In the middle of the 20th century, evangelical Walter Martin and the Christian Research Institute concluded that the Seventh-day Adventist church is a legitimate Christian body with some heterodox doctrines and stated, "They are sound on the great New Testament doctrines including grace and redemption through the vicarious offering of Jesus Christ 'once for all'.
Seventh Day Adventists don’t live away in exclusive communities (bar extreme offshoot sects) and are usually friendly co-workers and neighbors.
This article has been compiled from experiences from ex-Adventists around the globe who came from conservative circles.
Please keep in mind everyones experience will be different!
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 .
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.