Are Seventh Day Adventists like the LDS Church?
My pastor claims that the Seventh Day Adventist Denomination is just like the LDS church. He claims it is because they have the writings of a lady named Ellen G. White and (according to my pastor) they say HER writings are just like the writings of the founder of the LDS church. Would you happen to know if my pastor is correct?
Both movements began in the early 1800’s as a result of religious turmoil in the United States. While the visions and writings of Ellen G. White are reverenced by the Seventh Day Adventists, they have not been canonized (made part of their scriptures) in the same way as the visions of Joseph Smith. However, Mrs. White’s writings are considered to be inspired and thus carry great weight in interpreting the Bible. Both movements claim to be God’s true church on earth. Mrs. White is considered a prophetess in her movement and Joseph Smith is viewed as God’s prophet in the LDS Church.
However, the Christian looks to the Bible as God’s complete word on doctrine. In the book of Hebrews we read:
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds. [Hebrews 1:1-2]