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

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

Last Generation Theology, Part 1: Contours and Problems

Last Generation Theology, Part 1: Contours and Problems

Perfection. One word–so much power. Power to spur unto growth, and power to discourage and demean. Power to challenge our best yet, and power to make us give up in the face of the unattainable.   “Be perfect, as God is perfect,” says Jesus in Matthew 5:48. Not only is “perfection” a powerful concept in and of itself, but it is also a biblical

By Law or By Faith?

By Law or By Faith?

The lesson this week picks up in the middle of a public confrontation. Paul, apostle to the Gentiles, is confronting Peter, apostle to the Jews, over his hypocritical behavior. Paul does the right thing insofar as he confronts Peter to his face, having seen that he and others were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel. A group of men pr