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in defence of the faith

in defence of the faith

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Published by: Ryan O'Neil 船 Seaton on Nov 11, 2008
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The Truth About Seventh-day Adventists
William H. Branson
Review and Herald Publishing Association
Takoma Park, Washington, D.C.

1. What Did Mr. Canright Renounce?
2. The Law of God
3. Objections Raised to the Moral Law
4. The Two Laws
5. When and to Whom Was the Sabbath Given?
6. Has the Sabbath Been Lost?
7. The Nature of the Sabbath Commandment
8. The Sabbath of the New Testament
9. Who Changed the Sabbath?
10. The Sabbath on a Round World
11. Doing or Believing
12. The Two Covenants
13. The Nature of Man
14. The Cleansing of the Sanctuary
15. Who Are the Seventh-day Adventists?
16. The Work of Mrs. E. G. White
17. Mr. Canright's Remarkable Admission
18. Let in the Light


A. The days of Creation are Literal 24 Hour days
B. The Ten Commandments Are God's Character
C. God's Law Is Eternal
D. Sabbath Preserved in Old Testament Times
E. The Ten Commandments
F. Jesus Kept all Ten Commandments
G. The Two Laws - Moral and Ceremonial
H. The Apostle Paul and the Law
I. The law in Galatians
J. 587 References in the NT to The Ten Commandments
K. Summary of the NT References to The Ten Commandments
L. Fourteen Texts Used Against the Sabbath Answered
M. The Ten Commandments in Revelation
N. The Ten Commandments Before Sinai

Dedicated 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.


IN the year 1889 D. M. Canright, who had some months before resigned the pastorate of the Baptist church at Otsego, Michigan, and who at one time had been a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, published a book entitled Seventh-day Adventism Renounced. Since that time a number of editions of the book have been issued, and these, together with two other volumes and numerous tracts by the same author, dealing with the same subject, have been widely circulated.

After Mr. Canright. renounced the Seventh-day Adventist faith he became a great opposer of their teachings, spending much of his time following their evangelists from tow to town and publicly denouncing them. He held their teaching of the imminence of the second coming of Christ up to ridicule. He loudly challenged their belief that the Ten Commandments, known as the Ten Commandments, were still binding upon Christians. He made sport of their interpretation of Bible prophecy and declared that there was no evidence proving that Christ's Second Advent was near at hand.

So strenuous was Mr. Canright's opposition to the faith and teachings of Seventh-day Adventists that leaders of various religious organizations who felt the need of assistance in refuting Adventist doctrines turned to him for help. He became recognized a s the \u201cchampion\u201d opposer of the Adventists.

The introduction to Seventh-day Adventism Renounced was written by Rev. Theodore Nelson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Saginaw, Michigan. The Michigan Christian Advocate (Methodist) pronounced it a \u201cdumb founder to the Adventists,\u201d and clergymen of various evangelical churches have given it their hearty endorsement and have aided in its circulation.

We grant that Mr. Canright was the most logical of all the various opposers of the teachings of Seventh-day Adventists. Before his day no one had attempted to refute many of their doctrines; since his death no new arguments have been presented by more modern opponents. Practically every succeeding book, pamphlet, or tract that has been published against Adventist doctrines has constituted merely a restatement of the arguments thought out and first published by Mr. Canright. If, therefore, Mr. Canright's arguments can be successfully disproved, the arguments of all those who have made use of his teachings will likewise be refuted.

Mr. Canright died May 12, 1919. During his lifetime a number of brief replies to his lectures and works were published by representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, none of which are now in print. It was not expected that any further notice would need to be taken of the matter. However, since Mr. Canright's death certain religious organizations have become especially zealous in republishing and circulating his writings. In effect, this means that Mr. Canright's influence still lives and is active through his publications.

In view of this zeal on the part of those who have assumed the responsibility of circulating Mr. Canright's writings, resulting in confusing the minds of some as to the character and work of the Seventh- day Adventist Church. We have felt it proper to prepare this additional giving reply to Mr. Canright's views, publishing our defense in book form so that it may be permanently available to all who may desire it.

Though the work Seventh-day Adventism Renounced constitutes an attack on the doctrines taught by Seventh day Adventists, it is at the same time a challenge to the whole Protestant world, for in this work Mr. Canright renounces not only Seventh-day Adventism but also the .fundamental teachings of the great Protestant churches concerning the law of God. It seems more than passing strange that certain religious leaders should give their endorsement as many have done, and as some are still doing - to a book which not only attacks Seventh-day Adventism but also presents arguments which, if they were sound, would overthrow some of the historic foundation principles of their own church creeds.

Says the greatest evangelist of all modern times: \u201cThe law that was given at Sinai has lost none of its solemnity. Time cannot wear out its authority or the fact of its authorship.... I have never met an honest man that found fault with the Ten Commandments.\u201d-D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting, p. 11.

In defense of fundamental Bible truths, and especially of the moral law, spoken by the Creator in awful majesty from Mount Sinai, and honored, magnified, and obeyed by our Lord Jesus Christ, this present volume is sent forth to honest-hearted readers everywhere.


MR. CANRIGHT says that he renounced Seventh-day Adventism. He had served as a minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for about twenty-eight years (with two or three short interruptions) before he permanently withdrew from the Adventists and united with the Baptist Church. He informs us, however, that even during these years of ministry, while he was ardently proclaiming the doctrines of Seventh-day Adventists, he had many qualms regarding the truthfulness of his own teachings, and that this so preyed on his mind that on two or three occasions he dropped his ministry and took up other work. After he finally gave up Adventism entirely, and severed his connection with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, he offered the following reason for having ever been deceived by what he later came to look upon as a system of error:

\u201cI united with the Adventists when I was a mere boy, uneducated, with no knowledge of the Bible, or history, or of other churches. I went into it through ignorance. For years my zeal for that faith, and my unbounded confidence in its leaders, blinded me to their errors.\u201d Seventh-day Adventism Renounced, p. 52.

Then we are told of his growing doubts and final renunciation:

'My doubts of the system did not come to me all at once and clearly. It was well known that for the last dozen years I was with them, I was greatly troubled over these things. Gradually, year by year the evidence accumulated, till at last it overbalanced the doctrine, and then reluctantly and sorrowfully I had to abandon and renounce it.\u201d Ibid., p. 53.

It is only proper that we should now pause to ask, what is this \u201csystem\u201d into which Mr. Canright went in through ignorance,\u201d and concerning which he later began to have doubts? What is the faith which his doubts overbalanced and which he finally felt compelled to \u201cabandon and renounce\u201d? Did Mr. Canright really renounce a system of error built upon the superstitions of an ignorant people; or did he, perchance, renounce the truth and go away into darkness?

These questions are vital, and should be understood by the reader before we proceed to reply to
some of the many arguments Mr. Canright employs against the doctrines themselves.

Mr. Canright says he renounced \u201cSeventh-day Adventism.\u201d His book indicates that he rejected it in toto. He brands it as a system of error and a \u201cyoke of bondage\u201d (Seventh-day Adventism Renounced, p. 59), and declares that \u201cit leads to infidelity\u201d (Ibid., p. 64). If, therefore, we can ascertain what Seventh-day Adventists really believe, we shall understand clearly what it was that Mr. Canright renounced. We will therefore briefly state their cardinal doctrines, as recorded in their denominational Yearbook, edition of 1933, pages 5 to 8.


\u201cSeventh-day Adventists hold certain fundamental beliefs, the principal features of which, together with a portion of the Scriptural references upon which they are based, may be summarized as follows:

1. That the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, contain an all-sufficient revelation of His will to men, and are the only unerring rule of faith and practice. 2 Tim. 3:15- 17.

2. That the Godhead, or Trinity, consists of the Eternal Father, a personal, spiritual Being, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, infinite in wisdom and love; the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, through whom all things were created and through whom the salvation of the redeemed hosts will be accomplished; the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, the great regenerating power in the work of redemption. Matt. 28:19.

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