Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Did They Really Say That?
Death entered the world because of transgression. But Christ gave his life that man should have another trial. He did not die on the cross to abolish the law of God, but to secure for a man a second probation.
Ellen G. White, Testimonies to Ministers, p.134
I sincerely hope that I am not the only one who sees a problem with this teaching. How does this compare with Colossians 2:13-14? And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. (HCSB) This passage plainly says that there is no longer an obligation to the law, and that we have no other “trial” to undergo.
What about 2 Corinthians 6:2? “Now is the day of salvation.” (HCSB) Does this sound like we have a “second probation” or “another trial”?
The entire message of the New Testament is that Christ died to free us from slavery to the Law, and that his atonement finished the job - not that it only initiated a way for more trials and probations. “It is finished” was the cry Jesus made on the Cross. The gospel of the Seventh-day Adventists is “another gospel” which Paul speaks of in Galatians chapter one. And E.G. White, who brought this gospel, was a false prophet.