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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.

Adventist beliefs have changed over the years under the impact of ‘present truth’. Most startling is the teaching regarding Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord...the Trinitarian understanding of God, now part of our fundamental beliefs, was not generally held by the early Adventsists.” William G. Johnsson, Adventist Review, Jan 6, 1994, 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?]

2. That there is one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, the One by whom God created all things, and by whom they do consist..."
This is plainly based on 1Corinthians 8:6:
"There is one God, the Father, of whom are all things...
and one Lord Jesus Christ by whom are all things"
Compare this with today’s 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church number 2:
There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons.”

Most Adventists credit this dramatic change to the influence of progressive revelation from the pen of Ellen White in the last years of her life, that she changed her mind on what she had previously believed and taught. Yet she denied any change, insisting that truth does not change nor contradict past truths.
“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, 1886
The study of God and His Son is not a trivial, side-issue. It is central to our three most distinctive doctrines:
The Sabbath
             established by Jesus who rested with his Father
             after Their work of creation (Eph 3:9; Gen 2:2).
The State of the Dead
             demonstrated by the resurrection of Jesus
             from the sleep of death by his Father (Gal 1:1)
The Sanctuary in heaven
             where the pre-Advent investigative judgment is now
             being conducted by Jesus, made a High Priest by his Father (Heb 5:5)
These 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,
where is the good way, and walk therein,
and ye shall find rest for your souls."
Jeremiah 6:16

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

Gary Hullquist