What is the religion of Ben Carson? Is Ben Carson a Christian?
Ben Carson was born to a mother who at 13 years of age wed a 28 year-old
minister of the Seventh Day Adventist religion. When Ben Carson
was 8 years old, his mother discovered her husband was a bigamist. The ensuing
divorce pushed Ben Carson, his brother and illiterate mother into poverty (see
Ben Carson Background and Justice of God).
Ben Carson was baptized into the Seventh Day Adventist religion at 8 years of age and
again at 12 years of age, when he told the minister of another Seventh Day Adventist
congregation in Detroit that he hadn't fully understood the significance of the first
Ben Carson has remained a Seventh Day Adventist since then, and for the past two
decades has been an elder and a Sabbath-day teacher at the Spencerville Seventh
Day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.
What is Seventh Day Adventism?
The religion of
Seventh Day Adventism was founded by William Miller, a 19th century false
prophet who prophesied that Jesus would return sometime during the twelve months
starting in March of 1843. In April of 1844, a defiant Miller re-prophesied that
Jesus would return on October 22, 1844.
Ellen G. White, a follower of Miller, then re-grouped Miller's
demoralized flock around her own, even more dangerous false prophecies. She
claimed to have watched God create the universe, and taught, among other things,
that keeping the Sabbath was the greatest commandment, Jesus is a lesser God,
Sunday Sabbath is the "mark of the beast," there is no hell, God forbids coffee
and tea, non-vegetarians will not be saved in the last days, Jesus did not die
to pay the penalty for our sins, and that that honor belongs to Satan:
"When Christ, by virtue of His own blood, removes
the sins of His people from the heavenly sanctuary at the close of his
ministration, he will place them upon Satan, who, in the execution of the
judgment, must bear the final penalty." - Ellen G.
White, The Great Controversy Between Christ And Satan, 1858
Ellen G. White claimed over 2,000 supernatural visions, authored over 5,000
articles and 40 books, and is revered as a prophetess by today's Seventh Day Adventists,
whose beliefs reflect her teachings.
Does Ben Carson believe in the teachings of Seventh Day Adventism?
Seventh Day Adventist journalist asked Ben Carson in 2013, "Are there ever any times when you feel it’s best to
distinguish yourself from the Seventh-day Adventist Church and what it teaches,"
Ben Carson replied, "No, I don’t." -
Adventist Report, April 6, 2013
In 2015, Ben Carson wrote a Facebook entry that reflected some of the
of Seventh Day Adventism:
"As Easter approaches,
let us remember the role that Jesus Christ and God play in our lives. Let us
also remember that Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in God, and while
there are ideological differences in who Jesus was, we should find peace in the
fact that we are all God’s children. Jesus is my role model, and he preached
love, he preached acceptance. He also was a man of values and principles, and he
ended up being crucified for it. But, he rose again to advocate godly principles
of loving our fellow man, caring about our neighbors, developing our God-given
talents to the utmost so that we become valuable to the people around us, and
maintaining high ideals that govern our lives."- Ben Carson,
Facebook, April 4, 2015
"Jesus Christ and God" implies Jesus is
not God, which contradicts the Bible's repeated declarations of Jesus' deity
(see Proof Jesus is
"Christians and Muslims" do not believe in the
Christians believe in the God of the Bible. Muslims believe in Allah, the
moon god of Islam (see
what the West needs to know), which denies both the Trinity and the deity of Jesus.
Jesus voluntarily died on the cross to
pay the death penalty mandated for our sins (see
Justice of God); He is not someone who unexpectedly "ended up being
crucified" for some "values,"
rose from the dead, not to "advocate ... developing
... talents," but to prove His deity
(see Proof of
In line with Seventh Day Adventist teachings, Ben Carson does not believe in the
existence of hell, the absence of which would devalue Jesus' sacrifice on
"I don't believe there is a physical place where
people go and are tormented. No. I don't believe that... I see God as a very
loving individual. And why would he torment somebody forever who only had a life
of 60 or 70 or 80 years? Even if they were evil. Even if they were only evil for
80 years?" - Ben Carson, The Washington Post,
December 1, 2015
A child rapist and murderer may receive leniency from a pedophile judge, but a
just judge will lock away the criminal for a long time. God is just (see
Justice of God) and eternity
is long time to God, who told us that hell exists (see
Disavowing hell leads Ben Carson to even delight in those who are headed there:
"As a Christian, I am not the least bit offended by
the beliefs of Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Mormons and so forth. In fact, I am
delighted to know that they believe in something that is more likely to make
them into a reasonable human being."-
Ben Carson, America The Beautiful, 2012
Is Ben Carson a born-again Christian?
Here is how he describes his conversion:
"Yet in looking back, I’m not sure when I actually
turned to God. Or perhaps it happened so gradually that I had no awareness of
the progression." - Ben Carson, Gifted Hands, 1996
We look forward to his answers to our questions below: