A couple of weeks ago I had the awesome privilege of sharing part of my testimony of leaving Adventism with a group of ladies at church. Because I love media literacy so much, I wanted to show them how, through images and story, Adventist doctrines are taught to children. I also wanted to demonstrate how these beliefs shape the way Adventists think, believe, and relate to the world. Leaving Adventism is more than simply switching churches or denominations, it’s a complete worldview-shattering, foundation-shaking experience.
As a child, I absorbed the central importance of what Adventists call “The Law of God” through pictures. By “Law of God”, they mean the Ten Commandments and by “Ten Commandments”, they really mean the fourth commandment. This is because they believe that while nominal Christians might uphold every other commandment, true Christians will uphold all ten, including the fourth.
Take a look at these pictures.* What message do you think a child digests when pictures like these accompany text explaining the importance of the Sabbath and keeping the Ten Commandments?
The images below are usually used in adult Adventist literature to likewise convey the centrality of the Ten Commandment Law, but also to convey the Adventist belief that the Ten Commandments are “the basis of God’s covenant with His people and the standard of God’s judgement.” (See Fundamental Belief #19)
Is it any wonder that when sharing with an Adventist that the Old Covenant law is obsolete (Hebrews 8:13), cancelled (Hebrews 10:9) and ended (Ephesians 2:15), the very concept is unthinkable, preposterous, and absurd?
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1-4
*All pictures © Review & Herald Publishing Association. Used in accordance with fair use principles outlined in the U.S. copyright laws.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://blog.lifeassuranceministries.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/IMG_0918.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Delina Pryce McPhaull is a Christ-follower, wife, mother of 3 young children and a writer. Delina and her husband Ben, a licensed minister, co-founded Quarterlife Ministries to encourage, equip and inspire young adults (quarterlifers) to get grounded in the Word. She writes regularly on her blog, www.deliniation.com and hosts webinars for Former Adventists at www.after7.tv.[/author_info] [/author]