This is a hard question to answer but I will say this; there is a very real segment of that church that is very destructive and oppressive.
I will present to you why I believe the church is destructive and oppressive, and let you make choice on this question, as the term “cult” is problematic.
The more transgressions you make, the worse it gets. For one thing, it isn’t just you that would become ostracized, but your family would suffer too.Please also note, that from now on when this article refers to “Adventists” that are “oppressive” it is in reference to the segment that fulfill this function themselves.If a church member is caught breaking one of the many rules, they face social retribution for their sin.For another, being ostracized by church members is especially devastating when you consider that, due to the fact that Adventists usually only interact seriously with Adventists (since they live in an exclusive Adventist world/bubble) having these people ice you out is devastating as they are your .
Please keep in mind everyones experience will be different!
If you are looking to escape/leave an oppressive segment of the church, I highly recommend you read this article on how to leave it.