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I thought it would be good to go over the pillars of our faith. What makes us Seventh Day Adventist?

Should we know these by heart? and Should we know the ten commandments by heart?

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Jay Jay

It would be good to know what the fundameltals of the doctrines of Christ are.  These are spelled out in Hebrews 6.

  
   "Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,  [2] and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment." Hebrews 6:1-2 (ESV)

As we can see, they are:

  1. Repentence from the dead works, i.e. the Old Covenant.  This includes the law and its real meaning of being ten promises of what God will do in our life, if we will let Him.  So, it includes the Sabbath, see Exodus 31:13 and Ezekiel 20:12, 20 as well as righteouness by faith.
  2. Faith towards God.  Biblical perfection that Jesus commanded in Matthew 5:48, is achieved when we get into the habit of trusting God.  See James 1:2-4
  3. Instructions about washings, i.e. baptism.  This could also include the Sanctuary services too.
  4. The Laying on of hands, i.e. ordination.  Who should be the spiritual leaders of God's church is of vital importance.
  5. The Resurection from the dead, i.e. the state of the dead.
  6. The eternal judgement.  The Second coming, the end of the world and the punishment of the wicked and the reward of the righteous.

As you can see, the major doctrines that we hold are all listed here.  There are some others too, but these are the basics.

Happy Sabbath!

Maranatha :)
Ray

 


 

Great Controversy p.409.

"The scripture which above all others had been both the foundation and central pillar of the Advent faith was the declaration, “Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” (Dan 8:14)" 

Daniel 8:14 was the scripture that gave the Advent people their reason for existence. That is why it is called our "foundation and central pillar".

I see like, the sanctuary, Christ's work in the sanctuary, His High Priestly position and His NATURE, the Sabbath,a correct   understanding of the two covenants, the prophecies to the people at the end of time, an understanding of them, certainly. The judgement..

 

We have a SURE foundation.. And I think its REALLY PARAMOUNT that EACH of us individually have a DEEP comprehension of ALL of these things.. Also Righteousness by Faith, as in, the CAPSTONE to the reformation message GIVEN to us as a denomination, in 1888..

 

These are things that we need to understand because these are the areas that satan will do his utmost to decieve us about DUE TO thier IMPORTANCE..

 

Of course, the everlasting gospel is where we rest, but these are new and pertinant truths given to us as a people to declare WITH BOLDNESS to the world.. How can we even accomplish our mission WITHOUT a knowledge of these things?!  :)

This is as far as I got as a editor on wiki, in the study of the pillars....

These foundations, pillars, and landmarks are:

  • the Second Advent
  • the sanctuary,
  • the investigative judgment,
  • the Sabbath,
  • the law of God,
  • the state of the dead,
  • the three angels' messages of Revelation,
  • the faith of Jesus, and
  • the special gift of prophecy.[9]

In Seventh-day Adventists Answer Questions on Doctrine (1957), four authors outlined the core doctrines that they share with Protestant Christianity.

"In Common With Conservative Christians and the Historic Protestant Creeds, We Believe—
1. That God is the Sovereign Creator, upholder, and ruler of the universe, and that He is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
2. That the Godhead, the Trinity, comprises God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
3. That the Scriptures are the inspired revelation of God to men; and that the Bible is the sole rule of faith and practice.
4. That Jesus Christ is very God, and that He has existed with the Father from all eternity.
5. That the Holy Spirit is a personal being, sharing the attributes of deity with the Father and the Son.
6. That Christ, the Word of God, became incarnate through the miraculous conception and the virgin birth; and that He lived an absolutely sinless life here on earth.
7. That the vicarious, atoning death of Jesus Christ, once for all, is all-sufficient for the redemption of a lost race.
8. That Jesus Christ arose literally and bodily from the grave.
9. That He ascended literally and bodily into heaven.
10. That He now serves as our advocate in priestly ministry and mediation before the Father.
11. That He will return in a premillennial, personal, imminent second advent.
12. That man was created sinless, but by his subsequent fall entered a state of alienation and depravity.
13. That salvation through Christ is by grace alone, through faith in His blood.
14. That entrance upon the new life in Christ is by regeneration, or the new birth.
15. That man is justified by faith.
16. That man is sanctified by the indwelling Christ through the Holy Spirit.
17. That man will be glorified at the resurrection or translation of the saints, when the Lord returns.
18. That there will be a judgment of all men.
19. That the gospel is to be preached as a witness to all the world."

All of these doctrines, with the exception of item 11 (regarding the premillennial return of Christ), are widely held amongst conservative or evangelical Protestants. (Different Protestant groups hold varying views on the millennium.)

In addition to holding many standard Protestant positions, the SDA's have embraced the Three Angels messages, which are associated with a number of doctrinal Pillars.

Currently with our 28 fundamental vows required for baptism as a new coming SDA, many words are add to your list now found in Scripture:

(1) The word "trinity" is not found in Scripture. The picture of GOD as family however is (Eph 3:15, Luke 1:35, Gen 1:26)

(2) The Holy Spirit is a 'He', whatever that means, is not found in Scripture, only by fuzzy translations. Use the above texts for this also.

Shalom

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