On the Trinity

For the past 150 or so years there has been an ongoing debate as to whether we should collectively affirm the historic doctrine of the Trinity.  On one hand, it has been argued that the Trinity is part of the foundation of Christian belief and is, in one sense or another, an essential aspect of salvation by grace, through Faith in Christ alone. On the other hand, others have argued that it is merely a construct of the Roman Catholic church, a late addition to Christian belief, an extra-biblical teaching, or even an anti-biblical teaching.  This has, it seems, prevented this denomination from fully joining together in Christian unity. And although in recent weeks these arguments have been brought forth anew as we together consider whether we should adopt the NAE statement of faith as our own, there has yet to be an argument set forth publically for or against the Trinity based on the Biblical evidence. It is, therefore, my intent to show the reader that the Trinity is an essential and biblical doctrine.

3 Things I'm Looking for at Triennial

I’m new to the denomination and have been working as the Director of Student Ministry at Oak Hill Bible Church in Oxford, MA for the last two years. I came in as a Southern Baptist, but through the mentorship of others I found inconsistencies in my view of anthropology and eschatology; I’m now a conditionalist. As my good friend Nathaniel now likes to say, “Erik is a Reformed Baptist Adventist” or in other words, “Erik is two parts jerk and one part confused.”(I'll let you figure out the formula) During my short tenure, I’ve noticed that we have several issues as a denomination that many have tried to fix, most will recognize that we still have a lot of work to do. In this piece, I would like to tell you what I’m looking for next week at Triennial as a new Adventist who plans to stay here awhile.

Gender Identity, the Body of Christ, and True Love: walking on the cliff's edge

Any observer of the American political scene would likely judge that the battle over same-sex marriage is a thing of the past; marriage has been redefined in the United States and religious conservatives, inasmuch as they disagree, have largely accepted this political reality. The new front for the battle of redefinition has been planted squarely upon the issue of gender identity, with efforts appearing across the United States to give persons access to the gendered bathrooms and sports teams that match the gender by which they identify. Coincidentally, the central headquarters for the Advent Christian General Conference and the location for the 2017 Triennial Convention are found in the state of North Carolina, a notorious battleground for this issue. North Carolina’s decision to reject what has been called the “Bathroom Bill” has caused many organizations to spurn the state and to refuse to host their company events there.

A Non-Creedal Voice in Favor of the Statement of Faith: Dave Ross shares his opinion with Corey McLaughlin

I do not believe that there is the remotest chance that this proposed [Statement of Faith] will fail to pass at the Triennial Convention.  I personally know of no one, for sure, that is planning to vote against it.* 

We successfully passed the resolution for ACGC to officially embrace the NAE Statement of Faith and become a full member of NAE at the 1987 ACGC Convention (in Charleston, WV, of all places; at the time a bastion of A.C. non-trinitarianism).

Same-Sex Marriage, Non-Trinitarianism, and Non-Creedalism: an Advent Christian crisis

...we are unable to forget that the Advent Christian tradition has taught us that we are to have, “No creed but the Bible”. On the surface, this does not appear to present any problems since same-sex unions seem to be unequivocally condemned throughout the Bible. However, this sense of ease overlooks one of the basic implications that result from adhering to the statement, “No creed but the Bible.”

"A Balanced View of Man and His Destiny" E.K. Gedney Series Part 4

We have stated that the materialist thinks of man as purely a physical being with mental and emotional development as a higher organization of his nerve system. The mystic thinks of man as essentially a spiritual being with a material body that is a temporary but not necessary residence. The Bible, however, presents man as a rational balance of both of these limited and distorted views. L

Unity and Conformity: an Advent Christian assessment

Anyone who is familiar with the Advent Christian denomination knows that much of our history as a denomination has been defined by ardent non-creedalism. This has stemmed from the steadfast conviction that while Scripture is infallible, man is inescapably fallible, and thus whatever interpretation man may render of infallible Scripture, his fallible interpretation cannot be used as a reliable means of determining correct belief.

"A Balanced View of Man and His Destiny" E.K. Gedney Series Part 3

The first three chapters of Genesis give us the following data:

1.    The cause of everything in the cosmos is God. The Bible is very positive that everything was caused by the direct will and action of a supernatural being- God. The universe is patterned, lawful, incredibly rational. It contains life, including living sentient moral beings. 

Planting the Gospel

I don’t want to plant churches, I want to spread the Gospel. One might think that planting a church is planting the Gospel, but I disagree. Planting churches today often results in overwhelming transfer growth and very little conversion growth. The former is what I believe to be counterproductive to the latter. To plant the Gospel in a community is to preach and share with the lost the hope we have in Christ.

"A Balanced View of Man and His Destiny" E.K. Gedney Series Part. 1

One of the things that is most attractive to me about the Advent Christian denomination is its biblical and completely reasonable view of man. When I first met the Advent Christian group, I was a graduate student majoring in geology at Brown University and later at Harvard. I was a Bible-believing Christian and a member of a large conservative Protestant church. However, there were one or two things taught by my church that I, as a scientist, had great difficulty accepting.