FEATURE ARTICLE

Friday, August 2, 2019
ibanga.nh@gmail.com
Austin, Texas, USA
RESPONSE TO MR. MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO'S ARTICLE OF SUNDAY JUNE 2, 2019 TITLED "EIGHT FALLACIOUS DOCTRINES AND HERESIES OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST WORLD CHURCH"

Introduction

was born in Southern Nigeria to a Christian home and have been in the Sunday church until six years ago. I had been attending every seminar I could find on the Book of Revelation because I had a very strong desire to overcome my fear of it and get to understand it. It was then that I received an invitation in the mail to attend such a seminar at the local Seventh Day Adventist church. I attended that seminar.


ALSO READ: Eight Fallacious Doctrines and Heresies of Seventh Day Adventist World Church
By Moshood Fayemiwo


In all, I have attended six seminars on the Book of Revelation. These include an introductory one by the Catholic Church, one by the Baptist Church, one by an Evangelical Church and three by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. In addition to this, I attended two seminars on the Book of Daniel by the Adventist Church. The Adventist Seminars made copious references to the Book of Daniel. Remember Jesus (in Matthew 24) urged us to go study the Book of Daniel.

When all was said and done, I switched churches and started attending the Adventist Church. First of all, the evidence is clear that Saturday is the 7th day of the week, which the Lord commanded us to keep holy. I found out that there are also Seventh Day Baptists and other churches that have continued to keep the true Sabbath. Additionally none of the Sunday churches could finger what is the Mark of the Beast of Revelation. The Adventists did. None of the Sunday churches could explain the 2300 - year prophesy in the Book of Daniel. The Adventist church did. Since I trust but always verify, I found the Adventist's churches explanation of Daniel's 70 weeks prophecy more accurate than what the Sunday churches taught. Finally, I found out that the Adventists pay particular attention to what is written in the word of God than the casual way I experienced in the Sunday churches. For sure some of their (Adventist) interpretations of Revelation are either over my pay grade or I disagree based on my reading the word myself. The areas of disagreement do not affect one's salvation and therefore is no big deal.

It should now be clear why Mr. Fayemiwo's article caught my attention and produced this response. There are precepts we must bear in mind - Paul told us (1st Corinthians 13:9) that we will only have perfect understanding AFTER Christ returns. So we must not be quick to judgment and harsh judgment at that when we see a different interpretation/understanding of Scripture we are familiar with. So I now share my understanding with everyone hoping for constructive comments on anyplace that I might err.

So brother Fayemiwo, here are my comments on what you wrote. Let me hear from you if you disagree with any or all of it.

Observance of the Sabbath:

Mr. Fayemiwo is 100% wrong. The SDA does not teach that one can earn his/her way to Heaven by keeping the Sabbath. If one could do so, Jesus would not have rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees as He did. Those religious leaders were strict Sabbath keepers. Mr. Fayemiwo's error derives from the false teachings in the Sunday churches that the law was nailed to the cross and we are now under grace. No it was not (Romans 6: -2). The ceremonial laws that Moses wrote with ink on papyrus are what were nailed to the cross. The Ten Commandments written on stone by God Himself are in force for eternity. Yes no one can keep it hence the need for Jesus' righteousness to be bestowed on those who accept Him before they can enter into Heaven.

Listen to prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 66:23) - "And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, says the Lord".

Listen to Revelation 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus".

Listen to Jesus in Matthew "If you love me you will keep my commandments" Clearly one keeps the Sabbath as a sign one loves the Lord. Also, to obey is better than to sacrifice. Besides, there are blessings to boot (see Isaiah 58:13-14).

Now let us ask the Sunday worshippers, why is it that it is ONLY when one expresses a desire to keep the true Sabbath that they say one is going back to live under the law? Should the same not be said if one wanted to not commit adultery, i.e., that one is going back to live under the law? Why would grace cover nine of the commandments but exclude the 4th commandment? Laughable! The Sabbath is a COVENANT (Ezekiel 20:14)!

By the way the Sabbath starts at Sundown on Friday and ends at Sundown on Saturday. Sunday, the day the Romans worshipped the sun is not the Seventh Day of the week that God sanctified and asked us to keep holy. Many in the Sunday churches know this but are reluctant to change because everybody is worshipping on Sunday. Remember that narrow and straight is the road the leads to eternal life and few are they that follow it. Wide is the path and many are those who take it to eternal destruction (Matthew 7: 13-14).

Death as Sleep

He asserts "There is no picayune Biblical reference to the doctrinal expression of non-feeling death experience as held among SDA". Really?

Let us go to Ecclesiastes 9: 5 - 6. It reads "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing,, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in anything that is done under the sun".

Now, let us go to the New Testament and read Jesus Himself in John 11: 11 -14. Jesus had been told that His friend Lazarus was sick. He delayed going to see him until he was dead. Then He told His disciples that Lazarus was asleep. They responded that sleep rest will be good for Lazarus since he was sick. Jesus the told them blankly that Lazarus was dead. So by Lazarus sleeps, Jesus meant Lazarus was dead.

Now let's go to Daniel 12:2. The Angel said to Daniel "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake ".

I hope that these references improve brother Fayemiwo's understanding in this matter. And while we are at it, let us dispense with a touchy feel good saying one hears at funerals, to wit, that the dead is now in a better place. This is often uttered if the dead had been in pain during the sickness prior to death. Even Pastors say this. It is false! As you can see from what the Angel said to Daniel, the dead go neither to Heaven or Hell at death. They sleep in the dust. They feel no more pain. Their bodies return to the earth from which it was made and the spirit of God returns to God and they breathe no more. This is truth!

Stop and think. If anyone deserved to go to Heaven at death, Jesus did. But did Jesus go to Heaven at death, NO! He spent three days in the grave - the sign of the prophet Jonah. An Angel had to descend from Heaven to roll away the stone that covered Jesus' tomb so He could exit the tomb. Again, if the righteous dead go to Heaven at death, Lazarus (the friend of Jesus) should have gone to Heaven at death. In which case Jesus did not need to go to Lazarus' grave to call him back to life. But that is exactly what He did - go to the grave - site, had the covering stone rolled away before calling Lazarus back to life.

Before we leave this heading, there are two corrections we must make in his understanding of his references. Can brother Fayemowo tell us which version of the Bible specifies that the thief on the right side of Jesus is the one promised Paradise? I have never found any such reference in ANY version of the Bible I have read.

Regarding the rich man and Lazarus, remember that the second resurrection (after the 1000 year millennium) is for the wicked dead. Lazarus must have been resurrected at the second coming of Jesus. So when the wicked dead are raised again and judged, they are sent to Hell. Lazarus at this time is with Christ in Paradise (Heaven if you will). As he was burning up one can easily visualize the conversation described by Jesus. To argue otherwise would be to subscribe to another erroneous teaching that there is a soul separate from the body. A living soul consists of the body of clay plus the spirit of God which is in the breath God breathed into Adam to come alive (Genesis 2: 7). If you dispute this, show us where God created the soul.

The Origin of Sin and Satan's Pride

No one disputes the fact that the snake lied to Eve first and she ate the forbidden fruit, and then gave it to her husband. Adam chose to believe the lie told his wife and ate the forbidden fruit. Academicians are often tempted to ponder what would have happened had Adam resisted and went back to God for clarification. That exercise is of no value. So the lie that Adam believed came from the Devil. As one can read in John 8: 44 the Devil is the father of lies.

The Second Coming of Christ

Yes Jesus had clearly told us that not even the Angels in Heaven know the date and hour of His return. He did not say that the Father could not at His discretion never reveal this information. Since we know that Paul was taken to Heaven and shown things he was not permitted to talk about, it is plausible that another follower of Christ can be given information not available to all. So on this issue of Mrs. White claiming she was told the when of Christ' return, my position is best summarized by the Ibibio saying that "one cannot argue and deny that a blind person never had a dream when the blind says he/she had a dream".

The Millennium and the end of Sin

Brother, are you sure Mrs. White was not advocating that slaves should be taught to read and write which was the opposite of the slavery practice of her time? How can your faith grow if you do not have the capability to study God's word for yourself and seek the Holy Spirit's explanation on things not clear to you?

Veganism

Brother Fayemiwo asserts, "The lifestyle of SDA members abstaining from eating meat has been commended by nutritionists and the medical community alike, but it is not Biblical. Nowhere in the Holy Bible were we commanded to abstain from eating meat. My issue is with the underlined portion.

Go to Genesis 1: 29 -30. The first diet given to BOTH Man and ANIMALS was a vegetarian diet. No mention was made of eating meat. The eating of meat started after the flood. Once the eating of meat started peoples' lifespan no longer reached over 900 years. Instead it declined to what we have at present - a mere 70 (+/-) years. What I have gathered since joining the Adventist Church (and I believe it) is that a person raised from birth on a vegetarian diet will have FEWER doctors' visits than one who regularly eats meat.

More Heresies

A quotation such as "The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty." Is too brief for me to make a judgment. The full context needs to be read so as not to mis-interpret what was the intended meaning. What I know for sure is that Jesus is the Word of God, fully God that incarnated as a human being as part of God's plan to redeem mankind.

The Atonement for Sins of the Human Race

In all my years in the Sunday churches, no one ever could explain the 2300 - year prophecy of Daniel. Neither was there a detailed explanation of the Sanctuary service, which we know today was pointing forward to Christ. So since I have not read the Early Writings of Mrs. White that he referenced, I KNOW that at the end of the 2300 years, the SANCTUARY was to be cleansed, per the Angel to Daniel. I read Mrs. White here as referencing Christ's entry into the Heavenly Sanctuary to begin the cleansing as the High Priest used to do once a year when he entered the Holy of Holies to purge the Sanctuary of the sins of the nation of the past one year.

It is important to study Leviticus 16 very thoroughly to understand what Mrs. White had said. Pay attention to verses 6 - 10. Two goats were brought before the Lord. Lots were cast and one goat was the Lord's, the other the scapegoat. The goat belonging to the Lord was sacrificed for a sin offering. This pointed to Christ. Christ paid the price for ALL the sins of the world by his sacrifice on the cross.

Now continue reading slowly to maximize your understanding. When you get to verse 19 you will notice that though the price for the sins were paid, the Sanctuary needed cleansing from the sins washed off by the blood of the goat belonging to the Lord. So a bull was killed and its blood sprinkled seven times "to cleanse it and to consecrate it from the uncleanness of the Israelites".

Now continue to verse 20. Although I am a slow typist, I will type the verses regarding the scapegoat for evidence.

"When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the Tent of Meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat. He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites - all their sins - and put them on the goat's head. He shall send the goat away into the desert in the care of a man appointed for the task. The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place; and the man shall release it in the desert."

So while the goat that was the Lord's paid the price for the sins, additional steps needed to be taken to cleanse the Sanctuary of those sins. Can you now see what Mrs. White was alluding to which you confused with paying the price for the sins of mankind?

Now remember that the earthly Sanctuary that Moses built was a copy of the Heavenly one. The Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem in AD70 just as Jesus foretold. So the Sanctuary to be cleansed cannot be an earthly but the Heavenly one. Paying the price for the sins preceded cleansing the Sanctuary. Jesus paid the price for our sins and since He is now our High Priest, He is now engaged in the cleansing of the Sanctuary in Heaven as the Angel told Daniel.

NEWS SECTIONS