Addressing the Root Issues (Lesson 6, Q4 2017)

Addressing the Root Issues (Lesson 6, Q4 2017)

Romans 5 can be broken down into three sections: (1) The first five verses complete Paul’s exposition of righteousness by faith which began in chapter 3, (2) verses 6-11 explore the fact that it was God who took the initiative in our salvation, and (3) verses 12-21 address the issue of our sinful inheritance. Therefore, since we have been justified

The Grace of Christ for “Sinaholics:” The First Step is Admitting the Problem

The Grace of Christ for “Sinaholics:” The First Step is Admitting the Problem

"Hello. My name is Timothy Arena, and I’m a sinaholic. I’m addicted to sin. I was born that way, and I will be that way until I die or Jesus comes." This may sound strange and even heretical to some—but I hope that you will see from what follows here that it is not. When I refer to my sin addiction (or anyone else's), I’m not referring to the overt

“The Remnant of Her Seed”: How Should Seventh-day Adventists View Other Christians?

“The Remnant of Her Seed”: How Should Seventh-day Adventists View Other Christians?

The recent presidential candidacy of Ben Carson has, perhaps to an unprecedented degree, catapulted Seventh-day Adventism into the spotlight of national, and even international, consciousness. Along the way, our fundamental beliefs have been put under a microscope by some, including news outlets and other places in the blogosphere. Not all of this

No, You Can’t

No, You Can’t

I’ve been reading through Steps to Christ again (for the hundredth time) lately, and last week I noticed a word that kept popping up repeatedly. Intrigued by the thought, I decided to search how many times the word was used in the small book and the context in which it was used. What I discovered was fascinating. And critical. The word is “cannot,”

The Change Without Change

The Change Without Change

How do we learn how to follow Jesus, and persuade others to do likewise? This is not as easy a question to answer as we might suppose. Let’s look at the story of the brothers Charles and John Wesley, as told by Ellen White, to see why. White observed that “[Charles] Wesley and his associates were led to see that true religion is seated in the heart