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Instead of saying "saved", how about using the phrase "set foot inside the New Jerusalem"?
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Recently, in forum discussions with non-SDAs, it has become apparent to me that there is a big problem with using the word "saved".  Many rightly say that someone who is "saved" cannot be "lost".  And those like myself also rightly say, that one can be a baptized Christian, and still never set foot inside the New Jerusalem.

No doubt many other people have considered how to address this problem, but from what I've seen, most people get bogged down in semantics about what the term "saved" means.  To many, it means to confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and to be baptized.  It is true that at that time, your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life, and if you die then, you will be "saved".  It is also true that it is possible to not run the race well to the end - to fall away from your first love - to turn away from Christ back to the world you came from.  And for someone who does that, and never repents, they will never ever set foot inside the New Jerusalem.

So it is clear that it is possible to be "saved" at some point in life, and yet not making it to heaven.

I find quite a number of fellow Seventh-day Adventists also confused about this word "saved", so am making a suggestion to everyone that we use the phrase "set foot inside the New Jerusalem" instead of the word "saved", when talking about the ultimate destination of a person.  That would avoid lots of needless discussion, when you are talking apples, and the other side is talking oranges.

What does everyone think?



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Ed Sutton

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"I am saved" using that idea  Leaves the I-J & Seal of God out of the reckoning. That SDA leap into Calvinism shows ignorance of the Sanctuary. 

The Lord would teach man the lesson that, though united in church capacity, he is not saved until the seal of God is placed upon him. . . .  {7BC 969.3}  

 

 

The Lord would teach man the lesson that, though united in church capacity, he is not saved until the seal of God is placed upon him, and he is made complete in Christ.  {11MR 367.2}  {Lt80-1898} 



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