About

Welcome to Gospel Reflections!

Originally from Colombo, Sri Lanka, I now live in Winnipeg, Canada.

Who am I?

My name is John Mendis. For more than 10 years, I was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in Sri Lanka. I served the church as an associate youth director, and a member of the executive committee.  I was also a young adult Sabbath school teacher and lay preacher.

I came to realize from my early days that members in the church were confused about the gospel. The church didn’t teach me the gospel either, but I grew in my understanding of it over the years through personal study.

As I grew in my understanding, I made it my passion to share the gospel with SDA’s, others and present SDA doctrines in a Christ centered manner. Not just that. I believed the SDA church was a Bible based church and was the movement entrusted for truth for the last days. For 8 years, I defended its beliefs at my blog site: www.everlasting-gospel.blogspot.com

To my surprise, when I began restudying the old and the new testaments, especially the covenants God made with His people, I rediscovered that Adventist truth is far from the Bible truth. I also rediscovered the gospel of Jesus Christ more fully and clearly.

There are godly Christians living in the SDA church who have put their trust in Jesus to save them, but many are confused about the gospel, and the new covenant. They do not know or believe that Christ’s sacrifice is the only sufficient blood payment for our sins, and when we repent for our sins, and our inability to save ourselves, and accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, we are born again, Christ came into our life, He gave us eternal life, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit, and empowered to live in the Spirit, and become more and more like Jesus.

Majority seek to save themselves by complying to a few laws (viz. sabbathtithes & diet but are ignorant of the other moral commands). They claim to keep ‘ALL’ the commandments but teach and believe in a very narrow view of sin, law and righteousness like the pharisees. Gospel ignorance has also blinded them to the new covenant law of love: loving Jesus supremely, and others unconditionally.

Of course, these things are not uncommon among evangelical Christians, however, the issue in the SDA church stem from its belief system. Many SDA’s are blinded to Christ’s all-sufficient sacrifice, and the higher standard of law and righteousness in the new covenant as they base an entire belief system on the old covenant, which God  declared obsolete, when He established the new covenant (Hebrews 8:6-13).

No church is perfect. There is legalism in many other churches (elsewhere licentiousness), but when a church teaches a man-centered, works-based, gospel-absent, Christ-less, old covenant-backed obsolete message, it is time to leave it.

I truly feel sorry for many SDA’s for missing the gospel of Jesus Christ and for being misguided by false theology. SDA’s are very confident they are the remnant church, like the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, their teachings are full of errors, and inconsistencies. See sabbathtithes, diet, Three Angel’s Messages, Ellen White = Spirit of Prophesy, 1844 and the gospel: are they compatible? My hope and prayer is that the SDA church will reform, and bring its teachings more in line with the gospel, and the Bible.

This blog is mainly to share my new faith, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also intend to share how I viewed and defended certain SDA beliefs, and why I can no longer do so.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you will be blessed and encouraged.

In His joy and assurance,

John S. Mendis

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi John,

    Have just recently started to read your site and am very impressed so far with the clarity of thought and the great way you explain things. I have found others sites on the net which are also very good but yours is one of the best I have found. Praise God for how he is using you to remove the scales from the eyes of our SDA friends and family, and to shed light on the the true gospel of Jesus.

    My wife and I have been searching the scriptures and websites which talk about these issues for the last five years after a conviction by God that there was something fundamentally incorrect with the exclusive SDA doctrines, along their interpretation of the Law and the Sabbath.

    I had been an SDA for about 35 years (My wife longer than that) but in the last twelve years we have recognised problem areas within SDA belief and practice. After discovering and understanding what Paul says about the Old and New Covenants and researching the inconsistencies between EGWhite and the Bible, we can no longer agree with SDA interpretation on many subjects.

    It’s a blessing to be New Covenant Christians rejoicing in the completed work of Jesus.

    We have many friends and family within SDA whom we will recommend your site to.

    We recently subscribed to gospel reflections so am keen to read more posts and to finish reading your site (which will take a little while).

    Regards

    Michael

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    • Hi Michael,

      You share good news! 🙂 It is wonderful to see how the Lord has been leading you and your wife out of Adventism. It takes a miracle from God to be rescued from adventism. But the Lord surely and slowly does it. Praise God!

      I am glad you find the material on my site useful. By the way, what were the conviction points you had when it came to the Sabbath? Adventists struggle with the idea of Sabbath being a ritual law, and no longer binding given their preconceived ideas about what is moral and ceremonial, and the ten commandments.

      Again! Powerful testimony. 🙂

      In Christ!
      John

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      • Hi John,

        After we left an SDA church plant in 2013 we had a small bible study group operating out of our home for about a year. During this time we researched the web for ex adventist opinion on “why people had left the SDA denomination” and found a number of excellent sites with credible information. One of those was at:

        http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/sda/

        Chapter 17 to 23 at this site (green column) covers the Sabbath quite extensively (along with the 160 questions about the Sabbath from the same site). This site provided convincing information for us that the Bible viewed the Sabbath different to how SDA view it. Further research, and coming to an understanding of the Old and New Covenants put the “nail in the coffin” for the SDA view of the Sabbath, for me. This understanding came over a period of time after checking with the Bible and confirmation from the Holy Spirit.

        Even as recent as last night I was chatting with my Dad (who is entrenched in SDA interpretation and believes we have “lost our way”) and it is evident that many (my dad included, though not all SDA’s that we know) believe leaving the SDA church equates with leaving God, and not keeping the Sabbath equates with losing your salvation. So sad that exclusive SDA doctrine (based largely upon Ellen White) and the Old Covenant SDA view on Law and Sabbath has brought confusion into the minds of many about the True Gospel.

        Thankfully, as the Holy Spirit “removes the veil” (2 Cor 3:13-17) from the spiritual eyes of SDA family and friends (those open to the spirit’s influence), then clarity on the Gospel will increase.

        Your site helps to do this, so I will be recommending it to “searching” friends in the future.

        Thanks again for the spirit inspired insight on your website. It is a great resource and will provide a positive benefit in the lives of many who are ready for a modern day reformation.

        Gods blessings to you

        Michael

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