Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Did They Really Say That?
Christ died to make it possible for you to cease to sin, and sin is the transgression of the law. (The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, vol. 71, no.35, p.1, 8/28/1894)
To be redeemed means to cease from sin. (The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, vol. 77, no.39, p.1, 9/25/1900)
To every one who surrenders fully to God is given the privilege of living without sin, in obedience to the law of heaven.... God requires of us perfect obedience. We are to purify ourselves, even as he is pure. (The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 9/27/1906, p.8)
These statements are teachings of Ellen G. White, Seventh-day Adventist prophet.
Does Scripture say that we are able to cease from sin? NO! Does being redeemed mean that we cease from sin? NO! In fact, 1 John 1:8 says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Paul talked about how he did the things he didn’t want to do and didn’t do the things he wanted to do (Romans 7). Can we attain “perfect obedience”? NO! 2 Corinthians 7:1 says we are to “strive to be completely holy,” not that we will ever attain it this side of heaven.
For White to claim sinlessness she must directly contradict Scripture. Scripture doesn’t say we will cease sinning or that we will be able to perfectly obey God this side of heaven. What it does say is that God forgives us and “remembers our sin no more.”
It is a heretical works-oriented system that keeps its followers in such impossible bondage.