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5835. sky said in October 1st, 2011

Thank you brother for bringing this up for discussion. I have read their publications for over three decades and I have come to the conclusion that they themselves were not able to decipher the 1888 message. This is what they themselves confessed, the first time in their first edition of The 1888 Message Re-Examined, pp.242,243 saying, “Many even in the world today are trying to discover the light which God revealed to His people in 1888. No one has so far been successful. Religious thinkers are yearning for something no one clearly understands, though it would seem that a few are on the verge of discovery.” 1950

Then, in 1987, 37 years later, in their revised edition, on page 184, they again confessed that the message was still elusive to them: “It would seem that 1888 presents a problem unique in the long history of God’s confrontations with His people. There is a message involved therein that seems more elusive than any in the history of past ages.”

Can you imagine that? Ellen White had declared that the message was just as simple as ABC but that we did not understand it. “The matter of salvation is just as simple as ABC but we don’t understand it.” Faith & Works, 64. (May 11, 1889)

In January of 1999, after many years of searching, the Lord opened the eyes of my understanding as to what constituted that message. It was then that I saw how simple it was and how we must receive it with the simple faith of a little child. Here is that message in a nutshell:

“Present your case before God pleading the MERITS of the blood shed for you upon Calvary’s cross.” Faith & Works,106. Here is why: “The MERITS of Christ’s sacrifice are SUFFICIENT to present to the Father in our behalf.” Steps to Christ,36.

“We shall come in repentance and contrition with a despairing sense of our own finite weakness and learn that we must DAILY APPLY to the MERITS of the blood of Christ that we may become vessels FIT for the Master’s use.” Faith and Works, 86.

Unless we do this daily, we cannot be saved.

“Unless he makes it his LIFE BUSINESS to BEHOLD the uplifted Saviour and to ACCEPT the MERITS which it is his PRIVILEGE to CLAIM, the sinner can no more be saved than Peter could walk upon the water unless he kept his eyes fixed steadily upon Jesus.” Testimonies to Ministers, 93.

The message was, indeed, clear and simple. It is our privilge to come to God just as we are, sinful, helpless dependent, claiming the merits of the Saviour. As we do this, we become one with Christ and we are clothed with His robe of righteousness which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God. See Testimonies to Ministers, p.92,97, and Faith and Works, p.64,65.

This is the only true faith which leads to the keeping of all the commandments of God.

This is the message in a nutshell.

I did not find this message presented in clear and distinct lines in the publications of the 1888 Message Study Committee, simply because this message was elusave to them.

Reflecting on the message, Mrs. White wrote: “How long will you hate and despise the messengers of God’s righteousness. God has given them HIS MESSAGE. They bear the Word of the Lord: There is SALVATION (pardon and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit) for you but ONLY through the MERITS of Jesus Christ. The grace of the Holy Spirit has been offered to you again and again.” Testimonies to Ministers, 96,97.

“Looking unto Jesus and TRUSTING in His MERITS, we appropriate the blessings of light and joy and peace in the Holy Spirit.” Testimonies, Vol.5, 744

Thus she wrote, “The ONLY FAITH that will BENEFIT us is that which embraces Him as a personal Saviour: which APPROPRIATES His MERITS to ourselves.” Desire of Ages, 347.

As we daily appropriate the merits of Jesus by claiming them, Jesus places us close by His side, encircling us with His human arm while with His divine arm He grasps the throne of the Infinite. He places HIS OWN MERITS in the censor in our hands to encourage our petitions.

To conclude: “You cannot explain this faith that lays right hold upon the MERITS of the blood of a crucified and risen Saviour TO BRING Christ’s RIGHTEOUSNESS into your life. Clothed with the righteousness of Christ and not your own righteousness, you will not depend upon what you can do or what you will do,” for “Christ’s righteousness accomplishes everything.” Faith & Works,64,65,27.

The Lord used Wieland and Short to make me enquire about the 1888 message, so much so that it became my sole passion while taking theology in one or our universities in the early eighties.

I will always be thankful to Him for that.

God bless,


5916. rublopz said in November 12th, 2011

Brother laval, pls review your theology. I was worrying when I read your statement “Unless we do this daily, we cannot be saved”. it seems that your you have a galatians’ mind. I pray for you

peace be with you. ruben

84922. esther fleary said in November 14th, 2014

Thank you pastor Wieland. Your sermons have been breath of fresh air We need more pastors like Wieland to clean-up the tainted message coming from the pulpits of MOST Seventh-day Adventist churches

322208. Kimani said in November 9th, 2017

I’m sorry,to me the work’Revelations of things to come’is a great error;apostasy at its purest.

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