Beware This Cult!

Chapter 1 - Why Bother About Seventh-day Adventism?

By Gregory G. P. Hunt, M.D., B.Sc., F.R.C.P.

Why would I want to write a book like this?  It simply boils down to the pain-pleasure principle.  I would suffer more pain by not writing it.  This is the basic motivation for anything we do if we really analyze it.   Before I made the decision to write this book I couldn't sleep.  That was very painful.

What do I hope to gain from writing such a book?   I hope the strongest motive for this writing is that it will prompt people to read the Bible.  Being armed with its truth and the guidance of the Holy Spirit they might ward off any deceptions which come their way.

One of my major hopes is to discredit Ellen G. White as a prophet and to encourage some thinking amongst the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  If it be God's will, perhaps it will even lead to a revival or transformation.

Certainly I hope to prevent some pain and give some pleasure and peace to people who might get involved with Seventh Day Adventists.  I would not like anyone to go through the pain which my family and I have suffered in our experiences with them.  When I see someone being drawn towards their ranks because of some truth they have gleaned from Adventist teaching, it is a source of great sorrow for me.  These people who are searching for something greater in life and are reaching out to God, are at great risk for taking on much more than God intended.

No church currently has a monopoly on truth.  I will later be pointing out errors in many different churches as they interpret scripture.   God has not promised the truth totally to anyone prior to His second coming.

Seventh Day Adventists would have you believe that they are the "true church" in these latter days because they have a 'prophet' in their ranks.  They believe they have been set up to deliver a special message from God.  This certainly is not a new claim.  Catholics have always claimed to be the real church.  Their claim to authority is the unscriptural teaching of an unbroken line of popes from the time of Peter who supposedly was the first pope.   Pentecostals will indicate they are God's chosen church since they have the gift of tongues to prove the Holy Spirit is in their midst.  Jehovah's Witnesses stress God's name and also claim to the the 'true church'.  Many other denominations believe they are the chosen few and Adventists certainly are not unique in this false claim.

The Adventist church I feel does teach some truths better than other churches and I continue to hold some of their beliefs.  Some of these beliefs may be held by other denominations and at the moment I am not aware of any truth that is unique to the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  People from different denominations will be vulnerable on differing points of truth or error.  The truth which would not have any effect on a Jehovah's Witness might have very strong appeal to a Catholic asking questions.  This would set this individual up for further clarification of questionable points and growing amounts of trust in the teachings.   At some point the victim is at risk for believing almost anything that is taught.

I had been a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church for over three years before the error became painful enough for me to resign.   A lot of questioning, praying, Bible study, and plain hurting lead to my final decision.  My family and I were recruited into the ranks of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at a vulnerable period in my personal development.  They did a god job at satisfying my particular needs at that time.  Fortunately I was able to spend enough time with my Bible that the errors became very appalling.  This lead to my being freed from the Seventh Day Adventist cult.  In the Word of God are many precious promises, one of my favorites being a promise from Jesus: "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (Jn 8:23)

In the past as I stumbled along through my Christian experiences with Adventists I would recognize small points of truth seemingly at the appropriate times.  As I grew, I expected that others around me should also.   Whenever I would try to share my findings with an Adventist I usually ran into a brick wall.  Whenever I would ask any disturbing questions.  I would either be ignored, attacked, insulted or just simply told to leave my questions on the shelf and they would be answered in due time.  When one is growing he tends to be impatient and does not like others to put on a damper.  This leads to turmoil and distress and a deep sense of frustration.

When I first joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church I was surrounded by well wishing people who seemed to be very friendly and outgoing.   They gave the impression that they were very interested in my welfare.   Trusted friends would tell me things which I would believe without hesitation.   After all they were my friends or close relatives; why should I be suspicious?   Those people were intelligent and had made some changes in their lives.  They seemed to be offering happiness to me.  Little did I understand the basic motives and I am sure most of them didn't understand them either.

In the beginning many true well-wishers attempted to warn me about Adventism.  However nobody ever produced any information or evidence in a concrete fashion.  Therefore the warnings served only to propel me along the path I had already chosen, hoping to find happiness.  I was of course very angry with these people who warned me about what I might be getting into.  How I often wished they had had a bigger influence on me.  The pain and sorrow that might have been prevented cannot be measured.  On the other hand had I taken another route at that time I certainly would not be nearly as wise as I am today.  "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love Him". (Rom. 8:28)

You have this book in your hand.  You will not be able to look back and say people warned you but they did not give you any evidence.   In this book is fantastic evidence which I hope will prevent you a lot of pain and misery.  The evidence which I shall present is overwhelming in proving, yes proving, that Ellen G. White is a false prophet.  Several books have been attempted in the past to prove this.  They have succeeded to a certain degree and some of that material will be presented in this book.  However the quality and quantity of the specific items will certainly be sufficient for anyone to give thumbs down to Ellen White and Seventh-day Adventism.

Adventists are extremely smug and conceited about their self professed mission as the only true church.  Many of them have a fantastic sense of comfort and false security in their delusions.  As a physician I recognize a duty to 'comfort the afflicted'.  As a Christian I also have a duty to 'afflict the comfortable'.  Adventists are just too comfortable in their self-deceit.   I intend to disturb their false security and comfort with this book and by any other means that presents itself.  This is the major purpose of this book.

There is a Bible commandment which speaks to me quite plainly.  I have considerable information which I must pass on.   "Let no one deceive you with empty words... Therefore do not associate with them for once you were in darkness but now you are light in the Lord... Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." (Eph. 5:6-11)

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