I know there are some ex-SDAs on this board who can probably answer my question.
About a dozen years ago I happened to come across a copy of a booklet entitled National Sunday Law. At that time I was a believer but was not attending any church. However, I did believe that Christ established one church, and felt that one of the churches out there must be the one that he started. Anyway, this booklet condemned the Roman Catholic Church as the Whore of Babylon (which I accepted since I had already come across anti-Catholic literature which prejudiced me against it), and claimed that Saturday, not Sunday should be the day of worship. I was stunned; I had always wondered why Christians, though descended from the Jewish faith, had worshipped on a different day. This booklet quoted Scripture to back up its claims, and I was convinced they were correct.
The booklet had an offer to send off for a free book to learn about the “true church.” I was intrigued, and a couple weeks later received a copy of The Great Controversy, by E.G. White. In the back was a card to send if you wanted to learn more about the Seventh day Adventist church. I had heard of them, knew little accept they were a little bit ‘weird.’ However, the early Christians were considered ‘weird’ (and come to think of it, so are Catholics by many Protestants) so I considered evidence in my favor.
I started reading the book and was convinced until I came to the part where ‘prophet’ William Miller was ‘rescued’ by an angel. Several years earlier, I had read about how William Miller had predicted the end of the world in 1843, when that didn’t pan out, he changed the date to 1844- that didn’t pan out either (Some of Miller’s followers originated the SDA church). At this point there was a loud WHOOSHing sound- that of the SDA’s credibility flying out the window (along with their books). Over the years I’ve seen these and other SDA literature. They don’t have their name on it, but most of it is in the same genre: attacking the Catholic Church and promoting Saturday as the ‘true’ Sabbath.
My question is this: Why do they remain anonymous? If they truly believe they are the ‘true church,’ why not come out and say it proudly, and display their banner, so to speak? For crying out loud, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons have more integrity than that!