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).
The Holy Spirit the third Person of the Godhead. One pillar you did not mention.
Fundamental Beliefs, 5 - God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation, and redemption. He inspired the writers of Scripture. He filled Christ's life with power. He draws and convicts human beings; and those who respond He renews and transforms into the image of God. Sent by the Father and the Son to be always with His children, He extends spiritual gifts to the church, empowers it to bear witness to Christ, and in harmony with the Scriptures leads it into all truth.
The Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit is a person, not an impersonal force. Statements such as "It seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us" (Acts 15:28) reveal that the early believers viewed Him as a person. Christ also spoke of Him as a person. Christ also spoke of Him as a distinct person. "'He will glorify Me.'" He said, "'for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you'" (John 16:14). Scriptures referring to the triune God describe the Spirit as a person (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
The Holy Spirit has personality. He strives Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh" , teaches, Luk 12:12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." He convicts, Joh 16:8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement directs church affairs, Act 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
Helps and intercedes, Rom. 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. He inspires, 2Pe 1:21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. And sanctifies 1Pe 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. These activities cannot be performed by a mere power, influence, or attribute of God. Only a person can do them.
Scripture views the Holy Spirit as God. Peter told Ananias that, ….
in lying to the Holy Spirit, He had lied not "'to men but to God'" (Acts 5:3, 4). Jesus defined the unpardonable sin as "'blasphemy against the Spirit, '" saying, "'Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come'" (Matt. 12:31, 32). This could be true only if the Holy Spirit is God.
Scripture associates divine attributes with the Holy Spirit. He is life. Paul referred to Him as the "Spirit of life" (Rom. 8:2). He is truth. Christ called Him the "'Spirit of truth'" (John 16:13). The expressions "love of the Spirit" (Rom. 15:30) and "the Holy Spirit of God" (Eph. 4:30) reveal that love and holiness are part of His nature.
The Holy Spirit is omnipotent. He distributes spiritual gifts "to each one individually as He wills" (1 Cor. 12:11). He is omnipresent. He will "'abide'" with His people "'forever'" (John 14:16). None can escape His influence (Ps. 139:7-10). He also is omniscient, because "the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God" and "no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God" (1 Cor. 2:10, 11).
The works of God are also associated with the Holy Spirit. Creation and resurrection both involve Him. Said Elihu, "'The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life'" (Job 33:4). And the psalmist said, "You send forth Your Spirit, they are created" (Ps. 104:30). Paul claimed, "He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you" (Rom. 8:11).
The Holy Spirit is considered equal with the Father and the Son in the baptismal formula, Mat 28:19 Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, The apostolic blessing, 2Co 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. And the spiritual-gifts discourse as we see in 1Co 12:4 But there are differences of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are differences of workings, but it is the same God working all things in all.
The Holy Spirit was actively involved in Christ's birth (Luke 1:35), confirmed His public ministry at baptism (Matt. 3:16, 17), ….
and brought the benefits of Christ's atoning sacrifice and resurrection to humanity Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of the One who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the One who raised up Christ from the dead shall also make your mortal bodies alive by His Spirit who dwells in you.
When the Father gave His Son to the world (John 3:16), He was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18-20). The Holy Spirit came to complete the plan, to make it a reality.
The Holy Spirit's intimate involvement in creation is seen in His presence at Creation (Gen. 1:2). Life's origin and maintenance depends on His operation; His departure means death. Said the Bible, If God "'should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust'" (Job 34:14, 15). Job 33:4 The Spirit of God made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
We can see reflections of the Spirit's creative work in His re-creative work within each person who is open to God. God carries out His work within individuals through the Spirit. So in incarnation, creation, and re-creation, the Spirit comes to bring God's intention to fulfillment.
We were intended to be dwelling places of the Holy Spirit 1Co 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? Adam and Eve's sin separated them from both the Garden and the indwelling Spirit. That separation continues—the enormity of wickedness before the Flood led God to declare, "'My Spirit shall not strive with man forever'" (Gen. 6:3).
In Old Testament times the Spirit equipped certain individuals to perform special tasks Num 24:2 Where the Spirit of God came upon Balaam. Judges 6:34 Where the spirit of God came to Gideon, and he blew a ram's horn. 1 Sam. 10:6 Samuel saying to Saul Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophesy.
At times the Holy Spirit is "in" persons Exo 31:2 "See, says the Lord I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding in all manner of workmanship.
Isa. 63:11. Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying: "Where is He who brought them up out of the sea With the shepherd of His flock? Where is He who put His Holy Spirit within them,
Undoubtedly genuine believers have always had an awareness of His presence, but prophecy predicted a pouring out of the Spirit "'on all flesh'" (Joel 2:28)—a time when a greater manifestation of the Spirit would usher in a new age.
Pointing to Christ's ministry as a Spirit ministry, John the Baptist said, "'I indeed baptize you with water'" but He "'will baptize you with the Holy Spirit'" (Matt. 3:11). But the Gospels do not reveal Jesus baptizing with the Holy Spirit. Just hours before His death, Jesus promised His disciples, "'I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth'" (John 14:16, 17). Was the promised baptism of the Spirit received at the cross? No dove appeared on crucifixion Friday—only darkness and bolts of lightning.
Not until after His resurrection did Jesus breathe the Spirit on His disciples (John 20:22). He said, "'Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high'" (Luke 24:49). This power would be received "'when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, '" making believers His witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). John wrote, "'The Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified'" (John 7:39). The Father's acceptance of Christ's sacrifice was the pre-requisite for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The new age broke in only when our victorious Lord was seated on heaven's throne. Only then could He send the Holy Spirit in His fullness. After "'being exalted to the right hand of God, '" Peter said, He "'poured out'" the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33) upon His disciples, who, anxiously anticipating this event, had gathered "with one accord in prayer and supplication" (Acts 1:5, 14).
At Pentecost, fifty days after Calvary, the new age burst forth with all the power of the Spirit's presence. "And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they [the disciples] were sitting. . . . And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:2-4).
The missions of both Jesus and the Holy Spirit were totally interdependent. The fullness of the Holy Spirit could not be given until Jesus had completed His mission. And Jesus, in turn, was conceived of the Spirit (Matt. 1:8-21), baptized by the Spirit (Mark 1:9, 10), led by the Spirit (Luke 4:1), performed His miracles through the Spirit (Matt. 12:24-32), offered Himself at Calvary through the Spirit (Heb. 9:14, 15) and was, in part, resurrected by the Spirit (Rom. 8:11).
The evening before Christ's death His words about His impending departure greatly troubled His disciples. He immediately assured them that they would receive the Holy Spirit as His personal representative. They would not be left as orphans (John 14:18).
The New Testament reveals the Holy Spirit in a unique way. He is called the "Spirit of Jesus" (Acts 16:7, NIV), "Spirit of His Son" (Gal. 4:6), "Spirit of God" (Rom. 8:9), the "Spirit of Christ" (Rom. 8:9; 1 Peter 1:11), and the "Spirit of Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:19). Who originated the Holy Spirit's mission—Jesus Christ or God the Father?
When Christ revealed the origin of the Holy Spirit's mission to a lost world, He mentioned two sources. First, He referred to the Father: "'I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper'" (John 14:16;). The baptism with the Holy Spirit He called "the Promise of the Father" (Acts 1:4). Second, Christ referred to Himself: "'I will send Him [meaning the Spirit] to you'" (John 16:7). Thus the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son.
We can acknowledge Christ's Lordship only through the influence of the Holy Spirit. Said Paul, "No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit" (1 Cor. 12:3). We are given the assurance that, through the Holy Spirit, Christ, "the true Light," illuminates "every man who comes into the world" (John 1:9). His mission is to "'convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment'" (John 16:8).
The Holy Spirit brings to us a deep conviction of sin, especially the sin of not accepting Christ (John 16:9). The Spirit urges all to accept the righteousness of Christ. The Spirit warns us of judgment, a powerful tool in stirring up sin-darkened minds to the need of repentance and conversion.
When we have repented we can be born again through the baptism of water and the Holy Spirit (John 3:5). Then ours is a new life, for we have become the dwelling place of the Spirit of Christ.
The Holy Spirit assist Humanity in following ways.
His Mission for Believers. The majority of texts concerning the Holy Spirit pertain to His relationship with God's people. His sanctifying influence leads to obedience (1 Peter 1:2), but no one continues to experience His abiding presence without meeting certain conditions. Peter said God has given the Spirit to those who continuously obey Him (Acts 5:32).
Thus, believers are warned about resisting, grieving, and quenching the Spirit Acts 7:51; “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! Stephen speaking just before being stoned.
Eph. 4:30; And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
1 Thess. 5:19). Do not quench the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit assists believers. When introducing the Holy Spirit, Christ called Him "'another Parakletos'" meaning advocate or helper. In Christianity, the term "paraclete" refers to the Holy Spirit. (John 14:16). This Greek word has been translated as "Helper" (NKJV), "Comforter" (KJV), "Counselor" (RSV), and can mean also "Intercessor," "Mediator," or "Advocate."
The only other Parakletos mentioned in Scripture is Christ Himself. He is our Advocate or Intercessor before the Father. "My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1). As Intercessor, Mediator, and Helper, Christ presents us to God and reveals God to us.
Similarly, the Spirit guides us to Christ and manifests Christ's grace to us. This explains why the Spirit is called the "Spirit of grace" (Heb. 10:29).
One of His greatest contributions is the application of Christ's redeeming grace to people 1 Cor. 15:10; But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.
2 Cor. 9:14; And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.
James 4:5, 6). 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. 6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
He brings the truth of Christ. Christ called the Holy Spirit the "'Spirit of truth'" John 15:26; “But I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me. John 16:13. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.
His functions include bringing "'to your remembrance all things that I said to you'" (John 14:26) and guiding "'you into all truth'" (John 16:13). His message testifies to Jesus Christ (John 15:26). "'He will not speak on His own authority, '" Christ said, "'but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you'" (John 16:13, 14).
He brings the presence of Christ. Not only does He bring the message about Christ, He brings the very presence of Christ. Jesus said, "'It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper [The Holy Spirit, John 14:16, 17] will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you'" (John 16:7).
He guides the operation of the church. Since the Holy Spirit brings the very presence of Christ, He is the true Vicar of Christ on earth. As the abiding center of authority in matters of faith and doctrine the ways in which He leads the church accord fully with the Bible.
"The distinctive feature of Protestantism—without which there would be no Protestantism—is that the Holy Spirit is the true vicar or successor of Christ on earth.
To depend on organization, or leaders, or wisdom of men, is to put the human in place of the divine." The Holy Spirit was intimately involved in administrating the apostolic church. This is why we read in Daniel 7:8 As I was looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them. Three of the first horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This little horn had eyes like a mans eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly. Eyes of a man is not eyes of the Spirit. I understand by this the Roman Catholic Church have forsaken the guidance of the Spirit and are leaning on Human wisdom instead.
In selecting missionaries the church obtained guidance through prayer and fasting (Acts 13:1-4). 1 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. 4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. The individuals selected were known for their openness to the Spirit's leading. The book of Acts describes them as “filled with the Holy Spirit". Their activities were under His control Paul reminded church elders that they had been put into their position by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit equips the church with special gifts. The Holy Spirit has bestowed special gifts on God's people. In Old Testament times "the Spirit of the Lord" came "upon" individuals, giving them extraordinary powers to lead and deliver Israel and Give the ability to prophesy. The Spirit came upon Saul and David when they were anointed as rulers of God's people.
To some people, the infilling of the Spirit brought unique artistic skills. In the early church, as well, it was through the Holy Spirit that Christ bestowed His gifts on the church. The Spirit distributed these spiritual gifts to believers as He saw fit, thus benefiting the whole church. He provided the special power necessary for proclaiming the gospel to the ends of the earth.
He fills the heart of believers. Paul's query to the disciples at Ephesus, "'Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?'" (Acts 19:2), is a crucial question for every believer. When Paul received a negative reply he laid hands on those disciples, and they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:6). This incident indicates that the conviction of sin brought about by the Holy Spirit and the Spirit's infilling of the life are two different experiences.
Jesus pointed out the necessity of being born of water and of the Spirit. Just before His ascension He commanded new believers to be baptized "'in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit'". In harmony with this command Peter preached that "'the gift of the Holy Spirit'" is to be received at baptism.
And Paul confirms the importance of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The infilling of the Holy Spirit, transforming us into the image of God, continues the work of sanctification begun at the new birth. God has saved us according to His mercy "through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour".
The absence of the Spirit makes the gospel ministry powerless. Learning, talent, eloquence, every natural or acquired endowment may be possessed; but, without the presence of the Spirit of God, no heart will be touched, no sinner won to Christ. On the other hand, if they are connected with Christ, if the gifts of the Spirit are theirs, the poorest and most ignorant of His disciples will have a power that will influence hearts.
The Holy Spirit is vital. All of the changes Jesus Christ effects in us come through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit directs our attention to the greatest gift of love God gave in His Son. He pleads that we would not resist His appeals, but accept the only way whereby we can be reconciled to our loving and gracious Father.
"books of a new order"...
OK Tell me what Text is wrong if you would be kind.
Also this fundamental was voted and passed by a General Conference in Session where God is in charge by the Holy Spirit
Are we to trust in man-made creeds? Is this what the GC that God established was intended for? Are the decisions made by the GC in session infallible like Papal encyclicals?
My understanding was that the GC sessions were to make decisions for more practical purposes. Our pioneers never voted on doctrine.
Never the less this is how it came about. If you have problems with how things are done take it to God. Do you believe God established the SDA?
I believe that the movement first and then the organization was established by God. But after light was rejected in 1888, things went downhill. There were times when Sister White said that she no longer trusted the General Conference and she voiced fear of another coming out or that we would become a sister to fallen Babylon. Kingly power developed and took over and the denomination was changed, including the abandonment of our pioneer pillars, especially the personality of God one. But I believe that a major revival is underway. The question is will we recognize it?
As long as you trust in falsehood you will never get a clear understanding about the nature of God, see my post below.
M.E. Malachi said, "the denomination was changed, including the abandonment of our pioneer pillars, especially the personality of God one." (emphasis mine)
What are the pillars that you are referring to? Can you provide a list of those pillars?
You mention in particular "the personality of God one", where can we find that defined?
Look up "personality of God" and "pillars" on the EGW CD Rom.
Then look up "personality of God" in the pioneer writings.
The way that the Godhead is taught today is not in harmony with the "personality of God" doctrine that our pioneers taught.
what way is the Godhead taught now?
Can you not just point me to where I can find what you are referencing?
In searching SoP for "pillars" over 1,500 hits come up. So far in attempting to search through them I have found no list of Pillars and no pillar on the personality of God.
If you know that there is a doctrine taught today which is not in harmony with what was taught previously why not point it out - old definition and new definition.
The problem that I have found is that nowhere in the writing of EGW or the Pioneers do I find any definite list of pillars other than the list I quoted earlier which contains nothing on the personality of God.
The next problem is fixing a date for a change in the Godhead doctrine. In 1915 sis. White wrote in the Bible Training School of 1st March,
"The truths that have been substantiated by the manifest working of God are to stand fast. Let no one presume to move a pin or foundation-stone from the structure. Those who attempt to undermine the pillars of our faith are among those of whom the Bible says that “in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”
In 1906 she wrote in Review and Herald,
"Think you that I can remain silent, when I see an effort being made to sweep away the foundation pillars of our faith?"
So, on that basis, can we assume that any changes in the pillars of our faith will come in after the death of Ellen White?