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Exposing Adventism - Are You Sinless Yet?

Seventh-day Adventism teaches that:

"Those only who through faith in Christ obey all of God's commandments will reach the condition of sinlessness in which Adam lived before his transgression" (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1118)

"At this time in the history of the world, we should have but one object in view--to gain eternal life. Every other desire should be subordinate to this. The work of regeneration must go on in every soul until perfection of character is reached; for nothing short of this will meet the mind of God." (Manuscript 119, 1899, p. 1;"Words to Parents," August 21, 1899; 5MR 338.2)

"Christ died to make it possible for you to cease to sin, and sin is the transgression of the law" (Review and Herald, vol. 71, No. 35, p. 1, August 28, 1894.)

"Those only who through faith in Christ obey all of God's commandments will reach the condition of sinlessness in which Adam lived before his transgression. They testify to their love of Christ by obeying all his precepts" (Manuscript 122, 1901, quoted in the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1118).

"To every one who surrenders fully to God is given the privilege of living without sin, in obedience to the law of heaven. ... God requires of us perfect obedience. We are to purify ourselves, even as he is pure. By keeping his commandments, we are to reveal our love for the Supreme Ruler of the universe" (Review and Herald, September 27, 1906, p. 8).

It pains me to say, my brethren, that your sinful neglect to walk in the light has enshrouded you in darkness. You may now be honest in not recognizing and obeying the light; the doubts you have entertained, your neglect to heed the requirements of God, have blinded your perceptions so that darkness is now to you light, and light is darkness. God has bidden you to go forward to perfection. Christianity is a religion of progress. Light from God is full and ample, waiting our demand upon it. Whatever blessings the Lord may give, He has an infinite supply beyond, an inexhaustible store from which we may draw. Skepticism may treat the sacred claims of the gospel with jests, scoffing, and denial. The spirit of worldliness may contaminate the many and control the few; the cause of God may hold its ground only by great exertion and continual sacrifice, yet it will triumph finally. (5T 71.1)

The Bible Says

Psa 51:5 (NASB) Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity5771, And in sin2399 my mother conceived me.

Psalms 51:5 (NET) Look, I was guilty of sin5771 from birth, a sinner the moment my mother conceived me.

Psalms 51:5 Indeed, I was guilty [when I] was born; I was sinful5771 when my mother conceived me.

Jeremiah 17:9 (English Standard Version) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick605; who can understand it?

H605 (Strong) אנשׁ'anash aw-nash'
A primitive root; to be frail, feeble, or (figuratively) melancholy: - desperate (-ly wicked), incurable, sick, woeful.

H2399 (Strong) חטאcheṭ' khate
From H2398; a crime or its penalty: - fault, X grievously, offence, (punishment of) sin.

H5771 (Strong) עוןavon or עוון
from an unused word; iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity: - blame (1), guilt (21), guilty (1), iniquities (46), iniquity (143), punishment (12), punishment for the iniquity (3), punishment for their iniquity (3).

1 John 1:8If we say that we have no sin266, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.

1 John 1:10If we say that we have not sinned264, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

Joh 16:8 "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin266 and righteousness and judgment;

Rom 3:10-18 according as it has been written, "There is not a righteous264 one, not even one!" (11) "There is not one understanding; there is not one seeking God." (12) All turned away, they became worthless together, not one is doing goodness, not so much as one!" (LXX-Psa. 13:1-3) (13) "Their throat is a tomb being opened;" "they used deceit with their tongues; the poison of asps is under their lips; (14) whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. (15) Their feet are swift to shed blood; (16) ruin and misery are in their way; (17) and they did not know a way of peace; (18) there is no fear of God before their eyes." LXX-Psa. 5:10; 139:4; 9:28; Isa. 59:7, 8; Psa. 35:2; MT-Psa. 14:1-3; 5:9; 140:3; 10:7; Isa. 59:7, 8; Psa. 36:1

Rom 3:21-28 But now apart from [the] Law has the righteousness of God been revealed, being testified to by the Law and the Prophets, (22) but the righteousness of God [is] through faith [or, trust] in Jesus Christ to all and upon all the ones believing, for there is no difference [or, distinction]. (23) For all sinned264 and fall short of the glory of God, (24) being justified [or, declared righteous] freely by His grace through the redemption [or, setting free], the [one] in Christ Jesus, (25) whom God Himself put forward publicly [as] a mercy seat [or, propitiation] through faith in His blood, for a demonstration of His righteousness, because of the passing over of the sins having previously occurred in the tolerance of God, (26) for a demonstration of His righteousness in the present time, for Him to be righteous and justifying the [one] [or, declaring the [one] righteous] [who has] faith in Jesus. (27) Where then [is] the boasting? It was excluded. By what law? Of works? Not at all, _but_ by a law of faith. (28) Therefore, we maintain [that] a person is justified [or, declared righteous] by faith apart from works of [the] Law.

Rom 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin266 entered into the world, and death through sin266, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned264--

Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners268, Christ died for us.

1Ti 1:15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners268, among whom I am foremost of all.

1Jn 2:1-2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin264. And if anyone sins264, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; (2) and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

Rom 5:19 For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners268, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous1342.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin266 who knew no sin266, so that in him we might become the righteousness1343 of God.

G264α μαρτάνωhamartano
Thayer Definition:
1) to be without a share in
2) to miss the mark
3) to err, be mistaken
4) to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour, to do or go wrong
5) to wander from the law of God, violate God’s law, sin
Part of Speech: verb

G265α μάρτημαhamartema
Thayer Definition:
1) sin, evil deed

G266α μαρτίαhamartia
Thayer Definition:
1) equivalent to 264
1a) to be without a share in
1b) to miss the mark
1c) to err, be mistaken
1d) to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour,to do or go wrong
1e) to wander from the law of God, violate God’s law, sin
2) that which is done wrong, sin, an offence, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act
3) collectively, the complex or aggregate of sins committed either by a single person or by many
Part of Speech: noun feminine

G268α μαρτωλόςhamartōlos
Thayer Definition:
1) devoted to sin, a sinner
1a) not free from sin
1b) pre-eminently sinful, especially wicked
1b1) all wicked men
1b2) specifically of men stained with certain definite vices or crimes
1b2a) tax collectors, heathen
Part of Speech: adjective

G1342 δίκαιοςdikaios (Righteous)
Thayer Definition:
1) righteous, observing divine laws
1a) in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God
1a1) of those who seem to themselves to be righteous, who pride themselves to be righteous, who pride themselves in their virtues, whether real or imagined
1a2) innocent, faultless, guiltless
1a3) used of him whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God, and who therefore needs no rectification in the heart or life
1a3a) only Christ truly
1a4) approved of or acceptable of God
1b) in a narrower sense, rendering to each his due and that in a judicial sense, passing just judgment on others, whether expressed in words or shown by the manner of dealing with them
Part of Speech: adjective

G1343 δικαιοσύνηdikaiosune (righteousness)
Thayer Definition:
1) in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God
1a) the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God
1b) integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting
2) in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due

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