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A Response to the Video:
Seventh-day Adventism, the Spirit Behind the Church

by Bob Pickle

Answers to Questions Raised by:
Mark Martin, Sydney Cleveland
Dale Ratzlaff, The White Lie
. . . and
Others

Discern Fact from Fiction


Salvation, Grace, and Obedience

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#141: "Ellen G. White stressed the keeping of the letter of the law along with many added rules to put one on the road to salvation."—Mark Martin.

#141: She said that before we can start on the road to salvation, we must keep the law. If this is true, which it is not, why did she say this?

Come with humble hearts, not thinking that you must do some good work to merit the favor of God, or that you must make yourself better before you can come to Christ. You are powerless to do good, and cannot better your condition. Apart from Christ we have no merit, no righteousness. Our sinfulness, our weakness, our human imperfection make it impossible that we should appear before God unless we are clothed in Christ's spotless righteousness. We are to be found in Him not having our own righteousness, but the righteousness which is in Christ. Then in the name that is above every name, the only name given among men whereby men can be saved, claim the promise of God, saying, "Lord, forgive my sin; I put my hands into Thy hand for help, and I must have it, or perish. I now believe." The Saviour says to the repenting sinner, "No man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6), "and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37). "I am thy salvation" (Ps. 35:3).—Selected Messages, bk. 1, pp. 333, 334, italics added.

She well knew what the Bible teaches. We can't truly obey God until we have come to Christ (Gal. 5:17; Is. 64:6; Jer. 13:23). We "are powerless to do good." If we wait until we are keeping the law before we start on the road to salvation, we will never get on that road, for it is totally impossible to obey without Jesus in the heart.

As shown under #144 below, this statement of Mr. Martin is contradicted by the point he makes just two sentences and a quotation later.

A Response to the Video

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