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But in fact, what it says is not very orthodox at all, and their statement is actually heretical in itself.
It states, "There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons." Notice how their "one God" is "one God" as a "unity [group] of three" Persons.
In other words, since they redefine and (mis)use the word "God" as a collective (group) noun, then "God" would have to include all three in the "group/trio," and yet they deny that Jesus is omnipresent.
Looking at this Fundamental Belief statement further, notice that it also does not say that "God" (the "Trinity") is the Creator.
Trinity: There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. Just as Mormons claim to believe in "one God" but in reality teach Tritheism, this claim by the SDAs is not enough to make them Trinitarian.
God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. The statement can make evangelical Christians believe they are orthodox, while at the same time meaning something different within Adventism.
To get some background on the SDA's statements about God, let's take a look at the following excerpts from the "Session proceedings" of the "Seventh business meeting" of the "Fifty-third General Conference session" (April 21, 1980, P.
M.), as published in the April 23, 1980 edition of the Adventist Review (the SDA Church's official "flagship" magazine), starting on page 11 [Note: Neal C. WILSON: Here are several lines packed with a lot of meaning.
At first glance, the Fundamental Belief statement may appear to at least be compatible with orthodoxy.
In other words, there is only one living Being that is God. In the early days of Seventh-day Adventism, they (including their prophetess Ellen G.
As the Nicene Creed affirms, Jesus Christ is "of one Being with the Father." God is one spirit, not three spirits. White) taught some form of Arianism--denying the eternality of Jesus Christ, denying the personality of the Holy Spirit, and teaching bitheism, or two gods: the eternal Father and the non-eternal Son.
Interestingly, in 1980 they deleted their previous (1931) wording about Jesus, where they had said that he was "of the same nature and essence as the Eternal Father." (Although, even that was deceptively stated--even back then they didn't mean the same thing orthodox Christianity means, that God is one Being!
) Also, since they define "God" as a group of three, then they are actually lying in this Fundamental Belief statement when they say that they believe that "God" is "ever present," considering the fact that they deny that Jesus Christ is omnipresent (click here to jump down to the section "Denial of Christ's Omnipresence").
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