Sabbath. I discovered that on this point I had also been abused. The Sabbath was a law for Israel in the old covenant and ended in Calvary. There is no obligation in the new will that orders the observance of the Sabbath. Sources: http://www.truthorfables.com/My_Testimony.htm