The Case For Last Generation Theology, Part 4: The Scope of Biblical Salvation

The Case For Last Generation Theology, Part 4: The Scope of Biblical Salvation

In our first article, we noted the following statement by the apostle Paul regarding the authority of all Scripture in spiritual matters:   From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for

Last Generation Theology, Part 11: Ellen White on Justification and Sanctification

Last Generation Theology, Part 11: Ellen White on Justification and Sanctification

In the previous article, we looked at Ellen White’s conversion story and her struggles with her personal salvation. We also touched on White’s view of sin, atonement, human nature, Christ’s nature, and her early understanding of justification. In this installment, we will zoom in on her views on justification and sanctification. As the previous art

Last Generation Theology, Part 7: Biblical Perspectives: Justification

Last Generation Theology, Part 7: Biblical Perspectives: Justification

Justification is one of the most important terms in the Bible and one of the most significant aspects of salvation. It is also a concept whose meaning has been subject to ongoing debates in Christianity and Adventism. The main question could be summarized thus: is justification a declaration of the imputed righteousness of Christ, or is does it als

Last Generation Theology, Part 4: Biblical Perspectives: Will Believers Live Without God?

Last Generation Theology, Part 4: Biblical Perspectives: Will Believers Live Without God?

In the previous article, we have established on biblical grounds that the identity of the 144,000 is a symbolic number signifying the multitude of believers. Let’s now clarify a major LGT claim and common misconception: that during the last days the special group of believers expected to reach sinless perfection (the presumed 144,000) will have to

Addressing the Root Issues (Lesson 6, Q4 2017)

Addressing the Root Issues (Lesson 6, Q4 2017)

Romans 5 can be broken down into three sections: (1) The first five verses complete Paul’s exposition of righteousness by faith which began in chapter 3, (2) verses 6-11 explore the fact that it was God who took the initiative in our salvation, and (3) verses 12-21 address the issue of our sinful inheritance. Therefore, since we have been justified

The Grace of Christ for “Sinaholics:” The First Step is Admitting the Problem

The Grace of Christ for “Sinaholics:” The First Step is Admitting the Problem

"Hello. My name is Timothy Arena, and I’m a sinaholic. I’m addicted to sin. I was born that way, and I will be that way until I die or Jesus comes." This may sound strange and even heretical to some—but I hope that you will see from what follows here that it is not. When I refer to my sin addiction (or anyone else's), I’m not referring to the overt

“The Remnant of Her Seed”: How Should Seventh-day Adventists View Other Christians?

“The Remnant of Her Seed”: How Should Seventh-day Adventists View Other Christians?

The recent presidential candidacy of Ben Carson has, perhaps to an unprecedented degree, catapulted Seventh-day Adventism into the spotlight of national, and even international, consciousness. Along the way, our fundamental beliefs have been put under a microscope by some, including news outlets and other places in the blogosphere. Not all of this