OOPS! GREAT BIG CONTRADICTION
Seth Pierce's article, "Oops! I Guess I'm Going to Hell?" is one more example of the classic Adventist contradictions that must slip by the editors and make it into print. What is it with Adventist publications? The flagship magazine prints an article that contradicts the cherished, foundational doctrine of the Investigative Judgment. It's really bad when a non-Adventist looks in and says, "Wait a minute, who's upholding Adventist standards anymore?"
Adventist prophetess Ellen G. White taught the work of Jesus' atonement was not finished. She taught, and Adventists believe – or at least they're supposed to believe, the atonement is still going on. White states, "Now while our great High Priest is making the atonement for us, we should seek to become perfect in Christ." The Great Controversy, P. 623.
Again she emphatically denies the finished work of the cross. In her Testimonies for the Church she wrote: "Instead of the prophecy of Daniel 8:14 referring to the purifying of the earth, it was no plain that it pointed to the closing work of our High Priest in heaven, the finishing of the atonement preparatory to His coming." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 1, p. 58.
Here's the problem, Pierce's article stresses the finished work of the atonement:
The tense of the words "has perfected" is—ironically—in the "perfect," which means that not only was Christ's sacrifice completed in the past, but its effects are so powerful that they go thundering into the future.
Hebrews 10:12-14 says, "But this man [Jesus], after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. . . . For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified" (HCSB).
Near the end of the article he refers to what Jesus did on the cross as "…that moment of complete offering, that complete sacrifice, on the cross."
Can you have a complete sacrifice, a complete offering and yet have an incomplete atonement?
No offense, but are there any Adventists who see a problem in the logical inconsistency of these two concepts?
(See: Adventist Review, 1/27/11, p. 21).