A Response to the Video:
by Bob Pickle
Testimonials, Documentation, and the Video Jacket
#234: We're not saved by our good deeds. Of course not. And Adventists wholeheartedly agree, despite Mrs. Martin's strong implication to the contrary.
You might find some Adventists who are uncomfortable with such statements as Mrs. Martin's, and understandably so. Where is the speaker going in her line of thought? Does she mean that we can murder and fornicate and steal and lie and covet and still go to heaven? Does she mean that Jesus saves us "in" our sins instead of "from" our sins (Mat. 1:21)?
If you find an Adventist like that, just reassure him that you believe what Mrs. Martin's husband said, that true Christians will "keep God's commandments out of a love for Him" (#153). He'll then enthusiastically agree that "Jesus saves us not by our deeds."
There is a world of difference between alleged good deeds and what Paul called the "obedience of faith" (Rom. 16:26). Good deeds will not buy us an entrance into heaven, but the absence of the obedience of faith will exclude us from entering those pearly gates.
A lack of obedience reveals a lack of love for Jesus. As the apostle John put it:
John acknowledges the possibility that the believer might sometime stumble (1 Jn. 2:1). But he is also crystal clear that those who are born again will not be continually, moment after moment, day after day breaking the commandments of God. One who is "of the devil" will live a life of disobedience, but the true believer will live a life of obedience to God's commandments. Yet the believer's obedience, which is the result of justification by faith, will in no way buy his or her salvation.
All these mental gymnastics that people do in order to avoid obeying the fourth commandment, what kind of effect does it have on our society? "The law is nailed to the cross." "Jesus abolished the law." "The law was part of the Old Covenant, but we are under the New." "The Christian is not under the law." With the people in the pews getting bombarded with all these arguments supposedly proving that the believer can disobey and still go to heaven, it's no wonder that iniquity abounds: homicides, rapes, [p. 149] burglaries, sodomy, fraud, adultery, embezzlement, pornography, divorce for non-biblical grounds, and disobedience to parents. The fact that we have so much of this corruption in our society is evidence that too many are believing the sermons that say, "You can keep on sinning and still go to heaven. You don't have to repent after all. God is more loving than that."
Surely the Lord will hold accountable for our moral decay those preachers who preach such sermons.