I was doing a study to write a outline of the foundational pillars of Adventism. Everyone seems to have a personal view of what they entail but limited support for it. What SOP or writings in church periodicals has everyone on this important issue as I have the following pillars.....
The investigative judgment
The sanctuary service
The perpetuity of the Law of God
The faith of Jesus
The Three Angels' Messages
The seventh-day Sabbath
The state of the dead
The special gift of prophecy (or the Testimony of Jesus).
Here is part of what I came across..
Under the article "Landmarks" in The Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia (vol. 10, pp. 895, 896) mention is made of seven distinctive SDA pillars. Though similar reference does not appear under other intuitive headings such as Pillars, Waymarks, Special Points,Foundations, Pegs, Pins, or Platforms, all these terms are roughly synonymous with Landmarks. In Comprehensive Index to the Writings of Ellen G. White, vol. 2, the entry for Pillar(s) on p. 2061 is cross-referenced to Landmark, the only term among the eight named here with a corresponding entry in the Encyclopedia.
Ellen White wrote on these landmarks or pillars, "Let the truths that are the foundation of our faith be kept before the people. Some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. They talk science, and the enemy comes in and gives them an abundance of science; but it is not the science of salvation. It is not the science of humility, of consecration, or of the sanctification of the spirit. We are now to understand what the pillars of our faith are,-- the truths that have made us as a people what we are, leading us on step by step.--" Review and Herald, May 25, 1905
The seven pillars along with the Second Coming are embodied within Adventism's 28 fundamental beliefs as follows-
FB#11. The faith of JesusFB#13. The Remnant and Its Mission (the three angels’ messages and Rev. 14)FB#18. The Gift of ProphecyFB#19. The LawFB#20. The SabbathFB#24. Christ's Ministry in the Heavenly SanctuaryFB#26 & FB#27. Death and Resurrection and the Millennium
The foundation of Seventh-Day Adventism was being set between 1840 and 1844 and led to many of these landmarks being spread among the early believers. Seventh-Day Adventists believe they are repeating the history of the Jewish nation at Christ's first Advent. The Jews strayed so far from true doctrine that they did not recognize Him who was the very foundation of their system of worship. Their error and tradition led them to reject Christ and close their probation on the wrong side of the Great Controversy. Spiritual Israel is in a similar position now at the end of the world with many Protestant denominations drifting and forgetting the truths which they were built on. These early Adventists came to understand present truth and the Pillars prepare the church to stand through the coming end times and perform the work of restoring the true foundation given from scripture.
Is not the BIBLE the central pillar of our faith?
can you list one denomination where the bible is not the central pillar of their faith?
Roman Catholic Church does not have the Bible as a pillar. You could say that tradition, church teaching, and the RCC itself, is what they have as the pillars of their faith. Jason are you being sarcastic?
No, all churches have the bible but their interpretation and as you traditions as you mentioned, are more influential in this belief and doctrines nevertheless all religions say they follow the bible. One church even said Peter was their first pope
Yes, Sunday is a tradition as are so many things we could not list them all.
And yet somehow the 'Man of Sin' was able to lead Christianity from its pillar of faith found in Gods Word into the Great Apostasy. We have today, those who would sway us from the truths of Adventism which have been unveiled and ones from the early church which were taken away in one form or another. We have to focus on what Christ gives us if we follow Him and not let ourselves be distracted by these modern 'men of sin' who tried to shake us from these landmarks as the early church had done to them.
Here is SOP on the pillars of Adventism:
The passing of the time in 1844 was a period of great events, opening to our astonished eyes the cleansing of the sanctuary transpiring in heaven, and having decided relation to God’s people upon the earth, [also] the first and second angels’ messages and the third, unfurling the banner on which was inscribed, “The commandments of God and the faith of Jesus [including Righteousness by Faith].” One of the landmarks under this message was the temple of God, seen by His truth-loving people in heaven, and the ark containing the law of God. The light of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment flashed its strong rays in the pathway of the transgressors of God’s law. The nonimmortality of the wicked is an old landmark. (Counsels to Writers and Editors, pp. 30, 31)
More on the Landmarks:
Those who seek to remove the old landmarks are not holding fast; they are not remembering how they have received and heard. Those who try to bring in theories that would remove the pillars of our faith concerning the sanctuary or concerning the personality of God or of Christ, are working as blind men. They are seeking to bring in uncertainties and to set the people of God adrift without an anchor. (Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 235)
Prophesying is also a pillar of are faith
That would be the special gift of prophecy
Lets go through the Pillars to see if we understand and agree what they are. Lets start with the Heavenly Sanctuary in which is the Investigative Judgment (pre-advent judgment).
The atonement of Jesus in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary is the basis of Seventh-day Adventism. The 1844 disappointment was due to a misunderstanding of what the sanctuary of Daniel 8:14 was and of the event that was to begin October 22, 1844. As bitter as that disappointment was, the understanding of the truth of the heavenly sanctuary and of Christ’s ministry was joyous to the believers who refused to concede that God’s hand had been in the movement. Writing of the importance of the 1844 atonement in heaven, Ellen White noted:
The scripture which above all others had been both the foundation and the central pillar of the advent faith was the declaration: “Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Daniel 8:14. (The Great Controversy, p. 409)
This statement tells us plainly that the sanctuary teaching is a central pillar of our faith. The heavenly sanctuary is where the investigative judgement takes place, before Jesus comes as every persons case has to be decided before the Second Coming starting with those who are Gods people.
“The time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17).
“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (Revelation 22:11, 12).
Alive or dead, those who claimed to be Christians (“the house of God”) will be considered in the pre-advent judgment.
“The Ancient of Days was seated. ... His throne was a fiery flame. ... The court [judgment] was seated, and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:9, 10).
“We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).
“The Devil ... the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down” (Revelation 12:9, 10).
God the Father, the Ancient of Days, presides in the judgment. He loves you very much (John 16:27). Satan is your only accuser. In the heavenly court, Jesus will be your advocate or attorney, and all including the dead will be judged before the rewards of eternal life or eternal death are decided.
“The dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:12).
Evidence for this court comes from “books” in which all the details of one’s life are recorded. For the faithful, the record of prayer, repentance, and forgiveness of sin will be there for all to see. The records will prove that God’s power enables Christians to live changed lives.