Today, all recognize that the Adventist beliefs are not the same as when the church began in the 1860's. In recent years there have appeared several startling statements by church leaders and historians acknowledging this sober fact.
“Most of the founders of Seventh-day Adventism would not be able to join the church today if they had to subscribe to the denomination’s Fundamental Beliefs. More specifically, most would not be able to agree to belief number 2, which deals with the doctrine of the Trinity.” George Knight, Ministry, October 1993, p. 10.This is evidenced by the 1874 statement of faith published in the June 4 issue of the Signs of the Times:
1. That there is one God, a personal, spiritual Being, the Creator of all things, omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal; infinite in wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness, truth and mercy; unchangeable, and everywhere present by His representative, the Holy Spirit. Psalm 139:7. [Where can I go from Thy spirit? or where can I flee from Thy presence?]This is plainly based on 1Corinthians 8:6:
"There is one God, the Father, of whom are all things...Compare this with today’s 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church number 2:
“That which was truth in the beginning is truth now. Although new and important truths appropriate for succeeding generations have been opened to the understanding, the present revealings do not contradict those of the past. Every new truth understood only makes more significant the old.” EGW, Review and Herald, March 2, 1886The study of God and His Son is not a trivial, side-issue. It is central to our three most distinctive doctrines:
● The SabbathThese are embodied in the proclamation of the three angel's messages of Revelation 14:
to "fear God for the hour of His judgment is come" to the heavenly sanctuary,
and "give glory to Him" who raised Jesus Christ His Son from the dead,
and "worship Him who made heaven and earth", the Creator of the first Sabbath..
Let us heed the word of God.
"Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths,
Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ
the Son of the Father in truth and love. 2 John 3