Cliff's Edge

Cliff Goldstein

is editor of the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide. His next book, Baptizing the Devil: Evolution and the Seduction of Christianity has just been released by Pacific Press.

Assurance of Salvation

One morning, giving worship at the General Conference, I decided to open with something funny.

“You know,” I said, “after all these years, I finally understand what it means to be a true Seventh-day Adventist. That’s because I’m doubting my salvation!”

It bombed. No one laughed, or even moved. That’s when it hit me: many Adventists really do struggle with assurance of salvation.

Why? Probably because as children and adolescents they were beaten over the head by well-meaning adults with a selective barrage of Ellen White quotes designed to scare them into obedience. I don’t know how well it worked in terms of getting them to obey, …

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