SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST SALVATION AND ‘THE CROWN OF LIFE’
In spite of Jesus’ Free Gospel of Grace, Ellen White deceitfully taught, “Those who accept the Savior, however sincere their conversion, should never be taught to say or to feel that they are saved. This is misleading. Everyone should be taught to cherish hope and faith; but even when we give ourselves to Christ and know that He accepts us, we are not beyond the reach of temptation ... Only he who endures the trial will receive the crown of life."
This almost sounds right, because Satan usually cuts his lies very close to the truth. Apart from the fact that we must “know” whether we are saved or not because salvation is not a vague guess but a sure knowledge that Jesus paid the price in full and that His Word is true, we must stand on our blood-bought salvation, redemption, and blessing every moment of our lives here on earth, (Gal. 3:10-14.)
1 Jn. 5:13 proclaims, “These things I have written to you who believe in [cling to, rely on, adhere to] the Name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have [present tense] eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the Son of God [as the only Way of salvation.]”
Still, Ellen, the ‘prophetess’ of Adventism, also confuses God’s gift of salvation with ‘crowns’ and the reality of temptation. Of course, believers are not ‘beyond the reach of temptation.’ Temptation has the power to lead us into unrepentant sin, which can destroy the loving relationship between true believers and God. This will surely end in spiritual death (Hades) and eternal hell, although White also teaches the opposite where death and hell are concerned.
· Nevertheless, ‘crowns’ do not represent salvation by works, meaning we must ‘endure’ in ‘good’ Seventh Day Adventist works to save ourselves. ‘Crowns’ were achieved by winners in the Greek/Roman sports arena and Biblically, they symbolize victory in Christ (and through His completed atonement in our place) over temptation, trials and tribulations, and victory over the continual battle for the souls (minds) of men. Crowns also signify victory over hardships and difficulties, which God allows to test our faith, commitment, and strength of character. Nevertheless, the ‘crown of life’ refers to the joy of life eternal itself — only obtainable in and through sincere and steadfast faith in Jesus Christ and through His complete accomplishment, (as victory over sin, bondage, and cursedness) in our place! Jesus’ ‘victors,’ who receive this eternal crown, are those who ‘endure’ or continue in a Christ-like lifestyle of grace and Godly love; relying totally on what Jesus has done for them until the end of life on earth. These are the ones who overcame the murderous, destructive and deceitful enemy of their souls “by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony;” the truth of the real Gospel! (Jam. 1:12; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Phil. 4:1; 2 Tim. 4:8; Jam. 1:12; Rev. 12:11; 2:10.)
Ellen’s confusion, however, is an excellent example of how ‘a little false teaching corrupts their whole church!’ - (1 Cor. 5:6.) The following is what Paul said about the “crown of life” in 2 Tim. 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” The goal of our life in Christ here on earth is to keep sincere and true faith in Jesus Christ Alone to the end. Faith is not a legalistic work to earn merit. It is keeping our commitment to God by continuing unwaveringly in our personal, Scriptural, and obedient relationship with Him.
“Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the righteous Judge will give to me on That Day, and not to me only, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” The crown of righteousness too, merely points directly to the Righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Life of Righteousness He laid down on Golgotha in our place.
One of the SDA’s official spokespersons, Francis D. Nichol, said, "Only those will be saved who, having been redeemed by the grace of Christ, walk in obedience to all the light that God sheds on their way." This too, sounds almost right. However, remember, this deceiver derives this ‘light’ from the deception of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, not from the contextual truth of the Bible. This man means their members must obey all the requirements of Adventism to be saved. So, if you don't keep the Sabbath Day, you don’t have their ‘Sabbath Seal,” and have ‘fallen from grace,’ If you don't tithe, you are cursed! If you don’t study their doctrines diligently or eat meat, you are lost, and so on.
SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS BELIEVE IN ROMAN CATHOLIC/CALVINIST BAPTISMAL REGENERATION
David J. Stewart wrote in ‘The Seventh-day Adventist Deception,’ “The SDA website teaches Baptismal Regeneration by stating, ‘Through baptism we are truly born again in Jesus.’"
Adventists baptize themselves by a baptism of immersion into water, which seems Biblical to some.
However, if this were the Scriptural baptism of disciples, how could White make such a statement, as she also says that Jesus is the archangel Michael, His atonement is incomplete, and there is ‘still sin in heaven?’
Even more important, Baptismal Regeneration is a dreadful error, for we are Biblically and spiritually born again by believing that the Lord Jesus is the Christ, and by personally and sincerely accepting Him as our God, Lord, Savior, and Redeemer, not by water baptism of any sort! (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.)
Baptismal regeneration that contains the “rebirth” or “making alive through the water baptism” is a false Roman Catholic/Reformed Protestant doctrine, (Lutherism, Presbyterianism, Calvinism, and all other churches that teach that water baptism in itself has the power to save, etcetera.) The Vatican and her Protestant Reformers stole the Baptism of Regeneration from paganism and Christianized it to make church members for their denominations; not to make truly Biblically born again children for God and Scriptural disciples for the Lord Jesus Christ!
The Bible never even suggests that we are saved by baptism itself — except when passages and verses are read out of context!
Baptismal Regeneration is a dangerous doctrine.
Baptismal Regeneration either by sprinkling or immersion is merely a church ritual, which initiates new converts into that system by the so-called “power” of the ‘saving water’ itself, or actually, by the power of the occult water god.
This baptism and the hidden agenda and dogmas behind it are nowhere to be found in the contextual truth of the Bible!
Biblical baptism by immersion into water, (which symbolizes personal death to sin and personal resurrection in a new life of Christ, Rom. 6; Gal. 2:19-21; Col. 2:8-15,) can only be administered to sincerely believing disciples of Jesus, not to mere church members who believe their church doctrines and not the truth of Scripture, whether they are baptized either as adults or as babies.
Teaching on water baptism, Philip declared in Acts 8:37, (Note that this vital verse has been omitted by many new translations of the Bible!) “ If you believe with all your heart you may be baptized…”
The real baptism of sincere believers by immersion is an important step of obedience to the commandment of Jesus in Mt. 28:18-20, as it is a public declaration of the transformation that has already occurred in the innermost ‘heart’ or born again human spirit of the believer through his or her personal faith in Christ, (1 Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.) Thus, by itself, the Christianized pagan ritual of ‘baptismal regeneration’ is unbiblical and completely powerless.