The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 6: Is Sinless Obedience Possible?

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 6: Is Sinless Obedience Possible?

The heart of the continuing Adventist salvation controversy concerns the question of whether character perfection, sinless living—phrases held by Last Generation Theology to mean the same thing—is possible for believers through heaven’s power here on earth.   RELATED ARTICLE: How to Conquer Sin through Jesus This installment of our series will

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 3: The Effect

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 3: The Effect

In the previous article, I concluded with the following question, “What happens when a person sees the law of God as a Heart-Beat rather than as a Strong-Arm?” And my answer was, “everything changes”. In this article, I will touch on this by summarising how a “Heart-Beat” understanding of the law of God impacts how we view some of the key tenets of

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 1: The Spectrum

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 1: The Spectrum

A lot has been written about Last Generation Theology (LGT) recently. George Knight, Reinder Bruinsma, and Andrews University all published books dedicated to exposing and rejecting the tenets of LGT.[1] Many articles have also been written, including Adelina Alexas LGT series here on the Compass Magazine.[2] LGT proponents have since responded wit

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 8: Biblical Perspectives: Sanctification

Last Generation Theology, Part 8: Biblical Perspectives: Sanctification

In the previous article on Justification (link to article 7 on Justification) we have seen that the predominant view among the reformers was that justification is a legal declaration of imputed righteousness. Human beings can never achieve salvation through their own merits, but by accepting Christ’s substitutionary death they can be accounted righ

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 6: Biblical Perspectives: Sin

Last Generation Theology, Part 6: Biblical Perspectives: Sin

When you think about sin do you define it as a noun, a verb, or a mode of being? Or maybe a combination of these? How we define sin is very important because it deeply influences our understanding of salvation theoretically and our process of salvation practically. Salvation is, after all, salvation from sin, so what is it that we are saved from an