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.