Saturday, August 21, 2010
I am not an adherent of Seventh Day Adventism (SDA) nor did I realize that there are some who consider this denomination to be generally Arminian. Have we as evangelical Arminians, who embrace the perspectives of Arminius, Episcopius, Wesley and others, come to the point where we embrace 19th century cults because they share certain soteriological aspects with us? Mormons agree with certain aspects of grace and freed will teachings promoted within the Arminian stream of thought. For that matter so do some Jehovahs Witness. I suspect that very few of their beliefs upon reflection would be considered Arminian. Yet, SDA are within the pale of Arminian thought? Maybe some of our more ecumenical brethren should look more closely at the teachings of Ellen G. White, at the doctrines of "investigative judgement", the Millerite movement in general that fuels these teachings as well as the doctrine that SDA constitute the end times remnant church of Jesus Christ.
To be rather plain speaking, the Seventh Day Adventists share more in common with the various 19th century cults that emerged out of the northeast United States than with evangelical Arminianism, either classical Reformed Arminianism or it's close brethren, Wesleyanism. Of course these are just my own personal opinions and I do not wish to project this personally upon anybody in particular. I just fear we are becoming more ecumenical than sound in several of our various pursuits.