Declaration of faith


“The truth and the glory of God are inseparable; it is impossible for us, with the Bible within our reach, to honor God by erroneous opinions. Many claims that it matters not what one believes, if his life is only right. But the life is molded by the faith. If light and truth is within our reach, and we neglect to improve the privilege of hearing and seeing it, we virtually reject it; we are choosing darkness rather than light.

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 16:25. Ignorance is no excuse for error or sin, when there is every opportunity to know the will of God. A man is traveling and comes to a place where there are several roads and a guideboard indicating where each one leads. If he disregards the guideboard, and takes whichever road seems to him to be right, he may be ever so sincere, but will in all probability find himself on the wrong road.

God has given us His word that we may become acquainted with its teachings and know for ourselves what He requires of us. When the lawyer came to Jesus with the inquiry, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” the Saviour referred him to the Scriptures, saying: “What is written in the law? how readest thou?” Ignorance will not excuse young or old, nor release them from the punishment due for the transgression of God’s law; because there is in their hands a faithful presentation of that law and of its principles and claims. It is not enough to have good intentions; it is not enough to do what a man thinks is right or what the minister tells him is right. His soul’s salvation is at stake, and he should search the Scriptures for himself. However strong may be his convictions, however confident he may be that the minister knows what is truth, this is not his foundation. He has a chart pointing out every waymark on the heavenward journey, and he ought not to guess at anything.” Great Controversy, p. 597-598

  • Foreword
  • The Holy Scriptures
  • The Godhead
  • The human nature of Christ
  • Origin of humanity
  • The Plan of redemption
  • The state of man and the offer of grace
  • Repentance, confession of sins and the new birth
  • Biblical baptism and the laying on of hands
  • The church of the Lord
  • The washing of the feet and the holy supper
  • The 10 Commandments
  • The use of images
  • The Sabbath of the fourth commandment
  • Ceremonial sabbaths and the ceremonial law
  • The sanctity of marriage
  • The Spirit of Prophecy
  • The authorities
  • The oath
  • Tithing and offerings
  • The preaching of the gospel
  • The heavenly sanctuary and the investigative judgment
  • The last message of mercy
  • The work of the antichrist
  • The health reform
  • The reform in the dress
  • Prayer
  • The sealing of the 144000
  • Ecumenism, trade unions and secret societies
  • The church and the discipline
  • The pagan celebrations
  • Recreation and amusements
  • The second coming of Christ
  • State of the dead and hell
  • The resurrection
  • The millennium and the restored Eden
  • Questions for baptism
  • Declaration at the moment of baptism
  • Reception into the church