Newly baptized Adventist told she can now stop thinking


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Fresh from the waters of baptism and — before that — significant soul searching and Bible study, Bethany Olson has been told by her new Adventist brothers and sisters that she can stop thinking.  Now that she has accepted all available new light and taken a leap of faith into vegetarian Sabbath keeping, her flock is satisfied she has arrived.  In stark contrast with prior instructions from church members encouraging her to “forget what you think you know,” “study the Bible for herself” and “dare to dig deeper,” she has been assured that she can now leave the heavy doctrinal lifting to the experts. “The beauty with having the present truth is that you have finally made it beliefs-wise” said Olson’s Sabbath School teacher. “From here on out, the motto is Reinforce, Don’t Revise. And maybe reach for the stars with a vegan cooking class.”

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  1. “Vegetarian Sabbath keeping”? Does that mean she is a vegetarian only on Sabbath?

    As for the idea of having “the truth” with no need to think, even Ellen White said the opposite: “We must not think, ‘Well, we have all the truth.’. . . The truth is an advancing truth, and we must walk in the increasing light.” (Evangelism, p. 296)

    Sis. White also recognized that “our ways of looking at things vary. We judge differently. Our understanding of truth, our ideas in regard to the conduct of life, are not in all respects the same.” (Ministry of Healing, p. 483)

    Concerning the idea of being “in the truth,” she also said: “It is not … religious privilege, which proves that we are members of the family of God; it is love, a love that embraces all humanity.” (Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. 75)

    • Ray Kraft

      Yes, EGW said all that, but Adventists don’t really believe in “Salvation by Faith,” or “Salvation by Works,” or Salvation by Love,” they really believe in “Salvation by Right Beliefs.”

      “Salvation by True Theology.”

      I remember very well going to Academy memorizing the 365 Key Texts to “prove” the 365 Key Doctrines of Seventh Day Adventism.

      • That’s unfortunate. Even Ellen White said:

        “Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ alone.” (1888 Materials, p. 811)

        “The Saviour … will never abandon one for whom He has died.” (Desire of Ages, p. 480)

        “Only by love is love awakened. To know God is to love Him.” (Reflecting Christ, p. 23)

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