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A True Davidian vs A Branch Davidian

A True Davidian vs A Branch Davidian

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This research article discusses the differences between orthodox "Davidians" and "Branch Davidians" with a primary focus on the doctrinal beliefs and history of these two movements. The purpose is to dispel the almost universal confusion regarding "Davidians" that this promulgated by the Seventh-day Adventist church leadership, main stream academics, and the popular media. It is directed towards Seventh-day Adventists in particular and has been written and researched by an "insider".
This research article discusses the differences between orthodox "Davidians" and "Branch Davidians" with a primary focus on the doctrinal beliefs and history of these two movements. The purpose is to dispel the almost universal confusion regarding "Davidians" that this promulgated by the Seventh-day Adventist church leadership, main stream academics, and the popular media. It is directed towards Seventh-day Adventists in particular and has been written and researched by an "insider".

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Published by: Universal Publishing Association on Jan 09, 2009
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  A True Davidian
 Versus
 A Branch Davidian
 Who is Following the Truth?
 With One Accord Publishing Association
P. O. Box 2528Hartford, CT 06146-2528publisher545@gmail.com
 
Common Law Copyright by With One Accord Publishing Assn., June 2004
 
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(You can print a copy of this study for yourself and share it with others as long as you agree to: makeno changes, claim credit for it, charge money for it, and include this copyright and the contactinformation at the end of the article.)Common Law Copyright by With One Accord Publishing Assn., June 2004
True Davidians Versus Branch Davidians:
 Who is Following the Truth?
Introduction
: One of the grossest misconceptions forced upon the minds of Seventh-day Adventist(S. D. A.) leaders and laypeople alike is the idea that Davidians are a dangerous offshoot of thechurch who follow the teachings of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians. One source has statedthat Koresh is “the sixth leader of the sixth splinter from the S. D. A. church.”
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The article from which this quote is taken tries to prove that Koresh and the Branch Davidians are the modernsuccessors of the
Shepherd’s Rod 
(
SRod 
) movement that began in 1930, the “sixth splinter” from themother church since its origin in 1844 as they imply. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as weshall see. The purpose of this study is to examine some of the pertinent historical and doctrinal factsthat will clearly discredit such claims. This is a call to all honest hearted and clear-minded seekersfor truth to give a fair hearing to both sides of the story before making a judgment for or against.
Q: What is a Davidian? A:
Davidians are Seventh-day Adventists who accept and practice all of the fundamental doctrinesof the Laodicean Seventh-day Adventist Church (S. D. A.), which are based solely on the Biblebacked up by the Spirit of Prophecy (SOP).
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In addition
, they accept the message of advanced lightof revival and reformation that God has sent to the S. D. A. church to prepare it for the judgment of the living. This message, also known as the Shepherd’s Rod (SRod), announces the “great anddreadful day of the Lord” (Mal. 4:5) that will result in purification of the church separating 144,000first fruits of the harvest (Rev 7:1-8, 14:1-4) who will be endowed with a special outpouring of theHoly Spirit in order to gather the second fruits of the harvest, the great multitude (Rev. 7:9), fromthe fallen churches of Babylon during the Loud Cry (Rev. 18:1-4,
Early Writings 
, p. 277). The144,000 will be the ones to reach the world with the final proclamation of the gospel, not theLaodicean church in its present condition of wholesale apostasy from God. The name Davidianderives from the following explanation.
“We are the only people who have the message of the re-establishment of the House of David, and of restoring “all things”(Mark 9:12) and are therefore called Davidians.” --
Timely Greetings
, Vol. 1, No. 9, p. 6
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Shirley Burton, Director of Communication, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Memo to PhilRobertson discussing response to media inquirers regarding the “Waco Case”. Also published as, “WasDavid Koresh A Seventh-day Adventist”,
Courier 
, Vol. 7, No. 7, May 21, 1993, p. 6.
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Victor Houteff,
Fundamental Beliefs of Davidian Seventh-day Adventists 
, Universal Publishing Assn.,1943, b)
Timely Greetings 
, Vol. 2, No. 10, pp. 21-31
 
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Q: Is a Branch Davidian the same as a Davidian?
 A: An unequivocal NO! Davidians follow the teaching of the Bible supported by the writings of theSpirit of Prophecy, which are complied in the writings of the Shepherd’s Rod. Branch Davidians arecomprised of various factions, which follow a strange mixture of doctrines, which are derived fromthe uninspired teachings of their two leading presidents/prophets from the past Ben L. Roden andhis wife Lois Roden. Since the death of Ben in 1978 and latter Lois in 1986 several competingfactions have risen up each claiming to have an inspired leader. David Koresh was just one of theseindividuals which also include less infamous persons such as Charles Pace,Theresa Moore, Denton R. Brunken, and Doug Mitchell. Listed below are some of the prominentdivergent teachings that most Branch Davidians hold in common that are in direct opposition to theBible and the fundamental beliefs of Davidians. The appropriate references are given from the Bible,the SOP, and the SRod, which refute these errors and prove that Branch Davidians are radically divergent in their teachings with Davidians on several other theological and doctrinal issues.
Heterodox Doctrines of the Branch Davidians, NOT True Davidians
Doctrine
1. Keeping the ceremonial feastlaws.2. The investigative judgmentfor the living began its review onOctober 20, 19553. The Holy Spirit is Feminine4. There must be a “sinfulmessiah” to represent fallen manin the judgment.5. Leader(s) claim the propheticgift. Misapply 
Testimony to Ministers 
, p. 475 to themselves
Origin
Ben RodenBen RodenLouis Roden.Teachings of David Koresh asapplied to himself and believedby his adherents.Ben Roden claimed to be Elijahthe prophet. This perpetualclaim to the prophetic office isheld by others in the Branchmovement today.
Bible,
 
SOP, and SRod Refs
.
Col. 2:14-16, Eph. 2:15
; Acts of the Apostles 
, p. 188-9,
Patriarchs and Prophets 
, p. 365-7.
Timely Greetings 
, Vol. 2, No. 37, pp.14-15.Mark 13:33, Rev. 3:3,
Great Controvesy 
, p. 490-91,
 Answerer Book 
, Vol. 1, p. 94 John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-8, 13;1 John 3:24, I John 4:1-4Rom. 5:12-19, Heb. 4:15,2 Pet. 2:1-10, Matt. 24:23-261 Pet. 1:19-21, Amos 3:7,Isa. 8:20, 1 Cor. 14:31,Deut. 18:20-22

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