Why Elce Lauriston left the Adventist church – Part 2
Last week, we highlighted the decision a young man made to leave a church he had been a part of for little over a decade. Today, we detail the reasons that led him to making that decision.
Among the numerous flaws that Elce Lauriston found with the Adventist faith were their strong belief and willingness to wholeheartedly accept the teachings of Ellen G White; the story of the investigative judgement'; the abstinence from 'unclean meats'; and the Adventist church being the remnant church or the one true church.
"The heart of Adventism, in one way or the other, is Ellen White who they (Adventists) hold as being a genuine prophetess just like all of the Bible prophets. However, extensive research in just about every facet of her life and work (from the early 20th Century with Dudley M. Canright to the present) has demonstrated that she was a false prophetess and a deranged woman, at best. Hebrew 1:1-3 makes it absolutely clear that Jesus is God's final and complete 'prophetic voice' to the world, and in Mathew. 17:4-5, the Father told the disciples that Jesus is His Beloved Son and they must "listen to Him" and not Moses (who symbolises the Law) or Elijah (who symbolises the prophets)".
He further mentioned, "In 1919, four years after Ellen White's death, the leaders, theologians and top Bible teachers of the Adventist church convened to discuss some theological matters. Ellen White was thoroughly discussed: the leaders knew that she was a false prophetess and her writings are not what she nor the Church upheld them to be, but for convenience's sake and the sustenance of 'the work', they hid those information from the Church members, locked the minutes of those meetings in a vault and continued with business as usual. They were later discovered around 1974 and are now available for the public's perusal on the General Conference's website (docs.adventistarchives.org) and also sdanet.org/atissue/books/1919bc/0730-1919bc.htm."
Lauriston explained that after this revelation, he lost all belief in her work.
"This, to me, is inexcusable deception and religious scamming at its finest. As one who prizes honesty and integrity, I could not continue to believe in Ellen White after discovering these things."
To the investigative judgement and non-assurance of one's salvation preached by the church: according to Lauriston, this is nonsense.
PARANOIA AT ITS HIGHEST
"Timothy 2:19 states profoundly that, 'The Lord knows those who are His...,' and by virtue of that, He does not need a protracted, scrutinising 'investigative judgement' to determine who are His faithful children and 'fit' for heaven. We can also ascertain, by even a mere casual reading of Scripture, that Jesus did not enter the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary on October 22, 1844. But that it was at His Ascension - Hebrews 1:3 says, '...when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high'. Hebrews 9:12 and 24 say that Jesus entered the Most Holy Place, as the High Priests in Old Testament times did once per year, and that the Most Holy Place is 'the presence of God'. See also Hebrews. 6:19-20 and 10:19-22 and compare those with Exodus. 25:21-22 and Exodus. 26:33-34."
Without apology, Lauriston exclaimed that the Adventist's belief in the Sunday law necessitating the refusal of the mark of the beast and persevering through the persecution having received the seal of God is unscriptural and represents paranoia at its highest.
"2 Corinthians 1:21-22 and Ephesians 4:30 could not be clearer that the Holy Spirit is the seal of God. The Old Testament Scriptures express that the Sabbath was exclusively given to the Jews (Neh. 9:13-14, Ps.147:19-20) - it was a sign between God and themselves to demonstrate that they were God's chosen people (Exodus. 31:12-17, Ezra. 20:10-12, 18-20), and also a reminder of their Egyptian enslavement and deliverance (Deuteronomy. 5:15). In the New Testament, the Sabbath is never enjoined upon Christians nor is it ever referred to as something that can or will occlude one from being saved for its violation. It is expressly called by Paul a "shadow" that pointed to Christ, the true Rest/Sabbath (Matthew.11:28-30, Hebrews 4:1-11), and believers should not judge each other about its observance or non-observance (Col.2:16-17). Sabbath observance is alluded to as a matter of individual conviction for believers."
In further substantiating his reasons for leaving the church, Lauriston explained the flawed tenets surrounding the Adventists' abstinence from what is deemed as unclean eating.
"In Mark 7:14-19, we read that 'There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.' Romans 14 outlines in detail that 'all foods are clean'. Believers should not judge or condemn each other over what they choose to eat or not to eat. The focus of God's kingdom is not about food or drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."
Lauriston told Family & Religion that he is not a part of an organised church, but is a committed Christian who occasionally visits different churches as there is no one true church.
"I feel liberated! I'm liberated to believe the simple Gospel of Christ and to preach the same to others. I am liberated from a righteousness by works and law-keeping system to one of righteousness by faith alone and grace. I am liberated from the eschatological paranoia that the Adventist Church's version of the Sabbath and imaginative Sunday law theory creates. I thank God for the liberating truths of the Gospel of Christ, and I have not regretted my decision to leave Adventism." he ended.