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, …