WAS ENOCH SINLESS?
Did Enoch live a sinless life on earth before his translation? The subject of living a sinless life while waiting for Christ's return divides many Christians today. A vast number of Christians don't believe that we can live a life without sin by divine power. Our former church, the SDA Church does not believe that we can live a sinless life in this life.
The SDA Church believes in the writings of Ellen G. White. We believe in her writings too. In this presentation we will find out from Ellen G. White if Enoch lived a sinless life before his translation to heaven without seeing death.
1. How long did Enoch walk with God?
Genesis 5:22 says, "And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:"
Enoch walked with God for over 300 years after his first born at 65 years of his age. He lived 365 years.
2. What happened to Enoch after he walked with God for 300 years?
Genesis 5:23 - "And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: (24) And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him."
God translated Enoch after he was 365 years of age and he never saw death.
3. Why did God translate Enoch? What did Spirit of Prophecy say?
“For his faithful obedience to God he was translated. So, also, the faithful, who are alive and remain, will be translated.” Testimonies to the church, Vol.2, p.121
(i) Because of Enoch's faithful obedience, he was translated in the year 987 after creation before the flood took place in the year 1,656 .
(ii) Enoch being our example, the faithful obedient who will be alive during Jesus Christ's return will be translated.
4. Did Ellen G. White say that Enoch was sinless in life?
“During these earlier years Enoch had loved and feared God and had kept His commandments. He was one of the holy line, the preservers of the true faith,” Patriarchs & Prophets, p.84.
If Enoch kept the Commandments, evidently, he was sinless, holy, blameless, undefiled, perfect because in order to be sinful,he has to break the law.
5. Is there another statement by Ellen G. White to say that Enoch was sinless?
“The godly character of this prophet represents the state of holiness which must be attained by those who shall be “redeemed from the earth” (Revelation 14:3) at the time of Christ’s second advent.” Patriarchs & Prophets, pp.88 -89.
6. What was the prevailing false teaching during Enoch's Time regarding the law of God?
Ellen G.White says, “Satan was urging upon men the belief that there was no reward for the righteous or punishment for the wicked, and that it was impossible for men to obey the divine statutes.” Patriarchs and Prophets, p.88
A summary of what Mrs. White says in the statement above of the false teaching of Enoch's time:
(i) No eternal life for the righteous.
(ii) No eternal death for the sinner.
(iii) The law of God cannot be kept.
(iv) You can continue to sin, yet you will not die.
Unfortunately, we are seeing the same false teachings at Enoch's time happening in the SDA Church today.
7. Did Enoch teach the people at his time that the law of God can be kept, and that a sinless life is possible throug God's grace?
Mrs. white says, “Men were taught that it is possible to obey the law of God; that even while living in the midst of the sinful and corrupt, they were able, by the grace of God, to resist temptation, and become pure and holy.” Patriarchs and Prophets, p.88
Enoch not only lived a sinless life but he was a faithful teacher of righteousness by faith about 600 years before the flood took place. He was our example of living a life without sin in a corrupt world.
8. Did Enoch declare himself a sinless person? Who declared Enoch sinless?
Enoch did not claim to be sinless, though he was living a perfect life. God declared Enoch sinless. God translated Enoch to be a rebuke upon those who do not believe that we can live a life without sin by divine grace. By translating Enoch, God demonstrated that the sinner will not be saved in sin, except the righteous.
For anyone today to keep saying that we cannot live a holy life, a sinless life, a perfect life, a righteous life by divine power, he/she is degrading the power of God and also contradicting the Scriptures.
May Enoch’s life be an encouragement to you for God will not take anyone to heaven who believes that he/she can be saved in sin.