This document is a private
thought-paper intended for special study by students and
scholars interested in the on-going righteousness by faith
discussions. Its conclusions are tentative, subject to further
light. It is not for wide distribution nor for agitation on the local church level.
NOTE TO THE READER
Since this document is a study paper it is not to be
considered in any other way than tentative. I believe an attempt
such as this should have been made long ago. These
"comparisons" are not intended to be critical or
condemnatory, but only to stimulate to further study. Surely we
are mature enough to discuss and search together for a better
understanding of vital truth!
My characterizations of the various views are of course only
Some Evangelical authors may be cited whose positions will
differ from my representations in column one. However, I believe
that I have quite fairly represented their over-all, general
views as held by the great mass of Evangelical Sunday-keeping
church members and leaders, and as they are characterized by
Ellen G. White.
Likewise some of our current, contemporary Seventh-day
Adventist writers and speakers may be cited whose individual
views will differ from my characterization in column two. I
suggest only that this column represents the generally
prevailing views that most of our people and workers entertain
or convey. Quite largely this is because we have unwittingly
adopted the views of the popular churches on righteousness by
faith, assuming that they are the same as the 1888 message, as
Dr. Froom says in Movement of Destiny so forcefully.
These are the views that have largely prevailed for many decades
since 1888. Column two does not represent the Ellen G. White
views, which would of course be the proper Seventh-day Adventist
positions if we rightly appreciated the 1888 message. Neither
does it take into account certain recent shifts of view the last
three or four years as evidenced in some Review
editorials and by other means. Hopefully, concepts in harmony with the 1888 message may soon filter
down to the grassroots level of our general church membership
and accomplish deep revival and reformation.
Column three represents what Donald K. Short and I have
come to understand is the main import of the 1888 message as
brought by Jones and Waggoner and clearly endorsed by Ellen G.
White. The Lords messenger endorsed their message some two
hundred times, and identified it as the "beginning" of
the Latter Rain and Loud Cry. The concepts expressed in this
column have been derived from a study of Jones’ The
Consecrated Way to Christian Perfection (Pacific Press,
1905), his 1893 and 1895 General Conference Bulletin
studies, and miscellaneous articles in the Signs and Review
of the 1890’s; and from Waggoner’s The Gospel in
Galatians (1887), Review articles and editorials.
Citations or references in this paper are to:
at Seventh-day Adventism, by Norman F. Douty (Grand Rapids:
Baker Book House, 1962); Movement of Destiny, by L. E. Froom;
Through Crisis to Victory 1888-1901, by A. V.
Olson; By Faith Alone, by N. F. Pease; and the special Review
on Righteousness by Faith.
Please do not use this paper to create discord on the local
church level. It is intended for the attention only of mature,
responsible, loyal students who wish to see theological problems
solved the right way—by prayerful, humble searching for truth
within a framework maintaining harmony and confidence within the
Robert J. Wieland
August 30, 1977
Contrasting Views | Section One
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