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"Shut Door of Mercy"--New Discoveries
Dirk Anderson has done some interesting research on Ellen G. White and mercury poisoning. Could this explain the enigma of this controversial founder of Adventism?
The Bible verses the Testimonies of Ellen G. White, by Tim Ward. As a long-time Adventist, Tim Ward sets out to prove that the writings of Ellen White agree with the Bible. His study is insightful.
The Sabbath & the Appointed Times of the LORD by Wes Ringer. This is a thorough Review of Judging the Sabbath by Ron du Preez. This is a must read for anyone wanting to know what "Sabbath" is in view in Colossians 2:16.
The Transitional Path--How to Minister to Seventh-day Adventists." This is a nine page outline Dale Ratzlaff uses when giving presentations to evangelical pastors and leaders.
Index to all the Gospel and other articles in Proclamation! There is a wealth of information here for the transitioning or inquiring Adventist. Scroll down until you find what you are looking for.
The Shut-door and the Sanctuary: Historical and Theological Problem, by Wes Ringer. Adventists would like to forget that Ellen Whtie taught a shut-door of mercy. However, for those willing to look at the evidence, the conclusion is clear.
Does the Blood of the OT Sacrifice, Cleanse, Defile or Transport Sin? by Tim Ward. This is a critical question for Adventists. If blood does not defile or transport sin, then the whole scheme of Adventism's sanctuary theology falls. Truth can stand the test of investigation; why not read this and make up your own mind.
The following articles were assembled by Kerry Wynne. He has received permission to post them on the web and has given us permission to do the same. There is a wealth of information in these 16 articles/books. They are PDF files and you will need Adobe Reader to access them. Feel free to pass them on to others. We are listing Mr. Wynne's index and introduction to the CD which these articles are on. The CD is also available.
LYING FOR GOD by Kerry B. Wynne & William H. Hohmann (2009) - Proves by comparing the written exchanges of Seventh-day Adventists and their critics since the earliest days of the Church to prove that Adventists knew their Sabbath doctrine was in serious trouble prior to 1888, knew that it was impossible by no later than 1888, yet knowingly chose to persist in teaching this biblical myth. Also, this book utilizes these documents to prove that the Church knew that Ellen White was a fraud from the earliest days of her ministry, admitted this fact in a secret meeting in 1919, yet persisted in teaching she was a true prophet of God. Additionally, proof is provided that SDA leaders have known from early times that the Doctrine of the Investigative Judgment has no biblical support. The primary author, Kerry Wynne, refutes Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi's “New Sabbatarianism” and explains how the introduction of this highly imaginative doctrine launched the anti-Sabbatarian movement that is becoming an increasing threat to Adventism. Were religious organizations not protected against law suits that are religiously motivated by the First Amendment, this book would provide enough evidence to put the top leaders of Adventism of yesterday and today behind bars for their failure to disclose the “terms of belief” than enables them to extract large sums of money from the pockets of their members-- believers who would not give a dime if they knew the truths about Adventism that their Adventist leaders know!
SABBATARIANISM RE-EXAMINED by Dr. Robert D. Brinsmead (1981) – This brilliant controversial (former) Seventh-day Adventist independent theologian utilized the most recent progress in the understanding of Early Church history to demonstrate that Ellen White's apostasy theory of Sabbath abandonment was impossible. Apparently having his eyes opened by the absurdities of the arguments for Sabbatarianism presented by Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi's 1977 book, From Sabbath to Sunday, Brinsmead did his homework over a four-year period of time. The result was a scholarly work that thoroughly debunked Bacchiocchi's arguments to the point of over-kill. This paper probably represents the single-most important anti-Sabbatarian document in the history of Adventism because it approached the problems with Sabbatarian doctrine in ways that had never been used before. It was responsible for launching the current anti-Sabbatarian movement that is threatening the very existence of the Seventh-day Adventist Church today. If you have only enough time to read one article on this CD-ROM, please read this one, even in preference to my own book, Lying for God.
A DIGEST OF THE SABBATH QUESTION by Robert D. Brinsmead (1982) – This paper, written in summary form, buttressed his already well-documented research presented in “Sabbatarianism Re-examined” with a wealth of additional scholarly sources. It suggests another full year of intense, targeted scholarly effort to make sure that his 1981 essay was well-supported to the point of over-kill.
SABBATH REFUTATIONS by William H. Hohmann – This essay written by a former World Wide Church of God former Sabbatarian and 1976 theology graduate of the WWCG's Ambassador College, provides a set of logical refutations of Sabbatarianism from perspectives that few people have ever considered, touching on principles not covered by other formidable anti-Sabbatarian authors. If anyone has any doubt about the impossibilities of Sabbatarianism after reading all the other books and essays provided on this CD-ROM, this paper will push the reader over the hurdles of any objections that might be left.
SANCTUARY DOCTRINE: ASSET OR LIABILITY? By Dr. Raymond F. Cottrell – Dr. Cottrell is widely recognized to be the greatest SDA theologian of all time. After he retired, he delivered a lecture, which is recorded in the form of this paper, that exposed the fact that SDA leaders had secretly struggled to find any biblical support for the Doctrine of the Investigative Judgment (Sanctuary Doctrine) without any success. His account of the cover-up is astonishing. He was present at the Glacier View trial of Dr. Desmond Ford and recorded the entire proceedings in short-hand. He reveals the fact that Dr. Ford was unanimously upheld on six of his eight points against the Doctrine of the Investigative Judgment by the group of scholars who had gathered at Glacier View to hear his case-- a remarkable revelation, since the General Conference president, Neal C. Wilson, flew back to Church headquarters in Washington DC after the trial and immediately made a public announcement that the group of scholars had unanimously rejected his stand on the issue! Additionally, Dr. Cottrell provides conclusive biblical and historical evidence that the theory of the Sanctuary Doctrine is impossible.
SABBATH NOT A LAW FOR CHRISTIANS by Robert K. Sanders – A former Adventist and host of the anti-SDA/Ellen White web-site, Truth or Fables.Com, left Adventism because he could not find biblical support for the Sanctuary Doctrine. Some years later he studied the Sabbath and concluded that the Bible is very clear in teaching that the Sabbath was part of the Old Covenant. Sanders debunks the proof-texts used by Adventists to “prove” the Sabbath is required of Christians and proves his points by biblical concepts that demonstrate excellent logical analysis. It was my reading of this article by Sanders that convinced me, as a Sabbath-keeper for over 50 years, that something must be dreadfully wrong with what the Adventist Church had been teaching me. After reading this article, I launched on a serious study of the problems with Sabbatarianism that led me not only to reject the Church's claim that Ellen White was a true prophet of God, but to reject Adventism in its entirety.
1919 BIBLE CONFERENCE MINUTES– This is perhaps the most shocking of all Adventist documents because it proves that top SDA leaders knew that Ellen White was a fraud no later than 1919, that they discussed whether to cover-up the fact that she was a fraud, or to tell the Church the truth about her at that time. One by one, almost every participant in that highly secret meeting declares his or her conviction that her claims of direct, divine inspiration are fraudulent. They discuss her extensive plagiarism, and they specifically discuss how they will keep the truth about Ellen White from the theology students at the seminary if they choose to continue the cover-up. The series of meetings ended without any decision on their part, so the cover-up continued as it had for decades, and until this very day. Shocking reading for any Seventh-day Adventist! Flabbergasting reading for any Evangelical Christian who will be dumbfounded by the twisted thinking of so-called Christians who could conclude that they could lie for God because the Church organization was more important that truth itself!
THE LORD'S DAY NEITHER FROM CATHOLICS OR PAGANS by D. M. Canright – Canright left Adventism after working closely with the Whites for many years and observing her plagiarism, failed visions, and deceptions. This book proves from history and Early Church history that it is impossible that sun worship or the influence of the Roman Catholic Church had anything to do with Christians abandoning Sabbath-keeping to the point of over-kill. He conclusively demonstrates that Gentile Christians probably never kept the Sabbath.
PIRATES OF PRIVILEGE by Dr. Walter Rea – Walter Rea was ostensibly fired from the Adventist Church by exposing the colossal extent of Ellen White's plagiarism as outlined in his 1982 book, The White Lie. However, his extensive inside knowledge of Church corruption in regard to the Davenport Scandal would have cooked his goose, so to speak, in and of itself. Davenport was an SDA physician and real estate developer who ran a Ponzi scandal which bilked the Adventist Church and some of its individual privileged few of mega millions of dollars. On top of the knowledge he had of the scandal from sitting on high level Church financial committees, Davenport's wife brought he and her husband's divorce decree to Rea because he was, at that time, the pastor, of the Seventh-day Adventist Church she attended. Rea noticed a huge list of Church entities and individuals to whom Davenport owed large sums of money. At the same time his inside knowledge of the Church's financial dealings with Davenport told him that Davenport had failed to disclose a huge amount of other financial assets, as well as some liabilities, in the decree. After Dr. Rea's firing, the Church took away his retirement benefits-- a big blow to a pastor who was nearing 60 years of age at the time. Dr. Rea successfully sued the Seventh-day Adventist Church to regain those retirement benefits, but in order to accomplish this he had to agree not to publish his newly written book about the Church's involvement in the Davenport Scandal. Thus, in a very real sense, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been paying “hush money” to Rea ever since. That was so long ago now that the statute of limitations has expired, and Dr. Rea is now able to publish this book. Reading Pirates of Privilege will show you Adventist leaders acting as if they did not believe there was a Hell to shun or a Heaven to win, much less that they believed in the unique doctrines of Adventism, such as the Sabbath, Ellen White, and the Investigative Judgment!
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISM RENOUNCED by D. M. Canright - Canright discovered Ellen White was a fraud by working shoulder-to-shoulder with her and her husband, James White, for many years prior to his apostasy in 1887. By then he had thoroughly researched the problems with Sabbatarianism and was armed with a mountain of evidence to prove its impossibility. Anticipating a soon-coming anti-Sabbatarian, anti-Adventist book by Canright, the Church published its own book in 1888 in an effort to “cut him off at the pass.” Jumping the gun was a big mistake. In 1889 Canright published the first edition of this book, refuting the Adventist arguments and referencing his comments to the content of the Adventist book by page number! Canright discusses Ellen White's plagiarism, failed visions, cover-up of her Doctrine of the Shut Door teachings during the earliest part of her “ministry,” demonstrates the fatal-to-Sabbatarian implications of Colossians 2:14-17, and debunks the apostasy theory of Sabbath abandonment dreamed up by Ellen White. Canright revised and enlarged this book over several editions. The version presented here in the final, 1914 edition.
LIFE OF MRS. E. G. WHITE by D. M. Canright – Canright deals with the absurdity of Ellen White's claims of direct, divine inspiration and demonstrates how she used the Church and how the Church used her to achieve their respective and sometimes contradictory agendas. Since the book is focused on Ellen White, rather than other problems with Adventism, his treatment of her plagiarism, failed prophecies, the Shut Door issue, and other specific problems with her prophetic claims are comprehensive and well-documented. It is incredible that Adventist leaders continued to deny such problems as her plagiarism up until the 1980's in view of the fact that Canright documented the problem so meticulously in this book. It is likely to be a difficult “read” for any Seventh-day Adventist, as it nailed Adventist leaders “to the wall” when it comes to proving beyond any doubt that they knew she was a fraud, yet went to amazing lengths to cover for her.
TITHING: WHAT SCRIPTURE REVEALS by William H. Hohmann – This article will make you wonder if you ever really read the Old Testament, despite the fact that you have probably read it many times. By a careful study of what the TORAH actually teaches about tithing, Hohmann demonstrates that Adventists are truly guilty of “changing times and laws”-- a charge they have falsely leveled against the Roman Catholic Church for supposedly changing the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. Directly from Scripture, Hohmann demonstrates that tithing only applied to agriculture, was largely intended to feed the poor, was often intended to be eaten ceremonially by the people who produced the agricultural products themselves, and even was to be exchanged for alcoholic beverages that were to be served at the tithe-eating feasts! Protest all you want, God said it, and Hohmann will help you believe it!
A QUICK PRIMER ON THE RULES OF EVIDENCE by William H. Hohmann – In this article, Hohmann “lays down the law” when it comes to the rules of interpreting Scripture. He demonstrates why “proof-texting” can lead to some of the most absurd conclusions, and he discusses how Sabbatarian doctrine was arrived at by some highly unfortunate lapses of common sense literary interpretation. Hohmann, a 1976 theology graduate from The World Wide Church of God's (former) seminary, Ambassador College, was known from his childhood for his exceptionally logical mind. As a result of reading this paper, you will not only be able to understand the problems with the logic behind Sabbatarianism, but will be able to apply what you learn, not only to understanding the Bible better, but to examining any claim to truth more objectively.
TITHING ARTICLE by Dirk Anderson loved Ellen White's writings so much that he established a web-site to defend her prophetic claims from the critics. However, the more he tried to defend her, the more he realized his task was impossible. After reading D. M. Canright's book, Life of Mrs. E. G. White, having been challenged by Dale Ratzlaff to do so, he “flip flopped” and turned his web-site into the single greatest repository of information exposing the fraudulent claims of Ellen White on the Internet today. Anderson shares his research that proves that Ellen White's claim that God showed her the truth about tithing is still another proof that her visions frequently contradicted God's word. His work shows that the tithing issue is particularly important to understand about Adventism because the Seventh-day Adventist Church has a track-record of grossly abusing tithe funds.
TITHING ARTICLE by Robert K. Sanders - Sanders presents evidence that many conservative Jews living today do not pay tithe because they recognize that tithing was intended primarily to support the Temple service and the Levites who provide that service, and, of course, there is no such thing today. He shows how God apparently “showed” Ellen White the wrong tithing system first, and later changed His mind when it didn't work for the Advent believers and “showed” Ellen White the current tithing system Adventists use today. Sanders spent many decades of his life in Adventism, and his experience with the Adventist system has helped him do a good job of explaining how Adventists have perverted God's word to provide a multitude of financial perks that enable many Seventh-day Adventist pastors to live a lifestyle that is far better than that of many of their church members-- including multiple cars, fine homes, and even boats! Sander's expose of Adventist tithing practice gone astray will shock and amaze Evangelical readers, but it will be very difficult reading for Seventh-day Adventists who have grown up believing that God has blessed the Church financially because its people pay tithe.
QUESTIONS FOR SABBATARIANS by William H. Hohmann - Take this questionnaire to a Sabbath-keeping Christian and ask him or her to answer these questions without first looking at the answer “key.” You Sabbath-keeping brother or sister will find himself or herself face-to-face with the logical fallacies of trying to apply Old Covenant biblical provisions to New Covenant principles.
Open letter to Dr. Gerhard Pfandl, the author of the Sabbath School lessons for the fourth quarter of 2004 on the book of Daniel by Eduardo Martínez-Rancaño.
Critique by Dr. Desmond Ford of the 3rd Quarter Adult Sabbath School Lesson, The Gospel, 1844, and Judgment, by Clifford Goldstein. This is a short but powerful critique.
The Sanctuary Doctrine—Asset or Liability? The late Dr. Raymond Cottrell has probably spent more time studying Daniel 8:14, the Investigative Judgment and 1844 than any other person. Here is the last paper he wrote on the subject before his death.
Righteousness beyond the Law
Conscience, is it a Safe Guide?
The Role of Conscience in Christian Freedom
Response to The Gospel, 1844, and Judgment
Crisis in Freedom
Thoughts on Galatians 2:17-21
When Leaving Hurts
SDAs Corrupt Clear Word Bible
Open Letter to Our Friends and Family
Seeing the Sabbath Through Covenant Eyes
Days of Delusion - A Strange Bit of History, by Clara Endicott Sears, 1924. This is a fascinating book documenting the Miller Movement. All Adventists should read this to get a bit of history not commonly taught in SDA circles today.
Beware of this Cult