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Exposing Adventism - How To Misquote Part of a Verse

The Bible says,

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?, 1 Peter 4:17 KJV

Notice that the text begins with: "For the time is come that..." This means that the "judgment" of believers that Peter was speaking of (which was simply a judgment of suffering, according to the context) had already begun when he was writing in the first century, NOT in 1844. Since this contradicts the SDAs' 1844 nonsense, the SDAs will sometimes quote only the last part of the verse, changing the "j" in "judgment" to a capital "J" as if the sentence/verse began with the word "judgment." So they'll (mis)quote it like this, and say that they're quoting 1 Peter 4:17:

"Judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"

In fact, this is exactly how EGW (mis)quoted it in The Great Controversy:

In the typical service only those who had come before God with confession and repentance, and whose sins, through the blood of the sin offering, were transferred to the sanctuary, had a part in the service of the Day of Atonement. So in the great day of final atonement and investigative judgment the only cases considered are those of the professed people of God. The judgment of the wicked is a distinct and separate work, and takes place at a later period. "Judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel?" 1 Peter 4:17.
The Great Controversy, page 480

She also deleted the last two words ("of God") and moved the question mark to after the word "gospel" instead!

And then to top it all off, just 41 pages later in the same book (The Great Controversy) she says that it is evil for people to do what she had just done to the Bible!:

"In order to sustain erroneous doctrines or unchristian practices, some will seize upon passages of Scripture separated from the context, perhaps quoting half of a single verse as proving their point, when the remaining portion would show the meaning to be quite the opposite. With the cunning of the serpent they entrench themselves behind disconnected utterances construed to suit their carnal desires. Thus do many willfully pervert the word of God. Others, who have an active imagination, seize upon the figures and symbols of Holy Writ, interpret them to suit their fancy, with little regard to the testimony of Scripture as its own interpreter, and then they present their vagaries as the teachings of the Bible."
The Great Controversy, page 521

 
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