Death and Hell
Adventists, like Jehovah Witnesses, believe in soul sleep and do not believe in hell. Note how they have changed the word of God to fit their theology.Isaiah 66:24
KJV – And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.CW – They will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me lying outside the city. It will be an abhorrent sight. But just as worms don’t stop until they devour the dead and fire doesn’t stop until it destroys, so the fires of the Lord will destroy the wicked and consume them all.
Note – Christ quotes this verse on several occasions. Never, however, does He give this interpretation. Rather, He uses it as a description of hell.6 A similar change can be seen in Matthew 5:22, 29, 30, where the CW changes “hell fire” to “lose eternal life”.
KJV -And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.CW – Don’t be afraid that you might be killed. They can kill your body but not your spirit or your loyalty to me. Now if there is some thing to be concerned about, it’s that you don’t lose your faith in God.
Note – The CW deletes the segment referring to eternal damnation, and instead alter the text to make it solely an exhortation to retain one’s faith in God.
KJV -And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.CW – If, for example, your eye places a wrong value on things, be willing to lose your eye to keep your moral innocence. If you have to make a choice, it’s better not to be great in this life and yet live forever than to lose your childlike innocence and have everything end with this life.
Note – Not only does this verse do away with “fiery hell” but it also inserts “moral innocence” and “childlike innocence,” neither of which are mentioned in Scripture.
This is the familiar parable of Christ about the rich man and Lazarus. The CW introduces teaching with these words: “You keep telling people the Jewish fable about a rich man.” The revision makes it appear that Christ is refuting a Jewish myth, when in reality is proclaiming the spiritual truth of the parable.
One can readily see how this “Bible” which proclaims by its title, Clear Word, to be an accurate rending of Scripture is perhaps, one of the most deceptive Bibles of recent times. For 150 years Seventh-day Adventists have called the Roman Catholic Church “the beast” for allegedly omitting 2 verses of the law against images. Yet they have now made hundreds of revisions in their Bible.7 Each addition is itself an admission to some part of their teaching that lacks Bible support. Each deletion and change likewise admits to some part of their teachings which the Bible refutes. These changes are made to uphold E.G. White’s nonbiblical views. However, by committing this which God, they place themselves above God Himself. In Revelation 18:4 God calls His people to come out of Babylon, “That ye receive not of her plagues.” “Babylon” pictures false religion and false religious practices. Any church that would alter God’s word which He says is “forever settled in heaven”, or promote a Bible which does, is thus part of Babylon the Great, which is fallen. If you love Jesus, obey His call to “come out of her”!
1 Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists [Online]. URLhttp://www.adventist.org/pages/frameset_belief.html.
2 Psalm 12:6; John 17:17
3 Romans 1:25ff; Ezekiel 5:6; Revelation 22:18,19; 21:8
4 Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists. Emphasis added.
5 See Dale Ratzlaff, Sabbath in Crisis, (Sedona, Az: Life Assurance Ministries,1990), pp. 233-248 for a full exegesis of this text.
6 Mark 9:38-48.
7 The Clear Word was printed by the Review and Herald Publishing Association and is sold in Adventist Book Centers throughout the country.