Are Seventh-day Adventists false prophets? Much as the Slatterys did not want to face that question, they could not avoid it. For four years they wrestled with doubts as they investigated the writings of Ellen White, the claims of SDA historians, the yoke of regulations placed on Adventist followers, and the doctrine of Adventism in comparison to what the Bible says.
In this book Wallace D. Slattery explains why he and his wife left the SDA Church—and how they found new freedom in Christ. With the sensitivity of one who has "been there" he invites those ensnared by Adventism to experience free forgiveness themselves. And by alerting readers to the dangers of SDA teachings, he equips evangelicals to minister effectively to Adventist friends, relatives, and associates.
I was born and raised in the SDA church and school system (third generation on both sides of my parents). As a small child, I had many fears of end time events, specifically about the Sunday-law persecution of Sabbath keepers (taught from Ellen G. White's book The Great Controversy, p.592). I was also very much afraid that I would not be `good enough' to go to heaven, and that at any time if I were to die without being perfect, I would surely not enter. These fears were only made worse as I became old enough to read Ellen G. White's books for myself; when reading her material I would have a terrible insecurity that I would never be good enough or achieve the perfection that seemed to be required. I spoke to my mother about these feelings and her response was that my sinful heart must be the problem. My mother told me that she found Ellen White's writings to be such an inspiration and beautiful expansion on Biblical truths; that we all should uphold those standards. As an adult, I stopped reading Ellen White's books, and through only reading the Bible came to the knowledge that my salvation has nothing to do with how `good' I am. (I suppose this is common knowledge for most Christians, but definitely wasn't in the SDA environment I grew up in). This new knowledge set me free to serve and love Jesus with a heart full of gratitude for His sacrifice, and ever since I have treasured the knowledge that my salvation is sure! Ellen White teaches that you can never claim to be saved, that we all are under investigation (this is the SDA's unbiblical teaching of the sanctuary doctrine, which came into teaching as a secondary conjecture after Jesus failed to appear on Oct. 22, 1844).
The book, Are Seventh-Day Adventists False Prophets? By Wallace Slattery was the next step in helping to truly set me free as a Christian. I relate to all Mr. Slattery spoke about being raised in the SDA organization. I have only recently studied into the historical facts (from other sources other than just the slanted events presented from the church) of the formation of the SDA church and prophecies of Ellen White, and am still in a bit of shock realizing that my entire life, the `TRUTH' was actually teachings of a false prophetess. I do not blame my parents or grandparents for misleading me, each are/were sincere Christian people, who sincerely believed what was presented to them was the whole truth. But not all the historical facts have been available so easily as in our age of technology. I thank Mr. Slattery and his wife for following the truth that God presented to them, and for bravely publishing their story. It has been a stepping stone in my path to spiritual freedom! "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" John 8:32(KJV) - Grace