Whether the group meets the official definition of a “cult” is less of a concern.
Most definitions of “cult” require there to be a charismatic leader and the closest the church had to that was Ellen White, and she is now dead. While, again, one could argue against her teachings, her presence shouldn’t be the concern here; its the .
A lot of people point to Ellen G White to label the SDA church as a “cult”.
Although it should be noted that conservative members usually unofficially hold her writings/teachings up at the same level as the Bible.
Seventh Day Adventists don’t live away in exclusive communities (bar extreme offshoot sects) and are usually friendly co-workers and neighbors.
The fact that he overcame sin completely, despite having no advantage over other human beings, demonstrates that we too can live a life of complete obedience by trusting in him.
Man is, through faith, to be a partaker in the divine nature, and to overcome every temptation wherewith he is beset." "Notwithstanding that the sins of a guilty world were laid upon Christ, notwithstanding the humiliation of taking upon Himself our fallen nature, the voice from heaven declared Him to be the Son of the Eternal" In reviewing this uniquely Seventh-day Adventist doctrine, non-Adventist critics contend that it is not Biblical teaching.
Hoekema, who did not agree with the Adventist views from Arminius's as Adventism holds a Wesleyan/Arminian stream of theology, grouped Seventh-day Adventism with Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses and Christian Science in his book The Four Major Cults.
Several Seventh-day Adventist scholars have acknowledged that the Adventist view of the Trinity tends to differ in some aspects from the inherited traditional Christian view of the doctrine. Jerry Moon Moon asserts that Ellen White was raised trinitarian but adopted a different view from the traditional one and contends that White's later writings on the Trinity is not the same as the view rejected by the early Adventists."What James [SDA co-founder James White, husband of Ellen White] and the other men were opposed to, we are just as opposed to as they were.Overnight your good standing, love and appreciation disappears.There is little hope here; as long as you are not an Adventist, your identity will be forever lost as you become agglomerated with the rest of “The World”.If you are looking to escape/leave an oppressive segment of the church, I highly recommend you read this article on how to leave it.Please also note, that from now on when this article refers to “Adventists” that are “oppressive” it is in reference to the segment that fulfill this function themselves.This article has been compiled from experiences from ex-Adventists around the globe who came from conservative circles.