9.) The true church teaches that sinners are justified by grace alone through repentant faith alone in Christ alone, apart from any works that they have done in the past, are doing in the present, or will do in the future. The very moment one turns from his sin to Christ, he is legally declared perfectly righteous because of Jesus’ work, not his own works, and is saved by Christ’s merit, not his own merit. The perfect holiness required by God is not met by the inward holiness of sinners who have somehow reformed themselves to perfection. It is met but the holiness of Jesus Christ Himself, freely credited to unworthy sinners by their perfectly holy Savior because of His substitutionary work on the cross. “He that believeth on the Son hath [present tense] everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn 3:36). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Ac 16:31). “[B]y the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified [declared just or holy] in [God’s] sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested . . . even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [an appeasement of God’s wrath through His sacrifice] through faith in his blood . . . that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. . . . Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. . . . Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. . . . David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth [credits] righteousness without works” (Rom 3:20-28; 4:4-6). Saving grace is not God helping someone to do works to save himself; rather, for justification, grace and works are opposites: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph 2:8-9). “[I]f by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Rom 11:6). Because salvation is received by faith alone in Christ alone, every wrong word, act, unfulfilled duty, and secret sin of believers has been washed away in Jesus’ blood, and God swears He will never remember them again: “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Is 43:25).
Seventh-Day Adventism teaches that in 1844 Christ began an Investigative Judgment through which He is going to save or damn Christians based on their works. Even one sin that has not been repented of will bring damnation. “The terms of salvation for every son and daughter of Adam are . . . plainly stated. . . . [T]he condition of gaining eternal life is obedience to the commandments of God.” “Each one of you needs to . . . [be] working with your might to redeem the failures of your past life . . . to see if you will be found worthy of the gift of eternal life.” In “the work of investigative judgment . . . [e]very man’s work passes in review before God[.] Opposite each name . . . is entered with terrible exactness every wrong word, every selfish act, every unfulfilled duty, and every secret sin, with every artful dissembling. . . . [T]he lives of all who have believed on Jesus come in review before God. . . . Names are accepted, names are rejected. When any have sins remaining upon the books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their names will be blotted out of the book of life. . . . All who have . . . characters . . . in harmony with the law of God . . . will be accounted worthy of eternal life. . . . At the time appointed for the judgment . . . in 1844—began the work of investigation[.] . . . Angels of God witnessed each sin and registered it in the unerring records. . . . Our acts, our words, even our most secret motives, all have their weight in deciding our destiny for weal or woe . . . they will bear their testimony to justify or condemn . . . permit nothing to interfere with th[e] duty to perfect holiness[.]”
10.) The true church teaches that God keeps all His people from hell, so that once one is saved, he is always saved. The Father has predetermined that all the justified will be with Him in glory, and nothing can separate them from Christ’s love: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. . . . Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? . . . For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:28-39). Because they are eternally secure, believers can know that they are saved: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 Jn 5:13). Christians have sweet peace and rest (Mt 11:28-30), because they can say that God their Savior “hath saved us” (2 Tim 1:9), so that “we are saved” (Rom 8:24), and “we shall be saved” (Rom 5:9).
Seventh-Day Adventism teaches that “[t]hose who accept the Saviour, however sincere their conversion, should never be taught to say or to feel that they are saved. This is misleading.” “The willful commission of a known sin . . . separates the soul from God.” “We are never to rest . . . saying, ‘I am saved.’ . . . No sanctified tongue will be found uttering these words till Christ shall come, and we enter in through the gates into the city of God. . . . As long as man is full of weakness . . . he should never dare to say, ‘I am saved.’”
11.) The true church teaches that the Holy Spirit is the seal of God, the blessed “earnest” or down payment in the believer that guarantees that he will receive ultimate salvation, so that once he is saved, he is always saved. Those who do not have the Holy Spirit in them will be damned (Rom 8:9), but those who “trusted in Christ . . . were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Eph 1:12-14). “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph 4:30). “God . . . hath . . . sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (2 Cor 1:22).
Seventh Day Adventism teaches that worshipping on Saturday, not the Holy Spirit, is the seal of God. Damnation comes to those who are not sealed by worshipping on Saturday, not to those who are not sealed with the Holy Spirit. “[T]he seal of the living God . . . is the Sabbath.” “Those who desire to have the seal of God . . . must keep the Sabbath.” “The . . . seal of God is revealed in the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath. . . . [E]very one who is a child of God will have His seal placed upon him.” “The soul who keeps the Sabbath is stamped with the sign of God’s government . . . God will never, never allow any man to pass through the pearly gates of the City of God who does not bear . . . His government mark.”
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 Review and Herald, October 26, 1897, Ellen White.
 Pg. 530, Testimonies of the Church, vol. 3, Ellen White.
 Pgs. 480-488, The Great Controversy, Ellen White.
 For further evidence for the eternal security of the believer, please visit: http://faithsaves.net/once-saved-always-saved/.
 Pg. 155, Christ’s Object Lessons, Ellen White.
 Note that the believer’s failure to perfectly obey commands such as Mat 5:48 or Mr 12:30 and the constant battle between the believer’s new nature and indwelling sin (Gal 5:17; Rom 7:14-25) should constantly be acknowledged and recognized as known sin, so that Christians can always pray, as Christ taught them, “forgive us our sins” (Lu 11:4). Indwelling sin is always present, and claiming that one is free from “known sin” is nothing but self-delusion that reduces the believer’s ability to watch, pray, and strive against sin in the strength of the Holy Spirit out of an upright heart (Mt 26:41; Heb 12:4; Rom 8:13; Ps 32:11). Greater holiness does not lead the godly to think that they are now free from known sin, but to greater hatred of and watchfulness against the sin that is still in them (cf. Rom 7:14-8:4; Isa 6:1-8). The Christian-killer Saul of Tarsus was “free from known sin” while persecuting the church (1 Tim 1:13), but the holy Apostle Paul counted such ideas “dung” as he recognized that he was still a sinner (Phil 3:3-14).
 Pg. 51, Counsels for the Church, Ellen White.
 Pg. 314, Selected Messages, Book 1, Ellen White.
 Present Truth, January 31, 1849; “To Those Who Are Receiving the Seal of the Living God,” Ellen White, January 1849. Note that Mrs. White, early in her career as a prophetess, said that people were receiving the seal of God right then, but later in life she contradicted her earlier predictions and made the sealing only for the future; compare Present Truth, August 1, 1849; Letter 10, 1850, 2SM 263 (sealing going on now) with pg. 605, Great Controversy (sealing yet future).
 Pg. 423, Selected Messages, vol. 3, Ellen White.
 Pg. 212, Maranatha! Ellen White.
 Pg. 123, Medical Ministry, Ellen White.