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Seventh Day Adventism Renounced

This book is written by D.M. Canright, who was once one of the highest-ranking members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.  He was a very close associate of Ellen G. White and her husband for over 20 years, even marrying a girl that they had raised.  He was well-known throughout their group as one who could be trusted to defend their faith in writing and in debate.  However, after 28 years in the Adventist group, Mr. Canright left.

In this book, he lays out his reasons, both personal (dealing mostly with the lies of Mr. and Mrs. White) and doctrinal.  He spends a large section of the book disproving the Sabbath arguments which are advocated by the SDA Church.  He also attacks their view of Revelation (that the United States is the Beast from the sea), showing that their doctrine is false there as well.

There is perhaps no one who knew more about the Seventh-Day Adventists (and was willing to tell it) than Mr. Canright.  If you do not know much about this group and the things they teach/taught (he also points out some of the "prophecies" of Ellen G. White which have been erased from their books), then this book is for you.  Because it also points out the massive flaws in their doctrines, it will also be of help to anyone who is studying with a member of the SDA Church.

  • Introduction (by president of Kalamazoo College)
  • Preface to 14th Edition
  • Doctrines and Methods of Seventh-Day Adventists
  • An Experience of 28 Years in Adventism
  • Adventism: a Yoke of Bondage
  • Origin, History, and Failures of Adventism
  • My Objections to the Seventh-Day Adventist System
  • The Two-Horned Beast and the Messages
  • The Sanctuary
  • Mrs. White and her Revelations
  • The Nature of the Sabbath Commandment
  • Why Christians Keep Sunday
  • Did the Pope change the Sabbath?
  • Sabbatarian Positions on the History of Sunday Refuted
  • The Sabbath in the Old Testament
  • The Sabbath in the New Testament
  • The Jewish Sabbath Abolished (Colossians 2)
  • A History of Numerous Efforts to Revive the Jewish Sabbath
  • The Law
  • The Decalogue Examined
  • The Two Covenants
  • What Law are Christians Under
  • Forty-Seven Prominent Texts Used by Sabbatarians Examined
  • The Nature of Man
  • Appendices
About the e-Sword Version

The text of this book is online in many places, and I thank the one who originally copied the text and proofread it.  The only change in the e-Sword version is that it has been tooltipped.

There are 2 sides to any argument. A book written in response to Canright by WH Branson titled, "In Defense of Faith - A reply to Canright" can be found here: In Defense of Faith

bad works and mis representaion of adventist doctrine... 

The author was one of the highest-ranking members in the SDA church.  It's safe to assume he knew what he was talking about regarding what the SDA beleive.

The issue with Canright with the SDA theology is the question of the covenants.  Canright used a dictionary definition of the covenant as a contract between two parties. As such the "old" covenant was thought to be an agreement between God and the people of Israel, and that this "old" covenant terminated at the first coming of Christ. That is, that dispensation ceased and the "new" covenant began and thus a new dispensation. 

Dispensationalism lumps the 10 commandments in the agreement between God and Israel and when that dispensation is over, then one is no longer under the law.  At its heart, Adventism (SDA) is not dispensationalism, though many of those in the SDA church at the time of Canright and to this day do have a dispensational view of the covenants.  The covenants were hotly debated in the time of Canright who left the SDA church in 1887.  In 1888, a pivotal conference was held in Minneapolis, Minn where the issue of the covenants and righteousness by faith was discussed.  Two presenter, EJ Waggoner and AT Jones presented the view that the covenants were not dispensations in time, but really ran concurrently from Eden to restoration.

Waggoner taught that God's new or everlasting covenant was the glad tidings of the everlasting gospel.  It contained two chief benefits to meet the needs of the sinner.  There is forgiveness of sins and divine aid for overcoming sin through God's righteousness by means of the Spirit of Christ.  Justification by faith and sanctification was the fulfillment of the new covenant.

For Waggoner, the new covenant was all about the promise of God to be received by faith alone.  This was God's plan for saving mankind ever since Adam fell into sin.  God renewed the same covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  All of the patriarchs believed God's promise and He accounted them righteous by faith.  The plan of salvation in the new covenant was the same for sinners in any age from Eden to the second coming.  The new covenant between God and Abraham was all about how the conditions of God's law might be met.  Believing in Christ, Abraham fulfilled the only condition for salvation.  Christ was his righteousness.  Such faith founded upon the love of God for sinners, was always manifested itself in genuine obedience.  Christ in the life was the living law in the heart.

The old covenant was formally instituted at Sinai with Israel.  It too, was all about meeting the conditions of the 10 commandments.  However God's intention at Sinai was to renew with the descendants of Abraham the same covenant which He had made with their faithful father.  Had they believed as did Abraham, they too would have experienced the blessings of divine pardon and aid.  Unfortunately they did not sense their sinfulness or need and announced their decision to obey everything God placed before them.  Their promise then became the old covenant.  This principle of the old covenant had always existed since the start of sin for anyone who approached God with the attitude of pride and self-reliance.

EJ Waggoner's view of the two covenants was they they were two dispensations descriptive of the human condition of the heart in relationship to God.  Both the old and new covenants ran on parallel tracks down through the history of time.  The sinner's belief or unbelief determined which track he was on in life.  Waggoner's view of the covenants dispensations was not bound by time barriers.

Waggoner's view of the law in Galatians was related to his model of the covenants.  Waggoner was a staunch defender of the perpetuity of the law for all time and eternity.  However the law without Christ was the old covenant.  The law with Christ was the new covenant.  Christ was offered to Israel at Mount Sinai.  Through unbelief they rejected Him.  And without Christ, the law was a curse to anyone seeking to obey it.  The fault was with the sinner.  Human promises are worthless when it came to obeying the 10 commandments.  

So Canright, with his dispensational view of the covenants being divided in time, the natural conclusion was the the 10 commandments where no longer binding.  This presents an interesting question as to what law God would write on our hearts and minds, Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10; Hebrews 10:16.  

In summary, The 1888 view of the covenants presented to the SDA church by Jones and Waggoner views the old covenants as sinner's promises, which they cannot keep, and the new covenant as God's promises which received by faith cannot fail.

Waggoner's view of the covenants and the law can be found here:



COMMENT: Please mention that Defence of Faith ​at the "here" provides access to the book in e-Sword refx format. You could also mention that in this book, most of the arguments by D. M. Canright (Baptist) are adequately answered in quotations in his own words from D. M. Canright (Seventh-day Adventist) which are presented in the book by W. H. Branson. This item by W. H. Branson has a misspelled name, when it is loaded, 2017-05-31, as Branson, WH - In Defense of Faith - And Answer to Canright.refx ​Please arrange to correct this incorrect spelled word.


The Truth About Seventh-day Adventists
William H. Branson
Review and Herald Publishing Association
Takoma Park, Washington, D.C.


To all who believe in the fundamental principles of Protestantism, in the Bible as the rule of faith and practice, and in the law of God, the Ten Commandments, as the foundation of the divine government.


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