“God’s church on earth is entrusted with the sacred responsibility of upholding and preaching the pure gospel of Jesus Christ. Within this setting, the following Principles of Faith constitute a brief summary of those Bible teachings which we as a church believe characterize the basic present truth for our day–just before the appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
“We counsel every worker and member to heed the following inspired statements: ‘But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms.… Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain “Thus saith the Lord” in its support.’ –The Great Controversy, p. 595.
“‘When God’s Word is studied, comprehended, and obeyed, a bright light will be reflected to the world; new truths, received and acted upon, will bind us in strong bonds to Jesus. The Bible, and the Bible alone, is to be our creed, the sole bond of union; all who bow to this Holy Word will be in harmony. Our own views and ideas must not control our efforts. Man is fallible, but God’s Word is infallible… Let us meet all opposition as did our Master, saying, “It is written.” Let us lift up the banner on which is inscribed, The Bible our rule of faith and discipline.’ – (Review and Herald, December 15, 1885) Selected Messages, vol. 1, p. 416.
“It is our desire that, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, this summary may stimulate and guide every honest seeker for truth to study God’s word so the image of Jesus will be fully reflected in His people and He can come soon to take them to Himself. We send this publication into all the world with the prayer that it will be a great blessing.”
- The brethren of the General Conference
The church is God's appointed agency for the salvation of men. It was organized for service, and its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. From the beginning it has been God's plan that through His church shall be reflected to the world His fullness and His sufficiency. The members of the church, those whom He has called out of darkness into His marvelous light, are to show forth His glory. The church is the repository of the riches of the grace of Christ; and through the church will eventually be made manifest, even to "the principalities and powers in heavenly places" (Eph. 3:10), the final and full display of the love of God…
The church is God's fortress, His city of refuge, which He holds in a revolted world…
During ages of spiritual darkness the church of God has been as a city set on a hill. From age to age, through successive generations, the pure doctrines of heaven have been unfolding within its borders. Enfeebled and defective as it may appear, the church is the one object upon which God bestows in a special sense His supreme regard. It is the theater of His grace, in which He delights to reveal His power to transform hearts.
As the rays of the sun penetrate to the remotest corners of the globe, so God designs that the light of the gospel shall extend to every soul upon the earth… At this time, when the enemy is working as never before to engross the minds of men and women, we should be laboring with increasing activity. Diligently, disinterestedly, we are to proclaim the last message of mercy in the cities--in the highways and byways. All classes are to be reached. As we labor we shall meet with different nationalities. None are to be passed by unwarned. The Lord Jesus was the gift of God to the entire world--not to the higher classes alone, and not to one nationality, to the exclusion of others. His saving grace encircles the world. Whosoever will, may drink of the water of life. A world is waiting to hear the message of present truth. -E.G. White, God's Amazing Grace, 338.
One hundred years ago, terror gripped the hearts of men and women as World War I unleashed its hellish fury across Europe. Inside the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a different kind of war began to wage. Adventist leaders betrayed their allegiance to God and His holy law, committing the church members to unconditional support of the government and its young men with weapon in hand to the battlefield.
About two percent of the Adventists in the European countries affected by the war stood firmly for the right.
They would not fight. They refused to kill or break the Sabbath commandment. They would not participate in the horrors of World War I. For their faithfulness they were mocked, chastised, and summarily disfellowshipped.
This was a pivotal event in the development of the Reform Movement.
It is with the deepest solemnity that we remember the courage and fidelity of these first Seventh-day Adventist
Reformers. A “Centennial Commemoration of Faithfulness to the Three Angels’ Messages” will be held for five days at the General Conference Headquarters of the International Missionary Society, Seventh-day Adventist
Church, Reform Movement, 625 West Ave., Cedartown, GA, 30125-2452, USA.
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