24. Is it true that the SDAs reject the Trinity?
No. Adventists believe Jesus is the fully divine Second Person of the Godhead, not merely a created being, as is often claimed. The
fully endorses the commonly understood and ‘orthodox’ notion of the Trinity – it is fundamental belief #2: SDA Church
“There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons.”
For a further official explanation from the official SDA theological website see:
One may be perhaps confusing SDAs with Jehovah’s Witness, who arguably hold a view similar to ancient Arianism, which denies Christ’s full divinity, claims He was first of God’s creations, and inferior to God.
One might also be thinking of various SDA offshoots, such as the
, who arguably hold a kind of Binitarianism, believing the Father and Son are two separate and distinct beings: Creation Seventh-day Adventist Church
One might also be thinking of Oneness-Pentecostalism and Jesus-only Baptism (a version of ancient Modalism, which rejects the Trinity), which is a significant minority view within Evangelical-Pentecostalism:
Thus, SDAs wholly uphold an ‘orthodox’ belief in the Trinity. Even the Roman Catholic Church appears to accept the Seventh-day Advenist position as essentially orthodox:
“Seventh-Day Adventists agree with many Catholic doctrines, including the Trinity, Christ’s divinity, the virgin birth, the atonement, a physical resurrection of the dead, and Christ’s Second Coming. They use a valid form of baptism. They believe in original sin and reject the Evangelical teaching that one can never lose one’s salvation no matter what one does (i.e., they correctly reject "once saved, always saved"). (emphasis added)
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