The imputation of righteousness is not just something that occurs at the beginning of our walk with Christ. Rather it is THE eclipsing reality that every believer is overshadowed by. True sanctification happens when our own righteousness dims in its lustre, and the depths of our pride, our love of self-exaltation and selfishness is magnified before us in its exceeding sinfulness. Yet this is not for the purpose of despair, but for the purpose of learning to glory in Christ’s love that has redeemed us and to esteem His righteousness as more precious than our own.
The Omega of Apostasy is in reference to the last assault that will assail the church of God in last days. The Omega has to deal with an attack upon the FUNDAMENTALS of the Christian Faith, which is justification by faith.
Many have identified the Omega of Apostasy as merely the New Age teachings that have entered into the church through false teachers. Although this is a fruit of the Omega it is not the root.
The root of the Omega has to do with a fundamental attack upon the atonement, in the Day of Atonement. This attack has already entered the church and it attacks the imputed righteousness through the promotion of infused righteousness.
Infused righteousness is the Catholic doctrine in which Justification and Sanctification are mingled into one, and are then both declared to be justification.
The Catholic Catechism reads:
“Justification is not only the remission of sins, but also the sanctification and renewal of the interior man.” (Catetchism of the Catholic Church, Part Three, Section 1, Chapter 3, Article 2 “Grace and Justification”).
“Justification entails the sanctification of his whole being.” (Ibid).
The doctrine of infused righteousness is where Catholics and Protestants should diverge. Protestants believe that we are justified by Christ’s imputed righteousness and sanctified by His imparted righteousness, both being necessary for salvation. However, there has been a growing movement within Adventism in which infused righteousness has been gaining traction and undermining the atoning righteousness of Christ.
Justification by Faith in Christ’s imputed righteousness is the means by which man is accounted righteous “apart from his works”. It is the Substitutionary life of Christ standing in our place in both death and Life. Justification by Faith is the work of God wholly separate, other and alien to our own works that stands acceptable before the Father on our behalf.
Sanctification is the impartation of the Holy Spirit in which the interior man is renewed and conformed into the image of Christ. Sanctification is an essential element of our salvation for we must overcome sin, but sanctification is not justification.
Justification is the slain Lamb that Abel brought before the Lord for acceptance. Sanctification is the fruit of the ground that Cain brought and was rejected. Although sanctification is vitally important to make us fit citizens of the kingdom of heaven, when we attempt to bring the fruit of our Holy Spirit filled lives in the sphere where only the holiness of God will suffice, it will invariably be rejected.
“[Some say] ‘You are too much in earnest. You should not be reaching for the righteousness of Christ, and making so much of that. You should preach the law.’ As a people, we have preached the law until we are as dry as the hills of Gilboa that had neither dew nor rain. We must preach Christ in the law, and there will be sap and nourishment in the preaching that will be as food to the famishing flock of God. We must not trust in our own merits at all, but in the merits of Jesus of Nazareth. Our eyes must be anointed with eye-salve. We must draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to us, if we come in his own appointed way. O that you may go forth as the disciples did after the day of Pentecost, and then your testimony will have a living ring, and souls will be converted to God.” (Review and Herald March 11, 1890, par. 13)
So what is the kind of Adventism that will prepare you for the last days?
That’s a great question.
Seventh-Day Adventism as a movement was raised up to perform the single most important work known to man, namely to prepare people to stand justified at His soon return. The critical moment that Adventist are to prepare is for a small window of time, when Christ leaves the Most Holy Place in heaven and returns to this earth. In Revelation chapter 8 this small window is called “the space of a half hour”.
“When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” Revelation 8:1.
From the time that Christ leaves His heavenly ministration to the time that He reaches earth, there will no longer be a mediator in heaven to mediate for active sins. For the space of a “half hour,” man must stand before God without an intercessor. But in what righteousness do we stand at that hour? Do we stand justified before God because of our own righteousness? Though the saints who stand in that hour will have put away all their previous sins, they will be plagued by the remembrance of their former sins and cling not to their own righteousness for hope, but to the imputed righteousness of Christ.
“When the third angel’s message closes, mercy no longer pleads for the guilty inhabitants of the earth. The people of God have accomplished their work. They have received ‘the latter rain,’ ‘the refreshing from the presence of the Lord,’ and they are prepared for the trying hour before them. Angels are hastening to and fro in heaven. An angel returning from the earth announces that his work is done; the final test has been brought upon the world, and all who have proved themselves loyal to the divine precepts have received ‘the seal of the living God.’ Then Jesus ceases His intercession in the sanctuary above. He lifts His hands and with a loud voice says, ‘It is done;’ and all the angelic host lay off their crowns as He makes the solemn announcement: ‘He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.’ Revelation 22:11. Every case has been decided for life or death. Christ has made the atonement for His people and blotted out their sins. The number of His subjects is made up; ‘the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven,’ is about to be given to the heirs of salvation, and Jesus is to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
“When He leaves the sanctuary, darkness covers the inhabitants of the earth. In that fearful time the righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor.” (The Great Controversy p. 613).
Therefore, the uplifting of righteousness by faith in the imputed righteousness of Christ is the one great message that should swallow up every other proclamation. For it is by looking to Christ’s justifying sacrifice that we will gain a true assessment of our condition in sin, our need for Him and thus become prepared to meet Him face to face and live.
“The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth. If you would stand through the time of trouble, you must know Christ, and appropriate the gift of His righteousness, which He imputes to the repentant sinner.” (Review and Herald, November 22, 1892).
“Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of Justification by Faith is the third angel’s message, and I have answered, ‘It is the third angel’s message in verity.’” (Review and Herald April 1, 1890).
The Omega of Apostasy Documentary is an excellent resource that has compelling narrative, clarifying the true danger that Adventism faces when it loses it’s hold on the fundamentals of the gospel.
It also investigates how Ellen G. White viewed the message of justification by faith and how that compares to the Adventist Denomination throughout history as well as our present modern day.
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