Revelation 18:1-4, "And after these things I saw
another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was
lightened with his glory. And he cried
mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,
and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and
a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
For all nations have
drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her,
and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her
delicacies. And I heard another voice
from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of
her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
Revelation 17:2, when saying "With whom the kings of the earth have committed
fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the
wine of her fornication."
25:15-18, "For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury
at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. And
they shall drink, and be moved, and
be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them. Then took I
the cup at the LORD'S hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the
LORD had sent me: To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings
thereof, and the princes thereof, to
make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it
is this day;"
1 Corinthians 11:25, "After
the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in
my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me."
Isaiah 28:7-10, "But they
also have erred through wine,
and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are
swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in
judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to
understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the
breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon
line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:"
"...the church governs by a method of organization...which embraces
exactly, from a legal standpoint, the same kind of organization (in opposition
to ‘congregationalism’) as is embraced by the term ‘hierarchical’."
(Neal C. Wilson, Court Transcript of United
States vs the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission vs the Pacific Press Publishing Association and the General
Conference, Reply Brief for Defendants, Civil Case #74-2025, p 29, parenthesis
NUNS: "Those who work for the Seventh-day Adventist Church respond
to a religious vocation in exactly the same sense as does a cloistered nun."
(Court Transcript of United States vs the
Seventh-day Adventist Church, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs the
Pacific Press Publishing Association and the General Conference, Opening Brief
for the Defendants, Civil Case #74-2025, p 90, December 4,
CARDINALS: "If you compare vice presidents to ‘cardinals,’ we already
have a ‘cardinal’ from Africa, and before this [1985 General Conference]
session ends, I predict we will have two African ‘cardinals’ among our 15
vice-presidents...there is no ‘cardinal’ from all the countries of the Far
East, while there will probably be two ‘cardinals’ from Africa." (General Conference President Neal C. Wilson, in Adventist
Review, July 3, 1985, p 11).
LEADER IS SUPREME: When speaking of the President:
"He's the spiritual leader of the community of
faith....He's shepherd, guardian, guide and captain (or head)."
(Walter Scragg, President of the South Pacific
Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in the Record, June 23, 1990, p 4,
parentheses added to show meaning).
LEADERS VOTE: "At the local conference level the Seventh-day Adventist church
has a representative form of government, above that level the polity of the
Seventh-day Adventist is hierarchical: authority flows downward and members in
local congregations have virtually no voice....the Seventh-day Adventist church
is a closed, self-operating, and self-perpetuating system, similar to the Roman
Catholic church, in which those in authority are not responsible to lower
echelons. Above the local conference level, those in authority are not
elected by, representative of, or administratively accountable to, local
congregations or the membership at large." (Raymond F. Cottrell, former Associate Editor of the Adventist Review and
the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, in Spectrum (Journal of Association
of Adventist Forums), vol 14, #4, March, 1984, p 42).
ALLEGIANCE: "The General Conference, then is the Seventh-day Adventist
church....the embodiment of the Remnant Church as a Christian denomination, in a
unified worldwide organization, to which all baptized Seventh-day Adventists
owe spiritual [or religious] allegiance..." (Court Transcript of United States vs the Seventh-day Adventist Church,
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs the Pacific Press Publishing
Association and the General Conference, Opening Brief for Defendants, Civil Case
#74-2025 CBR, p 17, brackets added to show meaning).
SDA LEADERS UNDERSTAND BIBLE: "Only a committee appointed by the General Conference can interpret
prophecy." (Adventist Review, June 5, 1986, p
- SDA LEADERS CAN CHANGE DOCTRINE:
"...the General Conference of the Church (in session), the only body
having authority to alter the structure of the church either in doctrine or
organization." (Court Transcript of United States
vs the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs
the Pacific Press Publishing Association and the General Conference, Opening
Brief for the Church, Civil Case #74-2025 CBR, December 4, 1974, p
LEADERS CAN PERSECUTE AND KILL: "In Dec 21, 1985 Br. Nikola was physically attacked by the Seventh day
Adventists and their preachers in the church in Zagreb (Yugoslavia) and beat
him so that he is now in the hospital....preachers Jovica Posavec, Kuburic...
Markov...and others struck him pushing him out of the church and threatening
to kill him....Just think what sort of a church this is that would do such a
thing....the leaders and preachers were angry because Nikola does not
acknowledge their doctrine....I am sending you the doctors report...he was
attacked in the Adventist church near Prilaz 77 in Zagreb. Nikola is in the
hospital several days now." (Letter from Brother
Ivan, from Yugoslavia, 1985).
HOLD, APOSTOLIC AND CATHOLIC:
"The four classical marks of the Biblical church apply to
Seventh-day Adventists: its holiness (in Jesus Christ), its
catholicity (universality), its
apostolicity (in harmony with the witness of the
apostles/founders), its unity (one Lord, one
Faith, one Baptism)." (North American Division Officers, in Adventist Review,
October 1, 1992, p 27, parentheses and italic in original).
CHURCH LIKE ARK OF NOAH:
"The church is like Noah’s ark....it
will help save God's people..." (Floyd Bresee, Associate Secretary of the General Conference
Ministerial and Stewardship Association, in Adventist Review, August 9, 1984, p
CHURCH CAN NEVER FALL:
"...because the church is under God's grace it ‘may appear as about to fall,
but it does not fall...'" (William G.
Johnson, editor of the Adventist Review, in Adventist Review, September 22,
1983, p 14).
- ONLY SDA'S
IN CHURCH ARE SAVED: "Therefore it is in the church...that He (Christ) invites all people who
accept salvation....Church – who needs it? You do, and so do I – and all
others who choose to love Christ...He invites us there, and still adds to it
daily such as should be saved. Let us then treat church membership as
the privilege it really is..." (Brian Jones,
Bible instructor in the Washington Conference of SDA, in Adventist Review, March
7, 1991, p 10).
"There is some relationship between salvation and church
membership." (Floyd Bresee, Associate
Secretary of the General Conference Ministerial and Stewardship Association, in
Adventist Review, August 9, 1984, p 18).
- SDA TEACHES ORIGINAL SIN: "Man sins because he is sinful. He is not sinful because he sins...You
don't have to sin to be sinful; all you have to do is get yourself
born!" (Morris L. Venden, in To Know God:
A Five Day Plan, p 23).
"We are born sinful and subject to death--prior to
lawbreaking...Clearly Adam's sin affected the race--constituted them
sinners." (Issues: The Seventh-day Adventist
Church and Certain Private Ministries, sponsored and authorized for publication
by the North American Division Officers and Union Presidents of the Seventh-day
Adventist Church, p 118).
- SDA CAN NEVER BECOME PERFECT: ...I will always fall short of my potential....for those who are
hungering and thirsting after righteousness...[are] striving after an elusive
goal..." (Alden Thompson, professor of
religion at Walla Walla SDA College, in Adventist Review, December 6, 1984, p
LEADERS SAY BIBLE IS FALLIBLE:
"In our study and presentation (of the Bible), we also must reject the
idea of Biblical inerrancy and verbal inspiration, but we dare not treat the
Scriptures as just another human document." (General Conference president Neal C. Wilson, in Adventist Review,
December 17, 1981, p 5).
SAYS JESUS WILL BRING NWO:
"We Still Believe...Jesus Will Usher in a New World Order....
"...the establishment of the literal kingdom of God ushered in by the
glorious second coming of Jesus Christ." (Douglas Devnich, Director of Public Affairs for the Canadian Union
Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, in Ministry Magazine, November, 1983, p
EUCHARIST: "On occasion Seventh-day Adventists refer to the eucharist as a
sacrament....Being conscious of the sacredness of the celebration of the
eucharist, Adventists engage in a personal preparation that includes
self-examination...In preparation for the celebration of the eucharist
Seventh-day Adventists practice the washing of feet..." Written response of
the Seventh-day Adventist Church Council on Inter-Church Relations, November,
1985, published in Churches Respond to BEM (Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry),
vol 2, p 341-343, published by the World Council of Churches in 1986.
PROMOTES SUNDAY SABBATH:
"Elder (W. John) Arthur, Secretary of the British Union Conference (of
Seventh-day Adventists), informed the student body (at Newbold SDA College in
England) that he had some ‘good news’. He went on to say that he had recently
sent two letters, one to the Prime Minister (Margaret Thatcher, dated March 27,
1986) and the other to the Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance (Clive R.
Calver, dated February 27, 1986), in which he had given Adventist support
to those in opposition to the proposed repeal of the British Sunday
trading laws....Elder Arthur was asked whether any of the (SDA) field
leaders he had consulted had been opposed to sending the letters. His answer
was no, there had been no opposition, and all reaction received was
positive." (Nicholas P. Miller, Editor of the Prism (Student Newspaper of
Newbold College), in Prism, May, 1986, p 6 & 12).
"Dear Mr Calver....I am writing primarily with reference to the proposed
legislation concerning Sunday Trading....we feel it is better for Christians
in this day and age at least to reserve one day a week for worship rather than
no day at all. For this reason we would support your campaign against a
general secularization of the ‘British Sunday’." (W. John Arthur, Vice-President of the British Union Conference of the
Seventh-day Adventist Church, to Mr Clive R. Calver, General Secretary of the
Evangelical Alliance in London, February 27, 1986).
"Dear Mrs Thatcher....Our feeling as a church is that it would be better
for one day each week to be retained as a day of rest and worship rather than no
day at all. We would therefore respectfully request you and your
colleagues in government to reconsider the proposals (to repeal the Sunday
Trading laws already in existence and being enforced) contained in the
Sunday Trading Bill." (W. John Arthur,
Vice-President of the British Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist
Church, to Mrs Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of England, March 27,