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Answers to Objections

Answers to Objections

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ANSWERS TO OBJECTIONS
AN EXAMINATION OF THE MAJOR OBJECTIONS RAISEDAGAINST THE TEACHINGS OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS(Revised and Greatly Enlarged)BYFRANCIS D. NICHOLForeword by W. H. BransonREVIEW AND HERALD PUBLISHING ASSOCIATIONWASHINGTON, D.C.1952
DEDICATIONTo That Valiant Company in the Advent Movement, Both Ministerial and Lay, Who Seek toPresent to Men the Truth of God With Convincing and Convicting Power, This Book IsPrayerfully Dedicated.
This edition scanned and edited by Paul Nethercott © 2002 Maranatha Media – not to be used for commercial purposes
 
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CONTENTS
Foreword, by W. H. BransonFrom the Author to the Reader of This Book 
Section 1: Law
1. Adventists quote much from the Old Testament in proof of their doctrines, particularly the law andthe Sabbath. Christians find their guidance and doctrines in the New Testament2. Adventists seek to prove that there are two laws described in the Bible, one moral, the other ceremonial. But there is only one law.3. The Ten Commandments did not exist before the time of Moses.4. "The very wording of the Sinaitic law proves that it was designed only for the Jews. The TenCommandments is introduced thus: 'I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee ... out of thehouse of bondage' (Ex. 20:2). To whom is that applicable? Only to the Israelite nation, of course." Seealso Deuteronomy 4:8, Romans 9:4, and similar passages, which state specifically that the law wasgiven only to the Israelites.5. The Bible says that the Ten Commandments are the covenant that God made with Israel at Sinai, thatis, the old covenant. (See Dent. 4:13) This covenant has been abolished, and we live under the newcovenant. There fore we have nothing to-do with the Ten Commandments.6. Paul states that ministration of death, written and engraved in stones was "done away." Therefore theTen Commandment law, which was written on the tables of stone, has been done away. (See 2 Cor.7:2)7. Paul's allegory on the two covenants in Galatians 4 proves that we have nothing to do with law in theChristian dispensation.8. Paul declares that we are not under the law, but under grace. (Rom. 6:14) The law was given byMoses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1: 17) Paul also declares that "Christ is the endof the law for righteousness to every one that believes." Rom. 10:4. These texts prove that the law wasabolished by Christ.9. Luke 16:16 proves that Christians have nothing to do with law10. Romans 7:14 proves that the law is done away. Under the figure of marriage Paul explains that weare "delivered from the law," that, indeed, the law is dead.11. Ephesians 2:14, 15 and Colossians 2:14, 16 prove that the law was abolished at the cross12. Through Moses, God gave commandments to His people. Fifteen hundred years later Christ alsogave commandments. Adventists fail to make a distinction between God's law, which was abolished atCalvary, and Christ's commandments that bind the Christian. Hence Adventists mistakenly contend thatthe Ten Commandments and Christ's commandments are the same and equally binding.13. The only command that we need to keep now is Christ's new commandment to love one another,for He declared that we should keep His commandments even as He had kept His Father'scommandments. And does not the Bible say that love is the fulfilling of the law?14. Seventh day Adventists are constantly preaching that men should obey God's commandments, keepthe law, as if that were the sum and substance of true religion and a passport to heaven. But theChristian has nothing to do with law; he lives wholly by the grace of God, which is made available tohim through faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus, and thus only, can any man he right with God and be in readiness for heaven.
 
315. Why preach the law when no one can be saved by obeying it? Furthermore, man is morally unableto keep the commandments.16. By preaching the law you endeavor to deprive Christians of the glorious liberty of the gospel.17. The Bible repeatedly and emphatically declares that no one can be justified by keeping the law.Hence to preach the keeping of the law is to preach another gospel. "Whosoever of you are justified bythe law; you are fallen from grace.”Gal. 5:418. 1 Timothy 1:9 proves that the Christian has nothing to do with the law, for we read there that "thelaw is not made for a righteous man19. Seventh day Adventists teach that a man must keep the commandments in order to be saved
Section II Sabbath
20. Seventh day Adventists declare that the seventh day of the week was set apart as a Sabbath by the blessing and sanctification of God at the creation of the world. They thus seek to prove that the Sabbath preceded the Jewish race and applies to all men. But Genesis, which contains the record of God'sresting upon and blessing the Sabbath, was written by Moses two thousand five hundred years after creation, or about the time of the Exodus. Moses simply set down in that Genesis reference to theSabbath a statement of what God actually did for the seventh day at Mount Sinai.21. Exodus 16:29 and Nehemiah 9:13, 14 prove that the Sabbath was not given until Israel left Egypt.The very silence of the Scriptures regarding anyone's keeping it before that time is strong corroborative proof.22. The Sabbath is Jewish. It was given only to the Jews and was part of the old covenant that wasmade only with the Jews. Further, Deuteronomy 5:15 states explicitly that God commanded the Jews tokeep the Sabbath as a memorial of their deliverance from Egypt. There for it has no meaning for uswho are Gentile Christians.23. In Exodus 31:14 we read that Sabbath violators were to be stoned to death. Do you believe thesame penalty should be enforced today? If you say that the penalty feature of the Sabbath law is doneaway, then you have really declared the Sabbath abolished, for a law has no force if there is no penalty provided for its violation. Again, in Exodus 35:3 we read that no fires were to be kindled on theSabbath. If you believe the Sabbath law is still in force, why do you kindle fires on that day?24. When we as Sunday keepers declare that the ten-commandment law was abolished at the cross,Adventists try to embarrass us by asking us if we believe it is all right in the Christian Era to steal or kill or do any other of the heinous deeds prohibited by the Ten Commandments. We do not. We believethat God has great moral principles that have governed the universe from all eternity and will continueto govern it to all eternity. The Ten Commandments was simply a partial reflection of these principles.The principles remain, but the Ten Commandments is gone. Hence the Sabbath is gone.25. The fourth commandment in the Ten Commandments is not inherently a moral precept, but theother nine are self evidently moral commands. "All moral principles are discoverable by the light of nature- or reason, but the necessity of keeping the seventh day is not thus discoverable. For example,all men naturally know that it is wrong to steal, kill, commit adultery, et cetera, but no one would thusknow that a particular day had been set apart as holy. That required a direct revelation from God Hencethe Sabbath command is not moral. Furthermore, there is nothing inherently holy in the seventh day of the week. Hence "it would never have been wrong to work on the seventh day unless God had given acommand to rest on it.26. "The Sabbath was not a day of special religious worship. . . . In God's plan, the keeping of theseventh day on the part of His earthly people was to be an external form, or rite; the performance of adefinitely prescribed ceremony, stipulating the cessation of all work on a given day, or a day of complete physical rest. Only when connected with the annual feasts was it observed as a day of religious significance." All this proves that the seventh day Sabbath was simply one of the ceremonial

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