Spiritual Sons and Daughters
Adventists are committed to the infallible Word of God as the only reliable Creed of the Christian faith which connects us to the Apostolic Church of the First Century A.D. and the faith of the Middle Ages Reformers. There is no room for ecclesiastical tradition nor any other man-made tradition to supercede the teachings of Scripture.
We insist that the reformation and restoration of Biblical truth among God's people is still ongoing until the close of probation at the end of time, just prior to the Second Coming of Christ. This is a heritage passed on to us from the Anabaptist Radical Reformation of the late 16th Century.
We are Armenian and Wesleyan in our understanding of the basic tenets of Christianity, particularly in our understanding of salvation (soteriology).
We are Millerite Adventists in our understanding of prophecy and end-time events, particularly in our study of the books of Daniel and Revelation which reveal the condition of the world at the time of Christ's Second coming, like that of the days of Noah.
Our hermeneutical approach to Scripture is based on the Historical-Grammatical (Biblical) Approach which assumes that the Bible interprets Itself, while rejecting the Historical-Critical Approach which seeks to undermine the authority of the Holy Word of God. Adventists see the acts of God playing out in history from Genesis to Revelation and extending to the end of time as expounded in the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation.
Jesus and His Apostles used Scripture ("Thus says the Lord" and "It is written") to answer the temptations of Satan and acusations of their opposers and those who persecuted them. Jesus quoted Daniel to refer to destruction of Jerusalem and end time events from a historical point of view; so did Stephen, Peter, Paul and others. Thus setting a precedence for the historical principle in interpreting Scripture and allowing the Word of God to speak for Itself.
We hold to the Five Articles of Faith as expounded by the Reformers.
- Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
- Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
- Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
- Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
- Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live solely for the glory of God.
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