Proof-texts in Context, Part 10: Christian Behavior

Proof-texts in Context, Part 10: Christian Behavior

The tenth installment of our Proof-texts in Context series will focus on SDA Fundamental #22—Christian Behavior. For those who would like a more detailed synopsis of why we are publishing this series, please refer to the introduction to the first installment. Without further ado, let’s proceed to our study. Exodus 20:4–5—“You shall not make for you

What a Friend we Have in Jesus!

What a Friend we Have in Jesus!

“I have set the Lord always before me because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” “Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee.” “I will instruc

How to Have a Vibrant Christian Experience

How to Have a Vibrant Christian Experience

Our claim to Christ's righteousness is without a flaw, if we meet the conditions upon which it is promised. God has bestowed upon us all heaven in one rich gift, and whatever that gift includes is ours, if we accept Christ as our personal Saviour. Plead the name of Jesus, not your own righteousness, and please your Saviour by leading a blameless li

Last Generation Theology, Part 12: Ellen White on Perfection and the Last Generation

Last Generation Theology, Part 12: Ellen White on Perfection and the Last Generation

In the previous two articles from this series [Part 10: EGW on Sin and Human Nature] [Part 11: EGW on Justification and Sanctification], we looked at Ellen White’s view on salvation, zooming into her understanding of justification and sanctification/perfection. In this article, we will get an even closer look at her view of perfection, specifically

Where Does Our Righteousness Come From?

Where Does Our Righteousness Come From?

The Original Garment By the wedding garment in the parable is represented the pure, spotless character which Christ's true followers will possess. To the church it is given “that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white,” “not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.”[1] The fine linen, says the Scripture, “is the righteousness of sa

The Victorious Christian Life

The Victorious Christian Life

Do you recall when you first gave your life to Christ? I mean, the kind where you found yourself walking down to the front of the church with sweaty hands, perhaps with a burning sensation in your heart, and a driving need to connect and find out more about God? Maybe you weren’t in a church at all. You may have been down at the beach, on a mountai

Growing in Grace and the Knowledge of Jesus Christ: Peter’s Hope

Growing in Grace and the Knowledge of Jesus Christ: Peter’s Hope

  Growing in grace is Peter’s bedrock for living the Christian life. It’s how we as Christians live in expectant hope (1 Pet. 1:3–12), live holy lives in society and in the home (1 Pet. 1:13–3:7), suffer for our faith while serving others (1 Pet. 3:8–5:11), develop Christian virtues (2 Pet. 1:1–11), listen to the prophetic word, avoiding erron

The Art of Suffering for Christ: Reflections on 1 Peter

The Art of Suffering for Christ: Reflections on 1 Peter

“God wants me to be happy.” Have you heard that before? Have you said that before? A growing discontent, resident in more modern pop-culture Christianity, seems more willing to “justify” engaging in ethical and intellectual immorality with the rationalism of “happiness.” But the question needs to be asked: “To what end?” What is the end-game or end

The Work of the Holy Spirit and a Search for Relevance (Sabbath School 3-25-2017)

The Work of the Holy Spirit and a Search for Relevance (Sabbath School 3-25-2017)

A fond word in our so-called Post-modern age is “Relevance.” One way to understand this phenomenon is to see as one of its underlying tenets, that somehow what we already have is in a certain sense antiquated, or more benignly culturally inappropriate. With the advent of a highly technological society of smartphones, hybrid electric cars, touch scr