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If you love the LORD is anything truely BONDGE???

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Hello Eric,

Thank you for your question.

Simply put, Jesus is the source of true freedom.

2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)
17  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

I suppose you are referencing my eBook regarding bondage. If you should decide to read it, you will discover that I am not saying that loving God and doing what He asks of us is bondage. When one loves the Lord, one wants nothing more than to cheerfully please Him in every way.

Speaking specifically as a former Seventh-day Adventist, bondage comes into play when Ellen White, the church leaders and others are allowed to place members under the law and the many other do's and don'ts that are unbiblical and have nothing to do with salvation. SDAs are discouraged from reading the writings of other Christians making them dependent on the church's usage and interpretation of Scripture along with their other authoritative source, Ellen White.

Bondage is continually trying to keep the law given to the Israelites that Gentiles were never given or commanded to keep. Bondage is constantly failing but continuing to try -- ignoring the fact that Jesus fulfilled the law and also ignoring the fact that Jesus bore our past, present and future sins and nailed them to the cross. Bondage is feeling guilty, living in fear because of uncertainty of salvation and hoping that someway, somehow one will attain perfection of character so that one can stand sinless without a mediator (even though Jesus promised to never leave nor forsake the believer).

For me, it was like living in a prison of doubt and deferred hope for something I wasn't sure would happen -- my salvation. I was always wondering when Jesus would come to my name in the so-called Investigative Judgment and hoping beyond hope that He would find me ready. I focused on my behavior and on trying to be good instead of having 100% confidence in the finished work of Christ as my Substitute. Jesus took on all of my sins and then graciously and mercifully declared me righteous. I am saved, He is able to keep me and I proclaim this fact to the world gleefully!

Believing and accepting what Jesus has already done for me is not a burden but true freedom, peace and complete joy!

I hope this has helped you understand my meaning of bondage.

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As a former Seventh-day Adventist (SDA), I have insight of value to those who are questioning and/or trying to decide if they should leave or become an SDA. It would be my privilege to discuss SDA church doctrine, structure, Ellen White, the old and new covenants, and their various beliefs. The Bible will be my main source of reference and all quotes, etc. will be documented. I understand that there are different variants of Adventists, but I am only familiar with what I would call traditional or main stream.

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I was a Seventh-day Adventist for over 50 years. I attended their schools and I was always active in the churches I attended. I also worked for the denomination for 37 years. Since I was educated in their schools from Grade 1, and because what I was taught came from the Bible, I never questioned my beliefs. I considered myself as one whom the Lord had chosen to bring out of darkness into His marvelous light. In the year 2005, I became keenly aware that Ellen White contradicted the Scriptures numerous times and plagiarized some of her most popular writings. At this point, I had to seriously consider studying for myself with the aid of the Holy Spirit to see if indeed I really had the truth. Sad to say, I discovered that I was deluded and deliberately deceived by the church I loved and served. In 2010, I requested that my name be withdrawn from the membership roster of the church. Since then, it has been my passion to tell those in the SDA church and those considering joining Adventism, the truth and freedom that I have discovered and enjoy daily. I interact on Facebook with SDAs frequently regarding their beliefs and doctrines compared to the Bible. In addition to answering questions on this site, I have a blog (www.patricia-allen.blogspot.com) and the purpose of my articles is to expose the false doctrines of the SDA church After 50 plus years of trying to 'work' my way, I have discovered the sweet rest in the finished work of my Savior. I've also discovered that there is nothing that I have ever done to make Jesus love me less and there is nothing that I can ever do to make Jesus love me more. Jesus just loves me and this I know!

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M.A.O.M. degree (Master of Arts in Organizational Management). I also have a B.A.I.C. degree (Born Again in Christ). My calling is to help spread the Good News of the Gospel and to help lift the veil by sharing Jesus, Who is the Truth and the Light.

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