Seventh-Day Adventists/SDA's & Tom Norris

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Dear tom

My name is Ben,i have read some of your articles, and would like to know what relationship you have with SDAs. I agree with some of your
articles and am confused with others.

Sincerly Ben

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Ben,

I was born an SDA in Takoma Park, Md., and have been SDA for over 60 years.  I am still a member, but do not support much of what the SDA’s teach today.  It is full of error and needs to be updated and corrected, which is why I started “Adventist Reform.”

http://www.allexperts.com/ep/2318-70484/Seventh-Day-Adventists/Tom-Norris.htm

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Seventh-Day-Adventists-2318/2009/3/Adventist-Reform.h

As for understanding Christian doctrine, this is not an easy thing.  If it were, the Jews would not have sent Christ to the cross.  And there would be unity among Christians, as well as clear and correct doctrines, including genuine love for one another.  But this is hardly the case today.

There is only one Gospel, church, and set of correct doctrines.  But as you know, there are legions of different denominations, all teaching mutually exclusive positions and all manner of confusion and error.  The SDA’s are no exception.  In such a “wretched” environment, how can anyone not be disoriented and confused?  It is a serious challenge for anyone to try and find truth.  Good for you to be interested.

I suggest that you read what is already online about Gospel Reform and New Covenant Adventism.  There have been hundreds of questions answered here at All Experts.  In addition, there are also ongoing discussions about Adventist Reform over at the Adventists for Tommorow site.  After you review this material, I would be happy to answer any questions and try to help clarify the issues for you.  

Adventist Reform
http://www.atomorrow.net/fluxbb/viewforum.php?id=11

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http://en.allexperts.com/q/Seventh-Day-Adventists-2318/indexExp_70484.htm

Gospel Regards,

Tom Norris for All Experts.Com & Adventist Reform

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I can answer most any question about church history and theology, starting from 1818 when William Miller articulated the 1st Angels Message that became the foundation of the Adventist Movement. While this first prophetic message terminated in the spring of 1844, it was followed by what Adventists refer to as the 2nd Angels Message, which dates from the spring of 1844 until the great disappointment of October 22, 1844. By 1847, the 3rd Angels Message had been developed and this Sabbatarian theology represents the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Moreover, I can explain the historical and theological development of the SDA denomination from its beginning and on through the great Battle Creek schism that forced the SDA's to retreat to Takoma Park. Here the 20th century church recovered from their internal battles that had erupted at the 1888 General Conference in Minneapolis over the definition of the law and the Gospel. Fearing another repeat of this disaster, President Daniels, determined to hide this debate. However, this policy led to more conflict, especially over the role and authority of Ellen White, a unique and accomplished religious writer that had remarkable spiritual gifts. However, by the decade of the 1970`s, the church once again erupted into debate. The hierarchy settled the turmoil in 1980 with the trial of Dr. Desmond Ford at Glacier View. Here Dr. Ford was exiled because he supposedly disagreed with Ellen White over the Fundamentals. But this controversial action resulted in another major schism that is still in progress today.

Experience

Tom Norris was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist in Takoma Park, Md. He attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate. Over the years he has also interviewed a number of prominent Adventist scholars, theologians, and Pastors ranging from the late Arthur White to the exiled Dr. Desmond Ford. In addition, he has amassed a large private library, which includes numerous rare books and manuscripts about Adventist theology and history. He is presently the online editor of Adventist Reform, and can be found at Adventist for Tomorrow answering questions online about SDA theology and history as well as promoting Adventist Reform. http://www.atomorrow.net/fluxbb/

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Tom Norris attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate.

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