Welcome to Gospel Reflections!

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

Who am I?

My name is Stephen. 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, verse by verse, chapter by chapter (not proof texting with an agenda to prove one’s preconceived beliefs), and 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 comes 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 of the Adventists seek to save themselves by complying to a few laws (viz.  ten commandments, the sabbathtithes & diet but are ignorant of many other moral commandments. They claim to keep ‘ALL’ the commandments but teach and believe in a very narrow view of sin, law and righteousness like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day. See: God’s Moral Law is Unchangeable.

I was a proud ‘Sabbath keeper’,  but when I read the Bible, I found that neither I nor any Adventist for that matter was properly observing all the Sabbath laws properly. We were happy to pick and choose laws from the Old Covenant, and then we had a spirit of pity and condemnation for those who did not follow our Sabbath practices. We were hypocrites. See: What old covenant Sabbath keeping really is.

Gospel ignorance has also blinded Adventists to the new covenant law of love: loving Jesus supremely, and others sacrificially: a law that is expressed beyond ten commandments, and observing a ritual day. See: Ten Commandments: Does it Cover all Sin?

Of course, these things are not uncommon among conservative 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  has 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 and expose 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.

Make sure to read my full verse-by-verse commentaries on the Book of Daniel, Revelation, and Genesis 1-11.

Daniel Commentary

Revelation Commentary

Genesis Commentary

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

In His joy and assurance,


13 thoughts on “About

  1. Michael Page, Perth Western Australia

    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).



    1. Gospel Reflections – Christian. Passion is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
      John Mendis

      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!

      1. Michael Page, Perth Western Australia

        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:


        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


      2. loribordessa

        Wonderful blog! Glad to find it. God bless you guys! It all rings true!! Praise God for freedom in Christ alone! Carry on in His grace and power fellow gospel warriors!!!

  2. Jan West

    I havent been on F/book for ages. Was delighted to read both John Mendis & Michael Pages comments. I too felt oppressed with SDA doctrines on many subjects and have moved to a Christian based alternative church that focuses on love support and community involvement with elderly, youth, and familes. I no longer feel shackled by SDA expectations of my Christian journey which have controlled me since my baptism at 17 years of age. I am now 73 and at peace with my walk with Jesus. Keep broadcasting your thoughts both of you. It is refreshing to read. Blessings to you both. Jan West Greenwood Perth.

  3. Michael Page, Perth Western Australia

    Hi John,

    When I try and click on New and Old Covenant examined (under Sabbath and Law) it takes me to the link about “Sabbath is a ritual……. (the link above)

    The link about the New and Old Covenants (under recent posts) does work OK

    Just thought you may like to know, as think the issue may be on your site?


    You can delete this comment when finished

  4. Cosmovisão e Fé
    Cosmovisão e Fé

    Hi, I’m interested in translating some of your articles to portuguese but I want to known if you are a catholic or an evangelical. If you believe the Trinity and if you studied in some seminary.

    Sorry for my poor english.

  5. Cyril G. Hartman

    Brother Stephen, Since someone sent me to your website and i note what you wrote above, may i ask a couple of questions? 1. Since there was a test in Eden to have eternal life, what is the end time test for us to re-enter? 2. What is the little book in Revelation 10, and what is that all about–has it been fulfilled?

    1. Gospel Reflections – Christian. Passion is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
      Gospel Reflections

      Greetings brother Cyril,

      Regarding the questions:

      1. Since there was a test in Eden to have eternal life, what is the end time test for us to re-enter?

      Just like God made it clear to Adam and Eve what was the test, the answer to the above question would be found clearly in the words of Jesus. In Heb.1:1-2 we are told that God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, but in these last days has spoken definitively in the Son. The answer does not come from symbolic passages in scriptures that only a special group of people in the end times has been made privy to spin an interpretation on. God has spoken to us in these last days definitively in the Son. The test is clear and simple; it is whether we have put our faith in Christ.

      John 3:18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

      1 John 5:11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

      1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

      The sign or evidence of our faith is:

      Jesus said that the sign by which the world would know we are his people was our visible love for each other (Jn.13:35).

      John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

      2. What is the little book in Revelation 10, and what is that all about–has it been fulfilled?

      John went to the mighty angel and asked for the scroll. Promptly, the mighty angel gave him the scroll and commanded him to eat it. He told John it would make his stomach bitter but it would taste as sweet as honey. Revelation and this chapter is highly figurative language. John’s actions and reactions here are meant to symbolize important spiritual ideas. Nothing much is revealed in Revelation regarding this little book, so without speculating that this represents some experience faced by a last day church or movement, or some hidden message or book that is unsealed (remember God has spoken to us in Christ Jesus in these last days), we must consult other passages of Scripture for its usage.

      In the Old Testament the prophet Ezekiel received a command to deliver God’s message to rebellious Israel (Ezekiel 2:3–4). Upon receiving this command Ezekiel saw a hand stretched out to him, and a scroll was in the hand (Ezekiel 2:9). “Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel,” the Lord said (Ezekiel 3:1). When he ate the scroll, Ezekiel found that it tasted as sweet as honey (Ezekiel 3:3), but later he experienced bitterness (Ezekiel 3:14).

      God’s Word contains both a sweet message and a bitter message; both mercy and judgement. The prophet Jeremiah testified: “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). The message of reconciliation and forgiveness is sweet, but the message of condemnation is bitter. The gospel is sweet to those who embrace it, but bitter to those who reject it. John’s eating of the scroll, then, carries the same symbolism as it did for Ezekiel. John is “taking on” the message of God in order to carry it to others. Knowing that the message is one of mercy for some is sweet, and judgment and destruction for others is bitter.

      God has instructed through Paul that “if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” (Gal. 1:8). So, whatever the message Revelation 10 angel has to share, it is not contrary to the message spoken by Jesus.

      Revelation is a challenging book with lots of symbolism. Some sects have elevated obscure and easily-misunderstood passages in the book of Revelation to a position of prime importance to their church. Unfortunately, such haphazard reading into the text, and fitting certain ad hoc events in history to fit one’s agenda and preconceived ideas is unwarranted.

      If you have a better explanation, I like to hear a verse by verse exegesis of Rev chapter 9, 10, 11 and let me know if it’s fulfilled or not?

      In Christ!

  6. Karl

    I was told many years ago that the SDA Church was a wolf with a really thick sheep skin as they appear to be very evangelical in their approach to other Christians. More dangerous than any other cult. I have friends that are in the Reformed SDA and they are extreme in the observance of the Sabbath and the dietary laws. From what I understand from the SDA position is no salvation if you are a “Sunday keeper” as thus is the mark of the Roman Roman church and they are the beast and therefore you will be condemned by God by attending a Sunday keeping church.

    Thanks for keeping this site up and running.

  7. C.W. Good

    SDAs twist the Scriptures to support their teachings. There’s no Sabbathkeeping, tithing,or
    Investigative Judgment in John 3:16. The 2300 days were literal and not prophetic, so 1844
    is not Biblical. OT tithing was over agricultural products for the Levites and not about money.
    There is no NT tithing taught by the apostle Paul. The repentant thief on the cross was promised eternal life by Jesus without an IJ, Sabbathkeeping, etc. We must correctly interpret and follow the Bible- not add to it! All cults believe they are the true church and are
    infallible in their teachings, not to mention critical of other churches. Stay away from them.


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