Yes, legally speaking, that is correct. But, in Paul’s letters, especially Romans, sin is portrayed as much more than a legal problem. It is a personified power that kills. Gentiles without the Law are just as powerless and enslaved to it as Jews are under the Law…there is no difference.
His point about the Law, is that it actually exacerbates the situation, turning sin into transgression of a legal norm, and actually inciting sin, making the situation even more hopeless. This was Paul’s response to the theology that the law was the antidote to sin, and the attempt to bring Gentiles under the authority and life of the written code. Paul was saying that the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. However, he wasn’t saying that there was no such thing as sin, or no effect of sin without the Law. Gentiles still had consciences, were still as culpable as Jews, and still died, death being the result of sin. His historical example is that sin and death still reigned from Adam to Moses…without the Law. Hence the need for the Messiah for all, Jews under the Law, and Gentiles apart from the Law…there is no difference.
You simply ignore the idea that he is covering all holy times here…Paul has clearly borrowed a formulaic expression from the OT that does so. It means yearly, monthly, weekly holy times. The phrase wouldn’t even make sense and be redundant according to your reckoning: yearly, monthly, yearly?? This is all because you can’t admit that the weekly sabbath is included in this argument in Colossians. The context demands this to be read as such.
Secondarily, it is also tied to the fact that you don’t admit any difference between the typical Christian interpretations of the Law and its atomization into discreet parts, moral, ceremonial, etc., as opposed to the Jewish integration of the whole thing as one entity…Torah. Paul was a Jew, who spoke of the Law in the same way. The Torah was the Torah. It was the identifying mark in the world of Jews and their covenant status. Additionally, the three most visible covenant badges were, circumcision, food laws…and sabbath. Paul is constantly saying that Gentile believers can’t be forced into this covenant or adopt those outward signs as proof of belonging.
In the end, Colossians is a variation on a familiar theme with its own unique twists…but the seventh day sabbath is simply in this passage…try as you might to deny it. Just as an aside…most reputable scholars see it that way.
You’re equating other non Adventist Christians who have been born again into Christ, been baptized into him, and have received the Spirit, with non believers, those who even worship different gods? While not denying that there are good people everywhere, that’s simply outrageous! According to the NT, and Paul’s letters in particular, the only ones with a living hope are believers in Christ!
You’re simply painting in vivid colors why Adventism can’t deal with letters like Galatians, Romans, 2 Cor. 3, and what we’ve been discussing in Col. 2. For you, truly belonging to God doesn’t hinge on Christ, it ultimately hinges on the keeping of the Sabbath, and our own watered down version of keeping the Law.
While other Christian fellowships have their problems, there are many other Christian churches where the members are on fire for Christ, practicing the weightier matters of faithfulness, justice, mercy and love. Their expectations for discipleship far exceed anything I’ve seen in Adventism. Yet, we hinge Christian identity and true belonging on the keeping of the day, while so many of our congregations here are dead or dying. And we’ll turn around and equate them with Pharisees? Please! Wherever Christ is named, and love, mercy and justice are practiced, there he is among them!
I don’t have the time or inclination to continue this discussion any further. Thanks for taking the time. Happy Thanksgiving!