The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Final Thoughts

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Final Thoughts

First, I want to thank the staff of Compass magazine for allowing the publication of this series on this all-important topic.  It is fair to say that not many opportunities of this nature, in a setting such as this, have been available to proponents of Last Generation Theology in recent decades within the church.  The reasons why may be interesting

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 9: Some Questions Answered

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 9: Some Questions Answered

Objections and questions of many kinds have arisen through the years in the ongoing Adventist controversy over salvation, perfection, and the cluster of issues attendant to Last Generation Theology. A number of these objections we have addressed already in this series. What follows in the present article is an effort to consider and address other s

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 8: The Great Controversy and God’s Vindication

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 8: The Great Controversy and God’s Vindication

Like the issue of the atonement and its timing, the question of God’s vindication in the controversy with evil addresses the extent to which the accomplishment of the saving process as depicted in the inspired writings is unilateral or cooperative. The present article will address, from both Scripture and the writings of Ellen White, the central is

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 7: Sinless Obedience and the Last Generation

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 7: Sinless Obedience and the Last Generation

As we noted in our last article, a popular claim among opponents of Last Generation Theology is that this doctrinal construct is based primarily on Ellen White rather than the Bible. By now it should be clear that while the writings of Ellen White strongly support this particular theology, substantial Biblical evidence in both Testaments lies at it

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 5: The Nature and Timing of the Biblical Atonement

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 5: The Nature and Timing of the Biblical Atonement

In the first article of our series, we quoted an Ellen White statement which contains an essential principle for understanding inspired writings. Describing inspired language, Ellen White declares: Different meanings are expressed by the same word; there is not one word for each distinct idea.[1] When studying the Bible doctrine of atonement, as ar

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

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 3: The Human Nature of Christ

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 3: The Human Nature of Christ

Many don’t realize it, but the very first doctrine articulated in the New Testament is that of Christ’s human nature: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham (Matt. 1:1).[1] People often wonder why the writers of Scripture included those long lists of genealogies—the “begats,” as some call them. I believe on

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 2: The Nature of Sin

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 2: The Nature of Sin

Both camps in the debate over Last Generation Theology agree that the position one takes on the nature of sin is foundational so far as one’s beliefs regarding salvation and perfection are concerned[1].  But it is here where convictions held by the two sides part company. Supporters of Last Generation Theology believe sin in human lives is the resu