The Seventh-day Adventist Church presents itself as a Christian denomination. However, its doctrines includes so much material that ranges from aberrant to heretical that many Christian apologists consider the SDA church to be, theologically, a cult of Christianity.
It should be noted that Seventh-day Adventism is divided by much internal conflict over its teachings. Some factions within the SDA Church continue to deny key Christian doctrines. Others have become more evangelical in their beliefs. Large sections are somewhere in the middle, adhering to an odd mixture of distinctive SDA doctrines and Biblical orthodoxy.
Many people, including pastors, have left the Seventh-day Adventist church. Some have set up effective online ministries that expose the theological errors of Seventh-day Adventism.
These websites have not gone unnoticed, and some have been the subject of legal action:
From: Dale Ratzlaff
Sent: Friday, October 27, 2006 5:39 PM
To: Dale Ratzlaff
Subject: SDA Legal Action against former SDA websites
Friends of LAM Publications, LLC
The SDA church is doing everything it can in its power, including using legal means, to keep SDA members from finding out the full story of Adventist teachings. They tried to purchase www.ellenwhite.org (http://www.ellenwhite.org) but Dirk Anderson would not sell it to them. Then they tried to shut it down by legal means. The owner of this site retained the serves of one of the best Internet Domain attorneys in the country. After one exchange between the SDA (Catholic) attorney and the attorney referenced above, the SDA attorney has not responded. We do not know what the SDA church plans to do about this in the future.
The SDA church used legal action to make Mark Martin give up SDAOutreach.org. I confirmed this with the Calvary Community Office this morning.
I would ask that you pray for all of us on the front lines:
LAM Publications, LLC
Calvary Community Church
One Flock Ministries
There are a number of new websites now under construction. This will work out for the truth. God works ALL things together for good to those who love him!!
We believe truth can stand the test of investigation and we should never be afraid of the facts. These sites have hundreds of pages of factual material that should be considered by all Seventh-day Adventists, transitioning Adventists and former Adventists. I am including the email I received from Greg Taylor. Some of you may have already received it.
In His joy, Dale Ratzlaff
The Seventh-day Adventist church has been going all out to try to stop websites that are devoted to sharing Biblical New Covenant concepts with former or questioning Seventh-day Adventists. People checking into Adventism through their outreach efforts have been going online and discovering some of these issues and seeing some of the theological problems in the SDA church. The church wants to put a halt to this free access to information. In the official Church sites and publications, issues with Ellen White are often downplayed and the theological problems kept out of sight. They are concerned that people are getting information they would rather keep secret. Because of this, the SDA denomination has been actively pursuing legal means to get the alternative sites shut down. The SDA church has been taking legal action against any site that has SDA or Adventist in the name.
They cannot, however, legally go after those that say “former” or “ex” before the word. Because of the law suit treats, SDAoutreach, a site run by my friend Mark Martin and Calvary Community Church has been forced to take on a new name. Their heart to reach out to SDAs comes from a deep desire to share the love of Jesus to those caught in sectarianism. They have a deep love for the Lord and a deep desire to share the good news of the New Covenant. Please pray for them as they continue to minister. Also click on their new website. http://www.exadventist.com/ to see what they have to share. I would encourage you to click on this site a few times a day for a while so that Google and other search engines will move them up on the list for those searching for answers. Please feel free to send this information along to your friends and contacts. As people make decisions, it is important that they have all the facts, not just those endorsed by the official SDA system. Please keep their ministry in prayer and pray for those searching for truth that God will open their hearts and bring them to the joy of knowing Him. Blessings to you all!
One Flock Ministries
1054 Ladderback Drive
Lancaster, PA 17601
Oct. 30, 2006