Doctrinal Statements Seventh-Day Adventists

Throughout their history Seventh-day Adventists have affirmed that “the Bible and the Bible only” should be the Christian’s creed and that they have no creed but the Bible. However, over the years they have issued various statements of belief gradually moving toward the 27 fundamental beliefs published in the denominational Yearbook since 1981 and in the Church Manual (1990). 1. James White’s Informal Statement . In August 1853 James White, as editor of the Review and Herald, replied to an inquiry from a Seventh Day Baptist in what was perhaps the first SDA statement of faith-merely the all-inclusive scriptural phrase “the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” ( Rev. 14:12 ). “As a people we are brought together from divisions of the Advent body [the Millerites], and f...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.