Thank you for your response to my question about the gospel.
I appreciate you taking the time to answer it.
I am largely ignorant of the writings of Ellen White (I did not study her works much when I was an Adventist) but here are two other quotes from the book you mentioned:
‘It is the righteousness of Christ that makes the penitent sinner acceptable to God and works his justification. However sinful has been his life, if he believes in Jesus as his personal Saviour, he stands before God in the spotless robes of Christ’s imputed righteousness.’ (Faith and Works, p. 106).
‘We cannot have the assurance and perfect confiding trust in Christ as our Saviour until we acknowledge Him as our King and are obedient to His commandments.’ (Faith and Works, p.16).
In the first she speaks of belief or faith that Christ’s perfect righteousness has been credited to us as being all that is required, in the second she adds works (obedience), both viewpoints from the same book.
Here are some more of her quotes about the necessity of lawful works:
‘When souls are converted, their salvation is not yet accomplished. They then have the race to run. An arduous struggle is before them.’
(My Life Today, p. 313)
‘We are saved by climbing round after round of the ladder, looking to Christ, clinging to Christ, mounting step by step to the height of Christ, so that He is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. Faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly-kindness, and charity are the rounds of this ladder’ (Testimonies, vol.6, p.147).
Jesus said this when asked about what works of God we are to do. ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.’ (John 6:29)
I think you and Mrs. White disagree with the Protestant reformers and Paul who said that salvation is a gift or free gift based on the love of God for us (manifested in His grace or mercy toward us).
For example, we have the most famous statement of Paul on this topic:
‘For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God’; (Eph 2:8-9), but also,
‘a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law’ (Rom 3:28)
‘all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace’ (Rom 3:23-24)
‘…who has saved us and called us with a holy calling not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace…’ (2Tim 1:9).
Faith is the channel through which we can claim this salvation:
’ …if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved’ (Rom 10:9)
Paul says in Gal 2:21, ‘I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law [i.e., obedience to it], then Christ died needlessly.’
In your explanation of the gospel neither you, nor Mrs. White in the quotes you have used, ever mention the incarnation, death or resurrection of Christ. I have another question if you don’t mind:
What, if anything, do you believe Christ’s death and resurrection have to do with the gospel?
Correction: Sorry, in one of your quotes she did mention the death of Christ having to do with grace but it not taking the place of the law.
I hope you will still consider my question.