A Response to the Video:
by Bob Pickle
Salvation, Grace, and Obedience
#144: Adventists believe that Jesus made the down payment for our salvation. Assuming that Adventists base their beliefs on Mrs. White, which they don't, Mr. Martin is contradicting himself.
Two sentences and a quotation ago he said, "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." So which is it? Did Jesus make the down payment? Or must we keep the law in order to put ourselves on the road to salvation? It can't be both. Either one or the other (or both) of Mr. Martin's statements is incorrect.
Jesus paid it all.
#145: But they believe we must make the monthly installments. Thus it is suggested that Adventists believe we partially earn our salvation. This is false.
First of all, and most importantly, such a position contradicts the Scriptures: "Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" (Gal. 3:3).
Secondly, and less importantly, such a position contradicts Mrs. White: "The proud heart strives to earn salvation; but both our title to heaven and our fitness for it are found in the righteousness of Christ."—Desire of Ages, p. 300.
Title? Fitness? What does that mean?
So both our justification ("down payment") and our sanctification ("monthly installments") are found in the righteousness of Christ. We can earn neither. [p. 97]